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General Knowledge Quiz #80

Answer these random trivia questions.
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First submittedAugust 5, 2013
Last updatedSeptember 26, 2019
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What is the word for a group of fish?
School
What river flows through Budapest and Vienna?
Danube
Who is Dr. Jekyll’s alter ego?
Mr. Hyde
Where would one find the pearly gates?
Heaven
What chain of tourist trap museums features wax sculptures of celebrities?
Madame Tussauds
What are ethanol and isopropanol?
Types of alcohol
What mythical animal is a rabbit with antlers?
Jackalope
What is usually considered to be the most common first name in the world?
Muhammad
What type of spider can be identified by an hourglass-shaped mark on its abdomen?
Black Widow
What is Santa Claus called in France?
Père Noël
Which element of the periodic table has the symbol Au?
Gold
What is the term for an economic downturn that is more severe than a recession?
Depression
What sea do Denmark, Finland, and Estonia all border?
Baltic Sea
What Jewish mystical teachings are followed by Madonna?
Kabbalah
What is the best-selling brand of Dutch beer?
Heineken
In Genesis, what type of animal returns to Noah's Ark carrying an olive leaf?
Dove
What is Herodotus commonly known as?
Father of History
Who wrote "The Prince", a how-to guide for 16th century rulers?
Niccolò Machiavelli
What band's members are named Agnetha, Björn, Benny, and Anni-Frid?
ABBA
What is the wealthiest country in the world based on per-capita income?
Monaco
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level 77
Sep 17, 2013
Wolpertinger should also work for a rabbit with antlers. It's the German version.
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level 77
May 7, 2014
It should definitely be accepted.
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level ∞
Dec 6, 2015
That will work now
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level 43
Sep 17, 2013
Got 17 out of 20.
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level 58
Sep 17, 2013
Can you please accept 'Papa Noel' as well as 'Pere Noel' for Father Christmas; the French refer to him as 'Papa' as well
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level ∞
Sep 17, 2013
Okay
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level 56
Mar 13, 2016
That's what I thought... I first tried Father Christmas, but couldn't remember it in French, so I got it wrong
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level 58
Sep 17, 2013
please accept a shoal of fish as well http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoaling_and_schooling
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level ∞
Dec 6, 2015
Okay
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level 42
Feb 3, 2015
I have only known the pearly gates to be the golden gates in heaven. Also tried first names like Matthew, Joseph, and Nicholas. Never would have thought Muhammad.
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level 74
Jun 3, 2015
"The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl." - Revelation 21:21 (New International Version)
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level 66
Mar 3, 2016
I have only heard golden gate in reference to the bridge. always heard pearly gates for heaven
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level 60
Jul 3, 2019
I thought Lee was the most common.
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level 32
Oct 19, 2015
Is a "bank of fish" incorrect? Just asking... Thanks
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level 67
Sep 20, 2018
Yes.
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level 59
Mar 13, 2016
Amusing that a question on the Kabbalah references Madonna
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level 39
Sep 30, 2016
That got harder, I got 9 out of the first 10, but only 1 out of the last 10!
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level 45
Oct 10, 2016
QM: could you expand the number of accepted spellings for Muhammed? I spelled it Mohommed (phonetic - I know it's wrong) and it didn't count.
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level ∞
Jul 3, 2019
Okay
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level 60
Oct 19, 2017
Please accept "hydrocarbon" as an alternate to "alcohol" - the only 3 elements in both substances are H, O & C.
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level 78
Jul 3, 2019
hydrocarbons can just have C and H in, no O
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level 66
Sep 20, 2019
There are a lot of names you could use, organic compounds would include both of those things, but I think it's pretty clear they are looking for alcohols
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level 37
May 20, 2019
For Santa I just typed in the Spanish one that I learned from Spanish class.
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level 52
Jul 3, 2019
Randomly guessed the Father of Lies based on nothing at all, not even a urge, just being silly, and it worked. Lol.
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level 79
Jul 3, 2019
"He was called `The Father of History’ by the Roman writer and orator Cicero for his famous work The Histories but has also been called “The Father of Lies” by critics who claim these `histories’ are little more than tall tales."

https://www.ancient.eu/herodotus/
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level ∞
Jul 4, 2019
I should really get around to reading his Histories. The "father of lies" appellation seems very unfair. Many modern scholars admire his accuracy.
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level ∞
Jul 4, 2019
On a somewhat related note, the more I learn about the ancient Greeks the more in awe I am. How a population of a few million (with most of them illiterate peasants) produced such astounding insights and inventions continues to astound me.
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level 70
Jul 4, 2019
fake news
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level 75
Jul 9, 2019
Socrates was illiterate. Just saying :P
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level 76
Jul 4, 2019
"Whar are ethanol and isopropyl?" (What)
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level ∞
Jul 4, 2019
Okay
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level 65
Sep 20, 2019
Isn’t Noel his surname? Shouldn’t it be acceptable to just write that?
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level 61
Sep 20, 2019
I don't think it's supposed to be a surname.
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level 61
Sep 20, 2019
Definitely not a last name, just like christmas is not a last name. If you would want a last name it would be Myra, after the saint Nicholas of Myra santaclaus is ultimately named after.

Noel comes from the same latin root as nativity both referring to birth.

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level 58
Sep 20, 2019
I would bet money there are more Johns (John, Jean,Hans, Juan, Joao...) than Muhammads.
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level 66
Sep 20, 2019
You would lose your money, John is a popular name in the western world, but there are massive populations in Asia and Africa where Muhammad is an extremely popular name and you would find almost no johns or jeans or juans.
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level 76
Sep 21, 2019
I was guessing it must be something Chinese - total failure.
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level 72
Sep 20, 2019
I know this is nitpicking, but 'isopropyl' is a name of a substituent and as such doesn't equal 'isopropyl alcohol'. There could be isopropyl aldehydes, acetates and thousand others. The correct name would be 'isopropanol'.
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level 77
Sep 20, 2019
But is isopropyl alcohol a type of alcohol?
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level 72
Sep 21, 2019
Yes, 'Isopropyl alcohol' is a type of alcohol, but 'isopropyl' on it's own means something different - a carbon chain of three carbon atoms (and seven hydrogens) with one free electron on the middle carbon to make a chemical bond. This bond could be with -OH group to give isopropanol, but it could be also with any other functional group or another carbon chain. We're limited here only by our imagination (and quantum chemistry). Anyway, the same applies to 'ethanol' which is synonymous with 'ehtyl alcohol', but 'ethyl' on it's own would mean only a substituent.
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level 24
Sep 26, 2019
+1 Isopropyl is not an alcohol. There's no -OH group!
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level ∞
Sep 26, 2019
Changed it to isopropanol.
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level 28
Sep 24, 2019
How are there more people who know what specific aspect of the Jewish faith Madonna follows than those who know who Herodotus is? I feel like one of those is slightly more important to the entire history of Western political thought.