General Knowledge Quiz #128

Answer these random trivia questions.
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What word commonly follows Trojan or pommel?
Horse
What made the slide rule obsolete?
Calculators
What was the name of the fairy in "Peter Pan"?
Tinker Bell
What Irish airline proposed charging passengers to use the bathroom?
Ryanair
What type of insulation causes a disease caused mesothelioma, much to the
delight of lawyers everywhere?
Asbestos
What is the lightest type of wood that is commonly used?
Balsa
If you can travel from Luxor to Venice to New York in less than 30 minutes, which city are you in?
Las Vegas
Who did King Oedipus marry?
His Mother
What crop can be devastated by a boll weevil?
Cotton
What is also known as the clink, the big house, or the pokey?
Jail
What body part was incorporated into Batman's body suit in "Batman & Robin",
starring George Clooney?
Nipples
What is the term for the Indian religious belief that the soul will enter a new body after death?
Reincarnation
What greasy hair-style did Michael Jackson sport for most of the 1980s?
Jheri Curl
What's the capital of North Korea?
Pyongyang
What word can mean either a song for sailors or a dilapidated house?
Shanty
What part of the body is affected by cirrhosis?
The Liver
What type of towns often start with the letters "Bad" in Germany? ( Baden-baden, for example )
Spa Towns
What is measured in Scoville units?
Spiciness
What French luxury company shares its name with the Greek messenger god?
Hermes
Who was born with the name Kal El on the planet Krypton?
Superman
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Level 88
Mar 23, 2015
Probably ought to accept Jocasta for Oedipus' wife.
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Level ∞
Mar 24, 2015
Jocasta will work now.
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Level 80
Sep 6, 2015
That's what I typed in. Both answers work on my impossible analogies quiz...
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Level 68
Sep 6, 2015
Please accept "his mum" as well :)
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Level 74
Mar 23, 2015
Reincarnation is widely believed outside of India, and outside of a religious context (including by me)
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Level 75
Sep 3, 2015
Agreed. It's not an "Indian" religious belief. Change to Hindu at least (though of course there are other religions that believe in reincarnation).
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Level 67
Feb 18, 2016
the idea originated in india, and it is most closely associated with the hindu religion. And the question asks which term refers to this belief. it doesn't suggest that the belief is ONLY from that culture or that religion. it simply asks what the term is that we use to refer to it.
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Level 67
Feb 18, 2016
Just out of curiosity, how is it possible to believe that you have a soul which will move to another body when you die in a non-religious context. You may not associate with any large organized religion, but if you believe that anything happens after you die, or that you have a soul, this is a religious belief, because it lies outside of the physical world that we can observe (which I call reality)
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Level 70
Jun 7, 2016
What was the question again?
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Level 81
Aug 3, 2019
SATs were a breeze. I understand the question easily.
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Level 65
Sep 25, 2020
Accept Ryan for Ryanair?
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Level 72
Sep 26, 2020
As a lawyer myself, I find the asbestos question offensive. I am used to many people regarding us as bloodsuckers with no heart. (In fact many of us, including me, do a fair amount of legal work for free and took up law to try to help people). But to suggest that we take delight in a disease that has caused misery and pain to thousands is not acceptable.

The question stands perfectly well on it's own without the reference to lawyers

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Level 77
Sep 26, 2020
It's quite redundant, there's a million things that keep lawyers busy, you could attach the delight to many questions. Or some other misfortune that is good for someone's business.

Also "everywhere" is misleading, suing your way through is not how asbestos is dealt with everywhere.

