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Free TRIVIA ANSWERS for 2012

On this page we broaden our scope from the unusual aspects of Sydney geography to the unusual aspects of world geography and to quirky matters in general.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 28 December 2012

Answers to last week's questions on New Year:

1. Silvester is the German word for New Year's Eve.

2. Until a couple of decades ago, the season's greeting was always 'Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year'.

3. The United Nations has designated 2013 as the International Year of Water Co-operation and Quinoa.

4. Canberra celebrates its centenary in 2013.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 21 December 2012

Answers to last week's questions on Christmas:

1. What do David Jones stores do with their Christmas decorations on the 25th? They put them up, on 25th August. That's what they did this year.

2. There are no contradictions between the accounts of Jesus' birth as recorded by the gospel writers Mark and John. Neither describes it.

3. Jesus' being placed in a manger at birth did not show whether his parents were rich or poor. He was only there 'because there was no room for them at the inn'. (Luke 2:7)

4. Nowel and Nowell mean the same as Noel, ie Christmas.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 14 December 2012

Answers to last week's questions on calendars:

1. There were 18 months in the Mayan year.

2. Nothing happened in England between 3 and 13 September 1752. In the adjustment from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, Wednesday, 2 September 1752, was followed by Thursday, 14 September.

3. All months that include a Friday 13th start with a Sunday.

4. In and around 2000 we couldn't bring ourselves to just say the number, but always said 'the year two thousand' and for 2010 said 'two thousand and ten' instead of 'twenty-ten'.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 7 December 2012

Answers to last week's questions on the moon:

1. The maiden name of the mother of Buzz Aldrin, the second person to set foot on the moon, is Moon. (Sydney Morning Herald)

2. Men from only one country, the USA, have set foot on the moon.

3. Our moon, sun and solar system don't have names.

4. The moon is the furthest man has been from Earth; the bottom of the Mariana Trench is the furthest he has been, and can go, under the ocean.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 30 November 2012


Answers to last week's questions on smoking:

1. Since 1 December in Australia you might have needed a pair of spectacles to tell what brand of cigarettes you bought. That's when plain packaging with the brand name in small print became mandatory.

2. The most frequent type of rubbish is cigarette butts. North Sydney Council says half the rubbish collected on their streets is cigarette butts. The NSW government says the same, and that is both in weight and volume. (Sunday Telegraph)

3. A condition of employment with Rothmans in the 1960s was that you be a smoker.

4. Albania's King Zog held the Guinness world record for a smoker of the highest number of cigarettes each day, approximately 225.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 23 November 2012

Answers to last week's questions on cheating:

1. After Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France wins because of drug use, those titles were not passed on to the next placegetters because so many of the others in the first 10 were also drug users. And the second-placegetter in all of his seven wins was one.

2. The judge's summing up was delayed for a day in the trial of the 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' coughing cheat contestant because several of the jurors were constantly coughing. (Telegraph 2 April 2003)

3. If you cheat on your tax return, the Australian Tax Office can fine you. If you make an error or omit something in your return that meant you paid too much tax, and the tax office discovers the error, it refunds the overpaid amount and pays you interest .

4. All of the eight finalists in the men's 100 metres at the 1988 Seoul Olympics were found to have been drug cheats.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 16 November 2012

Answers to last week's questions on Ecuador:

1. Julian Assange has been a resident at the Ecuador embassy in London for four months.

2. Panama hats are made in Ecuador.

3. Of the 13 countries in South America, only Ecuador and Chile don't share a border with Brazil.

4. Quito is the former name and present capital of Ecuador.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 9 November 2012

Answers to last week's questions on Mormons:

1. Mormons believe that Jesus visited America.

2. Mormons believe that the Garden of Eden was in America.

3. The more complicated name of the Community of Christ denomination from 1872 to 2001 was Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

4. As 'reorganized' is spelt 'reorganised' in Australia, did the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Australia spell its name with a 'z' as its headquarters church in USA did, or with an 's'? With an 's'.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 2 November 2012

Answers to last week's questions on US elections:

1. US presidential elections are not always held on the first Tuesday in November. The rule is that they are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November.

