BBC Radio 1's Nesta McGregor on what we don't know about 21 Savage

What is a cosh, and the week’s other most-Googled questions,:

The truth is out there. All you need to do is Google it.

And that’s what plenty of you have done in the past week, if the most-searched questions on Google are any indication.

We decided to answer some of those questions posed by UK users – and they tell us plenty about what happened the news this week.

Where is 21 Savage from?

BBC Radio 1's Nesta McGregor on what we don't know about 21 Savage
BBC Radio 1’s Nesta McGregor on what we don’t know about 21 Savage

Why did this come up?

The US rapper, whose real name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested on Sunday and now American immigration officials could deport him.

What’s the answer?

We now know he is definitely from the UK -the big question is whether he should be allowed to stay in the US ,

US officials say he came to America from the UK in July 2005 aged 12 and failed to leave when his visa expired a year later. Reuters news agency obtained a birth certificate showing he was born in Newham, east London.

The rapper’s lawyer says he arrived in the US from the UK in 1999 and that his immigration status expired through no fault of his own.

What is a cosh?

Why did this come up?

In an interview with The Independent published this week, actor Liam Neeson said he once set out to kill an innocent black man after someone close to him was raped.

“I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by somebody,” said Neeson, who has gone on to face significant criticism and faced calls to apologise.

What’s the answer?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a cosh is “a stout stick, bludgeon or truncheon; a length of metal used as a life-preserver”.

Who won Super Bowl 2019?

New England Patriots linebacker Brandon King (36) lays in the confetti after Super Bowl LIII
The New England Patriots’ Brandon King lies in confetti after his side’s win

Why did this come up?

The Super Bowl, the biggest event in the American football calendar, took place on Sunday (or Monday, in many parts of the world).

What’s the answer?

The New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a tight, defensive game (the lowest-scoring Super Bowl yet, in fact).

In doing so, the team based just outside Boston equalled the Pittsburgh Steelers’ record of six Super Bowl wins, and their star player Tom Brady won his record sixth title.

Which HMV stores are closing?

Why did this come up?

This week the British record store chain was rescued from collapse for the second time in under 10 years, although 27 shops (including affiliates) will close.

What’s the answer?

Here goes….

Ayr; Bath; Bluewater; Bristol, Cribbs; Chichester; Exeter, Princesshay; Fopp, Bristol; Fopp, Glasgow Byres; Fopp, Manchester; Fopp, Oxford; Glasgow, Braehead; Guernsey; Hereford; Manchester, Trafford; Merry Hill; London Oxford Street; Peterborough, Queensgate; Plymouth, Drake Circus; Reading; Sheffield, Meadowhall; Southport; Thurrock; Tunbridge Wells; Uxbridge; Watford; Westfield; Wimbledon.

The flamingo is the national bird of which country?

American flamingo

Why did this come up?

Most likely it is prompted by the news that the pink flamingo is on the list of emojis officially released for 2019.

What’s the answer?

The Bahamas. Its national bird is the American Flamingo ( Phoenicopterus ruber ), which is common across the island nation and Cuba in particular.

Some American Flamingo facts: they’re surprisingly good swimmers, and mating females lay only one egg a year.

Why do Ireland have two anthems?

Why did this come up?

The clue here is in the word “do” instead of “does” – it refers to the Irish rugby team, who lost at home to England in their first match of the 2019 Six Nations tournament.

Two anthems were played before the match.

What’s the answer?

Before all the Irish rugby team’s matches, the song Ireland’s Call is played.

At home games in Dublin, Amhrán na bhFiann (A Soldier’s Song) – the national anthem of the Republic of Ireland – is also sung.

Ireland’s Call was commissioned by the Irish Rugby Football Union for the 1995 World Cup because many of the IRFU’s members are from Northern Ireland and regarded the use of A Soldier’s Song as inappropriate, as it is the national anthem of the Republic of Ireland.

Hockey Ireland and the Irish Cricket Union have also adopted Ireland’s Call – both are also all-Ireland teams.

Why is Chinese New Year important?

A family pose for a photo in front of a light display in Chinatown on the eve of the Lunar New Year of the Pig

Why did this come up?

This week saw the start of the lunar new year, also known as Chinese New Year. It’s the Year of the Pig!

What’s the answer?

It’s the biggest annual celebration for a sixth of the world’s population, and a time for families to come together. Wherever there is a Chinese community around the world, it is marked.

Where is the Truckers’ Oasis?

Why did this come up?

This is all about the wildly popular online game Fortnite. In the latest round of challenges in the game, users are told to visit “a truckers’ oasis”.

What’s the answer?

If you’re playing Fortnite, you’ve probably already figured this out, but the Truck ‘N’ Oasis is in the bottom left-hand corner of the map.

And if you’re not playing Fortnite, and have no idea what we’re talking about, then this is a good place to start

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