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Notre Dame - A Catholic priest, Theodore Hesburgh was the university's president for 35 years, from 1952–87.On the south wall of the 14-story Hesburgh Library is a giant mural, called "The Word of Life", depicting Jesus with his hands raised. Since it happens to overlook the north end zone of the football stadium, it's called Touchdown Jesus. Where is it?

       a. Notre Dame
       b. Georgetown
       c. Fordham
       d. Boston College

7th Earl of Cardigan - He served under Field Marshall Lord Raglan, for whom a loose sweater with slanted shoulder seams is named.James Thomas Brudnell liked to wear sweaters that opened down the front. You can probably guess his title. What was it?

       a. 7th Earl of Jumper
       b. 7th Earl of Cardigan
       c. 7th Earl of Raglan
       d. 7th Earl of Aran

The Tower of Babel - Etemenanki was later restored by King Nabopolassar and his son Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylonia.What Biblical story may have been inspired by a Babylonian ziggurat named Etemenanki?

       a. The Tower of Babel
       b. Daniel in the lion's den
       c. Noah's ark
       d. Job and the giant fish

Cornell - The Ivy League is essentially the Colonial Colleges, except for the College of William and Mary and Rutgers University.Located in Ithaca, New York, what was the only Ivy League school founded after the American Revolution?

       a. Dartmouth
       b. Princeton
       c. Cornell
       d. Brown

Egypt - Pearson suggested armed peacekeepers during the 1956 Suez Crisis, in which France, Britain and Israel tried to take back the Suez Canal from Egypt.As suggested by Lester Pearson, Canada sent its first UN peacekeepers to what country?

       a. Cyprus
       b. Germany
       c. Egypt
       d. Vietnam

Libraries - He was a Scottish-American steel magnate.Andrew Carnegie endowed 2,811 of these worldwide, starting with the one in Braddock, Pennsylvania in 1889. What are they?

       a. Museums
       b. Libraries
       c. High schools
       d. Hospitals

Michelangelo in Milan - Milan is served by Linate and Malpensa airports (the latter is such a disaster that European carriers begged to use Linate).An airport named for Galileo Galilei is in Pisa. Which of these is not a real Italian airport?

       a. Marco Polo in Venice
       b. Michelangelo in Milan
       c. Leonardo da Vinci in Rome
       d. Cristoforo Colombo in Genoa

Arbor Day - The holiday was intended to put some trees down in this generally treeless state. Morton became Grover Cleveland's agriculture secretary.In addition to founding Nebraska's first newspaper, J Sterling Morton also led the first celebration of what holiday, on April 10, 1872?

       a. Columbus Day
       b. Flag Day
       c. Arbor Day
       d. Presidents' Day

One Tree Hill - The final episode of One Tree Hill was on April 4, 2012.What WB show shares a name with a song U2 wrote for Maori music promoter Greg Carroll, who once showed the band an Auckland landmark of the same name?

       a. Everwood
       b. One Tree Hill
       c. 7th Heaven
       d. Smallville

Speed skating - At Turin, speed skater Cindy Klassen set a Canadian record with five medals and became the most decorated Canadian overall, with six medals so far.Cindy Klassen displaced Marc Gagnon as Canada's most decorated Winter Olympian, and both competed in what sport?

       a. Speed skating
       b. Figure skating
       c. Downhill skiing
       d. Cross-country skiing

Northwestern - The university was founded by John Evans, for whom Evanston is named. He also founded the University of Denver.The Chicago Transit Authority runs the Purple Line out to what university, associated with purple?

       a. Northwestern
       b. Cornell
       c. Notre Dame
       d. Purdue

Numerology - Numerology is the study of the relationship between a number and some coinciding observed event.Gematria is an ancient Hebrew version of what pseudo-science?

       a. Numerology
       b. Palmistry
       c. Astrology
       d. Telepathy

Vietnam - Vietnam is the world's 13th-most-populous country.What country was supposed to reunite, but didn't when, in 1956, the southern half reneged on a promise to hold national elections?

       a. Korea
       b. Vietnam
       c. Yemen
       d. Congo

Boston - Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and the largest city in the state.What city's two main papers are the Globe and the Herald?

       a. Detroit
       b. Boston
       c. Atlanta
       d. Chicago

Inflation plus unemployment - A 2001 study concluded that unemployment more heavily influences unhappiness than inflation.As defined by LBJ economic advisor Arthur Okun, what was the misery index?

       a. Inflation plus unemployment
       b. Joblessness plus homelessness
       c. Murder rate plus marginal tax rate
       d. Deaths by cancer plus deaths from heart attack

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