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General Knowledge Quiz #35

Answer these random trivia questions.
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First submittedMay 31, 2012
Last updatedSeptember 16, 2018
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What city is famous for its leaning tower?
Pisa
Who is the only English king to abdicate voluntarily?
Edward VIII
Which U.S. state is the "Land of Lincoln"?
Illinois
What was the name of Louis XIV's residence?
Palace of Versailles
What country had prisons known as gulags?
The Soviet Union
What was the name of Wooster's valet?
Jeeves
What country uses the Baht as its currency?
Thailand
What disease was quinine used to treat?
Malaria
What U.S. President probably fathered children with his slave, Sally Hemings?
Thomas Jefferson
What country was responsible for the Lockerbie bombing?
Libya
How many syllables does a haiku have?
17
What is the American name for the board game known in England as "draughts"?
Checkers
What toxic chemical element is contained inside fluorescent bulbs?
Mercury
What is an arachnophobe afraid of?
Spiders (or other Arachnids)
What type of animal is the mascot of the World Wildlife Fund?
Giant Panda
What Shakespearean play is it bad luck to mention inside a theater?
Macbeth
What author created James Bond?
Ian Fleming
What disease is associated with hydrophobia?
Rabies
What plant is linen made from?
Flax
What is the opposite of an acid?
a Base
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level 15
May 31, 2012
I always thought that linen was made out of cotton
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level 35
May 27, 2014
Me too.
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level 55
May 27, 2014
Cotton is made out of cotton.
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level 59
May 24, 2016
Well, it is not made out of flackseed
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level 70
Aug 16, 2018
Right. It's made of flax fiber.
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level 60
May 31, 2012
Are arachnophobics afraid of scorpions too or is it just spiders?
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level 65
Oct 19, 2014
It doesnt even have to be all spiders. I know i am arachnophobic, but i dont mind the big, rounder ones like tarantulas or goliaths. Nor the really thin, spindly ones. Just the ones in the middle, of any size, weirdly...
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level 76
Aug 4, 2018
Arachnophobes are afraid of public speaking. Because everyone is afraid of public speaking.
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level 20
Sep 16, 2012
Thank you to House for the hydrophobia one
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level 70
May 27, 2014
Only knew Jeeves becuase I read an interview with Hugh Laurie, who is a Wooster fan.
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level 49
May 27, 2014
Not just a fan! He and Stephen Fry played Jeeves and Wooster in a (fantastic) tv series.
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level 70
May 27, 2014
Really need to read those stories - and watch the show, of course. Laurie is an excellent actor and comedian (as well as Fry).
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level 70
Nov 27, 2018
Seen and read some of it now :)
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level 34
Apr 21, 2014
fml can't spell Libya...
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level 56
May 16, 2014
I put 'chequers' instead of checkers - think I should have got that one!
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level ∞
May 16, 2014
Okay, that will work now
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level 76
May 27, 2014
Then the clue should be "what is the British name for the American name for the board game known in England as draughts?"
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level 75
May 27, 2014
Or even, "What is the British name for the American name for the Sumerian board game known in England as draughts?" (How is that pronounced, BTW? As "drafts" or "drawts"?)
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level 82
May 28, 2014
Misspelled fluorescent.
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level 45
May 28, 2014
You probably meant fluorescent, not flourescent :)
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level 25
May 28, 2014
*fluorescent
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level ∞
May 28, 2014
Fixed!
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level 84
Jul 30, 2015
Can you accept "The Scottish Play" for Macbeth"
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level 39
Jun 5, 2016
I remembered "hydrophobia" from Old Yeller.
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level 47
Dec 28, 2016
thought the "Land of Lincoln" was Nebraska, since it's capital city is Lincoln... aargh
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level 61
Mar 9, 2017
I think I tried about 40 states for this one, sadly not Illinois...
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level 50
Jul 18, 2017
Is it possible to rephrase the Wooster question? In the UK, we call them butlers, not valets. I didn't have a clue what a valet was until the answer appeared afterwards. And it is a British series after all... :)
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level 67
Sep 22, 2017
I don't think Jeeves was a 'butler' as such. I think 'valet' is more what his position was..... as in "'Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's gentleman's personal gentleman,' said Richard at his most pompous, straying dangerously where angels might fear to tread. 'A valet, not a butler.' 'But Bertie said Jeeves could buttle with the best of them.:.
