Questions for all 2000


Sam Ross January 2000
Sam Ross February 2000
Ermintrude Kennanniwhacker March 2000
Brian MacNamara April 2000
Eric Prentice May 2000
Tony Ellis June 2000
Norm Poyser July 2000
John Coffin Aug 2000
Brian Miller Sept 2000
Julie Grundy Oct 2000
David Wicks Nov 2000
Duncan Meyers Dec 2000

Jan 2000

Q1 A flagpole has a rope hanging down from the top. When hanging straight down it is 1 metre longer than the pole; when pulled out tight it just touches the ground 7 metres from the base of the pole. How high is the pole?

Q2 When two galaxies (say of 100 billion stars each) collide, how many physical star collisions are expected to occur?

Q3 Why is Roald Dahl’s story Esio Trot so titled?

Q4 In what TV program occurs the line “Lashings of hot screwdriver”

Q5 How many eyes are shown on a pack of 52 playing cards?


Feb 2000

Q1 When Edison invented the phonograph what did he think its main use would be?

Q2 When A.G.Bell invented the telephone what did he think its main use would be?

Q3 What proportion of traditional Chinese medicines sold are believed to be forgeries?

Q4 With which two integer numbers was Sigmund Freud obsessed?

Q5 How was the Muppet Show altered for screening in Turkey?


March 2000

Q1 How many pips are there in a set of 28 Dominoes?

Q2 When were can openers invented?

Q3 In what book or film does someone say “Round up the usual suspects”?

Q4 The large edible bird that the English call “turkey” is called in French “Coq d’Inde” and in India they call it “Peru”, and for that matter in Peru “gueguecho” but where did it really originate?

Q5 What percentage of microwave ovens have the door hinged at the left?


April 2000

Q1 Which way round do microwave oven turntables generally go?

Q2 Finland in recorded history has fought approx 43 wars; generally (a) Who against? and (b) What’s the score?

Q3 Of the pure chemical elements, which is the most dense?

Q4 The Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903 – how far did they get?

Q5 What could you measure in units of a “barn-yard-atmosphere”?


May 2000

Q1 How many walls of the autopsy room do you get to see in the supposedly genuine alien autopsy film?

Q2 What would happen to a swinging pendulum in an elevator when the elevator cables break?

Q3 What was the source of energy for several vehicles that held the world land speed record (around 65 mph) in 1898-1899?

Q4 How many people were on Noah’s Ark?

Q5 Do bananas grow pointing upwards or downwards?


JUNE 2000

Q1 As the perpetrators sped across Suva on their way to carry out the Fiji coup of mid-May 2000 what went wrong?

Q2 Now that we have survived the year 2000 leap year problem, what will happen in 3000 and 4000?

Q3 What European country exports bananas?

Q4 Why was the prolific author Barbara Cartland buried in a cardboard coffin?

Q5 What body or area has a flag of three horizontal stripes, blue green and red?


JULY 2000

Q1 In what journal did the Wright Brothers write up their first flight of 1903?

Q2 How thick is the ice at the North Pole?

Q3 Facing almost certain defeat by the Persians in 480BC, Themistocles consulted the Delphic oracle and was told he would lose and should flee immediately. What did Themistocles do next?

Q4 What is remarkable about the piece 4 minutes 33 seconds composed by John Cage (d. 1992)

Q5 In the UK Midlands, the Oxford, Cambridge and Regional examination group’s syllabus requires knowledge of the ocrawatt and ocrajoule. How many watts are in an ocrawatt?



Q1 When was the Vatican City defined as a separate state?

Q2 Of the 24 chromosomes (1-22 plus X and Y) which is the smallest?

Q3 How thick is the ice at the South Pole?

Q4 From 1990-2000 the highbrow Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung literary section featured headlines plundered from what other publication?

Q5 What was unusual about the 1975 LP The Best of Tony Bennett?



Q1 Some years ago, the Australian art critic Robert Hughes had a new washing machine installed in his New York apartment. What was unusual about this incident?

Q2 What do Finns call the 4th or “ring finger” of the hand?

Q3 Who invented the Cat Flap?

Q4 The British are planning to land a probe on Mars in 2003. What will it do after it has landed?

Q5 What percentage of peanut butter is sold as crunchy peanut butter?



Q1 What is next in the sequence – Car, Scratch, Melt, ….

Q2 How did 19th-century German scientists explain the arched brow of Neanderthal skulls?

Q3 Thomas Huxley was known as “Darwin’s Bulldog”. Who (alive now) has been called “Darwin’s Greyhound”?

Q4 How long did it take Copernicus’s theory (that the Earth orbits the Sun instead of vice versa) to be accepted?

Q5 How many people are airborne over the USA during the daytime?



Q1 King Midas – the touch-turns-to-gold guy – really existed (Phrygia, 700BC) and his funeral feast leftovers have been studied. What did they eat?

Q2 In Liechtenstein’s last war, they sent 80 troops to go and wallop the Dutch, how many men returned?

Q3 What dictionary starts with (in English) sky, baffle, hat, head, beret?

Q4 What type of footwear does Margaret Thatcher usually wear?

Q5 In Finnish and Estonian folk myths, what are the water-gods usually made of?



Q1 What is, or rather was before the Russians flattened it, the principal source of revenue of Chechnya?

Q2 What languages are related to Korean?

Q3 Where is Lake Vostok?

Q4 Four cards show D,F,3,2 – there is a theory that D always has 3 on the other side, what cards should you turn over to investigate this?

Q5 Freud said that a diagnosis was probably correct if the patient agreed with the analyst about it. What if the patient vehemently disagreed with the diagnosis?