Answers for April 2009

In a bigger than usual bag – because the new questions were late going up, sorry – Not many people got Q1 right but one of them is our WINNER, from Adelaide –

Michael Macnamara


Question 1

What is the first English word nowadays learned by non-native speakers of English?

Answer

“Google” – that bane of trivia quiz setters, as all my other questions are simply solved thereby. It’s not even an English word, its a corruption of “googol” which is a made-up word also. Oh, the irony.

Additional Answers

  • Probably “Google”. After all, how else would they find any other words? What’s that, a dictionary? I’ll see if I can Google one on-line.
  • “Aaargh!” followed closely by “shiiit!” as the poor buggers realise just how inconsistent, arcane and bloodyminded English can be.
  • Bollocks
  • Both meanings of the word ‘Freeze’, as in to ‘form ice’, and the order ‘stand still’. This is so that they know how to react when the lunatic homeowner sees their colour, assumes terrorist, and shoves a gun in their face.
  • CocaCola. McDonalds. etc.
  • Depends where they go. In America it’s “fries” in England it’s “queen” in Ireland it’s “Guiness” and in the land down under it’s “bugger.”
  • Fully-sickkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
  • F*ck
  • Google
  • Google – sad, isn’t it !! – I actually knew that !!! I didn’t google it at all !!!
  • Guilty
  • Hello
  • hello, my name is …
  • Hello?
  • Hello? Ok? Go Carlton?
  • How much
  • I don’t know what the first word is, but the first phrase is “I am the only remaining descendant of King Kulimaquana IIVX of Nigeria”…
  • I guess it would be “ok”, though that is not really a word. “yes”, “no” or maybe “I”. Am I right or what? [What?]
  • Imperialism.
  • Internet (or maybe “Wikipedia”, for those Dr Bob’s quiz contestants who are also non-native speakers of English…)
  • iPod
  • Is it really? No, I think “what” comes rather later. After “Hello”, “help” and, of course, the f-bomb.
  • JESUS! Wait that’s not an english word. [Oh yes it is. If English was good enough for Jesus it’s good enough for us]
  • Logic tells me “yes” or “no”, but my heart tells me it is more likely to be some swear word, probably f**k [That’s funny – that’s a word my heart often tells me too]
  • LOL – and it’s not even a real word. :<
  • Maybe “english”
  • Nincompoop! Well, it was the first word I learned in this language of the nincompoops, anyway.
  • No
  • Oh, this was a question at a quiz I was at last week and I can’t remember the answer. Bugger it – I’ll go with ‘coke’ and ‘ok’, wrong no doubt
  • OK I am going to have to think, OK I don’t know, OK you win, what is it OK?
  • OK, or is that two words? Okay then.
  • Okay or O.K.
  • Probably the obscene word that is contained in “firetruck”. Or is that being too cynical?
  • Recession
  • Shit
  • Socialism
  • Titanic? Nah, I’ll say ‘English’
  • Windows.
  • Yes
  • Yes? Or is it something four-lettered?
  • Wow! great question. I could guess so many potential first words but surely “toilet” comes somewhere close to the top of the list?! [No, it seems to be at the bottom. So to speak]

Question 2

When Vanuatu (as the New Hebrides) was a joint British-French protectorate, which side of the road did residents drive on?

Answer

Either side!  The French drove on the right and the British drove on the left.  Incidents were frequent … imagine the road rage, peppered with jingoistic insults.

