General Knowledge Quiz #137

Can you answer these random trivia questions?
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Last updated: November 16, 2020
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What are the two countries that have the largest area of tropical rainforest?
Indonesia
Brazil
Who wrote "Pride and Prejudice"?
Jane Austen
What region of the world was once spelled "Cashmere"?
Kashmir
What Russian city hosted the Winter Olympics in 2014?
Sochi
Who visits the Fortress of Solitude near the North Pole when he
needs some quiet time?
Superman
What type of animal comes in Rhesus, Capuchin, and Howler varieties?
Monkey
Who founded cities in Egypt, Afghanistan, Turkey, and several other countries?
Alexander the Great
What type of animal is a shell-less gastropod?
Slug
What is the least diverse country in the world, with 99.998% of people
coming from the same ethnic group?
North Korea
What industry brought the Medici and Rothschild families to prominence?
Banking
What drug did the British grow in India and sell in China?
Opium
What type of "languages" are Ruby and Perl?
Programming
language
What is the meaning of the French word "gras"? Hint: think of Mardi Gras or Foie Gras
Fat
Whose image appeared on a grilled cheese sandwich that sold for $28,000 on eBay?
Virgin Mary
What wedding payment is common in India despite being illegal?
Dowries
What does the g stand for in g-force?
Gravitational
On what TV show would you see Daleks saying "exterminate"?
Doctor Who
What did Matthew Webb become the first person to swim across, in 1875?
The English Channel
In what activity might one attempt a "Sicilian Defense"?
Chess
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Level 79
Oct 4, 2015
Please could you accept just "Channel" for English Channel? Most people I know just call it the Channel.
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Level 64
Jan 10, 2016
I was going to say the exact same thing.
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Level 60
Jan 10, 2016
Me too
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Level 41
Jan 25, 2017
Pretty non specific though
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Level 46
May 6, 2017
Unless you're quizzing in the UK - here, it's "The Channel, NOT "The English Channel"...
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Level 70
Jan 10, 2016
Only English people call it the Channel, I imagine quizzes such as this need to be a little more specific.
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Level 57
Jan 10, 2016
I'm Dutch, I call it the Channel :)
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Level 43
Jan 10, 2016
I'm Canadian and I call it The channel
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Level 70
Jan 10, 2016
OK only the English and a few million other people call it 'The Channel'
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Level 73
Jan 11, 2016
I'm Canadian and I call it the English Channel so I cancel out abidou25.
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Level 64
Jan 12, 2016
I bet the French are a little bit annoyed that the English-speakers are debating whether to call it the English Channel or just the Channel. They call it la Manche, when they could have called it la Manche Francaise. Mind you, as a Brit, I can say that it has always been a habit in these isles of putting our ownership on places where it doesn't belong...
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Level 60
Feb 2, 2017
I'm American and I call HBO "The Channel."
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Level 75
Feb 8, 2018
I'm from the planet Gelgamek and I call it the French Waterway.
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Level 47
Jan 10, 2016
Yep, I'm Australian and I would call it just "The Channel"
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Level 41
Jan 25, 2017
Me too and i wouldn't
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Level 41
Jan 25, 2017
And I'd also make the point that if you know 'channel', you'd know it's called the English Channel.

I agree about the French though. They're being very accommodating of the lingering Imperialism of the isles.

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Level 63
Oct 28, 2020
It's also called equivalents of "La Manche" in many other languages. Der Ärmelkanal in German, La Mancha in Spanish, La Manica in Italian... And, in Britanny, it's called "Mor Breizh", or "the Breton sea".
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Level 41
Jan 10, 2016
Lol i put norther india instead of kashmir
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Level 78
Jan 10, 2016
Same here. When India didn't work I tried other countries. I guess I need to learn the definition of region.
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Level 54
Jan 11, 2016
Can you add "coding" for the language question?
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Level 73
Jan 12, 2016
I said leach instead of slug. Could leach be accepted?
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Level 82
Oct 10, 2018
Leeches are not gastropods. Gastropods are molluscs, whereas leeches are annelids (earthworms, etc.)
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Level 61
Jan 13, 2016
North Korea is so obvious... after the quiz. damn it!
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Level 82
Jan 20, 2016
Anyone else try Santa Claus for the North Pole question
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Level 78
Dec 18, 2017
of course
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Level 55
Mar 23, 2021
My hand is up
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Level 71
Nov 17, 2016
I had never heard the Channel called the "English" Channel before I found this site. I still don't understand why it would be specifically be called English when it's not specifically IN a country...
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Level 79
Nov 18, 2020
Presumably for the same reason as you have the Irish Sea in between Ireland and the UK
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Level 62
Apr 21, 2018
Who are those 500 people in North Korea who aren't Koreans?
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Level 83
Jul 16, 2019
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Level 27
Oct 19, 2018
gahh!! why didn't i think of north korea!!
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Level 37
Nov 6, 2020
Please accept The Channel for The English Channel
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Level 84
Nov 16, 2020
I'm a bit surprised about the diversity answer. I thought some Chinese at least would have made their way across the border in the centuries before the war, and perhaps a Japanese or two. Ah well, evidently my own guess was wrong, those swarthy Liechtensteiners from that country's far south make for plenty of diversity, it seems.
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Level 70
Nov 16, 2020
Could coding be accepted for programming? I don't know if there are differences I'm just unaware of...?
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Level 74
Mar 22, 2021
Seriously, you won't accept "Dowry"?
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Level 55
Mar 23, 2021
That's what I typed and it worked
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Level 51
Mar 22, 2021
So there are ~500 non-Koreans in all of North Korea. I thought Japan was homogenous, but it's *only* 98.5% Japanese.
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Level 58
Mar 23, 2021
I was definitely thinking slug, but I typed snail. I was so surprised it didn't work and couldn't think of what else it could possibly be 🤦‍♀️
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Level 76
Mar 23, 2021
It could be a nudibranch. Which should probably be accepted, on the off-chance that some smart person types 'nudibranch' when they were thinking 'slug' :D
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Level 67
Apr 20, 2021
I just tried that, because I learned that word at some point on this site and thought that's what they were asking for.
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Level 62
Mar 24, 2021
Tried everything from "scripting", "scripted", "interpreted", to "high level" for the language question.

Should either accept these, or maybe add a compiled language to broaden the scope?