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Question 161:

 

Category: Language Families

 

What are five most widely spoken Romance languages (aka Latin/Neo-Latin languages)?

 

*3 correct are worth one point, all 5 correct worth two points, if you can get them in order of speakers (most to least amount) then three points total for the question.*

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Week went by fast. Here's some answers.

 

Question 157: What gas filled the Hindenburg airship?

 

Answer:

Spoiler

Hydrogen. Really is quite good at making things float... just the pesky problem of combusting when any spark or flame comes near it.

 

 

Question 158: Cavatappi, also known as cellentani, is shaped like what?

 

Answer:

Spoiler

Corkscrews. Cavatappi directly translates as "corkscrew" from Italian to English.

 

 

Question 159: What flavor soda pop did Roy Allen begin selling in 1919?

 

Answer:

Spoiler

Root beer. Roy Allen bought the recipe from a pharmacist/chemist, and partnered with Frank Wright in 1920. The A&W brand was founded (though Allen shortly bought Wright out of the business within a few years).

 

 

Question 160: Who is the Babylonian goddess of love and fertility?

 

Answer:

Spoiler

Ishtar. Known to the Babylonians, Assyrians, and Akkadians by that name, she was originally worshipped by the Sumerians as "Inanna" and associated with the planet Venus.

 

 

Question 161: Five most widely spoken Romance languages?

 

Answer:

Spoiler

In order of most amount of speakers to least (by mother tongue):

Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Romanian.

 

If you got any 3 of those, 1 point. All 5 of those, 2 points. And all 5 of those in order, 3 points.

Alternatively, if you are a stickler for details, you still get all 3 points if you swapped Portuguese and French in order as French numbers go way up if you add in second-language speakers (and because I didn't specify mother tongue in the question).

 

 

Question 162: How many honeybees (on average) does it take to make one teaspoon (5 mL) of honey?

 

Answer:

Spoiler

12. A honeybee worker's lifespan is between 30-60 days, and in that time it makes 1/12th of a teaspoon (~0.42 mL) of honey (assumptions: all the bee does is make honey during its life, and that there is ample nectar supply available).

 

 

Question 163: Who wrote the book on which the film "The Godfather" was based?

 

Answer:

Spoiler

Mario Puzo. He wrote it from research into organized crime. Puzo also wrote the original screenplays for Superman and Superman II.

 

 

9 possible points up for grabs, depending on your knowledge. Combined with last week's total of 161, we're at a total possible of 170.

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5 points, total 95.

 

I got all the Romance languages correct, and it's tricky because although more people speak Portuguese as a first language (Brazil, Portugal), more people know French as a first *and* common second language (Canada, parts of North Africa).

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20 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

Question 167:

 

Category: Track and Field

 

How many hurdles does an individual clear in the 400 metres hurdle race?

I don't know, but of all the track and field events I did (loved track in high school) the 400 hurdles hurt the worst.

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Question 168:

 

Category: Creepy and Kooky

 

What does Wednesday Addams call her headless doll in The Addams Family (not necessarily the movie, but across the '60s television show, etc)?

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