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General Knowledge Quiz #119

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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 1980's?
Iraq
What are Ursa Major, Andromeda, and Crux?
Constellations
What activity are Davos, Aspen, and Whistler famous for?
Skiing
What U.S. state has the highest percentage French speakers?
Louisiana
What does a Cochlear implant help a person do?
Hear
What book does the phrase "Who is John Galt" come from?
Atlas Shrugged
What is the only element of the periodic table that starts with the letter X?
Xenon
What female sleuth sometimes works with the Hardy Boys?
Nancy Drew
What is the heaviest wild bird native to North America?
Trumpeter Swan
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
What South African paralympian shot and killed his girlfriend?
Oscar Pistorius
Off what country's shores would you find the Grand Banks?
Canada
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level 83
Feb 27, 2015
Somewhat disappointed to see John Galt so low. A long book, but well worth the read.
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level 59
Mar 3, 2015
Ewww, gross.
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level 76
Mar 11, 2015
Books are gross?
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level 71
Mar 25, 2015
That one is.
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level 45
May 14, 2015
Never heard of him or his book.
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level 56
Oct 19, 2017
Ditto
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level 56
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 83
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 70
Sep 15, 2016
Well put, plattitude.
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level 59
Nov 13, 2016
Well named, Plattitude.
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level 59
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 47
Oct 19, 2017
If you were recommending one Ayn Rand book, which would it be?
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level 57
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 58
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 47
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 79
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 73
Mar 16, 2015
less taken?
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level 70
May 5, 2015
You can't rewrite his poem to fit your preferred answer.
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level 67
Oct 19, 2017
Good point, although I, too, said less taken. I'm not much of a poem reader.
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level 37
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 51
May 5, 2015
Considering the poem is called "The Road Not Taken", variations of that should also be accepted.
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level 78
May 5, 2015
Yes. I tried all variations of not taken and started thinking I had the wrong poem.
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level 47
Oct 19, 2017
I tried "gone down." No luck.
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level 59
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 55
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 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 75
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 59
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 29
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 48
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 47
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 75
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 72
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 47
Mar 30, 2018
Everybody understood the question. Shut up.
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level 72
May 30, 2018
Nice. The answer doesn't fit the question and is therefore misleading which for a quiz is not a good thing.

so back at you - quit yo' jibber jabber
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level 9
Feb 7, 2016
The U.S. helped Iraq? U sure about that?
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level 76
Jun 2, 2016
Of course. Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein were great friends at the time.
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level ∞
Aug 22, 2017
"US actually gave Iraq chemical weapons". Looked it up. Doesn't appear to be true. Although the U.S. did apparently sell Iraq things that could be used to build chemical and biological weapons.
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level 79
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 59
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 47
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 59
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 47
Mar 30, 2018
Iran was (properly) regarded as the greater danger.
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level 47
Mar 30, 2018
Iran was isolated. The U.S., France, Soviet Union, and most Arab countries supported Iraq.
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level 85
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 62
Feb 6, 2017
Technically, the Robert Frost road was not less traveled...
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level 41
Oct 19, 2017
@jboes99 what do you mean?
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level 67
Oct 19, 2017
Was mad about missing Oscar Pistorius, since I just saw the Jim Jeffries routine a couple of weeks ago. Totally knew the guy but couldn't remember the name. :(
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level 49
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 64
Oct 19, 2017
Isn't it normal Jetpunk type-in policy to accept the singular of “constellations” as well?
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level 41
Oct 19, 2017
Yeah, it should be
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level 51
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 72
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 42
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 54
Mar 15, 2019
Please change 'What U.S. state has the highest percentage French speakers?' to 'What U.S. state has the highest percentage of French speakers?'
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level 28
May 15, 2019
when did andromeda become a constellation instead of a galaxy
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level 73
May 17, 2019
The Andromeda Galaxy is so called because, from our perspective, it is located in the constellation of Andromeda.