We asked you five “pub quiz” type questions. Here come the answers!
- What is Tiger Woods’ real first name?
Eldrick. Everyone “knows” that Woods has a Thai mother, but his ethnic heritage is far more complex, as his mother was actually half Thai, a quarter Dutch and a quarter Chinese, while his father was part African-America, part Chinese and part Native American. Woods has described himself as Cablinasian (Caucasian, Black, American Indian, and Asian).
- Until March 2019, Kazakhstan’s capital city was called Astana. What is its new name?
Nur-Sultan, in honour of retiring President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who’d been the country’s effective ruler since before the break-up of the USSR. Astana (which simply means “capital city”) became the capital only in 1997; previously the capital was Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty.
- Who played the headmistress in the 1954 film The Belles of St Trinian’s?
And for a bonus point, which British cartoonist created the school’s characters?
Headmistress Millicent Fritton is played by Alastair Sim, who also plays her twin brother Clarence, a bookmaker. The original St Trinian’s School and its characters appeared in a cartoon series by Ronald Searle in Lilliput magazine in 1941.
- In the popcorn industry, a popped kernel of corn is known as a what?
It’s a flake. Popcorn is one of six major types of maize: the others are dent corn, flint corn, flour corn, sweet corn and pod corn. Popcorn as a foodstuff is known to have existed for thousands of years, with flakes having been found in archaeological digs dating back to 3600 BCE.
- There is one named street in the UK where vehicles are required to drive on the right. What is its name and purpose?
It’s called Savoy Court and enables cabs to drop off passengers at the Savoy Theatre (on the right-hand side of the court) and then continue around the roundabout in front of the Savoy Hotel before returning to the Strand. However, it’s a private road, not a public thoroughfare; despite stories of a special Act of Parliament of 1902, there is no legislation specifically for Savoy Court, because there was never any need for it.
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