TPF Noob!
Jan 29, 2005
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For those who enjoy such things, here's a little quiz for you!


Darwin award (True), or Urban Legend (False)?

1. In 1999 Israel insisted on a premature switch from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time to accommodate a week of pre-sunrise prayers. Palestinians refused to live on "Zionist Time." At precisely 5:30pm on Sunday, two coordinated car bombs exploded killing all the terrorists who were transporting the bombs. When they picked up the bombs, they had neglected to ask which time system was used to set them.

2. Decades of armed strife have littered Cambodia with unexploded munitions and ordnance. Authorities warn citizens not to tamper with the devices. Three friends were drinking in a bar until one man pulled out a 25-year-old unexploded anti-tank mine found in his backyard. He tossed it under the table, and the three men began playing Russian roulette, each tossing down a drink and then stamping on the mine. The other villagers fled in terror. Minutes later, the explosive detonated with a tremendous boom, killing the three men in the bar.

3. In France, a 56 year old man left nothing to chance when he decided to kill himself. He stood atop a sheer cliff and tied a noose around his neck. He drank some poison and set fire to his clothes before jumping off and shooting at his head. The bullet missed him completely and cut through the rope above him. He plunged into the sea where the dunking extinguished the flames and made him vomit the poison. He was dragged out of the water by a kind fisherman and was taken to a hospital, where he died of hypothermia.

4. When Gerald from Colorado was pulled over by police, he decided it was better to flee from the stolen car on foot, rather than go to prison. During the subsequent foot chase, Gerald attempted to dissuade officers from the pursuit by firing a 9mm Ruger semiautomatic handgun blindly over his shoulder. While discharging the weapon over his shoulder, Gerald managed to shoot himself in the head with his own gun, bringing the chase to a sudden conclusion. Four shots were fired, none by the officers, who found Gerald's pistol next to his fallen body. Gerald was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries the following day.

5. In Iowa an adventurous pair decided to take their ropes and abseil from the Boone Valley Rail Bridge down several hundred feet to the river bed below. They walked to the middle of this narrow railroad bridge, tied off their ropes, and began to rappel down. When the train came by on it's daily tour of the valley, their one mistake became apparent. They had tied the ropes to the sturdiest support possible: the steel train tracks. They plunged several hundred feet to their messy deaths on the ropes below.

Find the matching word

6. Television series starring Ronnie Barker. A dish made from oatmeal, cooked in water or milk to a thick consistency?

7. An island in the Tyrrhenian sea which is famous for its active volcano. An Italian dish similar to a pizza, but using a flower tortilla wrap.

8. 1941 film directed by and starring Orson Welles. The cartoonist who created Batman?

9. A large tropical American arboreal lizard having a greyish-green body with a row of spines along its back. A 1964 film starring Richard Burton as a defrocked clergyman bent on destruction?

10. A large bird of the genus corvus. A member of the North American Indian people living in East Montana?

11. 1987 World Formula One motor racing champion. British naval commander during the Napoleonic wars?

12. A small high-pitched flute used in military bands and similar to the piccolo. Local government region of East central Scotland?

13. Tommy Steele film musical based on 'Kipps' by H.G. Wells. Obsolete small coin called a tanner.

14. A bowed stringed instrument, the alto of the violin family. Any temperate perennial plant whose flowers can be white, yellow, blue or mauve?

15. The name of the son of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones. American singer born Robert Zimmerman?


16. What is the surname of the man who introduced the 1824 Merchant Shipping Act, one of whose requirements was to have a line of the same name painted down the side of a boat to indicate it's maximum safe loaded displacement?

17. In 1938, this class A4 locomotive set the current world speed record for a steam engined locomotive at 126mph?

18. What is the nickname of the junction officially known as the Gravelly Hill Interchange?

19. What is the name of Rolls Royce's symbol?

20. Which UK station has the most platforms?

Capital Cities

21. What is the capital city of Canada?

22. What is the capital city of Brazil?

23. What is the capital city of Cambodia?

24. What is the capital city of Uzbekistan?

25. What is the capital city of Malta?

Decades of Inventors

26. In the 1900's, King Camp Gillette invented the world's first what?

27. In 1910, which famous inventor demonstrated the first talking motion picture?

28. In the 1920's Earle Dickson invented which famous brand of medical dressing for Johnson & Johnson?

29. In the 1930's Clarence Birdseye was paid 22m US$ for inventing which popular modern process?

30. In 1940, Igor Sikorsky invented the first useful military version of which type of craft?

31. In 1950 the first credit card was invented by Ralph Scheider, but what brand was it?

32. In 1960, Dr Harry Coover discovered the remarkably sticky properties of cyanoacrylate, but what is it's popular name?

33. In the 1970's IBM introduced the world's first portable memory disk quickly dubbed the floppy disk. How big were they across then?

34. In 1980 the brilliant scientist Baruch Blumberg discovered the antigen and created a vaccine for which nasty illness?

35. In 1990, Tim Berners Lee gave the world a new three letter combination, what was it?

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