Additional Answers

  • After a few hours around the kava bowl, any bloody side they felt like !!
  • After confusion about whether to drive on the left (English) or right (French) they finally decided based on the next person to disembark on an arriving ship. A French priest alighted and the territory decided to join him on the right side of the road.
  • As I honeymooned there a couple of months ago, you would think I would remember … [On the contrary, I would be surprised if you had time to notice this little detail]
  • Authorities decided on an arbitrary plan whereby the side of the road on which the territory would drive would be decided by whichever side of the road the next horse and buggy getting off a ship drove on. The next person off the ship happened to be a French priest, and it was agreed to drive on the right.
  • Both
  • Both sides – left if you were a Pom and right if you were a Frog. Encounters between vehicles travelling on the same road in opposite directions were often entertaining. Still are, even though the then newly independent Vanuatu settled on driving on the right. (After considerable argument and rancour, I recall that they agreed to all drive on the same side as the first vehicle exiting the next ship – and the Frogs ‘won.’)
  • Don’t know, but judging by the way they drive today, probably any side they felt like.
  • English-speaking persons drove on the left and French-speaking on the right to avoid colliding.
  • First either side, then they settled on the right hand side. I’m not saying how they decided, it’s too silly. Besides, lots of people are going to tell the story.
  • French influenced persons drove down the centre as they do in France. British influenced kept to the verges (in fear).
  • I would think the British drove on the left side of the road, while the French would drive on the right side of the road
  • Imagine that– the French and the British arguing over which side of the road to drive on– the natives didn’t drive so they didn’t care
  • In the English section they drove on the left, in the French on the right. Now they drive on the right in Vila and the middle of the road everywhere else.
  • Left
  • Left during the week and right at week ends.
  • Left, no, the right, no, the left, no … How the bloody hell should I know. They probably didn’t have roads, or cars.
  • Left…no, right … ooohhh, look out!
  • Neither – their donkeys were very adaptive
  • Neither – the natives didn’t drive.
  • New Pombrideans on the left, New Frogrideans on the right.
  • Nobody drove, everybody travelled by medieval catapult.
  • None – they couldn’t get to the RTA to get a license, and being law abiding citizens they decided it was better to walk.
  • On the left in the British bit and on the right in the french bit?
  • Probably both because they were separate communities. They drive on the right now.
  • Probably either according to whim. (I could ask my second cousin – she worked in the Australian High Commission at the time – but that would be cheating.)
  • Right
  • Right, right?
  • The left
  • The middle
  • The residents did not have cars to drive
  • The right. Some years ago in Vanuatu I asked a French resident to tell me the give way rule at roundabouts in Vanuatu – were drivers supposed to give way to traffic on the left or the right? His answer: “Sometimes ze left, sometimes ze right!” I didn’t realise at the time how accurate that was. It was apparently some time before they stopped driving on both the left and the right depending on the origins of the driver.
  • The topside duh.
  • The wrong one.
  • There were no cars in Vanuatu.
  • There were no roads, and donkeys preferred the middle.
  • They could choose, according to the community to which they chose to belong. Not a good idea.
  • They didn’t have cars
  • They had roads?
  • They weaved. Although that could have to do with the use of the island as a dumping ground for cheap red wine.
  • This is so retarded. I looked it up and it was weird and they both governed and it was just stupid. It’d be like “f**k it, just take the island. its crap anyways.”
  • Those British nincompoops drove on the left, while we the superior French – on the right. No good came of that. Bah!
  • Well there were no cars in those days, were there, so it probably didn’t matter !
  • What ever side the chicken wasn’t on.
  • Whichever side didn’t have so many goats milling about on it.

Question 3

What do Iroquois, Aztec, Maori, and Czech persons have in common?

