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What is the name of this dancing and music genre, original from Colombia?


Although this folklore genre is original from Colombia, it is now widely popular on many other countries on the South America, while there are many festivals dedicated to it.

When it comes to etymology, the term derives from the Bantu word “Kumbe“, which literally means “to dance”, which serves as a reminder for the African cultural heritage of many of the original communities from that continent brought as slaves to South America.

By European influence, modern Cumbia songs are now being played with new instruments such as guitar and bass, while these were not found on the original Cumbia, played by percussion, flute and vocals.

Ted Kaczynski (a.k.a. the Unabomber) was a subject of which CIA illegal experiment program?


This project, preceded by two other drug-related programs, Project Artichoke and Project Bluebird, was a human experimentation program undertaken by the Central Intelligence Agency with the goal of identifying tactics which could weaken subjects under interrogatory and force confessions, in the peak of the Cold War. To do so, the subjects were, for instance, administred high quantities of psychoactive drugs, isolated or subject of verbal and sexual abuses.

This program was conducted from 1953 to 1973. Ted Kaczynski, who attended Harvard from 1958 to 1962, was a subject of MKULTRA for 3 years, spending a total of 200 hours as part of this experiment, conducted by Harvard psychologist Henry Murray.


What is the name of the exhibition that admitted paintings rejected from the official Paris Salon, in 1863?

Salon des Refusés.

The Salon des Refusés (Salon of Rejects, in English) was an independent exhibition event in Paris comprising many authors and paintings which were refused from the official Paris Salon, sponsored by the Academy of Fine Arts and the French government. There were multiple reasons behind these rejections but the most common were related with new and alternative movements, namely many Impressionist artworks.

Further editions of Salon des Refusés were held in the following years to come (1874, 1875 and 1886) and the event considerably raised awareness for the Impressionist movement, by bringing to light many different artworks from, among others, Manet, Pissarro and Whistler.

On the side picture we can observe Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (1863) by Édouard Manet.

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What are the names of the two columns in the Solomon's Temple?

Boaz and Jachin.

These two pillars stood in front of the Solomon’s Temple, the first temple in Jerusalem, according to the Hebrew Bible. Built during he reign of Solomon over the United Kingdom of Israel in 957 BCE, this temple stood until its destruction in the Neo-Babylonian Empire around 587/586 BCE, when the king Nebuchadnezzar ll exiled all Jews from the Kingdom of Judah after annexing it.

Famous for their grandiosity, they are used as symbols in Freemasonry and there is a reference to these two columns in the Adam McKay’s movie “Don’t Look Up”.

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What is the only country in the world with 3 capitals?

South Africa.

It is the only country in the world with 3 capitals since its three government branches are split over different cities – Pretoria (executive capital), Cape Town (legislative capital) and Bloemfontein (judicial capital).

In which movie can you find this iconic quote?

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"Behind this mask, there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea... and ideas are bulletproof."

V for Vendetta (2006)
This movie directed by Lilly and Lana Wachowski presents the story of Evey (Natalie Portman), a freedom fighter living on a harsh and dystopian reality of censorship, tyranny and oppression.

What is the name of the current secretary-general of the United Nations?

António Guterres.
The Portuguese politician and diplomat served as prime minister of Portugal (1995-2002) and secretary-general of the Socialist Party.

From 2005 to 2015, Guterres was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and one year later would be elected as the successor of Ban Ki-moon.

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Who was the painter of School of Athens?


The School of Athens is a fresco painted between 1509 and 1511 by the Renaissance Italian painter and can be witnessed in the Apostolic Palace, in Vatican City.

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What is the name of the author of the Millenium Trilogy?

Stieg Larsson.

Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was a Swedish journalist better known for the crime trilogy comprised by the volumes “Men Who Hate Women” (2005), “The Girl Who Played with Fire” (2006), and “The Air Castle That Was Blown Up” (2007).

Due to a heart attack that took his life in 2004, the author, unfortunately, did not have the opportunity to realize the worldwide success upon the release of the Millenium Trilogy, which happened posthumously.

In the meantime, another three volumes that serve as a continuation for the plot of the Millenium Trilogy were already published by David Lagercrantz.


Which company became famous worldwide for producing this robot?

Boston Dynamics.
The company founded in 1992 is specialized in engineering and robotics resulting from a spin-off from MIT, and is currently owned by the Hyundai group.

The robots are produced for many different purposes and applications and among them we have “Cheetah”, a four legged robot capable of speeding up to 45 km/h and “BigDog”, a robot designed for being a companion for military purposes and capable of carrying up to 150 kg


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