General Knowledge Quiz #5

Can you answer these random trivia questions?
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Last updated: February 15, 2022
First submittedJanuary 14, 2013
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What city hosted the first Modern Olympics in 1896?
Athens
Throughout most of the Harry Potter books, who was the headmaster at Hogwarts?
Albus Dumbledore
If you are born on August 1st, what is your sign?
Leo
What was Mumbai formerly called?
Bombay
Not including external territories, what is the world's southernmost country?
Chile
In the original Super Mario Brothers, who is Mario's enemy?
Bowser
What international song contest was won by ABBA and Celine Dion?
Eurovision
What's another name for D sharp?
E Flat
Who wrote "Les Misérables"?
Victor Hugo
What world leader was born as Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1936 in Buenos Aires?
Pope Francis
What landmark is also known as Ayers Rock?
Uluru
Which province lies on British Columbia's eastern border?
Alberta
What major city has initials HCMC?
Ho Chi Minh City
Besides the sun, which star appears brightest from Earth?
Sirius
If something is "prêt-à-porter" then what can you do with it right away?
Wear It
Many cities in Germany have a U-Bahn. What is a U-Bahn?
a Subway
What are the two "observer states" of the UN that are not full members?
Palestine
Vatican City
What does a mixologist make?
Cocktails
In what sport was Nadia Comăneci "perfect"?
Gymnastics
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Level 75
Mar 7, 2013
Good quiz. I'm surprised more people knew Uluru than the Dog Star Sirius.
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Level 54
Aug 12, 2014
Part of it might have been that it didn't accept "The North Star" or "Polaris."
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Level 80
Oct 10, 2015
Polaris and Sirius aren't the same star. Are they?
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Level 78
Dec 31, 2015
Those are most certainly two different stars. Polaris is at the end of the handle of the little dipper and is always at the same point in the sky, day and night all year. And it is elevated from the nearest horizon by the number of degrees north latitude of the observer.

Sirius is near the horizon for most north latitude observers. The 3 stars of the sword in the belt of Orion point toward it.

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Level 83
Feb 16, 2022
Very interesting. Thanks for that.

I once found my way home by using Orion's belt. (25-30 years ago) I'd visited somehwere west of where I lived and thought I'd take a short-cut home. Big mistake. Got completely turned around with winding backroads and eventually came to a "T", with no idea whether I should turn right or left. So I got out of my car, looked up (fortunately it was a clear night), saw Orion's belt and then knew which way was East.

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Level 34
Jan 18, 2017
Maybe I'm uneducated, but Sirius Black transforms into a dog and Sirius is the dog star, and I just realized that
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Level 62
Apr 5, 2018
And Lupin means wolf...

And Remus’ code name on the Potterwatch broadcast was Romulus...the names of Rome’s founding brothers. The names in HP all mean something!

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Level 77
Apr 6, 2018
Yes. Dumbledore means bumblebee and he hums all the time. Mundungus is a foul-smelling tobacco which easily reminds me of Fletcher. Granger means bailiff, and Hermione is definitely the one who maintains order among the three. Rowling made many interesting name choices.
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Level 67
Apr 8, 2018
Voldemort is French for "flight from death."
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Level 52
Jan 15, 2021
Couldn't reply to Sammy87 directly, but Remus and Romulus were also raised, by a she-wolf, according to legend.
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Level 40
Mar 7, 2013
I really enjoyed this one. Missed a couple, but there you go. I learned something.
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Level 51
Dec 6, 2016
Yay eurovision <3
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Level 83
Nov 14, 2017
Got Vatican City in a last second Hail Mary pass. Rather appropriate, I think.
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Level 75
Nov 18, 2017
Another name for D sharp is also F-double-flat. Same note as E-flat.
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Level 84
Apr 5, 2018
These three notes all differ by a comma, though...
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Level 67
Mar 21, 2021
This question uses equal temperament though, so a comma would not apply here.
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Level 84
Feb 16, 2022
How can you tell? ^^ That should be specified or the question is slightly incorrect ;).
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Level 64
Apr 5, 2018
You should allow "Holy See" as another answer for Vatican City
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Level 38
Apr 5, 2018
Agree
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Level 83
Apr 5, 2018
It accepted it for me.
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Level 57
Aug 23, 2021
Technically it should be the answer instead of the Vatican.
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Level 55
Apr 12, 2018
For the sixth question, I typed "International Screechy Singers Contest" but it wasn't accepted...
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Level 45
May 20, 2022
Add this
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Level 72
Feb 13, 2020
I missed the most guessed one, but got the least guessed one. How, I have no idea
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Level 45
May 18, 2020
I am SEVERELY disappointed that I have to type Dumbledore instead of dumb 'ol door. How DARE you.

