# The All New Groundspeak Uk Pub Quiz!

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Assuming I am correct: Who is the only English professional footballer to have played in all 11 positions in the team in one season?

Indeed! I wouldn't do that if I were you Dave

DING!!!

Over to you...

Technically it's 2001 A Space Odyssey

Three questions from me: What's the name of the nearest star to the Earth, how far away from it are we in light years and how many lightdays are there in a lightyear*?

*It's not the same as the number of days there are in a year, for some reason.

One of our moderators should know the answer. Going to bed now so feel free to hijack th question!

It's proxima centauri, SP, can't remember the light years 3 point something?

4.22 light years- OK quite close!

Sorry Pieman, you're wrong. Good answer though

I think you'll find that the nearest star is in fact called The Sun.

By my calculations that makes it 0.000015855 light years (based on 93000000miles at 186000 mps)

No such unit as a light day I think but that would presumably be 365.23 (or something)

I would have also accepted Sol. Well done Team Maddie. And the other parts of my question?

was editing when you posted SP

So you were. On average the sun's 8minutes and 20seconds away at the s.o.l. so that's 0.0000157ish light years - close enough. There is such a thing as a light day though, and there are 365.25 of them in a light year, although the length of an 'actual' year can be measured a number of ways to give different figures. None of these ways give 365.25 as an answer though. Which is why 1904 was a leap year, but 1900 wasn't. Time for bed

Well since I'm going to bed now, I'll put it back to Piemans question about which I know absolutely nothing...

Assuming I am correct: Who is the only English professional footballer to have played in all 11 positions in the team in one season?

Back to you Pieman

i don't know i come out for a quiet drink to get away from all the talk of the build up to the world cup and what do i get asked?

I understand that Windswept recently found their 1000th cache.

Well done guys.

Just waiting for the football question to get answered ...... If that's the one we're on next?

MrsB

In my supreme football ignorance I am going to guess at this one...

Stanley Mathews???

(probably the only footballers name I can think of)

Perhaps this one is too difficult- it's Steve Palmer once of Watford and unusual in having a degree from Cambridge University. About 5/6 seasons ago he played in every position including the last few minutes of the final game of the season in goal.

By the way I got the SP question right when I read it again just now without the benefit of a few glasses of wine!

I suggest the next person to read this thread poses another question as I have to pop to the shops!

Edited by Pieman
By the way I got the SP question right when I read it again just now without the benefit of a few glasses of wine!

Ok, you have me confused. The nearest star is our own Sun. I can't see another way of interpreting it.

Martin

A famous line was drawn in the United States by two englishmen. But what task had they been given by the Royal Society immediately prior to this?

Edited by Critical Mass Inc.

Thats a tough one. Knew the line and the men, but had to look up what they did prior!!

Ditto MrsB

Did they write songs for Mark Knoppfler?

Their orders were to proceed to Bangkool In Sumatra to make Geodetic and Astronomical observations of the June 6 1761 Transit of Venus.

Their ship, HMS Seahorse, got all of a hundred miles SouthWest of the Dorset coast before they were severely duffed up by a boatload of cheese-eating surrendermonkeys. Having to return home to wash the smell of garlic out of their hair and fetch clean underwear, they missed the boat so to speak and didn't have time to sail all the way to the Far East. They tried to explain the problem to their client, who replied with a stinker of a letter which told them to apply the newfangled digital extraction method of Geodesy and not to be such a pair of nancyboys.

They sailed as far as Cape Town just to show a bit of willingness, but knew that they had no chance of making it to the Client stipulated jobsite. They put ashore there and set up and observed the Transit, very accurately adjusting and setting a conventional pendulum clock. They then sailed to St Helena to meet up with Maskelyn (Cue for booing, hissing and throwing of rotten fruit).

It turned out to be quite fortunate that they had made their observations where they did because it had been cloudy at St Helena during the Transit and so there otherwise would have been no Atlantic observations of the event.

They set up their clock at St Helena, without adjusting the pendulum length for the different latitude, to observe the effect of changing Latitude upon the period of the pendulum. It was all part of Neville the Bastard from Hell Maskelyn's plot to screw John Harrison out of his just reward for having invented the first practical nautical chronometer, a clock which for the first time in history gave mariners a practical way of measuring Longitude at sea.

Did they write songs for Mark Knoppfler?

LOL

Nope. I love that album but the lyrics might suggest that the two lads were sailing from the UK. In fact they travelled from somewhere else when they were on their way to do the survey for the line.

Martin

This would be Mason and Dickson (possible dodgy spelling) then?

Their orders were to proceed to Bangkool In Sumatra to make Geodetic and Astronomical observations of the June 6 1761 Transit of Venus.

Their ship, HMS Seahorse, got all of a hundred miles SouthWest of the Dorset coast before they were severely duffed up by a boatload of cheese-eating surrendermonkeys. Having to return home to wash the smell of garlic out of their hair and fetch clean underwear, they missed the boat so to speak and didn't have time to sail all the way to the Far East. They tried to explain the problem to their client, who replied with a stinker of a letter which told them to apply the newfangled digital extraction method of Geodesy and not to be such a pair of nancyboys.

