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Intelligence Quiz 1

1. Into what body of water does the Rio Grande, which has its source in Colorado and defines the border between Mexico and Texas, flow?
2. Perhaps the most famous address in literary history, 221B Baker Street, London, England was the home of which of these noted characters?
3. What do the names Sgt. Snorkel, General Halftrack, Plato, and Zero have in common?
4. In what is probably the most famous instance of a well-known author surviving his own 'death,' he was quoted as saying 'reports of my death are greatly exaggerated' after having read his own obituary. Which American author said this?
5. A king of ancient Phrygia is famous for making a wish that became his curse. Who was this king with the 'golden touch'?
6. On November 17, 1968, the U.S. network NBC broke away from a sporting event so that 'Heidi' could be televised at exactly 7:00 P.M. Which type of American sporting event was interrupted in favor of that film?
7. In 1882 this African elephant was sold to Barnum and Bailey Circus. He became the focal point for the circus, until he was struck by a freight train in 1885 in Canada and killed. What famous elephant is this?
8. Two wives of Henry VIII, one Queen of England, one Queen of France, and the Queen Consort of English King James I all had which 'A' name?
9. Which street in the U.S. city of San Francisco bears the honorary title of 'Crookedest Street in the World'?
10. Using some rudimentary knowledge of Latin and Greek, the name of an imaginary beast has been cobbled together. This beast, the 'Rubernaris sophoselaphus', has never walked the Earth. However, for purposes of fun, let's say it had. How would this Latin/Greek name translate into English?
11. What do Lake Powell, Lake Mead, and Lake Nasser all have in common?

Author: Mike Hanson


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