Crazy World Leaders by LuskT

Champion(s):

BarthR
L’enfer, c’est les autres.


Runner(s)-Up:

Goldenboy
Fifteeeeeeeeen


Quiz Description

History is replete with emperors, dictators, and even elected officials who flew off the rails and exhibited an excessive level of demagoguery and/or batshit insanity. Answer the following questions about various world leaders who drove their country into the dustbin of history.

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Questions:

After paying Muhammad Ali and George Foreman $5 million each to hold the Rumble in the Jungle, Ali quipped about this man: "Some countries go to war to get their names out there, and wars cost a lot more than $10 million." He also forbade anyone else in his country from wearing leopard-print hats.

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(Joseph Desire) Mobutu (Sese Seko Nkuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga)

Staying in Africa, Equatorial Guinea ground to a halt under Francisco Macias Nguema, who banned the use of lubricants in a power plant and claimed that he could keep it running using his talents in what other profession? Needless to say, the capital city of Malabo eventually was engulfed in darkness.

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Witch doctor / shaman / sangoma (equivalent answers accepted)

He supposedly invented the hamburger, regularly finished rounds of golf with four or five holes-in-one, and is rumored to have had a $250,000 a year habit on brandy. When most modern people think of "crazy dictator," this man comes to mind. Honestly, I could write a whole quiz about his shenanigans.

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Kim Jong-Il

Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, in addition to claiming responsibility for the JFK assassination, also claimed to be an embodiment of what Voodoo spirit of death?

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Baron Samedi

"Turkmenbashi" Saparmurat Niyazov was infamous for placing a gold-plated statue of himself on top of the Neutrality Arch in what world capital?

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Ashgabat

Which Caribbean country featured a crazy-in-charge who required churches to display the phrase, "Dios en cielo, Trujillo en tierra?" He also won his first election with more votes than voters, because why not?

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Dominican Republic

In one of his more impressive dick moves, Muammar Gaddafi once purchased 6.4 million shares in which Serie A football franchise based in Turin, Italy?

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Juventus F.C.

Burma's Ne Win forced the country to switch from left-side to right-side driving, switched the currency based on advice from soothsayers, and supposedly bathed in the blood of what aquatic mammal?

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Dolphin

Which Geniul din Carpati was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, only to have that knighthood revoked the day before his execution by firing squad in 1989?

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Nicolae Ceausescu

Fill in the two words in the following phrase, identifying the author of the "re-education" plan that included it. "________ ___ is a genius, everything the (first word) says is true; one of the (first word)'s words will override the meaning of ten thousand of ours."

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Chairman Mao (Zedong)

Americans are not immune to leaders capable of questionable judgment. Which one-term U.S. President wanted to finance an expedition to the North Pole to prove the Hollow Earth Theory put forward by John Cleves Symmes, Jr.? It obviously fell through once he was booted from office, and we wouldn't see the North Pole for another 80 years.

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John Quincy Adams

Crazy leaders aren't just a new fad - to wit, Caligula and the whole "senator horse" thing. Christian VII, king of what country in the late 18th century, displayed a variety of unusual behaviors, including chronic masturbation?

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Denmark (also accepted: Norway) (edited at 10:43 am, February 8, 2016 (EST))