Easy U.S. General Knowledge

Even if you're not an American, you'll probably be able to answer most of these American general knowledge questions.
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Who ran against George W. Bush in the Presidential election of 2000?
Al Gore
What is the most well-known canyon in the United States?
Grand Canyon
Who was President of the U.S. during the Civil War?
Abraham Lincoln
What does the Hershey company make?
Chocolate
What does the S stand for in ESPN?
Sports
What is the last name of Homer, Marge, Bart, Maggie, and Lisa?
Simpson
What American city has the largest casino industry?
Las Vegas
Which American auto companies are known as the "Big 3"?
General Motors
Ford
Chrysler
What is the longest river in North America?
Mississippi / Missouri
What is the city with the largest population in Illinois?
Chicago
Who created the cartoon character Mickey Mouse?
Walt Disney
What sport is played at Pebble Beach?
Golf
During the Civil War, Union soldiers wore blue. What color did rebel soldiers wear?
Gray
What country attacked the United States on a "day that will live in infamy"?
Japan
In what board game can you trade in 4 houses for a hotel?
Monopoly
What widely-disliked company is the largest provider of cable TV in the US?
Comcast
What product was introduced by Steve Jobs in 2007?
iPhone
Who is all-time leading scorer for the Cleveland Cavaliers?
LeBron James
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Level 74
Aug 6, 2017
Ugh. Typed "sport" and I didn't get a point.
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Level 72
Aug 7, 2017
Me too!
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Level 45
Oct 23, 2017
same so I thought maybe id been wrong for years and missed it out
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Level 39
Oct 24, 2017
I read it as the E in ESPN. It's late...
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Level 59
Aug 7, 2017
couldn't think of "Chrysler" for the life of me... kept thinking it should be "Chevy" or "Chevrolet." smh...
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Level 16
Aug 7, 2017
Yeah I wrote chevy and chevrolet but not chrysler :(
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Level 82
Aug 7, 2017
Chrysler is not really an "American" auto company any more; Fiat purchased it in 2014.
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Level 71
Aug 8, 2017
Chrysler (and Jeep) are no less American than they were when the company was owned by Daimler in the early 2000s. The subsidiary company maintains its headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI, a suburb of Detroit. Fiat is technically an English company, with its global corporate headquarters domiciled in London, for tax purposes. Fiat is no more an English carmaker than Chrysler is an Italian one.
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Level 65
Oct 23, 2017
I can see where you are probably confused, because chrysler doesn't make cars, they make rolling death traps.
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Level 81
Sep 11, 2018
Yeah, yeah. F(ound) O(ff) R(oad) D(ead) and The Heartbeat is a flatline. Never been a slave to a giant company buying one brand's product loyally.
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Level 70
Aug 7, 2017
All but, Gore, James and Comcast
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Level 54
Oct 23, 2017
last time I looked, three losers.
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Level 56
Nov 12, 2020
Sure, Gore and Comcast aren't liked, but you can't deny that LeBron James wasn't a winner.
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Level 30
Nov 14, 2020
I think you included one too many negatives in the last part.
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Level 57
Aug 7, 2017
Missed Walt Disney.
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Level 85
Aug 8, 2017
Too American. :P
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Level 83
Aug 8, 2017
Well, then, try the quiz "Easy Nauruan General Knowledge"!
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Level 81
Sep 25, 2017
Hershey Chocolate, Comcast and Lebron James are not easy for non-americans.
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Level 65
Oct 23, 2017
Hershey chocolate and Lebron James are easy enough. Lebron James is probably the most famous athlete in America. He is the star player of a sport that has a major presence overseas. I don't know anything about soccer, but I know Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi. If a question asked for Real Madrid's leading scorer, I could at least take a few educated guesses at who it might be. Same thing with the Cavaliers question. The first guesses in some order should be Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Stephen Curry, and Lebron James.
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Level 78
Oct 23, 2017
If you've seen American films chances are you've heard of Hershey's too.
