General Knowledge Quiz #160

Answer these random trivia questions.
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What organ do most fish use to breathe?
Gill
What was the last country to abolish serfdom, in 1861?
Russia
What Greek letter is shaped like a triangle?
Delta
What disease is caused by excessive uric acid and can cause pain in one's big toe?
Gout
What is the luxury division of Toyota?
Lexus
In what fictional series would you find a bird called a mockingjay?
The Hunger Games
What is the term for a flooded field where rice is grown?
Paddy
What does an ornithologist study?
Birds
What French military unit is composed mainly of people who are not French citizens?
French Foreign Legion
What song's lyrics ask: "All the lonely people. Where do they all come from"?
Eleanor Rigby
What profession stereotypically wears tweed jackets with leather patches?
Professors
What common map projection makes Greenland appear to be the same size as Africa?
(Africa is more than 10 times larger)
Mercator
In astronomy, what term is the opposite of solstice, and marks the time when the
Sun is directly over the Earth's equator?
Equinox
What French word means "there it is", and might be said by a waiter bringing your food?
Voila
What is the only country outside of Africa where cheetahs can still be found in the wild?
Iran
What unit of area is equal to 1/100th of a square kilometer?
Hectare
What type of fish is a common breakfast food in the United Kingdom?
Kippered Herring
What software company created Photoshop, Flash, and the PDF file format?
Adobe
What Olympic martial art is famously practiced by Vladimir Putin?
Judo
What is ghee?
Clarified Butter
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Level 86
Jan 14, 2017
Level 78! Woo hoo!
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Level 78
Jan 17, 2017
54, and I play this site far too much
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Level 71
Jan 23, 2017
6 days later and you're already on level 57. That's impressive!
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Level 71
Jan 27, 2017
I don't think I've ever met someone with a higher level. Congrats! I'm impressed :).
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Level 84
Jan 30, 2017
We do exist!
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Level 60
Jan 31, 2017
Niiiiiiice
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Level 46
Feb 8, 2017
Congrats
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Level 74
Jan 14, 2017
Sardines, too!
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Level 39
Jun 16, 2018
...herrings?...what century do you think we're in?...nobody eats breakfast anymore, anyway...
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Level 79
Jan 14, 2017
Perhaps also accept "lecturer" for professor, since that is what the profession is generally called in the UK (where "professor" is essentially the top rank of lecturer).
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Level 76
Jan 14, 2017
not the best question, tbh; could be teachers also?
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Level ∞
Jan 30, 2017
Okay, teacher and lecturer will work now.
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Level 64
Jan 30, 2017
Hey, that's a neat username you have there. Fellow ornithologist?
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Level 60
Jan 31, 2017
Could also be vets, gamekeepers, country doctors etc etc.
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Level 66
Jan 28, 2021
Yeah that wasn't the best question. I tried gamekeeper, gillie, farmer - and was very surprised when I saw the "correct" answer.
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Level 39
Jun 16, 2018
...or vets (that's veterinary surgeons to US citizens) and maybe old fashioned doctors who still eat herrings for breakfast...
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Level 80
Jan 15, 2017
Always thought voila was usually translated "here it is" ?
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Level 80
Jan 16, 2017
Proximity issues:

Here (near) = ici (like in voici).

There (far) = là (like in voilà).

However, you may only use voilà and there's no problem.

