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Tony Blair - He covered Stones songs and later nominated Mick Jagger for a knighthood. He also tried to start a career as a rock promoter.While studying law at Oxford, who sang lead for a rock band called Ugly Rumours?

       a. Keanu Reeves
       b. Tony Blair
       c. Jimmy Swaggart
       d. Al Gore

Tuscany - Florence in Tuscany is known for its straw-covered bottles. Valpolicella is from Veneto, by the way. If Hannibal the Cannibal is trying to match liver and fava beans with a good Chianti, where should he buy his wine?

       a. Tuscany
       b. Veneto
       c. Piedmont
       d. Milan

A shoe salesman - The Syracuse University student used an Erector set to build his prototype foot measurer.Patented in 1926 by Charles Brannock, of Syracuse, New York, a brannock device is used by whom?

       a. A car mechanic
       b. A physician
       c. A shoe salesman
       d. A chef

Danish - Viennese bakers became scabs during a 19th-century Danish bakers' strike.In Copenhagen, it's called weinerbrod, meaning Vienna bread, and in Vienna, it's called a Kopenhagen. What do we call it?

       a. Danish
       b. Bagel
       c. Croissant
       d. Jellyroll

Ojibwa - She grew up with a violently abusive stepfather and spent a summer in a homeless shelter. At 22, she had to take care of her younger siblings.Shania Twain's real first name is Eileen. In what language does "Shania" mean "I'm on my way"?

       a. Hebrew
       b. Ojibwa
       c. Esperanto
       d. Hindi

They looked like they were coated with pitch - The body was wrapped in linens, which were coated with oil and resin. After a few thousand years, the coating turns black. The Arab word for pitch sounds like 'mummy'.There isn't anything at all maternal about mummies. So why were they called that?

       a. They looked like they were coated with pitch
       b. Mumtaz Mumal, was the first to study mummies
       c. The first mummies were found in Mummia
       d. They stay quiet, or "mum"

Morley Callaghan - Although smaller than Hemingway, Callaghan actually had boxing experience, whereas Hemingway only bragged about it. Hemingway says that Fitzgerald failed to keep time properlyUsing a left jab to Papa's jaw, which Canadian writer knocked down Ernest Hemingway in a Paris boxing match in 1929?

       a. Robertson Davies
       b. Morley Callaghan
       c. F. Scott Fitzgerald
       d. Hugh MacLennan

London Bridge - The first London Bridge was built of wood by the Romans. The one that ended up in Arizona was built between 1823 and 1831 and was replaced in 1973. What did the McCulloch Oil Corporation of Los Angeles buy in March 1968 for more than one million?

       a. London Bridge
       b. The Queen Mary cruise ship
       c. The Hope Diamond
       d. The first supersonic airplane

The Blair Witch Project - Baba Yaga was a witch who lived in a spinning hut that stood on chicken legs, which was surrounded by 11 poles, atop each of which was a skull lantern. A twelfth pole was left If Hollywood had existed in medieval Russia, which of these movies might have been made about Baba Yaga the Bony Legged?

       a. The Blair Witch Project
       b. The Wizard of Oz
       c. Nightmare on Elm Street
       d. Gone with the Wind

Ethiopia - Some believe it had been taken to Ethiopia by Menilik, the son of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (named Makeda by the Ethiopians and Bilqis by the Arabs). Indiana Jones notwithstanding, many Rastafarians say the Ark of the Covenant is in the Church of St Mary of Zion in Aksum, part of which country's Tigray province?

       a. Jamaica
       b. Ethiopia
       c. Iran
       d. Israel

The Israelite tribes - For example, there are 603,550 children of Israel.What is being "numbered" in the opening chapters of Numbers?

       a. The Israelite tribes
       b. The laws of God
       c. The plagues upon Israel's enemies
       d. The prophets

Hershey - Talk about your Hershey kiss!The majority of which company's shareholder votes are controlled by an orphanage established by its childless founder?

       a. Hershey
       b. Ford
       c. Boeing
       d. Levi's

Near the Dead Sea - Many believe the nearby columns of salt rock inspired the story of Lot's wife, who was turned into a pillar of salt for disobeying God.Where would you have found the wicked party towns of Sodom and Gomorrah?

       a. In Babylon
       b. Near the Dead Sea
       c. In Egypt
       d. In Persia

Gibraltar - As the story goes, Gib will remain British as long as the apes are there.Where would you find macaques called Barbary apes, Europe's only wild monkeys?

       a. Turkey
       b. Malta
       c. Gibraltar
       d. Russia

Joshua, Judges, Ruth - The first five are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.What three Biblical books, found after the five books of the Pentateuch, gave Lyle Lovett the title for one of his albums?

       a. Joshua, Judges, Ruth
       b. Ezra, Numbers, Ezekiel
       c. Jude, Acts, Job
       d. Elijah, Chronicles, John

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