2. Ronald Reagan won 49 of the 50 states in the 1984 US election. He only lost Minnesota and the District of Columbia.

3. Mitt Romney expected voter support from Utah and Arizona because they are strongholds of his Mormon church.

4. The official name of the Mormon church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 26 October 2012

Answers to last week's questions on US presidents:

1. Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, was present for all of the assassinations of presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley..

2. The American president's surname that means 'naked' is Nixon.

3. President Obama's first name is Barack.

4. Two requirements for being elected US president are aged over 35 and born in USA.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 19 October 2012

Answers to last week's questions on Bali:

1. The last time that all Sydney's main free-to-air channels (ABC1,7,9 and 10) covered the same event live was on 12 October, the 10-year anniversary memorial of the Bali bombing.

2. Chief judge Encep Yuliardi took 11 hours to review the evidence and read his judgment on the day that Bali bomb-maker Umar Patek was sentenced.

3. The full name of Bali's Kerobokan Prison head of security is Maliki.

4. Pocari Sweat is a canned drink common in Bali.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 12 October 2012

Answers to last week's questions on football:

1. In Australian football, the home of AFL is Melbourne and the home of NRL is Sydney. So teams from which cities won their grand finals on the last weekend of September? Sydney won the AFL grand final and Melbourne won the NRL grand final.

2. Do the three children of long-time NRL coach Wayne Bennett play rugby league? No. Their son, Justin, became mentally disabled after an adverse reaction to immunization. Their second daughter, Catherine, was born with a physical disability, leaving her wheelchair-bound. (Signs of the Times magazine)

3. Hazem El Masri and Daryl Halligan share the rugby league record for the most consecutive successful goal kicks (30). El Masri only missed one in 52 attempts.

4. When Essendon played the Gold Coast Suns in the AFL in 2011, were their scores tied at the end of the first quarter? Not quite. Essendon led by a record 94-1.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 5 October 2012

Answers to last week's questions on Tuvalu:

1. Prince William and Kate Middleton visited Tuvalu last month.

2. The capital of Tuvalu is Funafuti.

3. Tuvalu is the British Commonwealth's smallest member and the world's smallest independent nation after the Vatican.

4. Tuvalu and Afghanistan are the only country names with three consecutive letters in alphabetical order.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 28 September 2012

Answers to last week's questions on Islam:

1. The first name of the Coptic Christian Nakoula, who produced the film that sparked worldwide protests, is Nakoula, the same as his surname.

2. The words that begin all 114 chapters of the Koran except for one are 'Allah is merciful and compassionate'.

3. A hafiz is one who has memorised all of the Koran.

4. Is the prophet's name transliterated as Muhammad, Muhammed, Mohammad or Mohammed? Yes.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 21 September 2012

Answers to last week's questions on rescuers:

1. Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenburg saved 100 000 people, mainly Jews, from being sent to German concentration camps. He is credited with having saved more people single-handedly than anyone else.

2. What did the boy who saved Winston Churchill from drowning have in common with Dr Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin and personally administered it to save Winston Churchill's life when he was Britain's World War II prime minister? They were the same person. As a result of the boy Fleming's act, Churchill's wealthy parents arranged for his bacteriology study at St Mary's Medical School in London

3. A fire in their Philadelphia home in January 1996 burnt to death the sister and cousin of Kenneth James. While their neighbours, Don and Cynthia Stephens, were trying to rescue his sister and cousin, Kenneth James was robbing the Stephens' house of winter coats, a mobile phone, a video camera, other cameras, jewellery and cash.

4. After rescuing a cat from a tree during the British firemen's strike of 1978, an army unit ran over and killed the cat as they were leaving. (funwithtrivia.com)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 14 September 2012

Answers to last week's questions on Mars:

1. NASA has asked for volunteers to go to Mars in about 2030. They will stay on Mars all their lives. It would be too costly to bring them back – five times as much as getting them there.

