Answers for February 2010

Our WINNER is named below. But we would all win if we went to Lutfiye’s Kebabs in Shepparton. I went in by chance and I was amazed at the variety, quality and size of the portions – like Woody Allen, I consider my stomach to be my second favourite organ, but probably unlike him, I’d place the brain first. This whopping lunch now gives rise to a whopping answer, which you’ll see under Q6 below, from our WINNER this month –

Terry Kelly

Terry is already a card-carrying Skeptic and already has a copy of the Great Skeptic CD, so, in lieu of this prize I will SHOUT A LUNCH AT LUTFIYE’S for Terry – and yes, for Stephanie also.

Question 1

Which popular cheese is made backwards?



Additional Answers

  • Depending on the route you take, I was born about 30kms South West of it – Edam.
  • Madame, I’m Edam. Hmm, can’t see what’s ‘ten’ about it . . .
  • Ohhh, I can’t think of anything funny – ok, Edam
  • Raddehc. This of course begs the question as to what cheese says when it gets its photo taken.
  • Haha! edam, but I I think I’d much prefer aloznogrog, wouldn’t you Bob? Perhaps with crackers and a trip to the moon?
  • I know a word of letters three. Add two and fewer there will be. By the way Made in Dutch means maggot.  Do you think Edam cheese is kind of a joke on English speakers like Evian water is purported to be?  I mean just how do they make Edam cheese?
  • I was going to say Edam, but you said popular…
  • I would think anything made south of the equator, on the underside of the world, would be backwards.  King River Gold for one?
  • Is this of importance? Does it make the cheese in question taste better?
  • tahT dluow eb made eseehc I sseug.

Question 2

What was Iran called before it was called Persia?


Trick question. It has always been called Iran by traditional inhabitants.

Additional Answers

  • Arya(n):  just like HITLER[N], which has a ten in it!
  • It wasn’t. It was a group of little empires with different names from what I can gather. Perhaps Persis and the Poms unGreekified it?
  • By whom? The question is ambiguous Dr Bob, I’m pretty sure it was always known as Persia up until 1935
  • I can’t seem to find an ancient Elamite patch for my keyboard.  I understand the spoken form sounded a lot like a yawning Syrian elephant though.
  • I think Iran might come from Aryan so the name might be some other variant of Iran.  So, I’m going to say Iceland.
  • Iceland, although it often responded to more middle-eastern names.
  • It is tempting to recall that joke about an anthropologist enquiring of a Sioux chief what the locals called America before the white man arrived. “Ours,” was the answer. Babylonia and Assyria were part of what is now Iran before their demise in the tribal conflicts that have plagued the region for several millennia. In the light of both current affairs and recorded history, it is difficult to imagine that this general area was home to people described in an old and famous text as wise men when they visited Palestine approximately two thousand years ago.
  • Media
  • Tiny Town
  • Too long ago for anyone to really care
  • Vacant

Question 3

Who was the last English Captain to tour Australia undefeated?


James Cook 🙂

Additional Answers

  • Cricket is a complete foreign sport to me. No gender specified in the question, hence I think it is Charlotte Edwards (2008)
  • Arggh that be Captain Jack Sparrow. He always wins.
  • Bligh was rebelled against, England didn’t sweep any Ashes tours down under . . . leaving Prince William, who is bald, probably legitimate unlike his bluey brother, and CapTEN in the Blues and Royals.
  • Anglo-Saxon bloody question. Who cares about Cricket. That is presuming this question is about cricket
  • Based out of London, via the Caribbean, Captain Morgan always leaves a wake of defeated when he does the rounds.
  • Capt James Cook but apparently Joseph Banks used to beat him at snap.
  • Cook (although I concede he was defeated in Hawaii soon after).
  • Freddy…at least 2 million schooners.
  • I can’t believe this ever would’ve happened. Unless someone won a few and then was dropped
  • Never happened, and if it did it shouldn’t have.
  • Sir Pelham Warner, 1911. He made 151 in his first tour appearance against Western Australia, contracted appendicitis and took no further part in the on-field activities. His vice-captain won the Test Series 4-1. However, I suspect the answer you might be looking for is Captain James Cook. This answer is arguably incorrect as Australia did not exist as a country when Captain Cook did not so much tour as call in at a few unnamed (at least in English) places on the east coast, planted a British flag and foiled the ambitions of the dastardly French who also coveted the land.
  • The band Captain was undefeated only because they never had to face Captain Beefheart! USA! USA! USA!  Oh sorry,  I’ve been watching the Olympics.
  • Whichever one was last here not playing cricket.

