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General Knowledge Quiz #89

Answer these random trivia questions.
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Last updated: July 26, 2019
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Answer
What is the capital of Bavaria?
Munich
In what mountain range would you find the homeland of the Sherpa people?
Himalayas
Who is the "trickster god" of Norse mythology?
Loki
On what type of building would you be most likely to find a "flying buttress"?
Church
What city state was ruled by Lorenzo de' Medici?
Florence
What is the only Great Lake that doesn't border Canada?
Lake Michigan
What is either a popular sport or a type of insect?
Cricket
What term refers to the last runner in a relay race?
Anchor
Who has 99 problems?
Jay-Z
What creature from Greek mythology has a single eye on the center of its forehead?
Cyclops
What pair of Wild West outlaws were made famous by a 1969 movie
starring Robert Redford?
Butch Cassidy and the
Sundance Kid
What organ is foie gras made from?
Liver
What is Judi Dench's title in the British honours system?
Dame
What landlocked African country is also a men's name in the English language?
Chad
In mythology, who was Castor's half brother?
Pollux
By area, what is the biggest country entirely in the Southern Hemisphere?
Australia
What is the currency of the Philippines?
Peso
If you spell out all the whole numbers, which one is the last alphabetically?
Zero
What U.S. state is closest to London, geographically?
Maine
What city was captured at the end of the First Crusade in 1099?
Jerusalem
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level 32
Feb 11, 2014
Surprised that the Zero answer is so little guessed
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level 70
Jul 26, 2019
I typed 0 so missed out on the answer oops. plus some people call zero nought.
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level 57
Feb 11, 2014
Cricket is a popular sport? And who is Jay Z? Shouldn't these quizzes really be "general knowledge" rather than limited to the pop culture of a single country or region?
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level 51
Feb 11, 2014
Jay Z is american and Cricket is most popular in India... totally opposite sides of the globe
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level 77
Feb 12, 2014
Cricket is huge in India and Pakistan, and also big in the UK, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and some other places... all British Commonwealth countries, I think.
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level 67
Feb 17, 2016
except Canada. although it's gaining popularity mostly due to immigration from countries where it is already popular.
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level 74
Aug 20, 2017
"Drunken Gandalf" :D
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level 45
Nov 14, 2017
of course its popular in UK we invented the sport
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level 77
Feb 12, 2014
Also, American popular music is popular the world over.
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level 76
Nov 11, 2015
Did you seriously just doubt the popularity of cricket?
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level 33
Aug 1, 2016
To be fair, it is a mind-numbingly boring sport
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level 76
Jul 25, 2019
^And yet wherever you go in Britain in summer, I can guarantee there will be plenty of people either playing or watching it, whether on the green or on TV.
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level 74
Jul 25, 2019
And a lot of people play and watch golf and soccer. It seems to bore people into a stupor where they can't change the channel.
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level 56
Nov 22, 2019
No, cricket isn't a popular sport: the question was just made up with no reference to the real world at all...
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level 57
Nov 22, 2019
Cricket is the most popular sport in the world I believe so...
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level 42
Nov 22, 2019
+MUFC7 Football's no.1, but cricket is no.2, so your point still stands.
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level 41
Nov 22, 2019
it is popular in india which is one of the most populated countries in the world at 1billion people. More people watch and play cricket than most other sports in the world just from the indian population alone. When you add in pakistan and bangladesh, cricket could very well be the worlds second or third most popular sport (football being first and hockey would be up there as well)
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level 56
Nov 22, 2019
There are more cricket fans in the world than there are human beings inhabiting the North American continent. It's also the best sport ever.
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level 53
Nov 22, 2019
And while you're at it, get those darn kids off my lawn!
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level 24
Feb 11, 2014
Glad flying buttress accepts Cathedral. Because they're more in Cathedrals then churches. Hooray for Architectural Theory classes.
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level 34
Feb 11, 2014
Who has 99 problems? The answer is me, actually.
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level 72
Jun 24, 2014
Butterfly for sport/insect?
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level 43
Aug 22, 2014
Butterfly... is not a sport.
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level 73
Nov 22, 2019
Ha ha, maybe cicada or table tennis should be accepted.

