General Knowledge Quiz #139

Answer these random trivia questions.
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Last updated: December 13, 2020
First submittedNovember 26, 2015
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What early type of airplane that had two sets of wings?
Biplane
What country is the #1 source of refugees living in other countries, as of 2019?
Syria
Who saw four ghosts on Christmas Eve?
Ebenezer Scrooge
What Incan city's ruins were unknown to the outside world until 1911?
Machu Picchu
What Native American society collapsed around 900 A.D.?
Classic Mayan
What country contains most of the Ganges river delta?
Bangladesh
What were German submarines called in WWII?
U-boats
What unit of time is 1/1000th of a microsecond?
Nanosecond
What is the only country of the world that has an emperor?
Japan
What country does polka originally come from?
Czech Republic
What is another name for an algal bloom?
Red Tide
What group of concertos by Vivaldi is composed of La Primavera,
L'estate, L'autunno, and L'inverno?
The Four Seasons
Whose law states that "anything that can go wrong will go wrong"?
Murphy's
What type of baggy dress is spelled with 4 u's?
Muumuu
What type of chair/couch hybrid can often be found in psychiatrists' offices?
Chaise Longue
Who is credited with ridding Ireland of snakes, despite there being
no record of snakes ever existing there?
Saint Patrick
What is the term for a painting that depicts inanimate objects such as food or flowers?
Still Life
What overtook Internet Explorer to become the world's most popular web browser in 2012?
Chrome
What musical features the song "Defying Gravity"?
Wicked
What has a moon named Charon?
Pluto
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Level 81
Nov 26, 2015
Also isn't "Stilleben" also used? The German word?
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Level 63
Oct 28, 2020
Fun fact: in French, it's called a "nature mort", or "dead nature". I find it interesting that the same thing is associated with life in some languages, and with death in others.
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Level 63
Apr 19, 2021
Since I can't edit anymore: of course it's "nature mortE", with an E at the end. Damn 2020-me for not proofreading!
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Level 74
Nov 27, 2015
Surely Quattro Stagioni is a better fit for the Vivaldi question, given the language you chose to give the clues in!
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Level ∞
Dec 13, 2020
Quattro Stagioni is accepted.
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Level 63
May 2, 2021
I'm not a fan of Quattro Stagioni. I don't think the artichokes are a good fit.
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Level 65
Nov 27, 2015
How many of you have taken every one of these 139 quizzes?
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Level 89
Nov 30, 2015
i++
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Level 81
Feb 8, 2016
I tend to enjoy the more focused or quirky themed quizzes more, myself. But when these show up on the front page I take them about 80% of the time.
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Level 81
Sep 17, 2016
139 for 139. On to #140 next.
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Level 78
Jan 24, 2018
I go through "not taken" quiz list by groups, so I'm working on these as well :)
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Level 70
Feb 7, 2016
I notice that is an Australian Biplane in the given picture.
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Level 53
Feb 7, 2016
Very funny! One of the most famous mis-printed stamps in US Postal history....
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Level 60
Feb 9, 2017
And REALLY valuable!
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Level 62
Feb 7, 2016
For some reason I've always thought that chaise longues were the types of chairs that you see next to pools.
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Level 53
Feb 7, 2016
They are. But before that, they were household furniture, and are commonly used by psychiatrists.
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Level 44
Feb 7, 2016
I knew Homer Simpson once wore a muumuu, but couldn't remember its name for the life of me.
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Level 72
Jul 4, 2016
I had no idea it was spelled muumuu and not just mumu.
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Level 66
Apr 19, 2021
He also found a sheet of Inverted Jennys but threw them aside (along with a Stradivarius violin) because he didn't know their value.
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Level 82
Feb 6, 2017
Could not get past 'Sod's Law'.

Murphy's Law did not come to the forefront of my mind although have heard of it.

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Level 59
Mar 22, 2017
Sod's Law was what came to my mind. Are they one and the same thing? If so, perhaps Sod should be accepted too.
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Level 52
Sep 20, 2018
is that a UK only expression? it was my first response too
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Level 46
Apr 19, 2021
Yeah Im from the UK. We do not call it Murphys law, it is Sods Law, 100%. This needs to be changed.
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Level 46
Apr 19, 2021
The only difference I've found between the two, and I don't think its a strong enough difference or widely known enough to be particular on...

Murphy's Law seems to suggest that eventually everything that could have gone wrong will have at some point. While Sod's Law is more of a singular reference - on this particular occasion, so much can go wrong that something must.

But I don't think this is upheld in its common usage - ie. in the UK we just say its Sod's Law as a generalisation : Things can go wrong, things will go wrong.

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Level 71
Feb 10, 2018
Spelled Anasazi many different ways, then facepalmed.
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Level 62
Apr 24, 2018
foiled by spelling in all things.
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Level 59
Apr 19, 2021
"Mayan" is related only to the language of the Maya civilisation, so it ought to be "Classic Maya" rather than "Classic Mayan".
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Level 66
Apr 19, 2021
Tricky one this, I missed more than usual.

BTW, Q1 is slightly incorrectly worded - should remove "that" or add "is an". Noticed it on the front page today...

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Level 63
Apr 19, 2021
Also: while it is true that German submarines were called "u-boats", or more accurately "U-Boote" in WWII, they are also still called that today! It's just the regular German word for submarine (short for "Unterseeboot" - or "underwater boat" - which is a pretty accurate description of those things).
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Level 39
Apr 19, 2021
I couldn't for the life of me spell Picchu! typed it 12 different ways.