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Level 81
Oct 23, 2017
I barely know that name, and I don't know what are the Cleveland Cavaliers. As for Hershey, ok, I never encountered that name in any movie but I admit I'm not really into cinema.
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Level 73
Apr 17, 2018
Rooney, Ronaldo and Messi are international stars. James may be big in the US, but is not well known outside (the name rings a bell for me and before doing this quiz I would be able to tell you he did some sort of sport thing in the US, but knew nothing more specific than that). Hershey's we have in Australia, so that wasn't tricky. Comcast was my second guess after AT&T - I'm not really sure why I know that, but I do.
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Level 55
Oct 22, 2020
I'm all for making quizzes less American-centric and expanding everyone's horizons and helping people not assume that their narrow cultural knowledge is general, but... come on! Anyone who follows basketball, anywhere in the world, knows about LeBron James! He *IS* a global superstar! The only hiccup might be that some people don't know he plays for the Cavs, but it *IS* called general *knowledge*, which implies you have to know some stuff.
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Level 55
Nov 2, 2020
I would say that knowing what sport are Cleveland Cavaliers playing is harder than guessing James himself. :-) Anyways, I would be very interested how would you like to make a quiz abouz the US "less US-centric."
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Level 40
Nov 12, 2020
Yeah I didn't get this because I didn't know what sport Cleveland Cavaliers play but everyone knows who LeBron James is. I don't watch sport but NBA is watched generally by people all over the world so I think this question is fair enough. Comcast is the only one I think would be tough for people outside of US.
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Level 60
Nov 12, 2020
As an American, I got them all pretty quickly. I think that outside the U.S., folks might not know the Cavs. Maybe add something about taking his talents to South Beach. Not sure if that would help. Or maybe switch the question so the answer is Jordan.
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Level 55
Nov 15, 2020
I got Comcast because I watch CinemaSins... LeBron James, yes I know the name but didn't know his team.
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Level 73
Nov 15, 2020
biffaroo, I don't think that South Beach rings a bell for most foreigners. I got LeBron because I assumed that the Cleveland Cavaliers are a sports team and guessed famous American sports stars. But Jordan is extremely famous and can be considered general knowledge world-wide.
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Level 64
Oct 23, 2017
Hershey is fairly easy - no idea about the other two though
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Level 35
Feb 6, 2018
But I am sure Al Gore is all the rage in Europe?
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Level 59
Nov 12, 2020
Al Gore is not the rage, he was a person known globally, as every US presidential candidate is, much more so in elections that make the news like that one. I'm a sports fan and I know the Cavaliers. James is a very well known person too, the Cavaliers? Not so much. I bet you that half the non-US people who know who Kobe Bryant was know the team he played for, same for Michael Jordan (at least before the Netflix series). As for Hershey, I am very much into movies, but I'd never heard that name before. American industry doesn't have the same reach in every single country out here.
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Level 75
Nov 12, 2020
The stats certainly bear out that Comacast is not as "easy" as most of them. It's not even available where I live, so my first guesses were the (also hated) Cox and Verizon.
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Level 33
Nov 12, 2020
Hershey is easy but not Comcast or LeBron, what sport even is that?
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Level 62
Nov 12, 2020
Surprised no one's talking about Pebble Beach. I'm an American and that's the only one I personally haven't heard of. Maybe it's one of those things that's more famous overseas than in its own country, or maybe it just has to do with the fact I know absolutely nothing about golf.
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Level 55
Nov 15, 2020
golf was like the 5th sport I tried - never heard of the place but it's not difficult to guess sports.
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Level 50
Oct 11, 2017
Got all but Comcast.
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Level 55
Nov 15, 2020
*ding*
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Level 49
Oct 23, 2017
Spent too much time on the pebble Beach question, so I didn't get to finish typing James :(
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Level 70
Oct 23, 2017
What is ComCast and why is it hated?