2. Why did veteran Russian cosmonaut Valery Polyakov say that only men aged over 60 should be included on a manned space mission to Mars? Because prolonged exposure to radiation, calcium deficit and muscular atrophy would cause irreversible sterility. (Sydney Morning Herald)

3. When journalists report on Mars they almost always use the term 'the red planet'.

4. Mars is not red, but yellowish brown. (National Geographic)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 7 September 2012

Answers to last week's questions on smoking:

1. West Java's Muhammad Dihan Awalidan is famous for smoking a pack of 25 cigarettes a day. He's aged four, and started smoking at two.

2. The brand of cigarettes smoked by Bruce Burrell, who kidnapped Kerry Whelan, demanded a million-dollar ransom and then murdered her, is Ransom.

3. Britain, US and Australia are the three countries in the present name for the former tobacco company W.D & H.O. Wills. It's British American Tobacco Australia.

4. The two actors who played the 'Marlboro Man' in 1992 and 1995 died of lung cancer.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 31 August 2012

Answers to last week's questions on the Paralympic Games:

1. South Africa's Oscar Pistorius has no legs but runs on carbon fibre blades in both the Olympics and Paralymics in individual and relay events.

2. The 1984 Paralympics were held in both England and the USA.

3. Wheelchair rugby is a Paralympics sport.

4. Contact is not only permitted in wheelchair rugby but contacting opponents' wheelchairs is a major part of the sport.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 24 August 2012

Answers to last week's final questions on the 2012 Olympic Games:

1. Britain's Peter Waterfield competed in a water event. He's a dvier.

2. Princess Anne presented her daughter Zara Phillips with her equestrian silver medal.

3. Most media reports said that James Magnusson was beaten by 'one one-hundredth of a second' in the 100m freestyle. The oddity about that expression is that we don't say 'one one-half of an apple' or 'one one-tenth of the distance' but we all suddenly change when we get to hundredths.

4. New Zealand kayaker Mike Dawson joked that he was considering putting in a protest about 'that particular judge'. The judge was his mother, an Olympics official, who gave him a two-second penalty for touching a gate on his course

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 17 August 2012

Answers to last week's questions on the 2012 Olympic Games:

1. USA's Manteo Mitchell broke his leg during his run in his 4x400 relay heat but his team still won.

2. In the final seconds before each of his races, Usain Bolt crossed himself and pointed to the sky.

3. There was nothing unusual about who was in the ninth lane of the track and rowing events, but rather who was in lane 1 – nobody.

4. Tiny Jamaica won the gold, silver and bronze medals in the 200 metres.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 10 August 2012

Answers to last week's questions on the 2012 Olympic Games:

1. The pre-show to the opening ceremony started at the unusual time of 8.12pm because that is 2012.

2. Royalty, including Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince Harry, supported family member Zara Phillips in her equestrian event.

3. Yes includes an apostrophe when you're referring to Ye's gold-medal swims.

4. Miao is the first name or surname of Australia's top-ranked table tennis player, who competed in her fourth Olympics. Her name is Miao Miao.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 3 August 2012

Answers to last weeks questions on the 2012 Olympic Games:

1. Qatar has sent female athletes to London for the first time in the Olympics.

2. Spain's uniform has been described as 'a retro 90s pizza delivery uniform'.

 
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3. The USA and Australian athletes' uniforms were made in China.

4. What is the surname of this Australian swimmer: first name James, in the Australian 4x100m relay team, one of the two fastest 100m freestyle swimmers in the world and born on 11 April 1991? Both James Magnussen and James Roberts satisfy all those requirements. (Sydney Morning Herald)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 27 July 2012

Answers to last week's questions on the Olympic Games:

1. The 2004 Athens Olympic marathon started at Marathon.

2. In the inaugural Olympics in 1896, 100 per cent of the Australian team won gold medals. Edwin Flack, our only representative, won gold in the 800 and 1500m track events. (ABC-2UE Atlanta Olympic Games Guide)

3. No Australian women won track and field medals in the modern Olympics before 1928 because there were no track and field events for women until 1928.

