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General Knowledge Quiz #90

Can you answer these random trivia questions?
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What are french fries called in France?
Pommes frites
Besides tennis, what sport can be played at Wimbledon's All England Club?
Croquet
Who sings the lyrics "you're gonna hear me roar"?
Katy Perry
What does a smoke jumper fight?
Wildfires
What type of animal is said to never forget?
Elephant
What does the phrase "caveat emptor" mean?
Buyer beware
If you receive an award posthumously, what are you?
Dead
Where does a troglodyte live?
In a cave
What entertainer should be deported back to Canada, according to 250,000 American
petition signers in 2014?
Justin Bieber
What did Antonio Stradivari make?
Stringed instruments
Who was the first head of the Church of England?
Henry VIII
What 19th century document ends with the line "Proletarians of all countries, unite!"
The Communist
Manifesto
What U.S. state did Ray Charles have "on his mind"?
Georgia
What is made at a mint?
Coins
What was stolen from the Louvre in 1911?
The Mona Lisa
What ancient people had priests known as druids?
Celts
What type of sea creature can become "bleached" if the water temperatures is too high?
Coral
What sport is sometimes called the "sweet science"?
Boxing
What did Hansel and Gretel drop behind them to mark their trail and guide the way
back home?
Bread crumbs
What word is the antonym of hither?
Thither
45 Comments
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Level 44
Feb 25, 2014
I tried "Helen Reddy" for the "hear me roar" clue because her song "I Am Woman" has the following lyric: "I am woman, hear me roar....". Didn't think of Katy Perry. Drat!
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Level 75
Nov 30, 2019
I did the same thing even though I knew the lyrics weren't quite right.
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Level 35
Feb 25, 2014
I HOPE JB is deported!
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Level 95
Nov 23, 2017
To the moon.. mars...not this planet
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Level 76
Dec 10, 2023
Why?
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Level 76
Dec 1, 2015
Maybe accept 'Gioconda', too?
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Level 83
Aug 4, 2019
It might be worth accepting "yon" for the antonym of hither. Most dictionaries list both "hither and thither" and "hither and yon" as idioms, with the same meaning.
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Level ∞
Aug 4, 2019
Okay
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Level 68
Sep 2, 2019
Might be totally wrong, havent checked it, but isnt that yonder?
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Level 76
Oct 31, 2019
I thought 'yonder' was the opposite of 'hither', and that 'thither' was in between
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Level 77
Jan 6, 2022
Hither means "here". Thither means "there". Yon means "yonder", which means "over there".
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Level 77
Jan 6, 2022
Yon is archaic in the same way that hither and thither are archaic.
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Level 83
Apr 28, 2022
Actually, hither means “to/towards here” and thither means “to/towards there”, whilst yonder means “(over) there”.
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Level 82
Dec 10, 2023
Came here to say this AbiA. "Yonder" and "thither" don't mean the same thing as the latter implies travel towards somewhere, whereas the former doesn't. In the same way, 'whither' doesn't mean the same as 'where' as it can only be used in a context where travel is implied ("whither are you going?").

Other Germanic languages have maintained this distinction in modern day to day speech - not sure why it's become archaic in English, but there we are.

"Yon" is just a short form of "yonder". And all of these words are completely archaic.

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Level 84
Aug 4, 2019
Hansel and Gretel left a trail of white pebbles on their first journey into the woods. It was the second journey where they left breadcrumbs, which were eaten by birds.
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Level 77
Aug 4, 2019
Antonio Stradavari made all types of stringed instruments. There are also cellos and violas still being played. It isn't only violins.
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Level 56
Nov 29, 2019
This! I typed in Cello first just to see if it'd be accepted (It wasn't)
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Level 84
Aug 6, 2019
Isn't there also a golf course at Wimbledon?
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Level 79
Dec 10, 2023
There's a separate Wimbledon Park Golf Club, but the full name of the All England Club is the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
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Level 71
Aug 6, 2019
Moderately embarrassed that I was trying every "beached" animal I could think of until I re-read that it said "bleached"
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Level 82
Dec 10, 2023
Hah - I read 'anagram' instead of 'antonym' and was driving myself mad looking at the word 'hither' to try to make an anagram...
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Level 51
Nov 9, 2019
Man is the type of land creature that becomes "shrunken" if water temperatures are too low.
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Level 69
Nov 29, 2019
Omg I wrote Katy Pear lol
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Level 57
Nov 29, 2019
Thither is what you cut paper with. You thilly.
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Level 44
Jan 23, 2020
Stones should be acceptable for the Hans und Gretchel (or however it's spelled) story. That's what they did the first time, and it actually got them back home.
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Level ∞
Dec 9, 2023
That will work now.
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Level 30
Jan 23, 2020
The french fries question suggests that french fries are originally from France. They're not, they are from Belgium! Don't know why English-speaking people think otherwise
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Level 91
Jan 23, 2020
The term does not mean that they came from France, but because they were fried in the french style--i.e. lightly in fat or oil.
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Level 82
May 4, 2021
I thought it was the cut of the fries? Like french-cut green beans?
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Level 91
Jan 8, 2024
Common misconception, but they weren't french-cut potatoes, they were french-fried potatoes.
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Level 68
Oct 11, 2020
Whether they are from Belgium or France is also actually historically unclear and hotly contested. Personnally, I don't really care.
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Level 63
Dec 14, 2023
this is why belgium is a threat to society
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Level 49
May 27, 2020
No surprise that many Americans didn't get the sweet science answer, when they overhype Dossers like Deontay Wilder, Jeff Lacy and Charles Martin so much.
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Level 79
Dec 10, 2023
I didn't get the question or the last half of your comment
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Level 72
May 12, 2024
Dossers? Tyson, is that you?
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Level 64
Dec 6, 2021
Pebbles should be accepted for Hansel and Gretel, they successfully used them to find their way home the first time. They only resorted to breadcrumbs because they ran out of pebbles (and the door was locked so they couldn't get more) so breadcrumbs was all they had to work with.
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Level 78
Dec 9, 2023
I tried both Britons and Welsh before Celts for the druid question. Britons is undoubtedly a correct answer. Welsh probably is as we are an ancient civilisation and we had druids and still do
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Level 79
Dec 11, 2023
There are/were Celts in England, Wales, Scotland, NI, Ireland, Isle of Man, France, Spain, Portugal.
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Level 91
Dec 11, 2023
It took me about 5 tries to get the spelling right on the french fries question. Maybe put in a few more alts with double-ts in the 2nd word, no s in the first or second word, etc.?
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Level ∞
Dec 11, 2023
Added a double T option. Frites, pomme-frites, and pommes-frites would have all worked before.
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Level 77
Dec 12, 2023
I wonder what is supposed to be "sweet" about punching someone else in the head so hard that you knock him unconscious.
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Level 72
May 12, 2024
Ah, that’s easy, it’s the bit where you hit them on the nut, but manage to evade getting a clout yourself whilst timing your punch to hit them in the sweet spot at exactly the right moment.
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Level 68
Dec 21, 2023
Also, while "pommes frites" is undoubtedly correct, in general, we just call them "frites" in France. I don't remember ever hearing anyone call them "pommes frites" - I can imagine it happening in a very stuffy restaurant in the 1950s, but today?
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Level 22
Jan 5, 2024
Thither is not the antonym of hither, that's hence.
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Level 71
May 13, 2024
I wanted to make a quiz of "the sciences", that is, unusual nicknames for things which (mostly) aren't really sciences. But I got as far as boxing ("the sweet science"), economics ("the dismal science") and pretty much couldn't think of any others. I'm glad the sweet science showed up on a quiz because it's such a goofy nickname.