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What was Scrooge's first name?
What is the word for the last car on a freight train?
What was Geri Halliwell's alter-ego as part of the Spice Girls?
If a birdie is one under par, what is two under par?
What medical symptom can be described as a yellowing of the skin?
On a ship, what is the opposite of the stern?
If someone is "Cornish", what English peninsula do they hail from?
What dangerous type of horse race involves jumping over various fences and ditches?
What Chinese dish is a major cause of the world's declining shark population?
What type of liquor is also known as "white lightning"?
What country does the band AC/DC come from?
What disease did Cujo have?
In what city is Coney Island located?
What stinky fruit is banned on the Singapore metro?
What aristocratic sport did England ban in 2004?
What mythological figure emerged from sea foam?
Who was born in Kentucky, grew up in Indiana, started his career in Illinois,
and died in Washington D.C?
What is the heaviest type of snake?
What are the first five prime numbers, in order?
What synthetic fiber is used in most bulletproof vests?
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How is 1 not a prime number? I was taught it is the first prime number...
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Nov 12, 2014
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I think the current definition of a prime number is that it must be a whole number greater than one, and have no positive divisors other than itself and one.
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Nov 12, 2014
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I was taught that one was not a prime number because a prime number has two factors exactly.
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Jan 26, 2017
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That tripped me up, too. I didn't know it had to be greater than one I just thought it was any number divisible only by 1 and itself.
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Dec 17, 2014
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I think they excluded 1 as a prime number, not because it's not applying to the rule (before they apparently added the greater than 1 bit), but because its presence screws up the applications of prime numbers in mathematical systems.
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Dec 17, 2014
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No, it's so they could make a slight change to math books and make everyone buy new editions.
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Dec 18, 2014
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I always thought 1 was a prime number too. Oh well. Still got it right.
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Dec 18, 2014
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1 is a universal number.
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Dec 18, 2014
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1 is the loneliest number.
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Dec 19, 2014
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3 is a magic number
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May 9, 2017
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Prime numbers cannot be divided, so cannot be whole number squares. But 1 is a square number. That's why it isn't a prime!

However, the real reason that 1 is no longer considered prime is because it's useful to think of prime numbers as the building blocks of all numbers (like atoms) and every number can be made by a unique combination of prime numbers. This is the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic. But if you allow 1 to be a prime number, to any combination of primes can be added any number of "x1"'s, which means there isn't a single way of making any number, but an infinity of them. Which is not useful. So 1 was removed from the list of primes. It allows the Fundamental Theorem to be a theorem, and not a theorem as long as you exclude 1. 1 is excluded by definition.
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Mar 29, 2015
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Prime numbers can be divided. Seven divided by seven is one.
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May 8, 2017
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1 is a unit, not a prime.
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Jun 6, 2016
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A prime number is a number with exactly two factors. One only has one factor.
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Sep 7, 2016
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A prime number has exactly two integer factors. Itself and 1. 1 is only divisible by 1 so cannot be considered prime.
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May 9, 2017
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I think you should accept prow as well as bow.
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Nov 13, 2014
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Prow is only part of the bow, specifically that above water. So you get half marks!
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Dec 17, 2014
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Yes, but it is the front part of the bow and so is the opposite of stern.
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May 8, 2017
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Can you add Fox Hunt as an answer for the English sport? I only put that and didn't think to put Fox Hunting because I thought if just saying fox hunt alone wasn't right then that wasn't it. Dumb on my part but I would like if that was added.
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Dec 17, 2014
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When I lived in England we referred to it as "foxing."
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Jan 26, 2017
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Really? Thought foxing was a kind a feint, or similar skulduggery / deception
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May 9, 2017
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People say that the pro-fox hunting list had more names on, but that's because everyone on that list had triple-barrel surnames
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Jan 26, 2017
Fox hunt and foxing will work now.
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Apr 18, 2017
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Except that brings up the old complaint that those of us who quickly type fox hunting now have ing as the beginning of the next answer. You can please some of the people all of the time, and you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time. (With apologies to Abraham Lincoln.)
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May 8, 2017
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Also, please remove the word "sport". It most certainly isn't that; suggest replacing with "Anachronistic barbaric pursuit for bloodthirsty toffs"
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May 9, 2017
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Or, as Oscar Wilde put it, 'the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.'
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May 10, 2017
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British peninsula, not English....... Kernow bys Vyken
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Dec 17, 2014
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It's still part of England.
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Dec 17, 2014
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It is still part of England, even if the Cornish insist it isn't.
