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General Knowledge Quiz #8

Can you answer these random trivia questions?
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What river flows through Paris?
The Seine
Who is Posh Spice's husband?
David Beckham
When Jack fell down and broke his crown, who came tumbling after?
Jill
What Starbucks size, larger than a grande, is also the Italian word for "twenty"?
Venti
What is Superman's achilles heel?
Kryptonite
What is Eminem's real name?
Marshall Mathers
What toxic element were hatters once exposed to - causing some to become "mad"?
Mercury
What was the name of Italy's currency prior to the Euro?
The Lira
What is 5 factorial?
120
What is the only Olympic sport where the gender of the participant is not considered,
and men and women can directly compete against each other?
Equestrian
What famous document was King John forced to agree to 1215?
Magna Carta
Other than Mexico and Canada, what country's territory lies closest to the United States?
Russia
The star Betelgeuse is pronounced like what two English words?
Beetle Juice
What does the Sandman bring to children?
Good dreams
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”?
King
What is the biggest stadium in the United Kingdom?
Wembley Stadium
In the U.S., what profession is practiced by a person who ends their name with "esquire"?
Law
What famous Paris cabaret theater has a name that means "Red Mill"?
Moulin Rouge
What body part can be affected by cataracts?
Eye
97 Comments
+9
Level 78
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 61
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 71
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 48
Sep 15, 2018
didn't have a clue about starbucks cup size, just knew the italian for 20
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Level 54
Mar 23, 2022
I mean he is a world famous athlete.
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Level 70
Dec 7, 2018
Or didnt look in the answer box to see .....city, and typed oz, land of oz and kansas.. like me..after that I did type emerald.

Didnt get venti though, but did get seine, magna carta and the factor thing

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Level 71
Mar 15, 2022
Almost a decade later and this remains the most dramatic comment on JetPunk of all time
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Level 28
Dec 29, 2022
I really like Eminem, while I haven't read The Wizard of Oz in years (certainly never in English) and the river's name (which I did get eventualy) is spelled "Sekwana" in my native language
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Level 58
Aug 5, 2023
Oh no! We're going to die because of this. This generation is really stupid for knowing something about a really famous person instead of knowing about an old movie.
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Level 60
Jan 30, 2024
i was chuffed to get eminem's name. It's about the only question relating to popular question I've ever got right.
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Level 72
Sep 23, 2013
Why not Magna Charta?
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Level 80
Feb 28, 2022
The document's Latin name is spelled either 'Magna Carta' or 'Magna Charta' (the pronunciation is the same).

The spelling 'Charta' originates in the 18th century, as a restoration of classical Latin 'charta' for the Medieval Latin spelling 'carta'. While "Charta" remains an acceptable variant spelling, it never became prevalent in English usage. Thus the English usage is Magna Carta.

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Level 60
Jan 30, 2024
I was sternly rebuked by my professor in university for spelling it Magna Charta. Never done it since.
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Level 35
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 56
Mar 11, 2014
Okay...the US and Russia, at their closest points, is under 2.5 miles apart.
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Level 68
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 45
May 1, 2023
Incorrect. the USA's Little Diomede island and Russia's Big Diomede island are 2.5 miles away from each other on the bering strait. It crosses the international date line.
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Level 71
Jul 9, 2023
Actually the UK is closer than Russia to the US. The British Virgin Islands are closer to the US through the US Virgin Islands. At the closest point they are only 1km apart between Great Thatch Island and Mary Point.

And there is another point also between the USVI and BVI that is still closer than between the Diomedes.

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Level 60
Mar 22, 2019
Yeah those islands
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Level 76
Jun 1, 2023
But is 2.5 miles really less than 90 miles? We may never know for certain.
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Level 60
Aug 17, 2023
It's about 1.5 miles between US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands. Please specify no overseas territories for the country closest to the US or accept the UK.
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Level 76
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 61
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 85
May 9, 2018
I think a land bridge is by definition made out of land, not of ice.
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Level 44
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 77
Nov 6, 2019
I think Bahamas are closer to the US than Cuba, but Russia is even closer.
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Level 83
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 89
Nov 3, 2014
So could statements like "proud to have not known..."
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Level 67
May 9, 2018
Ha. Zing!
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Level 83
Feb 27, 2022
Touchè.

I accept my deserved ribbing from 8 years ago. :-)

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Level 44
Feb 1, 2015
I haven't been to a starbucks and I knew it.
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Level 61
Jul 8, 2017
I don't drink coffee and I knew it.
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Level 70
Jul 26, 2017
I drink coffee and I didn't know starbucks
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Level 58
Mar 3, 2018
who is coffee?
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Level 64
May 9, 2018
I didn't drink coffee in 10 seconds and I'm only two years old.
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Level 68
May 9, 2018
^Well Played
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Level 75
May 9, 2018
There aren't any Starbucks in my town, but I knew it from this site - that clue comes up occasionally.
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Level 73
Nov 6, 2019
I got it because I know the Italian word for twenty
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Level 54
Feb 15, 2022
I know italian
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Level 89
Feb 25, 2022
It's kinda funny they try to sound snobby by using Italian for "20", as in 20 ounces, which is completely irrelevant in Italy.
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Level 40
Aug 1, 2022
Bastante!
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Level 38
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 72
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.
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Level 38
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 79
Jan 23, 2018
My school in Nottingham taught us factorial aged 13.
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Level 67
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 72
Mar 2, 2022
Clearly you went to a far better school than graeme68. If his was the kind of school that believes in excoriating and insulting those who dare to say what they don’t know, no person seeking a proper education would go anywhere near it.

