General Knowledge Quiz #52

Answer these random trivia questions.
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What is the central religious text of Islam?
Quran
In the Disney movie, what was the profession of the seven dwarfs?
Mining
From what original language are the Romance languages derived?
Latin
What type of flag indicates surrender?
a White Flag
In what country was Adolf Hitler born?
Austria
Where would you find the Sea of Tranquility?
The Moon
What was the deadliest battle in the American Civil War?
Battle of Gettysburg
Which chess piece can only move diagonally?
Bishop
Who directed the top two highest-grossing movies of all time?
James Cameron
What country invented bank accounts that had numbers, not names?
Switzerland
What company owns Old Navy and Banana Republic?
The Gap
What civilization sacrified thousands of people every year, placing their skulls
in racks known as Tzompantli?
The Aztecs
What type of animal is also known as a sea cow?
Manatee
Bruxism is something painful that people do in their sleep. What is it?
Grinding Teeth
What book by Joseph Conrad was the inspiration for the movie "Apocalypse Now"?
Heart of Darkness
What palace is famous for its hall of mirrors?
Palace of Versailles
Who famously had children with both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony?
Cleopatra
In what language is a reef triggerfish known as a humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa?
Hawaiian
What element is commonly found inside thermometers?
Mercury
Who is the namesake of two continents?
Amerigo Vespucci
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Level 28
Oct 18, 2012
I lost because of spelling errors :(
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Level 55
Oct 18, 2012
I couldn't get Antietam out of my head for the civil war battle.
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Level 80
Feb 27, 2013
most casualties in a single day at Antietam, but pretty far from the most casualties of any battle.
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Level 48
Feb 13, 2016
Is it just me, or were you a level 64 yesterday?
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Level 82
Jan 11, 2015
Most thermometers do not use mercury anymore because of the toxicity of it. A better question would be "was", not "is".
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Level 61
Mar 8, 2019
Not really, as there are still thermometers with mercury made and used, usually in labs as they provide more accurate results. So technically the question is correct.
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Level 36
Feb 17, 2015
What do you mean when you say Vespucci is the namesake of "two continents"? America is just one continent, South, Central, North and Caribbean are regions (yes, not two, four!).
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Level 71
Feb 17, 2015
Two continents - North and Central Amercica and South America.
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Level 43
Feb 17, 2015
North America and South America are considered two separate continents. North America extends from Canada south to Panama, and includes the countries in the Carribean Sea. South America extends south from Venezuela and Columbia to Chile and Argentina.
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Level 78
Feb 17, 2015
Eurasia is also shorter to write than Europe and Asia, but we still consider them two continents. (At least on a map North and South America actually look like two separate land masses connected by a thin thread.) America is the shortened name of the United States of America which is in North America, just as are Canada, Mexico, Central America, and several Caribbean islands. We call ourselves Americans rather than United Statesmen, just as people in Beijing are called Chinese rather than Peoples Republicans, or people from Micronesia are Micronesian rather than Federated Statesmen.
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Level 80
Feb 17, 2015
EurAfroAsia is even shorter. It's all the same landmass..
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Level 35
Feb 18, 2015
Funny though, for the Spanish speaking community "América" is a single continent from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, while "Sudamérica", "Centroamérica" and "Norteamérica" are simply divisions of it.
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Level 80
Jul 10, 2018
^ that's not what I learned from any of my Spanish teachers who were from Mexico, the United States, Uruguay and Spain.
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Level 67
Dec 11, 2018
^ Then your teachers sucked. As a south american, I can confirm what Fluence said.
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Level 61
Mar 8, 2019
now you can correct your south American teachers.
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Level 65
Mar 8, 2019
I don't know that the entire Spanish community considers the Americas to be one large continent, but it is definitely the prevailing view in South America in my experience. But I think the more common view globally is to consider North and South America two separate continents.
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Level 80
Mar 8, 2019
Ferbin: so you speak for all Spanish speakers? Good to know.
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Level 51
Oct 10, 2020
As far as I know, the vast majority of Europe also considers America to be one continent, and many languages actually have more accurate terms to specifically designated people from the USA. In French, we call them "étasuniens" (from Etats-Unis = United States), in German, we say "US-Amerikaner", etc. Geography is largely conventional, so one answer is not really better than the other.
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Level 51
Oct 10, 2020
I would however find it pretty laughable if citizens of Luxembourg or Czechia suddenly called themselves "Europeans" and insisted everyone else is just "Northern European" or "Southern European".
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Level 61
Feb 17, 2015
What?!?!?!?!?!? I got a good laugh this morning.
