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You have to be bright to answer this one! Ultimately, all of the energy in all life cycles on land originally comes from what?
2. The Sun
The Penny Black is an item much prized by collectors. What is the name of the collector of such items?
In North America they are called cowboys; in South America they are called what?
Which famous philosopher is known for his famous Latin phrase "cogito ergo sum", or in English, "I think, therefore, I am"?
2. Nicolo Machiavelli
4. Rene Descartes
Cartoonist Al Capp died in 1979. Which comic strip did he create?
1. Beetle Bailey
2. Calvin and Hobbs
4. Li'l Abner
At what activity did Bobby Fischer beat Spassky?
Who is the author of the November 2001 book "Skipping Christmas," a departure from his usual legal thrillers?
1. John Grisham
2. James Patterson
3. Dean Koonz
4. Tom Clancy
What was the name of the British archaeologist who, in 1922, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt?
1. Heinrich Schieman
2. James Breasted
3. Howard Carter
4. William Albright
The tradition of this people claims an enormous hen turkey flew over their fields bringing them corn and teaching them how to cultivate their crops. Can you name this culture?
What do the initials BMW, of the car company, stand for (in English)
1. Bavarian Metal Works
2. British Motor Works
3. Bavarian Motor Works
4. British Metal Works
What greek letter represents the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle?
Name the queen of France, wife of King Louis XVI, who was executed during the French Revolution.
1. Joan of Arc
2. Marie de Medici
3. Anne of Austria
4. Marie Antoinette
Do you know why 1816 was called "The Year Without Summer?" Are all these facts true, or is one false?
1. During June and July Connecticut experienced a rare summer blizzard and snow and sleet fell in Danville, Vermont.
2. While unseasonably frigid summer temperatures brought crop failures all over New England, Massachusetts had snow flurries.
3. Savannah, Georgia, had a high temperature of only 46 degrees Fahrenheit on July 4.
4. The eruption of the Tambora volcano in Java the previous year spewed dust and ash into the atmosphere and caused the unusually cold summer of 1816.
You pick up an "aubergine" in the fruit and vegetables section of your supermarket. What is this vegetable better known as?
When were the first Olympic Games held?
1. 653 B.C.
2. 776 B.C.
3. 936 B.C.
4. 1000 A.D.
The logo of the Amnesty International organization is a candle surrounded by what?
4. barbed wire
Australia is known for its natural beauty. Mount Ossa is the highest peak in which Australian State or Territory?
3. New South Wales
No male disco-goer was complete without a leisure suit. Out of what material were these usually made?
Is a "black-eyed Susan" a fish, a fruit, a bird, or a plant?
Who was appointed as NBA Commissioner in 1984, and was responsible for the introduction of the WNBA?
1. Walter Kennedy
2. Maurice Podoloff
3. Larry O’Brien
4. David Stern
What is the name of the Scottish queen whom Elizabeth I of England felt threatened by and had executed in 1587?
In 1970, the first game of this long-running prime-time sports show aired on ABC. What was this series?
1. WWF Raw
2. Monday Night Football
3. Bowling for Dollars
4. Wide World of Sports
In 1970, the US-government subsidized rail company was formed. What was this railroad company called?
1. Western Union
2. Union Pacific
3. Santa Fe
The most popular dog breed in North America, this short-coated Canadian dog comes in black, chocolate, and yellow.
1. Cocker Spaniel
3. Golden Retriever
4. Labrador Retriever
On one day in 1972, 13 Irish protesters were shot by the British army. By what name was this sad day known?
1. Black Tuesday
2. Bloody Sunday
3. Deadly Friday
4. Sad Monday
In 1970, this television show, telling the story of a mom and her five children forming a rock band, first aired. What was it?
1. The Addams Family
2. The Brady Bunch
3. The Partridge Family
4. The Monkees
Neon, argon, radon and the like are a snobby bunch. They don't like to make compounds with the other elements. What name, synonymous with 'stately', has been given to these gases?
1. Noble gases
2. Loner gases
3. Standalone gases
4. High gases
In 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young recorded "Ohio," a protest song about the killing of four students. What university did the students attend?
2. Kent State
3. Ohio State
4. University of Michigan
Why is yodeling banned in Swiss mountain villages in the spring?
1. It disturbs sheep giving birth
2. It attracts vermin
3. It disturbs nesting wildlife
4. It can cause an avalanche
Who was the last emperor of China?
1. Pu Yi
2. Pu Dee
3. Mao Zedong
4. Chiang Kai Chek
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