Questions for August 2016

This is Dr Bob’s quiz for August 2016. I’m travelling, and running out of text questions, however I have a lot of of pictures to use. When I get the hang of it I will move on to use those; here’s two for now. Please send witty answers by hitting “Comment”, or just enjoy them when they come up.


1. The graph shows the percentage of Norwegians watching television; NRK2 is traditionally the least watched channel. What did NRK2 broadcast that made it more popular?


2. This is the civic Coat of Arms of the Polish coastal town of Ustka. How was its design modified in 2004?

3. Which author has had the most books banned from public libraries?

4. The Enindhilyagwa language has five genders of nouns … I bet you are going to look this up on Wikipedia.

5. The Norwegian explorers Fritdjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen tried to reach the North Pole in 1895, but after a series of mishaps ended up stranded in a snow shelter for eight months. The Norwegian language, like French and German, has formal and personal forms of address, for example for the word “you” and Norwegians were dreadfully formal in those days. What caused the two stranded men to adopt the personal form of address in their conversation?

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5 comments

  1. Dr Bob’s Answers:

    1. They put a constantly running camera on the bow of the “Hurtigruten” postal ship that plies up and down the entire coast of Norway. All Norwegians were glued to their TV sets. Imagine what the other TV channels must have been like.

    2. Bigger boobs on the mermaid!

    3. Enid Blyton – her books are now considered to have no literary merit.

    4. Male humans – Male animals – {all females, fire, and dangerous things} – Things that are shiny – Things that are not shiny.

    5. They never used the intimate form of language. See how the standard of etiquette has dropped over the years….

  2. 1. The graph shows the percentage of Norwegians watching television; NRK2 is traditionally the least watched channel. What did NRK2 broadcast that made it more popular?

    A. The sex, herrings and pilchards show was on.

    2. This is the civic Coat of Arms of the Polish coastal town of Ustka. How was its design modified in 2004?

    A. The local heraldry association told them they were not en’tit’led to use it

    3. Which author has had the most books banned from public libraries?

    A. The same guy who wrote the world’s thinnest book – “Interesting Things to do in Wellington (NZ)’

    4. The Enindhilyagwa language has five genders of nouns … I bet you are going to look this up on Wikipedia.

    A. Nope. But looks like a good place for a holiday

    5. The Norwegian explorers Fritdjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen tried to reach the North Pole in 1895, but after a series of mishaps ended up stranded in a snow shelter for eight months. The Norwegian language, like French and German, has formal and personal forms of address, for example for the word “you” and Norwegians were dreadfully formal in those days. What caused the two stranded men to adopt the personal form of address in their conversation?

    A. Nansen “This weather reminds me of that holiday I spent in a large Swiss city”
    Johansen “Berne?”
    Nansen “Hell no – we just about froze….”

  3. 1. It was the only station in Norway that showed the Foozball World Cup ???? Even though Norway wasn’t in it ….

  4. 1. NRK2 had a live stream at that time to the debate on ‘changing the coat of arms of Uska’ especially when they could submit entries.
    2. Modernised by switching the top half to a container ship.
    3. Enid Blyton. MI6 did not want it known that there was a more secret seven.
    4. So what’s the question?
    5. in emergencies it’s harder to say ‘hey thou, watch out’ or the Norwegian equivalent

  5. 1. A rogue spell checker turned NRK2 into NORKS and made all the breast men look like boobies.

    2. Remodelled by Bob Geldolf with silicone tips inside her chest, switched to overload.

    3. The notorious scribbler Dirty Sanchez. Those stiff upper lipped librarians wanted no trace of him on their watch-face.

    4. LGBTI

    5 The landlord of the Snow Shelter Motel would not let rooms to unmarried couples. After they got hitched, they decided to break the ice and became less formal.

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