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Houston Trivia

Can you answer these questions about the city of Houston?
Last updated: November 03, 2017
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Who is Houston named for?
Sam Houston
What is the name of Houston's baseball team?
Houston Astros
What industry are 6 of Houston's 7 largest companies involved in?
Oil
If you drive east from Houston on I-10, what's the first major city you will hit?
New Orleans
What agency's Mission Control is located in Houston?
NASA
What hurricane caused major flooding in 2017?
Harvey
What Houston native has sung "Crazy in Love", "Irreplacable", and "Single Ladies"?
Beyoncé Knowles
What four words came after "Houston" in the movie "Apollo 13"?
We have a problem
Who is Houston's "intercontinental" airport named for?
George H.W. Bush
What controversial Houston company was once led by Dick Cheney?
Halliburton
What celebrity pastor leads Lakewood Church, the largest church in the U.S.?
Joel Osteen
Houston has one of these that is over 500 feet wide - the widest in the world by some
standards. What is it?
a Freeway
Houston gets over 2.5 million visitors annually to this event - more than twice as
many as Calgary. What type of event is it?
The Rodeo
What Houston rock trio is known for long beards, top hats, and the song "Sharp Dressed Man"?
ZZ Top
What TV sitcom does Houston native Jim Parsons appear in?
The Big Bang Theory
What energy trading company was revealed to be a massive fraud in 2001?
Enron
By city proper population, Houston is the 4th largest city in the U.S.. What city is 5th?
Phoenix
What county is Houston located in?
Harris
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level 70
Nov 2, 2017
I must be a Texan...for first major city I first typed Beaumont. And, "first" is misspelled.
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level ∞
Nov 3, 2017
Fixed the typo
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level 69
Nov 4, 2017
I tried Beaumont at first, too. But the actual answer was my second guess.
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level 70
Nov 6, 2017
I tried Beaumont, then Baton Rouge, but then I got it on the third try.
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level 80
Nov 7, 2017
define major city
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level 58
Jul 4, 2018
West Memphis
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level 67
Nov 9, 2017
went with beaumont as well
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level 67
Jan 4, 2018
Beaumont, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge. Especially Baton Rouge -- it's the capital of Louisiana and I-10 cuts directly through the center of it before continuing to New Orleans.
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level 70
Nov 3, 2017
A Houston quiz that doesn't mention the Rothko Chapel? That was the only reason I visited Houston!
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level 53
Nov 6, 2017
I live in Houston and have never heard of the Rothko Chapel....sounds interesting though
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level 67
Nov 9, 2017
lived in houston and never heard of it
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level 58
Jul 4, 2018
Looks like a conference room on Doctor Who. From the 70s.
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level 62
Nov 4, 2017
Isn't the 5th city Philadelphia?
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level 70
Nov 4, 2017
The Census Bureau estimates that Phoenix has been bigger than Philadelphia for a couple years now. https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2016/PEPANNRSIP.US12A
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level 54
Nov 4, 2017
Good quiz, although I'm not sure how a question about the next largest city fits the category as a question about Houston.
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level 74
Nov 4, 2017
I was waiting for someone to say this....and I totally agree. On the other hand, I'm sure the Quizmaster was scraping the bottom of the barrel for questions that wouldn't be too obscure. And since I got it right, I'll take it.
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level 59
Nov 4, 2017
"Bottom of the barrel"! Fake news - must be at least 100 suitable questions to ask - e.g. name the 25 man squad for the World Series champions of 2017.
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level 74
Nov 5, 2017
Sure there are many more questions, but how many people around the country (or the world) would have a chance of knowing the answers? This quiz has pretty much reached the limit of general knowledge about Houston that the average person on the street would know.
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level 71
Nov 8, 2017
Except that how are people around the country or the world more likely to get it because it's got Phoenix in the answer? I agree with pamu, this question doesn't fit this quiz.
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level 74
Nov 9, 2017
Valid point, they're not more likely to get it. But as I said, I'll take it because I got it right. I still think the question doesn't really belong but a replacement question would probably be too obscure for me to know, and I'll take points any way I can get them. Maybe the quiz should just be one question shorter.
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level 63
Jan 4, 2018
I had the same thought about the next largest city. Doesn't really seem to be a question about "Houston." How about a question about the best defensive player in the NFL? :)
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level 64
Nov 4, 2017
I think NOLA should be acceptable for New Orleans. It is commonly called that by Louisianans and folks in the south
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level 71
Nov 8, 2017
Agreed. Please accept NOLA for New Orleans :)
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level 40
Nov 5, 2017
it's just sad that 63% of people don't know that hurricane Harvey hit Houston. it was everywhere on the news.
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level 75
Nov 6, 2017
No, 63% know it. And a good part of the rest probably just have forgotten the name of the hurricane, but not the fact that a hurricane hit Houston.
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level 64
Nov 6, 2017
It actually took me a few moments to remember the hurricane's name, thanks to all the multiple giant hurricanes all in a row. And I even had family that were evacuated via canoe! (They're all safe & sound.)
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level 74
Nov 6, 2017
Even as someone born in Beaumont I can overlook the slight, but I would hazard that Baton Rouge is a major city.
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level 58
Aug 2, 2018
It's a major city of Louisiana, yes. The U.S.? Not by a long shot.
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level 58
Nov 6, 2017
"Motorway" not good enough?
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level 71
Nov 8, 2017
highway was accepted
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level 63
Jan 4, 2018
No one in Houston uses the term "motorway."
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level 67
Nov 9, 2017
disappointed the ghetto boys got no love
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level 39
Mar 31, 2018
Don't know much about Houston. Got "Sam", the Apollo question and Beyonce Knowles. Thought the Rodeo was "Running with the Bulls", as that's what done in Calvary.
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level 58
Jul 4, 2018
Harold and Maude nod perhaps?
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