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General Knowledge Quiz #32

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Last updated: September 13, 2018
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What was New York City known as between 1624 and 1664?
New Amsterdam
What did the Grinch try to steal?
Christmas
What Italian car company owns the most successful Formula One team of all time?
Ferrari
Who was Little Red Riding Hood's adversary?
The Big Bad Wolf
In what country did the Bay of Pigs invasion take place?
Cuba
What ancient trade route connected China to the Mediterranean?
Silk Road
In which country would you find a billabong?
Australia
Besides chocolate, what is the main flavor of Nutella?
Hazelnut
Who narrated the British version of "Planet Earth"?
David Attenborough
Whose face launched a thousand ships?
Helen's
In what U.S. state did Huckleberry Finn live?
Missouri
On what river does the city formerly known as Stalingrad lie?
Volga
A rasher is a unit of which food product?
Bacon
What holy river flows through Varanasi, India?
Ganges
Whose ex-husbands have included Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher?
Demi Moore
Name a country that is located entirely in the Levant?
Cyprus, Israel, Jordan,
Lebanon, or Syria
What is emmental cheese more commonly known as in the United States?
Swiss Cheese
In Norse mythology, who is the father of Thor?
Odin
What weapon does Luke Skywalker wield?
Lightsaber
What obsolete psychiatric procedure involved scraping away connections to
the prefrontal cortex?
Lobotomy
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level 45
Apr 15, 2014
Well, apparently it wasn't called Old York City, that's a shame
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level 62
Aug 14, 2018
or Little York Town
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level 45
Aug 10, 2014
I'm an atheist, if i type in xmas will it work?
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level 55
May 14, 2015
I do not understand what being an atheist has to do with it since "X" is simply an abbreviation for "Christ."
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level 45
May 31, 2015
I was told never to leave Christ out of Christmas.
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level 58
Nov 6, 2018
He wants to make sure any Christians on this site know he is an atheist so that he can draw attention to it.
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level 65
Feb 23, 2016
shouldn't matter, as an atheist you shouldn't be attaching any kind of magic to the word christ. therefore why shouldn't you just type the word christmas? I think it should be an acceptable spelling, but it has nothing to do with being an atheist, it's just a good short form.
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level 76
Nov 6, 2018
Besides, the book title isn't "How the Grinch Stole Xmas."
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level 43
Nov 8, 2018
On the other hand, the question is not about what the book is called.
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level 32
Aug 20, 2014
darn, i just type wolf
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level 40
Jul 21, 2016
lool me too...it should be accepted :P
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level 73
Jul 22, 2018
Right...it wasn't the small ill-tempered wolf
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level 71
Jul 27, 2018
The moderately sized, slightly vexed wolf?
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level 54
Nov 6, 2018
The brobdingnagian antagonistic lupine beast
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level 59
Nov 7, 2018
I thought it was Virginia Woolf.
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level 47
Nov 17, 2016
Better than me...I thought it was asking about ROBIN Hood. (double facepalm)
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level 67
Nov 14, 2015
Putting x instead of Christ is crossing out his name which I was taught was wrong
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level 71
Dec 30, 2016
No.
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level 71
Jul 27, 2018
He really doesn't care
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level 74
Aug 22, 2018
What you were taught was wrong.
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level 65
Nov 6, 2018
No, the X in "Xmas" is technically the Greek letter chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word for Χριστός ("Christos"). "Xmas" has been used as a shortened form for "Christmas" for at least 300 years, and versions of it (like "X'temmas") date back even earlier. The use of "X" as a shortened form of "Christ" goes back at least 1,000 years, in forms like "Xρ" or "Xt." Χρ has even developed into a popular Christian symbol you've probably seen before known as a labarum, or a "chi-rho," which dates back to Constantine the Great around 1700 years ago.

In short, "Xmas" comes from a very long Christian tradition. None of us wicked atheists are trying to take anything away or cross anything out.
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level 47
Sep 1, 2016
Please accept filbert for hazelnut. In Oregon, where the vast majority of this crop is grown and harvested, that's what many people call them. When I left Oregon, it was strange to hear filberts referred to as hazelnuts.
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level 47
Nov 6, 2018
Really? I've never heard this, but I'm from the East Coast. Huh, you learn something new every day...
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level 46
Jul 18, 2017
Can you accept just 'wolf' for the Red Riding Hood question?
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level 39
Dec 9, 2017
right?
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level 37
Jan 29, 2018
The wolf in Little Red Riding Hood is never called the “big bad wolf.” That is the wolf in the Three Little Pigs.
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level ∞
Jul 22, 2018
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Red_Riding_Hood
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level 66
Jul 23, 2018
Can atheists call the Big Bad Wolf the BB Wolf?
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level 76
Nov 6, 2018
I was told to never leave "Big Bad" out of "Big Bad Wolf."
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level 57
Nov 6, 2018
Fantastic, both of you.
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level 58
Nov 6, 2018
Are you saying Grandma looked like a BBW??
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level 38
Feb 18, 2018
Could you accept Wolga for Volga? In the majority of languages it is Volga, but some pesky Germanic languages/dialects go for Wolga.
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level 65
Jul 23, 2018
obsolete, not obsolute
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level ∞
Jul 23, 2018
Fixed
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level 58
Jul 26, 2018
As I was answering questions I glanced at Q4 and only saw Hood's Adversary. After spending at least 30 seconds entering every variation of "Sheriff of Nottingham" I could think of, I look at the question to see its about Red Riding Hood, not Robin Hood... facepalm.
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level 62
Sep 30, 2018
Can you replace 'British Version' with 'Original Version' as it implies that the British Version was not the original.
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level 65
Nov 6, 2018
But "original" could also imply the first Planet Earth (as opposed to, say, Planet Earth II, which could be confusing since many different countries had other narrators. specifying the British version eliminates that ambiguity.
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level 71
Nov 6, 2018
Can you accept Simon Le Bon for this one?
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level 70
Nov 6, 2018
Luke Skywalker also uses a blaster
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level 47
Nov 6, 2018
And the Force--it's not always a weapon but it can be.
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level 26
Nov 6, 2018
Yeah, but usually he specifically uses a lightsaber, and if there was someone who wasn't a Star Wars nerd, like I am, but they know that Luke carried a lightsaber, then that's another answer right for them.
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level 54
Nov 6, 2018
Question 16 isn't actually a question and therefore doesn't deserve a question mark?
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level 44
Nov 6, 2018
I 100% agree with this?
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level 17
Nov 10, 2018
I applaud your nice correction TWIM03?
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level 56
Nov 6, 2018
What are the other Swiss Cheeses known as in the USA?
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level 58
Nov 6, 2018
Gruyere is great.
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level 56
Nov 7, 2018
Yes I know but what is it known as Swiss Cheese II? Why cant they just say emmental?
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level 27
Nov 7, 2018
The 'British version of Planet Earth' is the original
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