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What period came before the Jurassic?
What makes bread rise?
Who was married to both Joe Dimaggio and Arthur Miller?
What is the upper house of the British Parliament?
What band recorded "The Dark Side of the Moon"?
What is the capital of Jamaica?
In what country did the didgeridoo originate?
Who was the star of the movie "Dirty Harry"?
What Otis Redding song was covered by Aretha Franklin, becoming her first #1 hit?
What is the biggest island in the United States?
What major city is near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers?
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
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?
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"?
What is a common word that means "geriatric"?
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level 51
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.
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level 44
Jul 20, 2013
The other types of ton are the long ton (2240 pound) and the metric tonne (2205 pounds).
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level 46
Jul 12, 2018
Elsewhere in the world though it's a metric sh*t tonne. Only the US and Myanmar use sh*t tons.
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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
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level 13
Jul 21, 2013
A sour dough starter can also be used to make a bread dough rise.
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level 73
Feb 21, 2015
Sourdough also contains yeasts, just "wild-caught"ones, along with lactobacillus. But lolrobbielol makes a good point. There are other ingredients used for leavening, too. Baking powder, baking soda, and beaten eggs also make breads rise. Perhaps the clue would be more accurate if the words "prior to baking" were added. Even so, yeast came immediately to my mind when I read the clue.
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level 27
Jul 22, 2013
I've been known to use an elevator.
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level 37
Aug 29, 2013
You're my favorite person at the moment. Nice one.
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level 35
Dec 13, 2013
no
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level 45
Mar 23, 2014
just wow...carbon dioxide is a by product FROM yeast during fermentation. You cant have CO2 without the yeast. Leave out yeast and your bread does not rise. And for Revma below, sour dough starters contain yeast..again, that is what creates the CO2 to make the bread rise.
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level 40
Apr 21, 2016
I think you can use other raising agents like baking soda, but to my mind that wouldn't be proper bread.
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level 73
Jul 12, 2018
The simple definition of bread is a mixture of flour and water, with or without leavening agents. Soda bread, American biscuits, salt-rising bread, and quick breads such as banana bread are some of the types of breads that rise without yeast. Salt-rising bread uses bacteria as the leavening agent. Yeast bread is a specific type of bread that uses yeast as the leavening agent. But again, I knew the answer as soon as I read the question.
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level 17
Aug 24, 2014
Going by that logic, the answer to the question should just be "the laws of physics".
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level 63
Jul 6, 2015
Nitpick is one word.
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level 57
Jan 25, 2018
Stop nitpicking. :)
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level 78
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.
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level 55
Nov 29, 2017
Baked goods that use baking soda or powder to rise are known as quick breads, as opposed to yeast breads
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level 70
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 ;-)
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level 7
Sep 18, 2013
Intestines should be acceptable for tripe
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level 45
Mar 23, 2014
disagree...intestines are their own organ and are not considered part of the stomach.
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level 44
Jul 13, 2018
here in uk tripe is intestines stomach and liver
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level 44
May 20, 2014
I agree. Tripe is a meal made up of internal organs which can include either the stomach and/or the intestines.
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level 52
May 21, 2014
Sounds like regional variation at work here. But at least 4 online dictionaries, plus my actual hard-copy one, all say it's the lining of the stomach or stomachs of a ruminant.
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level 46
Jun 10, 2015
Tripe is stomach lining. It is also disgusting.
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level 65
Dec 19, 2014
No, tripe is the white muscle tissue from the omasum, obomasum, reticulum and in some countries the rumen. These four chambers make up the 'stomach' of mainly bovine but also other ruminants used mainly for tripe. Very nice cooked in milk and white wine with onions.
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level 73
Jul 12, 2018
In the southern US we call intestines chitterlings or chitlins.
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level 31
Nov 21, 2013
Oahu is the name of Hawaii's biggest island. Hawaii is a group of islands
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level 6
Dec 28, 2013
Oahu is the third largest. Hawaii is the name of the groups as well as the largest island, followed by Maui.
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level 45
Mar 23, 2014
please research before you comment
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level 41
Jun 16, 2016
I've heard otherwise, but it's debatable, apprently ... http://www.adn.com/our-alaska/article/turns-out-kodiak-largest-us-island-depending-viewpoint/2010/08/01/
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level 46
Jul 12, 2018
Oahu is the largest Hawaiian island by population, but the question is which is the largest island in the United States (by area) and the answer is Hawaii, the Big Island. It's clearly the biggest island in the Hawaiian archipelago if you look at any map. And the largest U.S. island by population is Long Island, NY.
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level 61
Mar 30, 2014
Quite a few "periods" came before the Jurassic, however the period that immediately preceded the Jurassic was the Triassic.
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level 30
Jul 25, 2014
So many of these questions are about Marilyn Monroe!
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level 70
Jul 31, 2014
Well, one of them
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level 58
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.
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level 56
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.
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level 49
Jul 12, 2018
@jmellor - by now it seems you would realize that not everyone's interests are the same. Marilyn Monroe is boring...to you. She is no big deal half a century later...to 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.
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level 56
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.
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level 56
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.
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level 65
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.
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level 69
Apr 30, 2018
I love that the answer to "What is the biggest island in the United States?" is "The Big Island."
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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.
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level 69
May 1, 2018
Yesh, great quiz. Thank you.
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level 58
May 2, 2018
I tried "big" for the biggest island in USA and then gave up when it didn't work.
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level 69
May 3, 2018
The BOOK is actually called 'A Game of Thrones'
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level ∞
May 3, 2018
Okay
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level 67
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.

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level 56
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).
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level 73
Jul 12, 2018
If it's an island how can it be contiguous?
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level 46
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,
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level 56
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.
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