U.S. General Knowledge #20

Answer these random questions with an American focus.
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By value, what are the two top crops grown in the United States?
Corn
Soybeans
What buck-toothed animal is the largest species of rodent in the U.S.?
American Beaver
Who is the only U.S. President to have killed someone in a duel?
Andrew Jackson
What type of animal is the mascot of Honey Nut Cheerios?
Bee
Two African-Americans served as Secretary of State under George W. Bush.
What are their names?
Colin Powell
Condoleezza Rice
What do spelunkers explore?
Caves
What is the longest-running scripted, prime-time show in American television history?
The Simpsons
What northwest river does the Grand Coulee Dam dam?
Columbia
In terms of college campuses, what is the abbreviation "quad" short for?
Quadrangle
What theme park is co-owned by Dolly Parton?
Dollywood
With 1.5 million people, what is the most populous state capital by city proper population?
Phoenix
What food product is sometimes known as a spud?
Potato
What restaurant chain offers square-shaped hamburgers so as not to "cut corners"?
Wendy's
What evil doll first appeared in the movie "Child's Play"?
Chucky
Which office-oriented comic featured animals named Dogbert and Catbert?
Dilbert
What character from "The Dukes of Hazzard" was famous for wearing very short jean shorts?
Daisy Duke
What state's official dog breed is the Malamute?
Alaska
What word is stereotypically yelled by a doctor prior to using defibrillation paddles?
Clear!
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Level 77
Apr 19, 2017
I wouldn't say that "quad" is a particularly American thing. Most of the Oxford colleges have a number of quads.
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Level 80
Apr 22, 2017
+1. My Australian high school had one, as did my Australian university.
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Level 74
Apr 22, 2017
My uni in NZ also had a quad, the central square.
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Level 72
Jun 18, 2017
Or spud
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Level 56
Nov 5, 2020
We call them spudrangles.
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Level 62
Apr 19, 2017
Soybeans? I was expecting wheat.
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Level 64
Apr 20, 2017
Soybeans are used often in rotation with corn because soybeans are nitrogen-fixing (indirectly, symbiotic bacteria on roots). So farmers can use either a corn-soybean-corn-soybean rotation or a larger rotation like corn-soybean-wheat-alfalfa. Alfalfa fixes nitrogen like soybean does. Sadly, soybeans are used in almost everything nowadays because it's so cheap and available... It contains phytoestrogens and has a horrible amino acid profile but is still used in alot of health/protein bars.
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Level 79
Jun 17, 2017
Around 70 percent of the soybeans grown in the US are used for animal feed rather than human consumption. In my area of the mid or upper south, we doublecropped wheat and soybeans in the same year. We planted wheat in the fall, harvested it the next June, baled the straw, and then no-till planted a quick-maturing soybean variety after the wheat was harvested. The next spring we planted milo in the field and then sowed wheat after the milo was combined in the early fall. It was a three-way rotation that worked well for us. We planted milo instead of corn because we didn't have irrigation and corn is a heavy feeder and also needs a lot of water.
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Level 83
Apr 20, 2017
Seems like I hardly ever see a wheat field here (north central USA). It's all corn and soybeans. Further south you tend to see more.
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Level 73
Jun 17, 2017
I got Condoleeza Rice, Bee, and Potato all from trying to guess the other crop.
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Level 58
Jun 18, 2017
Where you spelling it "been"?
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Level 76
Jun 24, 2017
beet?
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Level 71
Jul 19, 2018
I've worked in Emergency Departments for 30 years in three countries and have never once (fortunately) heard anyone merely shout "clear" before delivering a DC shock. Indeed, if they did, I would counsel them that their instruction was manifestly unclear. Does this piece of idiocy emanate from a US soap opera by any chance?