Christmas general knowledge 4

From the Christmas quiz on 13/12/16.

  1. In the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, what did “my true love give to me” on the sixth day? (Six) geese a-laying

  2. Created in 1987 by a German student at the University of Clausthal purportedly to send Christmas greetings to his friends, Christmas Tree EXEC was the first major example of what sort of computer program? Virus (specifically: a worm)

  3. Born on Christmas Day, 1761, Cornish clergyman William Gregor is best known for discovering which elemental metal with atomic number 22? Titanium

  4. In 1991, Queen had a UK Christmas number one with a double A-side of Bohemian Rhapsody and which other song? These Are the Days of Our Lives

  5. At the climax of which novel by Thomas Hardy does Sergeant Troy attempt to reclaim his wife Bathsheba Everdene at a party held on Christmas Eve, only for the host, William Boldwood, to shoot him dead? Far from the Madding Crowd

  6. Which Japanese emperor died on Christmas Day 1926, whereupon he was succeeded by his son Hirohito? Taishō (personal name: Yoshihito)

  7. According to Guinness World Records, whose rendition of which Christmas song is the best-selling single of all time? Bing Crosby – White Christmas

  8. Which British comedy troupe released the 1956 novelty single I’m Walking Backwards For Christmas? The Goons

  9. Arthur Conan Doyle’s début Sherlock Holmes novel A Study in Scarlet was originally published in the 1887 edition of a Christmas annual founded by the husband, Samuel, of which noted writer? Isabella Beeton (Mrs Beeton)

  10. Which 1984 Christmas song is the biggest-selling single (in the UK) never to have reached number one on the UK singles chart? Wham! – Last Christmas


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