General Knowledge True False #2

Try to guess whether these random statements are true or false.
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Last updated: January 22, 2021
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. Pork consumption is forbidden by Islamic dietary laws
True
False
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 84
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 20
Jan 23, 2021
Same! I kept thinking over myself xD, BUT, I stuck to my gut and got 14:(
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Level 81
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 66
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 70
Oct 15, 2020
I always thought she was from Detroit.
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Level 73
Jan 21, 2021
She's from one of the suburbs to the north of Detroit, although I've forgotten which one.
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Level 66
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 61
Jan 22, 2021
She could have been born in England, moved to the US as a baby and still have a fully American accent.
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Level 41
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 71
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 41
Oct 15, 2020
Thanks!
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Level 64
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 66
Nov 9, 2020
@mteagle128 thank you for your explanation. Really simplified!!!
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Level 72
Jan 15, 2021
If you keep this in mind, playing Monopoly becomes a little easier.
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Level 71
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 38
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 ∞
Jan 22, 2021
This question has been replaced.
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Level 61
Jan 22, 2021
Your replaced the question, but you didn't replace the little explanation when it's done. I was wondering why I saw "There is no scientific evidence of ghosts" under a question about pork consumption...
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Level 67
Jan 22, 2021
That was really there ? Hah too bad it ha's been fixed before I saw that :)
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Level 73
Jan 21, 2021
I only got the nirvana, diamond and sombrero questions wrong
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Level 61
Jan 21, 2021
can the question about mandarin/cantonese be phrased a bit more clearly? i surely can’t be the only one who misunderstood what mutually intelligible means (i thought it meant you could tell the difference between them, and so got the opposite of the correct answer). i know what you have is correct, but perhaps it could be in layman’s terms - a speaker of one can understand the other and vice versa.
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Level 59
Jan 21, 2021
Mutually intelligible means both can understand the other. It's a common misconception, because the different languages of China are sometimes referred to as "Chinese", when they are completely different languages (not dialects). Contrarily, American English, British English, and Australian English may use different words, phrases, and spellings, but the speakers can all understand each other.
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Level 79
Jan 21, 2021
"but the speakers can all understand each other"

Debatable.

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Level 67
Jan 21, 2021
I remember meeting a bloke from Alabama in a pub in Seoul and not understanding a single word he said. It was like he'd just abandoned consonants altogether.
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Level 49
Jan 21, 2021
Hey what's Enya

Enya mom

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Level 66
Jan 21, 2021
Something about the "sombrero" question made me wrinkle my nose. "Sombrero" is *a* word for hat, but the word "gorro" is more common. I thought the question was trying to trick us, because most English speakers think of the giant hat with the wide brim when we hear "sombrero." My experience with Spanish has been that "sombrero" means a hat with a brim that goes all the way around, like a bowler or fedora. A ballcap or ski cap would be "gorro." I think the question could be worded a little better.
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Level 60
Jan 22, 2021
1) Mandarin and Cantonse are mutually intelligible if we are talking written language. 2) Mosquitoes are the vectors/spreaders/carriers of the parasite plasmodium, not the disease "malaria." 3) Obviously 51% of test takers don't think ghosts are real. That answer is a non-sequitor to the question. "based on" is a rather flexible condition.
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Level ∞
Jan 22, 2021
I don't see how a reasonable person could look at the statement "malaria is spread by mosquitos" and somehow twist the answer into false... The question is accurate, as is the Cantonese/Mandarin one.

However, we have replaced the Ectoplasm question since it was obviously causing confusion.

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Level 63
Jan 22, 2021
As a cook and baker, I definitely take issue with the "caramel" question. Yes, sugar is part of it, and yes, it involves heat, but more goes into making caramel than just sugar and heat. Simply heating sugar is not going to create caramel - you need some sort of liquid to dissolve the sugar in and to add body to it so that it reaches the stage of "caramel". You can use water and sugar, butter and sugar, or milk/cream and sugar.
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Level ∞
Jan 22, 2021
Here's where I got my information:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caramel

"Caramel (/ˈkærəmɛl/ or /ˈkɑːrməl/[1][2]) is a medium to dark-orange confectionery product made by heating a variety of sugars."

"The process of caramelization consists of heating sugar slowly to around 170 °C (340 °F)."

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Level 23
Jan 26, 2021
so you agree that caramel is made from heating sugar. What exactly is your issue?
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Level 78
Jan 22, 2021
On the answer about pork being forbidden by Islamic law the answer says "there is no scientific evidence of ghosts".......
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Level ∞
Jan 22, 2021
Fixed, lol.
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Level 57
Feb 8, 2021
So you're saying there is scientific evidence of ghosts?
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Level 57
Feb 8, 2021
I knew that Nirvana didn't make your body disappear but I didn't know that caramel was made by heating sugar...
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Level 28
Feb 12, 2021
I am a Cantonese speaker and I think that Cantonese and Mandarin are mutually intelligible, at least to a certain degree...