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General Knowledge Quiz #60

Answer these random trivia questions.
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First submittedOctober 2, 2012
Last updatedJuly 20, 2019
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In what party game might you hear the phrase "Right Foot Blue"?
Twister
What is the lowest rank in the U.S. Army?
Private
What is a Clydesdale?
Breed of Horse
What are Casper and Slimer?
Ghosts
What city did the Appian Way lead to?
Rome
What species of whale was Moby Dick?
Sperm Whale
Who famously created images of endless staircases and other impossible constructions?
M. C. Escher
Geographically, which French city is closest to England?
Calais
What profession was shared by Frank Oz and Jim Henson?
Puppeteer
What movie character said "Do or do not. There is no try"?
Yoda
What is produced when steel is struck against flint?
a Spark
What dwarf planet, named after the Greek goddess of discord, is heavier than Pluto?
Eris
What language is Afrikaans derived from?
Dutch
What country's most famous monument is possibly "Manneken Pis", a tiny statue
about 61 centimeters tall of a boy peeing into a fountain?
Belgium
What American pop star married British movie director Guy Ritchie?
Madonna
What famous physicist had ALS disease?
Stephen Hawking
What bouncy substance was invented by the absent-minded professor?
Flubber
If 1 is scalene and 2 is isosceles, what is 3?
Equilateral
What novel by Robert Louis Stevenson featured Long John Silver?
Treasure Island
In the song "Twelve Days of Christmas", what are the ten lords doing?
Leaping
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level 58
Dec 20, 2012
20/20 with 3:09 to spare, first time I've ever gotten them all right on the first try!
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level 22
Aug 1, 2018
liar
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level 75
Mar 5, 2019
Behold, the rude knee jerk.
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level 33
Dec 20, 2012
Remembered the Yoda quote from The Big Bang Theory
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level 79
May 16, 2014
So you're saying you've never seen The Empire Strikes Back?
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level 61
Jun 9, 2015
heh, yeah, no offense zeldanerd, but when I read that, it sounded a little like people who know who Paul McCartney is because he featured on a Kanye West song to me.
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level 44
Jun 9, 2015
I knew it from an Impractical Jokers episode ...
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level 69
Mar 5, 2019
I gotta say, you're not consuming pop culture right if you know The Big Bang Theory better than Star Wars...
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level 78
Mar 10, 2019
actually you are....
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level 41
Dec 21, 2012
10. poor
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level 22
Dec 22, 2012
i totally forgot about flubber!
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level 52
Aug 13, 2013
Got it with 3:18 to go. It's about time. Great quiz!
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level 71
Oct 16, 2013
I tried puppetry. Alt answer?
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level ∞
Mar 2, 2015
Sure
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level 73
Mar 15, 2014
Puppetry is the profession. Puppeteer is the job title. Just like ministry is the profession and minister is the title.
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level 44
May 21, 2014
I am sure than every Classicist will agree with me that your via Appia answer is slightly frustrating. Of course it is basically correct, since all highways have two ends, but in the Roman society, inter-city roads were seen as starting in Rome and going FROM there, not towards it. For any Roman, the automatic answer to this question would be Brundisium (Brindisi).
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level ∞
Mar 2, 2015
Brindisi will work now.
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level 83
Jun 9, 2015
Interesting Tinu, never knew that. Kinda turns the "All Roads lead to Rome" proverb on its ear, though.
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level 62
May 29, 2014
I always thought Oz did just the voices.
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level 75
Mar 2, 2019
Maybe you're thinking of the voice behind the curtain? ;)
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level 72
Nov 21, 2014
Is there really a language called "Dutch"? I thought Dutch was Flemish.
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level 76
Nov 26, 2014
Flemish is only spoken in Belgium isn't it?
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level 56
Jun 9, 2015
flemish is derived from dutch
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level 37
Jun 9, 2015
Dutch is the language we speak in the Netherlands. Flemish is the language spoken in Flanders, the northern half of Belgium. You could say Flemish is a dialect or derivation of Dutch. Flemish and Dutch people can understand eachother well.
