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General Knowledge Quiz #164

Answer these random trivia questions.
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First submittedMarch 1, 2017
Last updatedMarch 23, 2017
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What country is home to 6 of the world's 12 most venomous snakes?
Australia
In what city did the Cockney accent originate?
London
What element has the symbol Hg?
Mercury
Who starred as Conan in "Conan the Barbarian"?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Near what city would you find Calvary Hill, also known as Golgotha?
Jerusalem
What invention has been described as a "boob tube" and "idiot box"?
Television
What "phobia" is a fear of small enclosed spaces?
Claustrophobia
What is the English translation of the French phrase "Joyeux Noël"?
Merry Christmas
What was Cleopatra's first language?
Greek
What is the most populous city in Scandinavia?
Stockholm
What "fruit company" did Forrest Gump get rich by investing in?
Apple
What country illegally killed over 500,000 whales in the 1960s and 1970s?
Soviet Union
What are clogs made of (traditionally)?
Wood
Who was assassinated in a VX nerve gas attack in Malaysia in 2017?
Kim Jong-nam
What "pleasant" city is the most populous on the French Riviera?
Nice
What medical disorder is formally known as “Coalworker's pneumoconiosis”?
Black Lung
Who was the main star of the 1995 movie “Clueless”?
Alicia Silverstone
What type of number represents the square root of a negative number?
Imaginary Number
Who allied with Crassus and Pompey to form the “First Triumvirate”?
Julius Caesar
What is the geographical term for a ring-shaped island made of coral?
Atoll
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level 70
Mar 1, 2017
I didn't know about Kim Jong-nam. How come I find out about this on JetPunk (no offense)?? The media these days is re-donk.
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level 72
Mar 1, 2017
Several news articles, for example here.
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level 69
Mar 2, 2017
It has been all over BBC for days
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level 37
Mar 27, 2017
It was a trending article on my facebook feed for a week. Couldn't remember his actual name for the quiz, but I knew it was the Child-King's half brother....
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level 59
Mar 27, 2017
Let's just call 'em all Kim.
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level 58
Mar 28, 2017
^ Hey, that worked for me! I fully admit I did not remember his full name correctly.
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level 67
Mar 1, 2017
Toughest general knowledge quiz i've done on here in a while.
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level 70
Mar 2, 2017
Could miner's lung be accepted? That's what I've always heard it referred to as.
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level 77
Mar 4, 2017
It seems my previous comment has been deleted, that's a bit irritating, but let's try to be more precise. The definition of an imaginary number is slightly wrong, and math doesn't suffer inaccuracy. i is defined as a solution of the equation x²+1=0 (the other one being of course -i), thus imaginary numbers are numbers whose square is a negative number. I know it seems to be the same, but the function square root is not well-defined on negative number, and cannot be in an analytic way. That function maps the positive real numbers on themselves. To say things otherwise, the square root of -1 (for example) is not well-defined since it could be i or -i indifferently.
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level ∞
Mar 5, 2017
Are you saying that -i is not an imaginary number?
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level 77
Mar 5, 2017
No, I'm saying that the square root is not well-defined on negative numbers.
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level 73
Mar 6, 2017
The things people take offense to on this site continue to baffle me. It's like y'all need a 3 paragraph clue to get all of the little pedantry just right so you can properly answer the question. In the world of quiz writing, brevity is king.
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level 77
Mar 6, 2017
"What numbers have a negative square?"
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level 77
Mar 6, 2017
and I only take offence at the deleting of a relevant comment (which was so brief that it has probably been considered as stupid, I guess...).
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level 61
Mar 27, 2017
The clue is indeed misleading in that question.
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level 72
Mar 27, 2017
As far as the clue, I think it's fine as-is. I'm not sure where else you could be led with the way it's currently written.
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level 72
Mar 28, 2017
If we're being pedantic, can you accept Tel Aviv for the Calgary question? Granted, not as near as Jerusalem, but define "near" ;-)
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level 72
Mar 28, 2017
Of course, a pedant would never confuse the hill with a Canadian city
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level 70
Mar 16, 2017
I confused Alicia Silverstone with Reese Witherspoon. D'oh!
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level 37
Mar 27, 2017
Gah. The whales question didn't take Russia. Wanted Soviet Union. :-/
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level 68
Mar 27, 2017
Yes, was nasty not to accept Russia. Am now feeling nostalgic for all the England vs. UK disputes.
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level 76
Mar 27, 2017
Sneaky, QM. You got me.
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level 56
Mar 27, 2017
yes it is USSR but Russia should be ok, since i was SURE the answer was either Norway or Japan ..... by the way i come to the comment section to find out how stupid i am
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level 47
Mar 27, 2017
I feel so stupid as read the question what is the most populus COUNTRY in scandanavia and was very confused
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level 40
Mar 27, 2017
Can you accept "Complex" for imaginary too?
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level 72
Mar 28, 2017
Complex has real and imaginary parts?
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level 78
Oct 25, 2018
more importantly, the square of a general complex number is another complex number that is specifically not a negative number unless it is pure imaginary: (a+bi)^2 = a^2-b^2+2abi For that to be negative a or b must be zero. If a is zero the first number is in the subset of imaginary numbers anyway, or if b is zero then the square is positive and does not fit the clue.
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level 36
Mar 28, 2017
I think Marseille is on the French Riviera and more populous than Nice. Im not sure though.
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level 72
Mar 28, 2017
I think you're half-right
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level 53
Mar 31, 2017
But because "pleasant" is in quotes, it can really only be the "nice" city of Nice....
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level 76
Apr 12, 2017
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Riviera
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level 33
Mar 28, 2017
So did the other countries in the USSR take part in the whaling or was it just Russia?
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level 45
Apr 5, 2017
I don't know about the others but I know Ukraine was involved heavily in it.
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level 65
Jun 6, 2018
what a nice quiz!
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level 67
Jul 23, 2018
Well, one question was, anyway...
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level 36
Mar 2, 2019
Yes the 'cockney accent.' How quaint!