I'd like to promote obscurity in quizzes for this very reason.
Megapossum, I'm also Australian and have never heard of those places. I guess you've heard of them from a film or something, but I have no idea what.
I agree with the general sentiment that including niche American knowledge with no importance to the wider world in a world general knowledge quiz is silly. It comes across as Americans either not caring about catering to a wider audience or simply not realising that America is not the centre of the world.
Frankly, I wouldn't care if that weren't the case even if I didn't know the answer. I like learning new things.
It really depends on the person, I am from Europe, I happen to know Flagstaff. I didn't know Fairbanks, now I do.
Me: "Fictional state"
People, it's an American site, so live with it. I'm in the UK, I know this, and I'm fine with it. I see a quiz about NFL or NASCAR, and just scroll on to the next one. If you're outside the U.S and think this site is too American, write a quiz from your country and put it up..
Second, I write "pub quizzes" & try to set them so people USUALLY get 7 or 8 out of a round of 10. Sometimes they'll have a ball and get 9 or occasionally 10, and the odd time it all goes to rats and get 3 or 4. In setting them, I have to stick in a few real easy ones, and the odd bad-boy. I dont want to make it TOO easy, but i dont want people thinking they're an idiot. Point I'm trying to put is, I can't see why people complain about not getting 100% every time. The quiz is there, its a little challenge to waste a few minutes, and the quiz-setter doesnt WANT you to get 100%. be happy with 85-90-95% and learn summat from the 2 or 3 you didn't know.
North America just doesnt fit in my head. Hard to earn levels this way