Thursday’s quiz

Another one of those fortnights this week so I’m leaving the questions up to you.

An electronic batch of shortbread is on offer to anyone who stumps us all with a bonus batch for anyone who incorporates #gigatownoamaru in questions or answers.

6 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) “Sex can be used either for self-affirmation or for self-transcendence — either to intensify the ego and consolidate the social persona by some kind of conspicuous ‘embarkation’ and heroic conquest, or else to annihilate the persona and transcend the ego in an obscure rapture of sensuality, a frenzy of romantic passion, more creditably, in the mutual charity of the perfect marriage.”

    From whence is this taken and who wrote it?

    (2) Who was Martha Corey? What was her fate?

    (3) It is “razionalità” in Italian, “racionalidad” in Spanish and “рациональность (ratsional’nost’)” in Russian.

    What is it in English?

    (4) Martha Corey in question 2 was married, what did her husband do in the face of her ordeals and what happened to him?

    (5) Is it better to speak your mind, no matter how unpopular or to hold your peace for the sake of a quiet life?


  2. Alwyn says:

    The season of the Nobel Prize awards having just passed, who knows some trivia about past awards? Can you tell the names of

    1. Four American Presidents who received a Nobel Prize
    2. Two Commonwealth Prime Ministers
    3. One Russian President
    4. Three father/son cases where both received a prize
    5. Two husband/wife cases where both received a prize
    6. Three individuals who each received two prizes.

    I’m sure Ele will give a bonus if anyone can give more than the number stated. I’m doing this entirely from memory.


  3. Andrei says:

    (1) Woodrow Wilson
    Theodore Roosevelt
    Jimmy Carter
    and of course Barack Obama, about five seconds after he won the presidency

    (2) don’t know any

    (3) No Russian president has won a Nobel prize though Vladimir Vladimirovich is currently nominated

    Mikhail Gorbachev won one as President of the Soviet Union though. Karma for pinging my prepositional error last time 🙂

    (4) Only one I know are the Braggs – William Henry and William Lawrence who were X-Ray crystallographers

    (5) Pierre and Marie Curie – I can think of no more

    (6) Only one springs to mind that is Linus Pauling one for Chemistry and one for Peace – he came close to one for medicine and physiology as well but was pipped at the post by Watson and Crick et al


  4. homepaddock says:

    3. Reason, rationality.
    5. It depends on whether speaking up will make a positive difference or just make a noise.
    In #gigatownoamaru we like to make a positive difference.


  5. homepaddock says:

    1. Barack Obama.
    2. I think one of the PMs from India – maybe Indira Gandhi?
    5. Marie and Pierre Curie.
    6. Marie Curie.

    #gigatownoamaru is working towards the #gigaprize.


  6. Alwyn says:

    1. Um
    2. Er
    3. Rationality
    4. Um
    5. Er. I do know that when your wife asks you “Does my bum look big in this?” you should always tell the truth. Answer “You look wonderful”.


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