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General Knowledge Quiz #23

Answer these random trivia questions.
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First submittedJanuary 12, 2012
Last updatedSeptember 7, 2018
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What is the fastest land animal?
Cheetah
What is the most common element in the Earth's atmosphere?
Nitrogen
If the score is love-15, what sport are you playing?
Tennis
What actress was the song "Candle in the Wind" about?
Marilyn Monroe
Who was the first Republican president of the United States?
Abraham Lincoln
What is 6 + 5 * 4 + 3 * 2 + 1?
33
Whose hair burst into flames while filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984?
Michael Jackson
Who is the Lord of the Rings?
Sauron
What is the only country where giant pandas live in the wild?
China
What country traditionally produces port wine?
Portugal
What British TV show, co-created by Ricky Gervais, has been replicated
in nine different countries?
The Office
Other than Jerusalem, what notable Biblical city starts with the letters Jer?
Jericho
What is the street address of the British Prime Minister?
10 Downing Street
What condiment is sometimes called Japanese horseradish?
Wasabi
What river flows parallel to the Euphrates?
Tigris
According to the idiom, what city wasn't built in a day?
Rome
What city is often pronounced as "Nawlins" by the people who live there?
New Orleans
What Asian country was named after a Spanish king?
Philippines
Who rules in a gerontocracy?
The Elderly
What Scottish Highlands Competition could be described as "log throwing"?
Caber Toss
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level 72
Dec 3, 2013
missed one...have never seen any of the lord of the rings films or read the books
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level 76
Sep 23, 2015
You're missing out.
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level 75
Nov 6, 2015
Especially with the books.
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level 65
Jun 22, 2018
I haven't read or seen Lord of the Rings. I also haven't read or watched anything from the Harry Potter series. That is a setback on these general knowledge quizzes. Out of thousands of sources from literature available, a question from of these two series always seems to appear as one of the twenty. Sometimes, there is one from each.
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level 67
Mar 3, 2019
It's almost like they're both in the top five best-selling fiction books of all time.
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level 56
Mar 11, 2019
I know nothing about the 'Lord of the Rings'. I really should start reading it/them someday (soon hopefully)
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level 48
Oct 15, 2014
6+5*4+3*2+1 isn't general knowledge.
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level 60
Nov 29, 2016
you evidently have basic computer skills but cant do elementary math? interesting.
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level 73
Dec 4, 2016
It's second grade maths in my country
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level 67
Mar 3, 2019
It's not like it's calculus, or even algebra. It's the most basic of arithmetic, just one step beyond simple addition.
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level 49
Feb 1, 2015
how did I not get where port wine was from LMAO
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level 20
Oct 11, 2015
The 6+5 question got me!
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level 56
Mar 11, 2019
Multiplication/division always comes before addition/subtraction, unless there are brackets
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level 46
Mar 31, 2016
Love - 15 could also be badminton, table tennis or squash (if one player was really bad)
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level 49
Mar 21, 2017
Incorrect it is only used for tennis.
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level 59
Sep 5, 2016
thanks to Epic Rap Battles of History for helping me out with a few of these...
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level 61
Nov 3, 2016
Someone please explain the math one. I'm old...we never had asterisks in math problems.
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level 47
Nov 17, 2016
They use asterisks to indicate multiplication, although in my opinion, they could have used the X key with better results.
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level 35
Aug 19, 2017
I still don't see how you get 33. I always preferred English and geography at school.
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level 67
Mar 3, 2019
In arithmetic, you don't always do things just from left to right. Some functions are done before other functions as a rule, to cut down on ambiguity. This is called the "order of operations." For this problem, the important part is that multiplication is done before addition. Thus:

  • 6 + 5 * 4 + 3 * 2 + 1. We multiply first, so:
    • 5 * 4 = 20
    • 3 * 2 = 6
  • This turns it into 6 + 20 + 6 + 1, which adds up to 33.
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level 49
Nov 3, 2017
So I did really good on this quiz...then I come to the comments and people are complaining about the quiz being ow culture and junk knowledge. Oh well I still am happy!
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level 18
Jan 31, 2018
Leopard can be alternative for cheetah
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level 41
Mar 8, 2018
No it can't. They are two completely different animals.
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level 67
Sep 4, 2018
It's fine, just use "puma" instead.
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level 31
Nov 8, 2018
No it cant they are completely different!
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level 43
Jun 8, 2018
Can you please accept "Downing Street 10" ? In many countries the house number comes after the street name. I tried it and since it didn't work, I tried every other number :)
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level 65
Jun 19, 2018
Same
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level 76
Jun 19, 2018
In many countries, the family name goes before the first name, but the current PM calls herself "Theresa May", not "May Theresa". Anyone who knows her name would have heard it that way.

