Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Pop quiz, hot shot

A friend sent me this quiz for fun. It is billed as the quiz "for people who think they know everything". (What made my friend think of sending it to me? I wonder.) I was surprised at how many I didn't know. These are not trick questions. They are straight questions with straight answers.

1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.

2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?

4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters "dw" and they are all common words. Name two of them.

7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?

8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.

9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter "S."

So what can you answer?

15 comments:

Rebecca said...

#4 strawberries, someone asked me that once and it took me forever to get it!!
#5 the only way I can think of is if they somehow grow the pear inside the bottle...
#6 dwindle, dwell, dwarf

You definitely know #7 miss grammar queen, I don't!

is #8 lettuce?
#9 shoes, socks, sandals, slippers, saddleshoes, silver (as in jewlery haha)...can't thionk of any more...

This was fun. I miss little games like this especially now that MC hasn't been around ina while!

Ayelet said...

Of course I know #7! All 14. And, hullo? Sneakers, stockings. Good for you on #6!

Rebecca said...

-hitting my palm to my forehead-, shoulda thought of those too!!!

what about the other ones?

Elie said...

Here are my additional answers - several were answered above:

1) Boxing

2) Morality - seriously, no idea

5) The glass bottle is blown around the pear

7) Too easy since we're all using a keyboard!!

Period .
Q-mark ?
Ex point !
Comma ,
Colon :
Semi-colon ;
Open/close quotation "
Apostrophe '
Open paren (
Close paren )
Hyphen/dash -
Ellipse ...
Slash / (does this count?)

So that's 12 or 13 out of 14

Ezzie said...

1) Ooh, boxing - that's good!

2) The US Government :P

3)

4) Strawberries.

5) Glass blown around it.

6) Dwarf, dweeb, dw...

7) Easy.

8) I like lettuce.

9) Easy.

Those are hard!

Anonymous said...

how bout tomatoes for #3?
do skis count for #9?
I shared this with a coworker and she gave me another question to add to the list:
three commonly used words that end with "dous"?

Elie said...

Here's 4: tremendous, stupendous, horrendous, hazardous

Anonymous said...

wow, that was quick!

Anonymous said...

#5 - the glass is not blown around the pear. The pear actually grows inside the bottle. (The pear is placed inside the bottle when it is a little bud.)

#2 - Niagara Falls

Dina said...

k thats really funny bec today I saw a snapple top and it said the only fruit w/ seeds on the outside is a strawberry. Just thought that was cute!!

Ayelet said...

Dina, that is funny! Thanks for stopping by...hope to see you often :)

Lab Rab said...

All waterfalls move backwards because they erode the rock behind them.

Also the Alaskan glaciers.

For #8 - I've never heard of processed watermelon (other than cutting).

We say ha'adama on bananas, though botany probably classifies them as fruits.

I'd also like to stick in a nostalgic reference to "dweeb." Thank you.

Anonymous said...

They sell watermelon ices- don't they? I still think it's lettuce. they don't sell lettuce anything except for plain old lettuce.

Rebecca said...

they make the best watermelon ices in Israel it's shaped like a watermelon and it's more like sorbet, it's so good on ahot day and I have not yet found it here but am dying to

Ayelet said...

Hi Lab Rab! Good to see you in these parts! As far as botany goes, a watermelon is also a fruit as is anything that holds the seeds. The fruit's function for a plant is to protect the seeds as they grow from just fertilized ova into seeds that are viable for reproduction.