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Who is Posh Spice's husband?
When Jack fell down and broke his crown, who came tumbling after?
What Starbucks size, larger than a grande, is also the Italian word for "twenty"?
What river flows through Paris?
What is Superman's achilles heel?
What is Eminem's real name?
What toxic element were hatters once exposed to - causing some to become "mad"?
What was the name of Italy's currency prior to the Euro?
What is 6 factorial?
In what year did the California gold rush start?
What famous document did King John seal in 1215?
Other than Mexico and Canada, what country is geographically closest to the United States?
The star Betelgeuse is pronounced like what two English words?
What does the Sandman bring to children?
If you follow the Yellow Brick Road, where do you end up?
The Emerald City
What is the English translation of the Latin word “Rex”?
What is the biggest stadium in the United Kingdom?
In the U.S., what profession is practiced by a person who ends their name with "esquire"?
What Beat Generation author wrote "On the Road"?
What famous Paris cabaret theater has a name that means "Red Mill"?
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level 35
Apr 18, 2013
20/22. Couldn't spell wembley correctly :/
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level 68
Aug 6, 2016
Bah! Ditto. Spelled it "Wembly", although looking at it now, it does look sadly truncated or something.
+1
level 43
Apr 18, 2013
should 'sweet dreams' be an acceptable answer?
+3
level 58
Oct 22, 2013
Both sweet dreams and sleep should be acceptable answers.
+1
level 61
Nov 3, 2016
it did not accept sleep when I typed it
+4
level 70
Apr 24, 2014
Mr. Sandman, bring me a _____. "Sweet dreams" and "sleep" don't fit there...
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level 30
Jun 26, 2014
Technically good dreams doesn't fit in there either.
+1
level 70
Jan 28, 2015
It's more than just the song in America; it's also a legend that originated in Europe. Therefore synonyms should be accepted.
+1
level ∞
Jan 19, 2018
Sweet dreams will work now
+3
level 64
Feb 18, 2018
I believe I guessed sleep, but now i'm wondering if eye gunk would have worked...
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level 73
May 9, 2018
Wikipedia says the sandman puts people to sleep and brings good dreams. Accept sleep?
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level 70
Aug 6, 2018
Please accept sleep in addition to dreams ;)
+3
level 69
Apr 19, 2013
More people know Eminem's real name then the Emerald City OR the river that runs through Paris? Western Civilization as we know it is crumbling...
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level 44
Aug 5, 2015
because knowing a fictional city is more important than a real person's name?
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level 60
Sep 15, 2015
Depends on the person. And the city.
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level 8
Nov 29, 2016
I *knew* Paris was too good to be real!
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level 66
Jul 26, 2017
I didn't know it was a real person.
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level 48
Jul 8, 2017
Or they can't get a spelling of seine that works in time...I almost didn't get it, and I knew the name, just kept switching up the i and e.
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level 48
May 9, 2018
Or that more people know Starbucks cup size names than the Magna Carta. Or that the most correctly guessed answer is the husband of a Spice Girl...
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level 33
Jul 17, 2013
Can you accept Wembly??
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level 45
Jan 13, 2018
Can you also accept vbhgthg
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level ∞
Jan 19, 2018
Wembley and vbhgthg will work now
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level 70
Jan 19, 2018
vbhgthg still doesn't work
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level 68
Jan 20, 2018
I see what you did there ;-)
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level 70
Jan 26, 2018
vbhgthg worked for me, although I think I spelled it incorrectly
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level 73
May 9, 2018
Would you accept vbhtghg? Needs more type-ins.
+1
level 66
Sep 23, 2013
Why not Magna Charta?
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level 60
Oct 22, 2014
Because it's not misspelled.
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level 42
Dec 18, 2013
I think that Cuba is closer than Russia is. Cuba is just 90 mile off of Florida's coast.
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level 51
Mar 11, 2014
Okay...the US and Russia, at their closest points, is under 2.5 miles apart.
