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September 25, 2015
Faith and politics factor into a historic papal speech before the U.S. Congress. A deadly stampede takes place during the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Conservationists in South Africa receive paramilitary training to protect rhinos against poachers. And a rare, celestial coincidence yields both a "supermoon" and a "blood moon" on the same night.
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1. What nation was Pope Francis referring to recently when he said that the Catholic church was once an important part of its history, though its government has been atheist for decades?
2. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a disease associated with what part of the human body?
3. What kind of container is used as the international measure of crude oil, a commodity whose price has fluctuated dramatically in recent months?
4. What is the name of the transportation concept that Elon Musk introduced in 2013 and would move people through tubes at incredibly high speeds?
5. What nation, which supports the Syrian government, has built up its military in Syria and is reportedly flying drones there?
6. In what body of water is the U.S. Navy assisting in a salvage operation to recover the CSS Georgia?
7. Name the famous American speech that is just 10 sentences and 272 words long.
8. What famous, English-language song is no longer protected by copyright, potentially allowing any person or organization to sing it without paying a fee?
9. Day and night are of equal length when the sun crosses the equator. What is this occasion known as?
10. About how many Muslim pilgrims attend Hajj in Saudi Arabia each year?
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