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Level 60
Oct 23, 2017
It's a huge communications company, and it's hated because it offers crap service for high prices and for many Americans it's Comcast or nothing, so they're free to screw you over unless you want to live in a permanent 1995.
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Level 45
Oct 23, 2017
so bit like Talk Talk in the UK
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Level 35
Oct 24, 2017
so bit like Telmex in Mexico, except it actually is as bad as the others
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Level 53
Jan 3, 2018
@Lumi- They can't brainwash people if their internet can't even run well :D
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Level 33
Nov 12, 2020
Now it is xfinity.
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Level 65
Nov 12, 2020
Comcast is the best argument ever made for capitalism and competitive markets. There is very little competition in the cable television market, which Comcast dominates. So, because it has no real competition, it has no incentive to offer good service, and it just tortures its customers. One example is that you can't buy a cable box from them. You have to rent them from Comcast for $10 a month. Most people use the same cable box for at least five or six years, so you end up paying over $600 in "rental fees" for the cable box, instead of just buying it upfront for the $100 or so it probably costs. This is basically extortion, but Comcast is the only option in some areas, so what can you do? Of course now that everything is is going online, people are pretty psyched to stick it to Comcast and gleefully cut the cord. Good riddance.
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Level 45
Oct 23, 2017
Haha, I typed grey instead of gray and it got excepted on a quiz about the USA!
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Level 70
Oct 23, 2017
We'll make an exception and accept both grey and gray. :)
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Level 54
Oct 23, 2017
Tris Speaker was known as "The Grey Eagle," and, as everyone knows (except my daughter's boyfriend), he was baseball's greatest center fielder from 1907-1928.
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Level 81
Jul 5, 2019
Yeah, we all remember 91 to 112 years ago. Good times.
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Level 36
Oct 23, 2017
I've read so many English novels since I was a kid that I always thought it was "grey." I stumble when "gray" is required. We see a lot of "grey" here--not just books but movie titles, etc.
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Level 45
Oct 23, 2017
i typed GREY as im English and its the correct spelling and i didn't get it right please let this be accepted
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Level 47
Oct 23, 2017
not on this side of the pond
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Level 81
Jul 5, 2019
The Angles (as in Anglisch language) used an A, grau. The surname in England commonly retains Gray. Why the English arbitrarily changed the correct spelling in the years since the split with the American colonies is a mystery. Same reason they suddenly changed the correct traditional Latin -er suffix to the French -re in the 1800s. They just prefer foreign spelling over traditional English.
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Level 80
Oct 23, 2017
... I think these questions are still pretty easy... but given the quiz description explaining that this is aimed at non-US audiences, I feel like there are a few questions that were poorly selected. Many non-Americans probably don't know/care/remember who ran against Bush in 2000 (the election fiasco not being as big of a story overseas), most non-Americans have never watched ESPN, and I wouldn't be surprised if they had never heard of ComCast or LeBron James. The ComCast question in particular seems like something that only Americans would actually know.
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Level 36
Oct 23, 2017
This was the election when Bush sued in the US Supreme Ct to stop vote counting. When they recounted votes in a public non-governmental count paid for by the newspapers in Florida, it turns out Gore won. Not in the limited recount of the Supreme Court ruling, but if you read the article announcing the results, they admit in the third paragraph that Gore won when all regular votes were counted. Even though up to 40,000 Floridians were disenfranchised....originating the term "cleansing the voter rolls." According to the CEO of Home Depot, who owned the firm hired, when he reported he found few felons, aliens, etc, to remove, he was told to err on the side of taking away the vote--so if a woman 29 yrs old shared a last name with a 60-yr-old male felon, she had to cast a "provisional ballot," something also introduced in this election, never counted and destroyed shortly thereafter. These procedures now have all become a part of America's elections, "targeting" voters.....
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Level 81
Oct 23, 2017
As a Belgian, I wouldn't complain about the Bush-Gore question, it's a pretty famous election, I clearly remember the suspense with Florida and all that. Of course, it's even easier because Al Gore has remained famous for other reasons.
