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General Knowledge Quiz #26

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Last updated: June 26, 2018
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What country offered Albert Einstein its presidency? (a mostly ceremonial role)
Israel
What is the common name of the Aurora Borealis?
The Northern Lights
Who was almost totally deaf when he wrote his ninth and final symphony?
Ludwig Van Beethoven
In accounting, what is the opposite of a credit?
Debit
What country is known as Nippon or Nihon in its own language?
Japan
Who famously wore a dress made of meat?
Lady Gaga
What was the only country to prohibit women from driving until it
finally lifted the ban in 2017?
Saudi Arabia
Which chemical element has the shortest name?
Tin
What is the first name of Prince Charles's wife?
Camilla
In the Bible, what are Gabriel and Michael?
Angels
Who died of a burst appendix after being punched in the stomach?
Harry Houdini
Besides polo, what sport uses mallets?
Croquet
Who had sons named Uday and Qusay?
Saddam Hussein
What city is most associated with grunge music?
Seattle
At Hogwarts, what house was Harry Potter a member of?
Gryffindor
What is the name of Vietnamese New Year celebration?
Tet
What movie takes place partly in the fictional African country of Wakanda?
Black Panther
What two types of fever have colors in their name?
Scarlet Fever
Yellow Fever
What philosopher's "method" involved asking questions in order to stimulate
thought and draw out underlying assumptions?
Socrates
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level 63
Jan 14, 2014
I thought this was pretty tough for one of these General Knowledge quizzes, I usually do pretty well on them.
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level 74
Sep 25, 2018
I had just the opposite experience. I thought it was an easier one than usual and I scored 100% after I finally realized the clue was asking for the philosopher's name, not the method.
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level 62
Jan 14, 2014
I'm kind of proud I didn't know Lady Gaga wore a dress of meat.
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level 53
Sep 25, 2018
No one should take pride in being an ignoramus. Being aware of the world around you in all of its many facets is a virtue. Snobbery and elitism are ugly traits to be shirked.
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level 33
Jan 15, 2014
Dayum. if Albert accepted the offered, Israel would be MUCH better
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level 73
Jan 16, 2014
How so? The Israeli president is mostly a figurehead. It's the prime minister of the Knesset who wields executive power in the country. What would Einstein have done that would have been much better than what Chaim Weizmann did?
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level ∞
Jan 16, 2014
Not to mention that mathematical ability and leadership ability are not strongly correlated.
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level 68
Jan 16, 2014
Einstein was one of those personalities who stood above his profession; his comments on society, history and politics had greater impact than those of many politicians. As president of Israel, Einstein wouldn't have controlled the politics of the day, but he might have been a symbol of hope and peace (even as a former advocate of the A-bomb).
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level 73
Jan 17, 2014
exactly, QM. So I was just wondering what brilliant things he would have done differently than Weizmann. I think they also offered it to Moses Montefiore. Einstein was a pacifist, maybe it's tempting to believe or hope that he could have done something to avoid the violence that followed 1948- but by the time the state of Israel was formed it was already too late for that. The Arab League declared war the following day.
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level 51
Jan 15, 2014
I have a feeling there have been a few people who have died from ruptured appendices after being punched in the stomach. Houdini's just the only famous one!
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level 69
Jun 20, 2016
Actually, not only is it incredibly *rare*, it probably didn't happen to Houdini either. The punch most likely only irritated an already-beginning case of appendicitis, not caused it. http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/houdini.asp
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level 65
Aug 26, 2018
If it even did that. From what I've read, it's as likely as not that the only connection between the two was that Houdini may have ignored the pain in his abdomen until it was too late because he thought it was due to the punch.
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level 74
Sep 25, 2018
To be pedantic, Houdini died of peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix. This was before the discovery of penicillin. My granddaughter suffered a ruptured appendix a few months ago after numerous trips to urgent care and the ER and medical testing which led only to a continuing diagnosis of a "lingering stomach virus". Only after she had excruciating abdominal pain did they do the proper test - a CT scan rather than ultrasound - which finally gave them the right answer. Had her infection not encapsulated in a grapefruit-sized abscess, and had strong antibiotics not been available she might have had the same outcome as Houdini. The point is, a ruptured appendix doesn't always mean death but without antibiotics, peritonitis usually does.
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level 6
Jan 18, 2014
Prince Charles's first wife was Diana not Camilla. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana,_Princess_of_Wales
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level 73
Jan 19, 2014
Yeah it doesn't say his first wife or ex-wife, it just says his wife. He is not presently married to Diana.