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level 58
Oct 10, 2015
Russia is actually 55 miles, at the closest point, from the United States. Cuba is about 90 miles so, yes, Cuba is closer but Russia is definitely NOT 2.5 miles away.
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level 34
Feb 6, 2017
The Bering Strait is 55 miles long but Big Diomede and Little Diomede are 2.5 miles apart.
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level 70
Jul 2, 2014
I didn't believe this till I saw that there are two islands (the Diomedes) in the middle of the Bering Strait, one owned by each country. With a land-bridge connection in winter, it's the only place in the world to you can walk to and from tomorrow.
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level 48
Jul 8, 2017
That is a pretty cool thing to be able to do...you can also travel to yesterday. Sweet.
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level 73
May 9, 2018
I think a land bridge is by definition made out of land, not of ice.
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level 49
Feb 1, 2015
considering the US and Russia were at one time connected via an ice land bridge.. ///Cuba is 90 miles away..
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level 35
Jan 22, 2014
According to QM's favorite source, "The Bering strait is a strait 82 kilometres (51 mi; 44 nmi) wide at its narrowest point, between Cape Dezhnev, Chukchi Peninsula, Russia, the easternmost point (169° 43' W) of the Asian continent and Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, USA, the westernmost point (168° 05' W) of the North American continent. ".
+2
level 59
Feb 28, 2014
But the distance between the United States and Russia is the distance between the islands of Lttle Diomede and "Big" Diomede, which I don't know exactly, but is considerably less than the 82km of the whole Bering Strait.
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level 74
Mar 25, 2014
And what about Bahamas ?
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level 59
Jan 24, 2015
Little Diomede to Big Diomede: 4.3 miles.

Florida USA to Bahamas (closest point): 68 miles.
+1
level 70
Apr 17, 2017
What about Yemen?
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level 70
Jan 26, 2018
Cyprus? The Asian Cyprus I mean, obviously not the European one
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level 75
May 15, 2014
Proud to have not known the ridiculous Starbucks size names. The coffee shop culture could do with a bit less pretentiousness.
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level 78
Nov 3, 2014
So could statements like "proud to have not known..."
+1
level 56
May 9, 2018
Ha. Zing!
+2
level 49
Feb 1, 2015
I haven't been to a starbucks and I knew it.
+2
level 48
Jul 8, 2017
I don't drink coffee and I knew it.
+1
level 66
Jul 26, 2017
I drink coffee and I didn't know starbucks
+1
level 42
Mar 3, 2018
who is coffee?
+1
level 44
May 9, 2018
I didn't drink coffee in 10 seconds and I'm only two years old.
+1
level 43
May 9, 2018
^Well Played
+1
level 73
May 9, 2018
There aren't any Starbucks in my town, but I knew it from this site - that clue comes up occasionally.
+1
level 48
Jun 25, 2014
I agree with Susie222 on the "sweet dreams" and "sleep". It has nothing to do with the song which doesn't say good dreams anyway. I also have seen Venti spelled Vente....
+2
level 73
Jul 13, 2014
Did anyone else try Charles Kuralt for "On the Road"?
+2
level 28
Sep 10, 2014
shocked that only 32% of people knew what 6 factorial was...cannot believe more people knew the "venti" answer from the starbucks question. That is just appalling...it is basic mathematics!!
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level 45
Oct 26, 2014
I KNOW!! HRMPH! {{{arms folded across chest and chin raised}}}
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level 23
Apr 13, 2015
actually that's not basic math. that's usually taught in algebra 2, maybe algebra 1. basic math is usually in grammar school, before you take specialized math classes like algebra, geometry, etc. factorials are easy, sure, but not everyone has taken that class. even if they did, if they didn't pursue a mathematical/scientific career, it may have been years since they learned it. do you remember every little thing you learned in school, even if you never used it again? I doubt it. also, stop being elitist. not everyone has access to a good education.
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level 67
Jan 22, 2018
Algebra and geometry aren't specialized classes. They're required in grade school in most countries. Everybody has to take them.
