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General Knowledge Quiz #71

Answer these random trivia questions.
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Last updated: May 1, 2019
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What was the language of the Roman Empire?
Latin
What was the unflattering nickname of Queen Mary I of England?
Bloody Mary
What is the largest type of venomous snake?
King Cobra
Who killed Abel?
Cain
In the equation E = mc2 what does c represent?
Speed of Light
What part of the body is referred to by the prefix "gastro"?
Stomach
Who says "Bah, humbug"?
Ebenezer Scrooge
Harlem is a neighborhood of New York City. In what country would you find the city of
Haarlem after which it is named?
Netherlands
Who was Jennifer Aniston's first husband?
Brad Pitt
What band performed "Sympathy for the Devil"?
The Rolling Stones
Who was the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia?
Robert E. Lee
Besides champagne, what's in a mimosa?
Orange Juice
What was the nickname of Manfred von Richthofen, the top fighter ace in World War One?
The Red Baron
What disease killed approximately 40% of Europe's population in 1346-1353?
Black Death
What musical starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John?
Grease
What country is Andalusia a part of?
Spain
What is known as "The Scottish Play"?
Macbeth
What three letters complete this sequence: MVEMJ?
SUN
What name is missing from this group: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon?
Michael
What Irish airline made headlines in 2010 when it proposed charging passengers
to use the bathroom?
Ryan Air
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level 14
May 9, 2013
Although it is commonly accepted that C=the speed of light (299,792,458 metres per second in an ideal vacuum), C actually equals a constant, the speed of light is the most perfect constant.
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level 63
May 10, 2013
Quizzo, can you add that to the question wording please?
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level 47
Nov 8, 2015
Pretty sure that isn't true - as using different constants would result in different answers (and only the speed of light in a vacuum is defined as "c"). I mean, I barely took high school physics but it would seem to me that E=mc^2 is just the logical conclusion of newton's second law (F=ma), which only works because c is the universal "speed limit"
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level 37
Nov 8, 2015
You go tell Mr. Einstein that his grand work is "just the logical conclusion of newton's [sic] second law".
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level 34
Jul 19, 2019
E=mc^2 is not actually a form of F=ma, as one might assume by the way it looks. It's a simplification of a larger equation, where we assume momentum is small enough to consider it zero. I believe what the person above was saying was that the speed of light is not technically constant, as light slows down when travelling through a medium such as air or glass. The constant (c) is specifically the speed of light *in a vacuum*, although I prefer the phrase put forward by PBS spacetime in one of their videos, "the speed of causality", which better expresses what the constant actually is and why it's important.
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level 31
May 9, 2013
More people knew that Brad Pitt was married to Jennifer Anisten than knew Robert E Lee commanded the Conferderate forces in No. VA. Just sad.
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level 37
May 14, 2013
I'm Australian, why would I care about US history? But I might care about celebrities. (Although, FWIW, I don't, and didn't get either one.)
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level 66
Jul 22, 2014
I'm from the States and still care more about Australian history than celebrities. Priorities, man! :D
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level 77
Jul 19, 2019
It's world history not just US history. Why would you care about the love lives of US celebrities?
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level 25
May 6, 2015
Parochial ancient history v modern day "can't escape from it" news. I got it right, but 4% of the world's population live in the States. Don't be surprised if 96% of us don't know your specific history.
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level 59
Jul 19, 2019
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are both Americans, just like Robert E. Lee, so your 96% argument doesn't work here. If I don't know about USA's specific history, why should I know USA's specific yellow news? I don't even know my home country's yellow news, because I watch and read quality journalism.
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level 61
Jul 19, 2019
Because although Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are American, their fame is not limited to the US. They are global celebrities. By the same token, I would guess that outside Australia, many more people could identify Chris Hemsworth in a photo than could identify Scott Morrison. We're all very proud of you for being better than hoi polloi and being so excited to share it with us, but it's not a question of what you read. Celebrity gossip culture is so pervasive that a lot of people know these things just because you cannot avoid them. I can name two of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's children. I detest both of those people and would never willingly read about them or their family, but the information is out there from so many sources that I picked it up. So, get over yourself, I guess is what I'm trying to say.
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level 39
Nov 8, 2015
I knew it, just didn't except General Lee :/
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level 46
Nov 8, 2015
Isn't that the one always trying to storm Takeshi's Castle?
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level 59
Feb 3, 2019
Because that's the name of a car.
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level 42
Nov 8, 2015
Anyone outside of USA would have no reason to know who Robert Lee is.
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level 53
Aug 21, 2018
Agreed. Most of the time, the losers in another countries long-ago internal wars don't get a lot of attention.
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level 71
May 1, 2019
Anyone who lives in Virginia can't escape this knowledge; too much crap is named after him. Plus, after Charlottesville, a lot more people know about him too, for such tragic reasons.
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level 77
Jul 19, 2019
unless of course they didn't wish to be ignorant of an important historical fact.
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level 49
Jul 19, 2019
I bet most people in the states have no clue who Oliver Cromwell was
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level 62
Jul 19, 2019
Didn't know it.
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level 61
Jul 19, 2019
We learn about Oliver Cromwell in school in the States. I can't say whether most people retain his information, but we definitely learn about him.
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level 76
Jul 21, 2019
We were taught about Oliver Cromwell. We're aren't all as ignorant across the pond as some seem to think. Then again, there are people here who don't know we fought Japan in WWII, but I'm guessing we could find similar people in the UK and other countries, too.
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level 69
Jul 22, 2019
Oliver Cromwell is not a great comparison, because he led the revolution, and became chief of state for some years. Lee was just a general following orders. Probably, the names of the generals that led the defeated armies in the bolshevik revolution or the Chinese civil war would not be considered "general knowledge".
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level 73
May 2, 2019
Who's more statuesque?
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level 52
Jul 24, 2019
Definitely Lee.
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level 52
Feb 24, 2014
"c" is also known as "celerity" and "velocity" of light. These should be accepted, too.
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level 76
Jul 22, 2014
Velocity is what I was taught back in the Dark Ages.
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level 25
May 6, 2015
Velocity requires mass. You get into soome pretty deep particle physics if you want to go down that route.
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level 34
Jul 19, 2019
In general, velocity has a direction, while speed is just the number. Think 20mph vs. 20mph North.
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level 53
Nov 8, 2015
The language of the eastern part of the Roman Empire was Greek rather than Latin
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level 56
Apr 6, 2018
All empire business conducted in Latin. Like English is the language of the USA. :)
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level 43
Jan 4, 2017
So few people knew the speed of light? That's disconcerting. I bet if Chris Martin put it into a song peeps would remember it!
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level 65
Jan 26, 2018
love these quizzes. Suggest mimosa 'bush' as an alternative. Just saying. :)
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level 74
Aug 9, 2018
Mimosa is also a tree. Nice quiz!
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level 71
May 1, 2019
People who have had only had high school physics should really stop trying to argue about Special Relativity. No offense, but seriously. (And "speed of light" is indeed the perfectly appropriate answer.)
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level 80
May 1, 2019
The Jennifer Aniston question needs to be updated.
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level ∞
May 1, 2019
Okay
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level 49
Jul 19, 2019
Just a nitpick but Ryanair is one word
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level 51
Jul 19, 2019
sympathy for the devil was also done by gnr, question needs to read "originally"
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level 47
Jul 19, 2019
Why SUN?
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level 55
Jul 19, 2019
First letter of the planets going away from the sun
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level 40
Jul 22, 2019
SUNP, please ;-)
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level 52
Jul 24, 2019
No P for you!! :P
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level 22
Jul 19, 2019
Ryanair is one word. Good quiz, though!
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