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MQ: Birds

  1. 1. MetaQuizziks Meetings Topic: Birds
  2. 2. It was a notorious Soviet signal that could be heard on the shortwave radio bands worldwide between July 1976 and December 1989. It sounded like a sharp, repetitive tapping noise , at 10 Hz. The random frequency hops disrupted legitimate broadcast, amateur radio, and utility transmissions and resulted in thousands of complaints by many countries worldwide. The signal was long believed to be that of an over-the-horizon radar (OTH) system and this theory was publicly confirmed after the fall of the Soviet Union. Name it. 1
  3. 3. And the answer is ….
  4. 4. Russian Woodpecker
  5. 5. The Greek playwright Aeschylus was said to have been killed in 456 or 455 BC by a tortoise dropped by an bird who mistook his bald head for a stone. Which bird, referred to as ‘bone-breaker’ is considered the most likely candidate? 2
  6. 6. And the answer is ….
  7. 7. Bearded Vulture / Lammergeier
  8. 8. <ul><li>There are almost no wild penguins in the Northern Hemisphere, with the exception of one place. </li></ul><ul><li>Which place? </li></ul>3
  9. 9. And the answer is ….
  10. 10. <ul><li>The Galapagos penguins are primarily found on the Fernandina and Isabella islands in the Galapagos archipelago </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>It was instituted in 1943 to honour the work of animals in war. It is a large bronze medallion, bearing the words &quot;For Gallantry&quot; and &quot;We Also Serve&quot; within a laurel wreath, carried on ribbon of striped green, dark brown and pale blue. Traditionally, it is presented by the Lord Mayor of the City of London. It has become recognised as &quot;the animals' Victoria Cross&quot; . As of February 2008, it has been awarded 62 times. What? </li></ul>4
  12. 12. And the answer is ….
  13. 13. <ul><li>The Dickin Medal </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>It is an Anglo-Indian term, used as early as 1638 to distinguish Hindus in India from Muslims, the English term originating in Portuguese gentio . In the 20 th century the term came to be regarded as derogatory. </li></ul><ul><li>Id the term. </li></ul>5
  15. 15. And the answer is ….
  16. 16. <ul><li>Gentoo (penguin) </li></ul><ul><li>Also an Unix-like OS built on top of Linux </li></ul>
  17. 17. 6 X was a Chinese statesman and military leader of the late Qing Dynasty. His achievements prompted a cook from his home-town of Xiangyin County, Hunan to name a dish after him, and this dish has become the most popular item of generic “Chinese food” the world over. Identify.
  18. 18. And the answer is ….
  19. 19. General Tso’s Chicken
  20. 20. Author? 7
  21. 21. And the answer is ….
  22. 22. Robert Stroud, the Birdman of Alcatraz
  23. 23. In an early Star Trek: The Next Generation novel, Geordi is looking for someone in a bar and is told to talk to a Gorn bartender who knows everything. &quot;He knows everything, huh?&quot; states Geordi, skeptically and proceeds to ask him a question. The bartender, on hearing the question, asks for a clarification which convinces Geordi that the former does know everything. Whats the question? What is the clarification? 8
  24. 24. And the answer is ….
  25. 25. “ What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?” “ What do you mean? An African or a European swallow?”
  26. 26. Some cheap wordplay; reverse one to get the other. 9
  27. 27. And the answer is ….
  28. 28. Skua & auks
  29. 29. Identify. 10
  30. 30. And the answer is ….
  31. 31. Colonel-in-Chief Sir Nils Olav