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General Knowledge Quiz #174

Answer these random trivia questions.
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First submittedAugust 18, 2017
Last updatedSeptember 14, 2017
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What language does the word graffiti come from?
Italian
What city is home to the original Guinness brewery?
Dublin
In what fortress can tourists view the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom?
Tower of London
In terms of genetics, what is the opposite of recessive?
Dominant
What is the southernmost major city in California?
San Diego
What country was supermodel Gisele Bündchen born in?
Brazil
What don't devout Muslims do during daylight hours in the month of Ramadan?
Eat
Which enemy of Mario wears a cap with a W on it?
Wario
What are the two most well-known gulfs in the ocean?
Gulf of Mexico
Persian Gulf
What board game with 144 tiles is commonly played in Hong Kong?
Mahjong
What V word refers to pest animals such as rodents, termites, and bed bugs?
Vermin
What city is most commonly associated with geishas?
Kyoto
What word often precedes Ivy, Oak, and Sumac?
Poison
What is the male equivalent of a fishwife?
Fishmonger
Name a country that borders Ghana
Togo, Ivory Coast, or
Burkina Faso
What can be a waxing crescent or waning gibbous?
The Moon
On what holiday were Northern Ireland peace accords signed in 1998?
Good Friday
What sport was popularized by Duke Kahanamoku?
Surfing
What deadly sin is also known as avarice?
Greed
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level 79
Aug 18, 2017
Muslims also don't drink anything during the day during Ramadan.
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level 49
Aug 20, 2017
I hear that athletes are sometimes run down because of this observance. It sounds like the easiest fast I've ever heard of.
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level 76
Sep 14, 2017
My son's college roommate was Muslim - they were football players, and he was getting sick while fasting during two-a-days. He was allowed to break his fast if he became ill, but there were things he had to do instead to make up for it. He also said old people, sick people, and pregnant women were allowed to break the fast if it put their health at risk, as long as they made up for it in other ways.
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level 49
Sep 14, 2017
I've never figured that out either. How tough is 12 hour fast? I've fasted on water and alfalfa tablets for seven days.l After the first three days, you get used to it.
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level 53
Apr 26, 2018
Cooldive sun up to sun down is more than 12 hours in northern countries in summer, it can be almost 24 at midsummer. NOT so easy. Of course in the north it can also mean very short days in winter and then that is much easier. You also have to remember it is for a whole month. It really does mean NO WATER so in hot countries that is something to watch and pace your daily work to. For those who practise fasting that is 'easy' but it isn't always even for the fit.
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level 38
Jul 7, 2019
We can't all be weird like you
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level 73
Sep 14, 2017
I think there're a whole lot of things that muslims don't do at day during Ramadan. Or at least are supposed to not do
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level 73
Sep 6, 2018
Wikipedia - While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behavior that may negate the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting except in self-defense
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level 69
Aug 22, 2017
The Hong Kong one is a little strange. Mahjong is extremely popular all over mainland China too.
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level 50
Sep 14, 2017
I thought "Professor" was the answer of the word that precedes Ivy and Oak.
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level 66
Sep 14, 2017
Maybe just "tower" should suffice for "Tower of London".
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level 47
Sep 14, 2017
There are many towers in the UK
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level 56
Sep 14, 2017
The Tower of London is also known as The Tower - usually referred to as such in everyday speech.
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level 65
Sep 14, 2017
Don't suppose "London Tower" could be accepted?
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level ∞
Sep 14, 2017
Sure, why not?
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level 50
Sep 19, 2017
aaargh - it's never called London Tower. That sounds like a hotel.
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level 59
Sep 14, 2017
2 most well known gulfs??? What kind of question is that? To Americans Gulf od Mexico and Persian gulf may be the only one they know but there are so many other to me more known than those two. Bengal gulf - the biggest gulf, Gulf of Guinea, etc. You just can't make a quiz with a question based solely on your personal knowledge.
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level 65
Sep 14, 2017
Was just going to complain about the same thing. Thumbs up to this comment.
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level 79
Sep 14, 2017
The Gulf of Bengal is known to the vast majority of the English speaking world as the Bay of Bengal. Not that it's the end all of human knowledge but it's never referred to as a gulf in its Wikipedia article. I agree that it's not the best question but you lose a lot of credibility when you pull out the dumb 'mericans can't think of any other ones justification. Neither one is anywhere close to being in the bottom quarter of correctly guessed answers.
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level ∞
Sep 14, 2017
It's common sense. But here's some data to support it:

