General Knowledge Quiz #15

Answer these random trivia questions.
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Last updated: May 3, 2018
First submittedAugust 18, 2011
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What period came before the Jurassic?
The Triassic
What makes bread rise?
Who was married to both Joe Dimaggio and Arthur Miller?
Marilyn Monroe
What is the upper house of the British Parliament?
House of Lords
What band recorded "The Dark Side of the Moon"?
Pink Floyd
What is the capital of Jamaica?
In what country did the didgeridoo originate?
Who was the star of the movie "Dirty Harry"?
Clint Eastwood
What Otis Redding song was covered by Aretha Franklin, becoming her first #1 hit?
What is the biggest island in the United States?
Hawaii (The Big Island)
What major city is near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers?
St. Louis
How many pounds are in a short ton?
What actress gained the nickname Hanoi Jane after being photographed sitting
on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun
Jane Fonda
What Zodiac sign means ram?
If you are eating tripe, what part of an animal are you eating?
What art movement did Jackson Pollock belong to?
Abstract Expressionism
What is the largest lake in Africa by surface area?
Lake Victoria
What modern country has the most territory in the ancient region of Nubia?
What book's sequels include "A Storm of Swords" and "A Dance With Dragons"?
A Game of Thrones
What is a common word that means "geriatric"?
Level 61
Jul 20, 2013
I've never heard it called a short ton before, so I just started guessing all sorts of numbers between 1,500 and 2,000. ... Well, I learned something today.
Level 44
Jul 20, 2013
The other types of ton are the long ton (2240 pound) and the metric tonne (2205 pounds).
Level 63
Jul 12, 2018
Elsewhere in the world though it's a metric sh*t tonne. Only the US and Myanmar use sh*t tons.
Level 55
Jul 20, 2013
Hate to nit pick (okay that's a lie, who doesn't love to nit pick), but one could argue that it's actually carbon dioxide that causes bread to rise, not the yeast itself
Level 24
Jul 22, 2013
I've been known to use an elevator.
Level 38
Aug 29, 2013
You're my favorite person at the moment. Nice one.
Level 65
Nov 30, 2019
For me, a lift.
Level 44
Dec 13, 2013
Level 83
May 29, 2016
Baking soda, baking powder and beaten eggs are more used for cakes and cookies, not really for "proper" bread. Although I guess that would depend on the definition of bread. Also ammounium bicarbonate is used (Salt of hart's horn). Stinks to high hell when being baked though.
Level 60
Nov 29, 2017
Baked goods that use baking soda or powder to rise are known as quick breads, as opposed to yeast breads
Level 75
Jul 15, 2018
I'm sure yeast on its own is not sufficient - some kind of heat for starters, and something for it to react with ;-)
Level 61
Mar 30, 2014
Quite a few "periods" came before the Jurassic, however the period that immediately preceded the Jurassic was the Triassic.
Level 33
Jul 25, 2014
So many of these questions are about Marilyn Monroe!
Level 74
Jul 31, 2014
Well, one of them
Level 59
May 10, 2015
I know what MIssTaylor123 means. Not just in this general knowledge quiz, but in many of the other general knowledge quizzes. Also lots of questions about Sri Lanka. Don't mind those 'cause I like Sri Lanka (fun to say). I find Marilyn Monroe boring.
Level 64
Jul 12, 2018
Marilyn Monroe herself was pretty boring, which makes the cult surrounding her interesting. She was very pretty, but that's about it. She died over 50 years ago, and (last I read, at least) she is still the most valuable pop cultural icon in terms of money spent on her memorabilia every year (I think Elvis is second). I get that Monroe is a tragic tale because she was born poor, became a huge star, had some rocky marriages, substance abuse and then died young by suicide, but...I don't know why that's still such a big deal half a century later. Her acting wasn't exceptional. It's weird that people still fixate on her so much.
Level 58
Jul 12, 2018
@jmellor - by now it seems you would realize that not everyone's interests are the same. Marilyn Monroe is you. She is no big deal half a century you. There are things that you may find completely fascinating that bore other to tears. Everyone is not you. P.S. I'm not a Marilyn fan either.
Level 64
Jul 14, 2018
Wow, what a completely unnecessary reproof. I feel like I explained pretty clearly why I thought the fixation with her was odd. I didn't say people who like her are bad people. I didn't call them idiots. I just think it's weird that a mediocre actress whose life followed a fairly common (albeit very sad) arc for young stars is for some reason the object of so much adoration decades later. I think that's a defensible position. I was just making a comment. If you think what I said is so ridiculous, explain why she deserves all the attention she still gets. Otherwise, I offer a second comment: shove it.
Level 66
Apr 22, 2020
Unnecessary? Don't agree, I care more about Miss Monroe than about your opinion Mr. Mellor13. I do not think that your position is defensible in the slightest, what have you ever done that was as good as one of her performances?
Level 63
Oct 15, 2015
With most general knowledge questions, if you don't know the answer, you can have a good guess. But if the question is asking for how many of one unit there are in another imperial unit, and you only know the metric system, the chances are you guessing the right number are 1 in, well, every number. There's no logical system to it.
Level 71
Dec 10, 2015
I agree that too many questions included in the "general knowledge" are only "local knowledge". And this one in particular is egregious. Pounds are only used in the few countries that use imperial units, and short tons are only used in the USA. Moreover, I wouldn't mind having questions I cant know the answer to, but that actually help me to learn something useful. Its not the case here as that wouldn't be of any interest to anyone outside the USA.
Level 67
Nov 18, 2019
I pretty much exclusively use the metric system as I'm from Canada, and I was able to get this question pretty easily.
Level 81
Apr 30, 2018
I love that the answer to "What is the biggest island in the United States?" is "The Big Island."
Level 46
Jul 12, 2018
Hahah yeah we're not hard to get ;) In all seriousness, the locals call it the Big Island because the name of the island is Hawaii, but so is the name of the entire state. So because it's the biggest island, to avoid confusion it's The Big Island.
Level 87
May 1, 2018
Yesh, great quiz. Thank you.
Level 64
May 2, 2018
I tried "big" for the biggest island in USA and then gave up when it didn't work.
Level 77
May 3, 2018
The BOOK is actually called 'A Game of Thrones'
Level ∞
May 3, 2018
Level 81
Jul 12, 2018
Also, isn't A Clash of Kings technically also an acceptable answer? it was published before either of the two books mentioned.

