General Knowledge Quiz #126

Can you answer these random trivia questions?
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Last updated: July 29, 2020
First submittedMarch 13, 2015
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What would a person turn into if they gazed into Medusa's eyes?
Stone
What brothers compiled fairy tales including "Cinderella" and "Rumpelstiltskin"?
Brothers Grimm
What occupation puts one at risk for black lung?
Coal Mining
What type of creature might leave a trail of ectoplasm behind it?
a Ghost
What sport takes place in a velodrome?
Track Cycling
What company made Pentiums?
Intel
What school of art was invented by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque?
Cubism
What animal is known in German as as Schildkröte, literally a "shield toad"?
Tortoise
What is a nosegay made of?
Flowers
Who wrote the nonsense poem "Jabberwocky"?
Lewis Carroll
Who has been credited with inventing 1,700 common words including assassination,
bedazzled, and eyeball?
William Shakespeare
Who rules in a plutocracy?
The Wealthy
What industry employs best boys and key grips?
The Film Industry
What country was British PM Neville Chamberlain visiting in 1938 when he declared
"I believe it is peace in our time"?
Germany
In Spanish it's "Cruz". In French, it's "Croix". What is it in English?
Cross
What part of the body produces Vitamin D?
Skin
In what country would you find the world's largest stadium:
Rungrado 1st of May Stadium?
North Korea
What soccer player has bitten three others, most recently at the 2014 World Cup?
Luis Suárez
What country is more than 90% male?
Vatican City
What is caused by a rhinovirus?
The Common Cold
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Level 88
Mar 16, 2015
I always thought a plutocracy should be ruled by the devil. Sadly, the word comes from the Greek, not the Latin.
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Level 59
Jul 27, 2015
Ha, ha.
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Level 67
Sep 16, 2020
I got the Pentium question by trying 'intellectuals' for the plutocracy question.
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Level 80
Oct 19, 2020
That would be a geniocracy. Probably a good idea, but never implemented (closest example I can think of being the meritocracy of the early Mongolian Empire). Plutocracies on the other hand are all too common.
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Level 67
Oct 19, 2020
I tried "the dead". :/
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Level 80
Oct 21, 2020
That would be a thanatocracy. North Korea officially being the only one in the world.
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Level 55
Oct 19, 2020
They come from the same root. Pluto/Hades' repertoire included being King of the Underworld (not actually the god of death/dying, that was Thanatos), but also the god of everything under the surface of the earth, such as all the gold and silver and precious jewels there. He was also the god of money.
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Level 58
Aug 10, 2015
This one was kind of tough! Usually there's not as many that I don't know. Great quiz, though; thanks. :)
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Level ∞
Jul 29, 2020
2020 revision: I've removed the 4 hardest questions and replaced them with easier ones.
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Level 79
Aug 11, 2015
Can't believe I missed Vatican City. It should have been so obvious. I was trying to think of Arctic regions where it's mainly men who do mining, fishing, etc.
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Level 73
Jan 19, 2018
Feels like "cinema" should be accepted for the best boy/key grip clue...
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Level ∞
Jul 29, 2020
Okay
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Level 65
Oct 19, 2020
... and Show Biz!
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Level 69
Jun 23, 2019
Tried several differnt spellngs of Pyongyang until I reread question - ugh
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Level 80
Jul 29, 2020
The crediting of all those words to Shakespeare seems to have taken a hit recently. See, e.g., "https://www.pri.org/stories/2013-08-19/did-william-shakespeare-really-invent-all-those-words". For a more light-hearted discrediting, watch "Upstart Crow".
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Level 78
Jul 30, 2020
Should accept kidney for the vitamin D question
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Level 74
Aug 17, 2020
That's what I put as well. Never in considered skin although many others obviously have. I kept making sure kidney was spelled correctly.
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Level 73
Aug 3, 2020
I feel like the rhinovirus question is confusing. I spent a while listing symptoms. Perhaps "What illness is most commonly caused by a rhinovirus?" would be clearer. I dunno, perhaps I'm just being dense.
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Level 40
Oct 23, 2020
I agree. I listed runny nose, congestion, stuffed nose. Badly worded question.
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Level 67
Sep 16, 2020
Could 'chimney sweeping' be accepted for black lung?
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Level 28
Oct 19, 2020
good quiz. can the rhinovirus one be rephrased? Maybe "What disease/illness is caused by rhinovirus. I spent ages trying "coughing" sneezing" etc.
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Level 56
Oct 19, 2020
Agree.
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Level 65
Oct 20, 2020
Yeah, I tried sneezing and coughing, and neither worked. Found it curious.
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Level 67
Oct 19, 2020
kidneys produce Vitamin D
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Level 72
Oct 19, 2020
Please accept “New Rich” on the plutocracy question, as that is what distinguishes it from the aristocracy
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Level 64
Oct 19, 2020
Not every one of the aristocracy is rich.
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Level 72
Oct 19, 2020
That doesn’t stop the fact that they are referred to as the “Old Money”
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Level 63
Oct 19, 2020
The vitamin D question is problematic because three different organs are vitally involved in the process, and the organ identified as correct currently is only the first of the three. It's biologically inactive as it leaves the organ.
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Level 54
Oct 21, 2020
bit cross I missed the Picasso one I had the right thing just as and ...ist not an ...ism. Did ok otherwise though