Questions for all 2007


James Harkin January 2007
Jo Esser February 2007
Linda Houston March 2007
Bill Yeats April 2007
Michael Fitzpatrick May 2007
Wendy Mooney June 2007
Kevin Sechrist July 2007
Paul Butcher August 2007
Linda Houston September 2007
Jo Esser October 2007
Robert McMartin November 2007
Edi Winkler December 2007

January 2007

Q1 In Sweden in 2003, a fast-talking man called Lars fell in love with and married a shy female called Siggy. What was unusual about this affair?

Q2 Which book was reviewed in words something like “Not exactly bad, but could be better – the story opens well, very compelling reading, but it becomes somewhat repetitive by the middle, and at the end I found I was wanting more. Hopefully the sequel will be better done”

Q3 In the film “For Your Eyes Only”, James Bond is dining in a swish Greek restaurant with Aristotle Kristatos, a suave local who later turns out to be the villain. Bond, demonstrating the expected 101% familiarity with Greek food and wines, orders first and specifies the whole meal in detail. Kristatos then says “An excellent choice, I’ll have the same” – why did he choose that?

Q4 According to a survey done in 2006 – what is nowadays the most common computer password?

Q5 To whom was King Louis XIV referring in 1679 when he remarked that he was losing more French territory to … … … than to his enemies?

Q6 A recent breakfast TV show featured a “pet psychic” who claimed to be able to identify the owner of a rather cute pet dog. Psychic and dog are both standing off to the left of the screen, as we look. Which one of these people owns the dog?


February 2007 – Theme: Hanging (with disclaimer about barbarity)

Q1 If the hangman shows up to conduct a hanging, but the prisoner is reprieved at the very last moment, does the hangman still get paid?

Q2 Why were sentences of the death penalty in England often passed on a Friday?

Q3 Between Newgate prison and Tyburn gallows, the procession of condemned men would stop twice, why?

Q4 When Ned Kelly was hung – actually before, during and after he was hung – what was in the well under the gallows trap door?

Q5 When the death penalty was discontinued (I won’t say “suspended”) in Britain in the 1960s they forgot to cover one crime, for which a person could therefore in theory still be hung. What was that crime?

Q6 <Drop vs body weight> How did Mitchell Rupe exploit this table to cheat the gallows in the 1990s?


March 2007

Q1 Who possesses a painting depicting himself with Albert Einstein, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, the Mona Lisa and E.T.?

Q2 Where is the world’s longest runway?

Q3 During the filming of Richard III, in a battle scene the lead actor Sir Laurence Olivier was genuinely wounded in the leg by a stray arrow. What was done to allow filming to continue?

Q4 In the Disney cartoon Three Little Pigs (1933), the Big Bad Wolf was modelled on an actual person disliked by Walt Disney. What later film featured a villain modelled on the same person?

Q5 What future year is the setting for the Japanese manga Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo?

Q6 <Titanic Bob Chick> What’s for breakfast?


April 2007

Q1 What is the main piece of equipment used for skwalling?

Q2 The Beatles’ film Magical Mystery Tour was filmed in England, but scenery from what other country is also shown?

Q3 How did the inquisitor Torquemada guard against his food being poisoned?

Q4 What began on 24 October 1881?

Q5 The Klingon language has 3 genders, what belongs to each gender?

Q6 <George Bush two fingered Longhorns sign> Who’s playing?


May 2007 – Theme: Popes

Q1 The Pope is often addressed as “Holy Father”, even though he’s supposed to be celibate. Nevertheless, have there been father & son popes?

Q2 The papal tiara is very heavy, having three crowns and all that, and is pretty exhausting to wear during long ceremonies. On top of that – to cap it all – the crowning irony – is that it can also be the wrong hat size for the incumbent. How did a series of popes overcome these difficulties?

Q3 During the lengthy coronation ceremony, in a cathedral stuffed with people, no air conditioning, and wearing the full set of heavy garments, the new Pope is liable to overheat. How do they cool him down?

Q4 What is the correct procedure, based on centuries of wisdom, to be followed when somebody finds a possibly dead pope?

Q5 Dr Bob once subscribed to a postal chess magazine, whose rabidly atheistic editor refused to allow the Pope to play in any of the games (if he had applied to do so, which frankly was rather unlikely). Due to complaints, the editor was forced to change this policy. What did he do?

Q6 <Pope Hilarius> Who’s this?


June 2007

Q1 The Statue of Liberty has a copper skin – where did the copper come from?

Q2 What did Goebbels give Hitler for Christmas in 1937?

Q3 In 1980, why was Mobutu Sese Seko in such a hurry to marry his mistress?

Q4 What happened to the 3 people, who had the dubious and very rare privilege of experiencing an event, now called the Second Defenestration of Prague?

Q5 What is the name of the highest-altitude village in Britain?

