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April Fools' - American Edition

Every American should be able to guess the 100% factual answers to these questions.
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First submittedMarch 15, 2017
Last updatedJanuary 4, 2019
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What is the rainiest major city in the U.S.?
Seattle
What former NFL star was convicted of murder in 1995?
O.J. Simpson
What dim-witted U.S. politician claimed that she could see Russia from her house?
Sarah Palin
What food product did George Washington Carver invent?
Peanut Butter
What group of people wore all-black outfits, and had buckles on their hats?
The Pilgrims
Correctly spell the capital of Kentucky
Louisville
Who claimed that he invented the internet?
Al Gore
What now-illegal plant was used to make the paper on which the Constitution was printed?
Hemp
What did Abner Doubleday invent while living in Cooperstown, New York?
Baseball
What is, by far, the largest part of the U.S. budget?
Military
What children's television show featured a character that was purple,
had a triangle on its head, and was gay?
Teletubbies
What country owns the majority of the U.S. government's debt?
China
What invention did NASA scientists waste millions of dollar making, instead of just using
a freakin' pencil like the practical Russians?
Space Pen
What city had a great fire that was caused by Mrs. O'Leary's cow?
Chicago
What U.S. state was home to the Wright Brothers?
North Carolina
What communist dictator was once given a tryout with a Major League baseball team?
Fidel Castro
What figure from American history had wooden teeth?
George Washington
What number is the Los Angeles police code for marijuana use?
420
Which popular children's TV host was a former sniper, with numerous confirmed kills?
(Hint: he wore a sweater to cover up his tattoos)
Mr. Rogers
What U.S. government agency invented crack cocaine?
The CIA
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level 70
Mar 15, 2017
Since when did Louisville become the capital of Kentucky?? Isn't it Frankfort? Why yes, yes is!!!
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level 75
Mar 15, 2017
Please refer to the title of the quiz. None of these "answers" are factual.
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level 72
Sep 24, 2018
I thought most capital in Kentucky came from bourbon and horse betting.
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level 79
Mar 22, 2019
In the good old days it was bourbon and horses. These days it sadly seems to be meth.
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level 73
Mar 15, 2017
Congrats...you are the first in a long line of people who will be complaining about the answers in this quiz.
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level 82
Mar 15, 2017
I wish I had known what the capital was supposed to be :/
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level 66
Mar 15, 2017
It's a joke that old folks tell. They ask " What's the capital of Kentucky, 'Loo - EE - ville' or 'Loo - IS - ville'". The vast majority of people will say one of those two pronunciations of Louisville, then the old fart will say that the capital is Frankfurt and cackle for several minutes straight.
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level 72
Sep 24, 2018
I always thought it was cackly that JetPunk accepts the auto corrected German city name for the capital of Kentucky.
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level 77
Mar 16, 2017
I'm more concerned that you have no issue with the other 19 questions.
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level 71
Mar 22, 2017
How are you at level 65 if you actually thought the REST of these were true??
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level 57
Sep 17, 2019
Lol it’s April Fools, but that Frankfort one pissed me off too. It was clever trickery I suppose
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level 59
Mar 15, 2017
I spent the final 4 minutes trying to misspell Frankfort. I tried Frankfurt (the most-commonly believed answer for Kentucky's capital, where I live), Frenkfort, Frenkfurt, Frankfirt, etc etc. I've never heard anyone call Louisville Kentucky's capital.
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level 70
Mar 16, 2017
You need to get out of Kentucky . . . . seriously. Everyone else in Ammurica knows it's Louisville.
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level 59
Mar 16, 2017
I'm not in Kentucky! "where I live" was referring to a city around 10 hrs from Louisville :)
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level 72
Mar 23, 2017
I thought the April Fool answer would be Frankfurt - when that failed I tried K (think about it). Messes with your head trying to be cleverly wrong...
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level 52
Apr 1, 2017
I've never heard anyone claim that the capital is Louisville. That didn't even occur to me as an answer.
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level 72
Sep 24, 2018
Your comma is hanging you.
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level 35
Aug 2, 2019
I'm originally from KY and the state capital is Frankfort not Louisville. Who ever wrote this quiz does not know their state capitals.
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level 29
Mar 15, 2017
Let me help the confusion. The capital of Kentucky is Frankfort. However, the largest city is Louisville.
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level 62
Apr 1, 2017
I'm sure Jerry928 didn't need that clearing up. But thanks.
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level 67
Mar 16, 2017
Not sure how I feel about the fact that I got 100% on this...
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level 70
Mar 16, 2017
I guess I'm out of touch with police codes and why 420 is significant. Who would be making any mistakes about any police codes? Do people actually go around memorizing them if they are not actually police officers... or criminals?