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level 44
Mar 3, 2018
Thank you. We don't need snobs. I hated math until my 40s when I had to learn algebra to work with advanced baseball statistics.
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level 66
Oct 9, 2016
Never heard the term "factorial" before. Either it's taught under a different name in the UK, or i've forgotten a hell of a lot of Maths.
+1
level 28
Jan 16, 2017
well I learned maths in the UK and I knew what factorial meant, must have been your school
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level 70
Jan 23, 2018
My school in Nottingham taught us factorial aged 13.
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level 56
May 9, 2018
It's this thing: 6! The exclamation point (i.e., factorial) means you multiply the number given by all the consecutive digits between that number and zero, stopping at 1, so 6! = 6x5x4x3x2x1 = 720.
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level 48
Jul 8, 2017
Factorial wasn't something I was taught between K and 12. I see this a lot with my kids, where they're doing it differently than they were 30 years ago. I had to look it up. It's an easy concept once you know the definition of the word, but not so easy to guess when you have no idea what you are being asked.
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level 66
Jan 29, 2018
Just looked it up. I definitely wasn't taught that at school. I didn't do Maths at A-Level but I did Maths and Ad Maths GCSE and defintely didn't encounter 'factorials'. Learn something new every day. Mind you, like most maths you learn at school, not sure how much use it will be in everyday life.
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level 44
May 9, 2018
Sorry I apall you, Snobby. I knew it once and this is the first time (in about 40 years) that I could have used it.
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level 73
May 9, 2018
They didn't use the term factorial when I learned math in the US in the 1960s. When I was in high school we could take either the basic math class, or take the college-bound program of Algebra I as freshmen, geometry as sophomores, Algebra II as juniors, and trig and math analysis as seniors. One year of either algebra I or basic math was all that was required. No calculus class was offered. It wasn't much better when my children were in school in the 1990s. Some of the city schools had better programs, but not in the rural areas. It was difficult to find good teachers, too. Since 2010 the state requires 3 math credits for graduation, but sometimes ag or building trades classes can be substituted for at least one year of math.
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level 20
Dec 24, 2014
For eminem's real name, Slim Shady should be accepted.
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level 23
Apr 13, 2015
but that's not his real name? it's an alter ego. it's not his birth or legal name.
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level 33
Jan 21, 2015
Starbucks also has a 'Trenta' size now according to Google!!!!!!
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level ∞
Jan 19, 2018
Coming soon: The Centinaio.
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level 59
Jan 24, 2015
It makes me very sad, but the greatest astronomy television programme in the world, and the longest lasting programme of ANY kind on the BBC, the Sky at Night, will insist on pronouncing it "Bettelgurz". Apparently it never occurs to them that, yes, "beetle juice" at first hearing sounds slightly amusing, but as a set of phonemes, it is a far more beautiful word. In fact it is one of the most beautiful words there is, what JRR Tolkein would have compared to "cellar door" - a very boring domestic word that however sounds lovely to the ear and feels lovely to pronounce. Whereas "bettelgurz" is the opposite: clunky, awkward and ugly.
Long live "Beetle Juice"! Long live Betelgeuse!
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level 66
Jul 26, 2017
Betelgeuse is really from an Arabic phrase "bīt al jauzāʾ " and means shoulder of the Giant. There is no special way to pronounce 'Betelgeuse' as it does not sound exact in English anyway, so feel free to call it what you will.
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level 44
May 9, 2018
"I caught you knocking on my cellar door. I love you, Baby, can I have some more? Gone, gone. The damage done."
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level 14
Jan 29, 2015
Never been to a Starbucks, don't like coffee. The only three words I know to associate with Starbucks are grande, venti and mochachino. I guess every once in a while, even a blind squirrel finds a nut.
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level 73
May 9, 2018
Never heard about the blind squirrel. In my area we say, "Even the old sow finds an acorn."
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level 39
Feb 2, 2015
King John didn't actually sign the Magna Carta, he sealed it.
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level 44
May 31, 2015
True, as very few people then could wither read or write apart from clerks and some other members of the clergy.