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Level 80
Oct 24, 2017
Fair enough. But Comcast?
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Level 81
Oct 24, 2017
As I said above, no idea about Comcast, LeBron James or Hershey.
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Level 81
Jul 5, 2019
It was a famous highway outside Harrisburg.
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Level 62
Dec 22, 2017
yeah, as a non-American I agree. I expected the questions to be more about stuff the USA is famous for, not who provides your cable TV :D
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Level 73
Nov 12, 2020
Sports fans probably know LeBron but Kobe is more famous and more people recognize the Lakers as a basketball team. Kobe or Chicago Bulls/Michael Jordan would be better. Gore should be easy for anyone with an interest in politics. I don't think I would know about Hershey without Jetpunk. For pebble beach I just guessed all kinds of sports. I did get Comcast and ESPN this time but have no idea how.
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Level 80
Nov 13, 2020
agree on Michael Jordan. He's pretty well recognized internationally.
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Level 45
Oct 23, 2017
Got 'em all with 1:30 left. Struggled trying to remember who ran against Bush in 2000. Kept thinking Dukakis but duh... finally the hanging chads kicked in and remembered Gore.
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Level 45
Oct 23, 2017
Might I add, nice dig against Comcast. The most loathed company in America! It truly is the most unfriendly customer service and always dumfounded when calling in, takes 5 transfers to even get the right person. This is a near Monopoly because in those areas unless you go with Satellite you have no cable choice.
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Level 59
Oct 23, 2017
Good quiz, although I agree you have to live in or spent significant time in the states to ever hear about Comcast (I actually kept typing ATT). As for Lebron, I think he is fairly well known worldwide.
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Level 71
Oct 23, 2017
Did you know that Monopoly was actually invented to show how bad sharecropping was?
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Level 25
Oct 23, 2017
I very sadly missed the Comcast and the Simpsons question... I barely watch any tv...
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Level 48
Oct 23, 2017
Can you accept Grey as well as Gray
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Level 52
Oct 24, 2017
What on earth are the Cleveland Cavaliers? Newsflash for Americans: nobody in other countries plays American football or baseball, basketball is not that big in most countries either.
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Level 53
Jan 3, 2018
Which is why it is called "U.S General Knowledge." You weren't forced to know everything on this quiz.
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Level 70
Jan 24, 2019
No one in other countries play baseball????

South Korea, Japan, Cuba, Venezuela, The DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Panama, Canada (which also has MLB teams) play damn well. Mexico, UK, the Netherlands, Italy, China, Nicaragua, and Colombia play in World Cup Baseball. Most (all? not sure) of these countries have players in the MLB.

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Level 50
Oct 6, 2019
Should I go on the Germany General Knowledge quiz and say the same thing? Or would I just be an "ignorant American"?
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Level 73
Nov 12, 2020
If the Germany General Knowledge quiz claimed that it was easy for non-Germans, yes, you could say the same thing.
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Level 55
Oct 22, 2020
I *hate* to agree with kalba, but on some occasions, he's spot on. I find baseball extremely tedious and don't understand how so many people in so many countries find the profound apathy required to sit through an entire game of it (but then again, at least it's shorter than cricket), but they do, and, although not in Europe, in many places on several continents. As for basketball, it's pretty much played everywhere, so I really don't get the point you're trying to make.
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Level 65
Nov 19, 2020
Basketball is very popular in a lot of places. Argentina, Spain, Italy, Lithuania, Croatia, France, Germany, Turkey, and especially China come to mind. It's *huge* in China. No idea where you got the notion it is only popular in the US.
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Level 63
Oct 24, 2017
I don't follow Basketball, and Comcast doesn't exist in the St. Louis area, so I guess this isn't common knowledge for all Americans. If the quiz stuck to common knowledge it would be easy for most Americans.
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Level 59
Oct 24, 2017
Jefferson Davis was also a president during the Civil War.