I did get the answer right on my second guess, though.

Level 64
Jul 12, 2018
I always thought Long Island was the biggest island in the U.S., but it turns out it's not even close. It is only the biggest island in the *contiguous* United States. But it's still, by far, the most populated island in the U.S. (just over twice the population of Puerto Rico and over seven times the population of the next-most populated island, O'ahu).
Level 79
Jul 12, 2018
If it's an island how can it be contiguous?
Level 65
Jul 13, 2018
The contiguous United States or officially the conterminous United States consists of the 48 adjoining U.S. states plus Washington, D.C. on the continent of North America. The terms exclude the non-contiguous states of Alaska and Hawaii, and all off-shore insular areas,
Level 64
Jul 14, 2018
As Pharley noted, I was pretty obviously using "contiguous United States" in the colloquial sense to refer to the 48 mainland states. Everyone, including you, understands that term and how it is applied. But I know you're loath to miss a chance to jump down someone's throat, so I'm just happy I could bring that little bit of joy into your day. And to preempt your response: yes, I know what the dictionary definition of "contiguous" is, and yes, I know Long Island is not connected by land to mainland New York or New Jersey. But it's a five-minute drive to the mainland with no traffic. If you took the Long Island Railroad, you wouldn't even notice you were leaving an island. People on Long Island consider themselves part of the contiguous United States. I know this because I grew up there.
Level 31
Jul 18, 2018
The fact that I was randomly spamming countries and got Sudan correct amazes me
Level 70
Jan 20, 2019
Good thing the rest of the questions were pretty easy. Gave me enough time to keep guessing various body parts for tripe.
Level 65
Oct 24, 2019
Maybe GOT/got for a game of thrones> I still got it but it might trip people up
Level 32
Jan 23, 2020
Almost the whole words uses the metric system, just not the US and a few other countries. "General knowledge" alright...
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