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Old 29-09-2015, 09:49 PM   #61
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Alexander Fleming

In a similar vein, who discovered the smallpox vaccine (which was the world's first vaccine)? I thought the answer to this question was the answer to the above question but I was very wrong.



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Old 29-09-2015, 09:58 PM   #62
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What is arguably the first novel ever published? (there are two answers to this)
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Google informs me its la Morte D'Arthur by Thomas Malory in 1485 or Fon Quizonte in 1605 or potentially Robinson Crusoe in 1971 but it depends on the definition of a novel? I'm honestly slightly confused by Googles answers! :p and now I have 3 novels instead of two!

Who discovered penicillin?
I thought it was "One Thousand and one Nights" at a guess, Google gave me the "Gutenberg Bible" in 1455.

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In a similar vein, who discovered the smallpox vaccine (which was the world's first vaccine)? I thought the answer to this question was the answer to the above question but I was very wrong.
Edward Jenner? With the cows and the milkmaids?

Who played Vito Corleone in the 1972 film "The Godfather"?


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Old 29-09-2015, 10:21 PM   #63
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Google informs me its la Morte D'Arthur by Thomas Malory in 1485 or Fon Quizonte in 1605 or potentially Robinson Crusoe in 1971 but it depends on the definition of a novel? I'm honestly slightly confused by Googles answers! :p and now I have 3 novels instead of two!
I presume you meant 1719 for Crusoe!

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I thought it was "One Thousand and one Nights" at a guess, Google gave me the "Gutenberg Bible" in 1455.
The answer is either Morte D'Arthur or Robinson Crusoe. Depending on who you talk to.

Marlon Brando played Vito Corleone!

Ok.. So seen as I'm being a massive literature geek... What does novel actually mean?

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Old 30-09-2015, 11:20 PM   #64
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I assumed just like some writing about something that isn't real that is more than a few pages so I googled it and it said "a fictitious prose narrative of book length, typically representing character and action with some degree of realism".

Name the three countries in the world beginning with J.



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The original meaning of novel is actually New Story. When applied to books it's original meaning was 'a novelty, a piece of news'

Japan, Jamaica and Jordan. Technically Jersey can be included too if you wanted, but I presumed you meant countries that are 'independant' so to speak.

And Jenna you gave me the idea for the next question and I apologise for the book geekery (tis the side effect of a literature degree) I promise this is the last one on literature!

What exactly is the difference between a novella and a novel?


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My guess would've been that a novella is shorter. Google informs me that a novella is an 'Italian-styled fictional prose narrative writing. It can involve multiple sub-plots, twists and characters. However, it is basically written with a satirical, moral or educational nature and purpose. A novella is usually maintained within the words limit of 17,000 words to 40,000 words.'

Okay, what is the mitral valve and why does it have that name?



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One of the valves in the heart that stops blood from travelling between chambers? Ah yes between the left atrium and ventricle, and it's called the mitral valve because it's shaped like a mitre which I knew belonged to a bishop. I was confused about whether that was his hat or his stick and I then found out it was his hat!

Robert Louis Stephenson and the Duke of Wellington have been depicted on which denomination of bank note?



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I finally found it! It's £5.

What band does the ex-drummer of the band Nirvana now front? (I've made this deliberately complicated!)



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What was the original meaning of the word burlesque?

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The furthest back I can find is the Latin word "Burra" Meaning Nonsense , trifle and literally "Flock of wool" .
The French 16th century of the actual word Burlesque is "derisive imitation, grotesque parody"
Thank You Google :)

What part of the world are tomatoes originally from?



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Mexico?

How many species of animal have been officially declared extinct since 2000?

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Nope , go south.



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I can't get a specific place other than Central America.

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What part of the world are tomatoes originally from?
The Andes mountains?

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How many species of animal have been officially declared extinct since 2000?
10? Not including insects.

Why is a the weight measurement of a pound given the lb symbol?



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Google says it's from the Latin word libra which means balance but it was also a Roman unit of measure.

Today I learnt that goldfish don't have stomachs and elephants can't breathe through their mouths but I could make either of those into a question!

When did the euro first come into circulation? (it existed 'virtually' before this)



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My guess would be 2002 Google tells me it was the first of January 1999!

Who was the first person to complete the Grand National and what position did she come?



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I presume you meant to say female given the second half of your question? If so the answer is....

It was Charlotte Brew in 1977. She didn't finish. The horse refused to jump at the 26th fence.

The first female jockey to finish was Geraldine Rees in 1982 who finished in 8th (and apparently last) place.

Where is the Sea of Tranquility?

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^ I did! Good spot!

I genuinely did not know about Charlotte Brew so thank you, love this thread :)

The Sea of Tranquility is on the moon.

Tell me the story of Artemis and Actaeon.



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Actaeon is the hunter who was torn to pieces by his own dogs after having been turned into a stag by Artemis, whom he had seen naked.

What is the national bird of Britain?

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The European Robin : Erithacus rubecula

What is the worlds largest (By area) landlocked Country?



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