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Liberia - Liberia was one of the founding members of the United Nations.When Joseph Jenkins Roberts of Virginia declared this country's independence in 1847, it became what is now Africa's oldest republic. What is it?

       a. Ethiopia
       b. Liberia
       c. South Africa
       d. Ghana

Bonaparte - Joseph was king of Naples from 1806 to 1808 and king of Spain from 1808 1813.Joseph had been King of Naples and King of Spain, but ended up in exile in Bordentown, New Jersey. What was his last name?

       a. Habsburg
       b. Bonaparte
       c. Bourbon
       d. Mussolini

Kenya - Kenyans also know Raila as Agwambo.Raila Odinga, who claimed to be Barack Obama's cousin, was also a presidential aspirant in what country?

       a. Kenya
       b. Indonesia
       c. Morocco
       d. Jamaica

Tanzania - Livingstone went to Zanzibar in January 1866, for the purpose of seeking out the source of the Nile.Stanley finally found Livingstone near Ujiji in what present-day country?

       a. Tanzania
       b. Nigeria
       c. Zambia
       d. Central African Republic

Temple of Artemis - To dissuade those of a similar mind, the Ephesian authorities executed him.Herostratic fame is named for Herostratus, who decided that the best way to be remembered forever was to burn down a Wonder of the World. Which one?

       a. Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
       b. Temple of Artemis
       c. Hanging Gardens of Babylon
       d. Pharos of Alexandria

Ireland - The Blueshirts were an Irish security organisation active in the 1930s.You know about Italy's Black Shirts and Germany's Brown Shirts, but which country provided fascist Blue Shirts to Franco?

       a. France
       b. Ireland
       c. Russia
       d. United States

Great Britain - The UK is thought to have approximately 160 operational thermonuclear warheads.The US and USSR were the first two countries with an A-bomb. What was #3?

       a. France
       b. China
       c. Great Britain
       d. Israel

Howard Hughes - Hughes is remembered for his extremely eccentric behavior and the reclusive lifestyle he lived in his later life.In 1966, I rented the top two high-roller floors of the Desert Inn, refused to leave and eventually bought the place so I could be left in peace. Who am I?

       a. Elvis Presley
       b. Bugsy Siegel
       c. Howard Hughes
       d. Steve Wynn

James Earl Ray - James Earl Ray was convicted of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on March 10, 1969.In 1977, what notorious criminal escaped for three days from Brushy Mountain State Prison?

       a. Gary Gilmore
       b. James Earl Ray
       c. Jack Ruby
       d. John Gotti

William McKinley - William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897 until his murder in September 14, 1901.They stopped making the $500 bill in 1969, and the person on it stopped existing in 1901. Who was he?

       a. Ulysses Grant
       b. Salmon P Chase
       c. William McKinley
       d. Grover Cleveland

Eastern - There were plans to restart the airline in 2008.In 1986, this was the largest airline in the US. Nevertheless, in 1989, under Frank Lorenzo, it declared bankruptcy and in 1991, it closed its hatches for good. What is it?

       a. Pan Am
       b. Eastern
       c. United
       d. Continental

Che Guevara - As a major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized mage has become a countercultural symbol of rebellion.Alberto Korda won a settlement from Smirnoff, after the vodka brand usurped Korda's image of what left-wing icon?

       a. John Kennedy
       b. Malcolm X
       c. Che Guevara
       d. Mao Zedong

George Santayana - Santayana was a philosopher, poet, and novelist.Born in Spain, who said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"?

       a. Voltaire
       b. George Santayana
       c. Winston Churchill
       d. HL Mencken

Tigger - After deliberating for less than an hour, the jury found Chartrand not guilty.Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy! In 2004, Walt Disney World employee Michael Chartrand was acquitted of molesting a 13-year-old girl while dressed as what character?

       a. Bugs Bunny
       b. Tigger
       c. Goofy
       d. Daffy Duck

France - According to historians, Napoleon ridiculed the metric system.In 1795, what country adopted a "metric" time system that had 10-day weeks, 10-hour days, 100-minute hours and 100-second minutes?

       a. France
       b. United States
       c. Sweden
       d. Russia

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