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level 32
Aug 28, 2014
as I was reading quick I misread it as first wife, but then I read it again
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level 27
Jun 2, 2014
tough
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level 58
Jun 21, 2014
Is it bad that I had never before heard that it was illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, but that was my first guess anyway?
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level 71
Oct 24, 2014
Technically, it's not illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia. It's certainly banned and punishable, but it's not against the law as there is no specific law prohibiting it.
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level 71
Feb 20, 2017
If it's banned and punished, then it is illegal. The law doesn't have to be written down.
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level 60
Apr 1, 2015
Pall-mall should be accepted for a game with mallets, including all alternative spellings....?
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level 61
Oct 30, 2015
Marching Band is a sport that uses mallets. I will defend my case if asked.
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level 69
Jul 1, 2018
What do they use mallets for? Bashing hecklers? I'd definitely go to more high school football games if that were the case.
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level 57
Sep 25, 2018
They use mallets to strike percussion instruments like xylophones and bass drums.
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level 47
Sep 25, 2018
Marimbas, Xylophones
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level 34
Aug 1, 2017
Why not have some more Percy Jackson or Heroes of Olympus questions on this site
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level 71
Oct 15, 2017
This quiz still has Saudi women not driving. Guess you could change it to "In 2017, which nation made it legal for women to drive?"
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level ∞
Oct 16, 2017
Changed the question, thanks
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level 34
Nov 29, 2017
Houdini did die of a burst appendix but it was NOT because of the punch. It didnt help sure, but he would have doed ecause of a burst appendix either way
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level 65
Aug 26, 2018
Not necessarily. I mean, the punch certainly didn't cause the burst appendix, but maybe he would've paid more attention to the pain in his abdomen if he hadn't been punched there. If he'd gone to the hospital earlier, before it burst, he very well may have survived.
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level 34
Nov 29, 2017
Watch america fact vs fiction
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level 60
Dec 25, 2017
Well, Bedřich Smetana also (kind of) fits into the clue. I'm not sure how strict you are about what a symphony is but still.
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level 74
Jun 26, 2018
The driving ban was lifted in 2017? Then why are there all these news stories in June 2018 acting like it just happened?
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level 68
Jun 27, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War also partly takes place in Wakanda.
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level 69
Jul 1, 2018
I'm just surprised and saddened that only 67% of people knew the answer to the Black Panther question, which means that even fewer have seen it!!!
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level 73
Sep 25, 2018
Aside from Thor: The Dark World I think Black Panther is probably the one film in the MCU least worth seeing, in my subjective opinion. Avengers Age of Ultron might have been just as bad or worse, but it also is much more crucial to the plot of subsequent films. Tchalla was introduced in Captain America Civil War, so his eponymous film didn't even serve the role of introducing a major character, the technology of Wakanda is showcased in Infinity War, and nothing else that happened in the movie mattered.
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level 72
Jun 27, 2018
17/20
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level 68
Jul 3, 2018
Why did I keep typing Socratic over and over again?
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level 64
Jul 9, 2018
According to https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876034111000256, there's also a Blue fever and a Black Water fever.
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level 67
Sep 25, 2018
There is a Doobie Brothers song about one of these.
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level 78
Sep 25, 2018
Uday and Qusay are Arabic for Eric and Don, Jr., I'm told.
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level 23
Sep 25, 2018
Man I can't spell seattle
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level 19
Sep 25, 2018
Damn, the german "Bor" is "Boron" in english. ;)
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level 51
Sep 25, 2018
for a person whose never read a single Harry Potter book or seen a single Harry Potter movie, there sure are a lot of Harry Potter questions on this site... :/
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level 28
Sep 25, 2018
I tried so hard to remember that Vietnam battle that was on Vietnamese New Year!! And totally forgot Einstein was Jewish. And then there was Tin...
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level 73
Sep 25, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War took place partly in Wakanda (and so did Captain America: Civil War, though barely). Black Panther took place mostly in Wakanda. I'd say of the two films, Infinity War is a better answer, but it's not accepted.
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level 65
Sep 25, 2018
Infinity War partly took place in Wakanda.
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level 45
Sep 25, 2018
Air Hockey uses mallets.
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level 41
Sep 25, 2018
Aurora Borealis!? At this time of year! At this time of day! In this part of the country! Localized entirely within your kitchen!
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level 61
Sep 25, 2018
Could Blue Fever aka Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever be accepted. Also, Black Water Fever seems like it would fit the category as well.
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level 56
Oct 6, 2018
and Gold Fever of course.
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level 53
Sep 28, 2018
Poorly worded final clue.
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