General Knowledge Quiz #140

Answer these random trivia questions.
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What is the Italian version of ice cream?
Gelato
What marine mammal's tusks were once thought to be from unicorns?
Narwhal
What is the largest country that was uninhabited by humans in the year 1000 A.D.?
New Zealand
What city does Superman live in?
Metropolis
What was the original scandal that other "gates" are named for?
Watergate
What sport does a coxswain participate in?
Rowing
In what city did James Joyce's "Ulysses" take place?
Dublin
In what country would you find the easternmost point on the mainland of the Americas?
Brazil
Who was the subject of two recent biographical movies, one starring Ashton Kutcher and
the other starring Michael Fassbender?
Steve Jobs
What "kissing" disease, common among teenagers, can cause swollen
lymph nodes and fatigue?
Mononucleosis
In what song did Jimmy Buffett search for his lost shaker of salt?
Margaritaville
What city's Dharavi slum has a population of about 700,000 in less than one square mile?
Mumbai
What is the name of the mathematical sequence than begins 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13?
Fibonacci Sequence
What type of ray fish can have a "wingspan" of up to 7 meters?
Manta Ray
What did the temperance movement seek to ban?
Alcohol
Whose quotes are known as hadiths?
Muhammad
Who is Arkham Asylum's most famous resident?
The Joker
What form does "It" most frequently take in the Stephen King book "It"?
Clown
What fictional character invented Everlasting Gobstoppers?
Willy Wonka
What country's army was commonly called the Red Army?
Soviet Union
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Level 74
Dec 1, 2015
We'd always learned at school that the first settler in what is now New Zealand was the Polynesian explorer Kupe, who first arrived at New Zealand between the years 900 and 1000. More recent research casts doubt on that, but no-one can be sure that New Zealand was empty of people in 1000 AD.
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Level ∞
Dec 1, 2015
It's impossible to prove a universal negative. This quiz is based on the best available evidence, which suggest New Zealand was settled around 1280 A.D.
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Level 84
Jan 30, 2016
'Glandular Fever' should be allowed as an alternative to 'Mononucleosis'.
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Level 48
Feb 21, 2016
I agree. I have never heard it called Mononucleosis.
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Level ∞
Feb 21, 2016
Yet another US/UK word difference!
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Level 58
Feb 21, 2016
We do make it easier and just commonly call it "mono". I'm sure there's a lot of people who don't even know the full name!
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Level 70
Aug 9, 2018
In the Netherlands it is most well known as 'Pfeiffer disease', while in Belgium it is most well known as (the Dutch translation of) glandular fever..
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Level 71
Jun 24, 2019
And the Germans don't like it simple, so they went with (the German translation of) Pfeiffer's glandular fever. And of course the last words are a single one in German: Drüsenfieber.
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Level 61
May 3, 2021
Proably the Germans were just proud of their boy Pfeiffer.
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Level 52
Feb 21, 2016
Accept Russia for Soviet Union?
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Level 46
Feb 22, 2016
Soviet union was not a country per se. You should accept russia as well
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Level 63
Oct 22, 2020
I'm fine with accepting Russia, but the Soviet Union was a country in every way imaginable.
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Level 80
Feb 22, 2016
Spumoni instead of gelato?
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Level 84
Apr 24, 2017
Took a few tries to get Fibonnaci; I hope there are a number of spelling helps. :-)
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Level 72
Dec 13, 2020
I fibbed when I said I only ate a few nachi.
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Level 63
Oct 22, 2020
"What did the temperance movement seek to ban?" Please also accept "fun" as an answer!
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Level 57
Dec 14, 2020
You couldn't use alcohol to sterilization? Ok, they didn't know about bacteria, I guess.
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Level 63
May 3, 2021
Fun fact: during prohibition in the US, alcohol was still allowed for several uses, including for catholic masses!
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Level 77
Dec 14, 2020
The question about the Steve Jobs movies can probably lose the word "recent" as they have aged out of recent 4 years ago.
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Level 50
Dec 14, 2020
Could you accept Spumoni for Gelato?
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Level 58
May 3, 2021
Spumone is a type of gelato. Gelato is the correct answer.
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Level 66
May 3, 2021
Tried "walrus" like fifty times because I was sure the narwhal had a horn sticking out the top of its head rather than a tusk, but upon googling, I see I was mistaken and it is just a very unfortunate-looking creature.
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Level 31
May 3, 2021
I thought Alaska was the most northern, western and Eastern state so I put USA. Then realised it is the islands in the Bering sea that cross the date line
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Level 63
May 3, 2021
I've heard that claim that Alaska is "the easternmost state" several times, and I still find it absurd. If you're on an island that is crossed by the international date line, and you go west, you still end up on the western shore of that island, even if you've crossed into the eastern hemisphere.
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Level 81
May 3, 2021
That makes even less sense. What does "easternmost" or "westernmost" even mean without a starting point? If you live on planet Earth that starting point is usually agreed to be Greenwich, England.
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Level 63
May 3, 2021
Due to the globe being round, there is no such thing as "absolute east", as every point is both to the west and to the east of itself if you go far enough.

Therefore, the "easternmost point" is always the easternmost point of something. For instance, the easternmost point of the US is the last point you reach when traveling east before leaving the US. How does that not make sense?

Even Londoners have understood this, as the area of London known as "East Center" (postcodes EC1 through EC4) is located to the East of Central London - but West of Greenwich.

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Level 63
May 3, 2021
Take another example: what is the East Coast of the US East of? It's certainly to the West of Greenwich!
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Level 34
May 4, 2021
Odd to see the jimmy buffett question being the most challenging…guess I am just old!
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Level 44
May 4, 2021
Gelato literally is ice cream
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Level 59
May 5, 2021
77% of people read Steven King?
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Level 65
May 6, 2021
No but it’s a movie now