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level 38
Dec 21, 2017
Yes, it is spoken in the Netherlands.
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level 59
Dec 24, 2018
Trolling? That's like saying; is there really a language called spanish? I thought spanish was mexican.
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level 59
Dec 24, 2018
Flemish is not officialy considered a language, but a dialect derived from dutch. It does not have official language status (though there are differences, they are hardly bigger than the difference between uk and us english).
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level 60
May 3, 2019
I actually think the Spanish language is properly called "castellano." The two are interchangeable at this point in history, but that is because the Castillian (i.e., castellano) language won out over other languages in Spanish, and therefore became "Spanish" after the fact. That might not be exactly the progression of events, but that's what I was told when I lived in Spain.
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level 76
Jun 10, 2015
Some more of what? I haven't had anything yet, so how can I have some more of nothing?
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level 72
Jun 11, 2015
There is also a dog breed called Clydesdale [Terrier]
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level 28
Apr 2, 2018
Unfortunately, you'd have to change it to "What famous physicist HAD ALS disease?" :(
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level 59
Aug 3, 2018
I just typed muppeteer 🤦‍♀️
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level 60
May 3, 2019
Me too! It took me a few seconds to figure out why that didn't work.
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level 76
Mar 2, 2019
We ought to popularise the Menin Gate in Ypres or something to spare Belgium the embarrassment.
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level 75
Mar 2, 2019
Less embarrassing than being known for the Belgian Congo...
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level 76
Mar 2, 2019
Twelve, not twelves.
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level ∞
Mar 2, 2019
Okay
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level 69
Mar 11, 2019
Strictly speaking Eris is not "heavier" than Pluto. It is more massive, however.
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level 76
May 3, 2019
The terms heavy and massive are used as synonyms in common parlance even amongst astronomers.
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level 71
Jul 20, 2019
Nowhere in science would weight and mass be used interchangeably!
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level 69
Apr 5, 2019
Only reason I got Eris was because of the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. Never knew that show would end up helping me in a trivia quiz.
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level 45
May 3, 2019
Shouldn't it be ten lords a-leaping, not eleven? It's eleven pipers piping, surely. Minor point, admittedly, most people would get it anyway.
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level 64
May 3, 2019
Yes, this should be fixed. Only ten lords leapt during the 12 days of Christmas.
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level ∞
May 3, 2019
Fixed. I blame google, who told me there are 11 lords of leaping. AI is dumb.
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level 70
Jun 22, 2019
Speaking of which, shouldn't "a leaping" work as well as "leaping"?
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level 61
May 3, 2019
That only 20% have gotten the hint about the dwarf planet named after the goddess of discord makes me a little sad.
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level 59
May 3, 2019
I'd just read the Illuminatus trilogy, which helped
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level 63
May 3, 2019
Q18: "isosceles" is missing an "s".
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level ∞
May 3, 2019
Fixed
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level 70
May 3, 2019
I thought that M.C. Escher did not use paint, he did primarily lithographs and woodcuts.
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level 59
May 5, 2019
Indeed. I dont think he ever used a paintbrush (there could be an odd one out ofcourse, i havent checked every single piece, but all the work i know of him). Pencils, ink and lithographs yes.
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level 71
Jul 20, 2019
As a printmaker myself (and a painter), I am going to pile on the stickler express on this one, too, especially since I almost didn’t get this question right (I was busy asking myself, “Wait, what? When did some painter go and get themselves famous by knocking off M.C. Escher?”). Escher did not famously paint anything, especially not his endless staircases & other impossible constructions – those are all prints (which are made with printmaking inks, not paint). I think he might have used paint to hand-color a few of his tessellation prints, but even still, I wouldn’t really count that as “painting”. A better wording might be “Who famously created images of endless staircases etc. etc.?”
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level 71
Jul 20, 2019
In the cold light of day, my wording suggestion sounds totally terrible. But that’s why they pay you the big bucks, Quizmaster! 🤑
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level ∞
Jul 20, 2019
I like your proposed wording and I changed the quiz to use it.