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The Big Fat Quiz Throughout the Year 2022


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This round's answers.

 

Question 262: On which island can you hike the Bay of Fires?

 

Answer:

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Tasmania. The name of the bay comes from Capt. Tobias Furneaux who saw the fires of the native Aboriginal peoples in 1773.

 

 

Question 263: What is the largest type of freshwater fish in the world?

 

Answer:

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The sturgeon, or more specifically the beluga sturgeon species. Sturgeon is the common name for 27 different species of fish, several of which grow between 7-12 feet (2-3.5 meter) in length. Many are harvested for their eggs/roe, which has brought them to critically endangered levels, bordering on near-extinction.

 

 

Question 264: What nation is the world's only remaining sovereign grand duchy?

 

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Luxembourg. The government is a representative democracy with the Grand Duke (currently Henri) as the constitutional monarch. Also, duchy is a fun word to say.

 

 

Question 265: What apparatus do monkeys use in the "infinite monkey theorem" experiment?

 

Answer:

Spoiler

Typewriters or keyboards. The infinite monkey theorem (in a nutshell): "Given enough time, a monkey randomly striking keys on a typewriter will end up banging out a copy of Hamlet." More generalized, any event that has a non-zero probability of happening will certainly occur if given enough time.

 

 

Question 266: In 1954 Roger Bannister became the first athlete to accomplish what feat in under four minutes?

 

Answer:

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He ran a mile in under four minutes. 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds on May 6, 1954. He then went on to become a neurologist with over 80 papers on the autonomic nervous system, and was more proud of his medical contributions than his athletic accomplishment.

 

 

Question 267: In 1979 what did U.S. President Jimmy Carter apologize to Australia about?

 

Answer:

Spoiler

Skylab falling and scattering debris on their country after its orbit decayed and it disintegrated upon reentry. NASA had plans to try to re-boost its orbit via the Space Shuttle program, but the program wouldn't be completed in time (didn't launch until 1981). No injuries were reported, though NASA was fined 400 AUD by the Shire of Esperance for littering (in a bit of good humor).

 

 

Question 268: Released in 1984, what failed IBM computer was advertised by a Charlie Chaplin impersonator?

 

Answer:

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The IBM PCjr. It was supposed to compete with the Commodore 64 and Apple II in the home computer market, but failed due to several design flaws and software compatibility.  And here's the commercial on Youtube if you'd like a dose of the '80s.

 

 

At one point each, there's another seven questions. That brings the total year-to-date possible to 275 points.

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