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Posted - Nov 23 2018 : 5:29PM
Getting away from the capitals, collective nouns, currencies, ...
I occasionally come across trivia questions that I think are actually interesting (or amusing). I'll list a few to get started.
Name five countries with one syllable names.
Name as many landlocked countries as you can.
Bonus points if you can name double landlocked countries.
What was Hitchcock's first movie released in colour?
What date is Canada day?
How many manned moon landings have their been?
(My own question: why was there more than one?)
I used to run a pub trivia social club event, and I often had visiting Americans (students, workers, tourists) attending. With an American at one event, there was a question on an American state capital. I naturally just laughed and looked at him in complete anticipation. He said "Ummm... I think it's...". Turned it was not correct.
But I can't be too cocky. On a British TV quiz show once, they asked a question about my country. I didn't know the answer.. but the British person on the panel did.

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Posted - Nov 23 2018 : 6:16PM
Python, Ruby and Java are all types of what?
Besides Antarctica and Australia, which continent contains the fewest countries?
Which three continental European pairs of countries start with the same three letters?
Which orchestral instrument shares its name with a menu item?
 
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Programming languages.

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Posted - Nov 24 2018 : 6:18AM
Correct.
I only knew Python was a snake and Java was a programming language. And I went with the former. (I've never heard of programming languages Python and Ruby.)

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Posted - Nov 24 2018 : 8:07AM
Question from me.
Apart from trivia, are collective nouns actually used anywhere?
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Posted - Nov 25 2018 : 7:11AM
From my paper today.
Name the three cites in the southern hemisphere that have hosted the summer Olympics. (Bonus points if you can give the years.)

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Posted - Nov 25 2018 : 11:33AM
^I think I know 2 out of the 3, but I can't think of the third one at the moment.
 
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Posted - Nov 25 2018 : 1:01PM
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2016
Sydney, Austrailia 2000
Melbourne, Austrailia 1956

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Posted - Nov 25 2018 : 1:03PM
^Melbourne was the one I didn't know about.

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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 2:16AM
Which is the hottest planet in our solar system?

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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 5:39AM
^I think it's Mercury.

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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 6:01AM
^ This is an interesting question because, it's actually Venus.

Edited by - Simple Simon on 11/26/2018 6:08:25 AM


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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 6:06AM
Plus I found this.
"the side of Mercury that faces away from the Sun is usually 100 degrees or more below zero"
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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 6:29AM
^Thanks for the info!

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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 6:47AM
What is the largest desert in the world?
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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 7:39AM
^Sahara Desert?

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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 2:39PM
Without looking it up I was going to say volcanic islands.
North America
Edited by - tripper on 11/26/2018 2:51:54 PM

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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 2:41PM
I would have said Mercury also, but it doesn't rotate, so I quess it's an average temperature thing.
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Have to correct myself (after looking it up), it rotates slowly. Length of a day on Mercury 58d 15h 30m.
Good thread Simon
Edited by - tripper on 11/26/2018 2:49:12 PM

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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 2:46PM
Hitchcock first movie, black and white, but I can't name it.
Six manned moon landings, Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17. There probably would have been less, public interest was wanning, but 13 brought the interest back again.

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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 3:06PM
For some reason the system isn't letting me edit my post above. Just adding some interesting Apollo information.
Nasa was testing all the steps. Apollo 9 orbited the moon but didn't bring a lander along, 10 orbited the moon and launched the lunar lander, which went to within something like 200 miles above the moon, then went back up and docked with the orbiting capsule and command module.
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So I looked it up, Apollo 8 orbited the moon, without a lander. 9 took the lander up in earth orbit and tested the docking procedures, then 10 did take the lander to the moon, but actually took it down to 8.4 nautical miles above the moon before going back to the command module.
Another interesting fact, the Apollo 1 had the cabin fire on January 27, 1967. "The ignition source of the fire was determined to be electrical, and the fire spread rapidly due to combustible nylon material, and the high pressure, pure oxygen cabin atmosphere. The astronauts' rescue was prevented by the plug door hatch, which could not be opened against the higher internal pressure of the cabin. Because the rocket was unfueled, the test was not considered hazardous, and emergency preparedness for the test was poor." They ran electrical wiring haphazardly and just layed the carpet over it.
So they completely redesigned the capsule electrical cabling, materials, atmosphere and hatch, and launched the new capsule on Apollo 7 for testing on October 11, 1968, less than 21 months later.
Edited by - tripper on 11/26/2018 3:53:33 PM

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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 3:07PM
Is it July 4th?

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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 3:25PM
I was thinking the Gobi desert, but I looked it up, the Gobi is the largest in Asia, Sahara is the largest in the world. Gobi, 500,000 square miles, Sahara, 3.5 million square miles.