Q6 This is on a roundabout in Sweden – whats the story?


July 2007

Q1 What is the only location mentioned by name in “Magical Mystery Tour”? (and for extra points: what else is this place famous for?)

Q2 What were the “Gethsemane Twelve” better known as?

Q3 In the 1930s, a particular new job had the duties “Keep a ready smile, sweep the floor, dust the windowsills, swat flies, tell off people who throw lit cigarettes out of the window” and what else?

Q4 Why do road signs in some parts of Africa have holes deliberately drilled in them?

Q5 Among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, how many songs are not in English?

Q6 Is the bus going to the left or to the right? (This photo was taken in a one way street. Koreans normally drive on the right)


August 2007

Q1a (Repeat from July because nobody got it) Apart from in the songs, what is the only placename mentioned in “Magical Mystery Tour”, and for extra points, what else is this place famous for?

Q1 What song starts with the word “Hamster”?

Q2 Other than in Europe, where is the biggest collection of French art of the renaissance period?

Q3 The famous Japanese sword maker Masamune was challenged by a rival swordsmith, one of whose swords when held in a flowing stream cut the leaves flowing past on the surface. What was Masamune’s reply?

Q4 What could or should you do, if you wish to emulate the lifestyle and deeds of the famous Duke of Bohemia, Wenceslas I?

Q5 Who said “I played a little with my sister, but she wasn’t too interested, so I started playing games with myself”?

Q6: <Duck & Cover> What is the boy under the table hiding from?


September 2007

Q1 Bible Code: when the UK Daily Mail fell for this very silly idea, they desperately tried to keep it running despite all the derision. Once, they printed all week “Bible Code – The Proof …. evidence that all the major events in world history were encoded in the Bible … further details on Monday”. What did they print on the Monday?

Q2 According to Lyndon LaRouche, who heads the world-wide cocaine smuggling conspiracy?

Q3 In the famous “alien autopsy” hoax movie, a film technician was one of the two operators shown. What was the special skill that decided the choice of the actor for the second operator?

Q4 Of whom was it stated “No marks whatever. Probably third class” (note: if you key these words into Google or Wikipedia then you are a cissy)?

Q5 Dr Bob’s elderly relative fell over and broke her wrist. She already had a future appointment at the Falls Clinic, but they cancelled it, why?

Q6 <Spike’s tombstone> Whose gravestone is this?


October 2007: Theme: Beavers

Q1 Which town hosts the World Championship for throwing dried cow pats?

Q2 Can beavers fell trees accurately?

Q3 What happens if you destroy a dam built by beavers?

Q4 Do beavers require an official permit to build their dams?

Q5 The “Busy Beaver” problem – how many steps can an n-state 2-symbol Turing machine make before it halts? For n=1-4 we have 1, 6, 21, 107, and for n=5 at least 47 million. What is the estimate for n=6?

Q6 <iceberg> What’s this?



November 2007

Q1 For the 700 third-class passengers on the Titanic, how many baths were provided?

Q2 The Titanic was coaled partly from other ships, there being a shortage of coal due to a strike at the time, and due to the great pre-voyage haste the coal was not properly wetted, and a smouldering fire broke out in one bunker. How was the fire put out?

Q3 On the Titanic, Fourth Officer Boxhall calculated its final position as 41*46’N 50*14’W, and having survived the sinking he spent the rest of his life defending these figures against criticism and revision. (Actually, the ship’s time was inaccurate; its real position was about 25km away at 41*43’N 49*56’W).  After his death in 1963 where, by his request, were Boxhall’s ashes scattered?

Q4 When the iceberg was first sighted, it was dead ahead, giving the officers of the Titanic a choice of two ways of avoiding it. Why did they veer the ship to the left (OK, port) of the iceberg instead of to the right?

Q5 In one of the lifeboats from the Titanic, what did Mrs J.Stuart White keep complaining about?

Q6 <picture> This picture is from a movie – in what year did the movie premiere?




December 2007 – Theme: Poo

Q1 Why did Adolf Hitler fart more than usual on 30 December 1944? [He had green pea soup for lunch]

Q2 Melbourne’s sewage works is at Werribbee. At what time of day is the “rush hour” when the most stuff arrives there? – 10am

Q3 Emperor Nero forbade his guests to nip out for a widdle, despite the duration and size of his feasts. How did some men nevertheless find a way of cheating? Men feigned death and were carried out for burial, whereupon they revived and could take a leak

Q4 Emperor Claudius planned to issue an edict concerning farting; what was the gist of it? (To permit it at the table) – (book: The 12 Caesars)

Q5 At Scammell Spur in the Snowy Mountains, there is a lookout with a bush dunny. Unlike other bush dunnies, this one has a flush mechanism and golden door handles. Why? [Q]

Q6 Whose potty?