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European Trivial Trivia!

Old Nov 17th, 2014, 08:10 AM
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European Trivial Trivia!

I thought this could be fun - a trivia thing about Europe.

First Trivial Questions:

1- Beauteax mouches, made famous in Paris, actually originated in this French city, being named after the section of town they cross a river from.

2 - Every early May - 6th I think - this French town hosts an elaborate Jeanne d'Arc Festival and Parade - marking Joan of Arc's seige of this town in her army's battle against the British.

3 - This seaside resort not far south of Barcelona is known as one of Europe's primo gay resorts.

TO BE CONTINUED

If anyone would like to post similar trivial questions about Europe do it!
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 08:23 AM
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I only know the second one... Orleans.
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 08:31 AM
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1. Bateaux Mouches - Lyon
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 08:35 AM
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I, unfortunately, could not answer any of the above. I'd like to play, though. Perhaps I'll learn something. (Now that was silly. Of course I'll learn something, as my ignorance of France is encyclopedic compared to most of you.)
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 08:37 AM
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1) Sepp Blatter; how does he get away with it?
2) Which ex-PM claims to be unaware that Luxembourg has been operating as a major tax haven for many years?
3) What is the "hood event" and why is it a problem?
4) Which company turned Santa Claus into a jolly red clothed man?
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 08:41 AM
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PalenQ's #3 is Sitges.
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 08:47 AM
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8. What French town names are palindromes?
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 09:00 AM
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Bilboburger 2 is Jean Claude Junker
4 is Coca Cola
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 09:10 AM
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In Barcelona, near the lower end of the La Rambla, is a statue of Columbus, in which direction is he pointing?
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 09:26 AM
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1) Sepp Blatter; how does he get away with it?

No one knows that.
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 09:30 AM
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8. What French towns are palindromes?
Quite many, like Sarras, Noyon, Eze, Callac, Cazac, or Laval.

But what makes Eze and Sarras special?
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 09:39 AM
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" in which direction is he pointing?" East
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 09:46 AM
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"4) Which company turned Santa Claus into a jolly red clothed man?"

Probably Frederick Warne & Co in 1906 New York, at least 25 years before the first Coca Cola ad used the character.

There are actually a number of earlier, jolly red-clad Father Christmases around English museums and in 19th century scrap-books. But you specified the first corporate use, and the American personality.
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 10:03 AM
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Yes Columbus is pointing in the direction of Libya.
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 10:24 AM
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bilbo has stumped me on all 4 - I would have said Macy's popularized Santa Claus in his red outfit - wrong, of course.

4-Rin Tin Tin lies in what European animal cemetery and where is it?

5-What part of the European Continent is closest geographically to North America?

6- where would you find a replica of the Statue of Liberty?
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 10:50 AM
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I would guess Iceland is the closest to North America?

Rin Tin Tin is buried near Napoléon Bone-apart.
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 11:01 AM
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IMD - Wrong on both counts - Napoleon has a stuffed dog sitting in the Invalides military museum - right city wrong place - a suburb on the Seine also made famous by Monet in a portrait of its train bridge.

1st Q was the cloest of the European Continental land - not including islands but the land mass from Vosges to Portugal, Norway, etc. No islands, no icebergs.
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 11:10 AM
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Rin Tin Tin gets good reviews on Yelp.
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 11:13 AM
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5. Cabo de Roca, Portugal. At least it's our westernmost point on the Continent (Norway does not count)
6. Paris, obviously.
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Old Nov 17th, 2014, 11:13 AM
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Ran Tin Tin hd a fortunate history - he was found as a lost dog by an American GI in WW1 and taken back to California with the GI - somehow hew got noticed and became famous in pictures. When he died the owner jhad his corpse sent back to France to rest in this rather famous Parisian suburb pet cemetery.
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