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General Knowledge Quiz #125

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Last updated: March 10, 2015
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What type of bombshell were Jean Harlow and Marilyn Monroe?
Blonde Bombshell
What's the term for the first episode of a TV series?
Pilot
What is Giza famous for?
The Pyramids
What weapon/tool is stereotypically carried by angry mobs?
Pitchforks
In what country were 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram?
Nigeria
What ancient society built the city of Chichen Itza?
The Mayans
What type of museum is the tourist trap Madame Tussauds?
Wax Museum
What is the biggest Italian automaker?
Fiat
What common Latin phrase could be translated as "you scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours"?
Quid Pro Quo
What Roman god had two faces and is the namesake of the month of January?
Janus
How is the word pajamas spelled in the United Kingdom?
Pyjamas
What is the most common pub name in Great Britain, according to the site pubsgalore.co.uk?
Red Lion
Who shot Greedo inside the cantina?
Han Solo
Correctly spell the band whose name sounds like Deaf Leopard
Def Leppard
What fictional character was diagnosed as an alcoholic by the British Medical Journal, in 2013?
James Bond
What taxonomic kingdom do mushrooms belong to?
Fungi
What does the M stand for in ICBM?
Missile
What rapper got his start in the Canadian teen drama "Degrassi: The Next Generation"?
Drake
What does the Spanish word "barrio" mean?
Neighborhood
What type of food does Jiro dream of?
Sushi
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level 73
Mar 10, 2015
I couldn't get Quid Pro Quo to save my life. I could see Hannibal Lechter saying it to Clarice, but I couldn't remember what the phrase was.
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level 47
Jul 29, 2015
I only got it because I took four years of Latin...
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level 70
Sep 16, 2016
I did the same thing, except with Jon Voigt's character saying it to Nicholas Cage in National Treasure. Just couldn't pull it. Grrrrrr!
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level 60
May 21, 2015
Haha.. For some reason on the "angry mob" clue, I read/assumed/have no idea/visualised a 'street gang', I was never ever going to guess pitchfork with that in mind..
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level 59
Jul 27, 2015
Yeah, I kept thinking torches. Got it eventually though.
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level 75
Jul 27, 2015
I tried torches, bottles, sticks, cudgels, axes...would never have thought of pitchforks even though I live on a farm.
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level 47
Jul 29, 2015
@ander217 if you live on a farm, you probably use pitchforks for their conventional use, and would be less likely to think about them as a weapon. For city slickers, the only time they ever encounter pitchforks is in movies, TV shows, etc in scenes with angry mobs. If that makes you feel any better.
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level 75
Dec 8, 2015
It does. Thank you. :) At least I got the correct answer the second time I took it, but still have no idea who Jiro is.
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level 73
Jan 2, 2016
Yes, but where do these angry mobs get a pitchfork? Not in the city. With all the angry mob pictures in the USA this past year, I don't think I ever saw a pitchfork.
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level 62
Jan 7, 2017
Think "Frankenstein" movies.
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level 66
Feb 7, 2018
@MasterKenobi - Ah, but if you lived on a farm and needed a quick, improvised weapon, that would certainly among your top choices.
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level 70
Jul 27, 2015
What about "do ut des" as answer for the Latin phrase? Not sure it quite fits but perhaps
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level 61
Feb 15, 2018
This was also my first thought, but Quid pro Quo makes sense too
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level 75
Jul 27, 2015
How was I misspelling missile? Maybe "missle?" "Missel?" Those look obviously wrong to me now... but when I was taking the quiz I knew the answer for sure, tried several times but couldn't get it.
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level 78
Jul 27, 2015
Maybe because Americans pronounce it 'missle' whereas we Brits pronounce it 'miss-isle'
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level 58
Jul 27, 2015
Take these quizzes long enough and you'll become a better speller. Although some are really generous with spelling errors. Quizmaster?
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level 58
Jul 27, 2015
I'm American and say miss-isle
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level 47
Jul 29, 2015
Me too!