Question 4

Which Australian city was named after Thomas Townsend?


That’d be Thomas TownsHend (sorry I mis-spelled the name – life was not meant to be easy), First Viscount Sydney.

Additional Answers

  • Edam ?  No, Eden
  • Thomastown (couldn’t resist that…it’s all there, actually).   I really wanted to say Geraldton but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.
  • TownsENd, eh?  Sydney, Nova Scotia, too.
  • And the winner is….Sydney
  • Another bloody Anglo-Saxon question. First time quiz answer, I put this to you. How many questions related to Aboriginal history have ever been asked?
  • He was the viscount of Sydney so I’ll say Reykjavik.
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia.  Has been confusing his fellow Brits ever since:
  • That would be Tankenjin
  • Thomastown in northern Melbourne. From the safe viewpoint of one of Melbourne’s bayside suburbs, it certainly used to be regarded as the end of Melbourne, so the elimination of the final syllable of Mr Townsend’s name is both puzzling and regrettable.
  • Thomastown. Or it would be if Thomastown was a city instead of merely a nondescript suburb of a nondescript city.
  • Unfortunately it was Sydney… not Thomas Town… and it’s not in Iceland.
  • Townsville

Question 5

Which male body part swells to ten times its normal size when stimulated?


The pupil of the eye.

Additional Answers

  • Is it only in males? Do ladies’ pupils not react in the same way? And is it true Dr Bob? I’ve only seen it in a joke, and a lame one at that.
  • Oh, Doctor Bob.  But here’s some almost poetry for the occasion: 2 times is his euphemism, 5 times is his nipple, 50 times his ego, and 10 times is his pupil.
  • And could cause severe side effects in the process
  • Football bladder
  • His stomach, when stimulated with copious cold beers.
  • I probably won’t have the answer in time for the end of the quiz, but I wanted to let you know that the experiments are going well.
  • No body part of mine fits this description, but I am led to believe that the iris (part of the eye) exhibits this behaviour.
  • The brain ….and even then, there is still plenty of room in the ol’ skull!
  • The part that can realistically judge physical dimensions
  • The pupil of the eye. Unlike Mary, I don’t have a dirty mind and I did my homework. Well, I did several experiments. After lots of experiments I learned that it is not the body part that people with dirty minds think it is. But I did learn that science can be fun.
  • Well damn.  I was having a relatively good day up until I read this.  Ten times is just ridiculous.  I’ve only ever gotten one and a half to two times out of myself.  I certainly won’t be bringing this month’s quiz to the attention of my fiance — that’s not a done deal yet.
  • When unstimulated it sits quietly and motionless, but whenever [. . . this answer ended there, I wonder why]
  • Penis [Ah yes, I thought there’d be at least one such answer]

Question 6

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Shepparton, Victoria 3630, Australia