In many countries, the number may go after the street, but the PM's residence refers to itself as "10 Downing Street". Anyone would would know the address would know it from hearing it described that way. Ditto 221B Baker Street. If you know what I'm talking about, you read it that way.
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level 31
Nov 8, 2018
But everyone knows it as 10 downing street. We wouldn't call it the house that is white?
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level 70
Dec 8, 2018
Not necessarily a call to accept the wrong answer but if you live in a country where the number comes after the street name, all the media will say "Downing Street 10". You hear it from your own TV news and read it from your own newspapers, obviously.
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level 65
Jun 19, 2018
I predicted, even before answering it (correctly), that the maths problem was going result in consternation, debate, and ire! I very nearly jumped to the comments without completing the quiz in anticipation of snark and dissension.
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level 76
Jun 19, 2018
I tried "kaber toss", "kaber throw", and any variation on kaber I could come up. I had no idea it was spelled with a c.
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level 83
Jun 20, 2018
And a caper toss is definitely something different as well, it turns out. Capers are quite a bit easier to toss than cabers.
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level 76
Jul 2, 2018
And they go better with a nice salmon fillet.
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level 75
Sep 4, 2018
They are also an important part of my tartar sauce recipe. It definitely wouldn't be the same with cabers added to it, although it would improve the fiber content.
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level 21
Jun 20, 2018
I cannot spell!
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level 71
Jun 20, 2018
What about elders for gerontocracy?
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level 70
Jun 21, 2018
Really good variety of questions. Could you please allow "tossing the caber" though? That's what it's normally called in Scotland and the UK as a whole.
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level 71
Sep 4, 2018
Yes please, I tried tossing the caber and toss the caber with both c and k before the other way around
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level 56
Jul 12, 2018
Not an American here. I got two of the pop culture answers trying to guess the first Republican president. I just started guessing with all the early presidents I know and hit both Monroe and Jackson. Was very surprised first republican came so late. I'm probably missing something about the development of the GOP.
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level 72
Aug 23, 2018
Yes, it formed in the wake of the Whig party in the 1850s. Incidentally, during the 19th century the positions of the two parties were flipped- Republicans were more socially liberal and focused on federal laws (especially regarding abolition), while Democrats were conservative and interested in "states rights" (i.e. slavery). Lincoln was a Republican in his day, but would be more aligned with the Democrats today.
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level 75
Sep 4, 2018
Republicans refer to themselves as "The Party of Lincoln". It is even more confusing when you learn there was a party called the Democrat-Republican party formed by Jefferson and Madison to oppose the Federalist party. There were many splinters, offshoots, renaming, and new parties developed through the years to bring us to the two main political parties called Democrat and Republican today. Most agree that what became today's Republican party was formed in 1854 but their platforms have shifted back and forth through the years as have the Democrats, which some trace back to Jefferson while others consider Andrew Jackson as the founder since he splintered from the original party. The parties seem to be undergoing significant changes again.
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level 73
Aug 9, 2018
I totally mixed up where the prime minister lives with where Sherlock Holmes lived. I couldn't figure out why 221b Baker St. wasn't working.
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level 60
Sep 4, 2018
The way celebrities are winning electoral races in the US, it's only a matter of time before the UK follows suit. Sherlock Holmes may be fictional, but at least he's smart. I'd vote for him!
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level 60
Aug 15, 2018
I live in New Orleans and the only people who call it "Nawlins" are tourists. If you come to New Orleans and call it Nawlins or New OrlEEns, you automatically give yourself away as a tourist. It is pronounced New Orlins.
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level 75
Sep 4, 2018
But to my ears, when some of you say "New Orlins" it sounds like "New Awlins". We met a man from Baton Rouge who definitely called it "N'awlins". (He's the same one who corrected my pronunciation of Atchafalaya from "Atch'-a-fuh-la-ya" to "Uh-chawf'-a-la-ya".) I have a friend who grew up in Jefferson Parish and she says "New Or'-le-uns". Maybe it's like my home state of Missouri. Some of us who were born here call it "Missour-ee" and some call it "Missour-uh" and some of us say both depending on the phrase that comes before or after it. (During the hot, humid summers most of us call it Misery.) And then there is the university where we all call it "Mizzou-rah!"
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level 70
Sep 4, 2018
I once saw a documentary in which a Blues person said he preferred „New OrlEEns“ because it conveys the heart and soul of the city.
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level 59
Sep 4, 2018
I’ve always known it as tossing the caber, can that be accepted??
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level 70
Sep 4, 2018
Limitless paper in a paperless world.
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level 37
Apr 17, 2019
The people person's paper people
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level 67
Sep 4, 2018
It's funny, I just did one of the April Fools quizzes that had a similar arithmetic problem (done incorrectly, of course) and tons of people missed the point of the quiz and were complaining about how it ignored order of operations and got the wrong answer, and now here where it's done correctly people are complaining about how it doesn't just go left to right.
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level 18
Sep 5, 2018
How is this General Knowledge...
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level 60
Sep 6, 2018
As others have commented, in UK it's always called "tossing the caber", so please accept it.
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level 50
Sep 7, 2018
yes, it's 'tossing the caber', I have never heard it called caber toss and didn't think to try that - feeling cheated!
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level ∞
Sep 7, 2018
Okay that will work now, although I doubt it's "always" called that in the UK.
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level 50
Apr 24, 2019
You're right, it's not.
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level 48
Nov 10, 2018
my age is showing, I looked at the comments to see how the math problem worked, have not seen them with asterisks
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level 67
Mar 3, 2019
It has to do with computers. Technically speaking the multiplication sign is not the letter x, it's its own symbol, ×. Since ASCII didn't include × as one of its symbols, programmers and typists started using * instead (it was on keyboards anyway, so why not?), and this became standard in computing. This also cuts down on confusion when using variables, since the letter x is commonly used as one.
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level 48
Nov 10, 2018
just to add my two pennyworth, I only know it as 'tossing the caber'. I am British. Glad to have found out from comments how to say New Orleans, be handy if I ever visit! I would pronounce a longer eee sound
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level 63
Dec 9, 2018
(6 plus 5 = 11) multiplied by (4+3 = 7) = 77 multiplied by 2+1(3) = 231, what are you using * for instead of multiplication?
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level 72
Dec 13, 2018
Multiply first, add afterwards (BODMAS)
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level 16
Dec 21, 2018
You should also add toss the caber. I'm from Scotland, and that's how I've heard it called. I tried toss the caber to no avail.
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level 25
Jan 4, 2019
Knowing what "gerontology" means definitely helped.
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level 27
Mar 29, 2019
Princess Diana should count for the candle in the wind question. Although I get not originally written for her, was revised in tribute to her.
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level 67
Apr 24, 2019
She wasn't an actress.
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