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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 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 23,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Trivia Quiz Week 45 2014

Trivia Quiz Week 45 2014

1. Who became the lead singer of the Rolling Stones in 1962 ? (MICK JAGGER)

2. ‘He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy’ ? is a line from which classic comedy film ?
3. The name of what bird is used to describe someone who has backed out of something ?
4. Which old Irish singers name (full name) is the cockney rhyming slang for curry ?
5. In athletics, what word is given to one full circuit of a race ? (LAP)

6. ‘Prince of thieves’ was the subtitle of which 1991 film ? (ROBIN HOOD)

7. Dick Grayson is the ‘real’ name of which comic book superhero ? (ROBIN) Batman & Robin.

8. What numbers are often used in bingo for an old US detective show ? (77) 77, Sunset Strip.

9. What is 11 multiplied by 7 ? (77)

10. What music festival is held every August in Chelmsford in Staffordshire ? (V FESTIVAL)

11. How many successful pots will a snooker player make to achieve a 147 break ? (36)

12. The ‘Lilywhites’ is the nickname of which League One football club ? (PRESTON NORTH END)
13. On which continent are the Appalachian Mountains ? (NORTH AMERICA)
[stretching from eastern Canada to Alabama]
14. What is the national UK speed limit for buses & coaches (or minibuses) on a single carriageway ?
(50 MPH) 80 km/h.
15. How is the Duke of Cornwall better known ? (PRINCE CHARLES)
[Prince of Wales]
16. In which decade did homosexuality become legal in the UK ? (1960s) 1967.

17. ‘Movin’ On’ and ‘Let Loose’ were late night spin-offs of which TV soap ? (HOLLYOAKS)

18. Which King did the gunpowder plotters try to blow up ? (KING JAMES I)

19. Which English actress plays Mother Superior in the film Sister Act ? (MAGGIE SMITH)

20. Caryn Elaine Johnson is the real name of which US actress & comedienne ?

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 only ex member of the Spice Girls to be invited to Prince William & Kate Middleton’s wedding
was Geri Halliwell, true or false ? (FALSE) it was Victoria Beckham.
2. Which country consumes the most rice in the world ?, is it Bangladesh, China or USA ?
3. Adam Ant’s mother used to be Paul McCartney’s maid, true or false ? (TRUE)

4. How much does it cost if you order your first provisional UK driving licence by post ?,
£34 or £43 ? (£43) it’s £34 if you order online.
5. David McDonald is the real name of the 10th TV Dr Who, true or false ? (TRUE)
[it’s David Tennant’s real name, he took the ‘Tennant’ from Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant]
6. In the classic novel ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, in which country is the story set ?, is it Belgium,
Turkey or the USA ? (USA) in Alabama.
7. The nearest bird relative to a peregrine falcon is the parrot, true or false ? (TRUE)

8. In motoring history, which of these motorbikes was built first ?, Triumph or Harley Davidson ?
(TRIUMPH) 1902. [Harley Davidson-1903]
9. Hawaii has more active volcanoes than all the other American states combined, true or false ?
(FALSE) it’s Alaska.
10. Which film was inspired by an attraction at Walt Disney World ?, was it Honey I Shrunk The
Kids or Pirates Of The Caribbean ? (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN)

Tie-Break:- Approximately how many smaller islands surround Scotland ? (790)
[most are to be found in four main groups: Shetland, Orkney, & the Hebrides, sub-divided into the
Inner Hebrides & Outer Hebrides and of which 130 are inhabited]

Trivia Quiz Week 44 2014

Trivia Quiz Week 44 2014

1. Which fruit is usually used to make a Jack-O-lantern ? (PUMPKIN)

2. What is the first name Michael Caine’s character in the Batman films ? (ALFRED)

3. Which song connects Billy Joel & Westlife ? (UPTOWN GIRL)

4. Who plays Dolores in the film Sister Act ? (WHOOPI GOLDBERG)

5. On the human body, ‘crow’s feet’ are found around which organs ? (EYES)

6. Which ex-Radio 1 DJ has apologised for singing a calypso song for UKIP in a West Indian accent ?
7. What South American country takes its name from a line of latitude ? (EQUADOR)

8. ‘Eat well for less’ is the advertising slogan currently being used by which supermarket ?
9. Who was the goalkeeper for England when Diego Maradona scored his ‘hand of God’ goal ?
10. US tightrope walker Nik Wallenda has recently and successfully completed back-to-back
high-wire walks above which US city ? (CHICAGO)
11. No longer in circulation, what was Britain’s first colour newspaper ? (TODAY) owner, Eddie Shar.

12. In the posh breakfast eggs Benedict, how are the eggs cooked ? (POACHED)

13. What 5-letter word meaning a person of subnormal intelligence, originates from the Greek word
for ‘foolish’ ? (MORON)
14. When reading a label from the chemist, what do the initials ‘O.D’ stand for ? (ONCE DAILY)

15. Which old TV soap, set in fictional Kings Oak in the Birmingham area, was famous for wobbly
16. Which is the most abundant element in the Earth’s crust ? (OXYGEN) 46.1%.

