100 General Knowledge Questions of Varying Difficulty

Can you answer these 100 general knowledge questions - each one of which was guessed correctly a different percentage of the time?
Mostly from our featured general knowledge quizzes with a few exceptions
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Last updated: March 26, 2020
First submittedOctober 23, 2019
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100
Who was the first U.S President?
George Washington
99
Better late than when?
Never
98
What does the H stand for in H2O?
Hydrogen
97
What type of factory do Oompa Loompas work in?
Chocolate
96
What, primarily, do giant pandas eat?
Bamboo
95
What is the capital of Ireland?
Dublin
94
What does James Bond have a license to do?
Kill
93
Who was almost totally deaf when he wrote his ninth and final symphony?
Ludwig Van Beethoven
92
What is the name of the colored part of the eye?
Iris
91
What disease killed approximately 40% of Europe's population in 1346-1353?
Black Death
90
What usually has three leaves, but in about 1/5000 cases has four or more?
Clover
89
Until 1903, what stimulant was added to Coca-Cola?
Cocaine
88
What is Mario and Luigi's occupation?
Plumber
87
According to Greek legend, who opened the box that contained
all the world's troubles?
Pandora
86
Who is the world record holder for the men's 100m and 200m sprints?
Usain Bolt
85
Who founded Facebook?
Mark Zuckerberg
84
What city are you in if you land at LAX?
Los Angeles
83
What company makes fragrance No. 5?
Chanel
82
A spoonful of sugar helps the what go down?
Medicine
81
Who wrote "The Lord of the Rings"?
J.R.R.Tolkien
80
What is Superman's achilles heel?
Kryptonite
79
Although not current, what is the most well-known scale for measuring
earthquake intensity?
Richter
78
What is the biggest island in the United States?
Hawaii
77
What is the Soviet version of an astronaut?
Cosmonaut
76
What is the name of the fictional doctor who talks to animals?
Doctor Dolittle
75
What comes in French, Russian, and Thousand Island varieties?
Salad Dressing
74
What are members of the church of Latter-Day Saints commonly known as?
Mormons
73
What country lies on Egypt's southern border?
Sudan
72
What does the V stand for in ROYGBIV?
Violet
71
What is deer meat called?
Venison
70
What is the last name of musical brothers Nick, Joe, and Kevin?
Jonas
69
What is the Spanish word for bull?
Toro
68
What is 6 + 5 * 4 + 3 * 2 + 1?
33
67
Excluding external territories, what is the southernmost country on earth?
Chile
66
Which country's royal family included Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly?
Monaco
65
What Los Angeles street gang is rivals with the Crips?
Bloods
64
Who narrated the British version of "Planet Earth"?
David Attenborough
63
What layer of the earth comes between the core and the crust?
Mantle
62
What is the literal translation of the German word "Kindergarten"?
Children's Garden
61
What was the name of the rabbit in the movie "Bambi"?
Thumper
60
What river separates Texas and Mexico?
Rio Grande
59
What was founded in 1933 with the intention of lasting 1,000 years,
but in actuality only lasted 12?
Third Reich
58
What is the name for the crime of lying under oath?
Perjury
57
Who supposedly died at age 42 in 1977 - although some people aren't so sure?
Elvis Presley
56
What was the Democratic Republic of the Congo known as from 1971 to 1997?
Zaire
55
What was the deadliest battle in the American Civil War?
Battle of Gettysburg
54
Who was the demon barber of Fleet Street?
Sweeney Todd
53
What is the most common surname in Korea?
Kim
52
Who is (usually) pursued by Blinky, Inky, Pinky and Clyde?
Pac-Man
51
Who was Jacob Marley's business partner?
Ebenezer Scrooge
50
What famous actor's last name means "baby goose"?
Ryan Gosling
49
What is either a type of bird or a chain of islands off the coast of Africa?
Canary
48
What are Assam and Ceylon?
Types of Tea
47
What body of water connects the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean?
Panama Canal
46
What is the plural of quantum?
Quanta
45
U2 is a band. What is a U-2?
Airplane
44
What mostly-dead language was used to write the Hindu Vedas?
Sanskrit
43
In Canada, what holiday happens on the second Monday of October?
Thanksgiving
42
What company is synonymous with ice resurfacing machines?
Zamboni
41
What term refers to the last runner in a relay race?
Anchor
40
What herb, common in Mexican food, tastes like soap to people
who have a certain gene?
Cilantro
39
What conquistador conquered the Aztecs?
Hernán Cortés
38
What island was the center of Minoan civilization?
Crete
37
What is the word for a pile of rocks that marks a hiking trail?
Cairn
36
What type of bird is featured on the Canadian $1 coin?
Common Loon
35
What disease is associated with hydrophobia?
Rabies
34
What metallic element, starting with C, is used to make blue pigments?
Cobalt
33
What candy was given to E.T.?
Reese's Pieces
32
What lip-syncing duo had the hit "Blame it on the Rain"?