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level 78
Apr 4, 2018
Not according to "Downton Abbey". They are two different positions - although Mr. Carson, the butler, did sometimes graciously fill in as a valet. And it is a VERY British series... :)
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level 43
Nov 16, 2017
It's in fact not probable that Jefferson fathered Sally Hemmings' child. It was just a popular tabloid rumor of the time.
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level 40
Apr 27, 2018
I'd read the first sentence of the Wikipedia page if I were you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Hemings
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level 70
Aug 16, 2018
Yes, because it's not like 1,000s of changes haven't been made by 100s of random people to that article. That's how authoritative Wikipedia is. You 2 can even edit it to be "right" to settle the matter back and forth.
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level 71
Aug 16, 2018
Actually, there's some research and a few resultant books that posit it was actually Thomas' Jefferson's *brother*. He was apparently a lot more of a playboy. Interesting premise, and they make a pretty good case.
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level 61
Nov 1, 2018
@someone2018 And doing that will eventually get you banned and the mistakes will be corrected sooner rather than later. As for Wikipedia's accuracy, a recent study published by Nature says it's about as accurate as the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
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level 48
Apr 6, 2018
why is the answer that comes up to opposite to acid is "a base" when the answer is alkali? I typed alkali and it said yes but gives "a base". Is this something USAmericans do in chemistry but not UK Britons? I shall have to go ask my incredibly talented nephew headed to do chemistry at Cambridge next academic year.
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level 83
Aug 14, 2018
I learned base as opposite to acid, and alkali only those bases that are water soluble.
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level 75
Aug 14, 2018
An alkali is a specific type of base. All alkalis are bases, but not all bases are alkalis.
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level 52
Aug 7, 2018
I don't know if that was my worst score on one of these General Knowledge quizzes, but I felt like it was.
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level 83
Aug 14, 2018
If your score on the other G.K. quizzes were all higher, then this was your worst.
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level 83
Aug 16, 2018
How many syllables in a haiku? I count 3....
Oh, that wasn't a trick question. Moving on.
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level 70
Aug 16, 2018
Ask how many syllables.
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level 70
Aug 16, 2018
Does a haiku have?
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level 70
Aug 16, 2018
Three were it a trick question.
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level 70
Aug 16, 2018
And that's how you write a kick butt haiku.
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level 71
Aug 16, 2018
Except you got it reversed - it's 5-7-5, not 7-5-7...
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level 77
Aug 22, 2018
Counting syllables / How many has a haiku? / Three, if it’s a trick
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level 52
Sep 17, 2018
in modern haiku that is no longer the case. the japanese wrote vertically in a single line, and apart from that, some of the "syllables" are actually verbal puncuation as they were no commas, fullstops etc it was just the early translators like Blyth that decided to put them in a form that readers recognised, ie a "verse", but many modern haijin maybe reword it to include" Traditionally" http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/style-and-usage/rules-for-writing-haiku.html
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level 67
Aug 25, 2018
Tough quiz that. As a Brit I had no chance on the third question, that's just not something you ever hear over here. Nor is the President who fathered children with his slave. From quizes on here I am aware a president allegedly did but it was guess time on his name.
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level 73
Oct 19, 2018
I just guessed the early presidents.
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level 73
Nov 27, 2018
Seems like you should accept Versailles.
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level 56
Nov 28, 2018
i typed "palace at versaille," nothing. so then i just typed "versaille," still nothing. seems a bit silly.
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level 60
Dec 18, 2018
this is the most undoable quiz I have done on this site. Only got 9/20 (ok im sure there are quizes I would score less, like I dont know korean translations of uncommon words.. but atleast I would now beforehand, I would not for a second expect to get something right. This one I had no chance for many of the questions and my general knowledge is pretty good) totally didnt even read the malaria question I see now so it would ve been 10/20. I guess I could ve spend 2 more minutes just randomnly guessing stuff but was allready disheartened haha. I gave up
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level 43
May 17, 2019
They're always hard unless you know the answers. Personally the toughest for me was Lincoln but I knew he came from that general area so it was my second guess. I got Jefferson straight up because he is famous for owning slaves despite the all men are created equal malarkey. I'm not from USA
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