Not What You Would Expect

Choose the correct answer, not the seemingly obvious one.
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Last updated: April 2, 2021
First submittedMarch 9, 2020
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1. What is the color of an airplane's Black Box?
Orange
Black
White
2. Which island is 80% covered with ice sheets?
Iceland
Greenland
Madagascar
3. What is the geometric shape of New York's Times Square?
Square
Circle
Bowtie (Two Triangles)
4. What kind of wood is Howard Hughes" airplane, the Spruce Goose, made of?
Mahogany
Birch
Spruce
5. What is a silverfish?
Bird
Fish
Insect
6. Who Invented the Phillips Screwdriver?
John P. Thompson
Elon Musk
Henry F. Phillips
Phillips bought the rights from actual inventor Thompson.
7. Where were the earliest form of Arabic Numerals developed?
Arabian Peninsula
India
Greece
8. What type of musical instrument is the English Horn?
Woodwind
Percussion
Horn
It is a large oboe. Also it originated in Silesia, not England. So, double misnomer!
9. What element is pencil lead made of?
Carbon
Lead
Uranium
Made of Graphite, a form of Carbon.
10. What is a peanut?
Nut
Berry
Legume
11. Who do the Swiss Guard protect?
Roger Federer
President of the Swiss Confederation
Pope
12. Which state has its capital city on the Delaware River?
Delaware
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
Trenton is located on the Delaware River. Dover and Harrisburg are not.
13. How many dances are mentioned in the lyrics of the Wilson Pickett song "Land of 1000 Dances"?
1000
6
50
Pony, Mashed Potato, Alligator, Watusi, Twist, Jerk.
14. What is a flying fox?
Hummingbird
Bat
Fox
15. What body part is affected by heartburn?
Liver
Heart
Esophagus / Stomach
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Level 71
Apr 4, 2020
I got 100%. I wonder if the quiz title wasn't such a major hint, if I'd have gotten them all. Very interesting and original quiz idea!
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Level 72
Apr 4, 2020
umm...the Spanish Inquisition?
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Level 84
Mar 30, 2021
No one expects the Spanish Inquisition.
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Level 72
Apr 4, 2020
You used a quotation mark instead of an apostrophe in #4.
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Level 81
Apr 6, 2020
I also got 100%. Pretty easy.
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Level 23
Apr 26, 2020
11/15
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Level 55
Mar 30, 2021
More on question number 7 - The numerals known in the west as "Arabic Numerals" were actually invented in India, derived from the Brahmani numerals. This knowledge was shared by ancient Indians with the Arabs, who then introduced it to the west, which called Arabic Numerals.
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Level 80
Mar 30, 2021
Back when I was in school, we were taught to call our numerals "Hindu-Arabic numerals." I understand that term has fallen out of favor nowadays, but it was helpful in this case!
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Level 75
Mar 30, 2021
In school Hindu-Arabic was the term that was taught when I was there, here in Australia. I've only recently encountered people referring to the numbers as simply Arabic, which seems less accurate. Admittedly the numerals we use in the West are significantly different from the Hindu originals or modern Devanagari and bear closer resemblance to their Arabic counterparts, but they certainly originated in India and not in any Arab lands.
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Level 74
Mar 30, 2021
Question 15: What body part IS affected by heartburn - I suppose, I'm no native speaker.
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Level ∞
Mar 30, 2021
Fixed
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Level 52
Mar 30, 2021
I'm sure almost everyone who is an avid follower of tennis would want the answer for Question 12 to be Federer.
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Level 74
Mar 31, 2021
Besides, he needs more protection now that he's an "ambassador".
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Level 68
Mar 30, 2021
Wow, I wasn’t expecting that!
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Level 74
Mar 30, 2021
Fun! Looking forward to #2, complete with French Fries and Devonshire Tea.
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Level 57
Mar 30, 2021
And "Chinese" food! (Obviously choose an American made one and say it is popular Chinese food)
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Level 78
Mar 30, 2021
Fortune cookies
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Level 73
Mar 30, 2021
Literally the other day I opened a fortune cookie and there was a blank strip of paper like 2mm wide. Now I'm really worried that nothing fortunate will ever happen to me again.
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Level 57
Mar 31, 2021
Yesterday was my birthday, and coincidentally I ended up getting Panda Express!
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Level 66
Mar 30, 2021
Probably the best example of this is the Holy Roman Empire.
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Level 57
Mar 31, 2021
No, I think not. 1. Its territory is extremely well known. 2. The Holy Roman Empire's first king was Charlemagne of the Franks, who was crowned by the Pope, a big influence to Rome. That in combination with holding much of the Western Roman territory was why it was named the Holy Roman Empire.
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Level 74
Mar 30, 2021
I believe the number of dances in Land of 1000 Dances is actually 5, because "Twistin' with Lucy" is a reference to the Twist dance style.
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Level 84
Mar 31, 2021
Agreed. In order Pony, Mashed Potato, Alligator, Watusi and Twist
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Level 24
Mar 31, 2021
It's actually 6, as the "jerk" is mentioned in the song as well.
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Level 70
Apr 3, 2021
Corrected. Thanks!
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Level 72
Mar 31, 2021
Joez managed to fool me with the ice sheet question. Why? Because Greenland being the right answer was totally what I expected. But with that quiz title I thought, well, it can't be that, then. So I went for the next-best option.
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Level 79
Mar 31, 2021
I came expecting the unexpected
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Level 41
Mar 31, 2021
Swiss Chwwse
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Level 73
Mar 31, 2021
Roger Federer is my favorite wrong answer on any quiz in a long time!
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Level 42
Mar 31, 2021
Same! Gave me a good chuckle.
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Level 52
Apr 1, 2021
We need a Serbian Gaurd to protect Djokovic, a Spanish Gaurd to protect Nadal, and so on... except we don't need an Australian Gaurd for Kyrgios, he can fend for himself :)