General Knowledge Quiz #103

Answer these random trivia questions.
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What was the only part of Achilles's body that was vulnerable?
Heel
What figurative "curtain" separated Eastern and Western Europe during the Cold War?
Iron Curtain
What sauce is made with basil, pine nuts, garlic, cheese, and olive oil?
Pesto
Whose effigy is burned on "Bonfire Night" in the UK?
Guy Fawkes
Of what place is it said "if you can make it here you can make it anywhere"?
New York
In what country did the tango originate?
Argentina or Uruguay
What did the Manhattan Project create?
Atomic Bomb
What did Edward VIII do, in 1936, that no English king had ever done?
Abdicate
What is the English translation of "nom de plume"?
Pen name
What type of alcohol, known as "the green fairy", was once banned in most of Europe?
Absinthe
What Q word is defined as "a place from which stone is extracted"?
Quarry
What is either a place for unbaptised babies or a back-bending party game?
Limbo
What are Impalas and Springboks?
Types of Antelope
What African country was founded as a place for freed American slaves?
Liberia
Which U.S. President had the shortest lifespan, just 46 years?
John F. Kennedy
What Olympic event was won by Bruce Jenner (later to become Caitlyn Jenner)?
Decathlon
In what country did the Tamil Tigers wage a civil war?
Sri Lanka
What English city was originally built by the Romans as a spa in 60 A.D.?
Bath
What country is the Caribbean island of St. Barts a part of?
France
What devilish creature of European lore can be described as an "anti Santa Claus"?
Krampus
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Level 74
Aug 5, 2014
So Twister isn't a place for unbaptized babies?
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Level 63
Sep 10, 2014
LOL I totally tried that too.
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Level 26
Sep 26, 2014
I thought it was talking about a haunted house and it was joking about exorcisms for the back breaking and haunted dolls for unbabaptized babies...
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Level 70
Sep 10, 2014
The Krampus come on December 6th, the feast of St. Nicholas upon whom the personage of Santa is loosely based.
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Level 72
Sep 10, 2014
I agree - the right answer should be the eve of St Nicholas Day (the night before Dec. 06). Christmas is incorrect!
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Level ∞
Sep 11, 2014
Good to know. I changed the question.
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Level 80
Jun 6, 2017
I thought Krampus was the sidekick of 'The Virginian'. No one under the age of 50 will get that reference.
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Level 78
Mar 1, 2020
Good one. Ah, Doug McClure, you left us too soon. I had such a crush on Trampas when I was a girl.
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Level 82
Mar 1, 2020
yeah definitely went over my head.
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Level 37
Sep 10, 2014
Could Absinth be accepted without the e? It's often marketed that way, e.g. Green Fairy Absinth, Mr Jekyll Absinth, etc.
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Level ∞
Sep 10, 2014
Okay
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Level 78
Mar 1, 2020
I am restraining myself from complaining about now having to go back and erase the e before I can go on to the next one. :)
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Level 50
Sep 10, 2014
Slightly embarrassing that I tried Aquae Sulis before I tried Bath... Yay history nerds...
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Level 68
Mar 3, 2020
Show-off. :P
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Level 44
Sep 10, 2014
Aren't Purgatory and Limbo the same astral plane?
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Level 71
Sep 10, 2014
I've never heard of a game called Purgatory, though.
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Level 58
Mar 1, 2020
Nor do unbaptized babies go to purgatory.
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Level 66
Sep 12, 2014
I believe purgatory is where you go if you have small sins - too many to get to heaven and not enough to go to hell. Limbo is when you not baptised to go anywhere! I think. Long time since Iearnt this stuff! Correct me if I am wrong! :)
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Level 75
Aug 17, 2015
Does that mean that if you are not baptised you can't go to hell then? Sounds like a good reason to not get baptised... If you believe in all that afterlife stuff anyway
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Level 77
Feb 20, 2017
Just unbaptised babies. If you're old enough to know what you're doing, you can go to hell.
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Level 55
Mar 2, 2020
Well unbaptized babes don't go to limbo as that's not Catholic canon, along with the rest of Divine Comedy.
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Level 52
Oct 13, 2020
FYI, the Catholic church has rearranged the heavens and done away with limbo in 2007.
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Level 49
Sep 12, 2014
Is it possible to have 'pseudonym' as and alternative to 'pen name'?
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Level 73
Mar 1, 2020
yes please
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Level 81
Sep 14, 2014
For Krampus, how about "Black Peter?" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwarte_Piet
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Level 65
Sep 20, 2014
Rare Exports is the best (only?) Krampus movie ever.
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Level 44
May 5, 2015
Never heard of Krampus.
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Level 41
Jan 23, 2017
Please accept Guy Fawks. Just needed one little e!
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Level ∞
Jan 24, 2017
Okay
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Level 54
Apr 24, 2020
Sure, swanbab.
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Level 74
Feb 20, 2017
I've heard so many variations of the "if you can make it here..." statement...
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Level 52
Feb 20, 2017
I'm pretty sure the plural is 'impala', not 'impalas'
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Level 62
Nov 20, 2017
Actually, pen name is the english meaning of nom de plume, but not a translation. The translation would be something like „name of (the) feather“.
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Level 42
Apr 21, 2018
plume = "pen" en francais
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Level 52
Sep 24, 2018
ou est la plume de ma tante ? can't see auntie with feathers.....
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Level 45
Jul 7, 2019
can you accept either bomb or nuke for atomic bomb
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Level 82
Jan 13, 2020
bomb is not very specific, but using the indefinite article here does help!
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Level 83
Jan 13, 2020
For "What are impalas and Springboks", I tried "Chevrolets and rugby players" but it didn't work.
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Level 74
Jan 14, 2020
Also accept pseudonym? In fact in New Zealand pseudonym is much more frequently used than pen name.
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Level 65
Mar 1, 2020
"Pseudonym" is also more common in the US from my experience, but I think he's looking for the more direct translation of the term.
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Level 32
Feb 20, 2020
Please accept alternatives for "abdicate", for example "step down" or "resign". Not everyone's first language is English...
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Level 76
Mar 1, 2020
Edward VIII not the only English King (we'll ignore that the throne of England ceased to exist in 1707) to abdicate, merely the only one who did so willingly post-1066 (when Edgar AEtheling, elected King of England post-Hastings, submitted to William the Bastard without a fight) - Richard II did so to try and spare his life (failed), and James II was deemed to have done so by the Parliament that wanted him replaced when he fled for his life.
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Level 80
Mar 1, 2020
might just be semantics but sounds like one was deposed, one was executed, and one fled the country. Not exactly the same as simply voluntarily stepping down to get married.
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Level 51
Apr 27, 2020
It may not be the same set of facts Kal, but the same device was used or deemed to have been used. Richard was 'persuaded' to abdicate, but then so was Edward. James was actually found to have abdicated and deemed to have abdicated by both the English and Scottish Parliaments - otherwise how could there be new monarchs while the old one was still alive? That's not how it works.
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Level 66
Apr 5, 2020
If we are going to be literal then Edward VIII was both English and a king so the question is still good. But what do you know? England once, briefly, had a Hungarian king, or at least one who was born in that part of the world. Would never have guessed, this is what I love about doing these quizzes: the random things that you find out.
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Level 67
Mar 1, 2020
I tried running, sprinting, shot-put, long jump and high jump for Bruce Jenner but didn't think of decathlon..
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Level 48
Mar 2, 2020
I couldn't spell abdicate, but "resign," "quit," and "give up" didn't work. LOL
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Level 69
Mar 22, 2020
Could you accept "quit" for abdicate?
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