But I guess kitshef probably means the swimming stroke
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level 32
Aug 4, 2014
I learned that zero was not a whole number. Apparently, it is, depending on who you ask.
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level 57
Nov 24, 2019
Yeah, mathematically whole numbers are integers that are 1 or greater. If you want to precise, the question should say "integers" rather than "whole numbers."
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level 58
Jun 18, 2015
If only "zillion" was a real number, I would have gotten the answer right.
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level 66
Aug 1, 2016
In Finland, Santa brings bad kids twigs for spanking.
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level 76
Aug 1, 2016
He also brings switches in areas of the US. (Mine.) I guess the really bad kids get both switches and coal?
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level 46
Aug 17, 2016
Growing up, I was always told that Santa would bring me coal and pigs' tails if I was bad.
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level 66
Aug 13, 2019
Switches? Light switches?
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level 74
Aug 20, 2017
In Slovenia St Nicholas brings twigs for bad kids.
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level 54
Aug 1, 2016
Not to be nitpicky, but there's more than one London, and Michigan is pretty close to the one in Ontario.
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level 78
Aug 1, 2016
This deserves a faceplam, you know?
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level 67
Aug 1, 2016
what about a zillion?
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level 72
Sep 13, 2016
TWO zillion would come after that! :-)
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level 72
Jul 29, 2019
Two Zillion starts with T and Zillion starts with Z, so Two Zillion would come before Zillion. Now, if only a zillion actually meant a specific number...
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level 24
Aug 3, 2016
Should accept honeybees for the Apiary question. For a second, I thought I was wrong.
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level 72
Sep 13, 2016
Is there a definitively correct way to pronounce Himalayas? I grew up hearing him-uh-LAY-uhs, but recently I heard it pronounced him-AH-lee-uhs. I immediately suspected that the way I'd heard it all my life was incorrect. Anybody know?
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level 74
Aug 20, 2017
Nah, you're fine, you learned the correct version.
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level 71
Aug 1, 2019
The traditional English convention is the way you learned (him-a-LAY-uh). But it is actually a Sanskrit compound word – a mushing-together of “hima” (snow), and alaya, (“dwelling” or “abode”, but more like a place than a structure). Alaya is pronounced ALL-ee-uh (non-compound Sanskrit words generally have their accent fall on the third syllable from the end. I know that sounds random and complicated, but actually, it flows very naturally), so together, you get him-ALL-ee-uh (and actually, the “ee” sound is not as strong as the spelling suggests; also, alaya almost sounds like just two syllables when pronounced).

So, technically, that’s the right way to pronounce it, assuming you want to pronounce a Sanskrit word in Sanskrit. Of course, everyone will still know what you mean if you walk around India pronouncing it the English way!

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level 62
Nov 22, 2019
So, like, rhymes with "Somalia"?
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level 71
Jun 6, 2017
I have a close friend called Central African Republic. Please accept this as a possible answer.
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level 74
Aug 20, 2017
What about Niger Farage?
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level 30
Nov 26, 2019
Lol
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level 54
Jul 8, 2017
Nitpicky time...I know (from the answer) that we're talking London in the UK, but Michigan is closer to London, Ontario than Maine is to the UK. Could we specify which London in the question?
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level 74
Aug 20, 2017
We should also specify if it's United States of America or Mexico.
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level 73
Jul 25, 2018
Michigan is already an answer on this quiz...
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level 67
Jul 25, 2018
And Ohio is the closest state to London, Ohio, but I think we all know which London they meant.
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level 49
Jul 8, 2017
Baseball is significant enough in Australia to have sent about 30 players to the Major Leagues. Two, Grant Balfour and Dave Nilsson, made an All-Star team.
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level 32
Nov 14, 2017
If you're having Jetpunk problems I feel bad for you son. I got 99 problems but a quiz ain't 1
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level 77
Nov 22, 2019
so good
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level 53
Nov 14, 2017
I was desperate and typed "zillion" for the last whole number alphabetically. It was accepted as the correct answer "zero". So in this quiz: Zillion = zero ... Say what????
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level 63
Jan 7, 2019
Maybe from zilch?
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level 71
Aug 1, 2019
I also got credit for typing “zillion”, but I’m not looking that indefinite hyperbolic numeral in the mouth.
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level 70
Jul 25, 2019
Pollux - the answer is in the clue!!
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level ∞
Jul 25, 2019
Fixed
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level 80
Jul 26, 2019
Philippines -- one L, three Ps.
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level ∞
Jul 26, 2019
D'oh! Fixed.
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level 66
Jul 26, 2019
Would Polyphemus be acceptable for Cyclops? I mean, he is the most famous cyclops, and in many country he is the one-eyed mythology creature for antonomasia.
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level 74
Jul 26, 2019
Ice T had 99 problems with the same exception before Jay Z, before NCISI Law & Order Cop Rock whatever he was on.
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level 55
Nov 22, 2019
Yes! Ice T should be a valid answer. In my opinion it's the superior version anyway.
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level 77
Nov 22, 2019
Wow, I had no idea Ice T did it first. Thanks, Jetpunk comment section!
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level 68
Jul 28, 2019
Could you accept Polydeuces for Pollux? It is the original Greek name and is mentioned in Wikipedia as an alternative.
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level 66
Nov 22, 2019
I think Jay-Z officially hit 100 problems once Lemonade came out.
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level 59
Nov 22, 2019
Lol
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level 53
Nov 22, 2019
The last whole number alphabetically is a zillion!
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level 38
Nov 22, 2019
Wait what I was just guessing peso ironically I didn't actually think it was rlly the currency wthoiasjf wiofnsadkfl osjafdsf
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level 62
Nov 22, 2019
The Philippines was a Spanish colony for several hundred years. It's why the country has its name (after King Philip of Spain), and it's the reason it's the only Catholic country in east Asia. Then the US took control of it as part of the settlement of the Spanish-American War, and then it became independent after World War II.
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level 25
Nov 22, 2019
Technically, Philippine currency is the Piso, that's how it's spelt on the bills. Maybe make that acceptable, if not the main answer.
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level 46
Nov 24, 2019
This was really hard at least for non native English speaker. I example wrote cyclope, not cyclopes because it is more close how it is written in my language.