Answer

The demonym for a person is the same as the national name … in English

Additional Answers

  • 1. All group names contain at least one vowel. 2. One can spell ‘mica’ by using the initial letters of each word. 3. None are ‘indians,’ even the Iroquois and Aztecs.
  • 10 fingers and 10 toes
  • All are really terrible poker players.
  • All indigenous
  • All invaded by ideological nutters.
  • All of them have once stolen my wallet.
  • All their countries have been invaded.
  • All were quite skilled at trench warfare?
  • An English demonym which is the same as the name of their nation. What’s the big deal?
  • Better question: Q: What do Attila the Hun, Henry the Eighth, and Winnie the Pooh have in common? A: The same middle name ! har har har.
  • Each culture does not have a word for “Entrepreneur” in their native language.
  • Good scores in scrabble, except for the Maori whose language has been decimated by Nu Zilend Inglesh.
  • Indigenosity? Expert astronomers? Nomads? Captain Cook gave them syphilis? Their names are what other nationalities called them? Their captives were adopted? They can do higher maths? Take one or two letters from each name and with a serif-free capital ‘I’ you can spell ‘Hitler’?
  • Lactose intolerance.
  • Look – google and wikipedia told me the answer was these people have no demonym. But really, I’m only filling out these answers so I can add a comment at the bottom, ok?
  • Mitochondrial DNA
  • Nationalities that are hard to spell
  • None of these demonymic languages have a native word for “iPod”.
  • Participation in Q3 of Dr Bob’s quiz for April 2009!
  • People always mispell their names
  • Really useful scrabble words
  • Some peoples, especially cultures that were overwhelmed by European colonists, have no commonly accepted demonym, or have a demonym that is the same as the name of their (current or historical) nation. Examples include Iroquois, Aztec, Māori, and Czech. Such peoples’ native languages often have differentiated forms that simply did not survive the transfer to English. In Czech, for example, the language is Čeština, the nation is Česko or Česká republika, and the people are Češi. The Dominican Republic has only a demonym-based description for a name.
  • Spirulina
  • Still have no bloody idea
  • The English speakers are such nincompoops that they gave these equally nincompoopish peoples a demonym which is exactemently the same as the name of their respective nations. Bah!
  • The english word for their people is the same as the english word for their nation.
  • Their populations were decimated by disease when they were conquered by invaders?
  • They all come for a weekend visit and stay for a year?
  • They all get born, live and die. And they all belong to homo sapiens, oh, and they all eat. You gotta eat.
  • They all had to spell out their names to others.
  • They all love bugs bunny???? definitely that. Or maybe they all like a good game of croquet…
  • They all marry their cousins?
  • They are all demonymless.
  • They are all human beings.
  • They are each a collection of tribes
  • They are homo sapien.
  • They are not French.
  • They are the butt of more than 50% of the worlds jokes.
  • They are/were all indigenous to somewhere
  • They can all be names in 5 letters [if you decimate the Iroquois]
  • They either have no commonly accepted demonym or they have a demonym that is the same as the word for their current or past nation. A demonym is a word that denotes the members of a people or inhabitants of a place.
  • They have a native language that is the same as the name of their nation.
  • They have no commonly accepted demonym
  • They have no demonym, or it is the same as the name of their nation.
  • They have no demonym. Neither do I.
  • They may have all been persecuted by the Spanish, but surely the Maoris were persecuted by our lot, at least until rugby was invented when the reverse began to apply. And anyway, the Czechs have been persecuted by heaps of people.
  • They speak a language which has no native word for nanotechnology.
  • They’re all human. Apart from that I’ve got nothing.
  • They’re all lightweights at the World Beer games.
  • They’re Human

Question 4

When the British adult comic “VIZ” offered a competition whose prize was “a ton of money” the actual prize was …?

Answer

A ton of money – in 1p and 2p coins, “amounting to a few hundred pounds”. But actually, and nobody pointed this out, the 1p coin weighs 3.56g (and 2p is double) so one ton of them would be about UKP 2,808.99, which is more than punning on 1 ton as 2,240 pounds (weight)

