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Daily Quiz #197

General Knowledge Quiz for 2 August 2009

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Besides Maria Sklodowska-Curie, three people have received two Nobel Prizes. Which of these is not one of them?

A
Frederick Sanger
B
Linus Pauling
C
John Bardeen
D
Pierre Curie
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2

Why did Captain James Cook give the name "The Sandwich Islands" to the Hawaiian Islands on his discovery of them on 18 January 1778?

A
They were first sighted by Jim Sandwich, the crewman on watch
B
He was eating lunch on the forecastle
C
On the horizon, they looked like a sandwich
D
He named them for John Montagu
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3

Which film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray Milland, was about four days in the life of a chronic drunkard?

A
The Country Girl
B
The Struggle
C
Come Back. Little Sheba
D
The Lost Weekend
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4

Of all of the capitals of sovereign countries that are closest to each other, which two are the furthest apart?

A
Washington DC, USA and Ottawa, Canada
B
Wellington, New Zealand and Canberra, Australia
C
London, UK, and Paris, France
D
Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden
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5

In the nursery rhyme, who put in his thumb and pulled out a plum?

A
Humpty
B
Jack
C
Willie
D
Mary
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6

The two goal posts, located at the same end of the field, are the furthest apart in which of the following sports?

A
American football
B
Hockey
C
Association football (soccer)
D
Rugby Union
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7

What is the name for an intermittent hot spring, characterised by violent explosive eruptions of steam and boiling water, alternating with quiet periods?

A
Moraine
B
Lava
C
Geyser
D
Sulphur
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