The bumper 2011 Internaut quiz

by Fiona Rae / 30 December, 2011
Bigger, bolder, nerdier.
1 Who is Khaled Saeed?

2 “Tomorrow is Saturday/And Sunday comes afterward.” Who made this ­observation in song?

3 Which words did skateboarder Levi Hawken contrive, sparking a running joke (or “meme”, if you must) that was echoed as far as Kim Hill and Pita Sharples?

4 Which politician did the NZ Herald anoint as “minister of Twitter”? (Sample tweet, during a Rugby World Cup quarter-final: “Who’s the ref. Far out. Talk about it. #RWC2011 ya think ref. No hands tackle hands in the ruck bloody he’ll.”)





5 What are John and Bronagh Key attempting to silhouette in the original version of this affecting image (right), which the PM posted online during an overseas trip?

6 Which country offered to pay for 15 “influential” tweeters to visit as part of a campaign to assure potential tourists that it was safe again to visit?

7 Whose Wikipedia entry was updated on the evening of October 23 to describe him as having “slayed seven dragons” and being “solely responsible for preventing nuclear war in the north island of New Zealand”?

8 “Every nerd has a favourite TV show they watch religiously and know inside and out … Their love of the show is internet neo-sincerity at its best.” What equinophile internet phenomenon is Wired referring to?

9 Which New Zealand TV commercial has been viewed more than 1.5 million times on YouTube?

10 “Amanda Knox looked stunned this evening after she dramatically lost her prison appeal against her murder conviction … Prosecutors were delighted with the verdict and said that ‘justice has been done’.” Which newspaper’s website published these passages, overhastily and wrongly?







11 What two online running jokes are being mashed up in this collage (below) by Lyndon Hood of Scoop?











12 “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event),” tweeted @ReallyVirtual, aka Sohaib Athar, on May 1. It was the first of a series of tweets in which he unwittingly chronicled what?

13 Which famous 84-year-old addressed his followers on Twitter in June for the first time (on an iPad, what’s more)?

14 “@BarackObama has just passed. The President is dead.” Who tweeted in July?

15 Who tweeted, “Wellington: it’s pretty damned gorgeous” in August?





16 “Ouch.” Who – or what – tweeted that on October 2?

17 According to a calculation by the Atlantic, $1,516,666,667 of American wages have been wasted this year while employees are playing what?

18 What special skills can be found in China’s “Blue Army”, the existence of which Beijing confirmed this year?





19 Which New Zealand artist created images such as this (right), prompting US bloggers to claim they were “ripping off” British street artist Banksy?

20 Which digital means of com­munication were the London rioters reportedly using to organise their enterprises?

21 What was thought to be the reason for a drop in road accidents by 40% in Abu Dhabi for three days in October?

22 Who proposed that the decision on whether to release the entire unredacted cache of US diplomatic cables should be put to a Twitter-vote, which would “continue until there is a global consensus”, adding that “it is a moment to educate people of the world about knowledge, spin, and perceived, as opposed to actual, moral actions”?

23 A Facebook group was created in August calling for the appointment of a “NZ grassroots ambassador”, nominating someone thought to be “the perfect symbol for what New Zealand is about – welcoming and all embracing ­hospitality”. Who?

24 Fearing state surveillance, Libyan revolutionaries exchanged coded messages in March on Mawada.net. What kind of site is Mawada?

25 What, predicted Wecanknow.com, with a promise of “100% accuracy”, would begin in New Zealand at 6.00am on May 21?

Answers below this lovely picture. Happy New Year.




1. We are all Khaled Saeed. This is the name of the Facebook group set up in the name of the young Egyptian blogger thought to have been killed in police custody. The site was instrumental in building the Tahrir Square protest movement in January. 2. Rebecca Black, in the YouTube mega-hit Friday. 3. Nek Minnit. 4. Tau Henare. 5. The Taj Mahal. 6. Japan. 7. Stephen Donald, the fourth-choice All Black No 10, shortly after the Rugby World Cup final. 8. The “Bronies”, adult men who are obsessed with the TV show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, which animates the little plastic toys of 80s fame. 9. That anti-drink-driving “Ghost Chips/Legend” one. 10. The UK Daily Mail. 11. It’s the famous image of the Vancouver hockey riots embellished with evidence of John Key’s son “planking”. 12. The US raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden. 13. The Pope. He tweeted: “Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI.” 14. Fox News. Its account was hacked, obviously. 15. Stephen Fry. 16. Dan Carter’s groin. 17. Angry Birds. 18. Hacking. They are “cyber warriors”. 19. Otis Frizzell, for his stencilled work for NZ Police recruitment. 20. BlackBerry Messenger. 21. The BlackBerry network was broken, making instant-messaging impossible 22. WikiLeaks. 23. Happy Feet the emperor penguin. 24. A dating site. 25. The Rapture (the end of the world was to come five months later, on October 21. Most believe it did not).

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