General Knowledge True False #2

Try to guess whether these random statements are true or false.
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Last updated: October 14, 2020
First submittedOctober 13, 2020
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1. According to Buddhism, once a person reaches "nirvana" their body vanishes and their soul ascends to heaven
True
False
2. Caramel is made by heating sugar
True
False
3. The pop singer Madonna was born in England
True
False
She was born in Michigan
4. Mandarin and Cantonese are mutually intelligible
True
False
5. On a clear day, it is possible to see England from France
True
False
6. Mount Everest is a volcano
True
False
7. Malaria is spread by mosquitoes
True
False
8. The United States emits more carbon dioxide than any other country
True
False
China emits more than twice as much
9. The trail of ectoplasm left behind by ghosts in "Ghostbusters" is based on a real scientific phenomenon
True
False
There is no scientific evidence of ghosts
10. Greece's flag has two colors: blue and white
True
False
11. Elephants are good swimmers
True
False
Elephants have been recorded swimming for 6 hours straight, covering a distance of 48 kilometers. They use their trunks as snorkels!
12. Enya is a heavy metal band
True
False
Enya is a Celtic / New Age singer
13. Computer chips are generally made of silicon
True
False
14. It is possible to manufacture synthetic diamond gemstones
True
False
Sythetic diamond gemstones are widely available
15. The Spanish word for hat is "sombrero"
True
False
16. Turkeys are capable of flying for short bursts, such as onto a roof
True
False
17. If you roll a pair of dice, every possible outcome from 2 to 12 is equally likely
True
False
18. The average man has a lower body fat percentage than the average woman
True
False
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Level 82
Oct 14, 2020
Fun quiz! I got them all right, but guessed on a couple. I also had to stop myself from overthinking the definition of "good swimmer" and "THE Spanish word for hat." Very enjoyable, and a welcome five points! ;)
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Level 79
Oct 14, 2020
Fun quiz! Unusual for me, in that 1) I got them all on the first try, and 2) I had to guess on more than usual.. :-)
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Level 64
Oct 15, 2020
For the 14% of people who thought Madonna was born in England, were you taken in by that ridiculous accent she inexplicably adopted in the 00s when married to Guy "Mockney" Ritchie?
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Level 64
Oct 15, 2020
I always thought she was from Detroit.
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Level 51
Oct 15, 2020
I don't know anything abt Madonna so I didn't know where she was born lol
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Level 37
Oct 15, 2020
I don't understand Q17 If you roll a pair of dice, every possible outcome from 2 to 12 is equally likely. If the "outcome" means a sum of values, how can be the correct answer "false"?
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Level 68
Oct 15, 2020
No, because if the 2 dice were equal, here are the probabilities of getting each sum:

2 = 1/36 = 2.777%

3 = 2/36 (or 1/18) = 5.555%

4 = 3/36 (or 1/12) = 8.333%

5 = 4/36 (or 1/9) = 11.111%

6 = 5/36 = 13.888%

7 = 6/36 (or 1/6) = 16.666%

8 = 5/36 = 13.888%

9 = 4/36 (or 1/9) = 11.111%

10 = 3/36 (or 1/12) = 8.333%

11 = 2/36 (or 1/18) = 5.555%

12 = 1/36 = 2.777%

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Level 37
Oct 15, 2020
Thanks!
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Level 63
Oct 15, 2020
I feel this is just more specific in saying the outcomes are not equal not why they are not equal. There's only one way to get 2, roll snake eyes. There's only one way to get 12, roll box cars. There's six ways to get 7: rolling 3 and 4, 5 and 2, or 6 and 1 (and their inverses).
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Level 65
Nov 9, 2020
@mteagle128 thank you for your explanation. Really simplified!!!
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Level 72
Oct 15, 2020
2 or 12 both have a 1/36 chance of appearing. In contrast, 7 has a 6/36 chance of appearing. The results are not all equally likely.
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Level 32
Oct 15, 2020
listen here,

Ectoplasm is a thing. Update the quiz or ELSE.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ectoplasm_(cell_biology)

:)

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Level 61
Oct 19, 2020
Agree, we all know ghosts don't exist, but ectoplasm does. Poorly worded question.
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Level 61
Oct 23, 2020
Agree. Terrible question. I selected 'True' because ectoplasm is a real scientific phenomenon, not because there is scientific evidence of ghosts emitting it. Just feels snarky and gotchya to go with "False, because ghosts aren't real...". Weak.
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Level 44
Nov 16, 2020
They specifically ask if the ectoplasm from Ghostbusters is based on a real scientific phenomenon. It's not.