Milli Vanilli
31
What is Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner's stage name?
Sting
30
Who wrote "The Audacity of Hope"?
Barack Obama
29
What is Indiana Jones's real first name?
Henry
28
What country has a population of over 150 million but has never
won an Olympic medal?
Bangladesh
27
What company dominates the diamond industry?
De Beers
26
What unit is defined as exactly 149,597,870,700 meters - the approximate
distance between the Earth and the Sun?
Astronomical Unit
25
What does an oenophile love?
Wine
24
What type of camel has two humps?
Bactrian
23
Bituminous and anthracite are types of what?
Coal
22
What is the only 6 letter word that ends in mt?
Dreamt
21
Who did Ringo Starr replace as drummer for The Beatles?
Pete Best
20
What sport is sometimes called the "sweet science"?
Boxing
19
What zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only?
The White Zone
18
In what country would you find the world's largest stadium:
Rungrado 1st of May Stadium?
North Korea
17
What movie coined the phrase "there can be only one"?
Highlander
16
What dwarf planet, named after the Greek goddess of discord, is heavier than Pluto?
Eris
15
Who sculpted "The Burghers of Calais"?
Auguste Rodin
14
In what game can you get 50 extra points for using all of your tiles?
Scrabble
13
What is pulchritude?
Beauty
12
Who originally recorded the song "Respect", famously covered by Aretha Franklin?
Otis Redding
11
What movie featured the quote "Once again things that could have been
brought to my attention yesterday"?
The Wedding Singer
10
New Providence is the most populous island in which country?
Bahamas
9
What field of study is called "the dismal science"?
Economics
8
What is Zeno known for creating?
Paradoxes
7
What does the S stand for in "TTLS HIWWYA"?
Star
6
Who is the Greek goddess of agriculture?
Demeter
5
What is the term for a story or drawing made by several people, where each person
adds to it without seeing the work of the others?
Exquisite Corpse
4
What does "Nevada" mean in Spanish?
Snowy
3
Which town did the Pied Piper rid of rats?
Hamelin
2
What is the study of smells and olfactory processes?
Osmology
1
What name is given to the phobia of the dark?
Nyctophobia
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Level 87
Jan 31, 2020
Fun, but could really use some help with the typeins--plane or spy plane for airplane, Big Island for Hawaii, just the barber's surname, and just white for the zone.
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Level 69
Jan 31, 2020
and Hamlin for Hamelin
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Level ∞
Jan 31, 2020
Thanks for the suggestions which have all been adopted.
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Level 83
Feb 1, 2020
Also just Hameln (the German name) for Hamelin.
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Level 81
Mar 23, 2020
Fun quiz. FYI, Todd still doesn't work by itself for the demon barber. Also, consider accepting more type-ins for the last clue? I tried several variations but didn't think to use a Y.
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Level 54
Mar 26, 2020
To add one more, how about 'thousand-year (or 1000-year) Reich'?
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Level 81
Feb 3, 2020
100 answers equals at least 100 opportunities for people to voice complaints on this quiz....
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2020
Average score is 71%. Shouldn't it be 50%?
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Level ∞
Jan 31, 2020
The people who seek out new quizzes to get points are different than our average visitors.
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Level 67
Mar 26, 2020
Hah, the average is currently 50! How did you manage that :D
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Level 45
Mar 27, 2020
The quiz obviously needed more samples. The greater amount of people that take the quiz, the more likely each question approaches the percent it has (which I guess you can call Ergodic or Chaos). That is, if the quiz gets regularly updated to suit the site...
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Level 79
Jan 31, 2020
Great quiz!
Just one question: Shouldn't the Greek deity of agriculture be goddess?
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Level ∞
Jan 31, 2020
Yes, fixed
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Level 82
Jan 31, 2020
To which I might add, I believe that "white" should be enough of an answer for "the white zone" since "zone" is already in the question.
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Level 77
Jan 31, 2020
This is also a US thing it seems. Drop-off/pick-up zone should be accepted, as well as kiss&ride/kiss&fly.
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Level 75
Feb 1, 2020
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Level 67
Mar 26, 2020
Hah funny clip and I agree I tried kiss and ride which has the exact same description as in this quiz.

