Friday, January 08, 2010

5/7 Sounds Good Until I Admit that the Only Sure Answer was to #7

Weekly world news quiz

It's the end of another week... Just how much do you remember about the headlines from the past seven days?

You got 5 right!

Question 1
New research carried out on the painting of the Mona Lisa reveals that the enigmatic lady may have been suffering from what?

A: High cholesterol

B: Low blood pressure

C: Scurvy

The answer was A
Dr Vito Franco, from Palermo University in Italy, said the Mona Lisa showed clear signs of a build-up of fatty acids under the skin, caused by too much cholesterol.

Question 2
An Indonesia football fan disgruntled by his national team's lacklustre performance invaded the pitch and took possesion of the ball. What happened next?

A: He tried to score a goal but failed

B: He scored the only goal of the match

C: He passed the ball to the policeman chasing him

The answer was A
Police eventually overpowered 25-year-old Hendri Mulyadi, who later apologised on a website. "They never win. It's either lose or draw," he said.

Question 3
A Swiss millionaire has been given a record speeding fine of $290,000 (�180,000). What did the court calculate the fine on?

A: The value of his car

B: His wealth

C: The length of time he was speeding before he was eventually stopped

The answer was B
The fine was more than double Switzerland's previous record speeding fine - handed to a Porsche driver in Zurich in 2008.

Question 4
A hacker who briefly hijacked the website of Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero replaced the PM's image with a picture of which comedy character?

A: Fred Flintstone

B: Mr Bean

C: Basil Fawlty

The answer was B
In Spain, the alleged similarity between Mr Zapatero and the Mr Bean is a long-standing joke.

Question 5
The oldest evidence of four-legged animals walking on land has been discovered in south-east Poland. What kind of animal is thought to have left the footprints 397 million years ago?

A: A frog with legs and a tail

B: A short-legged dolphin

C: A creature looking something like a crocodile

The answer was C
The animals were probably crocodile-like in appearance and lived an amphibian-like existence (although those specific animal forms did not appear until many millions of years later).

Question 6
What food item has just fetched the equivalent of $175,000 (�109,000) at auction?

A: A Victorian plum pudding

B: A truffle

C: A bluefin tuna

The answer was C
The 232kg tuna was caught off the northern tip of Japan's main island of Honshu and sold at Tokyo's fish market for 16.28 million yen.

Question 7
What have scientists from Kings College London concluded from their latest research on the G Spot - the mysterious area of the body supposed to be key to women's sexual pleasure?

A: It may not exist

B: It moves around

C: There are two of them

The answer was A
A study of nearly 2,000 female twins by King's College London, found no evidence of the spot, based on the experiences of women who share similar genes.

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