General Knowledge Quiz #119

Answer these random trivia questions.
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What is the most famous anatomy textbook of all time?
Gray's Anatomy
What is the medical name for the windpipe?
Trachea
What gladiator famously led a slave revolt against Rome?
Spartacus
What two-letter mantra is often uttered at yoga studios?
Om
What was the first city to host the Summer Olympics three different times?
London
What toxic fish is called fugu in Japan?
Pufferfish
What country did the U.S. support in its war against Iran in the 1980s?
Iraq
What are Ursa Major, Andromeda, and Crux?
Constellations
What activity are Davos, Aspen, and Whistler famous for?
Skiing
"Sasha" is a nickname for what common male name, starting with A?
Alexander
What does a Cochlear implant help a person do?
Hear
What type of animal can be distinguished from seals by its large front flippers
and the presence of visible ear flaps?
Sea Lion
What is the only element of the periodic table that starts with the letter X?
Xenon
What was the richest country in the world in 1700, due to its lucrative spice trade?
Netherlands
What sea did God part for Moses so that the Israelis could flee Egypt?
Red Sea
What road did Robert Frost take that made all the difference?
The Road Less Traveled
What type of art does the English artist Banksy specialize in?
Graffiti
Who can issue an decree known as a bull?
The Pope
There are 3 countries recognized by JetPunk that are not members of
the United Nations. Name any of the three.
Kosovo | Taiwan |
Vatican City
What book does the phrase "Who is John Galt" come from?
Atlas Shrugged
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Level 86
Feb 27, 2015
Somewhat disappointed to see John Galt so low. A long book, but well worth the read.
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Level 57
Mar 3, 2015
Ewww, gross.
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Level 78
Mar 11, 2015
Books are gross?
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Level 74
Mar 25, 2015
That one is.
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Level 44
May 14, 2015
Never heard of him or his book.
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Level 57
Oct 19, 2017
Ditto
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Level 58
Oct 19, 2017
Atlas Shrugged is a great book if you are right wing conservative and believe poor people get what they deserve. Not for me, thank you.
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Level 86
May 19, 2016
I'll just say this: If you never try to understand the other point of view, you're sure to never be effective in working with them. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
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Level 60
Nov 13, 2016
Well named, Plattitude.
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Level 64
Oct 19, 2017
It's also, at least in my view, a pretty bad book on narrative terms. Rand is about as subtle as a sledgehammer with her philosophy, and it just gets in the way of the story. I have read and enjoyed books that espouse views with which I disagree, but the theme should always be an organic outgrowth of a compelling story. The Fountainhead always puts its storytelling second to its merciless bellow that we should be thankful there are rich and powerful people to keep the world moving forward. It's distracting, and it gets tiresome real fast.
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Level ∞
May 7, 2020
Are conservatives the new liberals? It's been a little shocking in the last decade to see liberals calling for suppression of free speech, and openly mocking their working-class inferiors. Meanwhile, it has been conservatives who are more often than not calling for an open expressions of ideas and for sympathy towards the working class. (I'm talking about the intellectual world here, not Trump).

Although this might just be a reaction to my living in Seattle where I'm pretty sure the last Republican died sometime in the 1990s.

