Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Next Main Quiz

Next Main Quiz - Quite a tough set I think,but should be good fun.

Not much else to say other than I hope you enjoy.............

1.(Pictured) The Art Deco design of the Union Terminal inspired the look of the 'Hall of Justice', the iconic headquarters of DC Comics' Justice League.It also features the largest semi-dome in the western hemisphere.Once a major centre of railroad traffic in the late 19th and early 20th century,it was closed in 1972. However,in 1991,largely helped by Jerry Springer, it was re-opened as a station,and today is also home to museums, theatres,exhibitions and a library. In which US city is this iconic building located?


2.The tales are believed to have begun in Ghana,but has become one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore. He takes the form of a spider and considered a god of all knowledge of stories.What is the name of this mythological god/character,whose name in Akan means 'spider'?


3.At the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano,Ross Rebagliati made history by winning the first ever Olympic Snowboarding gold medal. Shortly after he was disqualified after testing positive from a drug test. However,he was reinstated as champion after the drug he used,tetrahydrocannabinol (THC),was not on the 'banned' list.By what name is this drug more commonly known?

Cannibis (or Marijuana)

4.(Pictured) Constructed over 800 years ago,the reputed 'original' model of this instrument is kept in the town of Niagassola, Guinea.It has a resonated frame and is a wooden keyed idiophone,whereby the sound is produced by striking the tuned keys with two padded sticks.Similar to the xylophone, marimba and vibraphone,what is the name of this traditional African instrument?


5.It borders the Swiss town of Buchs and the location of the world headquarters of Ivoclar Vivadent AG, the world's biggest manufacturer of false teeth. Also larger than the capital Vaduz,what is the name of the largest town in Liechtenstein?


6.(Pictured) His first name is derived from his parents' decision to name him after a Viet Cong assassin. He chose his surname as it was the family name of his paternal grandmother. He is the son of Jane Fonda and grand-son of Henry Fonda,whom he appeared with (uncredited) in the 1981 film 'On Golden Pond'.What is the name of this actor and Golden Globe winner,who is best known for his role as Isaac Rosenberg in the 'Barbershop' films?

Troy Garrity

7.Using the symbol 'R',it is a thermodynamic (absolute) temperature scale named after the Glasgow University  physicist,who proposed it in 1859. On this and the Kelvin scales,the 'Zero' is absolute zero, but this scale's degree is defined as equal to one degree Fahrenheit, rather than the one degree Celsius (used by the Kelvin scale). What is the name of this scale which sees the temperature of −459.67 °F as exactly equal to 0 °R?

Rankine Scale

8.Between 1594 and 1603, the Kingdoms of England and Ireland fought the Nine Years War (or Tyrone's Rebellion) against Hugh O'Neill and the powerful Gaelic Irish chieftains.Fought by 18,000 English soldiers,it was the largest conflict fought by the English in the Elizabethan era. The reason the Irish chieftains could battle for so long,was largely due to financial aid from which overseas monarch,whose cousin,Archduke Albert,was offered (and declined) the Irish crown as part of the deal?

Philip II of Spain

9.(Pictured) Located in the Kjerag mountain in Rogaland, Norway,it is a 5 m³ glacial deposit wedged in the mountain's crevasse. It is a popular tourist destination and is accessible without any climbing equipment. What is the name of this site,which in 2006,became the location of the viral social media video,'Where the Hell is Matt?',where traveller Matt Harding danced atop the precarious boulder?


10.It connects the left and right cerebral hemispheres and facilitates inter-hemispheric communication. It is the largest white matter structure in the brain, consisting of 200–250 million contralateral axonal projections.What is the name of this part of the brain,normally known by its latin name,(but its English translation means 'tough body')?

Corpus callosum

11.The World Trade Organisation was officially formed in 1995,replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which commenced in 1948.The organisation provides a framework for negotiating and formalising trade agreements amongst members.Located at the Centre William Rappard,in which European city are the World trade Organisation headquarters located?


12.(Pictured) Active between 1982 and 1997,this Argentine rock band consists of of Gustavo Cerati,Hector 'Zeta' Bosio and Charly Alberti. They have topped the all-time lists in much of Latin America and have set landmarks in record sales and concert attendances.In their active career,they sold over 7 million albums in Latin America alone and in 2002 were awarded the 'Legend Prize', by MTV Latin America, the first prize to be awarded of its kind. With albums including 'Nada Personal' (1985) 'Dynamo (1992) and 'Sueno Stereo' (1995),what is the name of this band,considered by critics to be the most important and influential Ibero-american band of all time?