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Level 82
Jan 26, 2017
In the case of giving something to someone, voici and voilà are both translated "here you are".
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Level 39
Jun 16, 2018
...VOICI votre question; VOILA ma reponse...c'est evident, n'est-ce-pas?...
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Level 63
Oct 21, 2020
While we're at it: could you add the accent on the à in voilà to the displayed answer? Otherwise, it's the French verb "voiler" (to veil) conjugated at the third person singular in the simple past. Won't impact quiz takers anyway, since accents aren't taken into account. Many thanks!
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Level 84
Jan 15, 2017
Who is the highest ranked mortal on Jetpunk? Surely someone has reached level 100
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Level 82
Jan 16, 2017
There is only around 23,000 points available at the moment - so I think that equates to a level 78 being the highest at this time.
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Level 82
Jan 16, 2017
23030 points available (as of 16/01/17 11:30 GMT)
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Level 73
Jan 16, 2017
I'm at 70...for whatever that's worth...
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Level 82
Jan 16, 2017
Farmer, groundsman, keeper, hunter, - at least in rural UK anyway.
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Level 65
Jan 30, 2017
Agree with you wholeheartedly. I tried gamekeeper, then farmer. Tweeds very much equates with the countryside for me; any of my school professors/lecturers etc who actually did wear jackets (most did not) were more likely to go for corduroy! I suppose this is the danger of dealing with stereotypes, and suggests perhaps that such questions be left out of a "general knowledge" round?
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Level ∞
Jan 30, 2017
I disagree. It's something that is moderately well known within the larger culture, as the stats prove. I think it even originated in the UK.
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Level 73
Sep 17, 2020
I also thought of keeper, hunter and farmer, thinking of the British countryside.
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Level 79
Jan 27, 2017
Dang it! I I feel stupid. I confused "ghee" with karate "gee" or "gi".
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Level 80
Jan 30, 2017
I put in teacher, educator, education, academic, school teacher. The dress code is not confined to 'professors', surely?
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Level 63
Jan 30, 2017
A square decameter is also equal to 1/100th of a square kilometer.
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Level 73
Jan 30, 2017
Yeah, this one is technically correct. I think it should be allowed.
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Level 57
Jan 30, 2017
You mean square hectometer. A square decameter is 1/10,000 km^2.
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Level 62
Jan 30, 2017
Some French criminals used to be given the option of escaping prison if they serve in the Foreign Legion. I'm not sure if this is still the case, but it has not always been solely for foreigners.
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Level 47
Oct 25, 2020
Actually just over fifty percent of the Legion are Frenchmen and nearly all the officers are.

While it's okay for the officers to be recognized as French the mere mortals who join hide the fact they speak such good French by being given I.D that says they're Belgian, Swiss or Canadians.

At least that was the case when I was in. The numbers may have shifted slightly after the Iron Curtain dropped and the massive influx of economic refugees vying for a space.

So, technically the idea that it's "mainly" foreigners isn't true though very few people outside of it would be aware.

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Level 74
Jan 30, 2017
I'd like to thank The West Wing for knowing about the Mercator projection.
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Level 57
Jun 30, 2017
exactly!
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Level 65
Jan 31, 2017
Hate to differ, but Flash was originally developed by Macromedia, which was acquired by Adobe in the early 2000s. If I wasn't so lazy I'd Google it - but that goes against the grain a bit for a trivia question!!
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Level 66
Jan 31, 2017
kippered herring?????? I have literally never seen this on a breakfast menu, nor ever heard of someone eating this for breakfast and Ive lived in the UK all my life.
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Level 71
Jun 2, 2017
It's a stereotype, I'd say (not actually commonly eaten, though I maybe wrong), but I think kippers are fairly well-known.
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Level 67
Apr 27, 2018
I am English and I often eat kippers for breakfast
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Level 73
Sep 17, 2020
Kipper was the second fish I guessed, after haddock.
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Level 68
Feb 19, 2019
FYI the ghee question is in General Knowledge #146 as well
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Level 30
Apr 12, 2020
Quizmaster, can you kindly also accept "Légion étrangère" for "French foreign legion"?
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Level 83
Sep 24, 2020
I don't believe that Putin "practises" judo - surely he doesn't need to? Who's fool enough to try to beat him?
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Level 47
Oct 25, 2020
He's a black belt. Started learning when he was in the KGB.
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Level 57
Dec 15, 2020
Paddy is Irishman.

Padi is rice field.

Or at least that's how it started. Please accept padi.

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Level 66
Jan 28, 2021
I randomly just came here from GK quiz #202, which had the question "What group of people did Tsar Alexander II free in 1861?" - Didn't expect that knowledge to come in so handy so quickly!