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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 43,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Trivia Quiz Week 45 2013

Trivia Quiz Week 45 2013

1. In the Winnie the Poo films, what colour is Piglet ? (PINK)

2. How many 2 pence pieces are there in £5 ? (250)

3. What word connects an English civil war soldier and a Vauxhall car model ? (CAVALIER)

4. What breakfast cereal was advertised as ‘central heating for kids’ ? (READY BREK)

5. On which TV show was the first appearance of Mr Blobby ? (NOEL’S HOUSE PARTY) 1992.

6. In tennis, what point comes after deuce ? (ADVANTAGE)

7. 26yr old Kim Sears is the current girlfriend of which tennis player ? (ANDY MURRAY)

8. What 1997 film starring Jennifer Lopez featured a giant snake ? (ANACONDA)

9. GPS satellite system, what do the initials GPS stand for ? (GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM)

10. In which country did women recently take to the streets in their cars on a day of protest
against the ban on female drivers ? (SAUDI ARABIA)
11. Who preceded Nick Grimshaw as Radio 1 breakfast DJ ? (CHRIS MOYLES)

12. Used for cutting bricks, a bolster is what type of hand tool ? (CHISEL)

13. The phrase referring to the whole of Britain is ‘from Land’s End to’…where ? (JOHN O’GROATS)

14. In which city would you find the Wailing Wall ? (JERUSALEM)
[located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Israelis and the Palestinians both claim Jerusalem as their capital]
15. What Latin term meaning the existing state of affairs is also the name of a rock group ? (STATUS QUO)
16. Camembert cheese comes from which country ? (FRANCE) Normandy.

17. Which British marine mammal has a name that’s derived from the Latin words for ‘pig’ & ‘fish’ ?
18. In which sport was Welshman Billy Boston a legend in the 1950s & 60s ? (RUGBY) league.

19. In politics, what country joined the G7 in 1997 to become the G8 ? (RUSSIA)
[Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom & the United States]
20. Which 2004 top 5 UK hit has the following line ?…..’ Sometimes I wish someone up there will
find me ’til then I walk alone’. (BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS) Green Day.

Killer Round
(each correct answer is worth 2 points however if you get any wrong, all points below are wiped out!)
you must answer at least 3 questions.
1. The safety razor was invented by King George Gillette, true or false ? (TRUE)

2. Which is the world’s longest river ?, the Nile or the Amazon ? (NILE) Africa.
[Nile-4,132 miles. Amazon-3,976 miles]
3. In 2012, a giant 26ft tall statue of which star was moved from Chicago to Palm Springs ?, was it
Marilyn Monroe or Michael Jackson ? (MARILYN MONROE)
4. The industrial revolution started in the 18th century, true or false ? (TRUE) around 1750.

5. Which national Rugby team competes against England for the Calcutta Cup ?, France or Scotland ?
6. When Countdown was first proposed to the American networks, they rejected it because they
thought their viewers would be too dumb to understand it, true or false ? (FALSE)
7. What does a costermonger sell ?, fruit & veg or coffee beans ? (FRUIT & VEG)
[costermongers are street sellers of fruit & veg]
8. There is a street in Brighton that has been renamed Katie Price Way, true or false ? (FALSE)

9. Who was the keyboard player of the Animals when they had a hit with the song ‘House Of The
Rising Sun’ ?, was it Georgie Fame, Alan Price or Stevie Winwood ? (ALAN PRICE)
10. What was first introduced into English football in 1976 ?, was it penalty shoot-outs or red &
yellow cards ? (RED & YELLOW CARDS)
the first player to receive a red card was Blackburn Rovers winger Dave Wagstaffe.
[but first used in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico]

Tie-Break:- How long (in miles) is the Great Wall of China ? (13,170.69 MILES)
(The first formal measurement of the world’s largest man-made structure revealed the wall was more than twice as long as previous estimates)
In an archaeological survey that took five years to complete, China’s State Administration of Cultural Heritage announced yesterday that the wall measures 21,196.18 km (13,170.69 miles).

Trivia Quiz Week 41 2013

Trivia Quiz Week 41 2013

1. Who is the current England football manager ? (ROY HODGESON)

2. How many different colours are there on a standard Rubik’s cube ? (6) obviously !!!!

3. What 10-letter name is given to a person that studies the night sky ? (ASTRONOMER)

4. How many blue triangles are there on the Scottish national flag ? (4)

5. What colour are the arrows on a mini roundabout road sign ? (WHITE)
[on a blue background]
6. If the yolk of an egg is called a yolk, then what is the proper name for the white of an egg ?
7. The initials of the men’s magazine G.Q. stands for what ? (GENTLEMEN’S QUARTERLY)

8. Which member of the royal family recently had their first official trip of Australia ? (HARRY)

9. In which decade was Family Fortunes first shown on British TV ? (80s) January 1980.
[Bob Monkhouse]
10. What do the initials SW stand for on a radio ? (SHORT WAVE)

11. What is the most famous type of food made in the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray ?
12. How many of all the pieces on a standard chess board wear crowns ? (4) 2 kings, 2 queens.

13. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is currently dating which US rapper ? (KANYE WEST)

14. Which X Factor judge has revealed details of their first solo studio album in more than 14
years ? (GARY BARLOW)
15. From which Mediterranean country does halloumi cheese come ? (CYPRUS) not Greece.

16. Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen, Jimmy Greaves, Gary Lineker…..who comes next in sequence ?
(BOBBY CHARLTON) England’s top 5 goals scorers.
17. Which 73 yr old TV presenter was sacked last year and is taking Channel 4 to court accusing
them of age discrimination ? (JOHN McCRIRICK)
18. Which Islamic Republic in South Asia was formed in 1947 ? (PAKISTAN)

19. ‘Milan, New York and Japan’ are 3 places mentioned in which 1991 UK No 1 ? (I’M TOO SEXY)
[Right Said Fred – Richard & Fred Fairbrass]
20. Which pop group was Simon Cowell talking about when he said to Louis Walsh “You are going to
have to fire at least three of them, they have great voices but they are the ugliest band I have
ever seen in my life” ? (WESTLIFE)

Killer Round
(each correct answer is worth 2 points however if you get any wrong, all points below are wiped out!)
you must answer at least 3 questions.
1. According to a recent survey, People pour more white wine into a glass than red, true or false ?
2. A man can be sent to prison for being what, in three-quarters of Commonwealth countries ?,
being a Muslim, an atheist or gay ? (GAY)
3. There are more whales in the Pacific ocean than there are fish, true or false ? (FALSE)
[but there are more squid than fish]
4. Gideon Sundback invented what ?, the zip or scissors ? (ZIP) 1906.

5. On which TV channel was Family Fortunes first shown ?, ITV or BBC ? (ITV)

6. What iconic musical term did journalist Dave Godin use for the very first time in 1968 ?, was it
Brit pop, northern soul or punk rock ? (NORTHERN SOUL)
7. A street in the Cuban capital, Havana, is home to 12 sets of twins, true or false ? (TRUE)

8. What was the UK’s first supermarket ?, was it Kwik Save, Sainsbury’s or Tesco ? (SAINSBURY’S)
[1950 in Croydon]
9. There is a crab on the Galapagos Islands that the locals call ‘Sally Cinnamon’, true or false ?
(FALSE) but there is one called Sally Bright eyes.
10. How old was Ronnie O’Sullivan when he made his first century break in snooker ?, was he 8, 10 or
12 ? (10)

Tie-Break:- How many miles wide is the Pacific ocean ? (10,000)

Trivia Quiz Week 40 2013

Trivia Quiz Week 40 2013

1. Dennis the Menace is a character that features in which kids comic ? (BEANO)

2. What colour of Blue Peter badge is the most prestigious ? (GOLD)

3. X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger has recently split up from which F1 driver ?
4. What word goes before ‘stream’ and after ‘turbo’ ? (JET)

5. What type of animal is a ‘small tortoiseshell’ ? (BUTTERFLY)

6. Who was British Prime Minister in 2009 ? (GORDON BROWN)
7. Elephants from which continent have the smaller ears ? (ASIA)

8. ‘Otto’ is the Italian for which number ? (8)

9. In which sport was Stephen Lee recently banned for 12 years & ordered to pay £40,000 costs
after being found guilty of match-fixing ? (SNOOKER)
10. What do the Americans call what we Brits call a jam sandwich ? (JELLY SANDWICH)

11. 23 yr old Megan Young, from the island of Bali recently won which competition ?
12. On a standard Monopoly board, what railway station comes last alphabetically ? (MARYLEBONE)
[Fenchurch Street, King’s Cross, Liverpool Street, Marylebone]
13. Which singer from the 1950s is mentioned in the song, ‘Come On Eileen’ ? (JOHNNY RAY)

14. The Peterloo massacre of 1819 took place in which English city ? (MANCHESTER)
[it happened in what is now St Peter’s Square]
15. In darts, what word refers to a check out using the treble, single & then double of the same
number ? (SHANGHAI)
16. Which punk band consisted of Paul Cook, Steve Jones, John Lydon & Glen Matlock ?
(SEX PISTOLS) Glen Matlock was later replaced by Sid Vicious (John Simon Ritchie)
17. Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights was mainly filmed in which small town ? (FARNWORTH)
[It was set in Bolton but filmed in St Gregory’s & the Old Vets club, both in Farnworth]
18. ‘Bright blessed days….dark sacred nights’ is a line from which massive 1968 UK number 1 ?
19. Which character has been played by Gene Hackman in 1976, Kevin Spacey in 2006 & Michael
Rosenbaum until 2011 ? (LEX LUTHER) Superman.
20. Which comic character owns a breed of dog that is an Abyssinian wire haired tripehound ?

