General Knowledge Quiz #218

Can you answer these random trivia questions?
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Last updated: August 1, 2022
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Which three letter suffix ends the names of more than 2/3rds of Periodic Table elements?
ium
What animal is typically used to represent Russia in political cartoons?
Bear
What do you call a kitchen when it's on a ship?
Galley
What is one of the world's driest countries despite having "rain" in its name?
Bahrain
Which two European countries gained their independence from the United Kingdom?
Ireland
Malta
What track and field event uses a 16 pound object (7.26 kg)?
Shot Put
Things named for her include a major lake, a world capital, and two Australian states.
Who is she?
Queen Victoria
What verb means "to abandon someone on a desert island"?
Maroon
What part of the body is affected by melanoma?
Skin
What word means "an idea that spreads like a gene"?
Meme
Which country in the Americas is named for Jesus Christ?
El Salvador
What sea does the Danube River empty into?
Black Sea
Which French city is pronounced like the English word "Can"?
Cannes
What actor did Dan Aykroyd trade places with in the movie "Trading Places"?
Eddie Murphy
What type of bird was once carried into coal mines to help miners detect
high levels of carbon monoxide?
Canary
What is (by far) the coldest country in Oceania by average annual temperature?
New Zealand
What musical word starts with W and ends in Z?
Waltz
What common spice is made from tree bark?
Cinnamon
What fast food menu item comes in four shapes: bell, bow-tie, ball and boot?
Chicken McNugget
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Level 88
Aug 1, 2022
You may want to reword your question about melanoma to something like "...is generally affected by...." as other parts of the body, like eyes, can also be affected.
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Level 84
Aug 1, 2022
That is . . . I guess an accurate definition for "meme," although I don't think I ever would have made that connection. Maybe a hint would be helpful there?
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Level 69
Aug 1, 2022
The term “meme” predates the internet. That definition is accurate.
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Level 83
Aug 2, 2022
Debatable. Richard Dawkins coined the term in his book The Selfish Gene in 1976. The Internet was birthed in 1969 when a connection was made between a computer terminal at Stanford University and another at UCLA. But some people count 1983 as the birth of the Internet since that's when standard TCP/IP was adopted.

However, the term definitely predates people copying and sending goofy pictures with big-font words written on them to all their friends on Facebook, and is much more interesting an idea than that and it's unfortunate that so many people don't know the original meaning. Worth looking up if you're not familiar.

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Level 70
Aug 2, 2022
I think he means that the term predates the world wide web, or ‘the internet as most people know it.’ But of course you knew that.
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Level 83
Aug 4, 2022
ha... the world wide web is not the Internet. If most of the people you know think it is... then most of the people you know are misinformed. Most of the people I know were using the Internet for years before Berners-Lee and CERN made minor contributions toward its commercialization, and wouldn't confuse the two.

Even the latter date I gave above (1983), realistically over a decade after the birth of the Internet, is still 6 years before the "world wide web" has launched. I think it was 1988 when my friend Chris got his Prodigy account. And even before that... my cousin Rich and I were accessing dial-up BBS games and news sites and sending e-mail. (and the first Internet "meme" might have been sent later still, around 1996)

So... 1. no, I wouldn't have made the assumption you made, and don't know that Dimby would, either. I'll be kind and assume he didn't. and 2. stand by my original point.

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Level 71
Aug 1, 2022
I like the phrasing of ship's kitchen one :)
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Level 82
Aug 1, 2022
I'm sorry. Can someone explain the Chicken McNugget question?
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Level 67
Aug 2, 2022
It's a marketing thing. McDonald's makes their nuggets in four shapes, and they've named each of them. Bell, bowtie, ball, and boot.
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Level 69
Aug 2, 2022
Not in the uk. One shape only
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Level 58
Aug 2, 2022
All the same shape in Australia too.
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Level 81
Aug 2, 2022
I think the four shapes do exist in the UK too, but no-one knows there are exactly four shapes or that they have names. I certainly didn't, but googling for pictures I recognise the different shapes. I just always assumed they were all randomly a bit irregular rather than being deliberately made like that!
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Level 70
Aug 2, 2022
I believe the 4 shapes in the UK are 1) tumour 2) two tumours stuck together 3) squashed tumour 4) nugget-shaped. All of which become infinitely more appetising on the way home from the pub at 2am.
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Level 34
Aug 3, 2022
According to a Daily Mail article from 2016, McNuggets in the Uk are in the standard 4 shapes. And I recall seeing McNugget art in the 4 shapes in a Spanish McDonalds as far back at 2006. I get that this isn't perhaps the most common of common informational bits, well, that's the fun of a quiz like this.
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Level 18
Aug 3, 2022
A typical America-centric question which the rest of the world has no clue about…let alone wrong in the vast majority of countries where McDonalds is sold
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Level 63
Aug 2, 2022
Yeah, I really don't think that this counts as general knowledge.
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Level 80
Aug 3, 2022
yup, as we all know, "American" knowledge is actually in fact and indisputably "General" knowledge - they are synonymous ;-)
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Level 50
Aug 2, 2022
Isn’t Cyprus also in Europe, and it also gained independence from the UK(a joke comment)
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Level 69
Aug 2, 2022
Something something didn't the French get into a personal union under England at one point? ;)
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Level 64
Aug 2, 2022
Cyprus is in Asia (according to the UN)
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Level 47
Aug 4, 2022
it literally says that its a joke comment
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Level 56
Aug 2, 2022
In TaleSpin, Russians were represented by Wild Boars.
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Level 81
Aug 2, 2022
Kinda amazed that so few get meme.
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Level 69
Aug 3, 2022
I was surprised so many got it! LOL
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Level 40
Aug 2, 2022
Sorry but the "can" "cannes" question ist just not right. there is a different sounding "a" in both. maybe look at the phonetic spelling.
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Level 66
Aug 2, 2022
Yup. If you pronounce them the same you're mispronouncing at least one of them.
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Level 82
Aug 2, 2022
If the W and Z question asked for a type of dance instead of a musical term, it would have been easier.
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Level 86
Aug 2, 2022
In addition to the name of the dance, Waltz can refer to a musical piece written in 3/4 time. The clue fits the second definition.
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Level 85
Aug 4, 2022
Musical, I thought? W to Z? "Wiz".