Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Trivia Quiz

I was recently invited to join some friends at a local quiz evening and very much enjoyed myself. I have a good memory for facts and figures, which is very useful for remembering all sorts of trivia.

Here's a short quiz of my own for blog readers to try:

1. What is a baby goldfish called?
2. 'Dans Le Temps' was the French version of which famous 60s hit song?
3. An iatrophobe is frightened of going where?
4. What was President Harry S Truman's middle name?
5. Which common vegetable is a member of the nightshade family?
6. There are 5 words in English that start dw- name them.
7. What is the name of the oldest continuously occupied city in the US?
8. Which religion's governing members are known as 'hands'?
9. What is the collective noun for collective nouns?
10. In which sport do you throw stones at houses?


B J Damerell said...

Hi Daniel.
Very interesting questions.
I know the answers to Numbers 4 and 10 ... but I won't put them down here, I'll give others a chance to 'have a go'.
However ... I think you can call a baby goldfish anything you like because it won't remember anyway! LOL.

apoetgirl said...

very interesting Daivd
its kind of like
playing movie travia
or book travia with friends
have you ever looked at the letters of words into other words
but that is proably is too easy for you ha
but i like to amuse my self like that when i can sleep
have any suggestion when one cant not sleep?

apoetgirl said...

hey daniel you but i think i have retired my music teacher as my hero
i think i have found a new one in you but maybe i should still
keep my music teacher
i think i can share ha

Anonymous said...

Hello, Daniel,
I'm sorry this is off-topic, but I have a question for you. I know you like the number Pi, but do you also like Phi, the "Golden Ratio" -- 1.61803398874989484820 ? Phi is an "irrational" number like Pi, and it is supposed to be a number of beauty. This is a bit of trivia that I would like to know.

Pauline said...

Hi Daniel
We are 2 French people and we did not find the answers, not even the French question.
But we are proud to know already 2 dw- words : dwarf and dwell, wich are probably very easy for everyone, so we won't reveal anything too secret with our comment ;)

We tell you one famous (at least in France) quiz joke. I don't know where it comes from and if you know it :
1- How do you put an elephant in the fridge ?
2- How do you put a girafe in the fridge ?
3- The lion king summons every animal to a meeting. But one is missing. Why ?
4- There is a cherry tree in the other side of an alligators invested river. How do you get to the cherries ?

We hope you enjoyed them as well, they are of a bit different style from your trivias, however...

Anonymous said...


1. Open the fridge door and let the elephant in. Close the fridge door.
2. Open the fridge door and take the elephant out of the fridge and put the giraffe in. Close the fridge door.
3. The giraffe, because he is inside the fridge.
4. The alligators are actually at the animal meeting. You can safely cross the river to get to the cherries.

jessica said...

i have no idea about any of these questions (and wikipedia is cheating)


Anonymous said...

ah but research has shown that goldfish do have a memory longer than the said 3 seconds.

Daniel Tammet said...

Here are the answers for anyone interested:

1. A twit
2. Downtown
3. Going to the doctor
4. S
5. Aubergine/eggplant
6. Dwarf, dwell, dwindle, dwale (deadly nightshade) and dweeb
7. St. Augustine in Florida
8. Bahaism ('hands of the cause')
9. A peculiar
10. Curling

Anonymous said...

Seems a Twit is also a pregnant goldfish...

Anonymous said...

Hey you missed dwang! http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dwang

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed seeing you on Good Morning America this morning. I checked out your blog. Interesting! However, may I suggest that the answer to Q7 is perhaps really Acoma (Sun City), New Mexico, which had been continuously inhabited for hundreds of years before the Spanish got there. I teach sport history and often ask this question to hint at Eurocentric thinking. No one has got it right in class yet!

Anonymous said...

Must take issue with daniel's numbers 5 and 7 as definitive (although no one said they were)

Aubergine is certainly a "common vegetable" that is "a member of the nightshade family", but assuming you consider tomatoes, potatoes, green peppers and chili peppers as common vegetables, you'd have to accept them all as answers as well.

As for #7, I must insist that at the very least the answer must be a tie between St Augustine, FL and Santa Fe, New Mexico. I recently wrote a rather uppity article on the subject, and personally come down on the side of Santa Fe. Since, however, Santa Fe's claim to precedence, while venerable, has only recently been solidified by the unearthing of various contemporary documents, and since, too, the largest period of time between the two cities' claims is something on the order of six months, I think a tie is a decorous solution.

Hi mom!

Anonymous said...

Hi Daniel,
I am a dunce when it comes to recalling numbers but
when I was in elementary school I "discovered" the repeating sectet of number 9 and wanted to shout it out. I tried to tell adults but they thought I was wierd. Since then I always add numbers to see what compound number they make. In my teens I read a book about Chaldean numerology and often judged people's personalities by their numbers. My birthdate compound number is 7.

quikbikes4me said...

I just saw your 60 Minutes show and you are amazing. Thank you for trying to help the world understand the mind and autism. I have been a fan of the way a mind works and how people react to different stimuli for most of my life. I am always amused at how most people react to people with high brain function. Again, thank you for sharing your amazing gift. Take care, Cal Broussard, Louisiana, USA.

Anonymous said...

Hey, what about Dwight and Dwayne? Just wondwering ....

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't dwelling be considered a word that begins with "DW"? Yeah, I know that it is the gerund form of "dwell", but it much more commonly used. Just wondering.

Oh, yeah...have you thought about learning Romanian. It is a fascinating language. I learned it and love it.

Anonymous said...

I saw your interview on GMA and bought the book the same day. REad it the next day, loaned it to my co worker. The book is wonderful. We think your family is awesome. Your parents are remarkable. Thank you for sharing your mind with the world.

Anonymous said...

Two of your quiz questions have a common deadly nightshade theme, which has a very interesting history with regards to middle age witchcraft, "living dreams", and oddly enough the german beer purity law of 1516.

Anonymous said...

Daniel, am wondering where you found the "twit" definition. Please refer to the following:


Kim said...

How about dwaddle?

Anonymous said...

Hi Daniel.
Very interesting questions!
but I don't like maths and
I'm Chinese....and my English Proficiency is bad....
By the way:"You is a talent!!"

----- By Cherry

badroulbadour said...

Potato (kartoffel, potatis, patata) is the vegetable most commonly associated with deadly nightshade - the same thing goes for the tobacco plant ...

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

#4: I think it is the same as US Grant's and George S. Patton's. That's weird, eh?

Unknown said...

Hi Daniel,
I just saw your 60 minutes and i was very touched and teary eyed while watching you. I have an 11 year old son who has autism and he's quite good in math too although much more interested in music. His music teacher said that he has what they call a perfect pitch. He can play a song on the piano right after listening to it. I just thought of sharing these with you because even though its really hard for me to understand him sometimes, I feel so proud of him. And after watching you, I feel all the more encouraged and inspired to help him develop his gift. Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

I loved reading Born on a Blue Day. I've done a lot of reading, but it's now my favorite book. Very helpful.