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Question1: Based on a rumor he heard from his landlord, freelance writer Michael Paterniti sought the octogenarian pathologist Dr. Harvey Thomas. On meeting the pathologist in 1997, Michael offered to drive him across to California to return an item to its rightful owners. The book Driving Mr. Albert is an account of the four thousand mile journey of Dr. Harvey, the writer Michael and the item floating in a formaldehyde solution in a plastic Tupperware container. What item?
Answer 1: Albert Einstein’s brain. Dr. Harvey was the person who had performed the autopsy on Einstein. He removed the brain during the autopsy and had since then kept it with him.
Question 2: Mary Anning (1779 – 1847) was responsible for some of the most important fossil discoveries of the Jurassic period. Born to a poor carpenter in Britain, she had to endure discrimination due to her gender and social class. As a result, to supplement her family’s income, she would often sell fossils and other curios from a table near the beach. She was immortalized by a tongue twister used by Terry Sullivan in 1908. What tongue twister?
Answer 2: Terry Sullivan’s tongue twister, “She sells sea shells by the sea shore” is based on Marry Anning.
Question 3: In his book Naturalis Historia, Pliny the Elder mentions a Roman antidote for poison. The recipe for this antidote includes two dried walnuts, two figs, and twenty leaves of rue pounded together. This mixture was to be taken while fasting along with X. What is X?
Answer 3: Pinch of Salt. Today “pinch of salt” is an idiom which means to view something with skepticism.
Question 4: In 1820s, Goldsworthy Gurney observed that an intense illumination was created when an oxy-hydrogen flame is directed at a piece of calcium oxide. The theaters at that time were quick to use this effect to illuminate performances where they wanted audience attention focused on a single actor. What name was given to this type of stage lighting?
Answer 4: Calcium Oxide is also known as quicklime. Therefore, the stage lighting produced in this manner was called Limelight. As a result, when someone is in the news, (s) he is said to be in the limelight.
Question 5: A Russian cavalry force of 2500 was on the road to Balakalava. And the only thing between them and the disorganized British camp were a few red coats of the 93rd Highland Regiment. The 93rd arranged themselves into two lines and boldly repulsed the Russian attack. The Times correspondent William H Russell used a phrase to describe this military action of the Red Coats. What phrase?
Answer 5: William used the phrase the thin red line in his article. His phrase has now become a figure of speech for a thinly spread military unit holding firm against attack.
Question 6: Willard Scott was a local radio personality in Washington DC. According to Scott’s book Joy of Living, Bozo the clown was the hottest children’s show on air. When Bozo went off the air, he was contacted by a particular company to come up with a replacement character to take Bozo’s place and to connect with children. According to the company that hired Scott, the character he created is second only to Santa in terms of recognition. What character did Scott come up with?
Answer 6: Ronald McDonald; the mascot for McDonald’s fast food restaurant.
Question 7: Escape to Victory is a 1981 movie about a football match between Allied Prisoners of War in a German prison and a German team. The film stars Michael Caine (as the coach) and Sylvester Stallone (as the goalkeeper). However, the star of the movie was a character named Corporal Luis Fernandez from Trinidad and Tobago. Which famous personality played Corporal Luis Fernandez in the movie?
Answer 7: Pele. In the movie, he was shown from Trinidad and Tobago as Brazil was not involved in the theater of war when the movie took place.
Question 8: It was originally a slang used by the Scots and the Irish for moonshine (i.e. homemade whiskey). In 1940s, beverage bottlers Barney and Ally Hartman had problems obtaining their preferred soda to mix with liquor. As a result, they came up with a drink and used the Scottish / Irish slang for moonshine as the name of their product. What product?
Answer 8: Mountain Dew.
Question 9: Back in the 1700s, many European banks issued porcelain tiles called borrower’s tiles to their clients. These tiles were imprinted with the borrower’s name and credit limit. Each time the customer wanted to borrow money, he had to present the tile to the bank teller, who would compare the imprinted credit limit with how much the customer had already borrowed. If the borrower were past the limit, the teller did something to the tile on the spot. What did the teller do and what word originated as result?
Answer 9: The teller broke the tile. Hence, someone who has no money today is called broke.
Question 10: Stretching 22 miles, this famous street follows the path taken by the old cattle trail from Pueblo de Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. It is bounded by Figueroa Street at one end and Pacific Coast Highway intersection at the other end. What?
Answer 10: Sunset Boulevard