Friday, February 22, 2008

Friday fun: A Random Quiz

I know a lot of very random stuff: that's what happens when you read a lot of books, have too many RSS subscriptions, watch TV shows like QI and spend far too much time on Wikipedia. So I was curious the other day - how much overlap is there between my recondite/random trivia knowledge and that of other people? To find out, I created the following quiz. (Obviously, this isn't really a test of anything substantive.)

To my surprise, when I posted it on Facebook as a note, one friend managed to get no fewer that 5 correct. Without further ado, the quiz...

1) Which country has a current head of state who has been dead for almost 15 years?

2) How did Marquis de Condorcet indirectly inspire Darwin’s discovery of the theory of natural selection?

3) What medical condition is it thought (but not established) that Paul of Tarsus, Mohammad and Joan of Ark had in common?

4) Which of the current or former candidates for the US presidential election in 2008 had a child serving in Iraq until recently?

5) What previous pandemic caused the evolution of a mutation that protects a proportion of people of European descent from being infected with HIV?

6) Which is the only region that we know of that had a (fairly recently extinct) bird as the top predator?

7) Which famous and extremely influential 19th century thinker’s thought may have been affected by a skin disease with known psychological effects?

8) What do the quotes “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it", ” “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country” and “War is the extension of politics by other means” have in common?

9) What name would be credited as director in American films and television series between 1968 and 1997 if the actual director wanted to be disassociated from the production?

10) What do Vladimir Putin, George Bush Snr., George Bush Jr. and John McCain have in common? (Other than being politicians and leaders).

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