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level 77
Mar 17, 2017
You must not be a pot smoker. People smoke weed at 4:20 and on 4/20! And 420 just means "marijuana", but no one knows the origin. Some people say that it's because it's the police code, but this is not true.
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level 72
Apr 3, 2017
Signs in dorm rooms often read. 4:19, got a minute?
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level 76
Apr 2, 2017
I couldn't get that one, either. I thought maybe it was something from the telephone letters, and tried 768 for pot, and 4444 for high. But I've never smoked pot (unless you count the drift from the girl across the hall from my dorm room who smoked all the time.)
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level 69
Mar 29, 2017
What's wrong with the Teletubbies question? Tinky Winky is purple, has a triangle on his head and is gay.... Gay? It's the gay thing isn't it?
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level 51
Apr 1, 2017
I guess so
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level 54
Apr 2, 2017
Isn't that show British, though? Is it only the Americans who think he's gay?
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level 77
Apr 4, 2017
I think it was national treasure Pat Robertson who started this theory. Or maybe Bill Donohue?
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level 72
Sep 24, 2018
Americans think [know] everything British [English] is gay.
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level 67
Oct 7, 2018
Yes, it's the gay thing. I admit I've never been a particularly avid viewer of the show, but I'm reasonably sure they never addressed any of the Teletubbies' sexualities.
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level 62
Apr 1, 2017
Hilarious quiz! Didn't get it for a while, then had to look up what April Fools was, as we don't have this tradition where I'm from in New Zealand. Well, we have something kind of similar, I guess, called June Jester, where people make fun of Australians and tell sheep jokes to each other during the day, but it's not as elaborate as this seems to be.
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level 62
Apr 1, 2017
YUSS! Kiwi humour... I love June Jester time here in NZ.
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level 71
Jul 4, 2017
Does Australia have June Jester too, and make fun of Kiwis and tell jokes about… well, sheep?
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level 72
Sep 24, 2018
Is that where that near perfect sounding parody of Australia's favorite band got Dirty Deeds Done With Sheep?
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level 75
Dec 9, 2018
I had no idea this was a thing. Fascinating info -- thanks for the link kiwirage.
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level 60
Apr 1, 2017
Only got seven. I guess that's an achievement considering how familiar I am with the United States :(
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level 49
Apr 1, 2017
I have read before that George Washington Carver didn't invent peanut butter and I got the question right but I remember when I was a little girl doing a book report on him and reading a book and it saying he invented it. I can remember clearly taking in a jar of peanut butter to elementary school for my presentation. This was in the 80s though so I guess some things were wrong like how they taught us Christopher Columbus was a great guy who discovered America. Totally forgot to tell us what a total POS he was... Great quiz, even though reading the comments usually is the best part.
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level 59
Apr 1, 2017
And for some reason, this quiz does not show up in the category "April Fools' Quizzes"
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level 45
Apr 1, 2017
You could have done without the lewd comment about Sarah Palin. It is your own opinion that you should have kept to yourself. And Louisville is NOT the capital of Kentucky...Frankfort is. Also, I believe President Washington didn't have wooden teeth. You should check your facts before you create another quiz.
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level 47
Apr 1, 2017
I'm always so conflicted on whether or not to take these comments seriously.
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level 66
Apr 1, 2017
Yep. Some people just don't understand April Fool's.
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level 77
Apr 4, 2017
Other people don't understand what the word "lewd" means.
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level 75
Dec 9, 2018
I'm keeping my opinion to myself. For practice.
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level 78
May 29, 2019
^This. This is why the comments here are better than on Youtube.
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level 71
Jul 4, 2017
Colorado officially disowns this guy.
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level 73
Oct 17, 2017
He might be Colombian though.
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level 72
Sep 24, 2018
He might be a co-dad with someone he can see in Russia from his house in Diomede.
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level 38
Mar 10, 2018
What was lewd about the comment. Truth is an absolute defense and she is a dimwit! - She wouldn't be able to see Russia from her kitchen window even if she cleaned it! And what about those interviews where she couldn't name one major newspaper or remember anything she'd read lately, or the leaders of Germany, France or Russia?
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level 57
Sep 17, 2019
Not only that, OJ was acquitted! Also, there may be cities with more rain than Seattle, you ought to investigate that.
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level 78
Apr 1, 2017
not being an American, i only got a few answers before giving up. But I must admit i had much more fun reading the comments!
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level 44
Apr 1, 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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level 49
Apr 1, 2017
Wow, I've actually come to recognize that address.
