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Spud McLaren
829417.  Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:53 pm Reply with quote

Q. What's the capital city of Israel?

No klaxon, but it depends who you are:

Currently, Israel's Basic Law refers to Jerusalem as the country's "undivided capital". The international community has rejected the annexation as illegal and treats East Jerusalem as Palestinian territory held by Israel under military occupation. The international community does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and the city hosts no foreign embassies.

Other snippets about Jerusalem here.

 
mckeonj
829460.  Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:13 am Reply with quote

How should one pronounce Jerusalem?
And all the other furrin places beginning with J?

 
Zebra57
829463.  Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:22 am Reply with quote

Jackanory would be a good theme and could include many themes

 
Efros
829496.  Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:16 am Reply with quote

Which element begins with J? Well if you're German or Swedish iodine, jod.

 
mckeonj
829497.  Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:25 am Reply with quote

!
is a contraction of the Greek IO, meaning Joy;
in the same way, ? is a contraction of the Latin Quaero, question.

 
Ian Dunn
829506.  Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:32 am Reply with quote

Jobs

A study from ONS Social Trends has shown that between 1978 and 2008, the number of manufacturing jobs in the UK has fallen by 18%. During the same period, finance and business service jobs have risen by 10.9%.

Source: Schott's Almanac 2011

 
soup
829530.  Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:14 am Reply with quote

Apropos nothing, what programme had the "jumping Jews of Jerusalem"?

 
Zebra57
829545.  Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:54 am Reply with quote

soup wrote:
Apropos nothing, what programme had the "jumping Jews of Jerusalem"?


Aren't they the entertainment at a Royal Feastday in an episode of Blackadder?

 
Ian Dunn
829546.  Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:55 am Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
soup wrote:
Apropos nothing, what programme had the "jumping Jews of Jerusalem"?


Aren't they the entertainment at a Royal Feastday in an episode of Blackadder?


It was St. Leonard's Day.

 
CB27
829549.  Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:59 am Reply with quote

Bazinga!

 
Efros
829587.  Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:48 am Reply with quote

I thought it was the Jumping Frenchmen of Maine.

 
suze
829589.  Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:59 am Reply with quote

mckeonj wrote:
How should one pronounce Jerusalem?


It's not the Hebrew name for the place, so we may as well pronounce it as though it were our own language. So in English, it begins with /dʒ/, in French it begins with /ʒ/, in Spanish it begins with /h/, and so on. As it happens, Germans and Poles begin the name with the same consonant as does Hebrew - and in Hebrew, it's called יְרוּשָׁלַיִם‎‎ Yerushalayim.

In Arabic, it's called something completely unrelated - القُدس al Quds, which means "the Holy".

 
bemahan
829602.  Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:36 am Reply with quote

The background of the Jolly Roger is QI and there must be something klaxonable about it. Plus scope for amusement.

There is a thread on Skull and Crossbones that casts some doubt on some of the contents of the Wiki entry.

 
Spud McLaren
829672.  Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:48 pm Reply with quote

Just had a thought -
Spud McLaren wrote:
Jam.
Spud McLaren wrote:
Jerusalem

- any questions on the WI?

 
Spud McLaren
829673.  Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:52 pm Reply with quote

By Jingo!, an expression which, through the immortal medium of song, gave birth to the term Jingoism.


Jaggers, Jaggers, and jaggery.


For those interested in comparing religions, there's Jainism - although both it and Buddhism (with which it has much in common) are argued by many adherents to be not religions.

 

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