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May Smart People's Quiz

A lot of people have been fooled by our April Fools' Quizzes. Can you guess the correct answers to the questions that were posed?
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Last updated: April 3, 2019
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April Fools'
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In what country was President Obama born?
Kenya
United States
What is the capital of Turkey?
Istanbul
Ankara
What is the national animal of Canada?
Moose
Beaver
What is 2 + 3 * 5 + 6?
31
23
What is the biggest country that starts with the letter A?
America
Australia
What is the word for a young horse?
Pony
Foal
What was the capital of the Incan Empire?
Machu Picchu
Cusco
What is the rainiest major city in the U.S.?
Seattle
New Orleans
What spicy green paste can be found at most sushi restaurants?
Wasabi
Horseradish
Who was the first European to discover North America?
Christopher Columbus
Leif Erikson
In what modern-day country would you find the birthplace
of Alexander the Great?
Macedonia
Greece
What is the largest part of the U.S. budget?
Military
Social Security
What is the world's fattest country?
United States
Nauru
What was invented by Englishman Tim Berners-Lee?
The Internet
World Wide Web
What is the capital of British Columbia?
Vancouver
Victoria
What country invented the word "soccer"?
America
United Kingdom
What's the biggest city on the island of Hawaii?
Honolulu
Hilo
What do etymologists study?
Insects
Word origins
Correctly spell the capital of Kentucky
Louisville
Frankfort
What U.S. state was home to the Wright Brothers?
North Carolina
Ohio
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level 72
Apr 3, 2019
Arguably Hilo is the rainiest city, unless you think 50-odd thousand population makes it not "major". Maybe specify a population size rather than "major", which is kinda open to interpretation? On my only visit to that city it just rained and rained!
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level 69
Apr 4, 2019
50k people is a medium sized town to me, which just goes to prove your point about it being subjective I guess
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level 79
Apr 4, 2019
I was thinking the other way, that New Orleans isn't major enough. My first inclinations were Miami and Houston. --edit-- Upon further review, New York gets a tenth of an inch more rain than Houston. I would have never guessed that.
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level 82
Apr 4, 2019
I'd think "major" would be one that most foreigners would be likely to know. New Orleans is tons of times more well-known that Hilo and that's not just because of Katrina.
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level 61
May 1, 2019
Yeah, but because of its culture, not its size. New Orleans is smaller than Colorado Springs, Aurora, Bakersfield, Mesa, Tucson, and some other cities that people probably don't think are "major." I myself think New Orleans is a major city, but that just supports the point that "major" needs some kind of descriptor. I don't think it's just size, because cities like New Orleans and Atlanta are much more "major" to most people than bigger cities like El Paso and Jacksonville.
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level 40
May 1, 2019
Most non-Americans would consider Colorado Springs and Mesa to be part of Denver and Phoenix respectively.
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level 70
Apr 3, 2019
Despite the question reading, "Correctly spell the capital of Kentucky", I definitely got it with the misspelling "Frankfurt".
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level ∞
Apr 3, 2019
Whoops. Automatic type-ins. Now fixed.
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level 77
Apr 3, 2019
With the renaming of Macedonia, is the April Fools version of the Alexander the Great question obsolete?
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level 83
Apr 4, 2019
Why would it be? He was born in the area of Pella, Greece. That area continues to belong to Greece, even though Macedonia changed it's name...
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level 79
May 1, 2019
I think the argument is that, since there's technically no longer a country called "Macedonia," it's no longer a "trick question."
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level 74
Apr 3, 2019
How about a colt?
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level 69
Apr 3, 2019
Or yearling or filly.
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level 78
Apr 4, 2019
The only answer that truly fits is foal. Colt and filly depend on gender, and yearling only describes a horse between the ages of 1 and 2 which is young, but not inclusive of those under the age of 1.
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level 80
Apr 5, 2019
But the general way the question is worded would indicate that any of those answers should work.
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level 69
Apr 3, 2019
Must admit got a couple correct by accident while attempting answers to other questions.
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level 77
Apr 4, 2019
Isn't the Canadian horse also a national animal of Canada?
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level 71
Apr 4, 2019
What's the deal with the wasabi one? Yes wasabi is a Japanese form of horseradish, but the paste made from it and offered at Japanese restaurants does seem normally to be called wasabi, whether it's made from the Japanese or western variety. Presumably I'm missing something - can someone enlighten me?