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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 4:07PM
Re. Venus being hotter than Mercury, I believe it's primarily due to Mercury not having an atmosphere, so it doesn't trap heat the way a planet with an atmosphere (Venus) does.
Re. the largest desert, going by the definition of 'barren area of landscape where little precipitation occurs"(), it is actually... Antarctica. (Though I'm thinking the definition may have changed.)
Canada Day is 1 July. (I know someone obsessed with Canada who advised Happy Canada day on this date.)

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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 4:21PM
That's what I would've thought. But are the central American countries part of South America or North America?

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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 4:28PM
^ So I just looked it up, according to Wiki, the Central American countries are considered part of North America. But not only that, all the independent Carribean Island countries are also considered part of North America. I withdraw my answer, LOL.
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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 4:31PM
Interesting about Venus and Mercury. Regarding desert, I think it is a narrow definition that brings Antartica into it, and I would consider that a trick question. When I simply put worlds largest desert into google it comes up Sahara, but that might be a Russian hack.

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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 4:58PM
^ It's often asked in pub trivia as a trick question. (To not be tricked, look for the qualification 'hot' desert.)
But when I go to Wiki, it lists the world's largest deserts as
1. Antarctica
2. Arctic
3. Sahara

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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 5:26PM
Very interesting. Thanks for that.

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Posted - Nov 26 2018 : 5:27PM
This is an interesting question because a lot of B&W films were made when some form of color technology was available. But for various reasons, they were released in B&W.
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Posted - Nov 27 2018 : 12:37AM
Not including Antarctica and Australia as they are continents, name the world's three largest islands.

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Posted - Nov 27 2018 : 2:01AM
In science, a volatile substance does what readily?

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Posted - Nov 27 2018 : 3:40AM
Thanks for the info!

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Posted - Nov 27 2018 : 5:54AM
Ignites.

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Posted - Nov 27 2018 : 6:11AM
^ x "In chemistry and physics, volatility is quantified by the tendency of a substance to vaporize. Volatility is directly related to a substance's vapor pressure"
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Posted - Nov 27 2018 : 6:26AM
The song 'Cats in the Cradle' was originally released by which artist?

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Posted - Nov 28 2018 : 2:04AM
What was the first country to give women the vote?

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Posted - Nov 28 2018 : 2:42PM
What word means both to be warm and friendly, and a sweet fruit flavored drink?

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Posted - Dec 1 2018 : 7:33AM
^ cordial

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Posted - Dec 1 2018 : 7:41AM
Correct.
To me, that question is interesting because I'd never really thought of cordial as a 'drink'. I just thought of it as something you mix with water, to make something you can drink.)

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Posted - Dec 1 2018 : 7:42AM
One for non-Americans.
By area, what is the largest American state?

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Posted - Dec 1 2018 : 8:25AM
^My first guess is California. My second guess is Texas.

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Posted - Dec 1 2018 : 10:16AM
I'm American, so I can't give the answer, but I think it's ok for me to tell you Texas is bigger than California, but not the largest state.
 
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Posted - Dec 1 2018 : 12:59PM
Thanks for the info!

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Posted - Dec 1 2018 : 3:26PM
This is an interesting question because i think most non-Americans would only think of the connected (contiguous) states . By area, the largest American state is... Alaska.

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^Thanks for the answer!

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Posted - Dec 1 2018 : 3:53PM
matchmaker, curious what country you are from, but of course you don't need to answer.
So here are some fun facts, Alaska 570,641 sq. mi., Texas 261,914, California 155,973. Population (wiki source states as of Jul 1, 2016), Alaska 741,894 48th most populous, Texas 27,862,596 2nd most populous, California 39,250,017 most populous. In case you're curious, yes I'm a geek and enjoy looking this stuff up, although I did know without looking up that Alaska was the largest, Texas 2nd, and California 3rd, but I definitely had to look up the area and populations.
Edited by - tripper on 12/1/2018 3:56:31 PM

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Posted - Dec 1 2018 : 3:55PM
I was really curious about this, but it seems you won't give the answer until someone makes a try. So I went and looked it up. Really interesting question.

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Posted - Dec 1 2018 : 5:07PM
^ The answer is New Zealand. But looking it up further, I found these interesting statements.
"New Zealand was the first country to allow women to vote (in 1893) ... The United States finally began allowing women to vote in 1920"
"Canadian women, with the exception of Canadian Indian women, won the vote in 1917. Canadian Indians, male and female, did not win the vote until 1960."
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I always thought of Canada as a nation that genuinly respected its indigenous people.

Edited by - Simple Simon on 12/1/2018 5:23:26 PM


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Posted - Dec 1 2018 : 5:24PM
^^^ "Alaska 570,641 sq. mi., Texas 261,914,"
Wow! So (if my maths is right) Alaska is more than double the size of the next largest American state. I did not know that.

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SS, sorry to intrude on your thread with my politcal discourse. It's obvious I can be quite an troll when it comes to all things political.
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