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level 60
Apr 1, 2017
Got a little thrown by the Wright Brothers question. I am from Kill Devil Hills North Carolina & can see the Wright Brothers Monument from my front porch (really)
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level 16
Apr 2, 2017
They're trying to make me think I'm crazy. I typed in Frankfort six different spellings knowing it to be the capital of Kentucky. Finally giving up, jetpunk reveals the answer to be Louisville. It isn't.
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level 62
Apr 2, 2017
I think if you read the title, you wouldn't have gone crazy
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level 71
Jul 4, 2017
I'm sure glad you caught that single wrong answer in this quiz.
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level 56
Apr 2, 2017
the capital of Kencucky is Frankfort
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level 62
Apr 2, 2017
The title of the quiz should help you understand ;)
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level 79
Apr 2, 2017
Kencucky sounds like something you name your pet chicken. Before that chicken gets slaughtered and is eaten at KFC.
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level 39
Apr 2, 2017
Kencucky isn't even a real place.
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level 72
Apr 3, 2017
You're thinking of Pennsyltucky.
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level 77
Apr 4, 2017
Or Massachippasippi
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level 66
Apr 3, 2017
Um...guys...the capital of Kentucky is LEXINGTON... At least when the Cats play. Or something.
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level 61
Apr 4, 2017
For the NASA question, ballpoint pen should be accepted.
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level 83
Feb 2, 2018
I disagree with ballpoints, because they need gravity to work well, but Pressurized Pen would be nice, took me a while to get to space pen
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level 30
May 21, 2017
I'm confused by the budget question. The largest part of the US budget is military so why is it in an april fools quiz
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level 73
Oct 17, 2017
Social security is much bigger
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level 72
Sep 24, 2018
Social Security runs outside everything else. It is a public retirement plan. Money comes in only from workers for retirement or disability from a job where they paid into the plan - nowhere else - and is paid back out to workers who have kicked in and nowhere else.
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level 78
May 29, 2019
From what I've seen of recent years data, defense is edged out by healthcare (medicare and medicaid together or just medicare on its own), so it would not be top even without social security
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level 78
May 29, 2019
Actually looking into it further, the discretionary portion is larger (at least it was in 2016) but proposed sums allocated to military spending accounts for more than 50% of this part, so combined with the specific budget, it would seem to be the largest part. What is still valid is the "by far" as the top spending categories are quite close, assuming you don't ignore social & healthcare.
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level 64
Jan 30, 2018
Sorry but there was something ridiculously arbitrary about "Correctly spell the capital of Kentucky"
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level 72
Sep 24, 2018
The military IS the largest part of the U.S. budget. People making claims about Social Security being larger ignore that it's a completely self-funded public retirement plan. Workers pay in, workers get it back, no money from anywhere else or to anywhere else. If too many people need to collect back from the money they've paid in, benefit amounts and contributions are adjusted. As for the BUDGET, yes the ridiculously expensive and wasteful military takes the biggest part of that, in step with the debt payments which have been incurred due to such catastrophic spending on blowing up other people's countries.
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level 77
Dec 16, 2018
That doesn't really make a lot of sense and isn't entirely true. If it were then there would be no talk of shifting money out of Medicare, etc. You could argue that the military is self-funded as it is paid for through taxes collected from citizens and corporations that benefit from existing in a world where a powerful US military protects them from threats and provides a stable world in which they can prosper.
It's true that the military is the biggest item on the list of "discretionary" spending, but social security and medicare both take up more money.
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level 77
Dec 16, 2018
If you want to talk about truly wasteful spending, though (and you mention this), it is projected that by 2028 the US is going to be spending more each year paying down interest on the debt than it does on its military, which is just obscene.
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level 72
Apr 1, 2019
Shifting money from Medicaid to Social Security is from Column A, section 2 to column A, section 1. Both are taken out of pay as set percentages of income. They used to just be under the Social Security deduction on a pay stub. The fact that they bother to differentiate now seems more of a quirk than anything. It's like listing a fuel tax for asphalt and one for highway paint at the pump.
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level 72
Apr 1, 2019
And the biggest reason for the debt is because of bloated military spending. If it hadn't been bloated to about ½ the pie for decades we wouldn't have go e in the hole to begin with. Add the military caused debt to dedicated military spending and research which primarily benefits the military and the true cost is much, much higher.
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level 72
Apr 1, 2019
It's not equivalent to saying it's paid by people benefitting from the military unless only workers at Raytheon, et all, stockholders and foreign fighting factions and big wigs are paying directly into a military fund I'm unaware of.
We would be served and protected with a much, much smaller military that didn't primarily line the pockets of money grabbers and fight wars for foreigners.
So yeah, the great bulk of what I am paying toward the military does not benefit me one iota, not even in a collective risk insurance sense.
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level 32
Apr 1, 2019
Quick! Delete the teletubby question, before JK Rowling gets any ideas!