17. A police forensic scientist called Barry Allen is the secret identity of which comic book
superhero ? (THE FLASH)
18. On which continent are the Canadian Rocky mountains ? (AMERICA) North.

19. Which is the largest group of islands of the European continent ? (BRITISH ISLES)

20. Marie Antoinette was the wife of which French King ? (LOUIS XVI) 16th.

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. Siamese cats were originally bred in what is now called Thailand, true or false ? (TRUE)

2. In what decade did Tom Cruise marry Nicole Kidman ?, was it the 80s or 90s ? (90s) 1990.

3. In UK record sales, 200,000 albums have to sell before it goes ‘platinum’, true or false ?
(FALSE) it’s 300,000.
4. How many Dr Who actors are Scottish ?, 2, 3 or 4 ? (3)
[Sylvester McCoy, David Tennant, Peter Capaldi]
5. Choreographer Arlene Phillips rose to fame in the 1970s after founding which dance troupe ?,
was it Legs & Co, Ruby Flipper, Hot Gossip ? or the Roly Polys ? (HOT GOSSIP)
6. What religion was Guy Fawkes born into ?, catholic or protestant ? (PROTESTANT)
[but went over to join the French catholic army]
7. TV host Bradley Walsh once served in the Royal Air Force, true or false ? (TRUE)

8. During the French revolution, which King was forced out of the Palace of Versailles ?, was it……
Louis XIV (14th) or Louis XVI (16th) ? (LOUIS XVI) 16th.
9. Colour TV was first introduced in the UK in the 1970s, true or false ? (FALSE) was 1966.

10. Who or what,… or was Mungo Park ?, is it a national park in Canada, a Japanese rock band or a
Scottish explorer ? (SCOTTISH EXPLORER)
[He was the first Westerner known to have travelled to the central portion of the Niger River]


Tie-Break:- At its highest popularity, how many viewers did the TV soap Crossroads have ?

10 Most Abundant Elements in the Earth’s Crust
Source: CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 77th Edition
Element Abundance
percent by weight Abundance
parts per million by weight
46.1% 461,000
28.2% 282,000
8.23% 82,300
5.63% 56,300
4.15% 41,500
2.36% 23,600
2.33% 23,300
2.09% 20,900
0.565% 5,650
0.14% 1,400

Week 43 2014

Trivia Quiz Week 43 2014

1. Which breakfast cereal has characters on the box called Snap, Crackle & pop ? (RICE CRISPIES)

2. What word goes before jellyfish & after Christmas ? (BOX)

3. Due to the clocks changing, what is the longest month of the year ? (OCTOBER)

4. What fashion designer has a red, white & blue logo ? (TOMMY HILFIGER)

5. Which comedy drama is set around the Gallagher & McGuire families ? (SHAMELESS)

6. In which European city are the famous Spanish steps ? (ROME)

7. Which stand-up comedian plays the history teacher in the BBC comedy series ‘Bad Education’ ?
8. The McKenzie River in Canada flows into which ocean ? (ARCTIC OCEAN)
[it flows into the Beaufort Sea which is in the Arctic]
9. Diane Fossey was the real life subject of which Sigourney Weaver film ?
10. Which English banknote measures 156mm x 85mm ? (£50)

11. In science, what does the acronym ‘SETI’ stand for ?
12. What product is obtained by coagulating milk with rennet before being pressed into cheese ?
13. The soldiers of which country are permanent guards of the Vatican in Italy ? (SWITZERLAND)

14. What 7-letter word do the Americans call what we call an estate agent ? (REALTOR)

15. What 2 political leaders are mentioned in the Queen song, ‘Killer Queen’ ?
16. Which 1994 Sci-Fi film starred Kurt Russell as the colonel & James Spader as the doctor ?
17. In the 2nd World War, what did the acronym ANZAC stand for ?
18. Old Uncle Tom Cobley is the last person named in which old English folk song ?
19. Which spider shares its name with a Marvel comic book superhero ? (BLACK WIDOW)

20. If a police dog has worked on the force for 3 years, how much experience in dog years has he
got ? (21 YEARS)
[1 human year equals 7 dog years]
Killer Queen
A built-in remedy
For Khrushchev and Kennedy
At anytime an invitation
You can’t decline

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 Latin word for poison is viper, true or false ? (FALSE)
[the Latin words for poison can be either… virus, toxicum, aconitum or venenum]
2. The famous ‘dove of peace’ symbol was designed by the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, true or
false ? (TRUE)
3. Charles & Henry were the first names of which famous partnership ?, was it Marks & Spencer,
the Wright brothers (1st aviators) or Rolls Royce ? (ROLLS ROYCE)
4. Snooker was chosen to be televised to boost the sale of colour TVs, true or false ? (TRUE)

