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General Knowledge Quiz #82

Answer these random trivia questions.
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First submittedAugust 13, 2013
Last updatedJuly 7, 2019
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What do yellow roses symbolize?
Friendship
What unit is used to measure the purity of gold?
Karat
On what "railroad" was Harriet Tubman a conductor?
Underground Railroad
What cult leader was inspired by the Beatles' song "Helter Skelter"?
Charles Manson
What kind of bird is the Ugly Duckling?
Swan
What philosopher said "God is dead"?
Friedrich Nietzsche
What animal's foot is considered a good luck charm?
Rabbit
What is the only country to share a land border with Denmark?
Germany
What fruit, native to southeast Asia, is considered to be the world's smelliest?
Durian
What force keeps the moon in orbit around Earth?
Gravity
What P word describes a body part, such as a tail, that is capable of grasping or holding?
Prehensile
What is the most famous trophy in the sport of yacht racing?
America's Cup
Who created the Muppets?
Jim Henson
What Latin expression means "Seize the Day"?
Carpe Diem
Who is the Duke of York?
Prince Andrew
Who is said to stand watch at the pearly gates of heaven?
Saint Peter
What is the most popular name for baby boys born in London?
Muhammad
What does the S stand for in "TTLS HIWWYA"?
Star
What region of France takes its name from the Vikings who settled there?
Normandy
Two countries are led by a Sultan. Name either.
Brunei or Oman
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level 47
Oct 15, 2013
Yellow roses also symbolize the state of Texas and the end of a relationship or good-bye.
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level 33
Oct 15, 2013
I also put "Texas" ... no love.
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level 56
Apr 11, 2016
Apparently the song "The Yellow Rose of Texas" is supposed to mean a person who is mixed race. For some odd reason people in olden times used to describe people of mixed race origins as being "Yellow". So the song was about the singer thinking fondly, or possibly not fondly I don't know the lyrics offhand, of a woman who fits this description. Eventually the original meaning of the song was lost as the terminology changed but people still liked singing it not knowing what it's origins were and the meaning changed based on what the singer wanted it to mean. The more you know.
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level 64
Apr 11, 2016
Actually, the "Yellow Rose of Texas" refers to a (then-called) "mulatto" woman who supposedly was having sex with Santa Ana when the Texians attacked the Mexican army at the Battle of San Jacinto. Because he was otherwise occupied, the Mexican army lost the battle and hence the war for Texas independence.
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level 43
Jan 5, 2017
Lol Texians
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level 70
Jul 8, 2019
I tried breakup too - that's very common.
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level 64
Oct 15, 2013
Emmmm... Charles Manson is not a serial killer!!!
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level 45
Oct 15, 2013
You beat me to that comment. Mass murderer, spree killer or depraved b*stard, maybe, serial killer no.
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level ∞
Oct 15, 2013
Fixed the question.
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level 76
Sep 14, 2015
Argh, so annoying. For Duke of York I thought first of Richard (as in Richard III's father) and then Richard (the son of Edward IV). I think I forgot what century it was.
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level 76
Feb 5, 2016
I tried every British prince's name from recent years I could remember - except the right one!
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level 14
Mar 11, 2016
I wrote gravitation at the what force keeps the moon in orbit around earth question. Please fix. Also people don't know about durians? That was one of the few i actually got
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level 58
Apr 11, 2016
In the US, at least in the Midwest where I live, they are very uncommon. I've maybe seen them at a grocery store once or twice, and that was at like, a Thai grocery store.
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level 67
Apr 12, 2016
I once walked through Sumatra in Indonesia, and the wild Durian trees are quite large trees with the Durians hanging off the branches in little groups. Difficult trees to climb but worth the effort. A marvellous fruit but not everyone can take the smell. Once tasted never forgotten, like a wonderful creamy cheese.
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level 72
Oct 4, 2019
I've never had one, but a fruit that is like a creamy cheese does not sound good. However, I'm intrigued at the same time. I'll have to get my hands on one. I was in Thailand last year, probably was my best chance.
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level ∞
Jul 7, 2019
Gravitation will work now.
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level 63
Nov 18, 2016
Nice mix!
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level 65
Jul 7, 2019
Maybe allow some leeway on spellings of Muhammed? Seems harsh asking a specific spelling when there are so many variations
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level ∞
Jul 7, 2019
We accept lots of different spellings!
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level 62
Oct 4, 2019
In fact the only way it's the most popular name is when the numbers for the most frequently used spellings are combined.
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level 76
Jul 7, 2019
Great. So now I know that the S in "TTLS HIWWYA" means "star", but I still have no idea what the rest of it stands for. Google was no help. Anyone?
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level 52
Jul 7, 2019
Twinkle twinkle little star... :o)
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level 76
Jul 8, 2019
Wow! And that's supposed to be general knowledge!? :O
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level 76
Jul 8, 2019
Whether it's "general knowledge" is dubious, considering the 9% correct rating, as of the date of this comment.
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level 68
Jul 8, 2019
Somehow managed to guess that with one try, despite not having a clue what the code was. Maybe my subconscious got it and couldn't be bothered to tell me...
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level 34
Jul 8, 2019
I'd like to know how TTLS HIWWYA is anything?? Some popular pass phrase people use? This is about as common as Fatal Familial Insomnia. Perhaps a better place for this would be "completely obscure references".
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level 78
Jul 16, 2019
Is the poem/song "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, How I Wonder What You Are", really so obscure? I know it took a moment to figure out, but that's why we play quizzes, to exercise our brains.
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level 62
Oct 4, 2019
I agree it's more of a codebreaking question than a general knowledge one.
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level 65
Oct 4, 2019
It can fall under general knowledge because this code is so often etched into our brains at a very early age. I think that adding a comma after the first set of letters could help though, because it would have made me realize that they are two separate lines.
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level 74
Jul 8, 2019
"God is Dead so I listen to Radiohead..." 'Suburban Nietschze Freak' by F*ck Dress (aka Scumbag Philosopher) Norwich (UK) band.
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level 53
Oct 4, 2019
Mohammed the most popular in 7 boroughs technically but let's go with the Daily Fail version of London overall.
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level 40
Oct 5, 2019
Could not figure out how to spell karat or Nietzsche :-(
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level 63
Oct 7, 2019
The question "What philosopher said "God is dead"?" should really read "Which philosopher most famously said "God is dead"?" Nietzsche was neither the only philosopher nor the first one.