# South African (Off-Topic) Quiz

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Douglas Gleen?

Indeed! There are a few smiles to be had on http://www.springbokradio.com/ADS.html if you're old enough to get nostalgic...

You're it Tom (referring to the game ONLY of course...)

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Thanks for that trip down memory lane. Particularly enjoyed: "DECIMAL DAN" and had to laugh at the Mountain Dew ad!

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You're it Tom (referring to the game ONLY of course...)

Okay I'll take that!!

What is a Mobius Strip, and what happens if you cut it in its length?

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It is a continous loop with a twist - 2 things can happen if you cut it (dending where the cut is) - you either end with 2 interlocking loops - or a really big loop (depending if you cut in the middle - or 1/3 across.

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It is a continous loop with a twist - 2 things can happen if you cut it (dending where the cut is) - you either end with 2 interlocking loops - or a really big loop (depending if you cut in the middle - or 1/3 across.

Well done CH - MC Esher a Dutch graphic artist did a great drawing of one

over to you

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Escher - my favourite!

OK - what is significant about the Bir Tawil Triangle (apart from the fact that it is more trapezoidal - ) which lies on the Sudan/Egypt border?

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It is a continous loop with a twist - 2 things can happen if you cut it (dending where the cut is) - you either end with 2 interlocking loops - or a really big loop (depending if you cut in the middle - or 1/3 across.

The book "Godel, Escher, Bach - an eternal golden braid" by Douglas Hofstadter is a fascinating book that had me thinking back in varsity days, when one is predisposed to thinking. It explores recursiveness (turning on itself) in mathematics (Godel), art (Escher) and music (Bach). It is quite fascinating how themes can express themselves in such diverse disciplines. The parallels between art and music is well known. Escher's mobius strip is discussed in that book. My signature line also comes from there - which is a literary example of Esher's endless drawings and Bach's music which returns on itself in a similar way.

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Check this video out - a working example of Eschers waterfall

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That is so cool!! How the h???

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Optical illusion - do a google on how they made it - apparently done in 3 parts - similar to how the hobbits looked so small and the humans and elfs so big in Lord of the Rings - very clever camera angle tricks

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Escher - my favourite!

OK - what is significant about the Bir Tawil Triangle (apart from the fact that it is more trapezoidal - ) which lies on the Sudan/Egypt border?

Isn't it the only piece of land in the world that nobody wants?

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Yep - Sudan and Egypt have been fighting for a while - and NEITHER wants it - trying to palm it off to the other Now that makes a change.

BTW: Not the ONLY - but probably the biggest and most well known.

You're it

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In recent news broadcasts concerning what was happening in Bahrain referral was always made by the reporters to "Pearl Square" where the protestors were camped out in Bahrain. This was factually incorrect. Why?

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Pearl Square is not in Bahrain?

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Pearl Square is a circle

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Pearl Square is a circle

My apologies - I have not been able to get to the Forum for a while.

wazat - you are correct. It is in fact Pearl Roundabout and not Pearl Square as it was referred to.

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Ha just a guess...

Here is something interesting Newcastle where I am from is reported to have the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. What is it?

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the largest geocache container ?

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the biggest psycho cacher?

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I dont know why but two things come to mind from some previous research, the largest brick building and the largest wooden statue, which is of a horse outside the local casino.

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I dont know why but two things come to mind from some previous research, the largest brick building and the largest wooden statue, which is of a horse outside the local casino.

Isn't that Maritzburg?

I'll guess the largest coal mine dump?

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Yep that is Maritzburg.... nope none right yet.... ;-)

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Largest traffic circle?

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Largest traffic circle?

You have me wondering now.... I have no idea actually if there is one Traffic circle in Newcastle.... To my knowledge there are none.... And I have been on every single street in Newcastle.... mmm I really must think back now... But nope still not right.

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Largest traffic circle?

You have me wondering now.... I have no idea actually if there is one Traffic circle in Newcastle.... To my knowledge there are none.... And I have been on every single street in Newcastle.... mmm I really must think back now... But nope still not right.

Im trying to picture the map "book" of Newcastle - is it an A4 page with the map on one side and the index on the other?

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Largest traffic circle?

You have me wondering now.... I have no idea actually if there is one Traffic circle in Newcastle.... To my knowledge there are none.... And I have been on every single street in Newcastle.... mmm I really must think back now... But nope still not right.

Im trying to picture the map "book" of Newcastle - is it an A4 page with the map on one side and the index on the other?

Yep... something like that... although we have bigger ones.... probably more A5 size... but that is not the answer yet....

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KFC or Mc Donalds? - taking flyers here

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Nope note in that direction...

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Largest bacon factory? Or was that Estcourt?

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Estcourt has the bacon... but i doubt that it is the largest..... Bacon she not big in KZN... Remember we have a big Muslim community... and other religions too.... :-)

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What about the biggest hotdog or burger or pizza - I seem to recall some sort of record a while back?

Let's go for worsrol.

Biggest church?

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CH - Asked that one already, we have the world record for the longest kebab. Bouts, not quite right yet but heading in the right direction...

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Biggest church parish by surface area?

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Nope.... but getting into the right direction...

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Biggest ba'hai church building?

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biggest mosque or kramat?

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Getting close... think part of structure

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The minaret or dome?

tallest pulpit?

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The minaret or dome?

We will go with this... It is reputed that Newcastle Hindu Temple has the largest domed roof for a Hindu Temple in the Southern Hemisphere.... C&C you're it....

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Which well known South African has the legal first name of Otta?

HO Honiball?

Otta Graven?

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She is an extremely well known South African.

She lives in the Western Cape but is known country wide.

Liewe Heksie?

Natalie du Toit?

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A hippo? Or other animal?

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