Free Pub Quiz Questions and Answers
Free Pub Quiz Part 1
1. What is the name of the international biennial yachting event coinciding with “Cowes Week”?
Answer: “Admiral’s Cup”.
The Admiral’s Cup was an international yacht race. It was also the unofficial world championship of offshore racing for many years. In the beginning, only Great Britain and the United States participated.
2. Carl Fogarty is well known in what sport?
Answer: Super Bike racing.
Carl Fogarty is a British former motorcycle racer who was World Champion many times over. He won the world championship nine times and placed second an additional three times.
Fogarty’s racing career spanned 22 years, he started out as a successful motocross rider before trying road racing in 1979. He won his first championship in 1990 with Ducati on what would be the start of a long and prosperous career with the Italian company. The win was unusual for the time because Fogarty had never ridden for Ducati before that season. Their win the following season was even more impressive as Fogarty fought for the championship against arch-rival Kevin Schwantz who had joined Honda that season. Fogarty finished second in 1992 and 1993 before winning again in 1994.
Fogarty left Ducati at the end of 1995 and joined the newly formed Suzuki team, a move that would prove to be extremely lucrative for all parties involved. His first season with Suzuki he finished third behind Mick Doohan and Wayne Rainey at a time when Doohan was dominating the racing world with Honda. The following year saw Doohan’s fall from grace after breaking his leg in a crash at Assen, after which his performance dropped dramatically.
3. How many pegs or marbles are there in a Solitaire board game?
Solitaire is a single-player game that is often played using marbles or pegs on a wooden board. Peg solitaire is one of the most popular versions as it requires a lot less skill than other variations.
There are few ways to win at Peg solitaire. You can get all the pegs in the centre hole and then move them to make triangles, lines, or runs of marbles. You can also get rid of the pieces entirely by getting rid of two diagonally across from each other or by clearing out one row at a time.
One of the most important things to remember in Peg Solitaire is to keep an eye on your available moves and see what they are. For example, if you have three pegs in a row, and there are no holes between them, then you can move one peg up into the same row as the other two. You should always try to take advantage of these situations whenever you can, even if there does not seem to be a way to take advantage at first glance.
Trying out different ways of playing will help you figure out which ones you are good at and which ones you enjoy doing. Some people like running marbles around in circles for hours while others like completing the encirclement in one go.
4. From which language do the words “fascism”, “fiasco” and “pizza” originate?
The word “fascism” originates from the Italian word “fasci”, which means “a bundle of sticks” and is a symbol used by the Roman Empire. So, fascism is a hierarchical, authoritarian system led by a single-party that seeks to politically mobilize their people. Fascism has roots in ancient Rome and is associated with national unity.
The word “fiasco” originates from the Italian phrase “feccia della terra”, which means “offal of the earth.” So, fiasco refers to an utter disaster or calamity that has been brought about by human thoughtlessness and carelessness; something so bad or embarrassing it’s been categorized as such a failure.
The word “pizza” originally meant “pie”, but in Italian it has come to mean a hot, flat, round bread covered with cheese, tomato sauce or other toppings.
5. What is a group of beavers called?
A colony of beavers have a system of gangways that connect dams and ponds to form a larger body of water. The area between these dams with provide food for the entire colony as long as there is protection from predators.
They can also build decoys out of sticks and mud, which often times fool their enemies like wolves and coyotes into thinking it is a real animal.
6. Who, according to the nursery rhyme, killed “Cock Robin”?
Answer: “The Sparrow”.
There are a few interpretations of this nursery rhyme. One says that the “sparrow” was taking care of her babies and when she saw Cock Robin coming to harm them, she killed him in order to protect her babies. Another interpretation is that while Cock Robin was asleep, the sparrow would strike at his eyes with its claws so he couldn’t fly away once it had killed him. The sparrow is then seen as a symbol for death and we might see the rhyme as saying that always be on guard against death because it can take us at any time.
7. By what vitamin letter and number is riboflavin also called?
Riboflavin is a water-soluble vitamin that is one of the B vitamins. It’s also called vitamin B2. Riboflavin helps to form and maintain red blood cells, which deliver oxygen to the body. And it plays an important role in converting food into energy.
