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Percy Mar 5th, 2015 07:24 PM

EuropeanQuiz # 70 ( Friday)
1. What does Thermos Flask, Penicillin, Pnuemonic Tire, Color Photography and Logarithms have in common.?

2. In Medieval England a tax was levied on members of villages. If you found a reason not to pay the tax , you then got off Scott free. Why Scott free.?

3. In Scotland in 1890 the first major Steele bridge in the world was built.
What was the name of the bridge.?

4. This hill outside of Edinburgh is actually a volcano. The area about the hill was hunting grounds for centuries.
Name the Hill.?

5. In the old Edinburgh Cemetery there is a Statue of Abraham Lincoln.
What is his statue doing here. ?

6. What do these Russian places have in common:
Oymyakon, Verkhoyansk and Yukutsk. ?

7. This huge Church/Basilica in Brussels commissioned in 1905, has a huge dome 300 feet high.
It was built for the growing population of 20th century Brussels.
The growth in this area never came to be,. The Church/Basilica was dedicated to those that died in WW I and WW II.
What Church/Basilica is this .?

8. This beautiful Park and Palace was built in 1880 but took 50 years to complete.
It has a central triumphal arch
A major roadway goes underneath the whole complex. It is a lovely site.
What is this Complex called.?

9. I am thinking of a lovely Fountain in Edinburgh that has mermaids and lion heads and shell basins.
This Fountain was shown at the 1862 London Exhibition.
A gunsmith bought the Fountains and brought it to Edinburgh.
What is the name of this beautiful Fountain., ?

10. To get to this quaint town in the Netherlands by riverboat you have to go along a naviduct and part of the 16 mile long road dike goes underneath the naviduct.
What town in the Netherlands am I referring to . ?

IMDonehere Mar 5th, 2015 07:37 PM

In Medieval England a tax was levied on members of villages. If you found a reason not to pay the tax , you then got off Scott free. Why Scott free.?

Because you didn't have to pay for your toilet paper.

What does Thermos Flask, Penicillin, Pnuemonic Tire, Color Photography and Logarithms have in common.?

They are all on sale at Wal-mart.

PalenQ Mar 6th, 2015 03:40 AM

1- All from France?

3- Firth of Forth cantilevered rail bridge?

4- Arthurs' Seat?

10- Stavenger?

Well all I could even guess at!


PalenQ Mar 6th, 2015 04:02 AM

Scoot free - being Scotch - I do wonder why we say that - will be interested in learning more - nice though-provoking questions!

tom_mn Mar 6th, 2015 05:33 AM

1. All invented by British men?

2. I have read this before but forgot and googled.

3. Forth rail bridge is from 1890 (I checked) but not so sure about the other claim, certainly a very large early cantilever style steel bridge. Overbuilt by several factors because of an earlier catastrophic bridge failure farther north at the firth of Tay, a similar water feature to the firth of Forth. What is a "firth" called outside of Scotland? A sound?

4. Pretty sure Athur's Seat is correct

7. Basillica of the Sacred Heart

Percy Mar 6th, 2015 06:08 AM

PalenQ: #1 is wrong !!
#3 is correct
#4 is correct

# 10 is not correct.

tom_mn: #1 is not correct
# 3 ..Yes correct
#4 Yes Arthur's Seat

#7 Yes the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Here it is. I was there last year.

Good work so far.!

Percy Mar 6th, 2015 06:13 AM

PalenQ isn't Stavenger in Norway? Or is there one in the

Netherlands.! Where is hetismij2 when we need her. :)

hetismij2 Mar 6th, 2015 06:34 AM

10. Enkhuizen and the Krabbersgat Naviduct I assume. The road being the Enkhuizen- Lelystad road along the Markermeer/Ijsselmeer dijk.

tom_mn Mar 6th, 2015 06:40 AM

1. They were all things invented by Scotsmen.

Unrelated comment: euro down to US $1.09 today, wow, what a difference from a year ago, it was about US $1.37.

Percy Mar 6th, 2015 06:40 AM

hetismij2: # 10 Yep you are right and here it is:

My riverboat went over the Aqueduct last year as I watched the cars go underneath the boat. !!

IMDonehere Mar 6th, 2015 06:41 AM

Logarithms actually go back to the Babylonians, so it will be curious as to the connection to the others.

Percy Mar 6th, 2015 06:42 AM

tom_mn # 1 Yes your are right. !

( I got to buy some euros, even though our dollar si low, I but a little every month or so ,it is less painful !!)

hetismij2 Mar 6th, 2015 06:54 AM

Percy, we go to Enkhuizen along that road occasionally if our son is docked there with his ship. Normally though we head up over the Afsluitdijk to him in Harlingen.
He was here today which is why I didn't respond sooner!

Percy Mar 6th, 2015 07:44 AM

hetismij2 :)

Percy Mar 6th, 2015 07:55 AM

Logarithns were invented by John Napier.

In Babylonian times dating to 2300 BC..there would have been no written numbers then.

I read the whole history of how Napier calculated and discovered Logarithms.

I majored in Mathematics in University.

bilboburgler Mar 6th, 2015 08:40 AM

Now I thought Napier invented "Napier's bones" (yes we used them at school for one class!). If he didn't who did?

hetismij2 Mar 6th, 2015 08:53 AM

Bilbo he invented them both.

flanneruk Mar 6th, 2015 10:01 AM

2. Scot in this context means a tax. If you were scot-free (it was something else in Old English) you weren't liable to pay it. Clerics and the like typically had this privilege.

Percy Mar 6th, 2015 10:09 AM are Right.!

Percy Mar 6th, 2015 10:11 AM

we need 5,6, 8 and 9.

you guys are doing great.

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