Rating: 0/10

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Level 74
Oct 25, 2020
Surprised that less than half of jetpunkers know that D sharp and E flat are the same.
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Level 58
Jun 15, 2021
Could be because many Jetpunkers are not native English speakers. You don't teach specific terms like that in school, at least not in Finland (in English I mean---in Finnish, sure). My English is rather good for a Finn, but I had no idea D sharp is related to music. E flat I understood, but that was too late.
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Level 80
Feb 15, 2022
It's dis/es in many countries
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Level 76
Feb 24, 2022
I'm surprised it's that high. I'm a native English speaker but have no real knowledge of musical notation or terminology.
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Level 56
Aug 1, 2022
Im surprised its that high, given most people i know dont care for musical theory at all.
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Level 66
Aug 2, 2022
I'm surprised that anyone who doesn't play guitar would be expected to know this!
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Level 64
Dec 15, 2020
An autobahn is a highway or motorway, for cars, NOT a subway which is typically used by trains.
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Level 69
Mar 20, 2021
you'll note that the question asks about U-Bahns, not Autobahns
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Level 87
Feb 17, 2022
U stands for "untergrund", as in unter the grund.
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Level 22
Aug 1, 2022
and not everyone calls them subways, I kept typing trains, but it wouldn't accept which was annoying. We never call them subways...
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Level 69
Apr 6, 2021
I have no idea why, but the quiz accepted Dumbledorf. I always used to call him Dumbledorf to annoy people I knew who liked Harry Potter, but this quiz accepted it. Is this a very generous type-in, a common mistake, or a common joke that I didn't know I was part of?
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Level 56
May 10, 2021
For the Les Mis question you should probably specify that you mean the novel, or accept Boubil and Schonberg
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Level 87
Feb 17, 2022
No. And Victor Hugo never wrote anything called "Les Mis" and wouldn't understand what you meant by that botched combination of plural article and past tense verb.
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Level 59
Jun 1, 2021
Got Vatican cuz I was just thinking it would make sense, didn't think of Palestine tho
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Level 63
Dec 15, 2021
Could you accept ESC (Eurovision Song Contest) for Eurovision?
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Level 65
Jan 12, 2022
"D sharp" is a pitch (the fourth semitone of the solfege), also called "re diese".

"E Flat" is a major scale consisting of several pitches, also called "D sharp major".

So please either correct your question and add the word "major" after "D sharp" or change your answer to "re diese".

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Level 87
Feb 15, 2022
Huh? E flat most definitely can describe a pitch just as well as D sharp does. Just as you can say G is both a pitch and the name of a major scale.
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Level 84
Feb 16, 2022
I think Ilia is messing things up. Anyway, that's not a good question. In my understanding of music, D sharp and E flat are two different notes, that happen to have almost the same pitch (exactly the same only in equal temperament).
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Level 67
Aug 1, 2022
If you hit the D sharp on the piano, and then you hit the E flat on the piano, you have struck the same key twice. They are the same note.
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Level 87
Feb 17, 2022
Astrological signs are useless knowledge.
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Level 80
Feb 18, 2022
Try telling my wife that....
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Level 52
Mar 31, 2022
So is Harry Potter trivia
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Level 66
Aug 2, 2022
98% of jetpunk is useless knowledge - isn't that why we enjoy it?
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Level 70
Feb 19, 2022
no Janica Kostelić
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Level 91
Apr 18, 2022
Can you please allow "uneven bars" for the last answer? I apparently couldn't think broadly enough and was sitting here trying to figure out which other even she could have competed in for a perfect 10... :)
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Level 91
Apr 18, 2022
Crap, now I see it says sport, not event. Gah!!