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Level 74
Sep 26, 2020
I'm not a lawyer, but I was about to make the same point - the question is clearly very offensive.
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Level 83
Sep 26, 2020
I don't mind the question -- the mesothelioma pile-on seems more like "liability harvesting" rather than helping people.
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Level ∞
Sep 26, 2020
I apologize to all the lawyers out there. Please don't sue me!
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Level 72
Sep 26, 2020
So please change the question
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Level 65
Nov 16, 2020
For whatever it's worth, I'm also a lawyer and I thought the clue was kinda funny. (Plattitutde's comment below, however, is pretty noxious and feeds into the woefully inaccurate stereotype.) Walrus is right though: most lawyers take their jobs very seriously and work really hard for their clients. People blame the lawyers for correctly enforcing the law on their clients' behalf. If you don't like the law, vote for new judges and legislators. But when absolutely no one else believes you or wants to give you a fair shake, your lawyer will go to bat for you. It's a pretty incredible thing. And as a final thought: I've found that most people with a negative view of lawyers have had very little interaction with lawyers, or are just bitter because their bad lawyer was beaten by a good lawyer.
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Level 79
Nov 16, 2020
My son is also an attorney and I assure you he doesn't have time to sue you. I once heard him answer a friend who asked what he charges. He laughingly replied that he charges $125/hr and collects $10/hr. I used to work in his office and I can attest that's not far from reality. He's now a prosecutor so he at least gets a regular paycheck but he still gives out lots of free advice.
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Level 61
Nov 18, 2020
Agreed. Apologies to all the ambulance chasers with a guilty

(or any) conscience.

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Level 68
Sep 28, 2020
I agree with WanderingWalrus the question seems to be deliberately trolling
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Level 88
Oct 1, 2020
I know what you mean. 90% of the lawyers out there are giving the other 10% a bad name!
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Level 49
Nov 16, 2020
One of the strongest associations people have with asbestos are advertisements by personal injury lawyers for class-action lawsuits that begin with "If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma..."
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Level 55
Nov 20, 2020
Lawyers are a bit scummy and overpaid, but they are necessary. What I hate is that a lawyer can go in and say the same words I could have said, but without a lawyer, the judge frowns upon you, and they want you to go through the system. It is much easier for me to pay a lawyer and the case is handled immediately. Try to handle it on your own-- even a ticket-- and you will be there all day and given the run-around, and probably crappy results. Favoritism is always shown by lawyers and judges. Just look at all the elites and Hollywood clowns who get away with ANYTHING for years. That being said, it was just a joke. Don't take it so seriously. We need lawyers, but lawyers are notorious for their gimmicks and the system is notorious for being a joke and a game. PAY TO PLAY.
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Level 83
Sep 26, 2020
actually wouldn't Metempsychosis be more appropriate an answer instead of reincarnation?
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Level 83
Sep 26, 2020
I don't know that word now, nor in any previous lifetime.
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Level 55
Nov 20, 2020
Just start a campaign on Twitter about how reincarnation disenfranchises and marginalizes some group, and they will then re-write the definition or make up a new word. We now have terms like "Latinx", "Differently-abled", "Food insecure", etc. If you are bad on this quiz site, you can now be called "Knowledgeably insufficient". LOL
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Level 72
Sep 26, 2020
Totally inane question - since units named for people are capitalized only in the abbreviated form. (e.g., V or volt. N or newton) why is Scoville capitalized?
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Level 77
Sep 27, 2020
It's not an SI unit I guess
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Level 79
Sep 27, 2020
Asbestos is used for fireproofing, not insulation. Asbestos can be found in vinyl floor tiles, plaster, caulking, insulation, and anything else that you don't want catching on fire. Asbestos isn't a type of insulation, but there is a type of insulation that contains asbestos.
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Level 55
Nov 20, 2020
Yeah that threw me as well.
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Level 67
Oct 14, 2020
There is an extra space after the opening bracket and before the closing bracket in the 'Bad' question.
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Level 74
Nov 16, 2020
And the second 'Baden' should be uppercase.
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Level 53
Nov 16, 2020
accept chilli or chillies for scoville units?
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Level 46
Nov 16, 2020
There's more spicy things than just chili or chili peppers. Non chili peppers, hot sauce, pepper spray, pure capsaicin.
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Level 54
Nov 16, 2020
I racked my brain for the name of Oedipus's mother and came up with it just in time. Only to have the answer 'his mother' pop up in the box! Annoying.
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Level 67
Nov 16, 2020
Agreed. I didn't even answer the question because I knew it was in there somewhere, but I wasn't going to pull his mother's name. I think it's a bad question as written. Either only accept her actual name, or change the question if that makes it too difficult.
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Level 59
Nov 17, 2020
What is also known as the clink, the big house, or the pokey? After the first one all I could think of was Seahawks Stadium. I knew that wasn't the answer you were looking for but couldn't come up with it.