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Best of Mal's General Knowledge #1

Can you answer these random trivia questions selected from the General Knowledge quizzes of user Malbaby.
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Last updated: March 7, 2016
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Which element accounts for 75% of the weight of the sun?
Hydrogen
Who is credited with the phrase "I think, therefore I am"?
René Descartes
Which part of the body can suffer from cirrhosis?
Liver
What are woofers and tweeters?
Speakers
In chess, which piece always remains on the same coloured squares?
Bishop
What is the main ingredient in risotto?
Rice
What connects the eyes to the brain?
Optic Nerve
What Paris prison was stormed by the mob in 1789?
Bastille
Mogadishu is the capital of which African country?
Somalia
According to Franklin D. Roosevelt, what is the only thing we have to fear?
Fear Itself
What group of Caribbean Islands were named for a type of alligator?
The Cayman Islands
Who was the wife of Zeus and the mother of Ares?
Hera
In what city would you find an art museum known as the Prado?
Madrid
What do viticulturists cultivate?
Grapes
What kind of creature is a flying fox?
Bat
What type of musical instrument is a hi-hat?
Cymbal
Who wrote "The Three Musketeers"?
Alexandre Dumas
What type of creature is also known as a white ant?
Termite
What does the A in DNA stand for?
Acid
What comes next after alpha, beta, gamma, and delta?
Epsilon
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level 84
Mar 7, 2016
Mogadishu is the capital of Somalia; Khartoum is the capital of Sudan!
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level 76
Mar 7, 2016
Mogadishu is the capital of Somalia, not Sudan. Sudan's capital is Khartoum.
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level ∞
Mar 7, 2016
D'oh. Fixed!
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level 82
Mar 7, 2016
How about accepting "percussion" for the hi-hat? It's part of the drum-kit and you do hit it (instead of banging it by hand like "real" cymbals).
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level 66
May 30, 2016
Except that 'percussion' covers a very broad range of instruments, and a hi-hat is a different kind of cymbal to the one you are referring to. Anyway, don't you hit the ones that you hold with a stick of some kind? Whether they are on a drum kit or in your hand, you are still hitting a flattish, metal circle, so a hi-hat is a cymbal.
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level 61
May 31, 2016
Hi-hat is most definitely a cymbal. "Percussion" is way too broad. Piano, xylophone, marimba, woodblock, maracas...these are all percussion instruments, and decidedly unlike the hi-hat.
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level 80
Jun 6, 2016
Not to mention that you can play the hi-hat with the pedal and never hit it with the stick at all. Definitely "cymbal".
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level 73
Jan 18, 2018
The hi-hat is really a foot instrument, hitting it like a drum is a fairly modern development. According to my mate who is a professional drummer.
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level 65
Sep 24, 2019
The hi-hat definitely belongs to the percussion family (all cymbals do), but maybe 'percussion instruments' is too broad to be called a 'type' of musical instrument. I would give it the benefit of the doubt and accept 'percussion', or rephrase the question.
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level 77
Mar 7, 2016
Probably want to change the word "the" to "a" in the Paris prison question. I had a mental image of James Gandolfini breaking in and bashing heads.
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level 77
Mar 8, 2016
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level 60
Apr 3, 2016
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level 45
Jun 7, 2016
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level 60
Mar 8, 2016
Thank goodness you didn't ask for the DN in DNA! :D
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level 62
May 30, 2016
Let's hope that is a question soon ;)
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level 80
May 30, 2016
I don't mind typing in "deoxyribonucleic."
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level 73
May 30, 2016
Accept ypsilon and/or upsilon for epsilon maybe?
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level 58
May 30, 2016
Except they're not the same thing.
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level 35
May 30, 2016
upsilon is a different letter, it is the letter u/y, whereas epsilon is their letter e, alongside eta
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level 74
Oct 15, 2017
Ε ε = epsilon
Υ υ = ypsilon
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level 71
May 30, 2016
To make it harder, I suggest changing the question to "What is the main ingredient in seafood risotto?" and then wait for the outraged cries of people who don't really know what risotto is.
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level 58
May 30, 2016
I've only heard woofers and tweeters used to refer to singing voices, but I suppose those would coincide with one's speaking voice. I'm not sure if using them in the context of singing is just a secondary usage of the terms, but if anyone else knows, I'd be interested to hear. I tried every variation of singers/voices/singing voices/vocals/etc. that I could think of.
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level 67
May 31, 2016
The word speaker here refers to sound systems rather than speaking. :)
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level 61
May 31, 2016
I only got it because I know all the Fast & Furious types outfit their cars with subwoofers to get that really irritating bass sound from their speakers in a misguided attempt to raise their coolness factor.
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level 80
Jun 6, 2016
I don't think "woofers" and "tweeters" is even a secondary way of referring to singing, as you say. I've been a singer my entire life and never once heard a choral vocalist or soloist referred to as either a "woofer" or "tweeter". Audio speakers are often referred to in this way though.
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level 61
Feb 20, 2017
Well, I've NEVER heard of woofers and tweeters referred to as singing voices.
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