In fact, it was the only time there were 2 sitting presidents in office.

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Level 53
Oct 24, 2017
But Jefferson Davis was not president of the United States.
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Level 56
Oct 24, 2017
Monopoly is a British boardgame!
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Level 53
Oct 24, 2017
It isn't, it was fundamentally derived from a board game called The Landlords Game created by American woman Elizabeth Magie
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Level 65
Oct 25, 2017
It's also based on Atlantic City, New Jersey, which is not British at all.
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Level 48
Oct 25, 2017
All the properties are from London though, I always figured it was English. Unless they have different properties in the US? In Australia they are the London ones. Would feel weird if you weren't going for Mayfair and Park Lane etc.
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Level 83
Jun 15, 2018
You can learn about the differences on JetPunk, you know. There are quizzes for the UK and US versions of the board (maybe more). Definitely not the same properties.
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Level 73
Nov 12, 2020
Even my hometown in Germany has its own Monopoly version.
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Level 80
Nov 6, 2017
It's funny how convinced British people are that they invented certain things (Monopoly, The Internet, I had one guy I met argue vehemently that Woolworth's was British- it's not). It's not like it's hard to look up. Monopoly, AND "The Landlord's Game" which it was based on, are both from the USA. The original version was produced by Parker Brothers, and American company, and the original Monopoly board featured properties from Atlantic City. The version with London properties is a knock-off. The two most expensive properties on the original board are Boardwalk and Park Place. As an aside... if you want to win the game you shouldn't go for them. The red and orange properties give you by far the best returns statistically speaking.
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Level 73
Apr 17, 2018
In fairness, here in Australia, and I suspect many other places in the world, the version you typically encounter is the London version. I certainly assumed it was British for most of my life. It was only on this site I discovered otherwise. Of course, upon making that discovery I didn't vehemently argue that it was in fact British. I know, I know, this is the internet and we shouldn't let facts get in the way of our beliefs, but there you go.
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Level 80
Nov 12, 2020
But of course we'll let anecdotal evidence get in the way of facts?
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Level 64
Apr 27, 2018
It would seem that Comcast is no longer the largest cable provider (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_multiple-system_operators). AT&T now comes in at the top spot with 25.1M subscribers. Comcast is in second with 22.5M. As cord-cutting becomes more popular, those numbers are going to diminish even further. That's what cable channels like ESPN and TNT get for foisting Stephen A Smith on the world and injecting commercials every 6 minutes into rebroadcasts of The Italian Job. My blood pressure just went up thinking about it.
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Level 71
Jul 26, 2018
Never even heard the name Cleveland Cavaliers in my life, although I guessed it was probably from basketball because that's what I know the least. I consider myself lucky that the answer was one of the only 3 basketball players I know! Not sure I'd ever heard of Comcast either.
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Level 74
Sep 6, 2018
Butternut/khaki/tan should be accepted for a uniform color for the confederate soldiers. They didn't exclusively use gray....
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Level 81
Jul 5, 2019
Yes, some of them didn't even have regular uniforms so plaid, periwinkle, artisan white, fire truck red and every other conceivable color a person might wear should be accepted.

Or we could logically stick to the vast majority, famous standard Confederate uniform color of gray.

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Level 40
Nov 25, 2018
Perfect score with 2:51 to go. Pebble Beach took me quite a few tries.
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Level 53
Apr 3, 2019
Thanks for the free points
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Level 21
Apr 23, 2019
not a bad effort for someone who's not american, will study more though
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Level 55
May 9, 2019
where is pebble beach?!?! ive never heard of it.
