U.S. General Knowledge #11

Answer these random questions with an American focus.
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What ice cream chain offered 31 flavors?
Baskin-Robbins
Who is the U.S. interstate highway system named for?
Dwight Eisenhower
What kind of animal are Chip and Dale?
Chipmunks
What is the capital of Pennsylvania?
Harrisburg
Who once lost an election by 537 votes, 5 votes, 1 vote, or negative 543,895 votes,
depending on one's perspective?
Al Gore
What industry is sometimes referred to as "Madison Avenue"?
Advertising
My bologna has a first name. What is it?
Oscar
What hill does a bill sit on before it becomes a law?
Capitol Hill
Among major American cities, which one has the highest percentage
of Chinese-Americans?
San Francisco
What city is home to the University of Michigan?
Ann Arbor
What are the three biggest cities in Montana that start with the letter B?
Billings
Bozeman
Butte
In the movie "A Christmas Story", what dangerous gift did Ralphie receive for Christmas?
Red Ryder B.B. Gun
Who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence?
John Hancock
What children's TV show featured the song "Won't You Be My Neighbor"?
Mr. Rogers'
Neighborhood
What card game uses jacks as bowers?
Euchre
What business were the Ringling Brothers involved in?
The Circus
What type of animal appeared on the "don't tread of me" flag?
Rattlesnake
What actor had to lose weight to star as Babe Ruth in the movie "The Babe"?
John Goodman
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Level 74
Jan 19, 2016
The card game 500 also has bowers. I play it all the time!
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Level 72
Apr 7, 2016
Same here - 500 involves the whole pack so requires more awareness

And there are other names for a BB gun: air rifle, slug gun, pellet gun...

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Level 61
Apr 8, 2016
Well in the movie, it's only referred to as a BB gun. Not an air rifle, pellet gun, etc., so I see no reason why you should guess any other name. If it were providing only a description of the type of gun, then that makes sense, it's not, so it doesn't.
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Level 45
Oct 9, 2017
No so. It most certainly refers to the toy as an "air rifle" multiple times.
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Level 67
Apr 7, 2016
Absolutely, I've never heard of this Euchre, and apparently neither have 80% of quiz takers. 500 should at least be accepted as a type-in, if not featured as the answer.
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Level 67
Apr 7, 2016
Euchre is far more well known, maybe 500 should work as a type in, but not the main answer. And anyone who has seen a Christmas Story should know that he wants a BB gun. an air rifle might be the same thing, but he doesn't talk about a red ryder air rifle or a red ryder pellet gun. It's a red ryder BB gun.
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Level 43
Feb 3, 2016
parliament hill could also be accepted for capitol hill
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Level 65
Apr 7, 2016
No, not when the quiz is entitled "U.S." general knowledge. There is no Parliament Hill in the U.S. on which bills wait to become laws. (The question is referencing an old cartoon show called Schoolhouse Rock which famously featured a song about "a bill sitting on Capitol Hill" hoping to become a law, a cartoon still shown in many schools to help explain how laws are passed.) "Parliament Hill" is not a legitimate alternative name for Capitol Hill, a specific place in Washington DC (just as it would not be legitimate to call the British Houses of Parliament the "houses of congress").
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Level 59
Mar 12, 2016
Does anybody anywhere in the USA say, "I am driving to Chicago/Biloxi/Seattle/Harrisburg using the Eisenhower Interstate System"?
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Level 68
Apr 7, 2016
No, but so what?
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Level 59
Apr 7, 2016
No, but I do say "I am driving to Detroit/Biloxi/Seattle/Kansas city/ Harrisburg using the Eisenhower Interstate System"?
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Level 70
Apr 7, 2016
I think it's the 'Don't tread ON me' Flag
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Level 67
Apr 7, 2016
Is anyone able to explain the Al Gore question?
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Level 47
Apr 7, 2016
No one can explain the Al Gore question. It truly is an amazing system blunder and a low point in the political process... not counting the horrific reality that either The Donald or Hillary will be the next President
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Level 61
Apr 7, 2016
Due to the contested nature of the 2000 Presidential election the numbers given are from different sources. There were recounts and then more recounts and ultimately the Supreme Court stepped in and voted to end the recount.
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Level 59
Apr 7, 2016
both the quiz question and your follow up question are great! I'm just a simply country farm boy so I'm going out on a limb. Gore received 537 fewer votes in FL than Bush. Thus, Bush won FL electoral votes. Gore had 5 fewer electoral votes than Bush. The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to stop the FL recount, so a difference of 1. However, Gore had 543,895 more popular votes than Bush.
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Level 79
Apr 7, 2016
Yes, great answer. This happens because the US is a democratic republic, not a democracy. We don't elect our president, we elect the people who elect the president...sort of, at least until this year and who the heck knows what is going to happen? I fear the whole shebang may wind up in the House to decide which won't be a good thing for anyone.
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Level 61
Apr 7, 2016
Living in Ohio I've known how to play Euchre all my life. I'm not sure if it's played in other midwestern states but it is very much a regional game
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Level 79
Apr 7, 2016
Agree. I'd never heard of it until I visited cousins in Michigan.
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Level 67
Apr 8, 2016
I've played it a number of times down in Texas, though not as often as spades, hearts, or even 42. I somewhat doubt it's strictly limited to the Midwest.
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Level 65
Apr 7, 2016
Can someone explain the "Bologna" question to me? And shouldn't it be capital B as it is a city in Italy?
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Level 21
Apr 7, 2016
I just googled it cuz I was confused too. Guess it was a song.

My Bologna has a first name,

It's O-S-C-A-R.

My bologna has a second name,

It's M-A-Y-E-R.

Oh I love to eat it everyday,

And if you ask me why say,

Cause' Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A!

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Level 65
Apr 9, 2016
Thanks. I also googled it and learned that bologna (small "b" and weird pronunciation) is an American type of sausage. I would never guess it on my own
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Level 68
Apr 7, 2016
Euchre is also a Michigan game.
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Level 78
Jun 22, 2016
It's definitely a BB gun. A pellet gun shoots a different projectile that isn't round. A slug gun shoots slugs. A BB is a Ball Bearing, a small round metal ball, a specific projectile. Air rifle or air gun would be technically correct because air propels the BB, but other air guns shoot pellets, airsoft ammo, potato pieces, marshmallows... but that's never said in the movie.

And they play Euchre in Wisconsin, too. And 500.

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Level 45
Oct 9, 2017
Nope. It's also referred to as an air rifle. Like in the Santa Claus scene. Ralphie never says bb gun. The last words he says are air rifle before the now famous line "you'll shoot your eye out kid".