Quiz: How Trivial are you?

Have a bit of fun with this quiz from the makers of Nothing Trivial, inspired by episode titles from the popular show's three series.


Season one

1 Who was the lady love of John Wayne Bobbitt?
2 What colour is a bichon frise?
3 Who performed the 1987 hit Time of My Life?
4 What is a petard?
5 Which street in LA is known as "Bad Boy Drive"?
6 What is the expression "seize the day" in Latin?
7 Who said "Risk, risk everything"?
8 Who had the hit single Don't look Back in Anger in 1996?
9 What is a pyrrhic victory?
10 Who said "A happy family is but an earlier heaven"?
11 Who said "I am extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end"?
12 "All the news that's fit to print" is the motto of which newspaper?
13 Who wrote the book The Art of War?

Season two

1 Leopards changing their spots is in which book of the Bible?
2 Who was mad, bad and dangerous to know?
3 How did the Emperor Tamarin get its name?
4 Who is the patron saint of motherhood?
5 Casanova was a famous lover. But which state did he spy for?
6 According to Shakespeare, who was the noblest Roman?
7 Who said: "The only thing I'm addicted to right now is winning"?
8 Suspicious Minds was first recorded in what year?
9 Sea horses mate for life: true or false?
10 Which philosopher said: "Have no friends not equal to yourself"?
11 Who had an epiphany on the road to Damascus?
12 The Final Countdown was a hit for which Swedish band?
13 Which animal has the largest penis-to-body-size ratio?

Season three

1 Will you, Brian, take Emma to be your wife?
2 Carrots improve your eyesight - true or false?
3 Who said: "As long as you know men are like children, you know everything"?
4 What do roughly 100 New Zealanders do every day?
5 Which Disney princess sings: "A dream is a wish your heart makes"?
6 "She can ruin your faith with her casual lies" is from which song?
7 What is hyperbole?
8 Which male animal pretends there's a lion around to keep the ladies interested?
9 In Maori mythology, who are the Sky Father and the Earth Mother?
10 What is the meaning of "primum non nocere"?
11 What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?
12 In Happy Days, the Fonz dated which set of sisters?
13 In Kramer vs Kramer, which actors played the divorcing couple?

Quiz Answers

Season one answers

1 Lorena Bobbitt nee Gallo. 2 Coat colours are solid white, apricot or grey. 3 Originally performed by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes. 4 A petard was a small bomb used to blow up gates and walls when breaching fortifications, of French origin and dating back to the 16th century. A typical petard was a conical or rectangular metal object containing 2 - 3 kg (5 or 6 pounds) of gunpowder, with a slow match as a fuse. 5 Mulholland Drive. 6 Carpe Diem. 7 Katherine Mansfield. 8 Oasis. 9 A victory with such a devastating cost that it is tantamount to defeat. Someone who wins a Pyrrhic victory has been victorious in some way; however, the heavy toll negates any sense of achievement or profit (another term for this would be "hollow victory"). 10 George Bernard Shaw. 11 Margaret Thatcher. 12 The New York Times. 13 Sun Tzu.

Season two answers

1 Jeremiah 13:23. 2 Lord Byron was once famously assessed as such by his lover Lady Caroline Lamb. 3 Its name, first as a joke, was derived from the monkey's striking resemblance to the German emperor Wilhelm II. Oddly enough, the scientific name of the monkey was also influenced by the monkey's emperor-like appearance. Their droopy white mustache contrasts with their dark coats, giving them a very unusual look. 4 St Gerard Majella. 5 Venice. 6 Brutus. 7 Charlie Sheen. 8 1969. 9 False - a common misconception about seahorses is that they mate for life. Many species of seahorses form pair bonds that last through at least the breeding season. Some species show a higher level of mate fidelity than others. However, many species readily switch mates when the opportunity arises. 10 A quote by Confucius. 11 St Paul/Saul. 12 Europe. 13 The barnacle.

Season three answers

1 Yes (was the eventual answer). 2 False. Eating carrots won't improve your vision, but carrots are packed with important vitamins and nutrients that can help protect vision. 3 Coco Chanel. 4 Leave for Australia. 5 Cinderella. 6 Always a Woman to Me. 7 The use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech. 8 The Topi Antelope. 9 Rangi and Papa (or Ranginui and Papatuanuku). 10 "First, do no harm." One of the principal precepts of bioethics that all healthcare students are taught in school. 11 The number 42 is, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, "The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything", calculated by an enormous supercomputer over a period of 7.5 million years. 12 The Lombardi twins, The Hooper triplets and the Polaskey twins would all be correct. 13 Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep.

- Herald on Sunday

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