U.S. General Knowledge #13

Answer these random questions with an American focus.
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With what country did the United States re-establish diplomatic relations in 2015?
Cuba
What American fairy tale character fell asleep for twenty years?
Rip Van Winkle
What type of creature is Pepé Le Pew?
Skunk
Whose dictionary, completed in 1825, standardized American spelling?
Noah Webster's
What county of Iowa is famous for its covered bridges, and was featured
in a movie starring Clint Eastwood?
Madison County
What crop was farmed by Jimmy Carter?
Peanuts
What now illegal crop did George Washington grow on his estate?
Hemp
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
What is the most advanced fighter plane currently made by the United States?
F-22 Raptor or
F-35 Lightning II
Where did the New York Philharmonic perform, before moving to Lincoln Center in 1962?
Carnegie Hall
What country did 15 of the September 11th hijackers come from?
Saudi Arabia
What TV character said "I am the one who knocks"?
Walter White
What cable station broadcasts the proceedings of U.S. Congress?
C-SPAN
Which Las Vegas casino has an ancient Roman theme?
Caesars Palace
Whose cow was blamed for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871?
Mrs. O'Leary's
What are the two most common female middle names in the United States
(according to namenerds.com)?
Marie
Ann / Anne
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 76
Mar 16, 2016
Two "Winkles" in the same quiz? Well done!
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Level 71
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 81
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 79
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 72
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 71
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 77
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 62
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 66
Apr 7, 2016
Typically there are only two candidates, so when there is a third, (s)he is memorable.
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Level 72
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 75
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 81
Jun 7, 2016
Nice quiz. I took an interest in the girls' middle names. For what it's worth, the source you cited, Namenerds.com, got their information from what they call "a very un-scientific survey," with 9203 respondents at this time.

On the other hand, Mooseroots.com looked at the U.S. Soc. Security Death Index, with 57 million names. They came up with this list for 2010-2015:

1. Marie

2. Grace

3. Rose

4. Ann

5. Elizabeth

And this list for 2000-2009

1. Marie

2. Nicole

3. Elizabeth

4. Ann

5. Lynn

I'm not critiquing your quiz. But I think there *is* a lesson there (for all of us) about sources of information.

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Level 79
Jun 19, 2016
I'm trying to understand how the F-22 Raptor is more advanced than the F-35 Lightning II, the most expensive military weapons system in history.
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Level 35
Jun 19, 2016
Probably because it's not in use yet and may never will be.
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Level 75
Jun 19, 2016
It is more advanced, but no F-35s are in service right now. Therefore the best fighter in service is the F-22. One of the few things that makes the F-35 "more developed" (but not necessarily better) is it's HUD (head-up display) within the helmet.
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Level 53
Jun 3, 2020
The F-22 is far more advanced than any other plane in US history. It is so advanced, in fact, that it is the only plane that is not allowed to be sold to other countries because of the amount of proprietary technologies. The reason it wasn't so expensive as a project was because it was cancelled after only a few were made because of the very high per unit cost. The F-35 is a more expensive program overall because they are manufacturing a lot more plane. In addition, there are three varieties of the F-35 (A, B, and C)and manufacturing all three is very expensive.
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Level 70
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 80
Jun 19, 2016
van winkle doesn't work?
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Level 72
Jun 19, 2016
It's 3 extra letters and a space. Go the distance.
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Level 52
Mar 8, 2017
lol
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Level 71
Jun 19, 2016
Yep, I missed it because of that and assumed that perhaps there was another version in America. Also missed out on Marie as middle name after trying Mary and Maria!
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Level 58
Jun 19, 2016
I typed F17 and then successively added one to the number until it was right.
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Level 73
Jun 19, 2016
"Caesar's" alone isn't enough?
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Level 79
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 47
Nov 22, 2016
Could Caesars also be accepted as an answer for Caesars Palace?
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Level 76
Dec 12, 2016
Marijuana?
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Level 77
Feb 11, 2018
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Level 89
Nov 12, 2018
The F-35 is now in service – perhaps this should be updated?
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Level ∞
Nov 12, 2018
Not sure which one is more advanced. Either will be accepted.