U.S. General Knowledge #32

Answer these random questions with an American focus.
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Who was the teddy bear named for?
Theodore Roosevelt
What beverage is Mr. Pibb an imitation of?
Dr Pepper
What California location is known as "The OC"?
Orange County
The phrase "it's not rocket science" means that something is not extremely difficult.
What's another phrase that means the same thing?
It's not Brain Surgery
What television character said "How YOU doin"?
Joey Tribbiani
What is the best-selling brand of acetaminophen in the U.S.?
Tylenol
Who is Raggedy Ann's brother?
Raggedy Andy
What song made 14-year old Rebecca Black an internet sensation in 2011?
Friday
What TV show did "The Fonz" appear in?
Happy Days
Whose dentures were made of ivory and human teeth, not of wood
as is commonly thought?
George Washington
Most U.S. Presidents had one. A few had more than one. Only James Buchanan
never had any. What didn't he have?
a Spouse
What strategically-important part of Central America was a territory of the
United States from 1903 to 1979?
Panama Canal Zone
In the spy world, what is "the company"?
The CIA
What major American city is named after an ancient Egyptian capital?
Memphis
What city, founded by Spanish colonists in 1610, is the oldest state capital in the U.S.?
Santa Fe
What U.S. territory is located about 800 miles from Fiji?
American Samoa
If some asks for your "John Hancock", what are they asking for?
Your Signature
What Civil War general is the M4 tank named after?
William Tecumseh
Sherman
What does F stand for in the equation F = 1.8C + 32 ?
Fahrenheit
What TV show finds out what happens when people stop being polite,
and start being real?
The Real World
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Level 78
Aug 23, 2018
I'm not sure about "The Real World". I've only seen parts of a few shows, but what I did see did not look like what I would call real. Wikipedia describes it as a "showcase for immaturity and irresponsible behavior". I think that pretty much nails it. I know the clue is basically the tag line from the show's advertisements, but I think it describes "What Would You Do" better.
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Level 74
Aug 24, 2018
The Fonz also appeared on Laverne and Shirley several times
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Level ∞
Aug 31, 2018
Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer incorporated!
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Level 79
Sep 6, 2018
You jumped the shark with that reply. :)
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Level 82
Sep 24, 2018
He probably also appeared on The Muppets and SNL. So what?
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Level 72
Aug 31, 2018
"wives" as a valid replacement for spouse/wife please.
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Level ∞
Aug 31, 2018
Okay
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Level 60
Sep 6, 2018
how about accepting "first lady"?
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Level 69
Sep 6, 2018
@Twentysix385 Buchanan did have a "first lady". Harriet Lane, his niece, served as official first lady.
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Level 80
Sep 6, 2018
Ah, yes, let's remember that the only divorced presidents in US history, Reagan and Trump, are exemplars of the "family values" party.
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Level 70
Aug 5, 2020
Why does being divorced make you a bad person?
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Level 77
Aug 19, 2020
It doesn't, but it seems hypocritical given what 'family values' usually entails for conservatives
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Level 68
Sep 6, 2018
"Rocket science"', "Brain surgery", AND "Chinese calculus"
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Level 81
Sep 6, 2018
Heard the first two many times. Never heard the last one.
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Level 81
Sep 6, 2018
Oh man. Shame on you, QM, for putting a certain song in my head.
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Level 51
Sep 6, 2018
Why not accept just "Panama"? Who's going to write "Panama Canal Zone"?
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Level 79
Sep 6, 2018
Anyone who wants to get the correct answer. We didn't control the Republic of Panama, our territory was only the area around the canal. It's like saying Samoa should be accepted for American Samoa. They aren't the same things. BTW, Panama Canal was accepted for me.
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Level 67
Sep 6, 2018
52% of people.
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Level 67
Sep 6, 2018
As Panama was founded in the early 19th century as Panama, this shouls be accepted and NOT the PCZ which was only formed in 1903 as a union to build the canal.

Pedantry doesn't always shine through.

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Level 83
Sep 6, 2018
The question clearly states 1903 and 1979 when we ceded it back. The only acceptable answer is the PCZ. Your conclusion does not support the supporting evidence you cite.
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Level 82
Sep 24, 2018
Obviously Panama was created by puppet soldiers and leaders to separate from Colombia to build the canal. As long as the puppets obeyed the strings they were independent in internal affairs, just like colonies and vassals in any well administered empire since time immemorial.
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Level 65
Sep 6, 2018
Wow, I did not too well on this quiz!
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Level 67
Sep 6, 2018
I have a quibble with the wording of a question. I realize Wikipedia describes Santa Fe as the oldest state capital in the United States

And indeed the settlement that became today's city was founded by Spanish colonists in 1610 (and native Americans lived in the area long before that).

But since New Mexico wasn't admitted to the union until 1912, Santa Fe wasn't a state capital until 1912. So it's not the oldest state capital. It's the oldest city that is a state capital.

For what it's worth...

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Level 73
Sep 6, 2018
I have to agree with your argument. It is hard to be a state capital when you are not a state.
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Level 73
Sep 22, 2018
not an american, but is an autograph different from a signature? or did i just misspell and discarded it?
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Level 82
Sep 24, 2018
Yup. Autographs are just written as a keepsake from someone famous. Many people who harass famous people for autographs do so just to sell them.