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In what year was the fall of the Berlin Wall?


The Berlin Wall was a 155 km long physical barrier built in 1961 with the purpose of separating the Eastern region of Berlin (part of the Eastern Bloc) from the Western part (controlled by USA, France and the UK).

It was built with the purpose of avoiding emigration as a way of escaping from the Soviet Regime influence and any attempt of jumping over the wall would be punished with a death penalty.

During the late 80’s, the reforms implemented by Mikhail Gorbachev (Glasnost and Perestroika) brought more openness to the whole sphere of the Soviet Union and resulted, among other important milestones, on tearing down of the Berlin Wall.

What band was comprised by George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne?

Traveling Wilburys.

This rock super group was formed in 1988 resulted in the recording of 2 albums. The first one, called Traveling Wilburys, Vol.1 was later awarded with a Grammy Prize Award.

The group reached high ranks in many charts from different countries but would eventually start to slow down after the death of Roy Orbison in 1988. 

Later, the group recorded their second album called Traveling Wilburys, Vol.3 (with a voluntary mismatch in the numbering).



What scale measures the pungency of chilli peppers?

Scoville Scale.

The units on this scale are named as Scoville Heat Units (SHU) and are used for the measurement of the pungency of chilli peppers and was named in 1912 after the name of his creator, Wilbur Scoville.

The Guinness World record currently belongs to Ed Currie and his “Carolina Reaper”, which achieved 1,641,183 SHU in 2017

Who was distinguished with the Pritzker Prize Award in 2022?

Francis Kéré.

Kéré became the first African architect to be distinguished with the Pritzker Prize Award, the highest prize an architect can receive.

The architect born in Gando, Burkina Faso frequently makes usage of low budget and sustainable materials without compromising the beauty of the final work, as can be observed in many works of his works in Western Africa.

On the right side, one can observe the Serpentine Pavilion in London, designed by Franis Kéré and completed in 2017.


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Which company currently holds Google?


Alphabet Inc. is a multinational holding company created in 2015, after a restructuring of Google.

The company is one of the most valuable in the world and also holds different brands from different sectors such as Intrinsic (Robotics), DeepMind (Artificial Intelligence), Verily (Human Health), Wing (Drone-based delivery), among others.

What is the name of this dog breed?

Saint Bernard.

This is a breed of famously large dogs from the Italian and Swiss Alps, named after a hospice in the region built by Bernard of Menthon in the XVII-Century.

Due to their strength and size (height up to 90 cm and 120 kg), these animals were originally used by the hospice on rescue missions that took place in the mountains.

This dog breed got particularly popular after the release of the “Beethoven” comedy movie series – Beethoven (1992)

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What does someone with Agoraphobia fear?

Environments/situations with no easy way to escape.

The term was firstly used by the German psychologist Carl Friedrich Otto Westphal in 1871 and was originated by the concatenation of the Greek words “Agora” (meaning Place of Assembly or market-place) and “Phobia” (referring to fear)

People who suffer from Agoraphobia are anxious about open spaces, shopping centers, public transit, or, in the most serious cases, even getting out of their own homes.


What is the name of this cocktail containing vodka and tomato juice, among other ingredients?

Bloody Mary.
This cocktail was, due to its color, named after Mary I of England (Mary Tudor), serving as a reference to all the blood spilled during the skirmishes against the Protestants when Mary tried to re-establish the Catholic Church in England.

According to the International Bartenders Association (IBA), the ingredients for this cocktail are 4.5 cl Vodka, 9 cl tomato juice, 1.5 cl lemon juice, 2-3 dashes of Warcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, salt and black pepper.


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On "How I Met Your Mother", what is the NFL team supported by Marshall ?

Minnesota Vikings.

This How I Met Your Mother fictional character born in Minnesota is, just like his father, a big fan of the state NFL team, the Minnesota Vikings.

As for the Vikings franchise, it was created in 1960 and is part of the NFC North division, being currently the holder of a peculiar record of most losses in the NFL playoffs (30 to the date).

On the "videotape format war", what was the opponent of "VHS"?


The videotape format war was a market competition in the 70’s/80’s between two different analogue video cassette solutions, opposing Betamax (by Sony) and VHS (by JVC).

The outcome of this “war” was determined by the  unitary production cost of each of these solutions.

Although Betamax could deliver a slightly better picture quality (not too significant from the end user perspective), its market price was significantly higher than the one for the VHS tape, ultimately making VHS to be preferred overtime and hence the winner of the videotape format war.


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