Let's Get Quizzical: 2020 Roundup
This year has been a weird one (understatement of the century!) but how much can you remember about what went down from January to now? Put on your thinking caps and get quizzing. Answers below…
1. How many people signed up for Veganuary in January this year?
2. In February, Lewis Capaldi won Best Single at The Brit Awards for which song?
a) Someone You Loved
b) Before You Go
d) Hold Me While You Wait
3. March saw everyone get Tiger King crazy. But who is the Tiger King?
a) John Heaven
b) Bill Paradise
c) Joe Exotic
d) Sam Wonderland
4. It was announced in April that what sporting event would be cancelled for the first time since World War 2?
b) F1 British Grand Prix
c) FA Cup Final
d) The Grand National
5. In May, what terrifyingly named giant insects were reportedly spotted in the U.S.?
a) Scissor Bees
b) Death Worms
c) Dagger Ants
d) Murder Hornets
6. Which artist revealed their new Black Lives Matter art piece on Instagram in June?
a) Yayoi Kusama
b) Mika Rottenberg
d) Cindy Sherman
7. In July, NASA launched a mission which will reach its destination on which planet in 2021?
8. President Elect Joe Biden announced who his Vice President running mate was in August. Who did he pick?
a) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
b) Hillary Clinton
c) Kamala Harris
d) Michelle Obama
9. In September, Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds was heard to be in talks to buy which small English football team?
a) Luton Town
c) Salford City
10. A new 50p coin design went into circulation in October. What did the design say?
a) Diversity Built Britain
b) Britain Ever Strong
c) Together We Are Britain
d) Strength in Unison
11. Who won The Great British Bake Off in November?
12. The first COVID vaccine was rolled out this month in the UK. What was its name?
1. The answer is b) 400,000!
More people than ever before pledged to take part in Veganuary’s 2020 campaign, with a record-breaking 400,000 people from 192 countries signing-up to take part. The campaign estimated this represented the carbon dioxide equivalent of 450,000 flights and the lives of more than a million animals.
2. The answer is a) Someone You Loved!
Lewis picked up best song AND best new artist at the Brits. Someone You Loved spent seven weeks at number one in spring 2019, later topping the US charts and earning a Grammy nomination!
3. The answer is c) Joe Exotic!
How could anyone forget Joe Exotic, with his bleach blonde hair, goatee...and relentless feud with cat warrior Carole Baskin. Now the question is...whose side are you on?
4. The answer is a) Wimbledon!
Yes that’s right, because of coronavirus, Wimbledon had to be cancelled for the first time since WW2. Bad luck for the tennis players and viewers...but especially for all the strawberries and cream that wouldn’t get eaten…!
5. The answer is d) Murder Hornets!
Seriously! As if 2020 wasn’t bad enough, Murder Hornets were thrown into the mix! Also known as Asian Giant Hornets, they are among the world's largest species of wasps, with queens reaching over five centimetres long. And, as the name suggests...one sting can be deadly. Eeek!
6. The answer is c) Banksy!
Banksy may be elusive, but they are never one to shy away from making a point or statement. Banky’s BLM piece on Instagram was about standing up for justice and speaking out on important issues.
7. The answer is b) Mars!
The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover - a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet - was launched on 30 July, with hopes that it will land on Mars on 18 February 2021. Once there it’ll study Mars' habitability, seek signs of past microbial life, collect and cache samples, and prepare for future human missions.
8. The answer is c) Kamala Harris!
On 11 August, Joe Biden announced that he selected Kamala as his running mate, making her the first Black woman and the first Asian woman on a major party’s presidential ticket!
9. The answer is b) Wrexham!
It might seem strange that a Hollywood star would be interested in buying a small English club. But not to Ryan Reynolds, who said, "This is the third-oldest club on the planet and we don't see why it can't have a global appeal...we want Wrexham to be a global force." on his decision!
10. The answer is a) Diversity Built Britain!
Over two million of the new 50p coins went into circulation in October. They were designed by Dominique Evans and feature the words "Diversity built Britain" across a geodome, which she says represents connection and strength.
11. The answer is a) Peter!
Woohoo, well done Peter! His dessert tower knocked the other finalists out of the park and the Bake Off commemorative cake stand was his. A well deserved (and delicious looking) victory!
12. The answer is b) Pfizer!
What a way to end the year! The Pfizer vaccine was given to tens of thousands of people in the UK in December, many who “welcomed the jab with great excitement!” It’s been a long, strange year...but this vaccination could just show us that the end is in sight.