Soda Stereo

13.Born in 1954,she grew up in Idaho on her grandfather's farm in Ketchum.During the 1970s she signed a multi-million dollar contract for Faberge and became the spokesmodel for Babe perfume.She also appeared on the covers of Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Harper's Bazaar, and in 1975,appeared on the cover of Time, which dubbed her one of the 'new beauties'.She also starred in the 1976 film 'lipstick' alongside her sister Mariel. What is the name of this supermodel,who died in 1996,in a similar way to her famous writer grandfather?

Margaux Hemingway

14.Discovered in 1802 by the astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Matthaus Olbers on,it was originally regarded as a planet.It is the second asteroid to have been discovered,after Ceres, and one of the largest in the Solar System,estimated to comprise around 7% of the mass of the asteroid belt.What is the name of this asteroid,after which the name of the chemical element with the atomic number 46,is derived?

Pallas  (From where Palladium is derived)

15.(Pictured) This type of rodent is  native to Middle America, northern and central South America, and the southern Lesser Antilles.It is related to the guniea pig and looks similar,only slightly larger. It is thought to be one of the few mammals that can open Brazil nuts without the aid of a tool.What is the name of this rodent,that has species including 'Coiban',;Orinoco' and 'red-rumped and whose Latin name,'dasyprocta',literally means 'hairy rectum'?


16.It is a type of defence mechanism where socially unacceptable impulses or idealisations are consciously transformed into socially acceptable actions or behaviour,(possibly resulting in a long term conversion of the initial impulse). What is the name of this feature in psychology,which Sigmund Freud believed was a sign of maturity?


17.Well-known for his songwriting projects,he provided the vocals (and co-writing) to the 1999 global smash hit single 'Smooth',which was taken from Carlos Santana's multi-million selling album,'Supernatural'. However,he is best known as the lead singer of the American band Matchbox Twenty. What is his name?

Rob Thomas

18.Situated on a bay at the southern end of lake Vesijarvi,it is also the capital of the Paijanne Tavastia region and was given ordinance to become a city in 1904, by Tsar Nicholas II. Today it is home to the Sibelius Concert Hall and had hosted the FIS World Nordic Ski Championships on six occasions,more than any other city.What is the name of this Finnish city,the ninth largest by popualtion?


19.(Pictured) He represented the USA at the 2010 and 2012 Ryder Cups. In 2010 he won the PGA Tour money list and in 2012 won the Players Championship title,which to many is known as the 'fifth major'. He also gained an important win in 2013,when he won the WGC Accenture World Matchplay championships,that consists of the world's top 64 golfers.What is the name of this sometimes forgotten US golfer,who spent 40 weeks inside the world's top 10 during 2013?

Matt Kuchar

20.Representing 8% of world production,its largest mine is located  at Trimouns in Southern France. The Luzenac Group is the world's largest supplier of which mined mineral,that has the chemical formula Mg3Si4O10(OH)2 and appears on the Mohs scale?


21.The name is thought to have derived from the Sanskrit language. What name was given to both the father and son of Cyrus The Great,who also preceeded and succeeded him,respectively,as the King Of Kings of Persia?


22.(Pictured) It was founded in 1903 in an area that constitutes the eastern part of Jonkoping in Sweden. It designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes motocross, enduro and supermoto motorcycles. It has also provided many World Champions in the various classes of Enduro and Moto Cross. Bought in 2013 by Pierer Industrie AG,what is the name of this Swedish subsiduary,who have also been prominent in Swedish bicycle history?


23.It was designed for distributing, searching, and retrieving documents over the Internet and was strongly orientated towards a menu-document design.It's protocol was presented as an alternative to the World Wide Web in its early stages, but ultimately HTTP became dominant.Sharing its name with a burrowing rodent of the family Geomyidae ,what is the name of this protocol,considered a predecessor of the World Wide Web?


24. The Gustav Klimt painting ' Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I',is one of the world's most expensive paintings.It was bought by Ronald S. Lauder from Maria Altmann for a reputed US$135 million in 2006. Which US gallery is now home to this painting,which also features several other works by Klimt?

Neue Gallery (New York)

25.(Pictured) He is a character who bears several behavioral and physical similarities to porn star Ron Jeremy and has been popular amongst the UK Indie/dance scene. He has has also supported artists  such as The Strokes, Incubus, Tenacious D and the the Red Hot Chili Peppers on various tours around the world.He has appeared in several films,but may be best known in the 2004 film,'Starsky and Hutch',where he plays the role of 'Dancin' Rick',a disco dance champion who 'faces off' in a contest with Ben Stiller's character.By what three-word name,(with a slightly tenuous link to Andrew-Lloyd Webber),does Sean Matthew Tillman usually perform?

Har Mar Superstar