4. The equestrian events for the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics were held in Sweden because Australia's quarantine laws did not allow horses to be imported.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 20 July 2012

Answers to last week's questions on the Olympic Games:

1. The Olympic Games is the world's biggest sporting event. The second biggest is the Paralympics (Sunday Telegraph)

2. Australian Simon Fairweather held the Olympic archery record for a few seconds. (Sydney Morning Herald)

3. Stella Walsh had an unfair advantage in winning the gold medal for the women's 100m running at Los Angeles in 1932 because she was a man.

4. In the 2004 Athens Olympics, criminal history distinguished the boxers Peter Wakefield (Australia) and Soulan Pownceby (New Zealand). Wakefield was on remand for being part of a vicious home invasion where the gang of three beat a man with a baseball bat and said: "We are going to kill you." Pownceby served a sentence for a mid-1990s murder.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 13 July 2012

Answers to last week's questions on London.

1. The only city besides London to have held the Olympic Games three times is Athens.

2. London's Financial Times has been printed on paper of pink salmon colour since 1893.

3. What was the real name of serial killer Jack the Ripper, believed responsible for the deaths of 18 people in London's East End in the 19th century? No-one knows. He was never caught.

4. 'Inferno of old' is an anagram of 'Fire of London'.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 6 July 2012

Answers to last week's questions on Wimbledon 2012:

1. Novak Djokovic pulled a golf club out of his bag as he was about to start his first-round match at Wimbedon 2012.

2. No Australian men won a match in the Wimbledon singles this year. Two won a set.

3. The nine Australians in the men's and women's singles one a total of one match.

4. The most common expression used by Australian men in their post-match interviews was 'you know', with the best performance one of 24 in a three-minute excerpt.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 29 June 2012

Answers to last week's questions on Wimbledon:

1. Only in 1995 have the four top seeds in both the men's and women's singles at Wimbledon reached the semi-finals.

2. Play is not permitted on Wimbledon's centre court for 50 weks of the year, except this year when the Olympics are in London.

3. After riding her pushbike to a Wimbledon final, the winner returned home to her brother who said: "Where have you been?" She replied: "To a tournament at Wimbledon which I won." This champion was 15-year-old Lottie Dod, the first Wimbledon winner.

4. Slazenger has been the official ball for Wimbledon since 1902.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 22 June 2012

Answers to last week's questions on British prime ministers:

1. Prime minister David Cameron left his daughter behind at a pub this year. He and his wife left in separate cars and each thought the other had their daughter.

2. Downing Street numbers are consecutive, so 11 Downing Street is between the prime minister's home at 10 Downing Street and 12.

3. Winston Churchill slept for between two and three hours each night.

4. Neville Chamberlain proudly announced he had achieved 'peace in our time' with Adolf Hitler, shortly before the outbreak of World War II.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 15 June 2012

Answers to last week's questions on Venus:

1. The Mariner 1 space probe was launched from Cape Canaveral on 28 July 1962 for its 100-day voyage to Venus. Four minutes after take-off it plunged into the Atlantic Ocean. The $10 million loss was caused by a minus sign having been omitted from the instructions to the computer. (Book of Heroic Failures)

2. Venus takes longer to spin on its axis than it does to orbit the sun, so a Venusian "day" is longer than a Venusian "year". (Reader's Digest Book of Facts)

3. Venus is not tilted so it has no seasons. (Absolute Trivia)

4. Venus is probably not suitable for a holiday. Its surface temperature is 457 degrees, it rains sulphuric acid and its atmosphere is mostly CO2.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 8 June 2012

Answers to last week's questions on British royalty:

1. Queen Elizabeth has been on the throne for 60 years.

2. Australia has only had one sovereign in the second half of its 111 years as a country.

3. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee boat parade finished with the choir singing 'Land of Hope and Glory' and 'God Save the Queen'. All members of the choir were drenched.

4. The boat parade finished with a few seconds of fireworks, the lowering of the raised Tower Bridge road and a clearing of the heavy rain that dominated the parade.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 1 June 2012

Answers to last week's questions on the French Open tennis:

1. In the 36 finals from 1892 to 1932 (not played 1915-1919 because of World War 1) all of the French men's singles championships were won by French men.

