Pub quiz questions

  1. Where is the driest place on Earth?
    Dry Valleys region, Antartica
    GI(4) QI(4) Geography(6)
    1x03. Klaxon answer: Sahara Desert. The average annual rainfall is less than two inches, about the same as the Sahara, but the Dry Valleys, are free from ice and snow, and which haven't seen rain for two million years.

  2. What is the name of the capital city of Thailand?
    Krung Thep
    QI(4) GI(4) Geography(6)
    1x02. Klaxon answer: Bangkok

  3. What is the capital of Lithuania?
    Vilnius
    QI(5) Geography(8)
    1x01

  4. When was Michelangelo Buonarroti born, and when did he die?
    1475-1564
    Art(9) QI(9)
    1x01

  5. Who invented the steam engine?
    Hero – or Heron – of Alexandria, in 100 A.D.,
    QI(5) History(7) Science(8)
    1x01. Richard Trevithick is generally credited with the invention 1784.

  6. When was Gustav Mahler born and when did he die?
    1860-1911
    Music(9) QI(9)
    1x01

  7. What colour is a polar bear's fur?
    Transparent
    Nature(4) QI(2) Biology(3)
    1x02. It's not white - that's just a refraction of the surrounding snow

  8. What man-made artifacts can be seen from the moon with the naked eye?
    Nothing man-made can be seen.
    QI(3) GI(3) Science(5)
    1x02. Klaxon answer: Great Wall of China

  9. Which actor said, "One of my chief regrets during my years in the theatre is that I couldn't sit in the audience . . . and watch me"?
    John Barrymore
    1x01

  10. What is the name of Earth's second moon that was discovered in 1986?
    Cruithne (Pron. croo-EEN-yeh)
    Science(7) QI(4) Astronomy(7)
    1x02. Fry incorrectly stated it was discovered in 1994