AS READERS MIGHT DETECT, I am scraping the bottom of the barrel in which I store my future quiz questions; also I am going overseas yet again in July, so there may not be more of these for a while. But here goes.
- The Old Bedford River had a six-mile drainage canal that was so long and straight that you would not be able to see a boat at the other end because of the Earth’s curvature. So, why was this place often visited by flat-earth believers?
- When Brunel had completed the construction of the mighty iron ship SS Great Britain and had launched it, what major problem was encountered?
- Big Ben is the hour bell of the clock in the Palace of Westminster; the clock’s clockwork mechanism is wound up 3 times a week; how long does it take a man to wind it up?
- Complete this quote: “Inviting the object of your desire back to your place for the first time, pouring some drinks, dimming the lights, then switching on the stereo and playing [one of Captain Beefheart’s records] would surely be the precursor to …”
- In 1915 the Melbourne Police organised dozens of simultaneous raids on illegal alcohol establishments in Fitzroy. The raids were synchronised to happen when the Fitzroy Town Hall clock struck midnight. What happened at midnight?