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Level 44
Feb 17, 2015
Happy Mardi Gras y'all!
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Level 66
Feb 17, 2015
Amerigo Vespucci is debated as the namesake of the Americas due to only royals having their first names given to landmasses or places, it is always the second name. It is argued that in fact the Americas are named after a chap called George Americ, who was Welsh.
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Level 78
Feb 17, 2015
Thank you for the information which I'd never heard before. After researching it, I discovered there are many, many other theories about the name, too, including the name of a Native American tribe, a combination of Norse words giving credit to the Viking landings, the name of a mountain range in South America, an African phrase introduced into the Mayan and Aztec cultures, a Hungarian word, even another Welshman named Richard Amerike/Ameryk. Many different cultures try to take credit for the name, but as this article says, http://www.uhmc.sunysb.edu/surgery/america.html - "to hear such echoes in the name of our hemisphere is to hear ourselves."
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Level 48
Feb 18, 2015
Deadliest battle of the Civil War was Antietam
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Level 65
Feb 19, 2015
"Your high score is 12. The average score is 13." Damn.
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Level 43
Mar 13, 2015
I don't understand why it didn't take "Gettysburg" rather than Battle of... In addition, if I am not mistaken, Antietam was the bloodiest/deadliest battle. Gettysburg is more famous because it changed the tide of the war and the address, but I believe more people were killed/wounded at Antietam.
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Level ∞
Mar 14, 2015
It does accept Gettysburg and also the answer is correct which can be easily verified:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_battles_by_casualties

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Level 69
Feb 26, 2019
You are mistaken. Gettysburg was the deadliest battle. It lasted 3 days (I believe). Antietem is the deadliest one day battle.
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Level 65
Dec 16, 2015
Amerigo Vespucci has nothing named after him. Look it up.
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Level 48
Feb 13, 2016
I did. This is what came up. "Colloquially referred to as the New World, this second super continent came to be termed 'America', deriving its name from Americus, the Latin version of Vespucci's first name."
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Level 37
Dec 2, 2017
There is no end to pedantry on this site. While we argue, ad infinitum whether or not Columbus "discovered" America (he landed on the island of Hispaniola but, being geographically challenged, mistook it for India) on the one hand, while denying with equal fervor that that same America is named for Amerigo Vespucci. If the people of the Caribbean can put up with the misnomer "West Indian", the rest of us can put up with America being the namesake of Amerigo Vespucci.
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Level 27
Oct 6, 2016
I was getting really upset that "David Cameron" wasn't working. Clearly, I need to go to bed.
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Level 29
Mar 12, 2017
humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa Thank you High School Musical II
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Level 66
Jun 17, 2017
Apocalypse is spelt wrong - needs the second P
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Level 72
Oct 10, 2018
Anyone else try 'French' for question 4?
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Level 77
Oct 19, 2018
Lost the battle, won the war.
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Level 80
Oct 10, 2018
"Most people with bruxism will experience no pain." (Wikipedia)
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Level 67
Dec 11, 2018
The grinding itself doesnt hurt, teeth like nails have nno feeling in the material itsrlf (the nerves beneath it yes) but you can get very sore jawmuscles from it.
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Level 65
Oct 12, 2018
Nice use of the ʻokina.
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Level 67
Dec 11, 2018
I typed amerigo then tried.several spellings of vespuccio amerigo... I never knew the names were the other way around. I kind of think amerigo should be accepted, cause that is the name america is named after
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Level 65
Dec 11, 2018
'Grinding teeth' is accepted by not 'Tooth Grinding'? Come on...
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Level 59
Mar 8, 2019
Tooth grinding, to me, implies taking a singular tooth and grinding it down with a tool rather than grinding teeth against each other
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Level 77
Mar 8, 2019
Please accept Mine Workers
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Level 47
Mar 8, 2019
What type of flag indicates surrender? The French flag?
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Level 80
Mar 8, 2019
get some new material
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Level 21
Mar 8, 2019
theres something wrong with this , i typed quaran and a white flag and it didn't enter it.. I don't know if it's a problem with this site or my computer but this was interesting
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Level 67
Aug 1, 2019
Avengers: End Game recently surpassed Avatar as the highest grossing movie of all time, so the James Cameron question might need to be reworded or something
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Level 67
Aug 1, 2019
perhaps "who directed 2 of the top 3 highest grossing movies of all time"
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Level 72
Feb 3, 2020
Yeah, post Endgame, the Cameron question needs fixing.
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Level 44
Aug 3, 2020
I didn't get the question about the palace of versailles...despite going there and taking pictures of said hall...