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General Knowledge Quiz #30

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Last updated: September 12, 2018
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What animal are elephants supposedly afraid of?
Mice
What started on September 1, 1939?
World War II
Who called a ring "my precious"?
Gollum
Who was the demon barber of Fleet Street?
Sweeney Todd
What town did Superman grow up in?
Smallville
In what country would you find the town of Marathon?
Greece
What is the term for a word or phrase is spelled the same forwards or backwards?
a Palindrome
What can neither George Washington nor Sir Mix-a-Lot do?
Lie
What was Rambo's first name?
John
If I sail on the Neva river past the Hermitage Museum, what city am I in?
St. Petersburg
In you are dining "al fresco", where are you?
Outside
What modern-day country contains most of the ancient region of Mesopotamia?
Iraq
What is the world's largest company by number of employees?
Wal-Mart
What type of school offers a class called "torts"?
Law School
What country is the region Lombardy a part of?
Italy
What is the name of a receptacle designed to be spat into by tobacco chewers?
Spittoon
What was Medusa's hair made of?
Snakes
Who led England as Lord Protector from 1653 to 1658?
Oliver Cromwell
What word in the English language sounds like "segway"?
Segue
Name a country that is located in the Maghreb.
Algeria, Libya, Mauritania,
Morocco, or Tunisia
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level 49
Mar 18, 2014
Not to challenge the answer as it's the established western version, but fighting in WW2 really started in the early 1930s with Japan's invasion of the continent. Sort of like how the Vietnam War started in 1858.
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level 77
Jul 16, 2018
I don't really know about the Vietnam part, but I sorta agree with the WWII part. Japan was a major combatant in that war and that's when they actually began their part of the war even though it didn't start in Europe for a few more years. They were in a unbroken pattern of war in which Pearl Harbor (and yes I know that Europe was already a war by then) was just another step for them. As time went on more and more countries from all continents were pulled into it in Europe and the Pacific - fighting for different things, but all happening at the same time making it a world war. If that makes any sense...
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level 67
Jul 22, 2018
Try telling an Austrian or a Czech that WW2 started in 1939! However the question is not 'when did WW2 start' but 'what started on 1 September 1939'. Thus WW2 is an acceptable answer as it is the date that most of the world recognises but 'invasion of Poland" should also be accepted which it isn't.
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level 64
Dec 28, 2018
1858's a serious stretch. In English "the Vietnam War" refers specifically to the U.S.-Vietnam war. Other struggles against France, Britain, China, the Khmer Rouge or Japan are labelled as such in English, in which coincidentally, we are communicating.
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level 60
Mar 18, 2014
There is a town named Marathon in Ontario, Canada
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level 20
Jul 11, 2018
There is one in the Florida keys, too.
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level 66
Oct 23, 2018
Right, they're both named after the famous one in Greece, from which the word "marathon" comes.
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level 73
Mar 18, 2014
Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England (Puritan) born in 1599, died in 1658 (September).
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level 52
May 21, 2014
The dates in the clue were when Cromwell WAS Lord Protector of England, not his birth/death dates.
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level 73
Jul 16, 2018
If not, dude was a REALLY famous 5 year old.
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level 64
Dec 28, 2018
Thanks for the clarification. I thought he was the most influential person to die at 5 in world history.
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level 56
Jul 30, 2015
ironically, the word palindrome is not a palindrome...
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level 66
Mar 26, 2018
No, but it is an emordnilap!
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level 64
Dec 28, 2018
Cool. Nice bacov drow.
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level 64
Dec 28, 2018
Before someone says I didn't use it right, I know. So does Spellcheck, it corrected it to bacon drown. A great way to die.
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level 71
Jul 18, 2018
Ironically, the word ironic and it's derivative forms are usually used incorrectly
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level 51
Oct 23, 2018
nerd
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level 68
Oct 23, 2018
And "abbreviation" is a very long word.
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level 45
Oct 23, 2018
Alliteration is usually not alliterative.
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level 68
Aug 21, 2015
There is also a Marathon in upstate New York. However, I think it's pretty obvious what country is being referred to.
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level 59
Nov 29, 2015
I'm sure George Washington would be thrilled to know he has something in common with such a hugely important historical figure as Sir Mix-a-Lot.
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level 50
Apr 6, 2018
I was pretty sure it was that they both liked big butts...
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level 58
Oct 23, 2018
Yup! Martha Washington had quite the badankadonk which is oft referenced in the personal correspondence between her and George, her baby-daddy, during his long winter encampment at Valley Forge
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level 42
Apr 22, 2016
LOL, should accept Dack or Dirk as first names for Rambo...
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level 47
Nov 26, 2016
"What started on September 1, 1939?" september
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level 46
Apr 16, 2017
I tried the same thing.
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level 67
Dec 5, 2017
Like this quiz, try my General Knowledge 28 ......here it is
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level 45
Dec 20, 2017
Interestingly, palindrome is not a palindrome
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level 75
Oct 23, 2018
Uninterestingly, you repeat previous comments.
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level 52
Jul 14, 2018
Typed in both 'Morocco' and 'Algeria' and didn't get the last question?
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level ∞
Jul 14, 2018
Fixed, thanks.
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level 67
Jul 15, 2018
I think 'Segue' as a word in the English language is pushing the boat out a bit. A French musical term such as this will not be in the normal vocabulary, and will never be heard of again.
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level 68
Jul 15, 2018
I hear that term a lot in regard to movies or TV.
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level 82
Jul 16, 2018
I hear and use the term all the time in business. Often during meetings someone will ask if they can segue into a related topic. And the response that's invariably given is "Segue away."
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level 75
Jul 16, 2018
I hear this one often as well. After thinking about it, I think I hear it most when someone is pointing out how awkward the transition from one topic to another was. As in, "Wow, that was a weird segue."
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level 73
Jul 16, 2018
segue is used literally all of the time. You hear radio hosts talking and someone will segue into another topic and they say "nice segue." The problem is that most people think that the word they are saying is spelled "segway" and are surprised when shown the actual spelling.
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level 66
Oct 23, 2018
Yeah, this is a relatively common word in English, meaning "to transition."
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level 75
Oct 23, 2018
I assumed that's where the Segway got its name - one uses it to "segue" from one place to another.
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level 58
Oct 23, 2018
The growing crescendo of comments here might indicate that this is an appropriate opportunity to segue into suggesting that you check your dictionary before making such pronouncements
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level 70
Oct 23, 2018
And also, it's Italian, not French
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level 48
Oct 23, 2018
I think Rat should be accepted for Mice.
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level 59
Oct 23, 2018
No, I think rats are too big.
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level 76
Oct 23, 2018
According to the accepted last name rule of Jetpunk - shouldn't just "Todd" be accepted for the demon barber?
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level 65
Dec 11, 2018
The largest company by number of workers really surprised me as it's not (afaik) a transnational corporation.
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level 59
Jan 28, 2019
There are typos in the palindrome and al fresco questions, in case you wanted to know.