Additional Answers

  • Editor to typesetter at printery …. “Whaddya mean ‘ton’ – I wrote ‘tin’ you moron. Can’t you read ???”
  • “A ton of money” albeit in one and two pence coins weighing one tonne. Given the scatological but honest (sort of) nature of ‘Viz’ it was fortunate for the winner that the advertised prize was not “A shitload of money.”
  • ‘a tonne of pence and tuppence pieces’ = a few hundred pommie pounds
  • $10 US in equivalent Zimbabwe currency notes
  • 1 million pounds
  • 1 Ton of shrapnel.
  • 1,016kg of loose change
  • 1000kg of money?
  • A hundred miles an hour of money?
  • A metric tonne of one- and two-pence pieces, equivalent to a few hundred pounds sterling
  • A money wheel made of stone and weighing exactly one ton.
  • A one ton block with “Money” written on the side.
  • A Rubber Chicken
  • A ton of Australian Dollars: Since the crash worth bugger all!
  • A ton of coins.
  • a ton of money
  • A ton of money, but in 1 and 2 pence pieces
  • A ton of old italian lire coins. worthless.apart from the aluminium content, I guess.
  • A ton of pennies, probably worth about £500
  • A ton of rock salt?
  • A ton of Russian rubles, worthless of course.
  • A ton of smallest available denomination of money?
  • A ton of money — but it wasn’t legal tender anywhere in the world
  • A tonne (metric, 1000kg) of money. All in small denomination coins. Still worth a few hundred quid though.
  • A tonne of 1 and 2 pence pieces which is funny…:P
  • a tonne of 5p pieces
  • A tonne of copper coins
  • A tonne of feathers, because according to that riddle they’re the same. Right?
  • A tonne of small coins
  • A truck load of pennies.
  • Did they stinge and offer a ton of pennies, to be collected at the winner’s expense? Now be honest, Dr Bob, isn’t that what you would have done had you been editor?
  • Evidently someone confused mass pounds with quids. Further argument for the superiority of the glorious metric system.
  • I love VIZ and i can’t believe that I would ever have to answer a question in this quiz about it!!! From memory it was a metric tonne of one and two pence pieces, which is about the same as a couple of hundred pounds sterling.
  • I’m guessing that it was a one ton mass of copper coins. Possibly not even in UK currency. Probably didn’t even add up to enough to cover the freight costs.
  • It was a tonne of copper coins.
  • Monopoly money
  • More than likely they used the smallest possible denomination of their currency and collected a ton/tonne and supplied that to the winner. I would have preferred a toy yoda.
  • one tonne of money!
  • real answer – metric tonne of one and two pence pieces. my answer – a metric tonne of Zimbabwe $100 notes
  • Stone money from Micronesia (Yap)
  • Terribly disappointing.
  • The picture of the fallen madonna with the big boobies
  • The prize was a metric tonne of one- and two-pence pieces.
  • Those nincompoops evidently forgot the difference between a pound of the mass and a pound of the Sterling. Vive la difference!
  • yeah. a tonne of coins like pennies and stuff. can u imagine what you’d do with that??”uhh, hi. i have a delivery for you. where do you want it?””oh just leave it in the front yard, i’ll be out in a minute”a minute later he walks out.”OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY TULIPS!!!!!!!!!”

Question 5

What is the meaning of the Inuktitut word: Katujjiqatigiittiarnirlu?