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level 75
Dec 8, 2015
At least you were in the ballpark, Kalba. I couldn't figure out why it wasn't accepting "machines" until I finally looked more closely and realized it wasn't asking about IBM.
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level 56
Feb 15, 2018
Surely it can't be that difficult a word to spell correctly?
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level 59
Feb 15, 2018
For some people, it can be. And stop calling me Shirley.
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level 59
Feb 15, 2018
Everyone has words that just don't stick. I still have to think whether it's "withdrawal" or "withdrawl." No matter how many times I see that common word, it just never lands. And I'm otherwise an excellent speler.
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level 59
Jul 27, 2015
borough, district, ghetto
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level 72
Jul 27, 2015
could you accept "correctly" for the pajamas question?
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level 75
Jul 28, 2015
Haha. Or re-word the question to "What is the spelling for pajamas everywhere else in the world except the US?"
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level ∞
Sep 18, 2017
There are more native English speakers in the United States than in the rest of the world combined.

At the time of the American Revolution, spelling had yet to be fully standardized. Webster did us Americans a huge favor with spellings that make a lot more sense, phonetically, than their British counterparts.

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level 75
Feb 15, 2018
^and also, hate to break this to you, but the UK is not "everywhere else in the world." I've taught English on four continents now and always had students and employers (some that were British companies but forced to cater to their clients' demands) that preferred American spellings.
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level 47
Jul 29, 2015
Ok I'm American, and maybe you're joking around but I'm tired of everyone picking on us. The word "pajamas" (or "pyjamas," haha my computer spell-checks that word) comes from the Persian words "pay" meaning leg, and "jama" meaning garment or clothing. So I guess Brits took the y from "pay" and Americans took the a. If you think about it, everyone is right! Yay!
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level 74
Feb 15, 2018
Yea it's ridiculous that us British get so petty about how other people spell our brand of Latin/Germanic languages. I quite like the peculiarities of British English, but we shouldn't pretend it's the only correct way.
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level 75
Feb 15, 2018
I quite like your British "peculiarities" too, even though I'm American. I have no problem with saying both ways are correct, (That only goes for spelling, though. When you try to tell me that North and South America are the same continent I lose all sense of diplomacy and go right to war.)
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level 74
Feb 16, 2018
Nobody claims that surely? I've heard them called 'the Americas' but that still recognises separate continents.
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level 42
Apr 22, 2019
Mrnafe Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries (and a few others) learn that the Americas are one continent
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level 59
Feb 15, 2018
I usually roll my eyes when a Brit demands that their spelling is the only spelling, but I have to applaud the cleverness of this comment.
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level 72
Feb 15, 2018
Took the quiz again after 2.5 years; not only was my first attempt today at the answer "correctly", but thought "I'm going to post 'please accept correctly as the answer'" in the comments. At least I'm unwavering :-)
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level 74
Feb 16, 2018
ChipOtley is not for turning
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level 59
Jul 28, 2015
A "pilot" is an episode of a series made as a produced sample episode of a show for evaluation prior to the decision by a network to commit to the production and airing of more episodes. Sometimes the pilot is the first episode of a series, but often it is not. Sometimes extensive changes are made to an episode before it is aired, and often the pilot episode is scrapped entirely. The pilot episode of "Star Trek," for example, had a much more military feel than the eventual show we are familiar with. It had a different doctor (not McCoy) and was never aired as part of the regular series run. The first episode of a television series is commonly referred to as the "series premiere."
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level 67
Feb 15, 2018
I agree, the question should be rephrased. Another example could be "Game of Thrones", where the "pilot episode" was never broadcasted and a complete reshot was done (with some changes in casting and script) for the first episode. And of course there are many shows with first episode and no "pilot".
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level 66
Jan 14, 2019
And Star Trek shows how it can be even more complicated.The first pilot that you mention, "The Cage," wasn't actually picked up, so they made a second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before." That one was picked up, but was aired as the third episode of the series. So Star Trek had TWO pilots, NEITHER of which were the first episode.