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Level 81
May 10, 2020
Funny how it's always people defending turgid and irrelevant 'thinkers' like Ayn Rand or Jordan Peterson who say this. Nobody is obligated to read a 1,000 page screed, just as you're not obliged to wade through Das Kapital to have an opinion on communism. There are actual libertarian philosophers who are worth reading, like Robert Nozick, but for some reason people fixate on Rand - I suspect because her writing isn't intellectually demanding (owing chiefly to a lack of any intelligent ideas). We can all challenge ourselves to aim a little higher in our reading.
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Level 68
May 10, 2020
It's amusing that someone would call Ayn Rand irrelevant (turgid, maybe), but ridiculous that same person would call Jordan Peterson irrelevant. Whether you like him or not, Peterson is completely relevant, selling millions of copies of his books and packing audiences worldwide. Many people who don't like him, in my experience, get all their (very biased) information about him via Buzzfeed.
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Level 52
Oct 19, 2017
If you were recommending one Ayn Rand book, which would it be?
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Level 62
Oct 19, 2017
the fountainhead. granted i've only read two of her books (that and anthem) but i was quite fond of fountainhead.
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Level 62
Oct 19, 2017
Great if you're a self-absorbed high schooler, I guess. As you get older, you realize that everyone makes huge sacrifices, and stop worshipping the lucky (ie the rich)
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Level 52
Mar 30, 2018
Most successful people, including the rich, make their own luck.
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Level 67
Dec 19, 2018
Most rich people are born rich.
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Level ∞
May 7, 2020
In America, the vast majority of millionaires are self-made. While everyone's wealth is partially dependent on their upbringing, their connections, and society at large, it is simply not true that most rich people inherit their money. I'd highly recommend reading The Millionaire Next Door which is an eye-opening examination of how most rich people got that way. Hint: Doctors, lawyers, and small business people are the vast majority. Try telling a millionaire plumber (and there are many) that they didn't earn their money. She might knock you over the head with her wrench.
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Level 76
May 9, 2020
Well leftist thought goes deeper than that and I don't think in Europe concentrates so much on inheritance. Maybe inherited connections. Like why are some professions valued so much compared to others. Why does a CEO get a bonus when fired and others can't take a sick leave etc. Thanks for suggestion.
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Level 82
Apr 2, 2019
In my experience, 98% of people who say they hate the John Galt book....have never actually read it.
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Level 77
Mar 16, 2015
less taken?
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Level 72
May 5, 2015
You can't rewrite his poem to fit your preferred answer.
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Level 72
Oct 19, 2017
Good point, although I, too, said less taken. I'm not much of a poem reader.
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Level 42
Apr 21, 2018
When you run a search for "The Road Less Taken" you get a couple of articles and a whole bunch that default to "... Not Taken;" per a search, "The Road Not Taken" first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in August 1915.
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Level 53
May 5, 2015
Considering the poem is called "The Road Not Taken", variations of that should also be accepted.
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Level 80
May 5, 2015
Yes. I tried all variations of not taken and started thinking I had the wrong poem.
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Level 52
Oct 19, 2017
I tried "gone down." No luck.
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Level 64
Oct 19, 2017
But the questions asks which road Frost *took that made all the difference,* not what the name of the poem is. The line is "I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." He doesn't take the road not taken. That's why it's...the road not taken. What's more, the distinction is crucial with this poem because, despite what 90% of people seem to believe, the poem is not about being yourself, but is about resigning yourself to the reality that there are no second chances, and that every decision you make can radically alter the course of your life. It's called "The Road Not Taken" because it's a reflection on choices made and paths not taken, and how they affect every step you take afterward. If you treat the road less traveled (which the speaker takes) and the road not taken (which the speaker doesn't take...obviously) as the same, the poem loses all meaning.
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Level 56
Oct 19, 2017
The line should be included verbatim in the question with quotation marks so the quiz taker knows what the question is looking for.
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Level ∞
May 7, 2020
Added more variations.
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Level 58
May 5, 2015
Obviously that anatomy textbook is not very famous. Only 54%, and in the bottom 5 answers.
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Level 78
May 5, 2015
I was surprised to see it so low, considering the name of the popular US TV show, "Grey's Anatomy" is a play on the medical textbook's name.
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Level 53
Oct 19, 2017
I thought Gray's Anatomy was purely a TV show. Guess I was wrong.
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Level ∞
Aug 22, 2017
So you're saying there's an anatomy textbook that more than 54% of people would know?
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Level 64
Oct 19, 2017
I had the same thought. The fact that 54% of people can identify a single anatomy book is surprising.
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Level 67
May 21, 2020
Most famous and very famous is not the same, at all.

the most famous song of my neighbour would only be known by a few, her direct family and a handfull of people that went to see her perform and can actually stand it (I sometimes flee the house, when my headphones aren't enough to block it out, it sounds like alternating of a cat being murdered and someone trying to make glass burst). She must have a most popular song but only a few would know it.,

