Answers: And They're Off — March 6, 2002
1. Tricia Yearwood's version of "How Do I Live" made the "Con Air" movie soundtrack after producers rejected a rendition by which other country crooner?
Your answer: LeAnn Rimes
Correct answer: LeAnn Rimes
Explanation: It was LeAnn's version that topped the Billboard charts and set a record of 69 consecutive weeks at Number One in 1997.
2. In order, what color are the stripes on the national flag of Italy?
Your answer: Green, White, Red
Correct answer: Green, White, Red
Explanation: It's 'Green, White, Red,' but we'll be nice and accept the reverse, too.
3. In his January 29 'State of the Union' address, U.S. President George W. Bush singled out three nations as members of an 'Axis of Evil' that threaten the peace of the world. Which of the following did not make the list of countries that Bush essentially put on notice?
Your answer: Pakistan
Correct answer: Pakistan
Explanation: Pakistani president President Musharraf has backed U.S. action in the war against terrorism. But the 'axis of evil' statement rankled governments worldwide, including Russia, China, and now-wavering ally Britain.
4. The three Christian virtues, Faith, Hope and Charity, were likely named for ancient Roman daughters Pistis, Elpis, and Agape. Their mother, Sophia, represents what "extra" virtue?
Your answer: Wisdom
Correct answer: Wisdom
Explanation: Another origin story credits the virtues to three martyrs -- Spes, Fides and Caritas -- and their leader Sapientia (Wisdom), supposedly buried near the tomb of St. Cecilia.
5. A group of veterinary researchers at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland, made headlines in March 1997 when they successfully cloned a sheep from an adult cell (rather than an embryonic cell). What was they name they gave the fatherless animal?
Your answer: Dolly
Correct answer: Dolly
Explanation: Dolly, now five years old, recently developed premature arthritis, perhaps the result of genetic defects caused by the cloning process.
6. Where does John Kusch - writer, web designer, iguana keeper and author of 'The Jon-Jon Diaries' - live?
Your answer: Madison, Wisconsin
Correct answer: Madison, Wisconsin
Explanation: The man behind 'The Jon-Jon Diaries' lives in Madison, Wisconsin. His neighbors include Adam, Becky, and Say-Say.
7. The late cartoonist Charles Schultz's created Snoopy, Charlie Brown's dog in the strip 'Peanuts,' as well as the beagle's extended family. Which of the following is not the name of a Snoopy sibling?
Your answer: Spot
Correct answer: Spot
Explanation: Snoopy had five brothers and two sisters: Andy, Marbles, Rover, Olaf, Spike, Belle and Molly.
8. When the 'Open Pages' webring surged to an incredible 200 members, who founded the alternative ring 'Archipelago' to highlight the cream of the crop?
Your answer: Lucy Huntzinger of 'Aries Moon'
Correct answer: Lucy Huntzinger of 'Aries Moon'
Explanation: Lucy Huntzinger founded Archipelago to both kudos and controversy in April 1997, but closed it down in September 2000, in part due to the Yahoo!/Webring fiasco. (The other names were all members.)
9. In 1994, the Nobel Peace Prize was shared among three leaders for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East. Which of the following was not among the laureates that year?
Your answer: Binyamin Netanyahu
Correct answer: Binyamin Netanyahu
Explanation: Arafat, Peres and Rabin were cited that year for concluding the 'Olso Accords.' Netanyahu succeeded Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin in the prime minister's office in Jerusalem in 1996, the year after Rabin was assassinated.
10. The Matt Groenig comic and TV cartoon series "The Simpsons" is set in the fictional town of Springfield. What is the name of Springfield's neighboring and arch-rival town, supposedly founded at the same time?
Your answer: Shelbyville
Correct answer: Shelbyville
Explanation: Shelbyville (and Springfield) was founded in 1796 when Shelbyville Manhattan split with Jebediah Springfield over the right of men to marry their cousins.
11. This woman, born Oct. 13, 1925, in Grantham, England, rose to prominence on the world stage, and is credited today for helping to end Soviet communism in partnership with former U.S. president Ronald Reagan. Who is she?
Your answer: Margaret Thatcher
Correct answer: Margaret Thatcher
Explanation: She was elected Britain's first female Prime Minister in 1979. She survived a terrorist assassination attempt in 1984. She resigned in 1990.
12. Blogger, the Internet application that's changing the face of the web by putting web publishing in the hands of the masses, was created by which renowned duo?
Your answer: Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan
Correct answer: Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan
Explanation: Ev and Meg run Blogger.Com under Pyra Labs, a tech company in San Francisco that survived the dot-com crash and is now at the core of a craze that's making 'weblog' a household word.
13. The British Library recently announced that it will digitize and publish on the web one of its most valued treasures, believed to be the first book published in England and called the 'mother work of English literature.' What is it?
Your answer: The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
Correct answer: The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
Explanation: Although it will take six months to scan every delicate page, the project will make available to the world a manuscript that is otherwise closely guarded and rarely exhibited. The project comes after the library's widely praised digitization of 'The Gutenberg Bible.'
14. If you had (in U.S. coins) two nickels, three pennies, two quarters and four dimes, how much money would you have?
Your answer: $1.03
Correct answer: $1.03
Explanation: If you got this one correct, you're either good at math or you've worked in retail.
15. What is the name of the setting and home team in the Ernest Thayer poem "Casey at the Bat"?
Your answer: Mudville
Correct answer: Mudville, MUDVILLE, Mudvile, MUDVILE
Explanation: The last line is, " But there is no joy in Mudville -- mighty Casey has struck out." The poem first appeared in 1888.
16. Former Austin journaler and newspaper columnist Pamela "Pamie" Ribon was known for writing entries that made people laugh. But one of her most memorable pieces made people cry, as she recounted the death of her cat. What was her cat's name?
Your answer: Lillith
Correct answer: Lillith
Explanation: Lillith died in August 1997. Her story, 'and i love her,' was voted Best Dramatic Entry in The Diarist Awards later that year. Pamie is now a freelance comedy writer living in Los Angeles, and a Television Without Pity staffer.
17. Las Vegas diarist Heather was born on September 24, 1976, and her twin daughters Paige & Hannah were born on May 3, 2000. How old will they be for this year's Summer Solstice in June?
Your answer: Heather 25, Paige and Hannah 2
Correct answer: Heather 25, Paige and Hannah 2
Explanation: A math question masquerading as a journal question! Heather won't be 26 until September.
18. In addition to top-level domain suffixes like .COM, .NET or .ORG, there are two-letter suffixes assigned to individual nations. For example, .AU denotes Australia, .CN is for China, and .UK is for the United Kingdom. What country is the suffix .NU assigned to?
Your answer: Niue
Correct answer: Niue
Explanation: Niue is a small island in the South Pacific Ocean, located east of Tonga. It's one of world's largest coral islands.
19. In Scandanavia, Helsinki is the capital of Finland, Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark, and Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. What is the capital of Norway?
Your answer: Oslo
Correct answer: Oslo
Explanation: Oslo is the cultural center of Norway, as well as its political and financial capital. It is also home to the Nobel Peace Prize, which is awarded here each year on December 10th in the presence of the King of Norway.
20. There are 50 states in the U.S. Its neighbor to the north is also subdivided, but into provinces. How many of them are there?
Your answer: 10
Correct answer: 10
Explanation: They are Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, New Foundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskachewan. There are also three territories. (Question dedicated to Javina!)
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