1. Which of these unusual activities did Barbra Streisand admit to in a March interview? Building a doomsday bunker Smuggling rare parrots Performing occult rituals Cloning her pet dog
2. Which place launched the new tourism slogan: “Honestly, it’s not for everyone.”
3. What is the name of the gigantic Australian steer that made headlines in November? Bumblebeef
4. Which CEO sent his company’s share price into a nosedive by smoking cannabis during a live web interview? Jeff Bezos
5. An uproar was caused in Paris by the official installation of what?
English-speaking tourist booths Sculpture of mating dogs Outdoor moving walkways Open-air public urinals
6. Who said, “[Kim Jong-un] speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”? Nicolás Maduro Donald Trump Vladimir Putin
Mohammed bin Salman
7. Which of these nominees won the 2018 Golden Raspberry for Worst Picture? The Emoji Movie
Fifty Shades Darker
8. What was unearthed in the Oreti River, near Lumsden? Mini submarine
Bust of Richard Seddon Steam locomotives
Mayan crystal skull 9. What event caused the postponement of Wellington’s Matariki fireworks display? Capybara escapes zoo
Damp fuses discovered
Meth lab explosion
Whale in harbour
10. 2018 saw the rise of plogging, an activity that combines jogging with what? Picking up litter
Puzzle solving Neighbourhood patrolling Pulling weeds
11. Which “unfamiliar” word in a history exam baffled thousands of Year 13 students? Vitriol
12. In December, a Dutch court ruled that a man could not legally declare himself what? Deceased
A sovereign state
13. What was offered for sale by Karl Marx’s birth city, Trier, to commemorate his 200th birthday?
Solid-gold money clip
Action figure set
Beard trimming kit
Zero euro banknote
14. Which pricey “deconstructed” dish served by an Australian cafe caused an internet kerfuffle?
Bunless burgers Mix-your-own salad Vegemite on toast
Sushi in a Mason jar
15. A viral video featuring a Scottish grandmother caused worldwide sales of which Kiwi book to skyrocket?
Slinky Malinki’s Cat Tales Mister Pip
The Wonky Donkey