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General Knowledge Quiz #113

Answer these random trivia questions.
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Last updated: February 12, 2020
First submittedJanuary 7, 2015
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What iconic Paris cathedral was completed in 1345?
Notre Dame de Paris
What 1996 novel by Helen Fielding is a modern-day retelling of "Pride and Prejudice"?
Bridget Jones's Diary
What did Pablo Escobar get rich from selling?
Cocaine
What boy with a girl's name was sung about by Johnny Cash?
Sue
What is notorious criminal Ted Kaczynski better known as?
The Unabomber
What monkey is friends with the Man in the Yellow Hat?
Curious George
In what play would you hear the quote "something is rotten in the state of Denmark"?
Hamlet
Where did Sally Ride go in 1983, becoming the first American woman to do so?
Space
What is a common word that means "hogwash", "poppycock", or "horsefeathers"?
Nonsense
What atmospheric layer is damaged by chlorofluorocarbons?
Ozone Layer
What is the only city in England whose name starts with Y?
York
What is the common English word for a "synchronous diaphragmatic flutter"?
Hiccup
What island did Dutch colonists buy from Native Americans for 60 guilders
worth of trade goods? (Today the island has a land value of nearly $2 trillion)
Manhattan
In what country would you find the region of Bohemia?
Czech Republic
In what country would you find the region of Manchuria?
China
Which country's currency was worth less than 1 trillionth of a U.S. cent
when it was abandoned in 2009?
Zimbabwe
What is the term for a word, such as frenemy, that is created by merging two other words?
Portmanteau
What movie featured amplifiers that could be turned up to 11?
This Is Spın̈al Tap
What three letters can be found on a large percentages of the world's zippers?
YKK
Which U.S. state is, in a very technical sense, the farthest east?
Alaska
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level 78
Jan 8, 2015
How many people looked at their zipper during this quiz? I had to when every combination of yzz didn't work.
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level 67
Feb 10, 2015
I had no idea that zippers had letters on them, but I had no shame in checking, and subsequently finding the letters YKK. I know I am not alone.
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level 44
Feb 10, 2015
I think some people gave me a look when I took a peak...at least one lady winked at me. :D
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level 61
Jan 22, 2017
I thought it was XYZ...Xamine Your Zipper.
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level 76
Oct 16, 2017
Checked afterwards, neither of my zippers have any letters though.
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level 68
Feb 12, 2020
Cheapskate
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level 80
Aug 12, 2018
Zipper on the cushion cover right next me has YKK.
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level 73
Sep 11, 2018
Isn't that a Rush song?
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level 67
Feb 7, 2020
That's YYZ, same as the airport code for Toronto's Pearson airport
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level 65
Jan 11, 2019
I tried y2k... and yck and yzk. Not far off though
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level 57
Feb 7, 2020
I have to thank Outkast for this one. In So Fresh and So Clean, Andre 3000 says "YKK on your zipper"
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level 86
Feb 12, 2020
That was Big Boi.
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level 80
Feb 14, 2020
But is it really on "a large percentages" of the world's zippers? :)
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level 83
Jan 9, 2015
My sample of 4 zippers returned 3 unmarked and one with 888 on it.
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level 65
Feb 10, 2015
Did you know that Ted Kaczynski is of Polish origin? There are other famous Americans (and not only) who share this heritage. You can check them out in my quiz: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/97363/famous-poles
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level 76
Feb 12, 2020
Not exactly the best tie-in.
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level 60
Feb 10, 2015
I tried many US states on the east coast until I remembered that the Aleutian Islands belong to Alaska... =)
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level 26
Feb 12, 2015
I still think it should be Maine the right answer, as the International Date Line is bent to accommodate Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.
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level 47
Dec 16, 2019
That’s why it’s a very technical sense.
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level 76
Feb 12, 2020
In JetPunk fashion it should say in a very pedantic sense, not technical sense.
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level 65
Feb 10, 2015
Alaska is on the western side of the American continent how can it be the farthest East in any form of technical gubblygook?
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level 83
Feb 10, 2015
International date line, I presume.
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level 37
Feb 13, 2015
The International Date Line is actually crooked to keep Alaska in one time zone. I assume the question uses longitude as a measure of how far east or west something is (as is the official standard). The far tip of Alaska goed beyond 180 degrees longitude to the west (Greenwich is 0 degrees), making it part of the "eastern half" of the world.
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level 68
Jul 3, 2017
I think it should be phrased 'Geographically East' not technically.
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level 39
Feb 14, 2015
Alaska isn't the easternmost U.S. State right? Shouldn't that be Maine...I'm confused.
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level 58
Feb 15, 2015
I believe technically Alaska stretches across the International Date Line, putting it technically "east".
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level 69
Dec 9, 2018
It's nothing to do with the international date line - it's the line of longitude at 180 degrees.
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level 66
Jul 3, 2017
That's two featured quizzes with questions about Pablo Escobar today... And two questions on this one about addictions. Quizmaster, are you trying to tell us something.
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level 61
Jun 18, 2018
I misread it as Pablo Picasso. I tried "paintings" "art" and all sorts of genres before I reread and had a little laugh to myself
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level 71
Jul 3, 2017
You left out the umlaut in Spinal Tap.
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level 63
Jul 12, 2017
Spın̈al Tap
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level ∞
Feb 12, 2020
Fïxed
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level 43
Jul 4, 2017
Please accept ''blend'' for ''portmanteau'', this is the term used by linguists
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level 67
Jul 5, 2017
Also Curious George wasn't a monkey. Monkeys have tails.
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level 66
Feb 13, 2020
What species George belongs to has long been debated. Many assume him to be a chimpanzee. Unlike George, Old World monkeys do have tails, except for the Barbary macaque, which George does not particularly resemble. So, chances are George is an ape, probably a chimp or a bonobo, but calling him a monkey should get a pass as that is how H.A. Rey refers to him.
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level 64
May 24, 2018
Norte Dame de Paris does not work for me, it will not fill in.
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level 80
Jun 22, 2018
Maybe try "Notre Dame de Paris" instead.
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level 52
Sep 19, 2018
harsh,,, i don't think the poster speaks french as a first or second language........ that aside, my typing always trips me up too
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level 76
Feb 12, 2020
El Norte is in the U.S.
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level 67
Mar 28, 2019
Maybe accept Portmantu for us non-Frenchies?
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level 70
Feb 12, 2020
But that's not how it's spelled in English... y'know, by us non-Frenchies. That doesn't even make the same sound as portmanteau according to standard rules of English pronunciation - portmantow or portmantoe would at least be phonetically right.
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level 85
Feb 12, 2020
I don't think that Manchuria is a peninsula…
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level 76
Feb 12, 2020
It's about like saying Angola or California are peninsulas. They're about 1 step away from being as much a peninsula as Nepal.
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level ∞
Feb 12, 2020
Fixed, thanks
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level 68
Feb 12, 2020
Great quiz, but...... I am not happy about a murderer getting publicity in quizzes. They should just rot away in anonymity.
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level 73
Feb 13, 2020
There are lots of words that mean nonsense - how many type-ins are there?

I tried a few including rubbish & bullshit and didn't have any joy
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level 79
Feb 13, 2020
I agree. Bullshit is a lot more common than nonsense.
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level 75
Feb 13, 2020
I tried a lot of things...junk, fiction, false, lie, fake....
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level 67
Feb 13, 2020
Damn, I guessed correctly what "synchronous diaphragmatic flutter" is, but I spelled hiccup as "hickup". I now realize that I've never seen it written before (not a native speaker).
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level 60
Feb 15, 2020
Should the word 'percentages' be 'percentage' in the penultimate hint?
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