General Knowledge Quiz #2

Answer these random trivia questions.
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Last updated: October 14, 2017
First submittedJanuary 12, 2013
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What is the word for a male goose?
Gander
Which country has won the most men's soccer World Cups?
Brazil
What is Islam's holiest city?
Mecca
What singer changed his name to Yusuf Islam in 1977?
Cat Stevens
Who wrote the "Moonlight Sonata"?
Ludwig van Beethoven
Who was the fifth president of the United States?
James Monroe
Among all the cities in the world with a metro population over 1 million people,
which one is last alphabetically?
Zürich
Who was the most famous person to die in 2009?
Michael Jackson
What did Little Miss Muffet eat while sitting on a tuffet?
Curds and Whey
What did Abebe Bikila wear on his feet when setting the Marathon
world record at the 1964 Olympics?
Nothing
Who was Prime Minister of the UK before Churchill?
Neville Chamberlain
(or Clement Attlee)
What Russian lake is the world's deepest, and also its oldest?
Lake Baikal
In Roman mythology, who was the god of war?
Mars
Who resigned as Apple CEO in 2011?
Steve Jobs
What do internet retailers call the Monday after Black Friday?
Cyber Monday
What is the mineral pyrite commonly known as?
Fool's Gold
What country borders San Marino?
Italy
What two-digit number has the most syllables when written out?
Seventy Seven
Who was rated the #1 guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine?
Jimi Hendrix
What is the English translation of the German word "Wurst"?
Sausage
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Level 27
Feb 3, 2013
Lol, I accidentally typed in Jo;bs for Steve Jobs and it accepted it XD
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Level 79
Oct 3, 2014
You should also accept Steven Demetre Georgiou for Yusuf Islam, which was his birth name. Not sure his name was ever (legally) Cat Stevens...
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Level 75
Dec 29, 2015
Indeed. There must be many who know him as Steven Demetre Georgiou but would never think of (maybe never heard of) Cat Stevens
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Level 70
Mar 11, 2016
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Level 78
Mar 8, 2018
Yes, when I was young the radio often played "Morning Has Broken" by Steven Demetre Georgiou.
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Level 64
Mar 8, 2018
The absolute worst kind of JetPunk comment.
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Level 69
Mar 9, 2018
Have a chill pill and mellow out, grooveboy
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Level 57
Mar 23, 2018
You must be a blast at parties.
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Level 22
Feb 6, 2019
He was my client couple of years ago...couldn't remember the name at all!
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Level 59
Jul 2, 2015
Just FYI: The term goose applies to the female in particular, while gander applies to the male in particular. Young birds before fledging are called goslings.
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Level 72
Jul 10, 2016
If that's the case, what is the generic term for the species?
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Level 68
Mar 8, 2018
"Large, long-necked duck"
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Level 70
Mar 8, 2018
The generic name for the species is the same as the name for the female, i.e. goose.
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Level 78
Mar 9, 2018
Wouldn't the generic term refer to the genus, rather than the species? Yours, pickily.
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Level 70
Mar 11, 2016
The 'Most Famous' person to die in 2009 for me was 'Walter Cronkite' followed closely by John Updike (double Pulitzer Prize winner)
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Level 72
Jul 1, 2016
I think saying most famous 'for me' doesn't make much sense as fame by definition refers to being well known by the masses. And I think if you surveyed the general populace you would find Jackson far better known than Cronkite or Updike. I'll leave others to come to their own conclusions as to what that says about our society.
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Level 71
Mar 8, 2018
I'm the most famous person in the world to me
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Level 67
Apr 25, 2019
I think you missed the point (or thought there was one in the previous comment) he just stated which for him was the most known one that had died.

more people might know person a than person b, but for someone individually person b might be more known to them than person a.

someone might be considered famous whilr i have never heard of them. Im sure there a many sportsplayers considered famous which i have never heard of. That doesnt suddenly make them not famous though, just not to me.

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Level 34
Apr 12, 2016
lol what kind of a question is "most famous person to die in 2009"? In what context?
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Level ∞
Oct 13, 2017
As in the person who the greatest number of people are familiar with.
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Level 82
Oct 13, 2017
I'd say you could ask for the "most famous musician" without much controversy.
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Level ∞
Oct 14, 2017
The answer is clearly Michael Jackson. Anyone who felt the need to quibble with that would also quibble if I said "most famous musician".
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Level 77
Oct 15, 2017
Indeed, nothing wrong with the question. My problem is that I really have no idea who died in what year. Loads of people died a few years ago and I've no clue if it was 6 or 8 or 10 years ago.
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Level 77
Nov 24, 2017
I know the year that John F. Kennedy died, I know the year my father died and I know the year that my mother died. Other than that, I pretty much have no idea what year people, regardless of how "famous" they are, died. The question borders on, "What really super-famous person am I thinking of?"

Change the year, and I think you begin to see how weak the question is.

