Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Wednesday Quiz is no longer worth anything near $101 billion

It's:



The Wednesday Quiz, in its third incarnation, is basically the same old weekly game of knowledge, intuition, inductive reasoning, and willingness to risk public embarrassment in a friendly and moderately supportive environment!!  With a minor twist that will probably make it rather difficult at first!  


Traditionally, it is a closed-book quiz.

Answers may well come out Fridayish. Or Saturdayish.

1. This country came into being in 1861 as an expansion of the monarchy of the ancient House of Savoy -- although this isn't the way it's usually it's usually talked about. It wasn't complete in its modern form, however, until losing the Franco-Prussian War convinced the French to give up a chunk that they had been hanging onto.

2. I'm told Holi is the most fun, but there's also Diwali, Navaratri, Ganesh Chaturthi, Rama Navami, Janmashtami, and plenty of others. What are they?

3. Who is no longer worth anything near $101 billion, in part because he's given $28 billion to charity?

4. It's not a liquor, it's the name of the guy who painted this:



5. Who said
Nature is a language and every new fact one learns is a new word; but it is not a language taken to pieces and dead in the dictionary, but the language put together into a most significant and universal sense. I wish to learn this language, not that I may know a new grammar, but that I may read the great book that is written in that tongue. 
He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses. 
Every great and commanding moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of some enthusiasm.
and:
I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.


6. In what movie do we meet Mookie, Buggin' Out, and the unfortunate Radio Raheem?

7. Who convinced himself that these were trips to Indonesia?



8. The eighth most populous country in the world considers itself especially vulnerable to climate change because it is so low-lying, with most of its land below 10 meters of elevation. What country is this?

9. Of what well known organization is this the symbol?



10. The county of Tanzania was formed by the 1964 union of mainland Tanganyika and this archipelago principality, which is famous in some circles for its cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper. Where are we talking about?

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I hate quotations. Tell me what you know, in the comments.  

14 comments:

gS49 said...

1. Italy
2. Hindu holy days
3. Gates, Bill
4. Fra Angelico
5. Erasmus
6. Do the Right Thing
7. Columbus, Christopher
8. Brazil
9. Amnesty International
9. Zanzibar

Chance said...

Okay, it's hard not to look at the answers of the other guy here, but I am AVERTING MY EYES

1. italy
2. (indian) holidays
3. bill gates
4. someone who starts with F
5. emerson
6. do the right thing
7. columbus
8. brazil?
9. amnesty international
10. zanzibar

Chance said...

Also: Y U NO POST ANSWERS LAST TIEM, MICHAEL5000? You better watch out or you'll find yourself demoted to Michael4000.

pfly said...

1. Italy!
2. Hindu deities?
3. Gates, Bill?
4. Fettacini...
5. ...Emerson?
6. Don't Have A Clue
7. Columbus
8. Bangladesh
9. Amesty International?
10. Zanzibar

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Okay, let's get back to the rock and roll trivia. I'm dumber than bricks, and you're always reminding me of this.

Elaine said...

1. Italy?
2. minor Deities of India?
3. Bill Gates?
4. Fra Angelico
5. Darwin? I doubt that, but have no idea, so I'm taking a wild stab; wait, how about Erasmus?
6. Guys and Dolls? (No clue)
7. Columbus?
8. Bangladesh? Indonesia was my next guess, but I am shooting for a B-
9. Amnesty International? or the Simon Wiesenthal group that hunts down Nazi war criminals, the name of which is just beyond my memory horizon? So I have to go with AI
10. Zanzibar (the Spice Islands)

Jacques said...

I will second the doctor in that I'd like to see more music questions, yes. However I must say that your Popular Music trivia, while suitable for the masses, is nearly always ridiculously easy for anyone who has spent any time listening to or reading about modern music (like me). I mean you ask things like "identify these guys" and it's the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan. Kind of like having an essay contest and the only question is, "Spell your name."

What I'm saying is, I think you can dig deeper into the ol' catalogue than just skimming the top .01% best known artists and songs of all time, and I'd enjoy it if you did. Also, I'm a pompous jerk.

mrs.5000 said...

1 Italy
2 Hindu gods
3 Bill Gates
4 Fra Angelico
5 Well, neither Erasmus or Einstein seem like a good choice, so I'm thinking...what's that guy's name? Echankar?
6 Do the Right Thing
7 Christopher Columbus
8 Bangladesh
9 Amnesty International
10 it feels like this is not the first time I have been battered on the rocks of this particular archipelago...it must be a Z, and I can think of many Zs in Africa but none especially archipelagic...I'll just say Zambia to get it over with and go sniff some cloves.

Elaine said...

@Dear Mrs. 5000
Don't scream when you think TANganyika and ZANzibar = TanZanIA. I myself have stopped smacking my head because I fear it's increasing the amount of brain damage... At least YOU could thnk of the word HINDU and knew the movie!

La Gringissima said...

1. Italy
2. Hindu holidays
3. Bill Gates
4. Fra Angelico. He sure is tasty, though.
5. um...Einstein
6. Do the Right Thing
7. Christopher Columbus
8. Bangladesh
9. Amnesty International
10. Zanzibar

Voron X said...

1. Italy
2. Hindu Holidays
3. Gates
4. Frangelico
5. Emerson
6. Do the Right Thing
7. Columbus
8. Bangledesh
9. Amnesty International
10. Zanzibar

Voron X said...

Anybody else think that Robert A. Heinlein and Ralph Waldo Emerson have a similar tone in their (very quotable) quotes?

dhkendall said...

1. Italy
2. Hindu holidays
3. Warren Buffet?
4. Chagall?
5.
6.
7. Chris Columbus
8. Bangladesh
9. Amnesty International
10. Zanzibar

Michael5000 said...

Yo, answers! Wouldn't want to forget answers!

1. Italy
2. Hindu Holidays
3. Bill Gates
4. Fra Angelico
5. Emerson
6. Do the Right Thing
7. Christopher Columbus
8. Bangladesh
9. Amnesty International
10. Zanzibar