Archive for the ‘Trivia Question of the Week’ Category

Jul
14
Filed Under (Trivia Question of the Week) by Rob on 14-07-2008

The first woman to climb Mount Everest was Junko Tabei. In what year did she do so?

Answer to last week’s question: The king of hearts is the only king in a pack of cards without a moustache. And the winner was Reggie Thompson.



Jul
07
Filed Under (Trivia Question of the Week) by Rob on 07-07-2008

Q: In a standard pack of cards, which is the only king not to have a moustache?

Answer to last week’s question: The ‘Piton de la Fournaise’ is on the island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean (one of Rob’s favourite places in the world!)



Jun
30
Filed Under (Trivia Question of the Week) by Rob on 30-06-2008

Q: On which Island would you find the volcano “Le Piton de la Fournaise”?

Answer to last week’s question: The word cookie comes from the Dutch word koekje, meaning little cake.

And the winner was Eddie Arthur. Well done sir – anyone would think you were a linguist or something!



Jun
23
Filed Under (Trivia Question of the Week) by Rob on 23-06-2008

Q: The word biscuit comes from the French bis cuit meaning ‘cooked twice’.
From which language does the word cookie come from and what did it originally mean?

Answer to last week’s question: Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski share the same birthday, Rusedski being exactly one year older than Henman.



Jun
16
Filed Under (Trivia Question of the Week) by Rob on 16-06-2008

Q: Which two world famous tennis players share the same birthday (but one year apart)?

(Bonus points for saying which is the older – and no cheating on Google or Wiki!!!)

Answer to last week’s question: the most common bird in the world is THE CHICKEN, which also happens to be one of my favourite jazz tunes (click here to watch & hear it).

The winner was Beth Friesen. Well done – your our first Canadian winner, I think!



Jun
02
Filed Under (Trivia Question of the Week) by Rob on 02-06-2008

Q: The Severn is the longest river in Great Britain (220 miles). Which is the second longest?

Answer to last week’s question: Jethro Tull was inspired by organ pipes to invent the seed drill.

And the winner was Rachel Lewis – well done and thanks for getting all those bulletins out too!
Bonus points to Mike Griffin for the following addendum to TQW 21:

“The seed drill was invented by Camillo Torello and patented by the Venetian Senate in 1566, and was refined by Jethro Tull in 1701.”
(Though he did look on Wikipedia!!)



May
26
Filed Under (Trivia Question of the Week) by Rob on 26-05-2008

Q: Who, in 1701, was inspired by looking at a church organ to go and invent the seed drill?

Answer to last week’s question: The dolphin is the mammal with the most teeth. To be precise, the long-snouted spinner dolphin (which, incidentally, is neither a marsupial nor a monotreme!!). More spinner dolphin info here.

The winner was Anne Anderson (well done for giving Tim and Eddie a run for their money!)



May
19
Filed Under (General, Trivia Question of the Week) by Rob on 19-05-2008

Q: There is one mammal which has more teeth than any other – up to 260 in fact. Which mammal is it?

Answer to last week’s question:

My two favourite renditions of ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ are by Eva Cassidy and Israel Kamawiwo’ole.
The winner was the inimitable Tim Slade, but could’ve been Eddie Arthur!

NB If you know any other good renditions of the song, let me know!



May
12
Filed Under (General, Trivia Question of the Week) by Rob on 12-05-2008

(You’ll love this one…).

Q: On my iPod, I have the two greatest EVER renditions of the song Somewhere over the Rainbow.
One is sung by a man, one by a woman. Both artists died in the late 1990’s, less than a year apart. They both came from somewhere in the USA.

Answers please…

(NB In the event of a tie, spelling will be taken into account!)

Answer to last week’s question:

(i) Reginald Dwight = Elton John
(ii) David McDonald = David Tennant
(iii) Priscilla White = Cilla Black
(iv) Harry Webb = Cliff Richard

And the winner was Alex



May
05
Filed Under (Trivia Question of the Week) by Rob on 05-05-2008

Q: Who are the following British stars:

(i) Reginald Dwight
(ii) David McDonald
(iii) Priscilla White
(iv) Harry Webb

Answer to last week’s question: A googol is a 1 followed by 100 zeros and was made up by Edward Kasner’s nephew.
And the winner was: Clive Anderson (thank you for talking back!!)