10 questions from the program “What? Where? When?" to test erudition and ingenuity

– one –

In San Francisco, in front of the main entrance to one building, you can see a stone heart. This monument was erected as a warning to those who believe that the employees of this institution can be moved to pity. What kind of institution is this?

The Supremacy sculpture by author Masayuki Nagare was installed in front of the building that once served as the headquarters of the Bank of America. Later, the monument began to be called the “Heart of the Banker.”

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Once upon a time, on the streets of Ancient Greece, one could meet a man carrying a hand made of marble. Or a man carrying an eye of gold. And even a person who had some kind of internal organ made of silver with him. All of them were heading to the temple of Asclepius. Who were these people and what united them?

In ancient Greek mythology, Asclepius was considered the god of medicine. In those days, it was customary to bring as a gift to the deity that part of the body that a person had just cured.

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In 1948, the writer Lev Uspensky published an article about a loafer who existed in Tsarist Russia. Only in the novel by L. N. Tolstoy “War and Peace” the researcher found 115,000 such loafers. He found out that in 1894, when only this novel was published, a thousand cubic meters of wood were exhausted on the “parasite”. Who or what did the writer mean?

Lev Uspensky had in mind a letter that was written at the end of nouns and did not carry any semantic load. This is “o”.

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What do Finns mean when they say about a person: “His back is not washed”?

This is how Finns talk about bachelors. No wife means no one to rub your back.

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In the old days, women made their own linen and yarn. They did it all night long. Why did the craftswomen, before starting to spin, put a saucer with cranberries next to them?

In order for the linen thread to be strong, even and well twisted, needlewomen moistened it with saliva. And cranberries contributed to its increased excretion.

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The Roman emperor Licinius, who lacked another 16.6% of the amount of taxes collected annually for complete happiness, managed to increase revenues to the treasury from the citizens of Rome without raising the monthly tax. Licinius could increase the amount by 8.3%, but he wanted to increase it by 16.6%. What decree did he issue to get what he wanted?

When the emperor Licinius no longer had enough of those taxes that were collected every month, he issued a decree according to which the year was not 12 months, but 14.

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In the 5th century BC e. merchants from Armenia, going down the Euphrates River, brought Phoenician wine to Babylon. They made the skeleton of the ship from wicker rods, covered them with skins. Then they loaded the ship with vessels of wine, took a few donkeys on board and set off. Why did they need donkeys?

Merchants needed donkeys to return home. Everything else they will sell.

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Before using this device, especially careful owners put it in a bucket and boil it for two hours, periodically changing the water. Sometimes they add needles, thyme or wormwood to the water. Then, without touching with bare hands, put the device in a canvas bag and transfer it to where it will be used for its intended purpose. What is this about?

The described preparations beat off odors. It is so carefully customary to prepare a trap for a large predator for use.

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Once a king turned to his jester: “Explain why my income is decreasing and decreasing?” In response, the jester lined up all the courtiers, gave the last of them a certain object and asked, passing from hand to hand, to deliver it to the king. When the item finally fell into the hands of the ruler, he understood why his income was declining. What did the courtiers pass on?

The jester asked the courtiers to give the king a piece of ice. When the ice reached the addressee, there was almost nothing left of the piece. So the income melted in the hands of the courtiers on the way to the treasury.

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– ten –

They say that in some families in Malaysia, sometimes an interesting action takes place. As a rule, in the evening, the mistress of the house begins to list the names of all her relatives and the relatives of her husband up to the tenth or fifteenth generation. At what point does she stop this enumeration?

A Malaysian woman stops the transfer when the child falls asleep. This action has two functions: it lulls the child and helps him remember his family tree.

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The puzzles for this collection are taken from this archive.

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