Trivia: Which country was banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics?

Which country was banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics?
– Russia
– Singapore
– South Korea
– Israel

Answer: Russia’s Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The country’s government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and its anthem will not sound. Russian athletes can still compete, but it will be under the Olympic flag. Any athletes from Russia that compete will do so as individuals wearing a neutral uniform, and the official record books will forever show that Russia won zero medals. The decision comes after a widespread doping program in Russia.

Russia

Question: Which guitarist once lost half of his middle finger in a wood-chopping accident?

Which guitarist once lost half of his middle finger in a wood-chopping accident?
– Jimi Hendrix
– Jerry Garcia
– Eric Clapton
– Bruce Springsteen

Answer: Jerry Garcia is best known for his work as the lead guitarist and as a vocalist with the band the Grateful Dead. When Garcia was four years old, he and his family were vacationing in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. A young Garcia was tasked with steadying wood, while his older brother Tiff chopped.

Garcia inadvertently placed his hand in the path of the falling axe. As a result Garcia lost two-thirds of his right middle finger. Despite the accident, Garcia went on to play a mean guitar, and often showed off his missing finger in a sort of salute to fans.

Jerry Garcia 

Jerome John Garcia was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work as the lead guitarist and as a vocalist with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s. Born: 1 August 1942, San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 9 August 1995, Forest Knolls, Marin County, California, California, United States
Spouse: Deborah Koons (m. 1994–1995), MORE

Question: What is the only insect that migrates in winter to a warmer climate?

What is the only insect that migrates in winter to a warmer climate?
– Mosquitos
– Dragonflies
– Monarch butterflies
– Cicadas

The beauty of a Monarch butterfly doesn’t help it survive the cold of winter. Each year, millions of Monarch butterflies begin to migrate south and west to escape the coming cold of winter. Monarchs winter in Mexico and some parts of southern California. Those going to Mexico spend their winter hibernation in oyamel fir trees. The Monarchs that migrate west will settle into the eucalyptus trees around Pacific Grove, California. Source: Monarch-Butterfly.com

Monarch butterflies

Although Monarch butterflies may well qualify as one of the most beautiful and majestic of butterflies on the planet today, entomologists, students and enthusiasts diligently persist with their studies to bring out several more interesting facts about them to the world. Here are some of those interesting data.

Question: What caused the “Year Without a Summer” in 1816?

What caused the “Year Without a Summer” in 1816?
– Earth’s magnetic pole shifted
– Mount Tambora volcano erupted
– Industrial exhaust from factories in Europe
– Disruption of the ozone layer

A gigantic volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia shot hot ash 20 miles into the sky. The pyroclastic cloud destroyed the city of Tambora and the ash spewing from the volcano spread across the Northern Hemisphere. This ash-cloud of sulfur-dioxide shot into the stratosphere, disrupting global weather patterns. The sunlight-absorbing cloud prevented the warming of the planet’s surface, leading to decreased temperatures, constantly cloud-covered skies and above normal rainfall. Source: WashingtonPost.com

Mount Tambora volcano erupted

Question: Who is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival?

Who is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival?
– Robert Redford
– Paul Newman
– Jack Nicholson
– Robert De Niro

Answer: Founded by Robert Redford, The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States. With the proceeds of his acting success, Redford bought an entire ski area in Park City, Utah which he named “Sundance” after his Sundance Kid character. Redford founded the Sundance Institute in Park City, Utah, 30 miles north of the Sundance ski area. The Sundance Film Festival has grown into one of the movie industry’s most prestigious events and a great showcase for indie filmmakers.

Robert Redford

Charles Robert Redford Jr. is an American actor, director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, and philanthropist. He is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival. Redford began acting on television in the early 1960s. Wikipedia
Born: 18 August 1936 (age 81), Santa Monica, California, United States
Height: 1.79 m
Spouse: Sibylle Szaggars (m. 2009), Lola Van Wagenen (m. 1958–1985)
Awards: Academy Award for Best Director, MORE
Quotes
Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.
The technology available for film-making now is incredible, but I am a big believer that it’s all in the story.
It’s an honor putting art above politics. Politics can be seductive in terms of things reductive to the soul.

Answer: Which yearly celebration claims the title “the biggest carnival in the world”?

Which yearly celebration claims the title “the biggest carnival in the world”?