5. What is the most-visited object in the British Museum ? is it the Rosetta Stone, the tomb of King
Tut or the skeleton of Joseph Merrick (the elephant man) ? (ROSETTA STONE)
6. Which charity first used the slogan ‘A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas’ ?, was it……
The Dogs Trust or the RSPCA ? [a child is for life, not just for benefits] (DOGS TRUST)
7. The Hogan River is the longest river in Australia, true or false ? (FALSE)
[the Murray River is the longest 1,558 miles long…..the Hogan river is in Arizona, USA]
8. In France, the meat from which animal can you buy from a Chevalene butcher ?, is it horse, frog
or pigeon ? (HORSE)
9. Lasagne is a traditional pasta dish that originated in Bosnia, true or false ? (FALSE)

10. What is Pule ? the most expensive of its kind in the world, is it ? leather, candles or cheese ?
(CHEESE) made from the milk of Balkan donkeys in Serbia fetching 1,000 Euros per kilogram.

Tie-Break:- How many times did Yul Brynner appear in the stage musical of The King & I ?
(4,633 TIMES)

Trivia Quiz Week 42 2014

Trivia Quiz Week 42 2014

1. Name a fish that starts with a ‘K’ and ends with a ‘K’ ? (KILMARNOCK) wait for someone to say….
‘that’s not a fish’, then reply ‘IT’S A PLAICE IN SCOTLAND’
2. What pair of Shakespearian lovers both feature in the phonetic alphabet ? (ROMEO & JULIET)

3. The lead singer of which band recently apologised after their latest album was automatically
added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world ? (U2)
4. In the Tesco clothing lines, what do the initials F & F stand for ? (FLORENCE & FRED)

5. In petrol engines, what device ignites the mixture of fuel & air ? (SPARK PLUG)

6. In which 2010 film does a suburban family move to a new neighbourhood with their large Great
Dane, who has a tendency to wreak havoc ? (MARMADUKE)
7. Which singer connects the Great Train Robbery, the stage musical Oliver & the song ‘Do They
Know It’s Christmas’ ? (PHIL COLLINS)
8. What is the other common name for the Niagara Falls ? (HORSESHOE FALLS)

9. Which British boxer & former world champion had the nickname ‘the Dark Destroyer’ ?
10. What 8-letter word is used for the food from wild African animals ? (BUSHMEAT)

11. Who was the last person to host Blankety Blank ? (VERNON KAY)
[in a marathon which featured other old gameshows in 2007]
12. In championship tennis, new balls are issued after how many games ? (7)

13. What word for an amusement park ride comes from the Latin for river ? (FLU) or flumen.

14. McGuinness, Parker & Sykes are member surnames of which boyband ? (WANTED)
[the other 2 are George & Kaneswaran]
15. What is considered to be the world’s most dangerous element ? (PLUTONIUM)

16. Which is the only 3-lane highway to pass through the county of Cumbria ? (M6)

17. In the USA, which sport do the Chicago Bulls play ? (BASKETBALL)

18. Which car manufacturer makes the new model called the ‘Ecosport’ ? (FORD)

19. The title of which Pink Floyd album is also a chapter title in the book ‘Wind in the Willows’ ?
(PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN) writer, Kenneth Graham.
20. The name of what French wine means ‘the Pope’s new castle’ ? (CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE)

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. Cats only meow in the presence of humans, true or false ? (TRUE)

2. Reverend W. Wilkes is the cooking variety of what fruit ?, plums or apples ? (APPLES)

3. Which TV game show was originally an American show called ‘Match Game’ ?, was it Bullseye,
Blankety Blank or Big Break ? (BLANKETY BLANK)
4. Which band when they first formed went by the name of Traffic Jam ?, was it Status Quo, Jam
or Atomic Kitten ? (STATUS QUO) 1962.
5. Who holds the title, ‘Lord of Man’ as the Manx Head of State ?, is it The Queen, Prince Charles or
the Prime Minister ? (THE QUEEN)
6. At this year’s Wimbledon (2014), Andy Murray’s second match was against a man called Rolex,
true or false ? (FALSE) his name was Rola.
7. How much of Lady Gaga’s total earnings does she give to her father ?, is it 100%, 50% or nothing ?
8. Sparkling wine, commonly known as Champagne was originally made England, true or false ? (TRUE)
[some 40 years before the French]
9. What town did Thin Lizzy sing about in their 1980 hit ?, was it Chinatown, Ghost Town or
Londontown ? (CHINATOWN)
10. The Latin phrase ‘Dictum Meum Pactum’ meaning ‘my word is my bond’ is the motto at the
entrance of the White House, true or false ? (FALSE)
[it’s the motto of the London Stock Exchange]

Tie-Break:- How many episodes of Coronation Street did actress Jean Alexander play Hilda Ogden ?

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