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level 44
May 31, 2015
Sorry, ..either.
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level ∞
Jan 19, 2018
I changed the question, but King John was literate. He sealed it rather than signed it because that was the custom of the time - not because he was incapable of writing.
+3
level 31
Jul 13, 2015
Often I enjoy the comments as much as the quizzes. Everybody rocks!
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level 28
Jan 16, 2017
I know, I always read through the comments..I am constantly amazed at how some people get worked up over trivia !!
+1
level 44
Mar 3, 2018
How dare you! I would direct you to one of the studies I've done on the reverence due trivia, but I'm trying to calculate how long the groove in an old Harry James 78 is.
+1
level 36
Sep 1, 2015
I'm sorry, maybe I'm stupid but I GENUINELY don't understand how Russia is closer to the United States than say, Cuba or Belize or Guatemala...That has to be wrong...
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level 74
Jan 9, 2016
Alaska is about 6 miles or so across the Bering Strait from the easternmost end of Russia.
+1
level 43
May 9, 2018
Look up the distance between the Little Diomede and Big Diomede islands.
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level 20
Apr 7, 2016
The Californian Gold Rush didnt begin until 1849.
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level ∞
Jan 19, 2018
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Gold_Rush
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level 44
Mar 3, 2018
John Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill in 1848 and the rush was on.
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level 32
May 20, 2016
If I'm being picky, Magna Carta was never signed by John. John did, however, seal it.
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level 67
May 9, 2018
But who delivered it?
+1
level 44
May 9, 2018
SWAK?
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level 5
Aug 13, 2016
Cuba is much closer to the U.S. than Russia!
+4
level 70
Apr 17, 2017
Yep. And the moon is made of cheese!
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level 69
May 9, 2018
Only if you discount Islands belonging to each country. And if you do, that wipes out Cuba so end of problem.
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level 45
Nov 29, 2016
It would be nice to offer "Vente" for Venti and "Wembly" for Wembley. Phonetically, they are the same. I would have had 100% :'-( [Cries himself to sleep that night]
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level 43
Nov 29, 2016
Even baristas seem to pronounce it VEN-TEH, rather than the more correct VEN-TI. : P
+1
level 48
Jan 2, 2017
Lire accepted for the Lira? It's the plural form. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lira
+2
level 42
Mar 22, 2017
I was very close to typing slim shady instead of Marshall Mathers
+1
level 66
Jul 26, 2017
There was a famous Country & Western singer in Australia called 'Slim Dusty' (better than Eminem I think)
+1
level 44
Mar 3, 2018
Whew. Dodged a bullet there, Kellydancer. Could have been a life changer....and NOT in a good way.
+2
level 48
Jul 8, 2017
Made me learn something new...I had never heard of "factorial" before. Now I know.
+1
level 30
Oct 1, 2017
Are the Bahamas closer than Russia?
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level 54
Oct 22, 2017
No.
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level 33
Jan 19, 2018
diomede islands 3.5 km apart...
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level 63
Feb 28, 2018
The Bahamas are closer to the U.S. than the Russian shoreline is. As a federal employee I mapped the marine and coastal areas of the contiguous U.S. and all territories. EPA and NOAA mapping displayed that the Bahamas’ closest shoreline is 40 nm from the Florida shoreline farthest east. This Florida area is near Cape Canaveral. Russia is, at best, 50 statute miles from Alaska if not farther.
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level 65
May 9, 2018
Diomede Islands in the Bering Strait. They're something like four kms from each other.
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level 58
May 10, 2018
I weep for the accuracy of our maps.
+2
level 44
Mar 3, 2018
I typed Great Charter, but just for fun. Please do not accept it.
+1
level 67
Mar 14, 2018
What about Marshall Bruce Mathers for Eminem.
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level 73
May 9, 2018
Just type in "Mathers"
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level 57
May 10, 2018
Typed Wimbledon 2x before realizing my mistake.
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level 39
Jun 8, 2018
Can Marshall Matters be accepted ? :)
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