Dinosaurs, The UN, May day celebration, an independent Scotland & ice cream!

The Gordian Quizes

You can find answers to the questions at the end of the page. Remember not to cheat and good luck!

1. Which one of the following is NOT one of the main bodies of the United Nations?

  1. The General Assembly (GA)
  2. The Security Council (SC)
  3. International Criminal Court (ICC)
  4. International Court of Justice (ICJ)

International Criminal Court (ICC)
Although the treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was negotiated within the UN, the court is not a UN body. If you are confused about the difference between the ICJ and ICC you should read this article, but in short, the main difference is that ICJ settles arguments between countries, but the ICC punishes people. 

2. How many members of the United Nations have been expelled for reasons of genocides, wars and other human rights abuses?

  1. 0
  2. 3
  3. 5
  4. 12

0
To date, despite all the tyrannies, not one nation has been expelled, this is of course apart from the Republic of China (Taiwan), which was dumped unceremoniously in favour of the murderous People’s Republic of China in 1971.

Can you name this May Day movie based on these two screenshots

3. Can you name this May Day movie based on these two screenshots?

  1. The May Day Madness (1980)
  2. The Wicker Man (1773)
  3. Norma Rae (1979)
  4. North Country (2005)

The Wicker Man (1773)

Well, the screenshots are from the British horror film The Wicker Man, which is about a pagan May Day celebration. Check out Jonna Lappalainen’s selected photography from May Day marches around the world.

Which one of the following were the first to celebrate May Day

4. Which one of the following were the first to celebrate May Day?

  1. The Communists 
  2. The Persians
  3. The Romans
  4. The Greeks

The Romans
The Romans marked the occasion over two millennia ago with the Floralia, or Festival of Flora, a five-day ceremony to honor the Roman goddess of flowers.

Haagen Dazs is a well known ice cream brand but can you guess what the companys name actually means

5. As summer approaches, it is time to test the knowledge of some of you ice cream snobs out there. “Häagen Dazs” is a well-known ice cream brand, but can you guess what the company’s name actually means?

  1. It’s Sweedish for delicious ice cream
  2. It’s Danish for frozen delight
  3. It’s the founders mothers name
  4. It doesn’t mean anything

It doesn’t mean anything
The word is essentially meaningless. The founders, Reuben and Rose Mattus, wanted to choose a Danish sounding word as a tribute to Denmark’s exemplary treatment of its Jews during the II World War. Early packages of the ice cream even included an outline map of Denmark.

6. Where does the first ice cream originate from?

  1. Italy
  2. France
  3. China
  4. Egypt

China
An ice-cream-like food was first eaten in China in 618-97AD. Apparently, King Tang of Shang, had 94 ice men who helped to make a dish of buffalo milk, flour and camphor.

Which dinosaur has about 1000 teeth and can you guess whether they were plant eating or meat eating dinosaurs

7. Which dinosaur has about 1000 teeth and can you guess whether they were plant eating or meat eating dinosaurs?

  1. Argentinosaurus (plant-eater)
  2. Nigersaurus (plant-eater)
  3. Ornithomimus (meat-eater) 
  4. Oviraptor (egg-eater)

Nigersaurus (plant-eater)
Nigersaurus was a dinosaur with an extremely wide mouth lined with teeth especially adapted for browsing plants close to the ground. This animal was rooted in Niger and may have grown to 14 metres. Fun fact: option c, Ornithomimus, were actually toothless meat-eating dinosaurs. 

What does the word dinosaur mean

8. What does the word dinosaur mean?

  1. The word comes from Latin and means “black monster”
  2. The word comes from Greek and means “terrible lizard”
  3. The word is meaningless and Paleontologists agreed on the word in a 1993 convention.
  4. The origins of the word are unknown. 

The word comes from Greek and means “terrible lizard”
Sir Richard Owen came up with the word “dinosaur” in 1841. He needed a new word to describe the fossils of extinct reptiles that were being discovered. “Dinosaur” was created by combining the Greek words deinos, which means “terrible,” and sauros, which means “lizard.”

Could you approximately estimate where the border between England and Scotland is located in this map

9. Could you approximately estimate where the border between England and Scotland is located in this map?

  1. This
  2. This
  3. This
  4. Or This

Option 3
Britain is an island located on the west coast of Europe, but without Ireland, Scotland and Wales, what will remain of this small speck off the coast of Europe? 

Many Scotch are asking for a second referendum to leave the UK. Can you guess what the results of the first referendum were like

10. Many Scotch are asking for a, second, referendum to leave the UK. Can you guess what the results of the first referendum were like?

  1. 55% stay in and 45% leave the UK
  2. 67% stay in and 33% leave the UK
  3. 70% stay in and 30% leave the UK
  4. 83% stay in and 17% leave the UK

55% stay in and 45% leave the UK
In September 2014, Scottish voters were given the choice of staying in the UK or becoming an independent country. They backed staying the UK by 55% to 45%.

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