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Author Topic: A short Steampunk quiz (how much esoteric knowledge have you got)?  (Read 1308 times)
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« on: April 12, 2015, 01:55:39 pm »

1) which film musical has subliminal references to Tesla? (and for an extra point which song and why)?

2) Which 'modern' form of transport was invented in 1896?

3) Which airship made the first crossing of the Atlantic in both directions?

4) What is the name of the part of a steam engine which opens and closes the valve (clue it could describe many Steampunks)?

5) Who went to diner parties by airship?

6) How many V.C.'s were won at Rourks Drift?

7) What modern delicacy was a food of the poor in Victorian London?

Cool What most surprised Karl Marx when he came to Britain?

9) Which Conan Doyle story features 'air Kracken?

10) During the Crimea war who was the best nurse?
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2015, 02:01:42 pm »

Well, turns out my esoteric knowledge level is rather low. I don't know the answers to any of these questions off the top of my head!
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2015, 02:21:50 pm »

I'll let it run for a while then supply the answers...

if people like it then I might start doing quizzes at Steampunk events.
less to carry than a case of 'Doyle', Verne and Wells books.

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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2015, 03:19:41 pm »

(6) 11 - assuming you meant 'Rorke's Drift'
(7) Oysters
(10) Mary Seacole - the second best nurse just had better PR and a lamp as a gimmick.
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2015, 03:28:19 pm »

3 correct answers... you are i the lead !!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2015, 03:41:59 pm »

Well, I think I've got 2 answers:

1) The Rocky Horror Picture Show?
6) 11
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2015, 07:20:14 pm »

I was going to say, "I know one of the answers."

But, it seems that even my "Florence Nightingale" answer for question number ten might be wrong!
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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2015, 09:59:53 pm »

(6) 11 - assuming you meant 'Rorke's Drift'
(7) Oysters
(10) Mary Seacole - the second best nurse just had better PR and a lamp as a gimmick.

you're in the lead... 3 correct!
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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2015, 10:02:52 pm »

I was going to say, "I know one of the answers."

But, it seems that even my "Florence Nightingale" answer for question number ten might be wrong!

But that's the best bit of a Pub Trivia Quiz - the arguments over the answers, especially if the Quizmaster has got them wrong or left room for (mis~)interpretation.

e.g. While 11 VCs were awarded at Rorke's Drift, there were none awarded at Rourks Drift - so is it 11 or 0 ?

And while I suspect (1) is Rocky Horror, it could 'subliminally' be Greased Lightning or even Bert from SesameStreet singing the 'Pigeon' song as Telsa loved birds - as the term is poorly defined.   Grin

(7) could also be handmade unpasteurised cheeses and other 'rustic' foodstuffs as modern delicacies if you're one of those eco-gastronomic hipsters
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2015, 10:27:40 pm »

Most obscure Tesla reference for (1) The Tesla Monument is on Goat Island NY, so it's the Sound of Music - The Lonely Goatherd.

[I must confess that I google-cheated on that one - but as a young lad in Croatia it's highly likely he would have tended the family milk-source at some time.]

Alternatively, is there a rock-musical that uses AC/DC songs?
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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2015, 11:17:41 pm »

I notice no-one has gone near #4 yet - is it just too easy? (Art or part, the answer's essentially the same. Roll Eyes)
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« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2015, 11:53:17 pm »

my keyboard is playing up... problems with the 'p'

so it's part not 'art' in number 4
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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2015, 02:32:58 am »

How much knowledge?  Essentially zero!
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« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2015, 08:33:09 am »

my keyboard is playing up... problems with the 'p'

so it's part not 'art' in number 4


Corrected that for you.

The only thing I can think of is perhaps the eccentric gear.
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« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2015, 10:19:36 am »

my keyboard is playing up... problems with the 'p'

so it's part not 'art' in number 4



Well, Guv'ner, I've got no idea about that...

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« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2015, 06:43:02 pm »

#3 is the R34 (flew across the Atlantic and back in 1919)
#5 is Alberto Santos Dumont
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« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2015, 07:06:32 pm »

my keyboard is playing up... problems with the 'p'

so it's part not 'art' in number 4


Corrected that for you.

The only thing I can think of is perhaps the eccentric gear.

That would be it, unless steam engines also have a part called the "screw-loose." Tongue

(Actually, #4 was the only one I did know for sure. Embarrassed)
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« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2015, 07:48:13 pm »

my keyboard is playing up... problems with the 'p'

so it's part not 'art' in number 4


Corrected that for you.

The only thing I can think of is perhaps the eccentric gear.

That would be it, unless steam engines also have a part called the "screw-loose." Tongue

(Actually, #4 was the only one I did know for sure. Embarrassed)

For a moment I thought he was referring to the Piston in a Piston valve...  My keyboard doesn't have a problem with the letter "p."
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« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2015, 06:32:58 am »

Totally Apropos of Nothing...#8, the only thing I know Marx was surprised was that there was an English factory that made 500 different kinds of hammers...Wink but the there were probably other things that surprised him as well...
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« Reply #19 on: April 14, 2015, 08:31:53 am »

Speaking of correct answers: I hope that this will not side-track this thread overly much, but I can't resist the chance to show off. I once saw an episode of the UK version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire where there was NO correct answer. The question was: What is a derogatory term for people living in the South western portion of the US. They got the answer they were looking for (redneck) but the question should have said South eastern
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« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2015, 11:01:43 am »

8 ) The Englísh?   Tongue
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« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2015, 11:22:34 am »

9) No idea - 'The horror of  the Heights' are more like jellyfish than Krakens, or whatever Krackens might be
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« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2015, 06:17:12 pm »

9) No idea - 'The horror of  the Heights' are more like jellyfish than Krakens, or whatever Krackens might be

As I understand it, that was one of the first references to air kraken; Doyle probably had an easier time imagining how a jellyfish could achieve lighter-than-air flight.

The classical (marine) kraken was classified as a cephalopod by Linnaeus in his first edition of Systema Naturae.

(Okay, so I bombed on the quiz; can I make it up with supplemental esoterica?)
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« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2015, 06:49:33 pm »

1) which film musical has subliminal references to Tesla? (and for an extra point which song and why)?

Is it 'Grease' and 'Greased Lightning'......  Wink
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« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2015, 07:08:21 pm »

The answers I was looking for were...
1) Mary Poppins....'Feed the Birds' which was his favorite pastime.
2) The recumbent bicycle which was invented by Oliver Heavyside to reduce wind resistance.
3) The R 34.
4) Eccentric.
5) Santos Dumont.
6) 11
7) Oysters.
Cool That you could stand on a box and say anything in Hyde Park without getting arrested.
9) The Horror of the heights (the presence of a curved beak makes it a member of the cephalopod family).
10) Mary Seacole.

Some of the other answers that people have offered have been good ... thank you for taking part Smiley Smiley
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