The human body needs riboflavin for many reasons but doesn’t produce it on its own. That’s why it’s critical to get enough from the foods you eat.
Food sources of riboflavin include milk, milk products, meat, and eggs. There is also a form of riboflavin that is suitable for vegetarians: vitamin B2-fortified yeast.
8. Who developed the first controlled nuclear fission chain reaction in 1942?
Answer: Enrico Fermi.
The Italian physicist and Nobel Prize winner, Enrico Fermi, is known for several of his discoveries in high energy physics; including pioneering work on nuclear beta-decay, artificially created radioactive elements (radioisotopes), and studies of the nuclear reactions involved in cosmic rays.
In 1942 Fermi had directed the construction of a prototype atomic pile in which he succeeded in achieving the world’s first controlled nuclear fission chain reaction. The original design was based on an earlier theoretical model developed by Hungarian physicist Leó Szilárd, American physicist Walter Zinn, and Austrian scientist Eugene Wigner.
9. What is the ordinary name for acetylsalicylic acid?
Acetylsalicylic acid is a chemical compound that can be used as an analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory drug. Aspirin is the most well-known form of acetylsalicylic acid and it has been used for almost 140 years. Acetylsalicylic acid is sometimes given in combination with other drugs to provide more effective pain relief.
The mechanism of action by which acetylsalicylic acid suppresses the production of prostaglandins is not yet fully understood; however, it appears to inhibit COX enzymes, which are involved in prostaglandin synthesis (and thus inflammation).
10. Who plays the role of Mace Windu in Star Wars movies?
Answer: Samuel L Jackson.
With his trademark cigar and gruff tone, Samuel L. Jackson has become one of Hollywood’s most recognizable actors.
But did you know that he was a college dropout?
He later attended Morehouse College but felt that the school was not challenging enough for him. He dropped out and joined the United States Air Force to serve in the Vietnam War as an aircraft mechanic. It was during this time that he discovered acting, joining up with a traveling theater troupe who would perform in different military bases around Germany where he was stationed at the time. After leaving the Air Force, he picked up with his theatrical pursuits and eventually found work on Broadway before moving to Hollywood in pursuit of fame and fortune as an actor.
Free Pub Quiz Part 2
11. What was the name of the computer in 2001. A Space Odyssey?
2001: A Space Odyssey is the seminal 1968 film by Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick. The film follows a journey to Jupiter with the sentient computer Hal 9000 as its main character.
Hal 9000, which stands for Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer, is an iconic artificial intelligence of 2001: A Space Odyssey that has since become a pop culture icon of an intelligent machine gone wrong. Apart from being featured in one of history’s most acclaimed sci-fi movies, Hal 9000 is also one of the first artificially intelligent machines to be used in real-life applications like space missions or traffic management systems.
12. Who invented the “Polaroid” camera?
Answer: Edwin Land.
In the history of photography, there is one man whose invention and tireless work helped revolutionize the art. The inventor was Edwin Land, a man who would go on to solve many problems in camera technology with his light sensitive material called “Polaroid”.
Edwin Land was born in 1908, to a wealthy Jewish family. When he was young, his family found out that he had an eye for machinery and the arts. In order to benefit from these talents, his parents sent him to Everett High School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T). After graduating M.I.T with a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1929, Land went on to Harvard University for graduate studies, but took a break from his studies because of the Great Depression which occurred at that time.
After graduating from M.I.T. Land took a job as an instructor at the University of Wisconsin and then worked as a consultant for General Electric in their research lab. Soon afterwards, Land took a job at Polaroid, the company that would bring him fame and fortune. Land quickly became CEO of Polaroid. At this time, no one had ever thought of developing an instant camera. Land was the one who pioneered polaroid instant camera technology. He created a new process called “The Land Process” which involved taking black and white photos in seven minutes instead of forty five minutes with conventional cameras.