Killer Round
(each correct answer is worth 2 points however if you get any wrong, all points below are wiped out!)
you must answer at least 3 questions.
1. Before going into politics, Tony Blair played guitar in a rock group called Ugly Rumours, true or
false ? (TRUE)
2. In the circus, what was Charlie Cairoli’s occupation ?, a juggler, a clown or a trapeze artist ?
3. Writing paper was invented by the Egyptians, true or false ? (FALSE) was China.

4. What is the name given to the resident cat that lives at number 10 Downing Street ?, is it Curly,
Larry or Mo ? (LARRY)
5. The new mobile network company initials EE means ‘Everyone Else’ , true or false ? (FALSE)
[Everything Everywhere]
6. Which is the world’s oldest underground railway system ?, is it Paris, London or New York ?
(LONDON) 1863. [Paris-1900, New York-1868]
7. In 2012, what website valued its shares at 104 billion dollars before going public ?, was it Twitter
or Facebook ? (FACEBOOK)
8. How many of the 11 England players of the 1966 World Cup Final are still alive ?, 7, 8 or 9 ? (9)
[Bobby Moore & Alan Ball]
9. The Duke & Duchess of Bedford recently had their baby boy christened ‘Hazard James’,
true or false ? (FALSE)
10. Which musical instrument did jazz musician Louis Armstrong play ?, saxophone, piano or trumpet?

Tie-Break:- How many stations are there on the London Underground ? (270)

Trivia Quiz Week 44 (HALLOWEEN)

Trivia Quiz Week 44 (Halloween) 2013

1. What type of tinned fish is also the name of Bob the Builder’s cat ? (PILCHARD)

2. In The Rocky Horror Show, which dance are we urged to do, again and again ? (THE TIME WARP)

3. How many stripes does a British army sergeant wear ? (3)

4. In the nursery rhyme, what did the second little piggy do ? (STAYED AT HOME)
[this little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed at home……..]
5. Who wrote Frankenstein back in 1818 ? (MARY SHELLEY)

6. How many murder weapons are there in a standard game of Cluedo ? (6)
[dagger, rope, candlestick, spanner, lead pipe, revolver]
7. Who directed one of the greatest murder movies of all time…Psycho ?, (ALFRED HITCHCOCK)

8. What do you call the type of ghost that moves things ? (POLTERGEIST)

9. The Roman numerals…MCMLXV add up to what year ? (1965)

10. In Hogwarts, who plays Minerva McGonagall ? (DAME MAGGIE SMITH)

11. What current BBC TV fantasy drama features the characters Hercules, Medusa & Pythagoras ?
12. Who is the author of the highly successful Twilight series of novels ? (STEPHANIE MEYER)

13. The London Lions & Surrey United play which traditional American sport ? (BASKETBALL)

14. Which 17th-century settlement in Massachusetts became infamous for its witchcraft trials ?
15. What is the first name of Lewis Carroll’s most famous fictional female ? (ALICE)

16. Which Irish ‘fruity’ group had hits in the 90s with ‘Zombie’ & ‘Linger’ ? (CRANBERRIES)

17. In modern legend, what was Sweeney Todd’s other title ?
18. Who is the queen’s oldest grandchild ? (PETER PHILLIPS) born 1977.
[12th in line to the throne]
19. Which hit of 1979 contains the line: “and like a sinner before the gates of heaven, I’ll come
crawling on back to you” ? (BAT OUT OF HELL)
20. What are the names of the seven family members of the Addams Family household ?