Far for preferable to be trained to ask questions and search for answers, which is why it’s said that the truly educated are those who are aware of how much they don’t know. Graeme has clearly not understood that knowledge isn’t nearly as important the ability to find it. Always better to ask a question and appear a fool, than to stay silent and remain one.

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Level 61
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 72
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 64
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 75
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 75
Aug 22, 2022
There's a lot of basic maths one doesn't bother remembering if it's not relevant to one's life. For most people, addition, multiplication, division and subtraction are all they'll really need, and they'll have a calculator for most of it anyway. Stop being snobbish.
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Level 46
May 19, 2023
I have no idea what Starbuck offers, I got it right because I know the Italian word for 20.
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Level 60
Aug 17, 2023
Now it's 5 factorial. Not sure why.
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Level 28
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 55
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 70
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 64
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 68
Mar 31, 2023
I hit the city and I lost my band

I watched the needle take another man

Gone, gone, the damage done

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Level 32
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 83
Jan 9, 2016
Alaska is about 6 miles or so across the Bering Strait from the easternmost end of Russia.
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Level 68
May 9, 2018
Look up the distance between the Little Diomede and Big Diomede islands.
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Level 52
Jan 2, 2017
Lire accepted for the Lira?

It's the plural form.

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

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Level 43
Mar 22, 2017
I was very close to typing slim shady instead of Marshall Mathers
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Level 70
Jul 26, 2017
There was a famous Country & Western singer in Australia called 'Slim Dusty' (better than Eminem I think)
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Level 64
Mar 3, 2018
Whew. Dodged a bullet there, Kellydancer. Could have been a life changer....and NOT in a good way.
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Level 61
Jul 8, 2017
Made me learn something new...I had never heard of "factorial" before. Now I know.
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Level 30
Oct 1, 2017
Are the Bahamas closer than Russia?
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Level 67
Oct 22, 2017
No.
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Level 35
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 76
May 9, 2018
Diomede Islands in the Bering Strait. They're something like four kms from each other.
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Level 62
May 10, 2018
I weep for the accuracy of our maps.
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Level 57
Oct 4, 2020
Poor accuracy, yes, but just look at that *precision*! He's measuring international borders to within 40 *nanometers*. Amazing! /s
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Level 76
May 27, 2022
Why would you use different measuring units? Especially since both distances cover water, so you could just use nautical miles for better comparison.
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Level 64
Mar 3, 2018
I typed Great Charter, but just for fun. Please do not accept it.
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Level 77
Mar 14, 2018
What about Marshall Bruce Mathers for Eminem.
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Level 82
May 9, 2018
Just type in "Mathers"
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Level 40
Aug 1, 2022
...and Jerry Mathers as the Beaver
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Level 61
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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Level 69
Jan 13, 2022
I seriously cannot believe how any players are arguing which country is next closest to the US. Look at a map, look up Alaska (its part of the US!) and see how close Russia is.....
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Level 87
Feb 25, 2022
I thought that mixed doubles curling was another Olympic sport in which a woman (on one team) competes against a man (on the other team). Btw, your question should read, "What is the only Olympic sport" (singular).
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Level 89
Feb 25, 2022
It's becoming all sports at the college level. But I thought archery for sure wouldn't matter. I googled that and found out Nordic skiing doesn't have separate events either.
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Level ∞
Feb 25, 2022
Fixed the typo. The only correct answer is equestrian. In other "mixed" sports there is an enforced gender ratio. For example, Nadal and Djokovic couldn't compete as a team in "mixed doubles" tennis.
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Level 86
Feb 25, 2022
"What is the only Olympic sports where the gender of the participant is not considered, and men and women can directly compete against each other? " --> Are we talking about the horses or the riders? ;)
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Level 80
Jun 6, 2022
There is a small park in Ybor City, FL that is actually Cuban territory.
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Level 62
May 27, 2023
if you put it that way, many embassies count as foreign territory as well!
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Level 68
Jul 12, 2022
I missed two, the most and least guessed ones. Could not remember Italian for 20, and didn't think about a horse's gender.
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Level 57
Aug 22, 2022
wouldn't curling qualify for the olympic sport question?
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Level 53
Oct 11, 2022
aww...marshall bruce mathers III doesnt count?? :D
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Level 59
Feb 12, 2023
I am still in admiration in how this guy succeed every time to ask a question related to a French word or French culture. That's the ultimate proof that English language is based on French language...
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Level 69
Sep 12, 2023
Liked this one; a great mix of questions and topics.

However, sailing should also count as an answer for the Olympic question.

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Level 78
Nov 8, 2023
Thank you for accepting "horse"
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Level 61
Nov 14, 2023
i hope im not the only one who tried ice spice for the second one
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Level 70
Mar 9, 2024
Thx Charles L. McGill, Jr.