After some time, Land decided to take his invention further by creating color pictures in an instant. Instead of getting his employees to work on the color process, Land took it upon himself to solve this problem. He spent a good amount of time studying color theory as well as looking at primary colors and their principles. Land came up with three different color processes that would become the main process later on in his career. The first was known as a “photochromic dye transfer”, the second was known as a “dichromatic dye transfer”, and the third being more complex was known as “panchromatic dye transfer”.
13. In which year was Nelson Mandela released from prison in South Africa?
His presidency oversaw a government of national unity that promoted racial reconciliation and economic recovery.
Under his leadership, Mandela has dealt with all major foreign crises and issues including helping to secure Rwandan refugees in 1994, mediating the return of democracy in Lesotho in 1993, holding talks with Cuban President Fidel Castro to bring him closer to democracy while maintaining trade ties, mediating peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
14. When was mountain biking first included in the Olympics?
Ever since the mid-1980s, mountain biking has been a popular pastime in Europe and North America. The early 1990s saw an explosion in sales of mountain bikes as manufacturers aggressively marketed them as a new style of bicycle that was more capable than traditional road bikes, which were primarily used for recreation due to their discomfort on rough terrain. The phenomenal success of these bikes led to their being featured at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta for cross-country racing. Mountain biking’s appearance at this event coincided with its arrival as mainstream cycling activity both inside and outside America.
15. “Albatross” is a term used in which sport?
It is an extremely rare feat, that consists in sinking a hole-in-one on the final hole of a set or the final hole of a stroke play tournament to win. The term was coined by golf legend Bobby Jones and has entered into common usage since then.
The Local Rules of Golf specify that an albatross is defined as “a score consisting of double eagle plus any other shot”. Double eagle means the player holed two shots with one swing; other shots would include, for example, “an eagle and an additional shot”. In this sense then, the name albatross derives from the expression “goose egg” which refers to zero scoring when playing baseball.
16. What is the name of the fruit developed as a hybrid of the loganberry, blackberry and raspberry?
The berry was purportedly named after Norwegian-American pioneer and naturalist Knud Olden Boysen.
The fruit has a distinctive tart taste, but is sweetened during processing and has been sold commercially in both fresh and processed forms in North America since 1940. The yield from a boysenberry plant can be between 1-2 pounds per year as they grow on small bushes that do not produce fruit every year.
17. In which city is the famous “Western Wall”, or “Wailing Wall”?
The Western Wall is the only thing left of the ancient Jewish temple in Jerusalem.
This was a place where Jews would go to pray and get close to God. When it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE, it became a symbol of Jewish remembrance, so people come and pray for peace from all over the world.
Today, many people know it as one of Judaism’s holiest sites which attract thousands of pilgrims each year and is visited by family members from around the world who are missing loved ones. It has become one of Israel’s most recognizable symbols along with its flag, national anthem and currency.
18. What is the largest living bird?
Answer: The ostrich.
Ostriches can weigh up to 350 pounds and have powerful legs and long strides. Ostriches eat plants, sometimes eating up to 100 pounds of food per day. They are social animals, living in groups called herds. Ostriches do not traditionally nest on the ground like other birds or mammals and instead use a communal nest known as a lek. Females lay their eggs in the center of the lek, then males take over parental duties for incubation of eggs for 45 days before they hatch into chicks.
19. What does the medical abbreviation “OD” stand for?
In the medical world, there are many abbreviations for different drugs and treatments. You may know the meanings of some acronyms like “BSE” for “Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy”.
It may seem like a strange acronym but it is actually used very often in the medical world. There are many reasons someone might overdose on drugs or medicinal substances including when they take more than what their body needs to heal or if they have taken something else which could be dangerous with their current prescription medication.
20. Which famous British aircraft carrier was sunk off Gibraltar on 13 November 1941?
Answer: HMS Ark Royal.
On 13 November 1941, Ark Royal was hit by a torpedo from the German submarine U-81. It sank to the bottom of the ocean the following day.
The Ark Royal was originally an “Ark” – one of two sister ships built for battle in the Napoleonic Wars at a cost of £330,000 each (equivalent to around £6 million in today’s money). They launched from dockyards on either side of Ireland’s River Clyde and were named after Noah’s Ark.