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Mystery : Trivia Quiz

  1. Sep 8, 2004 #1

    Gokul43201

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    Mystery : Myth & History - yet another trivia quiz

    This is advance warning that I'll put up the actual quiz here in about a day.

    Also, I'd like to dedicate this quiz to Ivan Seeking and Evo, the irreplaceable Guardians of the PF Lounge. < hope I chose the theme wisely >
     
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  3. Sep 8, 2004 #2

    Evo

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    <sniff> I am honored. :smile:
     
  4. Sep 9, 2004 #3

    Gokul43201

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    Trivia Quiz : Some myth, some history, lots of mystery

    Disclaimer : Legends among the following may not be “accurate” in detail – they are, after all, legends, and are known through different versions.

    Rules :

    #1 : Please don’t Google

    #2 : You may guess an answer to only ONE question (until I permit otherwise). This allows wider participation.


    Say, did you read Rule #2 ? Just checking…


    Here goes ... some of these questions are long, but most are easy.


    Q1) This Order was created around 1100 AD. Its members were sworn to poverty, chastity and obedience, but rapidly acquired positions of immense wealth and power. They are also considered the first international bankers and pioneered the practice of assigning credit ratings to their clients.

    Who were they ?


    Q2) Greek Myth :

    Phaeton was the son of Apollo (Helios), the Son God. Clymene was his mother, and she was mortal. A friend of Phaeton's said that Phaeton could not be the son of Apollo because he had no proof of this claim. Phaeton went to his mother, and demanded to know if he were really the son of Apollo, to which she replied that he was. Unsatisfied with this answer, Phaeton went to Apollo and demanded to know if what his mother had said was true. Apollo confirmed that Phaeton was his son, but Phaeton still did not believe him. Apollo promised to grant him anything that he might want. And shortly afterwards, Phaeton declared that he would like to drive Apollo’s chariot ( the chariot of the Sun, that provided earth with light and heat). After Apollo spent a long time begging his son not to demand this, he succumbed to his desire. Being young and weak, Phaeton was unable to control the mighty horses. The horses ran unchecked, going too high at first and then going so close to the Earth that they scorched the land and set a great forest on fire.

    What did this fire result in ?


    Q3) When he was born (a Prince in a mountain kingdom), a soothsayer predicted that he would become either a great king or a great saint. Hoping to ensure the former, his father, the King, kept him confined to the Palace grounds, never letting him see the outside world. One day, however, he secretly got out, and saw four disturbing sights. They were an old man, a sick man, a dead man, and a wandering beggar (or holy man). He had never seen the unfortunate side of life and what age, sickness, death, and poverty can do to a person. These scenes caused him to go on the Great Departure in search of a new meaning of life.

    By what name (meaning ‘the enlightened one’) do we know this Prince ?


    Q4) ‘BIGOT’ was a WWII code word used by the Allies. What did it refer to and what is its origin ?


    Q5) The Princess of Amen-Ra (~1000 BC), after her death, was laid in an ornate wooden coffin and buried deep in a vault at Luxor, on the banks of the Nile .

    In the late 1880s, four rich, young, Englishmen visiting the excavations at Luxor were invited to buy an exquisitely fashioned mummy case containing the remains of Princess. They drew lots. The man who won paid several thousand pounds and had the coffin taken to his hotel. A few hours later, he was seen walking out towards the desert. He never returned. The next day, one of the remaining three men was shot by an Egyptian servant accidentally. His arm was so severely wounded, it had to be amputated. The third man in the foursome found on his return home that the bank holding his entire savings had failed. The fourth guy suffered a severe illness, lost his job and was reduced to selling matches in the street.

    Nevertheless, the coffin reached England (causing other misfortunes along the way), where it was bought by a London businessman. After three of his family members had been injured in a road accident and his house damaged by fire, the businessman donated it to the British Museum. As the coffin was being unloaded from a truck in the museum courtyard, the truck suddenly went into reverse and trapped a passer-by. Then, as the casket was being lifted up the stairs by two workmen, one fell and broke his leg. The other, apparently in perfect health, died unaccountably two days later. Once the Princess was installed in the Egyptian Room, trouble really started. Museum's night watchmen frequently heard frantic hammering and sobbing from the coffin. Other exhibits in the room were also often hurled about at night. One watchman died on duty; causing the other watchmen wanting to quit. Cleaners refused to go near the Princess too. Finally, the authorities had the mummy carried down to the basement. Figuring it could not do any harm down there. Within a week, one of the helpers was seriously ill, and the supervisor of the move was found dead on his desk.

    A journalist photographer took a picture of the mummy case and when he developed it, the painting on the coffin was of a horrifying, human face. The photographer went home then, locked his bedroom door and shot himself. Soon afterwards, the museum sold the mummy to a private collector. After continual misfortune (and deaths), the owner banished it to the attic, trying desperately to find a buyer.

