U.S. General Knowledge #17

Answer these random questions with an American focus.
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What TV show starred Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff?
Baywatch
What San Diego theme park once featured a killer whale named Shamu?
Sea World
Complete the sequence: G, PG, PG-13, R, …
NC-17
What Christmas song reached #1 on the pop charts in 1942, 1945, and 1947?
White Christmas
What words are written on the seal of the United States?
E Pluribus Unum
What President promised to keep the U.S. out of WWI?
Woodrow Wilson
What former NFL star was known as "The Juice"?
O.J. Simpson
What girl group was Beyoncé a part of before going solo?
Destiny's Child
What African-American rights group was founded by W.E.B. DuBois and others in 1909?
NAACP
What newspaper comic strip was named after two famous theologians?
Calvin and Hobbes
What is the most famous geyser in Yellowstone National Park?
Old Faithful
Who is usually credited with making the first flag of the United States?
Betsy Ross
In what city would you be most likely to hear something described as "wicked pissah"?
Boston
What chain store founder was the richest person in America in the 1980s?
Sam Walton
What Presidential candidate saw a collapse in popularity
after "screaming" into a bad microphone?
Howard Dean
What state's motto is "if you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you"?
Michigan
What was the native language of President Martin Van Buren?
Dutch
At what Revolutionary War battle was it said "don’t fire until you
see the whites of their eyes"?
Battle of Bunker Hill
What cult leader met a fiery end in Waco, Texas in 1993?
David Koresh
What did Bruce Jenner change her name to in 2015?
Caitlyn Jenner
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Level 83
Nov 17, 2016
Nice quiz! Like seeing my all-time favorite comic strip on here!
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Level 87
Nov 17, 2016
George Washington did not say the famous quote on Bunker Hill; he wasn't at the battle. It's still unclear who said it or whether it was even said.
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Level ∞
Nov 17, 2016
D'oh! Fixed.
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Level 76
Jan 24, 2017
It is usually attributed to Colonel William Prescott, but Frenchy is correct, there is no proof he said it or if it was even said at that battle. I like to think it was.
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Level 79
Nov 18, 2016
There's no verifiable evidence that indicates Betsy Ross actually made the first flag. Research suggests that her grandson made the story up around the time of the centennial in 1876.
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Level ∞
Nov 18, 2016
Interesting. Changed the question a little bit to reflect this.
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Level 81
Nov 18, 2016
I got it, but wouldn't the clue be better as "What newspaper COMIC strip was named after two famous theologians"?
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Level ∞
Nov 18, 2016
Whoops. Added the missing word.
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Level 69
Nov 19, 2016
Tough quiz, if you're a non-American. Good though. One of those where I'd like to see the split in scores between American (and possibly Canadian) takers and those of us from the rest of the world.
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Level 80
Jan 24, 2017
Are we blaming the microphone now for Howard Dean?
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Level 25
Jan 24, 2017
Thomas Hobbes was definitely not a theologian.

He was a philosopher and political theorist, and is generally credited within the discipline as the first political scientist (he tried to bring the then-current understanding of science to the study of politics).

Perhaps the description could read something like "a theologian and a philosopher."

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Level 85
Jan 24, 2017
Hobbes was a philosopher, not a theologian.
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Level 44
Apr 10, 2020
What the hell is the difference?
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Level 74
Jan 24, 2017
It would be more accurate to say that Koresh met his end "near Waco, Texas," since it actually happened more than 10 miles outside the city.
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Level 44
Apr 10, 2020
Why is this necessary? If you know it you know it.
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Level 41
Jan 24, 2017
The motto of the united states is no longer E Pluribus Unum, it was changed amidst anti-communist fears in the 50's to "In God We Trust."
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Level ∞
Jan 24, 2017
Looked it up, and you are partially right. The motto is "In God We Trust", but "E Pluribus Unum" was never officially the motto! In any case, the question has been fixed.
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Level 62
Jan 24, 2017
Ahh, the good ol' days, when making a funny-sounding yell was all it took to derail your presidential campaign.
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Level 60
Jan 24, 2017
The motto of the US is "In God We Trust". "E Pluribus Unum" is the motto for the Seal of the US
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Level 24
Jan 24, 2017
i feel stupid for wrighting Make America Great Again in the motto question
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Level 77
Jan 24, 2017
too US centric imo
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Level 42
Jan 25, 2017
seriously, make your own quiz
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Level 53
Jan 26, 2017
It's a quiz about the U.S....
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Level 64
Jan 24, 2017
I really think you should accept "Bahstun" as an answer for the "wicked pissah" question. LOL
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Level 82
Apr 17, 2019
That's the way the Midwest and many other Americans pronounce a short O. I'm telling my mahm. President Dahnuld Trump.

In New England it's like old England, AW.

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Level 52
Jan 24, 2017
I've always seen Old Faithful as Ol' faithful. Am I the only one or do I just have horrible grammar?
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Level 83
Jan 24, 2017
Unless you live in the South or something, then you should hear it as "Old Faithful."
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Level 65
Jan 27, 2017
I've heard it called that.
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Level 24
Jan 24, 2017
Quizmaster, can you put a star next to one of my quizzes.I think you will like them
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Level 60
Jan 25, 2017
bit US centric
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Level 42
Jan 25, 2017
make your own quiz then
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Level 53
Jan 26, 2017
It's called "U.S. General Knowledge". Why should it be anything other than US-centric??
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Level 60
Feb 20, 2017
Hmm...thought NC-17 was the number of the Starship Enterprise.
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Level 37
Nov 28, 2017
Shouldn't NC-17 come before R? I believe that NC-17 indicates that no one under the age of 17 should be allowed to see it (in theatres)

while the "R" is much stronger, having replaced the former "X" rating.

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Level 83
Jun 8, 2018
Nope, you've got it confused. NC-17 replaced the "X" rating. It means no children under the age of 17 allowed even if they have parental permission. Under 17's can see "R" movies with parental permission.
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Level 59
Jul 18, 2020
I've tired "E pluribus anus" just beacause of Community lol