AsiaLIFE HCMC Quiz correction

If you found yourself unable to answer any of this month’s quiz, you weren’t alone. We accidentally published the previous month’s answers, our  bad. Here are the correct answers with some more useful ‘trivia’.


1. Which long-running animated series takes place in Springfield?
The correct answer was of course the Simpsons not Apollo 13, but Tom Hanks has been on the Simpsons a number of times.

2. The Rite of Spring is a ballet and orchestral concert work by which Russian composer?
It is Igor Stravinsky not Blur, though Damon Albarn did believe he was the reincarnation of Stravinsky, so it is a bit correct.

3. In which month will the spring equinox happen in New Zealand?
It is not the Buddhist New Year, but in fact September.

4. Which singer-songwriter records and tours with the E Street Band?
‘Hockey mask’ is what Bruce Springsteen’s second cousin Marvin called him, or so we were told.

5. What nationality is the former rugby international and politician, Dick Spring?
Irish not One Thing.


6. Tom Robinson is accused of raping a white woman in which novel and film?
If you don’t know it’s To Kill a Mockingbird, you should probably go back to high school.

7. What is found beneath the Arc of the Arc de Triomphe?
We called the French Consulate to check that Janet Leigh wasn’t buried next to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, they refused to comment, so we could be right.

8. The adjective gastric refers to which part of the body?
Stomach, you have to admit that Janis Joplin was pretty gastric at times though.

9. What was the second bond film to star Pierce Brosnan?
It was in fact Squash not Tomorrow Never Dies, it just wasn’t released due to the fact it was crap, though not much worse than the film they did put out.

10. Which 50-year-old Scientologist stars in the film Jack Reacher?
We would like to apologize to Jana Novotná for associating her with Tom Cruise.


11. Jackson is the capital of which US state?
Mississippi, not Ruby.

12. In the folk tale, what does Jack swap for the magic beans?
If I were Jack I would have kept the cow and gave the Alf Garnett. Cows are much more useful.

13. Who played Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction?
Samuel L Jackson’s stage name in his early days was in fact Sapphire (Saffy), writers at Absolutely Fabulous stole it so he stopped using it.

14. Who was born Chan Kong-sang in Hong Kong in 1954?
If I did end up in the Emerald City, it would be nice to have Jackie Chan to fight off the flying monkeys.

15. Which pioneer of the Beat generation wrote On the Road?
Jack Kerouac not Lou Diamond Phillips, though they both were well known for being suave.


16. Which famous Scotsman is also known as the Ploughman Poet or the Bard of Ayrshire?
Billy Joel drinks like a Scot, and in some people’s minds is as good a poet as Robert (Rabbie) Burns. Though those people are probably hitting the bottle too hard as well.

17. Who was recently appointed the manager of the Scottish national football team?
Gordon Strachan, but after recent performances ‘Firefox’ may not be a bad nickname.

18. Surgeon Robert Knox was associated with which pair of Edinburgh-based criminals?
Burke and Hare might have had an Italian mate called Firenze.

19. For what invention is Scottish engineer John Logie Baird best remembered?
For some people (read Americans) his invention of television is more important than earth, water, and air.

20. Who did H M Stanley “presume” he met on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in 1871?
Dr David Livingstone of course, but he did meet Sir Humphrey Davy later down in the pub.

Away with the Fairies!

21. Titania is the Queen of the Fairies in which Shakespearean play?
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Waterford was the unpublished prequel, really.

22. In which 1950 film does the Fairy Godmother sing “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”?
Cinderella is the right answer, Kevin Costner just hummed the tune in Waterworld.

23. Which late British singer featured on The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’?
Kirsty MacColl

24. Who wrote, “When the first baby laughed for the first time, his laugh broke into a million pieces, and they all went skipping about. That was the beginning of fairies”?
J M Barrie didn’t spend much time in Belgium, but there is a statue of Peter Pan, one of his creations, in Brussels.

25. Which writer, most noted for his detective stories, was fooled by photographs of the Cottingley fairies?
Arthur Conan Doyle not The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Cryptic Film Titles

26. The Fisher King

27. The Dark Knight

28. Bend it Like Beckham

29. Kingpin

30. Romancing the Stone