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/134157/gulfs-and-bays-on-the-world-map

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level 63
Nov 30, 2017
Not only Asians and Europeans, but those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, too - we count, damnit. :) And, tbh, Perisan Gulf is pretty well known, but most of us in Australia don't hear much at all about the Gulf of Mexico. My first guess was Persian, but then I tried Thailand (right next to us), Bothnia and then Guinea before I tried Mexico. It is all relative to perspective - for example, many here hear the word Gulf and think of the Gulf States, so immediately our minds go to the Middle East. Perhaps just change the wording of the question from 'well-known' to 'largest' or 'most guessed on Jetpunk'.
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level 61
Sep 14, 2017
This site suffers from that problem too often. There are a lot of questions in quizzes that don't have factual answers? "What's the best-known/most famous/most popular" whatever. Seems an odd thing to do when questions can so easily be rephrased to have factual answers.
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level 64
Sep 14, 2017
There were four gulfs I tried before I got the Persian: Biscay (which I now realise isn't called Gulf of Biscay in English), Aden, Bengal, and Guinea.
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level 38
Jul 7, 2019
Not all Americans are as ignorant as you think
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level 63
Sep 14, 2017
I'm sad that "fishhusband" wasn't the male equivalent of a fishwife.
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level 68
Sep 14, 2017
"Most well known" is not an objective fact.
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level 60
Sep 14, 2017
Kind of expected just "persia" to be accepted (like mexico), but ok then, guess I didn't know the answer to that one...
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level 76
Sep 14, 2017
Duke's surname should have given me a clue to his sport. Duh.
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level 69
Sep 14, 2017
Strictly speaking, Mercury and Venus can also waxing/waning crescent/gibbous.
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level 76
Sep 14, 2017
No one seems to have mentioned the changes to the comments section so I guess I'll start the dialogue. Repeat after me...change is bad...change is bad...change is bad. But seriously, it makes it harder to read when every other entry is shaded. Perhaps if an original comment is shaded and then the replies are not? Everything just seems to run together and it's harder to tell where one topic ends and another begins. And what is up with all the hearts? I feel like I'm reading a ten year old girl's diary. Anyone else?
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level 79
Sep 14, 2017
Yeah, I agree the shading is a little weird. Probably takes some getting used to.

And it looks like the hearts represent liking a comment. Turns out you can like your own comment by default and the only way to unlike it is if you delete the comment...
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level ∞
Sep 15, 2017
Nixed the shading, but the hearts are going to stay!
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level 63
Sep 15, 2017
Are the hearts "likes"? If so, how do you see who and how many liked your comment?
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level 79
Sep 15, 2017
It's the +(whatever) next to your name. When you add a comment, it gets liked by default, so you should see a +1 at first, and if people like your comment, that number increases.

At the moment, I have no idea if you get notified whenever someone likes one of your comments, probably because no one's liked one of my comments...
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level ∞
Sep 15, 2017
There's no notifications for comments. But I liked your comment so you won't feel lonely.
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level ∞
Sep 15, 2017
p.s. We are working on JetPunk Pro, which will be a paid, ad-free version of the site. Besides no ads, the one feature we will likely include in version 1 is comment notifications.
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level 76
Sep 15, 2017
Thank you for getting rid of the shading, that just hurt my eyes. And now that I know that the hearts serve a purpose, and not just the Quizmaster trying to be adorable, they look just fine. It will be nice to be able to like a comment. Will users get a prize for the most-liked comment? For instance, 100 likes gets the user an automatic upgrade to the next level! I'd also like to see a dislike button where 20 dislikes gets the commenter kicked off the site. That would really help to eliminate the creeps and the trolls. By the way, I love how Quizmaster is level infinity! Now I have a real goal....
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level 63
Sep 18, 2017
Any chance of a feature where I can go back and find all my old comments? I forget where I've commented half the time. It would be nice if they were all listed under my profile or something.
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level 67
Jan 18, 2018
Like mixed questions? try Mal's General Knowledge 31 ......here it is