U.S. General Knowledge #13

Can you answer these random questions with an American focus?
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What nearby country has been embargoed by the United States since 1961?
Cuba
What type of creature is Pepé Le Pew?
Skunk
Whose dictionary, completed in 1825, standardized American spelling?
Noah Webster's
What crop was farmed by Jimmy Carter?
Peanuts
What once-illegal crop was farmed by George Washington?
Hemp
What county in Iowa is famous for its covered bridges, and was featured
in a movie starring Clint Eastwood?
Madison County
What famous mail delivery service operated across the American West in 1860 and 1861?
Pony Express
What is the northernmost major city in the lower 48 U.S. states?
Seattle
Where did the New York Philharmonic perform before moving to Lincoln Center in 1962?
Carnegie Hall
What cable station broadcasts the proceedings of U.S. Congress?
C-SPAN
Which Las Vegas casino has an ancient Roman theme?
Caesars Palace
What is the most common female middle name in the United States?
Marie
What words appeared on the Gadsden flag?
Don't Tread on Me
What American fairy tale character fell asleep for twenty years?
Rip Van Winkle
What is composed of Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls?
Niagara Falls
Colorado is known as the "Centennial State". In what year was it admitted to the Union?
1876
What three letter agency was founded in 1947 as a successor to the
Office of Strategic Services?
CIA
What type of person would supposedly wear a tin star on their shirt in the Old West?
Sheriff
What Crayola crayon color, starting with the letter P, is a pale blue?
Periwinkle
Who finished 3rd in the 1992 Presidential election?
Ross Perot
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Level 78
Mar 16, 2016
Two "Winkles" in the same quiz? Well done!
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Level 70
Sep 15, 2022
Six years later, I came here to make the same remark!
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Level 69
Apr 1, 2016
I'm really suprised at how many people got the name of a guy who finished 3rd in the 1992 Presidential election. Is this man well-known or something? (from a curious non-American)
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Level 84
May 18, 2016
Well, the Ross Perot case is rather well-known, even outside the US, because he was one of the rare independant candidates to ever get a serious score.
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Level 82
Jun 19, 2016
Plus he was shown in that episode of The Simpsons where Kang and Kodos replaced Clinton and Dole.
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Level 75
Apr 3, 2022
Don't blame me! I voted for Kodos.
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Level 71
Jun 9, 2016
Yeah, usually the third place finisher is from a very minor party and ends up with like .00000002% of the popular vote. Ross Perot was actually included in debates and everything, and he wound up with nearly 20% of the total vote. No third party has ever come close to that since then, but this year's (2016's) Libertarian slate comprises two former Republicans who were very popular governors in their day. They might have the biggest non-big-two showing since Perot (although nowhere as big as his, I can't imagine).
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Level 76
Dec 13, 2020
Make that 0.2% 😉
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Level 70
Sep 15, 2022
Has a politician ever undone themselves in fewer words? “And what is Aleppo?” Bye, fella!
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Level 71
Sep 15, 2022
Yeah, that was... memorable for all the wrong reasons. I heard about it through an American channel I follow on YT, and when I heard that line, I just had to stare into the distance for a minute and think about everything.
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Level 74
Jun 19, 2016
He is also a very memorable business leader with "larger than life" personality. He personally funded a mission to rescue his endangered employees in Iran. His debate performances were legendary, lecturing the other candidates "Can I finish?!?!"
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Level 37
Jun 22, 2016
Perot received a much larger share of votes (almost 20%) than is typical for "third party" candidates. Bill Clinton would probably not have won the election if not for Perot and Bush splitting the conservative vote.
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Level 80
Feb 11, 2018
The analysis of results shows that Perot didn't have a significant influence either way. Of course it's a big question what would happen if he didn't participate at all.
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Level 63
Mar 15, 2018
Perot also had the distinction of being left-handed, as were the other two candidates. No matter who had won, we would have ended up with a lefty POTUS.
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Level 67
Apr 7, 2016
Typically there are only two candidates, so when there is a third, (s)he is memorable.
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Level 71
Jun 9, 2016
Actually, the Green Party, Libertarians, and Socialists usually manage to get candidates on the ballot, but as you just proved, no one ever thinks anything of them :-)
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Level 47
Jun 19, 2016
Yeah, but the question asks "made". "Currently in use" would be a better fit for the answer.
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Level 82
Jun 19, 2016
Ross Perot is a very important third-party candidate in history though. If not for him, Bush Sr. likely would have been re-elected and Clinton would not have become president (that election).
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Level 69
Sep 16, 2022
rather than the clunky (s)he, i think what you're after is the word 'they'
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Level 71
Jun 19, 2016
I think it should be noted that 'Hemp' grown in Washington's time and the Cannabis used by 'dopes for dope' are not the same thing.
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Level 59
Jun 19, 2016
As a non American, I just took the quiz out of curiosity. Impressed that I got 10/20. NOT impressed with only one point! Surely 50% deserves at least 2?!
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Level 84
Apr 4, 2022
nah
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Level 77
Jun 19, 2016
If you had said purple-blue rather than pale blue I would have gotten periwinkle. Sky blue is the only pale blue Crayon I could think of.
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Level 78
May 11, 2018
I think I also remember a "Pacific" blue at some point, but I'm color blind so what do I know - I just read the names and make the rest up in my head.
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Level 76
Dec 12, 2016
Marijuana?
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Level 80
Feb 11, 2018
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Level 73
Apr 3, 2022
Got 19/20. The one I missed was most common female middle name. The answer is also my only sister's middle name. smh
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Level 82
Apr 3, 2022
I was told by a Catholic girlfriend that every family has to give a daughter the middle name, Mary. I was surprised when that didn't work, and tried Marie just for the hell of it.
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Level 71
Sep 15, 2022
Am I the only one who just finds that creepy?
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Level 67
Apr 4, 2022
My mom would never spring for the big box of crayons. So thanks to "Snatch" for making me aware of periwinkle's existence. I'll forever hear Brad Pitt saying, "She's terribly partial to the periwinkle blue".
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Level 74
Apr 11, 2022
I'm curious about the crayon question. Is Crayola an American-only company, or is that color specifically American?
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Level 76
Apr 28, 2022
Argrhhhh.. I tried Mary and Maria but not Marie..
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Level 67
Sep 15, 2022
Yeah, Mary too, for me.
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Level 66
Sep 15, 2022
Lately on Jetpunk:

Quizzes on Europe:

what is the capital of France?

Quizzes on the US

what is the name of this obscure person who was on a specific news channel in 1972?

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Level 84
Sep 16, 2022
yeah, that's totally accurate, and worth pointing out on a quiz specifically labeled as US knowledge. ::eyeroll::
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Level 66
Sep 17, 2022
my point is that US quizzes are ridiculously hard, whereas most questions on Europe are superficial at best.
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Level 82
Sep 18, 2022
I can't comment on the difficulty of Europe centered quizzes, in general, but as best I recall, most aren't ridiculously easy or superficial for this American. I found this particular American-centered quiz to be quite easy - my only stumbling block was the Mary / Maria / Marie question, that others have commented on.
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Level 84
Sep 22, 2022
We got your point, footy. Maybe you didn't get mine. I was being sarcastic.