* Name the most famous person to die in 1948.
*Name the most famous person to die in 1955.
*Name the most famous person to die in 1960.

Mohandas Gandhi and Babe Ruth are pretty world-famous, but how many people would know they died in 1948? Same goes for Albert Einstein and Clark Gable.

The "clue" should be more of an actual clue, and less of "guess who I'm thinking of".
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Level 49
Mar 8, 2018
It's obviously an easy enough question as currently 64% of people have gotten it right. As soon as the question said most famous person who died, I knew it was him or Whitney Houston. This just happened a few years ago. Even if you weren't a fan, it was covered extensively by the media for months. Asking about an event that happened less then 10 years ago is far different then Donthelamplighters example of dates 60/70 years ago.
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Level 78
Mar 8, 2018
I agree there's nothing wrong with the question but for some reason I just didn't like that one, and I was thinking that even before I read the comments. I am in the same camp as Djilas. Anything that happened more than a year or two ago pancakes together in my brain and I couldn't say exactly which year anything noteworthy happened without taking more time than we have here to sort it out. (All I remember about 2009 is that it's the year we put an addition on our house. I was dealing with carpenters and sheet rock dust.)
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Level 63
Mar 9, 2018
"Most famous" is very subjective. Most famous to who? by what metric? Maybe there is a way to measure fame but those would probably also be debatable. In general, I try to avoid superlatives. They're the worst!
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Level 70
Mar 11, 2018
'mf3' I would hardly call Michael Jackson a famous musician, he could not read or write music and was not proficient with any musical instrument.
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Level 69
Jan 23, 2019
The voice is an instrument.
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Level 70
May 9, 2019
I totally agree with Martay. How many Filipinos did you survey? Corazon Aquino is clearly more famous than an American pop singer. Even in America - what about Ted Kennedy?
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Level 78
Jun 6, 2017
Quite a few people were Prime Minister before Winston Churchill.
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Level 71
Oct 13, 2017
Man...I ran through about 15 guitar players and never landed on Jimi Hendrix. I know he was good, but it's hard to put someone #1 with such a small body of work. Especially when guys like Clapton are still playing.
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Level 64
Mar 8, 2018
I recall reading that article. The reasoning was that Hendrix revolutionized the way the guitar is played, and his style was so original. It has since been ripped off by countless musicians, so even though he is gone, his guitar-playing isn't. Clapton is great, but he's a classic blues guitarist. His playing isn't original. It's just exceptionally good (and he has a great sense melody when soloing, which is something most players don't give enough attention to). Most guitar heroes are either bluesmen or shredders (think of hard rock and metal) that play well, but don't really reshape music. Then there are guys like Hendrix, Tom Morello, Chuck Berry, etc. that bring something really new. They always get elevated for their originality.
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Level 49
Mar 9, 2018
I felt like I was going to have to try a few dozen guitarists... but got it on the first try. Excuse me while --
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Level 61
Oct 13, 2017
Wait, Is the Zurich one the one that I gave you?
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Level 61
Oct 13, 2017
Or is it the one about Seventy Seven?
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Level ∞
Oct 14, 2017
Seventy seven
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Level 75
Oct 25, 2017
Not sure whether you'd just consider this to be pedantic but as a kind of semi-trick question...

negative seven has more syllables and is a 2 digit number....

trouble is that typing -77 reveals the current answer anyway
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Level 75
Sep 12, 2018
I meant negative seventy seven
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Level 79
Mar 8, 2018
Nothing.. well that makes more sense than toe socks, krocs, uggs, watermelon rinds, weasel bladders or any of the other things I tried.
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Level 45
Mar 8, 2018
Lol...weasel bladders
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Level 78
Mar 8, 2018
Don't forget blister pads - or maybe that's what the weasel bladders were for.
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Level 55
Mar 8, 2018
I tried Jimmy Choos and thigh length boots but both were wrong :(
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Level 67
Apr 25, 2019
I only tried sandals and flipflops (think i had to leave midquiz at that point, might ve gotten nothing, then again, might ve continued to other questions and not gotten back to it). You didnt try stilletos?
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Level 56
May 29, 2018
Apparently, I must have spelled Hendrix wrong enough that it didn't take, and then I just kept guessing...whoops.
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Level 30
Oct 30, 2018
Clement Attlee wasn't PM
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Level 82
Jul 18, 2020
You sure about that?
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Level 81
Dec 23, 2018
Farrah Fawcett died the same day and died far more for pubescent boys in her time.
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Level 32
Jan 23, 2020
Why would anyone not from the US know who their 5th president was?
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Level 60
May 14, 2020
Bikila wore shoes for his 1964 Tokyo win. He was barefoot when winning four years earlier in Rome.
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Level 28
Jun 17, 2020
Could you accept "curd and whey" because i sat there trying to spell whey differently for most of the time
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Level 22
Jun 19, 2020
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