2. In the 23 finals from 1897 to 1924 all of the French women's singles championships were won by French women.

3. The French champion whose name is Lithium Sodium is Li Na (Sydney Morning Herald)

4. The 2.08 metres tall Croatian Ivo Karlovic won at least eight games solely on aces in the first round of the 2009 French Open. He lost to Lleyton Hewitt in the first round, even though he served more than 50 aces.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 25 May 2012

Answers to last week's questions on Greece:

1. The smallest country to host an Olympic Games is Greece.

2. Of the 1400 people and additional number of animals that live on Mt Athos in Greece, none are female. No woman or female animal has knowingly been allowed to set foot on Mt Athos. (Reader's Digest Book of Facts)

3. Most surnames in Greece end in 'S', with the rest almost always ending in a vowel, usually 'U'.

4. His Beatitude Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, was the youngest man to be elected head of the Greek Orthodox Church. (Sydney Morning Herald)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 18 May 2012

Answers to last week's questions on French presidents:

1. No women voted for Charles de Gaulle when he was elected first president of France because they were not given the vote until 1944. (Absolute Trivia)

2. Canadian disc jockey Pierre Brassard's most publicised phone conversation was with Queen Elizabeth when he pretended to be the French president.

3. The head of state of the small European country Andorra is the president of France and the bishop of Urgell. (National Geographic)

4. Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of France in 1804.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 11 May 2012

Answers to last week's questions on Rupert Murdoch:

1. Rupert Murdoch's first newspaper was Adelaide's afternoon tabloid, The News.

2. Rupert Murdoch was 72 when his daughter, Chloe, was born.

3. Rupert Murdoch was one of two Australians listed in the top 100 most influential people of the 20th Century by "International Who's Who". The other was Sir Donald Bradman.

4. The first name of the third child of Lachlan (son of Rupert) and Sarah Murdoch starts with two different vowels - Aerin.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 4 May 2012

Answers to last week's questions on Mormons and marriage:

1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon church) abolished polygamy in 1890.

2. As the Mormon church abolished polygamy more than a century ago, how many polygamists are estimated to live in the largely Mormon state Utah now? Only between 20,000 and 40,000. (Sydney Morning Herald)

3. Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had a minimum of 33 and up to 50 wives, including 12 who were already married. (Salt Lake City Messenger)

4. His successor, Brigham Young, had 55 wives.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 27 April 2012

Answers to last week's questions on the Greens party:

1, The leader of the Greens who announced his retirement in April is Bob Brown.

2. For the most entries in the Sydney telephone directory out of black, brown, grey and white, Bob Brown's surname ranks first.

3. Shauna Forrest represented the Greens in 2001, 2003 and 2004 local and state elections.

4. New Zealand Greens Party MP Nandor Tanczos uses a skateboard for transport to parliament.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 20 April 2012

Answers to last week's questions on rowing:

1. Tenton Oldfield, an old boy of Shore (a school that stars in rowing) came to be the star of this year's Oxford/Cambridge race by swimming near the boats at the half-way mark and causing a rerun.

2. The most popular sport in Sydney between 1830 and 1880 was rowing.

3. The annual Todd River Regatta in Alice Springs is generally held in the absence of any water. Competitors simply pick up their boats and run.

4. The Todd River Regatta was cancelled in 1993 because the river had water in it.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 13 April 2012

Answers to last week's questions on the Titanic:

1. The Titanic sank 100 years ago, on 15 April 1912.

2. The last survivor of the Titanic, Millvina Dean from England, was only nine weeks old at the time of the sinking.

3. The Titanic only carried enough lifeboats for approximately half the passengers.

4. When his film Raise the Titanic became a financial disaster (at $260 million it was probably the most expensive film ever made), Lord Grade said 'It would have been cheaper to have lowered the Atlantic'.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 6 April 2012

Answers to last week’s questions on Easter:

1. Good Friday fell on a Monday in 1899, when a horse called Good Friday fell in a race at Wolverhampton, England, on Easter Monday.(Sydney Morning Herald)

2. ‘Easter’ is mentioned once, as a mistranslation, in the King James Version of the Bible, but not in other versions.