– Carnevale in Venice, Italy
– Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
– Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
– Oktoberfest in Germany

Rio’s Carnival takes place before Lent every year and many proclaim it the biggest, grandest carnival in the world. The streets of Rio de Janeiro flood with about two million people during the annual one-day event. Carnival marks the conclusion of an intense dance competition between rival samba schools. Each school must have an overall theme and enter six to eight floats as part of the competition. Thousands of participants may represent one school. Source: TravelChannel.com

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

What classic novel begins with the line, “Call me Ishmael”?

What classic novel begins with the line, “Call me Ishmael”?
– The Old Man and the Sea
– The Grapes of Wrath
– To Kill a Mockingbird
– Moby-Dick

Answer: Moby-Dick begins with the line “Call me Ishmael.” According to the American Book Review’s rating in 2011, this is one of the most recognizable opening lines in Western literature. Moby-Dick is a novel by Herman Melville, first published in 1851. It is considered to be one of the Great American Novels. The story tells the adventures of sailor Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab has one purpose on this voyage: to seek out Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale.

Moby-Dick

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is a novel by American writer Herman Melville, published in 1851 during the period of the American Renaissance.
Originally published: 18 October 1851
Author: Herman Melville
Publisher: Richard Bentley
Characters: Captain Ahab, Queequeg, Ishmael, Moby Dick, Captain Boomer, Starbuck, Stubb, Elijah
Adaptations: Moby Dick (1956), Moby Dick (2010), MORE
Genres: Novel, Adventure fiction, Epic, Nautical fiction, Encyclopedic novel

Trivia: What makes the Chinese plum one of the most iconic symbols in Chinese art and poetry?

What makes the Chinese plum one of the most iconic symbols in Chinese art and poetry?

– The Chinese plum blooms in the winter.
– The Chinese plum blossoms are black and blue.
– The Chinese plum fruit is a delicacy in Asia.
– The Chinese plum makes the best bonsai tree.

One of the very few plants that blooms in the cold of winter is the Chinese plum, making it an iconic symbol found throughout Chinese art and poetry. The Chinese plum sheds its leaves in the fall, then before the new leaves emerge in spring, the blooms appear. In late winter and early spring, the Chinese plum’s flower buds form, transforming into flowers of beautiful shades of pink, white and red. Source: WiseGeek.com

The Chinese plum blooms in the winter.

Question: Which television show’s theme song included the words “Schlemiel! Schlimazel!”?

Which television show’s theme song included the words “Schlemiel! Schlimazel!”?
– Mork & Mindy
– The Odd Couple
– Laverne & Shirley
– The Facts of Life
Answer: Ever wonder about the origin of Laverne and Shirley’s opening catch phrase: “Schlemiel! Schlimazel!”? In her memoir, Penny Marshall explained that it was a Yiddish song from her childhood that she and her friends would sing on their way to school. A Schlemiel is an inept clumsy person and a Schlimazel is a very unlucky person. The difference between a schlemiel and a schlimazel is described through the aphorism, “A schlemiel is somebody who often spills his soup and a schlimazel is the person it lands on”.

Laverne & Shirley

Best friends, roommates and polar opposites Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney work together at the Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee and keep each other’s spirits up at home for the show’s first several seasons. But after losing their jobs at Shotz, the pair moves to Burbank, Calif., in season six to get a fresh start and hope to break into the movie business. Many of their friends and family, inspired by the women, move to California with them, though they make some new friends as well, including Sonny the stuntman and Rhonda, a model.
First episode date: 27 January 1976
Final episode date: 10 May 1983
Theme song: Making Our Dreams Come True
Predecessor: Happy Days

Question: Who did TIME Magazine select as “Person of the Year” for 2017?

Who did TIME Magazine select as “Person of the Year” for 2017?
– Colin Kaepernick
– The Silence Breakers
– Robert Mueller
– Donald Trump

Answer: TIME magazine has named the Silence Breakers, the individuals who set off a national reckoning over the prevalence of sexual harassment, as its 2017 Person of the Year. “The Silence Breakers” designates a broad range of people from this year’s first public accusers of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein to those who shared their stories of abuse using the hashtag #MeToo. Since 1927, TIME has bestowed its Person of the Year title upon an individual or group of people who have most influenced news and events of the past year, “for good or ill.”

The Silence Breakers

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