Look out for the "Connections" trivia quiz, soon to appear under the Quizzes category. Heck, that felt cheap ! Rules : # no googling # only one question per person until otherwise announced - now a free-for-all A reminder : Please read the rules Q1. The following is from a letter written by a scientist, to his fiancee in New Zealand : "He's very pleasant in coversation, and he's not fossilized at all. As regards appearance, he's a medium sized man, dark and quite youthful still - shaves very badly and wears his hair rather long." Name the person being described in the letter ? Q2. Early during WWII, the RAF suffered a large number of inexplicable aircraft and systems malfunctions. The hapless RAF pilots soon conjured up a fictional creature which they blamed for the malfunctions. The stories grew and soon these creatures would be described as "a foot high, wearing pointed shoes." What were these creatures called ? Q3. Who, or what, connects the following : Lord Byron, Blaise de Vigenere, Sir Charles Wheatstone, Alfred Lord Tennyson ? Q4. Jornada del Muerto (Journey of the Dead Man) is a valley near the Rio Grande river in the US. The name was coined by the Conquistadors in the mid-1600s describing a harsh and rugged territory along the northward route from New Spain (Mexico). Nearly three centuries later, the name of this valley took on a special meaning. Why ? Q5. In 1948, George Gamow published a paper on Cosmogenesis with his PhD student, Ralph Alpher - actually this was a synthesis of Alpher's dissertation. For a very strange reason Gamow asked a famous nuclear physicist if he (Gamow) could add his (the other physicist's) name to the paper. Since he had done no work on this paper, the physicist initially refused, but eventually gave in on Gamow's insistence. Who's the unnamed physicist ? Q6. This prolific genius used his own peculiar language. Here are some words with their meanings : Supreme Fascist = God Epsilon = child, little kid Joe = USSR (Joseph Stalin) Sam = USA (Uncle Sam) Sam & Joe Show = International News Boss = woman Slave = man A tribute to his prolificity is that other researchers in his area get identified through a number named after him indicating degrees of co-authorship separation. Who ?