Thursday’s quiz

This is your opportunity to pose the questions without any need to follow the five-question formula I used.

Anyone who stumps us all will win a virtual jelly sponge.

7 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) Who is Valentina Tereshkova?

    (2) What was Laika?

    (3) What was Ham and what does Ham have in common with Laika?

    (4) The Beatles song “All you need is Love” is notable for the event in which it was first heard by the public, what was this event?

    (5) What is geosynchronous orbit and who was first to recognize its potential?

  2. J Bloggs says:

    1) The first woman in space

    2) Laika was a dog & the first creature to orbit the earth

    3) Ham was the first chimpanzee launched into orbit.

    4) It was part of “Our World” which was the first live via satellite broadcast

    5) Geosynchronous orbit is one where the orbiting satellite maintains its position over the same geographical location. My initial guess as to who first recognised the potential is Arthur C Clarke

  3. Teletext says:


    1. She was the first woman to fly in space, piloting one of the Vostok series sometime in 1963

    2. Laika was the first animal to orbit the Earth. I think it was on Sputnik 2. Laika never returned. From memory, I think the Americans called Laika “Muttnik”.

    3. Ham was a chimpanzee that the Americans put into space in about 1961. Laika was the first dog in space and Ham was the first chimp.

    4. It was performed live on “Our World” in 1967 which was the first live global television show to be broadcast by satellite.

    5. It is an orbit around a planet (e.g. earth) that matches the planet’s own rotation. In the case of Earth it is a fraction under 24 hours. I’m sure that it was first recognised by Arthur C Clarke

  4. Teletext says:

    1. In a small area in the Qinhai Mountains on the Tibetan Plains in China 4 great rivers have their source. What are their names?

    2. Which is the longest of these rivers?

    3. Which is the second longest.

    4. One of the rivers on its long journey to the Andaman Sea passes very close to the source of another great river. What is this other great river’s name?

    5. With regard to question 2, what city does this river pass through that was subjected to unbelievable atrocities in December 1937.

  5. J Bloggs says:

    1) Yangtze, Mekong, Yellow River, pass

    2) Yangtse

    3) Yellow river

    4) Ganges

    5) Shanghai

  6. J Bloggs says:

    1) What object did the cities of Modena and Bologna go to war for 12 years over?

    2) Which nations fought the ‘War of Jenkin’s Ear”

    3) How long did the Anglo-Zanzibar war of 1896 last?

    4) What event triggered a war between Honduras and El Salvador in 1969?

    5) How many casualties were there in the 335 year war between the Isles of Scilly and the Netherlands?

  7. Teletext says:

    1. It was the bucket from a Bologna city well. I think it was back in the 1300’s when Italy wasn’t a country but a number of city states. I think that there was only one battle fought. I believe the bucket is still in Modena.

    2. Britain and Spain

    3. I can’t remember the exact time but it was somewhere between 30 and 40 minutes. It was the shortest war in recorded history.

    4. It basically started after a riot after a World Cup Soccer match between the 2 countries. It was also a short war lasting less that 5 days.

    5. There is actual doubt as to whether this was ever a war. It started in the time of Oliver Cromwell when the Dutch were aligned with the Royalists. I think peace was finally declared around 1985/6. There were no casualties as no battles were fought.

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