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Norwegian Quiz! :smile:

  1. Nov 29, 2006 #1

    arildno

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    Here is a quiz to test PF's knowledge about Norway and famous Norwegians! :smile:

    1) At the age of 12, his daddy Halfdan the Black ridiculed him for being a mere "boy" in front of his men. As revenge, this precocious youngster plotted with a Finn well versed in magic to melt the ice on the Randsfjord, so that the sledge carrying his father went through, and Halfdan drowned.

    He is generally known as the first king of Norway.

    2) About this son of the answer in 1), the skalds were in difficulty to find anything positive to say, so they praised his bravery in battle and his ability to consume large quantities of beer. After a few years reigning in Norway, he was thrown out, became Earl of Northumbria until the Northumbrians didn't want him anymore and killed him. His wife's name was Gunhild.

    3) The father of this guy killed a man in Norway, and had to flee to Iceland to escape justice, but when he (the father) repeated his act, he ran off to Greenland were nobody else wanted to be in the first place.
    When he (still the father) heard that a new land had been discovered in the West, he equipped a few ships to investigate, but tripped and fell and broke his leg just before the journey should begin.

    So it is his son who has been credited to have discovered a large land mass..who?


    4) The first to describe complex numbers in terms of a plane (beat Argand with 9 years).

    5) Discovered the infectious agent behind leprosy

    6) Is often called the "father of meteorology" (at least in Norway)

    7) Politician, whose name has become a synonym for "traitor".

    8) 80's pop group, with hits like "Take on me", "Cry Wolf"

    9) Current prime minister

    10) Wrote plays like "A Doll's House", "The Wild Duck"
     
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  3. Nov 29, 2006 #2
    #7...at the tip of my tongue...world war II history class

    EDIT: Quisling GOT IT!
     
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  4. Nov 29, 2006 #3
    8) Ah hah. Not sure of the spelling.
     
  5. Nov 29, 2006 #4
    Give me a hint. How old was the boy?
     
  6. Nov 29, 2006 #5

    arildno

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    :rofl:
    The boy was 12, Halfdan was in his 30's.
     
  7. Nov 29, 2006 #6

    EL

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    Those were hard Arildno. Don't know more than half of them even though I'm your neighbour...
     
  8. Nov 29, 2006 #7

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    I know the first two I think coming from northumbria as part of my local history.
     
  9. Nov 29, 2006 #8
    :!!) 12) Ibsen.... I love Enemy of the People .:!!)
     
  10. Nov 29, 2006 #9

    Evo

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    1) King Harald I
     
  11. Nov 29, 2006 #10

    Evo

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    8) a-ha

    10char
     
  12. Nov 29, 2006 #11

    Evo

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    3) Erik the Red
     
  13. Nov 29, 2006 #12
    9) Stoltenberg (without googling :))
     
  14. Nov 29, 2006 #13
    4) Wasn't that Descartes, but he's French ??? I always thought he was the first to use "i" and the imaginary Y-axis...

    marlon
     
  15. Nov 29, 2006 #14
    5) Hansen, can't remember the rest of his name. BTW leprosy's true agent was later discovered to be a plasmid. Mycobacterium leprae, which Hansen identified as the agent, is in fact the vector - an important find nonetheless, since Mycobacteria are acid fast and require specific staining procedures.
     
  16. Nov 29, 2006 #15

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    8) Morten Harket - Vocals
    Magne Furuholmen - Keyboards
    Paul Waaktaar-Savoy - Guitars

    :biggrin:
     
  17. Nov 30, 2006 #16

    arildno

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    The following has been answered correct, or partially correct:
    1) Harald (he was not called "the first", Evo!). By-name, please.
    3) Erik the Red was the father. I wanted his son's name
    5) Armauer Hansen
    7) Vidkun Quisling
    8) A-ha
    9) Jens Stoltenberg.
    10) Henrik Ibsen

    So, 2), 3), 4) and 6) remains
     
  18. Nov 30, 2006 #17

    dextercioby

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    6. Vilhelm Bjerknes

    Daniel.
     
  19. Nov 30, 2006 #18

    Kurdt

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    2) Erik Bloodaxe

    3) Leif Erikson
     
  20. Nov 30, 2006 #19

    arildno

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    Correct!
    Only 4) remains..
    And the by-name of Harald, first king of Norway on 1)
     
  21. Nov 30, 2006 #20

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