    Eventually, an American archaeologist (who dismissed the happenings as quirks of circumstance), paid a handsome price for the mummy and arranged for its removal to New York . The new owner escorted his treasure aboard a liner about to New York.

    Where can the sarcophagus of the Princess now (supposedly) be found ?


    Q6) This one’s from WW I : During the Battle of the Frontiers in August 1914, in Belgium, the British forces were being beaten back by the Germans, until this group of horsemen came to their aid. The terrified German troops soon panicked and fled.

    Who were these horsemen ? (some versions speak of only one horseman)


    Your turn folks ...


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  5. Sep 9, 2004 #4

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    :redface:

    It's actually a lesson I learned a long time ago -- when I'm cutting out pieces of another person's post in a quote, use ctrl-X to cut the text versus just using delete to obliterate it. The reply and edit screens look essentially identical, and it's just too easy to think you're quoting when you're really editing.... :redface:

    - Warren
     
  6. Sep 9, 2004 #5

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    My answer is to Q5, and is "at the bottom of the Atlantic, aboard the Titanic."

    - Warren
     
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  7. Sep 9, 2004 #6

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    Q5) The Princess of Amen-Ra (~1000 BC), after her death, was laid in an ornate wooden coffin and buried deep in a vault at Luxor, on the banks of the Nile .

    Was this Nefertiti?
     
  8. Sep 9, 2004 #7

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    oops! never mind. Didn't see the rest of question.
     
  9. Sep 9, 2004 #8

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    I believe not. Though the actual person inside the sarcophagus is still disputed, most common versions of this legend simply refer to her as I did. I'll have to dig deeper to actually understand who 'the Princess of Amun-Ra' refers to.

    Chroot got the answer right.

    The liner that the American took the mummy on was the Titanic !! :bugeye: So, it is no surprise that the Titanic sank on her maiden voyage. :rolleyes:
     
  10. Sep 9, 2004 #9

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    Didn't read the warning about biggies, did u ?
     
  11. Sep 9, 2004 #10

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    Q1) The Knights Templars; they were persecuted by Philip the Fair on trumped-up charges of devil worship and "unnatural practices" in the beginning of the 14th century.
     
  12. Sep 9, 2004 #11

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    3) Buddha.
     
  13. Sep 9, 2004 #12
    Q4. I don't know the WW2 bit, but the origin is Duke Rollo kneeling before a Frenchman and kissing his ring, swearing "By God!" ("Bi got") because the northmen of the time considered all southern lords effete sissies. Hence the negative association with a "them".
     
  14. Sep 9, 2004 #13

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    Correct arildno, jcsd.

    Adam - I was looking for the origin of the WWII code word, not the English word "bigot". Okay, you don't lose your turn yet.

    arildno : yes, the motive for the elimination of the Knights Templar may have been far from the stated, but there is no denying that they were into some "unusual" stuff, including very likely the worship of a demon named "baphomet". It has been believed that the Knights possessed some damning knowledge (possibly about the life of Christ) which was what got the Church all jittery. The day the Knights were all (okay, not "all") rounded up - friday the 13th (1307), of course !
     
  15. Sep 9, 2004 #14

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    So, does this make them Lounge LIZARDS?? :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    (oh. sorry. :redface: just popped in for a minute and saw this and just HAD to respond. :biggrin: gotta go shovel more of my birthday dirt. BYE! :cool: )
     
  16. Sep 9, 2004 #15
    phaetom caused the sahara desert

    btw I knew the titanic
    budda
    and knights templar too
    6 no idea
     
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  17. Sep 9, 2004 #16
    6. horsemen of the apacolypse?
     
  18. Sep 9, 2004 #17

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    2) "this caused the Sahara Desert".

    That is the correct answer, ray b ! :smile:

    The myth also claims this as the reason why Africans are dark skinned. "The chariot driving too close to the earth charred the skin of the people below."

    Zantra, nice guess on the horsemen, but no cigar. There would have to be 4 of them for that to be effective - the actual number is still kinda doubtful.
     
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  19. Sep 9, 2004 #18

    jcsd

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    6. Richard Coeur de Lion
     
  20. Sep 9, 2004 #19

    Gokul43201

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    jcsd, even invisible ink is banned. But no, it's not Lionheart.

    After seeing these guesses to 6, I fear the real answer may be something of a letdown. I think I should have worded the question differently.

    This really isn't (unlike most questions so far) a guessable question - you know it, or you don't.
     
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  21. Sep 9, 2004 #20

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    I rember who i was now, the reason why I thought it was Richard I because his army also saw a ghostly horseman.
     
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