Quiz: a week in 12 questions + Caption Competition

“Mmm. This is a terribly big world.” Send us your captions, please!

  1. Who said, “Torture the data and it will confess to anything”?
    1. Winston Churchill
    2. Oscar Wilde
    3. An economist called Ronald Coase
  2. The WHO predicts how many deaths from climate crisis in the year 2030?
    1. 25,000
    2. 250,000
    3. 25 million
  3. “Are you lazy, or just incompetent?” Whose favourite insult is this?
    1. Jeff Bezos
    2. Richard Branson
    3. Alan Sugar
  4. What are the “flying doctors” a year from now, imagined by one writer?
    1. Specially-trained pigeons
    2. NHS drones
    3. Emergency medics on motorbikes
  5. What is Area 51?
    1. Amazon’s biggest warehouse
    2. A mysterious crater on the Moon
    3. A top-secret US Airbase
  6. Who owned the Isle of Wight before it was sold to the King in 1293?
    1. The Pope
    2. Countess Isabella de Fortibus
    3. Argentina
  7. What proportion of British bees have vanished over the past 10 years?
    1. 75%
    2. 50%
    3. 30%
  8. Where does the brand-name Spandex come from?
    1. It is an anagram of “expands”
    2. It is Latin for “stretchy”
    3. It is randomly generated by a computer
  9. What are “straws in the wind”?
    1. Fake news
    2. Signs of things to come
    3. New ideas
  10. Who said VE Day was “very sad”?
    1. Jazz trumpeter Humphrey Lyttleton
    2. Israeli politician David Ben-Gurion
    3. Very Lynn
  11. What is totalitarianism?
    1. Economic austerity
    2. Government by using data
    3. Dictatorial government
  12. Where is Tom Cruise aiming to set his next action movie?
    1. In space
    2. On Mount Everest
    3. On the wreck of the Titanic

Caption competition

Last week’s winner

“That’s not what they mean by jog on, Prime Minister” Hull Collegiate School

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1c, 2b, 3a, 4b, 5c, 6b, 7c, 8a, 9b, 10b, 11c, 12a

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