A Little More – Week of 6/3/24

Welcome to A Little More, which is our weekly look at some of our favorite questions from last week at Sporcle Events pub quiz shows. And because we love these questions so much, we give you a little more (get it?) info about them and include a related quiz for you to play at home. Check back next week for even more.


This Week’s Questions

  1. What now common 13-letter word was coined by Marie Curie in 1898 while she and her husband, Pierre, investigated work previously done by Henri Becquerel?
  2. What automaker produces the CX-5 crossover SUV, which has been its best-selling vehicle each year since 2014?
  3. Jabal Ṭāriq is the name in Arabic for what natural landmark on the Iberian Peninsula?
  4. The stock photography websites Pixabay and Pexels are both subsidiaries of what graphic design platform founded in 2013 and headquartered in Australia?
  5. What comic book villain, who first appeared in Batman #1 in 1940, has no superhuman abilities, but is an expert in chemical engineering?
  6. Henderson Lake, near the town of Newcomb in New York, is the source of what river, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean downstate?
  7. The films Raid on Entebbe, Mississippi Masala, and The Naked Gun all feature portrayals of what African world leader?

Answers and A Little More

Q: What now common 13-letter word was coined by Marie Curie in 1898 while she and her husband, Pierre, investigated work previously done by Henri Becquerel?
A: Radioactivity

A Little More – The Curies were working with uranium ore when they discovered the highly radioactive elements polonium and radium. Becquerel had previously discovered what became known as radioactivity, and the SI unit for radioactivity is called the becquerel. All three shared a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903.

Try this Quiz – Portrait of a Scientist: Marie Curie


Q: What automaker produces the CX-5 crossover SUV, which has been its best-selling vehicle each year since 2014?
A: Mazda

A Little More – Mazda’s name is derived from Ahura Mazda, the god of harmony, intelligence, and wisdom from an ancient Asian civilization. The name reflects the company’s desire to create harmony between man, machine, and the environment. The Mazda CX-5 was the first vehicle to fully incorporate Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology, a suite of design and engineering innovations that aim to improve fuel efficiency, safety, and performance without compromising driving enjoyment.

Try This Quiz – Click the Car Logos


Q: Jabal Ṭāriq is the name in Arabic for what natural landmark on the Iberian Peninsula?
A: Rock of Gibraltar

A Little More – The name means “Mountain of Tariq,” named for the commander who initiated the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula in the eighth century CE. Gibraltar was known as Mons Calpe, a name perhaps of Phoenician origin. Mons Calpe was considered by the ancient Greeks and Romans as one of the Pillars of Hercules.

Earn This Badge – Natural Landmarks of the World


Q: The stock photography websites Pixabay and Pexels are both subsidiaries of what graphic design platform founded in 2013 and headquartered in Australia?
A: Canva

A Little More Canva was co-founded by Melanie Perkins, who came up with the idea while teaching design programs to fellow university students. Frustrated by how complicated it was to learn traditional design software, she and her co-founders wanted to create a tool that was simple and accessible for everyone. When Canva first started, Melanie Perkins pitched the idea to over 100 investors and was rejected by almost all of them. Despite the numerous rejections, she persevered, and today Canva is valued at billions of dollars, proving that sometimes persistence pays off in a big way!

Try This Quiz – Software Catalogue


Q: What comic book villain, who first appeared in Batman #1 in 1940, has no superhuman abilities, but is an expert in chemical engineering?
A: Joker

A Little More – The Joker was initially planned to be killed off in his second appearance, but editorial intervention spared him, and he became an iconic villain. Introduced as a psychopath with a warped, sadistic sense of humor, the character became a mostly harmless, comical prankster in the late 1950s in response to regulation by the Comics Code Authority, before returning to his darker roots during the early 1970s.

Try This Quiz – Batman Villains by Picture


Q: Henderson Lake, near the town of Newcomb in New York, is the source of what river, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean downstate?
A: Hudson River

A Little More – Henderson Lake is located in the Adirondack mountains and is mainly cited by cartographers as the place where the Hudson River as named officially begins. Unofficially, the source of the river is traced up Indian Pass Brook and other watercourses to Lake Tear of the Clouds.

Try This Quiz – Find the Rivers (US)


Q: The films Raid on Entebbe, Mississippi Masala, and The Naked Gun all feature portrayals of what African world leader?
A: Idi Amin

A Little More Idi Amin was president of Uganda in the 1970s and is considered to be one of the most brutal dictators in modern history. Probably the most iconic movie about his tenure, The Last King of Scotland, is based on Giles Foden’s 1998 novel. Its plot depicts the dictatorship of Amin through the perspective of Nicholas Garrigan, a fictional Scottish doctor.

Try This Quiz – Faces on Time (1970s)


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