What was the Oxford English Dictionary’s 2017 Word of the Year?
Answer: The Oxford Dictionaries named “youthquake” as 2017’s Word of the Year. No, we haven’t heard of it either, but 2017 belonged to the noun youthquake, which is defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people”. Data collated shows a fivefold increase in usage of youthquake in 2017 compared to 2016. The word of the year is judged not only reflective of the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of this past year, but as having lasting potential as a word of cultural significance.
The Oxford English has come out with its Word of the Year, and it’s a word not many have heard of — youthquake.
“So given this broad examination of the year in language, what did we eventually settle on? I am pleased to introduce youthquake as Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017,” writes Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford’s dictionaries division
Who (or what) is the only nonhuman to testify before Congress?
– Big Bird
– Smokey Bear
In 2002, the Sesame Street Muppet Elmo became the only puppet or nonhuman to give testimony before Congress. Former Republican Rep. Duke Cunningham of California invited Elmo to give testimony.
Elmo was there to throw his celebrity behind a call for increased funding for music education in public schools. Elmo’s human voice, provided by Kevin Clash, is every bit as recognizable and popular as the bright red Muppet character himself. Source: WashingtonPost.com
Elmo is a Muppet character on the children’s television show Sesame Street. He is a furry red monster with a falsetto voice, who hosts the last full fifteen-minute segment on Sesame Street, “Elmo’s World”, which is aimed at toddlers.
Birthday: February 3
Species: Sesame Street Muppet Monster
Fur/skin color: Red/Red
Movies and TV shows: Sesame Street, MORE
First appearance: November 18, 1985, c. 1972 (as Baby Monster); 1981 (in print); November 18, 1985 (as Elmo)
After the Wright brothers’ historic flight, how long did it take for man to walk on the moon?
– 94 years
– 66 years
– 49 years
– 77 years
Answer: The moon landing was only 66 years after the first manned aircraft flight. On this day in 1903, Wilbur Wright released the restraining wire and his brother Orville Wright left the ground on their aircraft.
The flight lasted twelve seconds and covered a distance of 120 feet, becoming the first manned aircraft flight. Just 66 years later on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first man to walk on the moon. Within a lifetime, mankind went from not having flight technology to sending men 239,000 miles from the Earth.
For what spectacular attraction is the Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival in northern China known worldwide?
– 1,000-meter ice slide
– Towering, gigantic illuminated ice sculptures
– China’s highest ski jump ramp
– High-elevation ice fishing
The Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival is famous for its gigantic, towering and illuminated ice sculptures. The Harbin Ice and Snow World, the festival’s main attraction, covers an area of more than 750,000 square meters and uses over 180,000 cubic meters of ice. International sculptors come from across the globe to showcase their skills in the annual competition. All the ice used comes from Harbin’s Songhua River. Sculptures are lit with brightly colored LED lights. Source: CNN.com
Towering, gigantic illuminated ice sculptures
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is an annual winter festival that takes place with a theme in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China, and now is the largest ice and snow festival in the world. At first participants in the festival were mainly Chinese, however it has since become an international festival and competition. The festival includes the world’s biggest ice sculptures.
Prior to their historic flight in 1903, the Wright Brothers owned what type of business?
– Barber shop
– Ice cream parlor
– Bicycle shop
– Flower shop
Answer: Before they built airplanes, the Wright brothers built bicycles. Capitalizing on the national bicycle craze, the Wright Brothers opened a bicycle repair and sales shop in December 1892 (the Wright Cycle Exchange, later the Wright Cycle Company.) In 1896, they began manufacturing and selling bicycles of their own bicycles. Their work with bicycles influenced their belief that an unstable vehicle like a flying machine could be controlled and balanced with practice. The brothers used the profits from their bicycle business to finance their aviation experiments.
The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world’s first successful airplane.
What iconic rock ‘n’ roll band did Rolling Stone magazine rank 82nd on its list of 100 greatest artists of all time?
– Creedence Clearwater Revival
– The Monkees
Creedence Clearwater Revival produced a sound that was a synthesis of rock, swamp pop, R&B and country. Their unique arrangements invoked images of the heart of Americana mixed with the smoldering social issues of the times. The group found its focus and distinctive sound when leader John Fogerty took the reins, steering the band’s direction, along with writing and singing almost all their material. CCR put out its final album “Mardi Gras” in 1972. Source: AllMusic.com
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater Revival, often referred to as simply Creedence or CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, his brother rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford.
Their musical style encompassed the roots rock,swamp rock,and blues rock genres. Despite their San Francisco Bay Area origins, they played in a Southern rock style, with lyrics about bayous, catfish, the Mississippi River, and other popular elements of Southern United States iconography, as well as political and socially-conscious lyrics about topics including the Vietnam War. The band were one of the performers at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
What was the name of the group that staged the Boston Tea Party?
Sons of Freedom
Sons of Liberty
Answer: On this day in 1773, about 60 members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded three ships carrying cargoes of British East India Company tea moored at Griffin’s Wharf. In a span of three hours, 342 chests of British East India Company Tea were smashed and dumped into Boston Harbor. Over 92,000 pounds of tea were destroyed and thrown into the harbor. The implication and impact of the Boston Tea Party were enormous; the event directly led to the sparking of the American Revolution.
Sons of Liberty
The Boston Tea Party was a political protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 16, 1773. Wikipedia
Caused by: Tea Act
Date: 16 December 1773
Location: Boston Harbor, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Goals: To protest British Parliament’s tax on tea. “No taxation without representation.”
Methods: Throw the tea into Boston Harbor
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse all died at what age?
Answer: The 27 Club is a term used to refer to a group of popular musicians who have died at the age of 27, often as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. The original “27 club” was Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, who died within 2 years of each from 1969-1971. In 2011, seventeen years after Cobain’s death, Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27, and there was a large amount of media attention devoted to the club once again. Three years earlier, she had expressed a fear of dying at that age.
The 27 Club is a notional roll of remembrance, celebrating popular musicians who died at the age of twenty-seven. It originated with an unsupported claim of a ‘statistical spike’ for the death of musicians at that age, but this has been repeatedly disproved by research.
It remains a cultural meme, dramatising the early deaths of certain musical celebrities, noted for their high-risk lifestyles. The ‘club’ is generally taken to include Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. Many other names are controversially put forward for inclusion, but as there is no official membership for the group, these claims and counter-claims are purely discursive.
What movie was John Wayne’s last leading role?
– True Grit
– The Shootist
– Rooster Cogburn
Marion Michael Morrison was John “Duke” Wayne to his global millions of fans. He rose to stardom in the 1939 film “Stagecoach” and would go on to star in over 250 movies.
He prided himself on “beating the big C” in 1964, but the cancer returned in 1979. His final film, “The Shootist” in 1976, ironically told the story of a dying gunfighter. Wayne died June 11, 1979. Source: IMDb.com
The Shootist is a 1976 American Western film directed by Don Siegel and starring John Wayne in his final film role. The film is based on a 1975 novel of the same name by Glendon Swarthout with a screenplay by Miles Hood Swarthout and Scott Hale.
By what stage name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta known?
– Lady Gaga
– Gwen Stefani
– Angelina Jolie
– Joanne Woodward
Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” swooped into the mainstream music scene in 2009. Her career has skyrocketed since then, gaining her numerous nominations and awards. Her hits include “Poker Face,” “Bad Romance,” “Alejandro” and “Born This Way.” In 2011, her Monster Ball tour earned $227.4 million, marking it as one of the highest-grossing tours of all time. A hip injury sidelined the performer in 2012, leading to cancellation of her second world tour. Source: IMDb.com