U.S. General Knowledge #25

Answer these random questions with an American focus.
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What color of M&M's was replaced by blue in 1995?
Tan
Complete the analogy: Oscar is to film as _______ is to music
Grammy
What park in the Appalachians is the most-visited National Park in the U.S.?
Great Smoky Mountains
What are the first three ingredients in Heinz ketchup?
Tomato Concentrate
Distilled Vinegar
High Fructose Corn Syrup
What group of rights includes the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney?
Miranda Rights
What are the two most populous American cities whose names end in "polis"?
Indianapolis
Minneapolis
What actress has initials JLH?
Jennifer Love Hewitt
The motto of the US Marines is "Semper Fidelis". What does this mean in English?
Always Faithful
What athlete starred in "The Naked Gun" and "The Towering Inferno" before
having a run in with the law?
O.J. Simpson
What TV show features a character named Kenny who has died over 80 times?
South Park
What Sesame Street character has the same first name as a late 19th century President?
Grover
Who said that he tried marijuana, but didn't inhale?
Bill Clinton
Who followed Johnny Carson as host of the Tonight show?
Jay Leno
What invasive plant, starting with the letter K, has been called "the vine that ate the South"?
Kudzu
What company was America's largest maker of camera film for most of the 20th century?
Kodak
In what state would you find the city of Kalamazoo?
Michigan
How did more than half of American immigrants prior to the Revolution pay
for their expensive sea voyage?
Indentured Servitude
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Level 71
Aug 29, 2017
The question about "American immigrants" has a blind spot in it: while roughly 250,000 Europeans may have come to the colonies under the conditions described in the answer, another 350,000 or more were brought here from Africa as slaves. Now your answer clearly does not ask about those brought here in chains, who paid for their voyage in a much different way, but they were nonetheless "immigrants" in the ordinary meaning of the word ("a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence"). I would rephrase the question to read "How did more than half of those persons who chose to come to the thirteen colonies prior to the Revolution pay for their expensive voyage?"
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Level 65
Aug 30, 2017
I don't think you can mix slaves and immigrants. I think the crucial difference is that immigrants are people who come under their own free will, while this obviously doesn't apply to slaves.
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Level 54
Aug 30, 2017
Did you, or did you not, understand the question?
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Level 71
Aug 30, 2017
I did and I got the answer. But the question can still be improved upon. We can understand garbled words ("Aoccdnrig to a rseearch sduty at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in what oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is that the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.") but that doesn't mean we shouldn't correct them.
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Level ∞
Aug 31, 2017
There's no need to correct the question. I wouldn't consider slaves to be immigrants for the reason that @VirusSlo stated.
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Level 37
Dec 11, 2017
Sorry, but I beg to differ with you! - An immigrant is someone who VOLUNTARILY leaves his/her country of origin to settle in another.

That does not hold true for the slaves who were brought here against their will and in chains. As Malcolm X said: "WE did not land on Plymouth Rock; Plymouth Rock landed ON US!"

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Level 59
Dec 11, 2017
Yes, most of the time, when you say immigrant, it is referring to someone who willingly comes to a country. However, it may be used generally to refer to a non-native, as in "America is a country of immigrants".

I think the point is to make the question as clear and unambiguous as possible, and rewording it to restrict it to those who came willingly would do that.

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Level 59
Jan 5, 2018
It's debatable whether or not African slaves were immigrants, but either way the question is easily understandable.
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Level 82
Apr 18, 2019
I wouldn't say they migrated. They were abducted, imprisoned, removed, etc., but they didn't emigrate. It was an action done to them. Emigrate is an action one does; enslavement is done to them.
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Level 89
Aug 30, 2017
"Sugar" should not be accepted for "High Fructose Corn Syrup". -says me who got it right when I typed sugar. If HFCS is the ingredient, then that's the only answer that should be accepted, IMHO.
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Level 79
Aug 30, 2017
But it can be either, depending on which type you get - Heinz has introduced a couple products that brag that they use real sugar, rather than HFCS ("Simply Heinz" and "Organic Ketchup").
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Level 58
Apr 24, 2018
My chemistry teacher always referred to fructose, sucrose, glucose, etc. as sugars.
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Level 76
Sep 3, 2017
oh, you mean camera film, not movies; facepalm!!
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Level 81
Sep 16, 2017
I tried Warner, Fox, MGM, Paramount, Universal, etc.
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Level 61
Nov 15, 2017
Yep, was following the same train of thought. Never did switch to photographic instead of film.
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Level 70
Dec 11, 2017
Same here. I think the question should be edited. Adding the word 'photographic' before film would solve the problem, I think.
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Level 67
Dec 11, 2017
As would reading the question. (I did the same BTW).
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Level 54
Dec 11, 2017
same...
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Level ∞
Dec 11, 2017
Added the word "camera" to the question.
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Level 79
Dec 11, 2017
I read the question and still searched my brain for the major movie film makers of the 20th century. Later I googled the phrase "largest maker of film of the 20th century" and movie studios were the only answers that came up. Please make the clue more specific or else accept Twentieth-Century Fox as an additional answer.
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Level 83
Dec 11, 2017
It actually says "camera film". Not sure where the confusion is?
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Level 73
Dec 11, 2017
Good quiz! Maybe add type-ins for Indiana and Minnea, since the ending is already given in the clue? (As is the case for most quizzes on this site...)
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Level ∞
Dec 11, 2017
Good idea.
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Level 70
Dec 11, 2017
"Miranda" is obviously the most precise answer, but "Constitutional" should be accepted as well—all Miranda rights are Constitutional rights (although the reverse is not true).
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Level 40
Dec 12, 2017
Not necessarily. The phrase Constitutional Rights is misleading because the Constitution does not grant rights but creates a system of government and places restrictions on that government. Whether the Constitution exists or not doesn't change the fact that rights exist, granted by God. The Miranda law only serves as a reminder to the accused of the possibility of self-indictment and the option of an attorney. Good question and answer.
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Level 72
Dec 11, 2017
Can you not accept Brown for Tan?
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Level 83
Dec 11, 2017
I think brown's too generic, and there's already a brown color.
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Level 82
Aug 3, 2018
Why? They never replaced the regular brown colored ones.