They sailed as far as Cape Town just to show a bit of willingness, but knew that they had no chance of making it to the Client stipulated jobsite. They put ashore there and set up and observed the Transit, very accurately adjusting and setting a conventional pendulum clock. They then sailed to St Helena to meet up with Maskelyn (Cue for booing, hissing and throwing of rotten fruit).

It turned out to be quite fortunate that they had made their observations where they did because it had been cloudy at St Helena during the Transit and so there otherwise would have been no Atlantic observations of the event.

They set up their clock at St Helena, without adjusting the pendulum length for the different latitude, to observe the effect of changing Latitude upon the period of the pendulum. It was all part of Neville the Bastard from Hell Maskelyn's plot to screw John Harrison out of his just reward for having invented the first practical nautical chronometer, a clock which for the first time in history gave mariners a practical way of measuring Longitude at sea.

Couldn't have put it better myself ROFLMAO...

Basically viewing and measuring the Venus transit which many of us saw a couple of years ago.

Over to you for the next question

While we're waiting for SP...

Where is the Sea of Snakes?

While we're waiting for SP...

Where is the Sea of Snakes?

Q92: "I need a drink, alcoholic of course" = ?

Well, I googled it - not really a pub quiz type question is it!

A clue...

Actually, we're not waiting for SP. We're waiting for Forrester. Identification of the two gentlemen involved was not the question. It was their task that I was looking for and The Forester amply covered that in his reply.

oops!

Well in the Foresters absence perhaps somone might like to have a pop at mine or Bexybears question!

Yep... no probs... he answered mine and then disappeared.

Bexy Bears is well obscure and yours is equally baffling... Is it the name of a dish?

Go ahead and do the other two questions. I hadn't got one of my own lined up (but I have now!).

oops!

Well in the Foresters absence perhaps somone might like to have a pop at mine or Bexybears question!

I did try to slip this question in last night, but my (prior) answer was in m/s rather than mph...and tonight I onitted the first word, sorry...

Q92: "How I need a drink, alcoholic of course" = ?

Edited by BexyBear

Ahhh. while thinking about Bexy's Lynn said something...

Steak and Kidney pie... Is it perhaps in the kidneys ????

This threads all over the place!

Where is the Sea of Snakes?

(It is a real place...)

And that clue to Bexybears again!

Bollox.... of course 3.14159...

Kidneys... what a t..t lol

And yourse Golem... I won't answer because Lynn got it and again... I'm an idiot... I should have known that one... (((

Footsteps.

What a fool, I have just tried to answer a question that was on page one, and then just realised that theres more lol.

Now Im confused, whats the next question?

Yorkypudding.

Where is the Sea of Snakes?

Don't worry YorkyPud... It's what happens when we try to have a pub quiz without the necessary ingredient :laughing:

By the way I got the SP question right when I read it again just now without the benefit of a few glasses of wine!

Ok, you have me confused. The nearest star is our own Sun. I can't see another way of interpreting it.

Martin

I meant I realised it was the sun when I woke up this morning!

The next nearest one is Proxima Centuri at 4.22 lightyears though

Bexybear's question(?) sounds like a quote from Withnail and I to me. Probably isn't though.

The sea of snakes is on the moon I think. Hence the moon pie? So then there's a moonshine link from Bexybear?

What is Tinea Pedis?

All that walking Yesterday in hot damp trainers, is it the reason my pedis are so itchy now, or don't I count as an athelete?

The sea of snakes is on the moon I think. Hence the moon pie? So then there's a moonshine link from Bexybear?

Sorry this is all too sureal for me. SPs answer is correct (see No 19) but which question are we meant to be answering now?

Its the little wiggl;y one at around 2:30 close to the eastern terminator.

Edited by Jango & Boba Fett

OK, time for a new one.

Not really pub-type, but one with a navigational theme.

We all know that in most places there's a difference between True North and Magnetic North. There are, however, a lot of places (other than the obvious ones of the magnetic poles) where the Variation between True and Mag are zero.

Show the co-ords, in GC.com format, of a location within a few hundred miles of the UK which has a Variation of exactly zero this year.

Accurate within 10 miles will do, but extra points for better accuracy.

Hi,

If I got a question like that in a pub I think Id leave or have more to drink lol.

Yorkypudding.

Not really pub-type, but one with a navigational theme.

We all know that in most places there's a difference between True North and Magnetic North. There are, however, a lot of places (other than the obvious ones of the magnetic poles) where the Variation between True and Mag are zero.

Show the co-ords, in GC.com format, of a location within a few hundred miles of the UK which has a Variation of exactly zero this year.

Accurate within 10 miles will do, but extra points for better accuracy.

Hi,

If I got a question like that in a pub I think Id leave or have more to drink lol.

I have to agree there. Not really in the true spirit of the thread that one. Requires more resources than are readily available in your average pub

Martin