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General Knowledge Quiz #48

Answer these random trivia questions.
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Last updated: September 21, 2018
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What is the former English name of Beijing?
Peking
What usually has three leaves, but in about 1/5000 cases has four or more?
Clover
What are the first five digits of pi?
3.1415
What fictional character had a mysterious lighting bolt scar on his forehead
from when he was a baby?
Harry Potter
What is the only form of birth control permitted by the Catholic church?
Abstinence
What group sings "Love Shack" and "Rock Lobster"?
The B-52s
What American swimmer won eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympics?
Michael Phelps
What is the capital of Bangladesh?
Dhaka
What word means "to drink" and is a homophone of the word coif?
Quaff
What scientist sailed on the HMS Beagle?
Charles Darwin
From where can you check out anytime you like, but never leave?
The Hotel California
In what country is it customary, although rare, to break plates during celebrations?
Greece
What is the only substance that can harm Superman?
Kryptonite
What dinosaur does Mario sometimes ride?
Yoshi
What is the second most-populous city in New York state?
Buffalo
What do the"casa grande" mean in English?
Big House
On what river's left bank would you find the famous "Left Bank"
Seine
In Hawaii, what does mahalo mean?
Thank You
What type of nut is used to make Nutella?
Hazelnuts
Who wrote "A Farewell to Arms"?
Ernest Hemingway
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level 33
Sep 14, 2012
Only 22% knew capital of Bangladesh and only 32% knew former name of Beijing? Always fun to see how americans struggle with geographical questions.
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level 83
Feb 22, 2013
Having just read the comments in the States of the US quiz, I find it fascinating that you assume it's Americans who are bringing down the average.
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level 73
Nov 17, 2014
Yeah? What is the capital of Alabama? How 'bout the biggest city in Montana? Why is it such a shock that the average American may not know the capital of a country thousands of miles away? Many of our states are geographically the same size or bigger as most of the countries in Europe, so I suppose that means that we should expect you to know all of our state capitals.
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level 82
Nov 25, 2014
Montgomery, isn't it? Without looking it up. No effing idea about Montana though. - European.
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level 77
Jan 5, 2015
Knowing something about California or Texas is more relevant than knowing anything about Kiribati or Nauru. Or even Liechtenstein or San Marino. It just is. Condescend all you want to. Regarding Europeans' and Americans' respective knowledge of geography, in my (extensive and relevant) experience, it's about the same. The average European is very poor at geography. The average American is very poor at geography. However there are smart and well-educated people in both places. In the case of both the educated and the ignorant, they will always do better at geography that is relevant and near to them. An American is more likely to know something about Mexico, Canada, or Florida. A European is more likely to know something about Austria, Denmark, or Tuscany. The United States and the European Union are very close in terms of size, population, and GDP and comparing US States to European countries is actually very appropriate.
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level 77
Jan 5, 2015
When a European gets upset about someone not knowing something about "the rest of the world," almost inevitably what they actually mean is that this person doesn't know as much about Europe as they do. Because Europe is relevant and important to them. But they're just as unlikely to know what the capital of the Philippines is. And less likely to know the capital of Alabama.
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level 61
Feb 8, 2019
I have a serious question: why is it so important for Americans to know the capital of Bangladesh? And don't just say "because otherwise you're ignorant." Everyone is ignorant of certain things (I bet a lot of the people who know every capital don't know how to fix a toilet or how to apply the rule against perpetuities). Ignorance is bad when it regards *something important to know.* The hard truth is that, despite Bangladesh's population, it does not affect world affairs the way other countries do. All countries and capitals are not created equal. Washington, London, Berlin, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Moscow, Riyadh...these are the capitals of major world players, and almost everyone knows them, because they are the most worth knowing. I read the news almost every day. I never read or hear anything about Dhaka. Never. Why does an American (or Brit or Brazilian or whoever) need to know it? Do you think memorizing capitals means you understand their cultures? It doesn't.
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level 73
Jun 21, 2019
^ to increase your Jetpunk level
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level 77
Dec 24, 2014
Would be fun to see comments from ignorant non-Americans who try to deflect from their own sense of inadequacy by clinging to false stereotypes, except that it's more pathetic than funny.
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level 76
Nov 29, 2016
It would be good if all of us knew the answers to both of these, but age probably has something to do with it. When I was learning countries and capitals in school, Peking is the name I was taught. Bangladesh didn't exist then, although Dhaka was also the capital of East Pakistan. I'm not sure that it's important to teach the history of names of every country and capital in the world since some could change again in the future. It's difficult enough for students to keep up with the current countries and capitals. Most of the historical names can be relegated to trivia IMO.
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level 63
Feb 8, 2019
According to Alexa, the US is the country (by far) with the most users on the site but international users outnumber Americans by a ratio of 3 to 2.
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level 70
Feb 8, 2019
If Jetpunk comments prove anything it‘s that Europeans can be just as obnoxious as Americans.
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level 25
Sep 16, 2012
Superman can also be harmed by magic.
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level 83
Feb 22, 2013
Yes, but is magic a substance?
