1st January 2016 - knowledge.fail

1st January 2016

News & Current Affairs

  1. Which of the following hasn't been named in the New Years' Honours list - Idris Elba, A.P. McCoy or Andy Murray?
  2. Which fantasy show has been named the most pirated TV show for the fourth year running?
  3. An Air India flight from Mumbai to London was forced to turn back after what was spotted on board?
  4. Did the FTSE-100 end the year higher or lower than it started?
  5. A freedom of information request has revealed that in 2011 the Royal Mint proposed a six-sided 60p coin to commemorate which national event?
  6. Who became president of Cuba after Fulgencio Batista fled to the Dominican Republic on 1st Jan 1959?

Country of the week: Austrailia

  1. Which three colours appear on the flag of Australia?
  2. Which is the largest city in Australia?
  3. True or False: Australia is the first country to completely be in the new year?

In which country are each of the following traditions followed to celebrate the new year?

  1. The national broadcaster carries the sound from St. Stephen's Cathedral, followed by Johann Strauss II's "The Blue Danube"
  2. Several television networks broadcast a comedy play, "Dinner for One", recorded in 1963 (played annually from 1972)
  3. Wearing red underwear

Lucky Dip

  1. In how many different time zones could you celebrate the New Year (you're allowed to teleport) - 18, 24 or 40?
  2. What is the maximum number of days that can make up a century?
  3. Which has never been an Olympic sport: Petanque, Polo, Water motorsports?
  4. Fill in the gap in Auld Lang Syne: "We'll ____ a cup of kindness yet, for the sake of Auld Lang Syne".
  5. Which symbol doesn't represent an element: Ne, W, Ye, Ar?

This week's letter: H

  1. Which ex-Premier League team has a name beginning with H?
  2. Which is the animal in the Chinese zodiac beginning with H?
  3. Which of the seven dwarves has a name beginning with H?

Name the link between the following:

  1. What was unusual about Northern Ireland's Northern Bank £5 note, released to celebrate the Year 2000?
  2. After Sau Paulo, which is the second-largest city in Brazil?
  3. What is the name of Seth Grahame-Smith's parody of Pride and Prejudice, with a horror theme?
  4. Which battle has been lost most recently by Mitt Romney, John McCain, John Kerry and Al Gore?


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