3. Easter Island was named by the first European to visit there, on Easter Sunday, 1722.

4. The feature of the Easter Island flag is a red carving which looks like a hammock with a human head on each end.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 30 March 2012

Answers to last week's questions on Tonga:

1. King George Tupou V awarded himself his rows of medals. (Sydney Morning Herald 20-3-12)

2. King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga's maximum weight was just over 200kg.

3. King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga travelled through the country's main centre around the beginning of this millennium by push-bike in order to lose weight. He lost 110kg. (Sydney Morning Herald 11-11-04)

4. The first country to greet the new day is Tonga.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 23 March 2012

Answers to last week's questions on Singapore:

1. Singapore fell to the Japanese in World War II 70 years ago last month.

2. Chewing gum was banned in Singapore until 2003.

3. The fine, in Australian dollars, for dropping a piece of paper such as a bus ticket on the street in Singapore is $1000.

4. Of (a) not flushing the toilet (b) passing water in an elevator (c) having a car fuel tank less than three-quarters full at the causeway and (d) shearing sheep on Sundays, only (d) is legal in Singapore.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 16 March 2012

Answers to last week's questions on floods:

1. The coverage of Queensland's floods in Rockhampton's The Morning Bulletin on 6 January 2011 quoted piggery owner Sid Everingham as saying 'more than 30,000 pigs have been floating down the Dawson River'. The paper's correction noted that Sid actually said '30 sows and pigs'. (Media Watch 7-2-11)

2. A spokesman for the Clarence State Emergency Services has the surname Manyweathers.

3. The surname of the person responsible for how much water was released over the spillways of dams in south-east Queensland during the January 2011 floods is Spiller. (Sydney Morning Herald 17-1-11)

4. The last time that St Mark's Square in Venice flooded was probably last week. It floods on average 60 times a year.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 9 March 2012

Answers to last week's questions on World War I:

1. The world's last surviving World War I veteran, Florence Green, was 111 when she died last month.

2. The average age of the 16 Australian World War 1 veterans who were still alive in 1996 was 100.

3. The British K-submarines, developed in 1917, were not very successful in World War I for the British. K-1 sank after colliding with K-4. K-2 caught fire on its first test dive. K-3 plunged inexplicably to the sea bed, re-surfacing only to sink after being rammed by K-6. K-4 ran aground and K-5 foundered. K-14 sprang a leak before its first trial and during one celebrated manoeuvre in the North Sea collided with K-22, which used to be K-13 but was renamed after it keeled over while on seaworthiness trials. K-14 sank, while K-22 was damaged beyond repair after getting in the way of HMS Inflexible. In the same manoeuvre, K-17 was struck by HMS Fearless, having already been hit by K-7, thereby incapacitating itself. On observing this mayhem, K-4 stopped engines, altered course and was rammed by K-6 which later got stuck on the ocean bed. Better still, K-15 sank in Portsmouth Harbour before going anywhere or doing anything. (Stephen Pile, The Return of Heroic Failures)

4. The two Pacific countries which have a public holiday to commemorate not their greatest victory but one of their worst battle defeats are Australia and New Zealand, with their observance of Anzac Day.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 2 March 2012

Answers to last week's questions on leap years:

1. A bissextile year is another name for a leap year.

2. They were all born on February 29.

3. Two Olympic Games were not held in leap years: 1900 was not a leap year and there was an extra Olympics in 1906.

4. The next Olympic Games that will not be held in a leap year will be in 2100. Years ending in 00 are not leap years, except for those divisible by 400.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 24 February 2012

Answers to last week's questions on World War II:

1. The Australian city that was originally named Palmerston (after an English prime minister) before being renamed after a vegetarian (Charles Darwin) was Darwin.

