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The Big Fat Quiz Throughout the Year 2022


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Question 255: What actor has been killed by an Alien/Xenomorph, a Predator, and a Terminator?

 

Answer:

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Bill Paxton. In Aliens he's Private Hudson, Detective Lambert in Predator 2, and the leader of the punk gang Arnold kills for clothes in Terminator. You might think Lance Henrikson is also correct, as he has been in all three film franchises, but recall that Bishop in Aliens was an android, and doesn't die when the Alien Queen tore him in half (furthermore, he gets reactivated in Alien 3). So no point if you chose Lance.

 

 

Question 256: In what country was margarine first patented?

 

Answer:

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France. Margarine came about from a challenge from Emperor Napoleon III of France; he wanted a butter substitute that could be used by the military and the poor. Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès won the prize in 1869 and patented it the same year.

 

 

Question 257: What disease takes its name from medieval Italian words for "bad air"?

 

Answer:

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Malaria. From "mala aria", and dating back to when medical theory believed that most afflictions were caused by bad air (miasma theory).

 

 

Question 258: What ethnicity would Cleopatra VII (or simply Cleopatra) have attributed to herself?

 

Answer:

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Greek/Macedonian Greek. She was the last ruler of Ptolemaic Egypt, ruled by the descendants of Ptolemy, a general and companion of Alexander the Great, who won control over Egypt after Alexander's death. The Ptolemaic dynasty established a Greek ruling class separate from Egyptian society, apart from adopting certain Egyptian customs.

 

 

Question 259: What does the Turing Test determine in a computer?

 

Answer:

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If it can think or exhibit behavior equivalent to and/or indistinguishable from a human. Alan Turing proposed that a human evaluator would judge natural language conversations between a human and a machine designed to generate human-like responses, through a text-only format. The evaluator would only know that there was a machine and a human conversing, and if unable to distinguish whose responses were machine or human responses, the machine was said to have passed the test.

 

 

Question 260: What does "dim sum" translate to in English?

 

Answer:

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"Touching heart", the term used to designate the small food items that accompanied tea drinking in China. The dining experience is very similar to tapas in Spanish cuisine. The original etymology of dim sum is a bit confusing and not concrete, you might want to read up on it for yourself.

 

 

Question 261: What classic book inspired (though not directly) the name of coffeehouse chain Starbucks?

 

Answer:

Spoiler

Moby Dick. The original owners of the coffehouse had been told that words beginning with "st" were powerful; they made a list of words for a brand name, came up with Starbo, then recalled the character of Starbuck, and Starbucks just sounded better than Starbo.

 

 

Our usual routine. Seven questions for a possible 7 points for the round. Our year-to-date total is now a possible 268.

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On 9/12/2022 at 1:41 PM, Corsair said:

YES!!!!!

I finally got all 7 right!!!!

170 total

Wow! tough ones this week, got 3 for 173. Keep up the good work.

On 9/12/2022 at 1:41 PM, Corsair said:

YES!!!!!

I finally got all 7 right!!!!

170 total

Wow! tough ones this week, got 3 for 173. Keep up the good work.

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