General Knowledge Quiz #169

Answer these random trivia questions.
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Last updated: May 5, 2017
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What two major cities have neighborhoods known as Soho?
London
New York City
Who devised the theory of relativity while working as a patent clerk in Bern?
Albert Einstein
What rare disease sparked international concern after killing thousands in West Africa in 2014?
Ebola
What world capital city starts with the letter Q?
Quito
What deadly sin is also known as "jealousy"?
Envy
Who has been the de-facto leader of Russia since 2000?
Vladimir Putin
What three languages was the Bible originally written in?
Aramaic
Greek
Hebrew
What is the second letter in the Greek alphabet?
Beta
What gland, starting with the letter p, helps regulate human growth?
Pituitary Gland
What is the only country where Kurdish is an official language?
Iraq
In what activity might a world champion have an Elo rating of 2800?
Chess
What name in English is equivalent to the Italian name Enrico?
Henry
What language does the word "emoji" come from?
Japanese
What prefix is the opposite of the prefix "eu"?
Dys
What island's first European settlement was started by Erik the Red?
Greenland
What does an autodidact do without the assistance of others?
Learn
What tree-like creatures inhabited the land of Middle Earth?
Ents
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Level 64
May 3, 2017
The Elo question had my stuck for a while. The Elo system was adopted from chess and applied to online gaming. I eventually got chess, but only after trying E-sports, gaming, competitive gaming, online gaming, computer gaming, starcraft, league of legends, etc.

Maybe you could clarify the question to reflect that this activity is where Elo was invented? Or possibly allow online gaming/esports to the accepted answers since Elo is used there also. Just my 2 cents

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Level 64
May 3, 2017
And the number is pretty close too. Champions in games I'm familiar with have Elo rankings in the 2,000's to 4,000's
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Level 41
Jun 12, 2017
Nah

Whilst online gaming as become a pretty a big thing in recent times, Elo historically pertains to chess and is undoubtedly most known in that context. Also, Elo is only specific to certain gaming platforms, whereas it is uniform in chess.

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Level 80
May 4, 2017
Took a while to guess the prefix as all I could think of was eukaryote/prokaryote...
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Level 74
May 4, 2017
yep. Me too. I typed pro, po, ro, por thinking that QM screwed up. Apparently looking for Eutopia/Dystopia.
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Level 64
May 4, 2017
In general use, eu- has a slightly different meaning than in scientific circles. In general use, eu- means "good, well", which is the opposite of dys-, which means "bad, ill, evil".

In scientific use, eu- means "true, genuine" instead of "good, well". I wouldn't quite call pro- an opposite since pro- means "forward, advancing". Eukaryotes have a membrane-bound nucleus, whereas when the coin was termed, i can only speculate that scientists at the time thought that prokaryotes were "forward or advancing" towards a membrane bound nucleus.

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Level 71
May 5, 2017
I tried Pro a couple of times.
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Level ∞
May 5, 2017
Dys is the best answer. I'll grudgingly accept "pro" as well.
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Level 81
May 7, 2017
Happened to guess "pro" when thinking of eulogy and prology. Those aren't really opposites though, it's a bit of a long stretch.
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Level 83
May 8, 2017
What about Caco ? Like in euphony/cacophony?
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Level 68
Nov 8, 2017
First I tried mal-, but I figured out dys- eventually.
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Level 51
Apr 4, 2020
Isn't it utopia, not eutopia? What other words have the prefix "eu" with this meaning?
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Level 84
Sep 24, 2020
I'm with Arp2600. Definitely 'caco-'.
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Level 72
Nov 22, 2021
My first guess was "hetero-" because of euchromatin and heterochromatin.
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Level 50
Nov 22, 2021
in biology, the best answer would possibly be "pseudo"
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Level 66
Nov 24, 2021
"Eu" comes from the Greek for "good." "Dys" comes from the Greek for "bad." They are the best match. "Mal" is Latin (pairs with "bene").
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Level 65
Jun 12, 2017
Hey, that's a cool username, but the taxon is actually spelled PhalAcrocorax.
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Level 53
May 4, 2017
Quizmaster, you should do one on Texas, maybe the Dallas Cowboys
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Level 68
Jun 12, 2017
I messed up on the first question. Kept thinking of Soho in Hong Kong!
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Level 60
Jun 12, 2017
I thought it was "arameic", dang it! But somehow I got "dys" while guessing languages...
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Level 39
Jun 12, 2017
Aargh I couldn't seem to spell aramaic for the life of me
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Level 57
Jun 12, 2017
Huorns are another tree-like creature that inhabited Middle Earth; it should be accepted as an alternate answer.
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Level 66
Jun 13, 2017
I really wish there was a bit more specificity when it came to "The Bible" (maybe the "Christian Bible")?
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Level 62
Apr 26, 2018
The Bible! What other book are you talking about? There is only one The Bible. What other religion than Christian could it be? Those who do not know this have missed out on some serious information.

Do you really need us to say the Jewish Torah or the Muslim Qur'an?

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Level 32
Nov 22, 2021
What? It's pretty obviously not talking about the "Bible of Classical Guitar Techniques" or the "Bible of the Adversary"...

"Quizmaster! I demand that you change the question to stop me confusing some dusty Christian Bible with the illustrious 'Bible of Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy'".

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Level 64
Nov 23, 2021
Sometimes I just cannot handle this comment section lol. And yet I keep torturing myself...
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Level 78
May 19, 2018
Hong Kong is both a major city and has a Soho. Might want to add it/refine the question.
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Level 83
Sep 30, 2018
Not sure why "mal" is not an acceptable answer for the prefix. dictionary.com says mal- means "bad, badly, ill, poorly, wrong, wrongly" while dys- means "bad, ill, abnormal." I realize that dys- (like eu-) comes from Greek whereas mal- is of Latin origin, but I don't think that should disqualify it as an opposite.
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Level 75
Oct 19, 2018
There should be more questions about autodidacticism on jetpunk, then we might learn something.
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Level 75
Feb 23, 2019
"I'm not jealous, I'm envious. Jealousy is when you worry someone will take what you have. Envy is wanting what someone else has." --Homer Simpson
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Level 58
May 7, 2019
How about accepting "covetousness" or "coveting" for jealousy? It is one of the 10 commandments to "not covet" and lists several examples...???
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Level 65
Nov 22, 2021
The Seven Deadly Sins are a late addition to Christianity and aren't directly related to the 10 Commandments.
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Level 55
Aug 4, 2020
TIL I'm an autodidact
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Level 69
Jul 27, 2021
Who told you that?
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Level 64
Oct 23, 2020
Could you maybe also accept "vita" for the Greek alphabet question, as that's the letter's name in Modern Greek? Thanks!
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Level 71
Nov 22, 2021
Is there a difference between "dys" and "caco" as prefixes? I had in mind "euphony" and "cacophony".
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Level 68
Nov 22, 2021
i was stuck on "eu" for awhile, but finally got it. i thought of euphonium, euphoric, eudaimonia and new it was a greek prefix for good/pleasant. i think it was euphoric/dysphoric that did it for me.
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Level 63
Nov 24, 2021
Got all but envy, pretty proud ;)