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Dec 19, 2014
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As well as being British, not English, the peninsula is not "Cornwall" as Devon actually takes up more of the said peninsula than Cornwall does. It is usually referred to as the south western peninsula, or just the southwest.
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May 3, 2015
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It is most definitely English. I think it is also reasonable to say Cornwall is a peninsula, even if it is part of a bigger peninsula.
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May 7, 2015
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As a Brooklynite, I know I speak for the millions of us who bristle at the idea of Coney Island being in New York City. We in the outer boroughs DO NOT refer to our city as New York, but rather Brooklyn,, or Jamaica, or Kew Gardens, or the Bronx, etc. That being said, I did correctly answer the question. Sigh.
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Dec 17, 2014
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According to your idea, you're in favour of everybody in the world thinking New York City is Manhattan and Manhattan alone. But if I lived in Brooklyn, the Bronx or Queens, I would accept with pride the label of "resident of New York City". From a British life long devotee of NYC.
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Dec 17, 2014
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So you pay your city taxes to the City of Brooklyn? When there's a crime, you call the Brooklyn PD, when there's a fire you call the Kew Gardens FD? No. You live in the City of New York, but you live in the borough of Brooklyn and you have both a mayor and a borough president.
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Dec 17, 2014
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My family is originally from Brooklyn, and I grew up in Queens...I have no idea where you are getting your statement from. There is certainly pride in whichever borough you're from...but everyone I know in Queens or Brooklyn says they're from "the city." And most of them get annoyed, frankly, when outsiders think New York City is only Manhattan.
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May 8, 2017
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Can you accept Shark Fin?
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Dec 17, 2014
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Shark fin what though? It's specifically the dish Shark Fin soup which is in part due to the decline.
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Jan 26, 2017
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In England, White lightning is a type of Cider called white cider... I can guarantee that everyone who is English would instantly put that!
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Feb 23, 2016
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I'm english and I put moonshine, never heard of white cider.
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Apr 9, 2016
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I tried Cider as well, white lightening brings back good memories of being a student! :)
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Jan 26, 2017
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Haha Cider was my first guess! Then I got it wrong...
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Jan 26, 2017
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I put cider!
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May 8, 2017
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I went for cider too
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May 8, 2017
(69)
Could you also accept 'hooch' as an alternative / addition to moonshine?
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Apr 14, 2016
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No one's claiming AC/DC are from Scotland? Where's your spirit of pedantry?!
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Apr 21, 2016
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It was the first thing that popped into my head. Scott and both the Young brothers were born in Scotland, even if the band was formed in Australia. Maybe not the best of questions.
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May 9, 2017
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Cornwall is not a peninsula. The peninsula is known as the Lizard or the South West peninsula.
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Apr 30, 2016
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I beg to differ annabannana, Cornwall is a perfect example of a Peninsula i.e. Oxford Dictionary Definition: ........ "A piece of land almost surrounded by water or projecting out into a body of water.".......... sounds just like Cornwall to me.
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May 8, 2017
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btw there's a coney island in sydney too
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Sep 7, 2016
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annabannana is right Cornwall is a county, not a peninsula. The peninsula is know as The Lizard.
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Oct 28, 2016
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Both Cornwall and the Lizard are peninsulas. One is contained within the other.
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Dec 13, 2016
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I think it is easy to confuse white lightning with a brand of cider, but I guess that is all that it is, a brand.
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Dec 29, 2016
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You never see cabooses on trains nowadays, unless it's an excursion or historic line. In the US, now, the last car is like any other, except that it has a Flashing Rear End Device (FRED) or an End of Train (EOT) device.
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Jan 26, 2017
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Or another set of locomotives; "pushers."
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May 9, 2017
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I can't be the only one who put 'yellow fever' for 'medical symptom described as yellowing of the skin'!
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Jan 26, 2017
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Um, actually... yes you are...
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May 8, 2017
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And many other places in Singapore e.g. most hotels!
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May 8, 2017
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Oh, the durian smell. Yes!
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May 8, 2017
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It's amazing how big anacondas can get. Especially given that mine don't want none unless you've got buns, hon.
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May 8, 2017
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Think you are being a little controversial referring to "fox hunting" as a sport! The reason it is banned is because the majority of the country felt otherwise. Think the term is a "bloodsport" if you need to use the word sport.
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May 8, 2017
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Absolutely - might as well classify Guantanamo as a leisure centre
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May 9, 2017
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I am slighty upset that boa restrictor is not accepted for world's heaviest snake since the green anaconda is a sub-species of boa constrictor but I suppose that green anaconda is more precise.
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May 31, 2017
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