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General knowledge quiz: Saturday 16th January 2021

#1. What city is the capital and largest city of Croatia?

Over 200 old-school gas lamps have lit up Zagreb each night since their installation in 1863. Expert lighters called nažigači have the task of bringing the lamps (and the city streets) to life each night and extinguishing them each morning. Few cities in Europe have held on to this tradition.

#2. Tanzania is the country that resulted from the union of Tanganyika and which other country in April 1964?

The name “Tanzania” was created as a clipped compound of the names of the two states that unified to create the country: Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

#3. Grevys, plains, and mount are types of what distinctive African equines?

Zebras are African equines with distinctive black-and-white striped coats. There are three extant species: the Grévy’s zebra (Equus grevyi), plains zebra (E. quagga) and the mountain zebra (E. zebra).

One prevailing theory held that the stripes confused predators, making it harder for, say, a lion to pick out an individual zebra from a stampeding herd. Lately, more intriguing theories have emerged. Some scientists think that stripes keep zebras cooler. The dark stripes soak up more sunlight than the light ones, and this stirs up eddies of wind that swirl heat away.

#4. The Mitsubishi A6M Fighter Aircraft was used throughout WWII by Japan. By what name was it better known?

Zero, also called Mitsubishi A6M or Navy Type 0, fighter aircraft, a single-seat, low-wing monoplane used with great effect by the Japanese during World War II. Designed by Horikoshi Jiro, it was the first carrier-based fighter capable of besting its land-based opponents.

#5. In which 2001 film is a clueless fashion model brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia?

Propelled to the top of the fashion world by a photogenic gaze he calls “Blue Steel,” dimwitted male model Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) thinks he’s got a fourth consecutive win as Male Model of the Year in the bag. But, when his rival, Hansel (Owen Wilson), unexpectedly takes the crown, Derek is crushed. He becomes easy prey for fashion designer Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell), who signs Derek to star in his “Derelicte” fashion show, then brainwashes him to kill Malaysia’s prime minister.

#6. What is the largest city in Switzerland, and the capital of the canton of the same name?

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zürich. It is located in north-central Switzerland, at the northwestern tip of Lake Zürich. Boasting highly urbanized districts that sit amidst historical and cultural areas, Zurich is also the biggest city in Switzerland. It is also extremely well situated. It sits right on Lake Zurich and has the waters of the River Limmat running right through it. And all this at the foot of the Swiss Alps.

#7. Described by Wikipedia as a "robust, squarely built, medium-sized dog with aristocratic bearing", Which dog is named after the German word "snouter"?

Initially it was called Wire-Haired Pinscher, while Schnauzer was adopted in 1879. The literal translation is “snouter” from the German word for “snout” and means colloquially “moustache”, or “whiskered snout”, because of the dog’s distinctively bearded snout.

#8. What is the name of the famous telescope that was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and remains in operation?

The Hubble Space Telescope takes its name from Edwin Hubble, an American astronomer. When astronomers peer deep into space, they don’t expect to find something staring back at them.In this new Hubble Space Telescope image, an uncanny pair of glowing eyes glares menacingly in our direction. Here, Hubble is looking at a titanic head-on collision between two galaxies. Each “eye” is the bright core of a galaxy, one of which slammed into another. The outline of the face is a ring of young blue stars. Other clumps of new stars form a nose and mouth. The entire system is catalogued as Arp-Madore 2026-424 (AM 2026-424), from the Arp-Madore “Catalogue of Southern Peculiar Galaxies and Associations.”

#9. The representation of inanimate objects in painting, drawing or photography is called what?

A still life is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which are either natural or man-made

#10. The 3 Wise Men who brought gifts to the baby Jesus were; Gaspar, Melchior, and who?

They have become known most commonly as Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar (or Casper). According to Western church tradition, Balthasar is often represented as a king of Arabia or sometimes Ethiopia, Melchior as a king of Persia, and Gaspar as a king of India.

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