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level 55
Aug 3, 2013
guessed the b51s
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level 77
Nov 26, 2014
So close
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level 79
Sep 18, 2018
. . . seriously?
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level 71
Sep 23, 2018
A better guess than my C-52s!
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level 55
May 28, 2014
Can you accept HFCS? I've seen that abbreviation around.
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level ∞
Nov 12, 2014
Okay
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level 71
Dec 9, 2014
I spent alot if time wondering what kind of dinosaur Yoshi was.
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level 36
Dec 24, 2014
I misread the question and thought that's what it asked! Tried all sorts of things like trex, fictional, anthropomorphic, and green. Then read the question again.....*smh*
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level 59
Dec 24, 2014
Coif and quaff aren't homophones at all.
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level 49
Dec 24, 2014
Yeah, I can't imagine what accent makes that work, I pronounce them 'koi-f' and 'kwa-f'.
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level 62
Jan 2, 2019
Dont quote me on it, but I see it as kwof and kwaf. Where the kwof tends (strongly) towards kwo-af. So close enough imo.
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level 62
Jan 2, 2019
Apparently both pronounciations can be correct. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fSZNx9cAZa4
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level 76
Feb 8, 2019
My Upper South US accent, for one.
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level 22
May 29, 2015
who saw god's not dead but could'nt remember the professer's name, me
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level 22
Feb 21, 2017
me also @mapman04
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level 84
Sep 17, 2018
Don’t know if it’s still the case but the rhythm method was also fully acceptable to the Catholic Church in my parents’ day. You can google that if you wish details.
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level 76
Feb 8, 2019
That was accepted for me. I'm apparently from your parent's day.
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level 75
Sep 18, 2018
Abstinence? Catholic church? Pshhh less said about that the better...
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level 72
Sep 19, 2018
Also accept "abstaining"?
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level ∞
Sep 19, 2018
Okay
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level 72
Sep 16, 2019
What about chastity?
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level 68
Oct 31, 2018
And how about chastity?
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level 71
Feb 8, 2019
and abstention, celibacy
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level 72
Sep 21, 2018
Sorry, but the abstinence one is just plain wrong. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_family_planning
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level 84
Sep 21, 2018
Absolutely correct - one of the calendar based methods is the rhythm method that I note above. Hopefully you’ll get some kind of response to your comment.
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level ∞
Sep 21, 2018
The question and answer are correct. The rhythm/natural/timing method has been classified by the church as intermittent abstinence. By the way, we accept some variations of the above for type-ins.
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level 67
Oct 31, 2018
I disagree. The rhythm method and abstinence are not the same. Also, though the late Pope Paul in his encyclical "humanae vitae" explained his reasoning why other methods of contraception (e.g. the pill, barrier methods) are to be avoided, that doesn't have the force of an infallible pronouncement and most Catholics, at least in the West, are quite comfortable with using them. The only complete no-no is the use of abortion (includes intra-uterine devices).
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level 61
Feb 8, 2019
I think "abstinence" is an acceptable answer and should count (especially the church surely approves of it outside marriage), but we were definitely taught in school that the rhythm method is the only acceptable form of birth control, so I think it should the answer that shows up. It's more specific to what the church actually says.
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level 82
Sep 27, 2018
'Withdrawal' was not acceptable? It's 100% full proof.
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level 73
Dec 29, 2018
There are 100s of terms for this, plus other contraceptive positions.
urbandictionary.com
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level 76
Feb 8, 2019
No, it isn't. Look it up, it's only 78% effective.
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level 40
Feb 10, 2019
Yeah, but that's why it's acceptable to the church. It says 'control' not 'certainty' in the question. Withdrawal is an accepted method of trying to control pregnancy.
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level 73
Dec 29, 2018
Shows how very, very, very little I've paid attention to Harry Potter.
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level 77
Feb 8, 2019
Accept "prayer" for the birth control method? That was my first guess and it is accepted by the Catholic church, isn't it?
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level 77
Feb 8, 2019
or change the clue to "effective method" :D
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level 40
Feb 8, 2019
the first question was very easy cause in dutch we still call it Peking
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level 73
Feb 8, 2019
I haven't read or seen Harry Potter but I assume that the question should read lightning, not lighting
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level 73
Feb 8, 2019
Check out but never leave? That's the EU if you're British.
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level 76
Feb 8, 2019
:)
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level 63
Feb 8, 2019
They've gotta pay their minibar tab and the damages for getting black out drunk and apparently mistaking the hot tub for an outhouse.
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level 77
Feb 8, 2019
Welcome to the European Union
Such a prosperous place (such a prosperous place)
Just don't go to Thrace
Plenty of countries in the European Union
Any time of year (is October near?) Münchners drinking beer
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level 77
Feb 8, 2019
For the birth control question I tried calendar method, coitus interruptus, pulling out... no dice :(
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level 66
Apr 25, 2019
Coitus interruptus and some of these other options really should be accepted, seeing how this is what the Catholic Church advises married couples that don’t want any more kids to do.
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level 43
Oct 26, 2019
Maybe I drink too much wine, but the left bank of the Gironde is quite famous as well
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