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General Knowledge Quiz #107

Answer these random trivia questions.
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Last updated: January 25, 2020
First submittedSeptember 13, 2014
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On what island did the term "Mafia" originate?
Sicily
Capellini and pappardelle are types of what?
Pasta
Which one of the Great Lakes shares its name with a Canadian province?
Ontario
In which Dutch city would you find the International Court of Justice?
The Hague
Other than Puerto Rico, what is the most populous U.S. territory?
Guam
What age came after the Bronze Age?
Iron Age
What British comedian partnered with Stephen Fry before starring as Dr. House?
Hugh Laurie
Which country's name ends in H?
Bangladesh
In terms for waves, what is the opposite of crest?
Trough
What country is made up mostly of Jutland and Zealand?
Denmark
What does the German word "Danke" mean in English?
Thank You
What genre of music was played by Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters?
Blues
What did James Naismith invent in 1891?
Basketball
What is the name of the geographical line that runs through the
Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London?
Prime Meridian
What war of the 1600s pitted Cavaliers against Roundheads?
English Civil War
Who is the leader of the Decepticons (usually)?
Megatron
What is NaCl better known as?
Salt
What is the missing word in the French phrases "___ d'etat" and "___ de grace"?
Coup
What word can refer either to trash or a type of Chinese ship?
Junk
Who did Ringo Starr replace as drummer for The Beatles?
Pete Best
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level 62
Nov 5, 2014
I somehow kept reading "Decepticons" as decapitations. No wonder I couldn't think of the answer.
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level 69
Nov 5, 2014
Same here
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level 78
Nov 5, 2014
Was on my way to acing this (even with the football question which I surprised myself by getting in a single guess), but then the Beatles question stumped me.
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level 85
Nov 5, 2014
I inherited a copy of a record he released entitled "Best, formerly of the Beatles." On the cover, the 'formerly' is so small as not to be noticed. I hear it sold a lot of copies.
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level 84
Nov 5, 2014
I did some searching, because I really wanted to see that album cover. It's pretty funny - it has a picture of all 5 Beatles (Stuart Sutcliffe was the other that didn't make it), with a small circle around Pete's face. Oh, and the official title is actually just "Best of the Beatles". It was released by Savage Records in 1965.
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level 61
Jan 1, 2017
I have that album. Yep, I was duped back then, too. Best of the Beatles indeed!
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level 78
Mar 1, 2020
I can't see the "formerly" on the cover anywhere. Is it microscopic or had someone scribbled that in on your cover after the fact?
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level 38
Nov 5, 2014
Please accept Sodium Chloride for NaCl
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level 33
Nov 5, 2014
That's what NaCl is. It's "better known" as salt. We don't say please pass the sodium chloride.
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level 69
Mar 29, 2020
You could try that next time, though, just for fun.
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level 69
Nov 5, 2014
In the medical field, NaCl is Sodium Chloride... I agree with Sadmin, it should be accepted
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level 25
May 7, 2015
Let's be honest here. If you know it's sodium chloride, you know it's salt. Stop being a pedant.
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level 54
Apr 17, 2017
And regardless, if you know "sodium chloride," then you probably also know "NaCl," so it is equally known, not even better known.
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level 77
Nov 5, 2014
Why don't you accept Calvin Johnson as an answer for the leader of the Decepticons?
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level 65
Nov 5, 2014
Awesome comment
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level 66
Nov 8, 2014
I'm a Bears fan and I still agree. Calvin Johnson is the man
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level 54
Feb 22, 2020
Not anymore
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level 71
Aug 14, 2016
Poor Pete Best. Myself and the vast majority of people taking this quiz couldn't remember him.
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level 61
Jan 1, 2017
I remembered him, but then I've been a Beatle fan since 1964 and have read an s-load of articles and books about them.
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level 75
Apr 17, 2017
Only 1/3 know the Prime Meridian? Wow.
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level 60
Apr 19, 2018
I typed greenwich meridian and got it.
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level 66
Jan 6, 2019
I know what it is, just not what specefic name it had, tried meantime and timeline... really couldnt think of anything else
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level 59
Mar 29, 2020
Cos most of us were just typing meridian?
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level 40
Apr 17, 2017
I was thinking raison d'tat. Don't know if it still means anything as raison de grace
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level 37
Apr 17, 2017
Were you thinking of raison d'etre perhaps? (reason for being)
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level 66
Apr 17, 2017
I'm still stuck on Hugh Laurie being a comedian. Maybe he is, but I only know him from House.
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level 81
Apr 17, 2017
Same here, I had no idea he was a comedic partner of Stephen Fry. Guess I need to catch up on some stuff.
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level 75
Apr 18, 2017
I think his appearance in Black Adder series is even more famous, a classic of British comedy. It was super weird seeing the utterly stupid Prince Regent as House ...
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level 53
Apr 19, 2017
Check out the series "Jeeves and Wooster". It's hysterical. And then there was Blackadder....
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level 77
Jan 25, 2020
To see a completely different side of him see Ang Lee's version of Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. He had a minor role but he played a grumpy Regency gentleman quite well. (If I'd been married to his silly wife I would have been grumpy, too.)
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level 85
Jan 27, 2020
It took me a long time watching House before I could see him as anything other than the bumbling henchman in 101 dalmatians (with Arthur Weasley).
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level 67
Apr 20, 2017
I knew him originally from "Jeeves and Wooster". The first time I tried watching "House" I couldn't get Bertie Wooster out of my head, so I gave up. Later on I did watch it though. And as ColoHarpare says - the series is hysterical.
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level 57
Jun 29, 2017
Back in the '80s, they did a comedy sketch programme called "A Bit of Fry and Laurie". That was about the same time as Blackadder, and then they did Jeeves and Wooster. Most definitely a comedic background before they both branched out into other (more serious) stuff.
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level 58
Feb 22, 2020
I still have two seasons of "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" on DVD. Great sketch comedy. Especially John and John the tough 80's yuppy businessmen, the vox pops, and the skits with Control and Number 1.
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level 78
Mar 1, 2020
In his role on House he often uses good comedic timing and deadpan delivery. He was also on the show Black Adder.
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level 54
Apr 17, 2017
Pete was the Best Beatle.
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level 81
Mar 29, 2020
But Ringo was the Starr.
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level 57
Jan 25, 2020
I am so stupid. I come from the UK, but I did not get the prime meridian.
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level 60
Mar 29, 2020
This is an interesting topic for those of a scientific bent: wikipedia will inform you that "Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers show that the marking strip for the prime meridian at Greenwich is not exactly at zero degrees, zero minutes, and zero seconds but at approximately 5.3 seconds of arc to the west of the meridian". So I wouldn't feel bad about not getting this answer, actually the question is not quite correct.
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level ∞
Mar 29, 2020
Right...
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level 77
Jan 27, 2020
Couldn't think of Bangladesh - best I could come up with was Nineveh!
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level 38
Mar 29, 2020
I so much had Bangladesh in my mind, but I was like "no that ends with š (sh)".
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level 30
Mar 29, 2020
Ah, man, I wrote “English civil” but gave up when that didn’t work. Weird that just “iron” works for Iron Age but you have to write the “war” part.
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level 17
Mar 30, 2020
+1 this is annoying
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level 17
Mar 30, 2020
Please change it to 'Crest/Peak'
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level 61
Mar 30, 2020
ARGHGH! I was THINKING of Hugh Laurie, but couldn't remember his name correctly, so I kept trying Hugh Grant! (Who is someone quite different)
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