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U.S. General Knowledge #31

Answer these random questions with an American focus.
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Which U.S. state honors some of its citizens by making them honorary colonels?
Kentucky
Technically speaking, who elects the U.S. President?
Electoral College
How much is two bits worth?
25 cents
What period of American history lasted from 1865-1877?
Reconstruction
According to "Saturday Night Live", what country can Sarah Palin see from her house?
Russia
What corporate mascot busts through a wall and then says "Oh Yeah"?
Kool-Aid Man
Near what major city would you find the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control?
Atlanta
What New Mexico city is associated with a 1947 UFO crash?
Roswell
Which U.S. national park receives the most visitors? (hint: it's in the Eastern U.S.)
Great Smoky Mountains
Who was Desi Arnaz married to from 1940 to 1960?
Lucille Ball
What beer is advertised by "The World's Most Interesting Man"?
Dos Equis
What is the name of the U.S. Presidential retreat?
Camp David
Who was the first director of the FBI?
J. Edgar Hoover
What brand of cookies are often thought to be a knockoff of Oreos, but actually came first?
Hydrox
Which U.S. state holds the first presidential primary?
New Hampshire
What does E stand for in FEMA?
Emergency
What was the name of George Washington's estate?
Mount Vernon
Who designed the pink suit that Jackie Kennedy was wearing on the day her
husband was assassinated?
Coco Chanel
Which South Park character has died dozens of times?
Kenny
What is the motto of the U.S. Marines?
Semper Fidelis
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level 84
Jun 27, 2018
Suddenly, I want to learn about KFC more than I ever have before.
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level 77
Jun 29, 2018
Wait, is Colonel Sanders and actual Colonel?
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level 65
Jun 29, 2018
Nope, he was a Kentucky Colonel. I had no idea that this was a thing until a few minutes ago.
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level 73
Jul 10, 2018
I'm still not 100% convinced that this is limited to Kentucky. It's a great question if it's true, and one I would love to use in my office trivia game, but I can't substantiate the claim that it's only Kentucky. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonel_(title)
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level 79
Aug 27, 2018
I think the colonel question should be replaced. As documented in the Wikipedia post above multiple states can confer the honorary title. The most famous honorary colonel is likely being Colonel Tom Parker who received the title in 1948 from Jimmie Davis governor of Louisiana for aiding him in his election.
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level 76
Aug 27, 2018
Yes, only in America could a carnival barker born in the Netherlands grow up to be a Louisiana colonel who created the worldwide phenomenon of Elvis Presley. Kentucky is not the only state with honorary titles of colonel, but I didn't realize Parker's title came from Louisiana. Thanks for the info, idontkn.
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level 74
Aug 29, 2018
At least the U.S. doesn't have "nobility" titles.
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level 49
Aug 27, 2018
Kentucky Fried Colonels
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level 49
Aug 27, 2018
A co-owner of the New York Yankees when they acquired Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox was Colonel Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston, a Kentucky colonel.
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level 68
Jun 27, 2018
That was a nice coincidence- I had no real idea about the two bit questions, and the only thought I had was that 2 bits is a quarter of a byte, so I got the answer.
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level 67
Jun 30, 2018
Happy coincidence :o)
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level 52
Aug 27, 2018
Close enough - it comes from Spanish Reales, or "pieces of eight." They could be cut like a pizza into eight wedges to make change. Two pieces was a quarter, ipso facto, two bits is a quarter dollar.
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level 74
Aug 29, 2018
Shave and a haircut.
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level 72
Jul 2, 2018
In my day, nickels had bumblebees on them! Five bees for a quarter, you'd say.
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level 78
Jul 11, 2018
That comment took a little research. I'm pretty old and all I could remember were buffaloes on them. Didn't know about Grandpa Abe's line - don't watch a lot of The Simpsons.
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level 58
Jul 25, 2018
I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time.
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level 67
Aug 27, 2018
They didn't have any white onions because of the war.
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level 62
Aug 27, 2018
All you could get were those big yellow ones.
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level 75
Aug 27, 2018
I needed a new heel for my shoe So I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days.
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level 71
Aug 29, 2018
Now, my story begins in 19-dickety-two. We had to say "dickety" cause that Kaiser had stolen our word "twenty". I chased that rascal to get it back, but gave up after dickety-six miles
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level 78
Jul 3, 2018
National park question was hard. I'm surprised so many people knew that.
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level 79
Aug 27, 2018
Unlike many of the more famous parks, such as Yellowstone, GSM is within easy driving distance of a number of large cities: Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte.
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level 79
Aug 27, 2018
Wanna know which one's the closest? Try this quiz!
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level 83
Jul 5, 2018
Difficult 12/20.
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level 77
Aug 27, 2018
It's difficult to think of a less appetizing name for a cookie than "hydrox." No wonder Oreos beat them out.
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level 76
Aug 27, 2018
Which is sad for me, because I think Hydrox taste much better. Never could stand the bitterness of Oreo cookies. I was always in trouble as a kid for licking the cream from the center and leaving the cookie part. I admit I "fiddled with the middle".
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level 69
Aug 27, 2018
Why don't you accept "Always Faithful" for the USMC motto along with "Semper Fidelis" ?
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level 74
Aug 29, 2018
Give me a break.
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level 49
Aug 27, 2018
I always find the amount of political knowledge Americans have impressive...In Canada I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who could name all the Prime Ministers...And we've had way less...Plus, I'm pretty sure no one would be able to name historic officials at any of the other levels of government, like premiers, etc.
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level 79
Aug 27, 2018
Don't assume JetPunk Americans are typical Americans. The majority would not be able to name every president. Heck, most Americans can't name all the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, and there are only 5 of those!
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level 58
Aug 27, 2018
Officially thrown under the bus.
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level 49
Aug 27, 2018
Gee, you're right, huh? Of course they don't. Heck, my wife doesn't know, but I'm not saying anything.
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level 67
Aug 27, 2018
Thought JetPunk was trolling when I typed 'Russia' as a joke to who elects the U.S. President and it came up, but then I saw it was the answer for the Sarah Palin question, haha.
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level 57
Aug 27, 2018
Probably why Russia has 93% answer rate and the next most answered question has 77%
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level 53
Aug 27, 2018
CDC is in Atlanta.
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level 76
Mar 26, 2019
Thank you Walking Dead for preparing me for this quiz.
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level 67
Aug 28, 2018
I'm American, and I got Britain's Restoration period mixed up with our Reconstruction period. Curse you mandatory British Lit class I took in high school!
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level 61
Aug 28, 2018
$.25 should work for two bits
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level 38
Sep 1, 2019
Darn: I said Tres Equis! - Time for bed!