I’m currently going through my 2017 press cuttings and trying to make sense of them, in the hope that as in (some) previous years I’ll be able to pull together a series of posts summarising some of the most newsworthy stories of the year. In case I don’t manage to get that done (after all, I haven’t done 2016’s yet), here’s a quiz pulled together from some of the more off-beat articles I came across.
A couple of the questions are pretty easy; others might take a bit of googling. Have fun.
The LKL quiz of the year 2017
1. Emmerdale is a British TV soap opera that has been airing since 1972. According to a British tabloid, a misunderstanding over a tape recording of an episode of Emmerdale gave rise to a major Korea-related incident in 2017. What was that newsworthy item?
2. What did it mean when the Radio Pyongyang announcer said “I will review math assignments” followed by a list of pages and numbers from an unknown book?
3. Picture Quiz: What happened next?
4. “Bloody Fresh”. Name the celebrity and product associated with this quote.
5. What international honour did Bucheon receive this year, an honour it shares with, among others, Edinburgh and Manchester?
6. Put the following pronouncement into context: “With this mascara, users will turn into raccoons after yawning.”
7. Where could you have read the following rather rambling message?
Hello, I’m feeling really good today, because a swallow has left things around me, and except for the fact that it’s getting in the way of my diet, I’m feeling really good today, just a little bit. You people […] should work and smile as well. But I really think we need capital punishment. And abortions. But I love everyone […] and the President. Cheers.
8. Pyongyang vowed to track down the reviewers of a certain book and ‘cut off their dirty windpipes’. Who wrote the offending book?
9. According to the head of the Institute of Mucheon Culture,
As the economy slows down, the fortune-telling houses also suffer a recession, but there is a tendency where the number of spiritual practitioners also increases. When households fall apart one after another due to economic difficulties many people get possessed by a spirit and become a shaman.
Approximately how many shamans and fortune-tellers are there said to be in South Korea?
10. What item of clothing had to be rationed when it was introduced into the shops in November?
11. Who was served Dokdo Shrimp for dinner, alongside a dish marinated in a soy sauce that was older than his country?
12. Which glitzy development that opened in 2017 featured artwork by the equally glitzy artist Damien Hirst?
And the bonus non-Korean question: according to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Daily, many young Chinese people are failing army fitness tests. One common symptom of poor fitness is unusually large veins in a particular part of the body. Which part of the body, and what is the reported cause?
Answers will be posted in the comments section on 31 January 2018.