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General Knowledge Quiz #88

Answer these random trivia questions.
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Last updated: July 24, 2019
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What river flows through ten different European countries?
Danube
What is mead made from?
Honey
What living species is most closely related to humans?
Chimpanzees
What Greek word, meaning "I have found it", might you say after making a discovery?
Eureka
What is the last country in the world, alphabetically?
Zimbabwe
What is generally considered to be the world's most expensive spice?
Saffron
What movie series featured a villain named Oddjob?
James Bond
What was printed on ticker tape?
Stock Prices
What medal, abbreviated VC, is the United Kingdom's highest military decoration?
Victoria Cross
What Olympic event was revolutionized by the "Fosbury Flop"?
High Jump
What portmanteau is a combination of Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg?
Benelux
Which country's websites end in .ch?
Switzerland
In Greek mythology, what titan created men and gave them fire?
Prometheus
What are the mashed potato, the alligator, and the watusi?
Dances
What Italian Prime Minister famously had "bunga bunga" parties?
Silvio Berlusconi
What working-class London accent did Eliza Doolittle have in the play "Pygmalion"?
Cockney
What region is disputed by India, Pakistan, and China?
Kashmir
Who was Jacob Marley's business partner?
Ebenezer Scrooge
What sport does a "duffer" play poorly?
Golf
Who was born in Hyde Park, New York in 1882 and died in
Warm Springs, Georgia in 1945?
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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level 76
Jan 30, 2015
Pole vault for High jump?
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level 71
Jun 4, 2017
No.
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level 45
Apr 30, 2015
A duffer is someone who Is poor or slow at learning anything, not golf in particular.
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level ∞
Jul 24, 2019
Golf is by far the best answer to the question as phrased.
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level 58
Aug 17, 2019
In UK a duffer is someone who does anything poorly.
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level 69
Dec 22, 2015
I always thought "the world's most expensive spice" was Posh Spice ;)
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level 67
Jul 28, 2016
1 Posh Spice of Saffron would be about $85k, going off of Amazon prices. And is apparently Prime Eligible.
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level 54
Jul 18, 2016
Please accept Scrooge for Ebenezer Scrooge.
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level ∞
Jul 18, 2016
Scrooge would have worked
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level 55
Jul 18, 2016
Please accept Jammu, or Jammu and Kashmir for Kashmir.
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level 61
Jul 18, 2016
Please accept the bonobo (formerly more commonly known as the pygmy chimpanzee) in addition to chimpanzee.
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level 77
Jul 18, 2016
I was going to say that I thought bonobos were actually more closely related to humans than chimps. I didn't realize they were a subset of chimp. Are they? Chimps are so violent, Bonobos are peaceful and just have sex all day.
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Jul 19, 2016
"Chimps are so violent, Bonobos are peaceful and just have sex all day."

Popular misconception!

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level 77
Jul 19, 2016
Is it? I've never tried living amongst either so I may have bought into false stereotypes.
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level 74
Jul 25, 2019
Sounds like a liberal / conservative thing.
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level 71
Jul 29, 2019
Bonobos are one of two species of the genus Pan, the other being the common chimp. Although the entire genus is sometimes referred to as “chimpanzees”, that’s not really right. Bonobos are a totally separate species from chimpanzees, so Quizkey is correct and bonobos should be accepted. (Bonobos Join Chimps as Closest Human Relatives).

I’m curious though about why, Quizmaster, you said the fighters/lovers dichotomy is a misconception. I’ve recently watched a documentary on bonobos and read a book a few years ago, and I don’t remember anything that made it seem like the conventional wisdom wasn’t true. Can you point me to some sources I could look up? I’m fascinated by bonobos!

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Jul 29, 2019
Here's a book that gets into the subject. Of course, a few decades ago, chimpanzees were seen as peaceful creatures too. Then Jane Goodall documented chimpanzees engaging in all sorts of violence. So it was necessary to then transfer the hopeful aspirations of mankind onto bonobos. My personal opinion is that chimps, bonobos, and humans are all naturally violent. Fortunately, as humans, we live in a society which constrains our baser instincts.
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Jul 29, 2019
That said, apparently bonobo research is "politically controversial", due to people projecting human qualities and aspirations onto bonobos.
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level 66
Jul 18, 2016
I forgot that Sports Illustrated is more than just the swimsuit issue. I kept guessing models like Heidi Klum and Gisele Bündchen.
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level 74
Aug 19, 2017
Elle Macpherson has that record.
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level 77
Jul 18, 2016
I think I tried "Victorias Cross" and "Victorian Cross", on a guess, and was denied. >_
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level ∞
Jul 24, 2019
Those will work now.
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level 50
Nov 15, 2019
Why? It's called the Victoria Cross. Simples
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level 72
Sep 13, 2016
For which country's websites end in .ch, please accept "I don't have a clue." Thanks!
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level 74
Sep 16, 2019
Switzerland occasionally uses Latin when it can't fit all 4 languages, like on coinage, stamps (Helvetia) or for abbreviations. Confoederatio Helvetica = CH.
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level 73
Jul 2, 2017
Everytime I chuckle when I see Oddjob's name because it reminds me of Randomtask in Austin Powers.
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level 67
Oct 2, 2017
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level 58
Apr 19, 2018
I thought apes, bonobos and orangutans (as they have close DNA/genes) but didn't try chimpanzees. Ah well
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level 68
Nov 15, 2019
Bonobos are equally as related to humans as chimpanzees are. Should also accept 'pygmy chimpanzee' as that it another common name for bonobos, despite them being a different species.
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level 68
Nov 15, 2019
As an anthropologist, this is probably the only thing on the site I am qualified to comment on.
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level 73
Nov 15, 2019
I assume relatedness is measured by when the species diverged? So humans diverged from chimps/bonobos first, then chimps and bonobos diverged?

It seems to me that the other obvious way to measure relatedness would be by how similar the genetic code is which presumably could be more varied from species to species even if they did diverge after the human - chimp/bonobo split?
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level 68
Nov 20, 2019
Yeah, that's exactly it. The ancestors to the modern-day genus Pan (chimpanzees and bonobos) split from the ancestors of genus Homo (ourselves) somewhere between 5 and 13 million years ago (lots of estimates based on different methodologies). Chimpanzees and bonobos then diverged from one another ~0.9 million years ago, after being isolated long enough by the River Congo (bonobos to the south, chimpanzees to the north). If you imagine that as a tree, chimpanzees and bonobos are two small branches of the same larger branch, which itself had already diverged from the human branch a lot earlier. So they're equally as related to us.
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level 68
Nov 20, 2019
Aw man, I forgot to mark this as a correction.