Answer

Simplicity

Additional Answers

  • “Duh?”
  • “I am the only remaining descendant of King Kulimaquana IIVX of Nigeria”
  • “Keep it simple, stupid” or some such.
  • “Long, often misspelled word that turns out to mean nothing at all”
  • “Someone who has seen an ice bear, peed his pants in fear, and now his clothes are frozen stiff. Stupid coward.”
  • “You won’t be able to spell this word EVER!’
  • A surface of snow partially melted and refrozen to form a pebbly surface
  • Boo- scared you
  • Doctor Bob, that’s simplistic for the quiz isn’t it.
  • Entreprenuer. (They didn’t have spell check either). [And neither do you]
  • Excuse me sir, where is the nearest Public convenience? I have just had a delightful curry and I fear I am about to fill my underpants!
  • Have you caught the lying bastard at it yet?
  • Hello
  • I don’t know – that is either my answer or my position on this question.
  • I don’t know but it’s probably something funny like “short” or “small” or something along those lines.
  • I think it means unity in learning.
  • I was thinking along the lines of “Kat is great to smoke” or “Klaatu is doing a jiggyjig” but then I googled katujjiqatigiittiarnirlu and discovered it means ‘unity.’ Or ‘simplicity’ if it is correct to translate the full term ‘pijarnirniqsat katujjiqatigiittiarnirlu’ backwards. (Oops – the Low Interest Warning Light is flashing on my computer screen. Next question please…)
  • I’m drunk, wanna go back to my place and fool around?
  • imfookedifiknow
  • Irritating word
  • It is the singular of Katujjiqatigiittiarnirlus.
  • It means:”It is bloody cold today!”
  • It’s the sort of powder snow that falls steadily and gently through the night, burying your loved one’s body after he slipped over and died on the way home from the pub, only to be revealed in spring looking just like those plaster-of-paris casts from Pompeii.
  • Leave me alone
  • Literal translation from ‘olde icelandic’ is …”look it up in a dictionary”
  • My tongue is stuck in my braces.
  • Oh I really shouldn’t eat the lemon snowcones
  • Ow my tongue hurts. I think I just bit it.
  • Simplicity
  • Simplicity and Unity
  • Simplicity and unity. Ironic huh?
  • Simplicity. 40 words for snow, ho ho.
  • Succinct
  • The answer is “simple” – It is an antonym for Ulrinraittiigitaqijjutak? Ha, nearly tricked you, everyone knows the antonym for Katujjiqatigiittiarnirlu is sibxibnaqtuq.
  • The answer is simplicity itself: “The damned battery has expired, have I lost my playlist?”
  • The answer is SIMPLICITY itself.
  • Unity
  • Unity. Kind of makes sense.
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • We don’t have 70 different words for snow.
  • Well it had better not be a warning like “Stop!” or “Watch out”, had it, because by the time one had said it, it would be too late!!!
  • Well, those Inuktitut nincompoops WOULD think of such a ridiculously long name for what we the French call “unité”. Bah!
  • Wow, my butt is really itchy, I wonder what I can use to scratch it … and while I am scratching my butt, I think I shall ponder the wonders of the universe
  • Yes

Question 6

///quiz200904Q6.jpg///This mighty stupa just south of Zhongdian, Yunnan, China also serves as a traffic roundabout.  The widespread habit in China, Tibet and Mongolia is to gain merit and good luck by walking 3 times clockwise around religious markers like these.  Therefore the local truckies like to drive 3 times around it before setting off on long journeys.  What is the problem with this custom?

Answer

Such trucks, going around it clockwise, often collided head-on with traffic customarily driven on the right. Also, as several people pointed out, if you went round it exactly 3 times, you would end up back where you started.

