8th January 2016 - knowledge.fail

8th January 2016

News & Current Affairs

  1. What will be worth an estimated £57.8m on Saturday, its highest ever value?
  2. Which UK first is Tim Peake set to carry out on 15th Jan when he replaces a failed voltage regulator?
  3. This week people criticised Donald Trump for a tweet which appeared to suggest Paris was in which country?
  4. Which US President told Tony Blair he had "that choirboy look" according to records released under a FOI request?
  5. Four elements officially added to the periodic table this week have yet to be given their names. Which is currently the highest named element by atomic number - Heartium, Livermorium, Lungstentium or Navelessium?
  6. On 8th January in which year did US president Woodrow Wilson announce his 14-point strategy for delivering lasting peace at the end of World War I?

Letter of the week: U

  1. Which is the only US state beginning with U?
  2. Which Pixar movie has a name beginning with U?
  3. Literally translated as "Red Hero", which world capital has a name beginning with U?

This week's country: Afghanistan

  1. What are the three main colours on the flag of Afghanistan?
  2. Which accounts for around half of Afghanistan's exports: metals, textiles or vegetable products?
  3. Often mistakenly used to describe a person coming from the country, what is the name of the currency used in Afghanistan?

Lucky Dip

  1. If Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5" was succeeded in the UK number one spot by Vengaboys' "We're Going to Ibiza", whose version of the same song was succeeded by DJ Otzi's "Hey Baby"?
  2. True or false: The US Supreme Court have declared that a tomato is a vegetable, since they are generally served with dinner and not dessert?
  3. In the Simpsons, which colour of sweater is Ned Flanders usually seen wearing over his pink shirt?
  4. Which is higher: the number of varieties advertised in Heinz' famous slogan, or the number of white keys on a standard 88-key piano?
  5. What was the name of the vicar in The Vicar of Dibley?

Complex maths questions: (Hint: stick to whole numbers)

  1. What is the highest score possible with a single dart, added to the total number of pawns in a chess set?
  2. What is the maximum break in snooker, divided by the drinking age in the US?
  3. What is the number of coloured squares on the faces of a standard Rubiks cube plus the number of years a slave in the title of the 2013 film, (all) divided by the average number of eyes shown on a Jack card in a traditional deck?

Name the link between the following:

  1. Which three-letter word, also an abbreviation of kilopound, is defined in Wiktionary as, "To sleep; often with the connotation of a temporary or charitable situation, or one borne out of necessity"?
  2. What type of cake is traditionally made using 454g each of butter, flour, eggs and sugar?
  3. Which Ukranian instrument, a variant of the hurdy-gurdy, was played by itinerant blind musicians known as lirnyky?
  4. According to the 2010 song, which peaked at number 2 in the UK charts, what does Aloe Blacc need?


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