Killer Round
(each correct answer is worth 2 points however if you get any wrong, all points below are wiped out!)
you must answer at least 3 questions.
1. What is a pumpkin ?, is it a fruit or vegetable ? (FRUIT)

2. How many of Henry VIII’s wives are said to haunt Hampton Court ? (2)
[Jane Seymour & Catherine Howard]
3. The great movie quote ”go ahead, make my day” was said by Clint Eastwood in the film Dirty
Harry, true or false ? (FALSE) it was Sudden Impact.
4. 91 yr old Jim Andison has been a fan since day one and is the oldest member of which fan club ?,
is it the Beano, Status Quo or the Manchester Giants basketball team ? (THE BEANO)
5. The 1954 film Phantom of the Rue Morgue was based on actual events, true or false ? (FALSE)
[It was actually based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe]
6. Mark Calloway is the real name of which sinister American wrestler ?, Kane or the Undertaker ?
7. Comedienne Katy Brand is the younger sister of fellow comedienne Jo Brand, true or false ?
8. In what year did Howard Carter’s ill-fated expedition first uncover the tomb of King Tut ? was it
1922 or 1953 ? (1922)
9. It’s against the law to walk around Red Square in Moscow dressed as Elvis Presley, true or false ?
10. Which deadly practice was last carried out in England in 1684 ?, was it witch hanging or burning
at the stake ? (WITCH HANGING)


Tie-Break:- How many times is the name ‘Mary’ mentioned in the Bible ? (54)

Trivia Quiz Week 43 2013

Trivia Quiz Week 43 2013

1. Which turkey tycoon’s catchphrase was… ‘it’s bootiful’ ? (BERNARD MATTHEWS)

2. How many pairs of limbs does an amphibian have ?, 2 or 4 ? (2)

3. A shy or bashful person is often referred to as a shrinking….what ? (VIOLET)

4. From 1901 to 1952, what was the name of the English national anthem ? (GOD SAVE THE KING)

5. In musical chairs, if there are 6 players, how many chairs will there be ? (5)

6. Which musical instrument which is believed to have been played as the Titanic sank, was recently
sold at auction ? (VIOLIN) £900,000.
7. What word links a hand-operated gear box and an instruction book ? (MANUAL)

8. How many European countries (that are independent sovereign states)begin with the letter ‘S’ ?
(7) (1. San Marino 2. Serbia 3. Slovakia 4. Slovenia 5. Spain 6. Sweden 7. Switzerland)
9. In Star Wars, what type of creature is Chewbacca ? (A WOOKIE)

10. What name connects Punch & Judy, something you can drink from, & Spiderman ? (TOBY)
[Punch & Judy’s dog, a type of jug & Toby McGuire]
11. Which musical legend gave an impromptu gig in Covent Garden during the lunchtime rush last
12. What is the most easterly county in England ? (SUFFOLK) Lowestoft.

13. Name the 5 zones that was featured in the TV gameshow ‘the Crystal Maze’ ? [1 point for each]
14. Which Oldham born actor connects Dr Who, Right Said Fred, the Wombles & Coronation St ?
15. What do the Americans call what we call a stag night ? (BACHELOR PARTY)

16. Which rock music creation was backed by the Spiders from Mars ? (ZIGGY STARDUST)

17. Which European country comes first alphabetically ? (ALBANIA)

18. What is the most popular finishing double in professional darts ? (16)

19. Which comedian was arrested earlier this year (April 2010) for impersonating a Manchester
City player ? (SIMON BRODKIN) Jason Bent (not Lee Nelson)
20. ‘Inside her there’s longing this girl’s an open page’ is a line from which 1980 worldwide No1 ?

Killer Round
(each correct answer is worth 2 points however if you get any wrong, all points below are wiped out!)
you must answer at least 3 questions.
1. The FIFA Women’s World Cup occurs every 4 years, true or false ? (TRUE)

2. What type of creature is an African butterfly ?, is it a bird or a fish (FISH)

3. What type of food does Jamie Oliver say that “if it’s not smoked, it’s not worth buying” ? is it…….
haddock or bacon ? (BACON)
4. The most popular first name in the world is Muhammad, true or false ? (TRUE)

5. Which member of Wham’s former backing group Pepsi & Shirlie, is married to singer & actor
Martin Kemp ?,…………..(clue – is it Pepsi or Shirlie ?) (SHIRLIE)
6. Most lipstick contains fish scales, true or false ? (TRUE)
[Lipsticks contain an ingredient known as pearlescence, is a silvery substance found in fish scales]
7. Who once admitted he was afraid of the dark ?, was it Vin Diesel or Thomas Edison ?
8. It’s illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while you’re sitting on a curb in St. Louis, USA,
true or false ? (TRUE)
9. According to the 2013 Forbes list, who is the highest paid actor ?, is it Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise
or Robert Downey Jnr ? (ROBERT DOWNEY JNR) $75 m.
10. The world’s shortest motorway is the Mancunian Way, true or false ? (TRUE)

There are a number of motorways which are 1 mile (1.6 km) or less in length. There have been conflicting claims on this subject, but it now appears that the A635(M), which is joined to the A57(M), Mancunian Way, is the shortest at about 300 metres long.