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Level 28
Oct 19, 2017
I tried at least five different variatons of "Sobotta's Atlas", "Sobotta Atlas", "Sobotta Anatomy Atlas", etc. Never knew that Gray's Anatomy was anything other than a TV show.
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Level 52
Oct 20, 2017
I tried Ibn Sina's "Canon of Medicine" first... although that probably isn't strictly speaking about anatomy and nor would it be the most familiar to modern audiences, I suppose.
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Level 52
Mar 30, 2018
I'm not as well informed as most people here, but I've been aware of Gray's (though I thought it was "Grey's") Anatomy. My daughter's an RN and she's married to Dr. Ding-Dong, so maybe that's it.
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Level 78
May 5, 2015
Good quiz. I like a good mix of questions, and the fact that I missed eight means I've learned something new today. Thanks.
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Level 74
Sep 9, 2015
Graffiti isn't a type of art, it just means that it has been created illicitly in a public place. It doesn't even necessarily need to be art. A better answer for Banksy would be stencilwork, or change the question
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Level 81
May 9, 2020
Vandalism should be an accepted answer.
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Level 9
Feb 7, 2016
The U.S. helped Iraq? U sure about that?
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Level 79
Jun 2, 2016
Of course. Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein were great friends at the time.
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Level 82
Apr 2, 2019
A picture of them shaking hands does not make them "great friends." Was Neville Chamberlain good friends with Hitler because of the Munich meeting? Political alliances change over time and it's always amazing to me how people choose to ignore that fact. Those "an enemy of my enemy is my friend" alliances of course often have unintended consequences.
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Level 60
Nov 13, 2016
Yes. Look it up. The USA supported Iraq when Saddam was committing some of his worst atrocities.
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Level 52
Oct 19, 2017
No, not then. It was Carter. Iran was perceived to be the more serious threat as Iran was holding over 60 Americans hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Iran. Iran was driven by murderous religious fanatics, led by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Iraq was led by the murderous secular fanatic, Saddam Hussein. The U.S. helped arm Saddam, and those same armaments were used against the U.N. coalition during Desert Storm, well after Iraq defeated Iran. BTW, a Rand Report issued shortly before Desert Storm (the "Gulf War") revealed that Russia, the UK, and France had been selling arms to Iraq for at least 30 years.
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Level 53
Oct 19, 2017
Sounds like you need to crack a textbook sometime.
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Level 64
Oct 19, 2017
We also helped the Mujahideen (Islamist jihadists that included Osama bin Laden) during the Soviet-Afghanistan War in the 80's (the U.S. aid to the Mujahideen is the subject of the movie "Charlie Wilson's War" starring Tom Hanks). The US's strategy for the latter half of the 20th century was to aid whoever was fighting their worst enemy at the time, so there were alliances formed that later seemed unthinkable.
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Level 52
Mar 30, 2018
Iran was (properly) regarded as the greater danger.
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Level 52
Mar 30, 2018
Iran was isolated. The U.S., France, Soviet Union, and most Arab countries supported Iraq.
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Level 88
Jan 31, 2017
Athens has also hosted the games 3 ties (there was a special one hosted there in 1906 to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the first modern Olympic games, on top of 1894, and 2004)
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Level 76
May 9, 2020
It was removed from official list (and Chamonix added), so it doesn't count, just like antipopes don't count nowadays as popes
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Level 66
Feb 6, 2017
Technically, the Robert Frost road was not less traveled...
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Level 50
Oct 19, 2017
@jboes99 what do you mean?
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Level 52
Oct 19, 2017
You should accept downhill skiing as I suspect Aspen etc. are that well known for their skiing (cross country) activities.
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Level 57
Oct 22, 2017
I thought banksey was anonymous. If so, how do we know he is English, and not welsh, Irish or Scottish?
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Level 76
May 9, 2020
Left enough clues and it was figured out who it is anyway.
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Level 75
Dec 12, 2017
I couldn't get Sir Davos Seaworth out of my head when I read that question. I kept thinking those were people's names. Facepalm.
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Level 55
Jan 29, 2019
You should allow more for the Robert Frost one, I tried less trodden, less chosen and less taken and didn’t get it it’s difficult to remember it exactly
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Level 29
May 15, 2019
when did andromeda become a constellation instead of a galaxy
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Level 88
May 17, 2019
The Andromeda Galaxy is so called because, from our perspective, it is located in the constellation of Andromeda.
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Level 81
Jul 5, 2019
You should accept "me" or "I did" for Spartacus.
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Level 38
Apr 6, 2020
Is "Gray's Anatomy" really that famous? Outside the English-speaking world, the book is hardly known (though there seems to be a TV series with a similar name).
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Level 67
May 23, 2020
I had never heard of it either and only vaguely aware that there is a tv show called that. I know it is about doctors, that's it. Only recently found out it was named after the book, very likely from this website. (only place I am on the internet for nowadays, and subsequently sometimes finding out more about a subject)
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Level 76
Jun 22, 2020
English-speaking world? More like the USA
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Level 69
May 19, 2020
I don't dispute allowing it - it was the answer I gave - but surely 'The Road Not Taken' must be the most incorrect type-in on Jetpunk? Made me laugh anyway.