Questions for all 1998


Buddha Buck January 1998
Christine Allin February 1998
Phillip Mitchell March 1998
Andrew Smith April 1998
Thomas Chandler May 1998
Christopher Duffy June 1998
Martin Grap July/August 1998
Tony Ellis September 1998
Steve Hodges October 1998
Tony Ellis November 1998
Phillip Mitchell December 1998



January 1998

Q1 What proportion of UFO abductions are reported as happening in the USA?

Q2 What was unusual about the appearance of the astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601)?

Q3 In the early part of this century, how did the millionaire John Jacob Astor IV die?

Q4 Who, (or when, or where) said “I am just going outside and may be some time”?

Q5 How would you distinguish a crocodile from an alligator? (apart from looking at the label on its cage, or waiting to see if it eats you, or asking its owner etc.)


February 1998

Q1 What happened on 24 June, 1947?

Q2 How many stone blocks make up the Great Pyramid?

Q3 How many tons of Australian Cane Toads are squashed each year?

Q4 Why do some Swiss Italians put heavy boulders on their roofs?

Q5 Early this century the Emperor of Ethiopia was impressed by American use of the electric chair for executing criminals, and bought one. What happened to it, and why?


March 1998

Q1 Who is the Patron Saint of Skeptics?

Q2 There are no questions about aardvarks in this quiz, so let’s move on to the second animal in the dictionary – what is it? (Clue: it begins with A)

Q3 When dining with Arabs who eat with their hands, which hand do you eat with?

Q4 The men who built the Pyramids were paid with two types of food – bread, and what?

Q5 The Beatles’ song Sexy Sadie was originally titled …?


April 1998

Q1 What European country uses the most soap (per capita)?

Q2 Which of these cities is known as the Venice of the North: Stockholm, St Petersburg, Manchester, Amsterdam?

Q3 Where did Columbus finally believe that he had been?

Q4 Charlemagne’s son Louis the Pious fell very ill, but at Ingelheim on 5 May 840, what finally killed him?

Q5 Jesus’ first miracle – turning water into wine – produced how much wine?


May 1998

Q1 Who said this? “If it disagrees with experiment, it’s wrong. In that simple statement is the key to science. It doesn’t matter how beautiful the theory is, how smart you are, or what your name is – if it disagrees with experiment, it’s wrong.”

Q2 Did Alexander the Great have dandruff?

Q3 What sex were the first computers?

Q4 What (of significance) happened in Iceland on 4 July 1844?

Q5 What is the longest normal English word you can type using only the top row of a typewriter (qwertyuiop) ?


June 1998

Q1 In October 1995 the Queen of England was struck by what object?

Q2 What happened on 30 June, 1908?

Q3 After rising from the dead Jesus appeared to advise Simon Peter to try fishing from the other side of his boat – how many fish did he then catch?

Q4 Are all 8 arms of the octopus identical?

Q5 What position was most common for heterosexual copulation in ancient Greece?


July/August 1998

Q1 Apart from its unexpected location and good state of preservation, what else is remarkable about the wreckage of the Titanic?

Q2 What proportion of the vote did Saddam Hussein get in the 1995 Iraqi elections?

Q3 What was unusual about the planet Saturn in late 1995/early 1996?

Q4 What object is on the set (stage) of the 1995 Australian opera To Traverse Water?

Q5 A tetrahedron is to be painted with four different colours, one to each face. In how many different ways can this be done?


September 1998

Q1 When is L Ron Hubbard’s birthday?

Q2 In military terms, what happened that started the Battle of Gettysburg?

Q3 How was the film The Sound of Music edited for showing in South Korea?

Q4 The first criminal to be executed in Montana for 50 years didn’t like salad but it was added to his last meal of steak and chips – why?

Q5 Remote Pitcairn Island has three principal industries – fishing, farming and what?


October 1998

Q1 When the volcano on Pitcairn Island erupted in 1990, the entire population of 65 was evacuated to Britain. How many of them went back?

Q2 What could you measure in units of a “millihelen”?

Q3 Why was a totally wrecked car sold to a museum for $100,000 on 8 October 1992?

Q4 What happened on 6 May 1937?

Q5 The seminal language Proto-Indo-European was in use ca. 5000BC and is now being recovered by linguists. What is remarkable about how our ancestors described farting?


November 1998

Q1 Why did Joshua ask God to extend a particular day?

Q2 Why was the cartoon character “Postman Pat” censored in Japan?

Q3 What was unusual about the actors in the best film ever made, Citizen Kane (1941)

Q4 What was unusual about the start of the battle of Waterloo?

Q5 What is the power of the human heart (in watts?)


December 1998

Q1 The best suite on the Titanic cost UKP870. What was the lowest fare passengers could pay to get to America?

Q2 A cube is to be painted with six different colours, one to each face. In how many different ways can this be done?

Q3 On 10 August 1628 in Stockholm, what was unusual about the launch of the mighty new Swedish battleship Wasa?

Q4 Does the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi know much about physics?

Q5 What is a spork?