A couple of weeks ago I ran a question and answer quiz about things and events in the 1950s and 60s, and bragged to readers that I got all 20 answers correct.
Wouldn't you know it. I wasn't allowed to rest on my laurels.
Another reader sent along a quiz aimed at people who think they know everything.
I found out quickly, that I'm not even close to knowing everything. Of course, some of the answers to these questions are information that I'll probably never use, but the quiz is a humbling experience nevertheless.
Only nine questions, but I can truthfully say I didn't get one totally correct. Some of the multiple answers I got partially right, but I honestly can't say I got any of the answers fully correct.
See if you can do better. And anyone who gets them all right should be reading something a lot more sophisticated than this column.
A Quiz for People Who Know Everything
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."
Answers To Quiz:
1. The one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends:
2. North American landmark constantly moving backward:
Niagara Falls (The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.)
3.Only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons:
Asparagus and rhubarb.
4. The fruit with its seeds on the outside:
5. How did the pear get inside the brandy bottle?
It grew inside the bottle. The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season.When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.
6. Three English words beginning with dw.:
Dwarf, dwell and dwindle.
7. Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar:
Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation mark, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.
8. The only vegetable or fruit never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form butfresh:
9. Six or more things you can wear on your feet beginning with "S"..
Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts.