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General Knowledge Quiz #185

Answer these random trivia questions.
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First submittedJanuary 19, 2018
Last updatedMarch 6, 2018
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Where were paper, the printing press, the compass, and gunpowder first invented?
China
What does the French word "musée" mean in English?
Museum
What tusked animal has a name starting with W?
Walrus or Warthog
What type of animal can "whinny"?
Horse
The words zeitgeist and poltergeist come to us from German.
What does "Geist" mean in German?
Ghost
What was the capital of the Ottoman Empire from 1453–1922?
Constantinople
What are chipotles and poblanos?
Types of Pepper
In hip hop lingo, what is scrilla?
Money
What does the Greek word "polis" mean?
City
What is a "djinn" better known as?
Genie
Where would you find the neocortex?
the Brain
What city is home to the world's tallest arch?
St. Louis
What country on the African mainland is geographically closest to North America?
Morocco
What do you call something that has a pH of less than 7?
an Acid
Where would you find NSW, VIC, and QLD?
Australia
What substance can be given an "octane rating"?
Gasoline
According to Occam's Razor, which solution is usually correct?
the Simplest
What is a knoll?
a Small Hill
What is 111 + 10 * 5?
161
What island, starting with the letter B, is the only island in the world to be
shared by three different countries?
Borneo
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level 77
Jan 19, 2018
Cape Verde looks hundreds of miles closer than Morocco.
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level 72
Jan 19, 2018
Absolutely. I could not fathom how it was not the answer.
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level 73
Jan 19, 2018
I messed around on Google maps and while the difference is surprisingly not that much (only a difference of about 100 miles or so), I kept getting Cape Verde as closer to Maine, which was (also surprisingly) the nearest point. Curvature really screws up my mental image of the map.
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level ∞
Jan 19, 2018
Tweaked the question
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level 72
Jan 20, 2018
It says "African mainland"
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level ∞
Jan 20, 2018
That was the tweak :)
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level 63
Jan 19, 2018
Warthog has tusks too.
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level ∞
Jan 19, 2018
That will work now
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level 73
Jan 19, 2018
woolly mammoth as well
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level 71
Jan 22, 2018
Now you're just grasping at straws
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level 67
Apr 26, 2018
I tried woolly mammoth and it wouldn't take it and I got really frustrated,
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level 72
May 2, 2018
When you hear hoofbeats, think horses not zebras. Or, not unicorns.
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level 67
May 2, 2018
Well, I mean, woolly mammoths were real. It'd be more like "Think horses, not Dinohippus."
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level 20
Sep 14, 2019
mammoth starts with 'm'. Wooly is just an adjective. Mammoth is not a 'w' animal
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level 57
May 2, 2018
All I could think of was white rhino... And that's the only question I didn't get.
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level 69
Jan 19, 2018
I feel pretty bad that I tried "Final" for the Occam's Razor question...
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level 57
Feb 12, 2018
o.o
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level 75
Jan 20, 2018
Please could you accept "chilli" in addition to "pepper"? In British English "peppers" are bell/sweet peppers, and hot peppers are just referred to as "chillies".
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level ∞
Jan 20, 2018
Okay
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level 20
Sep 14, 2019
The quizmaster is much nicer than I am. A chili is a pepper. but peppers aren't necessarily "chilis". They aren't synonymous.
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level 66
Mar 6, 2018
For the NSW- question it accepts Aus as the right answer. I guess it's a mix up with the allowed type-ins.
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level ∞
Mar 6, 2018
Since the states are abbreviated I also accept the country abbreviation.
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level 45
Jun 18, 2018
If Aus is accepted, would Can be accepted for Canada and Ita for Italy? It's Australia, not Aus.
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level 20
Sep 14, 2019
Countries are abbreviated all the time. So yes it could be AUS instead of Austrailia. Also this quiz is timed?
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level 53
Apr 27, 2018
I absolutely do not understand how sums are so different nowadays. 111 + 10 = 121 121 x 5 = 605 There are no parentheses to indicate another route. If you want the answer you give you have to use parentheses 111 + (10 * 5) = 111 + 50 = 161 Who ever came up with bodmas, or whatever, is just a plain lazy sod who can't be arsed to write full 'sentence' sums and irritating bugger for inflicting it on the world because they must be punishing teachers to have to teach it. I understood sums then and absolutely don't understand the sequences people now try to use to explain them now.
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level 61
May 2, 2018
It's really not that hard. They teach it to 12-year-olds. It's most efficient than your way.
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level 43
May 2, 2018
This has honestly got to be a troll comment. The order of operations is not a new concept.
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level 61
May 2, 2018
I'm 42 years old, and I learned the order of operations in the second or third grade. It really is not a new concept.
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level 49
May 22, 2018
I learned it in pre-school. Wait, I learned it when Mom was in pre-school and I was in her womb.
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level 63
May 4, 2018
When I was in school, the Southern Ocean wasn't a thing. It is now. I've learned it. I've moved on. Order of operations are hardly a new concept. They're especially important in programming languages. Learn it. Move on.
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level 40
Oct 16, 2018
The order of operations has been the correct way to solve mathematical equations since the 1600s. Parentheses are only needed if you want your equation to NOT follow Multiply/Divide first then Add/Subtract.
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level 69
May 2, 2018
Occam's Razor says the simplest answer is preferred. "Correct" is a common misconception.
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level 56
May 2, 2018
For the question about Occams razor, I think "the one with least assumptions" or just "least assumptions" should be accepted. I understand why you accept "simplest" (and you should probably keep doing that), but that is not how Occam phrased it.
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level 70
May 2, 2018
Sounds like one has use Occam's Razor to get the right solution on this question.
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level 28
May 2, 2018
Wooly Mammoth is a tusked animal that starts with W!
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level 72
Aug 11, 2018
It IS?
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level 20
Sep 14, 2019
Mammoth starts with "m" not "w". Wooly is just an adjective.
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level 67
May 2, 2018
The german word "Geist" means "ghost" or "spirit". In the case of "Zeitgeist" it definitely means the latter ("spirit of the time").
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level 61
May 2, 2018
Britain?
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level 57
May 2, 2018
Ireland?
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level 72
Aug 11, 2018
Burkina Faso?
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level 49
May 3, 2018
I think a djinn is more like a demon or evil spirit
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level 20
Sep 14, 2019
No. It's a genie. Let's keep it simple people.
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level 43
May 3, 2018
Couldn't think of the correct term for Occam's Razor.. tried 'easiest'.. 'obvious'..
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level 13
May 6, 2018
Isn’t the island of Great Britain shared by three countries?
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level 32
May 7, 2018
You're technically not wrong, although they are not countries in the most common sense of the word, i.e., fully independent, autonomous nations.
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level 72
Oct 30, 2018
True, but Great Britain doesn‘t start with a B. There is no "Britain",but there is a "Great Britain" with England, Scotland and Wales and a "Little Britain", nowadays known as Brittany or Bretagne
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level 67
Jun 18, 2018
Question no. 3 could also be woolly mammoth or wild boar. (I tried these way before I thought of walrus.)
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level 20
Sep 14, 2019
Why do people have a problem with this? Mammoth starts with 'm'. Boar starts with 'b'. The "wooly" and "wild" are adjectives. Those aren't "w" animals people
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level 78
Oct 31, 2018
if you are just after a curved arch shape, then the tallest arch answer is correct (630ft). But the Gate of the Orient "pants building" in Suzhou is way higher and is mostly arch. Total height is 990ft, not sure about the gap underneath.
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level 78
Oct 31, 2018
And shipton's arch also in China is 1500ft high, although not in a city, but is part of gorge like landform.
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level 20
Sep 14, 2019
So one is not a true arch and the other isn't in a city. So St. Louis it is then!