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 Post subject: Trivia
PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:11 pm 
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I'm bit of a Trivia freak and whenever we cruise we take part in the quizzes. This cruise we won 4 times and that was the mem and I and a Chinese American couple Lan and Tony. They were from Seattle. Lovely people and they seemed to enjoy our company.
One of the questions that nobody managed to answer came as a complete surprise to me and has forced me to print out 34 pages of collective nouns. Yeah, yeah I'm a geek.
The question....What do you call a group of boys? You could have knocked me down with the proverbial feather.
It's a "Blush". Now probably my learned fellows on here knew that but I have just never heard it before. Gang would have done me.
The thing is that when you do the stupid things like print off collective nouns you open up a new world.
Badgers? A Cete (old English) Normally we would say Sette or Sett. Now that could start some arguments down the Dog and Bone on quiz night. God knows how the quiz master would sort out the name(s) for a group of bees. There are 12 choices.
One made me smile......A group of bankers........A Wunch. Seems proper.


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 Post subject: Re: Trivia
PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:44 pm 
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cromwell man wrote:
One made me smile......A group of bankers........A Wunch.

I'd not seen it until I joined this forum and saw the thread title. I took it on face value until the penny dropped some time later.
I'm not as sharp as I used to be. Or maybe I'm just too trusting of others.

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 Post subject: Re: Trivia
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 7:37 am 
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News just in: the world record for a paper plane made from a single A4 sheet is 53.22m.
It was held in Hangar 7 in Saltzberg.
Nice job, Veselin Ivanov. You make Bulgaria proud. And, yes, you were rightfully tearful at your success.

An Armenian achieved a record for 14.36s of flight.

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 Post subject: Re: Trivia
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 9:14 am 
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Grizzled Grizzler wrote:
News just in: the world record for a paper plane made from a single A4 sheet is 53.22m.

Your 'avin' a larf GG. How can anyone make a plane that size from a piece of paper 210 by 207 mm. It's just not possible.......er.......er......'ave I got it wrong again Dad?


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 Post subject: Re: Trivia
PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 1:17 am 
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cromwell man wrote:
....'ave I got it wrong again Dad?

Yes, three times.
A4 is 210 x 297. I've been given a folded paper crane using a Mintie wrapper in a Nara bus by a high school student, and the record is legit.
This might get you started:
http://challengers.guinnessworldrecords ... aft-flight
http://www.redbull.com/sg/en/stories/13 ... ew-heights

And I despise Red Bull's expensive promotions.

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