General knowledge 61

From the quiz on 8/12/15.

  1. What part of a fox is often referred to as the brush? Tail

  2. What nationality are the bands The Hives, The Cardigans, Europe, In Flames and Roxette? Swedish

  3. For what do the initials J. K. stand in the name of author J. K. Rowling? Joanne Kathleen

  4. Which day of the week is the only one with a Scrabble-valid anagram? Monday (DYNAMO and NOMADY)

  5. Which multinational chain of cafés takes its name from the first mate of the Pequod in Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick? Starbucks

  6. After nitrogen and oxygen, which elemental gas is the next most abundant constituent of common air at about 1% by volume? Argon

  7. Mark Zuckerberg, Robert Frost, Matt Damon and Bill Gates all voluntarily dropped out of which Ivy League university? Harvard

  8. What is the meaning of the element ‘chipping’ in the names of such English towns as Chipping Norton and Chipping Sodbury? Market (or market square)

  9. Which cake lends its name to the high-visibility chequerboard markings seen on the sides of many emergency vehicles in the UK? Battenberg

  10. Rod Temperton, who wrote the Michael Jackson hits Rock with You, Off the Wall and Thriller, was keyboardist and lead songwriter in which disco–funk band? Heatwave

 

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