Additional Answers

  • Albania?  But no deci-, dammit!  Then ViETNam, although that last is practically inside-trader info, so in true colonial spirit shouldn’t count.
  • Duh
  • Orange, NSW
  • If it isn’t down-town Tirana, then I vote Darwin.
  • In some Savant’s mind
  • It looks depressingly grey and chilly, yet completely lacking snow.  My first guess would be here in Vancouver, but I’ve never seen it.  Who hosts the Winter Olympics next?
  • Not Albania, but Shepparton Vic. The Medicare sign gives it away.
  • Shepparton. The shopping centre was built by King Zog.
  • Suburban Australia, somewhere in north-western Iceland.
  • Umm.  Did you notice the large Tirana City Walk sign in the picture?  Since Tirana is in Albania I’m going to say Iceland.
  • Wodonga
  • Wyndham St, Shepparton (not Albania). I promise I didn’t google this. I grew up in Euroa (famous for it’s “Knock Knock, Who’s There?” joke and for Ned Kelly robbing its bank). Everyone in Euroa knows Tirana City Walk because everyone in Euroa shops in “Shep” (its correct name is “Shep”). And it’s the nearest Centrelink office. Mind you, and this is important, a few yards down from “Tirana City Walk” is LUTFIYE’S KEBABS. He makes the best kebabs in the world! And he IS from Albania. When you next pass through Shep (and Wyndham St is the main drag so you can’t miss it) you MUST go to Lutfiye’s. I promise you won’t be disappointed. His kebabs are sensational. And his “mixed grill” is even better. It’s worth going to Shep just for Lutfiye’s kebabs (there’s not much else to go for, actually, unless you’re from Euroa). Lutfiye’s…just down from Tirana City Walk. Opposite the Post Office.
    Dr Bob adds: Now here’s a funny thing, when I bought my motorbike recently I had to go to Echuca to collect it – and I stopped off in Shep on the way back – and that is when I took the photo. And, may the gods be my witness, I parked it opposite the Post Office, where the pavement is nice & wide – I have not ridden a motorbike for 35 years!! – and crossed the road and had this most amazing lunch, in what I now discover to be Lutfiye’s kebab shop. At the time, I made a mental note to go back to Shep one day JUST TO EAT THERE AGAIN. But I never worked out why the shopping arcade is named after the capital of Albania.  One of the city fathers must have come from there.  Or perhaps he had a Holden Tirana   🙂
    Then Terry said: Now it turns out that one of my colleagues at work, is from “Shep”. A lovely young woman called Stephanie. And when I asked her if SHE knew where Tirana City Walk was she said, “Of course! It’s in Shep. It has the cheap help yourself to all you can eat Chinese Restaurant in it”. Now, this Chinese Restaurant is an institution in Shep. You pay your money..not much..and then eat as much as you like. You can go back for seconds, thirds, fourths or more and no-one would care. Amusingly, hardly anyone does. The bizarre thing is that people pile as much stuff on their plates as they can so you see them balancing these mountains of food as they carefully shuffle their way to the rare spare seat. Some of them, when sitting down, can hardly fit their meals under their double chins. The punters don’t seem to realise you can have a little bit and go back for a little bit more. It seems to be unseemly to be going back for seconds. But OK to look like a glutton. Anyway, here comes the really good bit.  Stephanie has actually been to Tirana! – although for only one night, on a Top Deck tour with 3 nights in Albania. Sadly, she didn’t think much of Tirana. And the men were “sleazy”, she said. And now for the “Tragedy”: Stephanie was born in Shep, grew up there and her family still live there so she visits occasionally (e.g. she went home for Xmas) but she has never eaten at Lutfiye’s!


  • After making my way through some interesting online information on your website, had never heard of the Skeptics before, really thought my brain would be put to the test, and it was! Seemingly innocent questions . . .
  • Earlier today I wondered why a Frisbee kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
  • Hey Dr Bob, perhaps you might be interested to know that tonite’s episode (SBS: 22:00-23:10)  of “The Eagle: A Crime Odyssey” is filmed in ICELAND. Please forgive me if a lot of people have already told you this.
  • Something fishy here. None of the usual suspects in these questions. What’s going on? [I came back from a longish holiday and did not have time to make up a decent quiz for February. I have had this set of questions sitting on the back burner for years. ]
  • This seemed suspiciously easy.  Either that MRI scan did magical things to my brain or Dr Bob is up to something …

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