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This dog challenges you to the Thursday quiz!
This dog challenges you to the Thursday quiz! Photograph: Zoonar GmbH/Alamy

This week we had a weights and measures quiz. And we had a quiz about the Queen. And now we ask you to quiz again, as it is time for our regular silly topical news and general knowledge quiz. There are no prizes, but there are bonus points available in the comments if you can spot hidden references to Doctor Who, so please let us know how you get on. Enjoy!

The Thursday quiz, No 58

FIBONACCI NUMBERS: First described in Indian mathematics, and forming a sequence where each number is the sum of the two preceding ones, F₁₅ is 610. But which of these events happened in the Byzantine Empire in 610AD?

Constantinus II dedicated the first church on the site of the Hagia Sophia – known then as the 'Megale Ekklesia'

Sultan Mehmed II entered the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople for the first time, poured a handful of earth on his head, and declared it to be a Mosque

Heraclius the Younger reached Constantinople, personally beheaded Emperor Phocas, and, taking his place, declared the official language of the empire to be Greek, not Latin The Byzantine Empire label is actually an invention of historians – nobody called it that at the time, it was simply a continuation of the Roman Empire and the people considered themselves to be Roman. It sounds a bit harsh on Phocas, but it turns out he himself had seized the throne in a revolt eight years earlier, and had his predecessor executed. It sounds like there was a lot of it going about, to be honest

Emperor Justinian I, on seeing how popular chariot races were with the public, declared the foundation of a European Super League™, but had to back down a few days later

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