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level 71
Jul 28, 2015
Loved the Jiro question! ^_^
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level 75
Jul 30, 2015
Agree with snix - pilot refers to a pre-approval, "test episode" for a show, often very different from what the show becomes once approved for production. Premiere would be a better answer.
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level 28
Sep 15, 2015
I disagree with snix and Freestatebear. A pilot episode is the first episode of a series- plain and simple.
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level 67
Feb 15, 2018
No - a pilot is as described by snix and company. A pilot is needed to see if the series will fly:)
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level 78
Feb 15, 2018
I agree with Snix and company as well. I think we'll need to get our pitchforks and/or flaming torches.
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level 66
Jan 14, 2019
Okay, so then why was the (approved) pilot episode of Star Trek the third episode?
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level 56
Jan 31, 2016
I think for the "angry mob" question you should except torches also
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level 51
Jun 6, 2016
Could British spelling neighbourhood be accepted for barrio, please?
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level ∞
Sep 18, 2017
It is
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level 50
Dec 18, 2016
What about "manus manum lavat"? I think it might be a better translation for the backscratching since the metaphor is similar.
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level 38
Mar 13, 2017
How DARE they declare James Bond (in my mind the one and only Sean Connery qualifies) as an Alcoholic??? - This series was set, when in the '40s and '50s? - In that era, he would not have been considered an alcoholic!!!! - (ever seen Madmen?) - We need to STOP putting our modern day values on past norms.
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level 73
Nov 20, 2017
Alcoholic is a medical definition, it was just more socially acceptable.

The film series is ongoing anyway and it's also set in present time.
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level 56
Feb 15, 2018
Wow! That's rather an overreaction. The question is clear that it was a medical journal who came to the conclusion, which suggests that it's a medical definition being applied rather than some societal thing.
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level 46
Apr 23, 2018
MadMen also fiction. But there were plenty alcoholics like them back then. They drank too much and were addicted because it was a norm; it is, by its nature, addictive. It just wasn't recognised as being a problem as long as one didn't collapse in the process and embarrass anyone. And when does a fictional hero do that?
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level 66
Jun 11, 2017
Angry mobs = flaming torches
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level 75
Feb 15, 2018
I tried that at first, but then I decided that the torches are only there so people can see where to jab the pitchforks, so they wouldn't really be considered a weapon or tool in themselves. On the other hand, they do sometimes set fire to the residence or jail or whatever, so in that case they could be said to be a tool or weapon. On the other hand...what was the question?
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level 55
Feb 15, 2018
Isn't the sphinx also a famous part of Giza. And who says pajamas. Never heard it in my life,
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level 56
Feb 15, 2018
Pyjamas/pajamas is a common enough word in my experience.
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level 67
Feb 15, 2018
The Han Solo question should specify that he shot first.
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level 56
Feb 15, 2018
An unnecessary addition and would not make any difference to the answer. There's nothing wrong with the question as it is.
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level 67
Feb 15, 2018
Maybe it should say Frankenstein mobs.
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level 55
Feb 15, 2018
Fir 'barrio' can you accept 'district' or 'quarter' as well please?
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level 59
Feb 15, 2018
That is how the word is used by Hispanic communities in the States, but its literal translation is "neighborhood."
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level 64
Feb 15, 2018
I tried quarter, town quarter, city quarter, ward, borough, township, district, precinct for barrio. Could you accept some of these as type-ins?
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level 66
Feb 15, 2018
I really liked the angry mob question.
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level 82
Feb 15, 2018
Technically 'pilot' is not the first episode of a series. A pilot is a 'proof of concept' for a proposed series. It's a single show made to demonstrate the concept of the series. If it becomes a series, the first episode is the 'premiere'.
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level 49
Feb 16, 2018
Would you accept pumpernickel?
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level 46
Mar 1, 2018
Only 42% for Han Solo smh
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