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level 82
Apr 4, 2019
I agree that was a bit confusing.
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level 64
Apr 4, 2019
japanese restaurants don't serve proper wasabi, they just serve any regular old horseradish with green dye
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level 78
Apr 5, 2019
My neighbor has a couple of Asian/sushi restaurants and he says that real wasabi is way too expensive and way to hard to get because of the difficulty in growing it and that most people don' t know the difference in it anyway.
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level 66
May 1, 2019
Wasabi and horseradish are actually two different species, although they belong to the same family of plants.
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level 51
May 1, 2019
Isn't horseradish an instrument?
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level 70
Apr 5, 2019
Surprised, and gratified, that no one is complaining about the math question.
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level 71
Apr 6, 2019
The quiz is young. Give it time :-/
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level 40
May 4, 2019
lol my brain automatically supplied brackets that aren't there so I had to go back and think hard to work out how that was the answer :P
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level 71
Apr 6, 2019
How did the Naruans (?) get so fat? I know they used to be rich, but I thought those halcyon days were over.
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level 76
Apr 8, 2019
The BMI is not canon.
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level 76
Apr 8, 2019
When they got filthy rich, they changed their fishing and agriculture-based diet and lifestyle, and started a more sedentary lifestyle with all the goodies from the Western world...
Until they weren't rich anymore. However, when that happened, they couldn't go back to the fishing and agriculture-based diet and lifestyle, making their health an awful mess.
TL;DR: Take the "couch potato" stereotype so much applied to Americans, put it in a Pacific island and add turbo: You have nowadays Nauruans.
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level ∞
May 1, 2019
There's a genetic component as well. Samoans (and probably Nauruans too), are much more likely to have a gene associated with obesity.
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level 77
May 1, 2019
Was this posted today because it's my birthday? Am I a May Smart Person?
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level ∞
May 1, 2019
Happy Birthday!
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level 40
May 2, 2019
wait that's my bday too
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level 43
May 1, 2019
So irritated at getting the highest US expenditure as I guessed welfare because that's what we call social security in Australia
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level 59
May 1, 2019
Is welfare acceptable for social security?
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level 66
May 3, 2019
Although welfare is true, the US gov doesn’t lump the various programs together like that. Thus social security is the only correct answer.
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level 55
May 1, 2019
Another very US-centric quiz.
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level 65
May 1, 2019
Boo hoo.
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level 61
May 8, 2019
...which is located on a US web site. What is your point? The creators of this US-based web site go out of their way to make non-US centric quizzes for those such as you. And non-US users are not the majority of the quiztakers here. So, if you ask me, they do a pretty darn good job of catering to you.
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level 59
May 1, 2019
Would "languages" not be an appropriate answer for what etymologists study?
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level 61
May 1, 2019
The study of languages, i.e., linguistics, is a more inclusive category. It includes etymology, but it also includes grammar, syntax, phonemes, etc. To answer the clue with "language" is not to be wrong in an abstract sense, since all languages have words, but it isn't correct owing to a lack of precision.
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level 63
May 1, 2019
If simply word(s) is accepted, which i tried first to see if it worked before adding the essential "origins of" part. Then i feel languages should be accepted too. They dont study words, but the origin of them. Same logic.
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level 49
May 2, 2019
Social Security is NOT part of the federal government a law passed in 1990 declared it not part of the federal budget
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level 51
May 6, 2019
Then why does the deposit detail say US treasury?
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level 61
May 8, 2019
I am not an expert here, so this is just me speculating. But, I gather that the social security tax withholding that most of us find on our pay stubs is not enough to cover the costs of the program. There are many who don't pay into it, but still draw from it, such as those who are here illegally and have managed to get into the system. Also, because our government does a horrible job of managing anything, especially when it comes to money, mismanagement of the fund has likely also contributed to shortages. So, I assume that the federal budget must include something to keep social security functioning. Again, this is my completely uneducated opinion.
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level 71
May 29, 2019
It is part of the budget. You might be confused with mandatory vs discretionary budget. It's not part of the discretionary budget but it is the majority of the mandatory budget. Combine mandatory and discretionary budget and it is still the majority of the overall budget.
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level 52
Jun 28, 2019
Why are most questions about U.S?
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