Posted by Sari
Up until about four or five years ago I thought I was pretty good with all sorts of general knowledge quizes. The net and Playstation versions of Millionaire are quite doable and the only person I have lost in boardless Trivial Pursuit (both the Whiskey and dry version) is Jukka. Then I discovered the infamous King William's College quiz. It is a general knowledge test given to the pupils of the King William's College on the Isle of Man. It used to be a real test, but now it is just given out as something fun to do on your Christmas holiday.
The questions are obscure to the point of impossibility and, but they are so enticing that you get a terrible urge to spend your days googling for the stories behind them. I mean would you not want to know "Which pioneer combined a surgical approach to Schizophrenia with Portuguese diplomacy?" or" in 1903, who was the sublime paralytic who died of Cholera?"
Apparently the average number of correct answers is 2. Out of 180. Next year this venerable practice celebrates its 100 birthday and is bound to be even more obscure than usual, so to start practicing early:
Here is this year's quiz and here are the answers.
There usually is a theme in each set of ten questions, and if you get the theme, it might make it easier to guess other answers. I made my record this time 26 correct answers. It helped there was one easyish group of questions. Go me :-)