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Level 70
Nov 12, 2020
It's a very famous golf course on the central coast of California, right on the water. And it costs $$$
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Level 26
Jul 11, 2020
"Even if you're not an American, you'll probably be able to answer most of these" Never heard of Pebble Beach nor have I heard of "the Big 3," or Al Gore, never knew what rebel soldiers wore, and don't have any particular care for the casino industry in Vegas. What kind of 'easy' trivia is this? I've lived in Massachusetts my whole life and this quiz still frustrates me quite a bit. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž
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Level 65
Nov 12, 2020
Well I'd wager the problem is your age. If you've never even heard of Al Gore, you probably aren't older than 16. He was the vice president from 1993-2001 and lost a very famous and contentious presidential election to George W. Bush. Whether or not you care for the casino industry (I certainly don't) has no bearing on whether you know where it is. I actually think that might be the easiest question on this thing. Vegas is famous all over the world. The Rebel uniforms are basic US history. GM and Ford are the most famous US automakers by far. I could see not knowing Chrysler. That one's not so famous anymore Pebble Beach is less well-known for sure, but the others are pretty easy.
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Level 73
Nov 12, 2020
If you have lived in Massachusetts all your life and you don't know about the US civil war, you should start to question yourself. And if you have no idea that Las Vegas is famous for casinos, I wonder if there's another Massachusetts on a different planet.
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Level 64
Oct 20, 2020
Accept just โ€œphoneโ€ for the Steve Jobs question.
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Level 60
Nov 12, 2020
Steve Jobs didn't invent phones, though
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Level 44
Nov 12, 2020
super easy until the last 3.
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Level 71
Nov 12, 2020
As an non American, never heard of Hershey chocolate (or maybe heard in movies but dit not catch the name or remember it), never heard of Comcast (can you name providers of cable TV of many foreign countries?) and never heard of LeBron James (like most of people around me, I can name some soccer players but I am strictly unable to name any basketball players from any country, including mine!).
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Level 64
Nov 12, 2020
I'm glad The Simpsons was a question as pretty much everything I know about America, especially American history, is from The Simpsons
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Level 64
Nov 12, 2020
This really wasn't as easy as it was advertised to be. :P
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Level 49
Nov 12, 2020
I don't follow sports players, so I had no idea about James.
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Level 45
Nov 12, 2020
18/20. Both misses were from the auto companies; I do NOT know cars.
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Level 80
Nov 12, 2020
The S stands for Seaboard, as in Eastern Seaboard Propaganda Network. Because the rest of the country couldn't care less about the Yankees and Red Sox, yet you'd think they were the only two teams in baseball if all you watched was ESPN.
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Level 65
Nov 12, 2020
This criticism is like ten years out of date, but anyway: there are many more Yankees and Red Sox fans than Cincinnati Reds fans. Sorry to tell you. For some reason, people who want to gripe about an east coast bias at ESPN think baseball is the only sport that exists. The Jets, Giants, Knicks, and Celtics don't get a whole lot of coverage. The Lakers, Cavs, Warriors, and Rockets do. Ditto the Cowboys, Chiefs, 49ers, and Browns. It's almost like the network focuses on the teams with the biggest fan bases and the ones that command the most attention generally. New York and Boston are huge sports markets. If the teams there are good, they'll get coverage. It's also why ESPN doesn't cover hockey at all.

The other sports are much more popular, so they draw more viewers. Same with teams. This is not rocket science.

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Level 50
Nov 12, 2020
I'm English and I got 16. Didn't know Pebble Beach and the last 3. Never heard of James LeBron and the cavalier Clevelanders, or whatever they are. I would have thought Hershey is reasonably well known in the UK, and Ford, General Motors & Chrysler certainly are. I've seen enough westerns in my time to know the soldiers representing the south in the civil war wore gray / grey
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Level 30
Nov 12, 2020
bad quiz, 1/5, gray is not a colour
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Level 43
Nov 12, 2020
gray is the americanized spelling of the color.
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Level 43
Nov 12, 2020
why cant you do "Albert Gore" or "Walter Disney" ?
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Level 34
Nov 13, 2020
Accept โ€œDodgeโ€ as an answer for โ€œChryslerโ€ please?!
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Level 42
Nov 13, 2020
i've never heard of Lebron James