Additional Answers

  • According to the picture and China’s road rules, the truckies must drive anticlockwise around their super duper stupa. That’s ok by the local road rules but not ok if the drivers want merit and good luck. Is this why the road toll in China is so appalling? If China changed to driving on the left like sensible people do, would their road toll plummet?
  • Because they drive on the right they should go round in an anticlockwise direction
  • Besides the fact that it is supersticious nonsense? Besides the fact it wastes energy and time? Besides the fact it might just hold up an important delivery of frozen coke to the nearest seven-11?
  • Clockwise rotations would put vehicles on the ‘wong’ side of the road in relation to the flow of other traffic. (quite aside from the disorientating effect of getting dizzy !!) and the possible contravention of the ‘hoon laws’ about doing ‘donuts’.
  • Driving clockwise for luck means they are driving in the opposite direction to traffic obeying the road rules in China. Seems a bit dangerous!
  • getting dizzy… and therefore lost, in conclusion, THIS IS A STOOPID CUSTOM
  • Godzilla. Stay in one area long enough and he’ll get ya.
  • I bet that traffic is meant to go *anticlockwise* around this…
  • I wondered which desert it was snowing in.
  • I’m givin’ off good vibrations. La la la la la. Another one might be Shakin’ all over. Those are some off the songs the truckies listen to which are not culturally correct. So it’s a problem.
  • I’m guessing that to go clockwise around it would be to travel against the traffic flow.
  • If you travel around the roundabout 3 times you leave where you entered … you are going nowhere fast!
  • In China they drive on the right and therefore they need to move to the left-hand side of the road in order to make the clockwise turns. This might result in clashes with oncoming traffic…
  • In China, cars normally drive on the right. Therefore driving clockwise around a roundabout, religious or not, is against regulations. Sorry guys – religion and traffic don’t mix. (Same goes for religion and politics, religion and rationalism, religion and drinking vodka, religion and… you name it…)
  • In order to easily go around the stupa clockwise you need to enter the intersection travelling on the wrong side of the road (left). Surely this is still physically possible!!
  • In that part of China the water drains counter-clockwise, so any water trucks travelling in a clockwise direction end up levitating and lose traction with the road.
  • It is likely to cause accidents.
  • It would clog up traffic!
  • It’s silly.
  • It’s stupid.
  • It’s the wrong way to drive on. China drives on the right and by driving 3 times clockwise they’d better be able to drive bloody quickly or they’ll run into someone else driving correctly.
  • Looks like some are circling clockwise and some are counter-clockwise. AIEEE!
  • No-one can count to three
  • None of them can count that high
  • Normal traffic direction would be counter clockwise
  • Pork!
  • Running out of gas.
  • The drivers are French-speaking and so drive on the right side of the road, which means they are in danger of being mistaken for an English-speaking person when circumnavigating the roundabout.
  • The drivers of the trucks chinese who do this are such nincompoops that, in their religious ecstasy, they forget the rules of the driving, i.e. that the roundabouts in China are to be driven around clockwisement. Bah!
  • The tradition is to go around it clockwise, but the traffic laws dictate anticlockwise.
  • The truckies drive 25 miles in the wrong direction to drive around this round about, and the problem is the local council can’t pull a toll booth on it.
  • There are no footpaths, resulting in pedestrian devotees often being run over by devotees in trucks.
  • There is no consensus about which way to drive (clockwise or anticlockwise), or which side of the road to drive on. The situation is further complicated because goats mill about on the road, and they’re wearing iPods so they can’t hear the traffic.
  • They are supposed to go anti-clockwise around roundabouts – is it that simple?
  • They crash into each other.
  • They drive against oncoming traffic thus limiting the value of their luckiness by either dying, killing or maiming innocent skeptics or being booked by skeptical Chinese traffic police.
  • They drive on the French side of the road, so it may mean good luck for the truckies but not so much for the cyclists going the other way.
  • They drive the wrong way around the roundabout (they should be going anticlockwise)
  • They get dizzy
  • They get dizzy and crash.
  • They get dizzy and go the wrong way.
  • They get dizzy and throw up in the direction of the stupa, thus ensuring their reincarnations as buzzards.
  • They normally drive anticlockwise
  • They would be going in the wrong direction
  • They’re not walking.
  • Too easy!
  • Traffic goes anti clockwise
  • Trucks are too big
  • Trucks doing it the same time as the pedestrians.
  • Wrong way round. The local towtruckdriver is happy, however.
  • You actually only get good luck by going three times ANTI-clockwise! Everyone knows that! However, I guess the correct answer will be something like by going around clockwise, they end up driving on the left instead of the right, thereby making them drive directly into oncoming traffic. Doesn’t sound very lucky to me, unless I am the one in the biggest truck!
  • You can only leave from where you started if you do three circuits. to go elsewhere would require you to do more or less than three.
  • Your pizza may arrive in greater than 30 minutes, which means you get it free.

