U.S. General Knowledge #21

Answer these random questions with an American focus.
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What is the main ingredient in Cheerios cereal?
Oats
What two companies sell the most AA batteries in the United States?
Duracell
Energizer
What comes between freshman and junior?
Sophomore
What is the most populous U.S. city north of Anchorage?
Fairbanks
What city is served by Dulles and Reagan airports?
Washington D.C.
What TV series featured futuristic technology such as replicators, disruptors, and transporters?
Star Trek
What name, starting with E, was the most popular name for American baby girls born
between 1996 and 2007?
Emily
What is the term for a western movie directed by an Italian director?
Spaghetti Western
What word means "opening" in French, but means "main course" in the United States?
Entrée
What was the last name of brothers Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan who
fought in the shootout at the O.K. Corral?
Earp
What much-loathed company is the largest seller of concert tickets in the United States?
Ticketmaster
What prestigious university is located in Evanston, Illinois?
Northwestern
What country did Ronald Reagan call "The Evil Empire"?
Soviet Union
In what New York neighborhood could you witness Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest?
Coney Island
What topping should never be put on a Chicago-style hot dog
(unless you are under the age of 17)?
Ketchup
What is the term for a publication, such as the National Enquirer, that publishes
salacious and often untrue "news"?
Tabloid
What was the last name of Hungarian-American actresses Eva, Magda, and Zsa Zsa?
Gabor
Name one of the two people to host "The Price is Right"?
Bob Barker or
Drew Carey
What did FAO Schwarz sell?
Toys
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Level 77
May 11, 2017
I don't think "tabloid" is a term unique to the US.
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Level 81
May 11, 2017
I would have said tabloids are british.
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Level ∞
May 11, 2017
But the National Enquirer is American.
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Level 83
May 12, 2017
Can 'tomato sauce' be an option for ketchup? No one really says ketchup in Australia.
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Level ∞
May 12, 2017
Okay
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Level 62
Aug 9, 2017
but this is a US general knowledge quiz. Saying that ketchup should never be put on a hot dog is common. In the US, tomato sauce would never refer to ketchup. It would almost always refer to marinara, or similar, sauce.
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Level 63
Aug 9, 2017
Also. This is incorrect. Ketchup is just fine- and I cannot figure out for the life of me when people got snobby about what goes best with a hot dog. It's effectively garbage. Put whatever you want on it.
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Level 65
Aug 9, 2017
The clue says "Chicago-style hot dog." I have lived in Chicago for five years, and I can tell you that every single time I request ketchup on my hot dog (which is whenever I order one), someone rolls their eyes or makes a comment. It is absolutely taboo to put ketchup on a hot dog in Chicago.
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Level 80
Aug 9, 2017
Yes, hot dogs are essentially garbage and incredibly unhealthy. However, it is a crime against nature to put ketchup on any hot dog, anywhere, not just in Chicago. No excuses for children either. Try asking for ketchup at Nathan's on Coney Island and see what happens.
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Level 46
Aug 30, 2017
Huh. I had no idea about that, thanks! Maybe you should make a quiz with an Aussie focus and see how well we Americans do on it...
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Level 71
Jul 26, 2018
Also please accept "Tomato ketchup", which surely is the full name, even in the colonies?
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Level 72
Mar 24, 2019
Nope, we don’t call it that! There’s no other sauce called ketchup, so there’s no need to specify tomato.
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Level 77
May 12, 2017
I didn't even think to try that for the girl's name. Just assumed that it was something off the wall like Estaphine or Embermyla or whatever the kids are being named these days.
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Level 79
May 12, 2017
Had to take a handful of guesses to get the girls "E name" but eventually got it. I was surprised it wasn't Erin...
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Level 73
May 17, 2017
20/20, and very happy to see my alma mater on a quiz!
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Level 70
Aug 9, 2017
A lot more people have hosted The Price is Right than just Barker and Carey. Bill Cullen hosted for almost a decade in the 50s and 60s, and there were three different nighttime hosts in the 70s and 80s.
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Level 56
Aug 9, 2017
Tabloid is a term for the size/shape of a newspaper, not the type of journalism found in the National Enquirer, etc.

Bill Cullen was the original host of The Price is Right, plus Tom Kennedy did a night time version, as did Dennis James, and there was a short-lived version with Doug Davidson.

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Level 60
Aug 10, 2017
Tabloid is absolutely used to describe the type of journalism and not just the format.
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Level 59
Aug 9, 2017
is it too much to ask to accept "Russia" as well as Soviet Union?
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Level 80
Aug 9, 2017
Yes. Russia didn't exist when Reagan was president. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics did. Hence USSR but not Russia.
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Level 60
Aug 10, 2017
Russia did exist, but not as an independent country - instead it was the RSFSR
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Level 58
Aug 10, 2017
Russia has been around for over a thousand years. They re-established in 1991 when the USSR dissolved.
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Level 80
Aug 11, 2017
When Reagan was president the names Russia, USSR, and Soviet Union were all used interchangeably.
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Level 62
Aug 10, 2017
I believe that the actual company for the energizer is Everready. They also market AA batteries under other names as well.
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Level 46
Aug 30, 2017
The saddest word in this quiz is "did," from the last question.
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Level 89
Oct 29, 2018
Very soon this will have to be changed to does!
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Level 67
Aug 22, 2019
I had always thought energizer (bunny) was the american version of duracell. (Like how with cleaning products some are exactly the same including logo etc, but overseas are under a different name).

that is some major plagiarism then !! I looked up, the duracell bunny is from 71 and energizer from 89 (and yes, that was the year duracell's patent ran out, but still..!!)

all these years i had thought they were the same, because sentences with references to the duracell bunny (about outlasting others etc) were always translated with energizer bunny.

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Level 70
Oct 31, 2020
Doesn't FAO Schwarz still make toys? I just bought my son a Christmas present with that brand. I bought it at Target though, so maybe it's not its own thing anymore.
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Level 56
Nov 5, 2020
"Entrée" does not mean opening in French (which would be "ouverture") - it means either "entrance" or "appetizer" in the context of a meal. Please change! Thanks.
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Level 56
Nov 5, 2020
Stargate SG1 also has transporters, disruptors and replicators. It's also an awesome show. Could you add that as an acceptable answer? Thanks.