When did the the 3rd millenium A.D. begin?
Midnight, January 1 2001
Midnight, December 31, 2000
Midnight, January 1 2000
Midnight, December 31, 1999
2. Of the following countries, which tourist board
last had a registered tourist in 1990?
3. He invented the AR-15/M16 series rifle.
4. Who was elected Prime Minister of the Commonwealth
of Australia in the 9 October 2004 federal election?
5. Which is not a bird?
6. Which of the following mythical creatures does
not have a human component?
7. Which of the following would you expect to hatch
out of an egg?
8. Which of the following pairs are not (and have
never been) musical instruments?
A xylophone and a saxaphone
A shoozaphone and a hoozaphone
A lute and a flute
A guitar and a sitar
9. Which of the following bird names does not have
another common meaning?
10. Which is not an accepted name for a swimming stroke?
The Australian crawl
1. Midnight, January 1, 2001
'A.D.' is the abbreviation for the Latin phrase 'Anno
Domini' -- in the year of our Lord. The birth year of
Jesus Christ, having been (incorrectly) calculated by
a Catholic monk, was thus A.D. 1, which began after the
end of 1 B.C.: there was no year 'zero.' The day, of course,
begins at midnight.
Somalia's official government controls only part of the
capital of Mogadishu; the rest is controlled by rival
warlords and effectively autonomous governments.
3. Eugene Stoner
The U.S. Army was looking for a lightweight, small-calibre
rifle to replace the M1 Garand, M14 and other weapons,
which were not well-suited to the jungles of Vietnam.
Despite early problems with jamming caused by use of improper
powder in ammunition, the AR-15/M16 and derived weapons
have become hugely popular in both civilian and military
Browning was the brains behind many a weapon -- the Browning
Hi-Power, Colt M1911, BAR, M2 .50BMG HMG, and M1917 among
others -- but not this particular tool. Kalashnikov of
course put together the wildly successful AK-47, which
spawned hundreds of successive weapons. There is no Andrew
Roberts (AR stands for 'Armalite', the company for which
4. John Howard
John Howard defeated Mark Latham of the Australian Labor
A dugong is like a manatee - an aquatic mammal. The others
are all birds.
The griffin (or gryphon) was made up of lion and eagle
pieces. A mermaid had a human torso and a fish tail, a
centaur had a human torso and horse body and a minotaur
had a bull's head and a human body.
Calves and piglets are born in the usual mammalian fashion,
and carnations grow from seed. A platypus is one of two
mammals that really does hatch out of an egg. The echidna
is the other one. The platypus and echidna are very primitive
mammals known collectively as monotremes.
8. A shoozaphone and hoozaphone
A xylophone and a saxaphone are both musical instruments.
One is struck with hammers, the other is a brass instrument.
A lute is an old-fashioned stringed instrument a bit like
a guitar and a flute is a wind instrument. A guitar is
strummed and a sitar is an Indian instrument plucked or
Duck is not only a bird, but an action (to duck is to
avoid by bobbing down) and also a cricket term. Swallow
means to move food or liquid from the mouth to the stomach
and to hawk something is to sell it door to door or to
hunt using a hawk.
10. The Frug
The Frug was a 1960s dance. The others are all swimming
strokes. Sidestroke, backstroke and freestyle are also
accepted as legitimate stroke names, as is dogpaddle!
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