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Daily Quiz #2540

General Knowledge Quiz for 1 January 2016

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1

Which of these countries is closest to Japan?

A
China
B
Denmark
C
Zimbabwe
D
Pakistan
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2

What does a gelotologist study?

A
The behaviour of gelatine
B
Laughter
C
The vocal tract
D
Language families
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3

Which establishment owes much to the offer by Sir Hans Sloane in 1758 for England to purchase his collections?

A
Harrow College
B
Madam Tassauds
C
St Martin in the Fields
D
British Museum
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4

What was the original commercial television programme which inspired American Idol, and who created it?

A
Got Talent (2005), created in the UK by Simon Cowell [SYCOtv]
B
Pop Idol (2001), created in the UK by Simon Fuller
C
The X Factor (2004), created in the UK by Simon Cowell
D
Popstars (1999), crated in New Zealand by Jonathan Dowling
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5

Damon Runyon's two stories "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure" were the basis for which musical?

A
Annie Get Your Gun
B
The King and I
C
My Fair Lady
D
Guys and Dolls
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6

On 12 September 1995, the Belarusian air force shot down a gas balloon, killing two Americans, during a race for which trophy?

A
Ranfurly Shield
B
Admiral's Cup
C
Borg-Warner Trophy
D
Gordon Bennett Cup
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7

What name is given to the liability of members of certain families or races to suffer from certain diseases?

A
Diathesis
B
Diathermy
C
Diapason
D
Dianthus
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