Oviphilic WINNER FOR MAY 1997 is:
In what year was the stage magic trick of “sawing a lady in half” first performed?
1921. Strictly, a trick of “sawing a man in half” was done in 1920, somebody pinched it and made it a different trick by using a lady.
- 1307 – Mel Gibson in Braveheart
- 1888 – in Whitechapel, London
- During the Great famine of 100349 BC
In what year were male spermatozoa discovered?
1870. So, nobody knew where babies came from, until then.
- 4004 BC
- In the year that I turned 13
- 1972, by Woody Allen
- What about female spermatozoa? [Dr Bob says: We are still looking for them]
On Xmas Day, 1860, the explorers Burke, Wills, Gray, and King all shook hands with each other. How many handshakes took place?
6 (B/W, B/G, B/K, W/G, W/K, G/K)
Amazingly, nearly everyone got this right. Obviously the Internet audience is better at simple maths than the usual crowd I get at my trivia nights.
What Pharaoh of ancient Egypt had the nickname “Horse Face”?
Akhnaten (congenital deformity; there are statues and carvings that show it)
- Rameses the 12th
Which is the world’s tallest mountain, measured from its base to its top?
Mauna Kea (Hawaii) – a hill of height 10,200m, which happens to be standing in a few km of seawater. Mt Everest (Chomolungma) may be the tallest above where the sea would be if there was any sea nearby, but it’s really a small mountain that happens to be standing on a high plain. The mountain whose top sticks out furthest into space from the centre of the earth is Chimborazo, in the Andes (since the Earth bulges significantly at the equator)
- Olympus Mons [OK, OK – so I didn’t say which world]
- Looks like Mt Everest but you wouldn’t have asked the question if it was so it must be something else
- Bill Gates’s collection of dollar bills