A guest post by Peter Freedman:
I love quizzes, but only if they are trivia ones. That doesn’t mean the question can’t be serious, so long as the atmosphere is fun!
Once when I was a budget adviser I ran a quiz night for Lower Hutt members of the NZ Budget Federation. Most there couldn’t answer some questions because they were rolling on the floor. No, they were laughing, you pillocks, not the other thing!
Someone once told me I knew more senseless, absolutely useless pieces of history than any man she had ever met.
The reason is that as a journalist you know a bit about everything while not knowing much about anything.
So here’s a chance to prove her wrong!
Of the following 10 statements only ONE is true. All the rest I have made up. Your task is simple. FIND THE ONE TRUE STATEMENT.
Anyone using the internet will automatically be disqualified.
I will answer any question, on any of the statements, which is an open-ended question. If you don’t understand what THAT means, look it up, then reconsider whether to take part at all, you are not up to it.
Q!: Henry VIII had six wives
Q2: The capital of Brazil is Rio de Janeiro
Q3: British Secret Service used chickens to pass secret messages between France and Germany during WW1
Q4: Napoleon’s Army never invaded Egypt
Q5: There has been only one Boer War in history
Q6: In his will Shakespeare left his best bed to his wife
Q7: Perth isn’t the most remote major city in the world
Q8: During the shooting of the film the Prince and the Showgirl Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier didn’t fall in love and have a secret affair
Q9: Before he committed suicide, Hitler appointed a Nazi as his successor
Q10: Genius can never be seen on television
As this is a contest there will be a mystery prize. This will go to the first contestant who produces the correct answer IF IM AM CONVINCED HE OR SHE DIDN’T USE THE INTERNET TO DO IT.
Ready, steady, go!
PS: To misquote Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes: When you have eliminated all the false statements the one remaining, however unlikely, is the true one.
PPS: This competition ends when I or David decides to end it. All our decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. David can enter if he likes but he won’t win anything even if he is successful. I was beginning to like the guy, but that was before our separation.
As I know the answer, I won’t be entering!Tags: Peter Freedman