At avance, one of our core values is fun.   We recently had an in-house trivia night.  Here are some of the questions – do you know the answers?

1. Bubblegum was invented by an accountant – true or false?

2. The song “I will always love you” was popularized by Whitney Houston, but was written by which artist?

  • Tammy Wynette
  • Michael Houston
  • Kenny Rogers
  • Dolly Parton

3. What’s the shortcut for the paste function on most computers?

4. Australia and the World’s first feature film was about which bushranger?

5. What is the name of the street the Banks family live on in Mary Poppins?

6. Which famous criminal was ultimately brought down by accountants?

  • Al Capone
  • Ned Kelly
  • Butch Cassidy
  • James Earl Ray

7. Wombat’s poo is triangular – true or false?

8. What movie features the line by Humphrey Bogart “We’ll always have Paris”?

9. How many laps are run in a 10,000m track race?

10. What year did Dick Johnson’s assault on Bathurst end because of a rock?




1. True – bubblegum was invented by an accountant. Chewing gum has a history that spans as far back as the ancient Greeks who chewed the resin from mastic trees.  But it wasn’t until 1928 that Walter Diemer happened upon just the right gum recipe to make the very first bubblegum, a special type of chewing gum that allows the chewer to blow bubbles.  At the time, 23 year old Diemer was an accountant for Fleer Chewing Gum Company and he experimented with new gum recipes in his spare time.

2. Dolly Parton wrote “I will always love you”.  Although the lyrics sound like they are about the end of a romantic relationship, they are actually about the end of a professional one when she decided to leave Porter Wagoner’s show.  Dolly had a hit with the song twice – when she released it in 1974 and when she recorded it for the 1982 move Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

3. Ctrl + V is the shortcut for the paste function on most computers. Ctrl + C is used for the copy function.

4. Australia and the World’s first feature film was about Ned Kelly. The Story of the Kelly Gang was released in 1906.

5. The Banks family in Mary Poppins live on Cherry Tree Lane – number 17 to be precise. The author of Mary Poppins, P L Travers, was actually born in Maryborough in a building just around the corner from avance and there is a lot of Mary Poppins themed things to do and see in Maryborough including Mary Poppins traffic lights!

6. Al Capone was brought down by FBI accountants.  Although Chicago crime boss Al Capone was believed to be guilty of everything from bootlegging to murder, he was ultimately arrested and convicted of tax evasion.

7. False – wombats poo is actually cubed! Despite having round anuses like other mammals, wombats poop is cubed.  Apparently it is the varied elasticity of the wombat’s intestines that helps to sculpt the poop into cubes.

8. Humphrey Bogart playing Rick Blaine says “We’ll always have Paris” in the dramatic final scene of Casablanca. Casablanca was adapted for the screen from the stage play Everybody Comes to Rick’s and won best picture in 1942.

9. 25 laps are run in a 10,000m track race – each lap is 400m.

10. Dick Johnson’s assault on Bathurst ended because of a rock in 1980.