Tie-Break:- By time, how long is the longest recorded flight of a chicken ? (13 SECONDS)

Trivia quiz Week 37 2013

Trivia Quiz Week 37 2013

1. What are you if somebody calls you ‘cack-handed’ ? (LEFT HANDED)

2. What is the name of the Lone Ranger’s red Indian sidekick ? (TONTO)

3. What colour of the rainbow is the natural food colouring cochineal ? (RED)

4. In Oklahoma USA, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg, why not ?
5. What’s the connection between a dragon from Dragon’s Den, a Radio 2 Presenter & a golfer ?
(ALL STRICTLY COME DANCING CONTESTANTS) Debra Meaden, Vanessa Feltz, Tony Jacklin.
6. In which city was the original Cavern club ? (LIVERPOOL)

7. Since the death of Henry VIII, how many queens of England has there been ? (7)
[Jane Grey, Mary I, Elizabeth I, Mary II, Anne, Victoria, Elizabeth II]
8. Which wicked witch was flattened by Dorothy’s house in the Wizard of Oz ?
9. Who was the British prime minister when Take That had their 1st UK No 1 ? (JOHN MAJOR)
[‘Pray’ – 1991…….John Major – 1990 – 1997]
10. The northern coast of Spain borders which ocean ? (ATLANTIC)

11. Who played the part of Maverick in the 1986 film Top Gun ? (TOM CRUISE)

12. Which boxer starred in Rocky V and beat George Foreman to become WBO world champion ?
[beat him in 1993] (TOMMY MORRISON)
13. In the Austin Powers film ‘The Spy Who Shagged Me’ What was the name of the villain ?
14. Since 1996, how many English counties begin with ‘North’ ? (3)
[Northampton, North Yorkshire, Northumberland]
15. Stage magician & illusionist Eric Weisz was better known by what other name ?
16. In cockney rhyming slang, what type of animal is a bowler ? (CAT) bowler hat.

17. Milk, Oyster, Magic & Death Cap are 3 varieties of what ? (MUSHROOMS)

18. Ethel Flossybottom was born on December 27th, yet her birthday is always in the summer. how is
19. What 11-letter word describes the national ban on the sale, production, and transportation of
alcohol, in the early 20th century in the USA ? (PROHIBITION) 1919 to 1933.
20. “Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!” is a line from which 2008 UK number 1 ?
(VIVA LA VIDA) Coldplay.

Killer Round
(each correct answer is worth 2 points however if you get any wrong, all points below are wiped out!)
you must answer at least 3 questions.
1. What was introduced first ?, the nectar card or Tesco clubcard ? (TESCO CLUBCARD) 1993.
[nectar card 2002]
2. A man was recently fined $2,000 (£1,000) for trying to smuggle live fish into New Zealand hidden
in his trousers, true or false ? (TRUE)
3. In what activity might you perform a ‘bob major’ ?, bell ringing, Morris dancing or playing chess ?
(BELL RINGING) changes the arrangement of order.
4. The Royal Mint has created the first £10 coin, true or false ? (FALSE) it’s a £20 coin

5. Which Bond villain lived on an island and had his own nuclear reactor ?, Goldfinger or Dr No ?
6. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is the only thatched-roof building in London, true or false ? (TRUE)
[also known as Bankside theatre]
7. In which country is the famous Spanish Riding School ?, Austria or Spain ? (AUSTRIA) Vienna.

8. What would you do with a Lipizzan (or Lipizzaner) ?, would you ride it, drink it or wear it ?
(RIDE IT) it’s a breed of white horses from the Spanish riding school.
9. The transport minister has passed a proposal to build a 422 mile cycle pathway all around London,
true or false ? (FALSE)
10. Who is the only artist to have had at least one UK top five album in each of the last seven
decades ?, Cliff Richard or Elvis Presley ? (CLIFF RICHARD)
[he’s just released his 100th album]
Tie-Break:- How many people did Rambo kill in all four Rambo films ? (220)

Henry VIII
Edward VI
Jane Grey
Mary I
Elizabeth I
James I
Charles I
Oliver Cromwell
Richard Cromwell 1658-1659
STUARTS (restored)
Charles II
James II
William III
Mary II
George I
George II
George III
George IV
William IV 1830-1837
Edward VII 1901-1910
George V 1910-1936
Edward VIII 1936-1936
George VI 1936-1952
Elizabeth II
1952 – present

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