Thursday, 16 February 2012

Thursday Quiz 65

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1.In February 2012,which snack company was bought from Procter and Gamble by the Kellogg Company for 2.7billion US dollars?


2.Which Belgian writer is best known for his creation of the detective Jules Maigret?

George Simenon

3.Serving for the nearly ten years,between March 1940-December 1949,he was considered,by historians,as a major figure in the history of the New Zealand Labour Party.He was in office longer than any other New Zealand Labour Prime Minister and is,to date ,the country's fourth longest serving Prime Minister.What is his name?

Peter Fraser

4.Fought in the French province of Gascony,which was the last battle fought between English and French forces during the Hundred Years' War?

Battle of Castillon

5.At the 2003 Rugby World Cup (and still held today),Australia broke the record for the biggest winning margin at a finals tournament.Which African team did they beat 142-0?


6.In the US,the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway,consists of two parallel bridges crossing Lake Pontchartrain.The longer of the bridges has a place in the 'Guiness Book of Records' as the longest continuous bridge over water.Starting at Metairie at the north and Mandeville at the south,in which southern US state is it located?

Louisiana (close to New Orleans)

7.In units of length a chain is a measurement of 66 feet.What logical name is given to a 100th part of a chain?


8.LG is a global Korean electronics company that was formed (largely) by the amalgamation of two smaller companies.Lucky was one company,which was the other,a brand particularly popular in 1980s America?


9.Popular in Europe and Latin America,it boasts over 130 million users.It has been described by a top reviewing website as 'a chat room, dating site and picture rating site,disguised as a social network'.Which social networking site,one of the largest in the world was founded by Andrey Andreev in November 2006?


10.Centred around a group of World War I fighter pilots,it also features an early appearance by Gary Cooper.Which film was the first ever winner of a 'Best Picture' Academy Award and so far,the only silent film winner in this category?.


11.Formed in 1989,they released the albums,'Pretty on the Inside' (1991),'Live Through This' (1994),'Celebrity Skin' (1998) and 'Nobody's Daughter' (2010).What is the name of this alternative rock band fronted by Courtney Love,the widow of Kurt Cobain?


12.Placed on one of the lines at the beginning of the stave,which musical symbol is used to indicate the pitch of the notes written on that line?


13.Of the 83 Academy Award ceremonies to date,only twice have the four acting awards all been awarded to non-Americans.Once in the 1960s and once during the 2000s.Name either year (ie the year the films were made)?

1964 and 2007

14.Written at the age of 80 ,which of Giuseppe Verdi's operas,based on a Shakespearean character,was to be his last?


15.An Austrian biologist and physician,he is noted for jointly discovering the polio virus in 1909 and for his work on the 1937 'Rhesus factor' with Alexander Wiener.However he is best known for his discovery of human blood groups in 1900,for which he was later awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 1930.What is his name?

Karl Landsteiner

16.Launched in 2011,the American version of the 'X-Factor' TV franchise, was a massive success across the globe.Winning a $5million record contract,which female singer claimed the first prize?

Melanie Amaro

17.In womens' athletics,what are the two running events used in an official indoor pentathlon?

60m Hurdles and 800metres

18.With the atomic number 83,which chemical element is thought to have derived its name from the German word for 'white mass'?


19.Consistently Fox's second most popular TV show (in the US) behind 'American Idol',which TV drama series,first aired in 2004,announced it was to air its last episode in 2012?


20.With one of its borders forming the Lebombo Mountains,which is the only country in Africa to be landlocked between (only) two countries?

Swaziland (between South Africa and Mozambique)

21.Making headlines in 2010,the Pike River Mine disaster was New Zealand's worst mining accidents in nearly 100 years.What substance was mined at the location?


22.Drawing some parallels with 'The Iliad',which Sanskrit epic tells the story of Rama (an avatar of Vishnu), whose wife Sita is abducted by the demon king of Lanka?


23.Which artist and former inmate of Wormwood Scrubs prison,was awarded the inaugural Turner Prize in 1984?

Michael Morley

24.Maine is the only US state that has only one US land border.With which US state does it share this border?

New Hampshire

25.Located in the Rwenzori range on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo,which mountain,named after a famous British explorer is Africa's third highest?

Mount Stanley

26.In terms of area,which is the second smallest US state?


27.Currently providing 29 of them,which country has the most 'Michelin 3-star' restaurants?


28.Collecting the Booker Prize in 1979 for her novel 'Offshore',she made the 'shortlist' the year before with the novel 'The Bookshop',becoming the last author to receive shortlist nominations in consecutive years.What is the name of this author,reported by 'The Times' as one of Britain's top 50 post-war writers?

Penelope Fitzgerald

29.Literally meaning 'New World',which Korean flagship store,located in Centum City,Busan,is the world's largest department store, surpassing the Macy's department store in New York City in 2009?


30.Located on the river Piray,the city of Santa Cruz (or Santa Cruz de la Sierra),is the most poulated city in which South American country?