Even for the quiz, you couldn’t use a web browser in this library back then

What did we do before the internet came into existence? Photo: AI

Here are 10 new questions from the Quizmaster John James Maloney.


1 Which civilization built the great library of Alexandria?

2 What is the largest planet in our Solar System?

3 Which American band recorded the classic album, Pet Sounds?

4 Who wrote the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird?

5 What is the world’s largest hot desert?

6 Which boxer took the nickname the Greatest after defeating the reigning champion?

7 What was the name of the world’s first web browser – developed in 1990? Was it Mozilla; Google; or WorldWideWeb?

8 What popular Italian food is made up of alternating layers of sauce and sheets of flat pasta?

9 Which of these was held during Beef Week 2024: the world’s largest meat tray raffle or the world’s tiniest barbecue?

10 Music composer Richard Sherman, who died this week aged 95, won two Academy Awards with his co-writer and brother Robert for their music in what classic 1964 Disney film?

We asked AI to give us an image of the world’s tiniest barbecue and this is what was produced.


1 The Egyptians.

2 Jupiter.

3 The Beach Boys.

4 Harper Lee (it sold over 40 million copies).

5 The Sahara.

6 Cassius Clay. Later that year, he denounced his birth name as a “slave name” and formally changed it to Muhammad Ali.

7 WorldWideWeb, later renamed Nexus to avoid confusion with the web itself.

8 Lasagna.

9 World’s largest meat tray.

10 Mary Poppins. Among other Oscars, the movie won Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song (Chim Chim Cher-ee). Richard and Robert Sherman wrote more movie musical song scores than any other songwriting team ever.

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