The Global News Quiz

By Tom Nagorski

Jul 6, 2012 11:53am

QUESTIONS

1) Who lost a $100 bet on the so-called “God Particle”?

2) What news this week links the following countries: France, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Egypt, and Israel?

3) According to an Al Jazeera investigation, what poison was found on Yasser Arafat’s belongings?

4) In what Olympic event will the double amputee Oscar Pistorius compete?

5) According to a survey, 34% of Spanish and 21% of Italian respondents said the debt crisis is negatively affecting what aspect of their lives?

6) What ship was sailing with electrical problems, doors that were not sealed properly a crew using unauthorized maritime charts?

7) What team has filed plans to raise $100 million in an initial public offering.

8) What treat has China banned from official receptions?

9) Who is Manaf Tlass?

10) The government of which industrialized nation may run out of money in October?

11) Which country had the wettest June on record?

12) Who pulled out of hosting a London fundraiser for Mitt Romney?

13) What did a Cambridge University student do, 28 hours after giving birth?

14) Which world figure loves the songs “Miss Otis Regrets” and “People Will Say We’re In Love.”

15) What was a first responder referring to when he told reporters: “If we had left it another 10-15 minutes I think we would have been dealing with a dead person.”

16) Name the uninhabited Pacific island where divers will search for traces of Amelia Earhart and her plane.

17) Why were Brahms and Strauss in the news this week?

18) What happened in Tokyo – for the first time in 24 years?

19) Name Serena Williams’ opponent in tomorrow’s Wimbledon final.

 ANSWERS

 1) The Telegraph reports British physicist Stephen Hawking lost a $100 bet with a University of Michigan scientist that the so-called “god particle could not be found.

2) They are all destinations in Hillary Clinton’s latest whirlwind trip.

3) Polonium.

4) He’ll run for South Africa’s 4×400 relay team.

5) They said their “levels of sexual fulfilment and desire” have suffered as a result. Those percentages are far lower in the economically virtuous Northern countries, with a mere 8% of Belgians and 9% of Germans saying the crisis affects them in the bedroom.

6) The ill-fated Costa Concordia, which ran aground in January. The new revelations were leaked from Italian magistrates.

7) Manchester United. It would be the first sports team to go public in the U.S. in more than a decade.

8) Shark fin soup – an expensive and popular delicacy that’s been blamed for a sharp decline in global shark populations.

9) A Brigadier General who has reportedly abandoned the Syrian regime.

10) Japan. Reuters reported the government there could run out of money by the end of October, halting all state spending including salaries, pensions and unemployment benefits, because of a standoff in parliament that has blocked a bill to finance the deficit.

11) Great Britain.

12) Former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond. According to the Financial Times, Diamond “had been one of 18 co-hosts for a dinner in London later this month where guests are being asked to pay $25-75,000 to raise money for Mr. Romney.”

13) She took her final exams – and graduated with first-class honors.

14) Queen Elizabeth. That’s according to the Daily Telegraph.

15) The chimp attack on Andrew Oberle.

16) Nikumaroro.

17) Someone has been opening the crypts of famous 19th-century composers – including Strauss and Brahms - and extracting their skulls. 18) A panda has been born at a Tokyo zoo for the first time in 24 years.

19) Agnieszka Radwanska. The great hope of Poland.

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