Comments

  • Here’s something weird … I Googled the word “Katujjiqatigiittiarnirlu” and got a page of about 9 results BUT Google also asked “did you mean Katujjiqatigittiarnir” … so I thought, what the hell, so I responded by clicking Google’s suggestion! Guess what I got???? “No results found for ‘Katujjiqatigittiarnir ‘ “. Go figure !!!!
  • >>hugzz<< Dr. Bob
  • 0 from 6 again! Mensa will never accept me!
  • 1 out of 5 I reckon
  • Bah! Doctor the Bob, you are one of the least nincompoopish people on the internets.
  • Boobs.
  • Cool quiz 😀
  • Do Australians love President Obama?
  • Has anyone ever told you that in the photo on the archives for the quiz you look like Bruce Campbell? [Yes. In the answers for April 2009]
  • Hi Dr Bob – sorry I missed the last one – but looking at the answers, I would have stuffed it up anyway. Regards from Adelaide.
  • I am leaving this field blank
  • I could look up a translation of the Inuit word so what is the point? This is not a controlled test.
  • I didn’t get any stimulation from Kevin Rudd. My husband got $900. I felt really left out and neglected, until my husband offered to stimulate me as much as I wanted. He’s so sweet. [You ate him?]
  • I tried to google “comments”. Actually I found a lot but none of them seemed suitable. Major FAIL. Actually that was a common one I found. So now I’m totally FAIL.
  • I would have done more research but it’s late and I’m drunk.
  • Just what does Paavoharju mean, anyway?
  • LOL sorry for being a turd on your thingy but really
  • Lots of thought put into the research, thought about it then didn’t have any time left to actually do it
  • Nice one Doc, thoroughly enjoyed showing my wisdom and wit (or lack of).
  • No Titanic, Adoph or Stalin this month, Dr B? And you’ve got your grammar wrong: “but only named entries can be picked as the winner” is an incorrect combination of singular (“winner”) and plural (“entries”). In your context, it should most probably be singular: “but only a named entry can be picked as the winner”.
  • Not enough hard digging this month … not that I got them all right mind you!
  • Pretty interesting quiz … let’s hope my anthro degree helped with them.
  • Rock on!
  • Tell me you didn’t get q3 from Paul’s Free Trivia Questions … My novel won the inaugural Paperback In Your Hands competition. Maybe that means I will get published one day? [I doubt it   😦 Still, if you were a painter instead of a writer, you’d get hung instead.]
  • The correct title for the former New Hebrides polity was ‘condominium,’ a Latin word which also describes certain large buildings in Florida and in other equally far flung places. I have no idea if this means anything. [It means the Romans discovered Florida]
  • The picture question last month, Dr Bob – those “spelling mistakes” in the Russian were deliberate! I was trying to convey a Georgian accent. OK?
  • There is no such thing as a 3 sided triangle, in reality they are triangular prisms with 5 sides. Why doesn’t maths teach this?
  • This is always the hardest part of the quiz to complete … but probably a lot easier than playing Scrabble in Inuktitut!
  • What is the significance of the number 194654? [Well, it’s twice 97327 which is a prime. When divided by 1001 the remainder is 460 which shares two digits with the middle of the number. When written 1946-54 it’s the dates of the first bird-banding program in Greenland, and the dates that Foot & Mouth Disease last occurred in Mexico. In base 21 it’s 10085 which looks like LOOBS and “loob” is the Filipino word for one’s inner self; whereas in base 7 and written upside down on a calculator it’s “SEE OH HI”. Therefore, we use this number to convey hidden messages to your inner being.]
  • Why does the skeptics website take so damn long to load? [Well, we’re skeptics – we have to check everything]
  • Yeah, i did this april quiz before and didnt understand. I TOOK IT SERIOUSLY FOR GOD’S SAKES!! so these are my amended answers with some happy and delightful chatter. thanks bobsy! 🙂 a smiley face for you. 😉 now he’s winking!!
  • Yes, all right, I looked up the answer to number three. Demonyms, indeed….

 

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