Mar 3, 2008

Trivia Two

1.Which book is advertised as “Give You Shelf a Treat”?

Ans.: The Oxford English Dictionary

2.According to director William Wyler, in the two-reeler Westerns in the silent era, how did the audience identify the villain in the opening shots?

Ans.: He would be the One, who before entering the saloon, would kick a stray dog, who would conveniently cross his path.

3.What is “Checkury” ?

Ans.: It begins on the New Year’s Day and ends when a person stops absent mindedly writing the old year on his Cheques.

4.The worst defeat in the U.S. Presidential elections was sustained by John Quincy Adams in the 1820 elections. He won only one electoral vote in a straight election. This vote was given to him for a specific reason. What?

Ans.: So that George Washington would remain the only US President to have been elected unanimously. James Monroe was the winner in 1820.

5.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was knighted in 1902 not for writing the Sherlock Holmes stories, but for something else. What?

Ans.: For his services in the Boer War

6.In Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, why was Oliver given the surname Twist?

Ans.: Because Mr. Mumble named the nameless infants of the poor-house in alphabetical order and when Oliver’s turn came, he had reached the alphabet ‘T’, thus Oliver got his surname.

7.Why did a stamp issued by St.Kitts & Nevis in 1903 depicting Christopher Columbus standing on his ship and observing the American coast through his telescope, became a rare collector’s item?

Ans.: The Telescope was invented about a century after Columbus.

8.The English script moves from left to right, the Arabic from right to left, the Chinese from top to bottom. Which people a script that moved from left to right diagonally?

Ans.: The Lilliputans, Gullivers Travels

9.Whose last word were “Once I was waxing and now I am waning”?

Ans.: Madame Tussauds

10. What unusual item appears on the flag of the Mozambique flag?

Ans.: AK-47 Assault Rifle

1 comment:

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