General Knowledge Quiz #208

Answer these random trivia questions.
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What is the capital of Russia?
Moscow
What was the capital before that, from 1713 to 1918?
Saint Petersburg
What would be the appropriate beverage to drink at a Bacchanalia?
Wine
When would someone employ the method developed by Fernand Lamaze?
Childbirth
What word appears in the names of the capitals of Haiti, Papua New Guinea,
and four other countries?
Port
What did Shylock ask for a pound of in "The Merchant of Venice"?
Flesh
What language officially introduced the letter ẞ into its alphabet in 2017?
German
Where would you be most likely to see a "prima donna"?
At the opera
What animal was known to ancient Greeks and Romans as a "horse tiger"?
Zebra
What was World War I known as before World War II came around?
The Great War
What did Narcissus fall in love with?
His own reflection
Whose 8th and final marriage was to a construction worker twenty years her junior,
with the ceremony held at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch?
Elizabeth Taylor
Who would you encounter if you had a "close encounter of the third kind"?
Aliens
The "La Brea Tar Pits" of Los Angeles have a redundant name. What does La Brea mean?
The Tar
What is the most populous country that is located entirely on islands?
Indonesia
How does a true Scotsman say yes?
Aye
Who addressed a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 saying that it was
possible to build an atomic bomb?
Albert Einstein
(and others)
What fictional character was portrayed by George Reeves and Christopher Reeve?
Superman
What sport has been humorously referred to as "handegg"?
American Football
What city is Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte a suburb of?
Colombo
What other "pool" can be found about 30 miles north of Liverpool?
Blackpool
"Is the Pope Catholic?" is an example of what type of question?
Rhetorical Question
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Level 73
Aug 3, 2020
Re: that last one - you never know...
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Level 82
Aug 3, 2020
I'll admit a pedant award for myself: The First World War was long (and is still to a degree) commonly referred to as The Great War. It was referred to as The World War when it was the only one yet to have occurred.
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Level 73
Aug 3, 2020
Actually, I've heard the handegg designation applied to lots of codes. Outside of the US, it's more likely to refer to rugby - union or league. I've also heard it used for Australia Rules, though less commonly.
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Level 82
Aug 13, 2020
"Handegg" is never used in the US. It's generally only found in comments by non-Americans that resent North Americans' use of "football" for tackle football and "soccer" for what much of the world calls football.
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Level 65
Aug 27, 2020
Agreed. I've never once heard this term from an American.
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Level 74
Aug 4, 2020
I tried "stupid" for the longest time for the last one
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Level 50
Aug 27, 2020
Me too 😂
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Level 70
Aug 4, 2020
Please accept "human" or "human meat" for the Shylock question
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Level 65
Aug 27, 2020
He very famously asks for a pound of flesh. The phrase has become commonplace in English use. It really should only accept "flesh."
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Level 56
Sep 15, 2020
"The phrase has become commonplace in English use" I've literally never heard it before in my life.
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Level 45
Aug 5, 2020
I think you have the wrong letter "ß". "ß" (lowercase) has long been a part of the German language, and of the (extended) German alphabet. "ẞ" (the uppercase version of the same letter) was added in 2017. They look very similar in many fonts, and I have never actually noticed the uppercase version anywhere in writing.
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Level 65
Aug 6, 2020
I can type ß, but it comes out as SS with capslock. Interesting.
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Level 76
Aug 6, 2020
I second that comment. The capital "ẞ" doesn't appear at the beginning of any word requiring capital letters in German, but when you write words in all caps you previously had to change it to "SS" or keep a lowercase "ß" until 2017.
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Level ∞
Aug 6, 2020
Replaced ß with ẞ
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Level 74
Aug 6, 2020
I had a German SS joke for this, but then I realized it might be consider an insult, vulgar, spam and strictly forbidden.
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Level 46
Sep 11, 2020
Don't mention the war
+1
Level 82
Aug 6, 2020
Accept more type ins for the Narcissus question? I tried several answers containing the word "image" (image, his image, own image), and several containing the word "self".
+1
Level ∞
Aug 7, 2020
Self will work now in addition to himself.
+5
Level 50
Aug 26, 2020
More typeins for the Lamaze question? Tried in labor/labor for the longest time and then gave up
+2
Level 65
Aug 27, 2020
I second this. Tried pregnancy and labor/labour
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Level 53
Aug 29, 2020
Thirding this request. My first answer was labour/labouring.
+1
Level ∞
Aug 29, 2020
Labor/labour will work now.
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Level 80
Aug 27, 2020
The description on the front page asks "what is the capital of Moscow?"
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Level 45
Aug 27, 2020
I was so confused when I saw it first. I thought it was some sort of tourism catchphrase meaning the Red Square or something. Probably needs changing.
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Level 73
Aug 27, 2020
The letter M, clearly.
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Level 48
Aug 27, 2020
The front page still says "What is the capital of Moscow?"
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Level 74
Aug 27, 2020
As a kid I used to ask my mother what the capital of New York was, and she said New York doesn't have a capital (I went "okay... but please tell me anyway" in typical nagging kid fashion). As an adult I found out that New York is also the name of a state, and therefore that New York really has a capital. Now it's the same here. Moscow is also the name of an oblast. The capital of Moscow is Moscow.
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Level 73
Sep 2, 2020
I don't think Moscow is actually the capital of Moscow oblast. The city is a separate administrative region (a "federal city") and is not part of the surrounding oblast of the same name.
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Level 74
Sep 4, 2020
Moscow is the administrative center of the oblast, that's where I got the idea from. But you're right, it's not actually the capital. Shame.
+1
Level ∞
Aug 27, 2020
Fixed
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Level 65
Aug 27, 2020
That would be the capital M.
+1
Level 53
Aug 27, 2020
one of these questions commits a ‘no true scotsman’ fallacy
+1
Level 67
Aug 27, 2020
Just rhetoric was not enough for the last question??
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Level 79
Aug 27, 2020
I've never read Merchant of Venice and I always assumed that expression came from the Bible. I'm glad to learn correct answer.
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Level 65
Aug 27, 2020
You should read it! It's one of his best, and Shylock is one of the most fascinating characters in all of literature.
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Level 80
Aug 27, 2020
To me it seems like "tiger horse" would make more sense than "horse tiger"... the animal is much more like a horse than a tiger, but it has some superficial tiger-like features. I was trying to imagine some big cat that was similar to a horse, like with long skinny legs or something...
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Level 48
Aug 27, 2020
Can you accept "meat" for flesh?
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Level 56
Aug 30, 2020
A "pound of flesh" is a common expression nowadays, for when someone demands a lot from you, so I'd say keep it as flesh.
+1
Level 54
Aug 27, 2020
Ay should also be accepted for Aye
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Level 56
Aug 30, 2020
nae
+1
Level 55
Aug 27, 2020
The horse tiger question made me think totally irrelevantly of 马马虎虎
+1
Level 37
Aug 29, 2020
Please accept rhetoric for rhetorical.
+1
Level 56
Aug 30, 2020
A rhetoric question doesn't make sense. Just type the extra 2 letters you lazy so-and-so!
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Level 57
Aug 30, 2020
Please accept a wrong answer as a correct one based on my preference to not answer correctly. Thank you.