2. No Australian citizens fought in World War II because Australians were British citizens until a constitution change in 1949. (2UE)

3. World War II ended in South Australia in August 2002 when Premier Mike Rann announced that 'the war is over'. This followed the discovery that their WWII had not technically ended because the Emergency Powers Act had not been rescinded. (BBC 17 August 2002; Sunday Telegraph 18 August 2002)

4. In September 1942 a Japanese plane dropped bombs in an attempt to start Oregon forest fires. It had been carried across the Pacific by submarine. The bombing wasn't revealed until many years after World War II. (Book of Facts)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 17 February 2012

Answers to last week's questions on Queen Elizabeth II:

1. This month Queen Elizabeth is celebrating the 60th anniversary of her accession to the British throne.

2. Queen Elizabeth threw a tennis racquet and shoes at Prince Phillip during their tour of Australia in 1954.

3. When Queen Elizabeth arrived in New Zealand on 23 February 2002, their prime minister was in another country. The Queen was greeted by the world's first transsexual member of parliament instead.

4. The first name of the Queen Mother, the mother of Queen Elizabeth II, was Elizabeth.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 10 February 2012

Answers to last week's questions on shoes:

1. Australia's most famous shoes are probably the shoe lost by Evdokia Petrov during a scuffle at Sydney Airport, the shoes thrown at John Howard on the ABC TV program Q&A and the shoe lost by Julia Gillard during a security scare in Canberra last month. (Sydney Morning Herald)

2. Imelda Marcos, wife of former Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos, owned 3000 pairs of shoes.

3. Things that you can wear on your feet beginning with 's' are sandals, scuffs, shoes, skates, skis, slippers, sneakers, snowshoes, socks, stilts and stockings.

4. The official school footwear on Lord Howe Island is bare feet.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 3 February 2012

Answers to last week's questions on photography:

1. Kodak attained 90 per cent of U.S. photographic film sales with its Kodachrome product.

2. Kodak's bankruptcy was caused by the digital camera era. The company that produced the first digital camera was Kodak.

3. Whose death did legendary Australian cameraman Neil Davis capture on film in 1985 when he was covering an attempted coup in Bangkok? His own. (Sydney Daily Telegraph)

4. Five security cameras at 363 George Street, Sydney, caught a thief in the act of committing his offences on 28 and 29 November 2000. He was stealing the security cameras. (Sydney Daily Telegraph)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 27 January 2012

Answers to last week's questions on the Australian of the Year award:

1. No-one has won the Australian of the Year award twice.

2. There was no 1993 Australian of the Year because the dating system was changed.

3. The only brothers to have both been Australian of the Year are Galarrwuy Yunupingu and Mandawuy Yunupingu

4. One out of four Australians of the Year have been sports champions.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 20 January 2012

Answers to last week's questions on India:

1. Both Australia and India celebrate a national holiday on January 26.

2. The Indian flag has a wheel.

3. In India, playing cards are round.

4. All-India Radio broadcast funeral music and schools and shops were closed on 22 March 1979 when Indian prime minister Morarji Desai informed parliament that Jayaprakash Narayan, patriot and elder statesman, had died. Who was most surprised by the tributes? Mr Narayan, who was convalescing in a Bombay hospital (Book of Heroic Failures)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 13 January 2012

Answers to last week's questions on the Samoan dateline change:

1. When Samoa dropped 30 December from its calendar last month by moving to west of the dateline, what was Saturday became Sunday for them. While most Seventh-day Adventists (Saturday observers everywhere else) decided to have Sunday as their sacred day to retain their seven-day cycle, some switched to the new Saturday.

2. The only known Jew in Samoa decided to light his candles on Saturday night in future. The advice from rabbis is 'Don't go to Samoa then you don't have a problem.'

3. Flights between Samoa and the nearby tiny country Tokelau have not been affected because there aren't any. Tokelau has no airport.

4. American Samoa has remained on the eastern side of the dateline.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 6 January 2012

Answers to last week's questions on changing light globes:

1. How many hands does it take to change a light globe?
Many, as in many hands make light work

2. How many pedants does it take to change a light globe?
None. Pedants don't change them, they replace them.

3. How many orthodox rabbis does it take to change a light globe?
What's change?

4. How many Amish does it take to change a light globe?
What's a light globe?

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