(also tried yellow because the description works for an interupted yellow line in my country aswell. But that is not really a zone. Just a desperate attempt since kiss and ride didnt work)

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Level 48
Mar 26, 2020
Is this a reference to the movie Flying High?
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Level 75
Jun 26, 2020
It's the movie "Airplane!" - if you are not from the UK or USA then maybe it is called Flying High in your country
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Level 73
Jan 31, 2020
In the immortal words of Blanche Devereaux, "Better late than pregnant".
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Level 65
Feb 1, 2020
I was quite pleased with my score of 61 until I saw that the average score is 70! What the Dickens?!
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Level ∞
Feb 1, 2020
An average adult in the U.S. or Europe would probably get around 20. JetPunk users are far from average.
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Level 72
Feb 1, 2020
I assume that the average score is calculated on the basis of all instances when a quiz is taken as opposed to only initial ones per user. If so, one would expect the average to be high because many (like me) find taking a quiz several times to be a great way of increasing one's knowledge.
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Level ∞
Feb 1, 2020
No, averages are only calculated from a user's first attempt. But there is nothing that prevents people from cheating.
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Level 79
Mar 26, 2020
Average is down to 50 now. I got 91 but frustrated that I missed a couple that I remember seeing on this site before.
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Level 80
Mar 26, 2020
You beat me by one. But I was very close to getting Nyctophobia ^^ (and I really should have gotten the tea question).
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Level 64
Mar 26, 2020
I got 85. Missed the last 11 and a couple others here and there.
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Level 65
Feb 1, 2020
Shouldn't it be 'Ebenezer' instead of Ebeneezer?
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Level ∞
Feb 1, 2020
Yes, fixed
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Level 65
Feb 1, 2020
Thanks
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Level 75
Feb 1, 2020
The pied piper questions should also accept the original town name as a type-in: Hameln
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Level 65
Feb 1, 2020
Yes - that's the town name in German.
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Level 73
Feb 1, 2020
Yep, it's a real town. Have you clicked on the correction button?
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Level ∞
Feb 1, 2020
Hameln will work now but please don't always expect non-English names to be accepted on English quizzes.
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Level 73
Feb 1, 2020
I don't usually expect that but it makes sense to accept the original name, especially when it comes to place names.
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Level 68
Feb 1, 2020
Perhaps consider Harrison for the Indiana Jones question.
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Level 63
Feb 6, 2020
I didn't have that issue myself, but I definitely agree that Harrison should be allowed.
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Level 72
Feb 13, 2020
Harrison is Mr. Ford’s last name. Henry is Dr. Jones’.
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Level 83
Mar 26, 2020
You mean first name. His name is not Mr. Ford Harrison.

That is, of course, assuming you're going off traditional naming customs in the West and not East Asia :)

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Level 80
Mar 26, 2020
Henry. Jones. Junior.
Did you ever watch Last Crusade?
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Level 78
Feb 1, 2020
And today I learned that cilantro is spelled with a C. Always fun to know the right answer and get it wrong.
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Level 48
Mar 26, 2020
Pretty sure its spelt Coriander
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Level 78
Feb 1, 2020
I always wondered why cilantro tastes so terrible to me when all my friends seem to love it. I also have an issue with cumin, which smells like sweat to me. Is that a genetic thing, too, or does it smell that way to everyone?
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Level 63
Feb 5, 2020
Sadly the soapy taste is very strong for me. Just takes a tiny bit of cilantro. I'm always wary of certain East Asian dishes like green curry or South American dishes with salsas or chutneys.
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Level 79
Mar 26, 2020
oh man I love green curry. What an unfortunate condition...
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Level 74
Feb 2, 2020
Does phobia of the dark really really score only 1% on a quiz, somewhere on this website?
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Level 67
Mar 26, 2020
Or maybe because it is the last question and people's brains are already fatigued from the 99 before :P
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Level 70
Feb 4, 2020
Apart from the answer given here, phobia of the dark can also be called Achluophobia, Lygophobia or Scotophobia.
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Level 67
Mar 26, 2020
Afraid of Scots? Hehe :)
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Level 55
Mar 26, 2020
Damn Scots, they ruined Scotland! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWkSB-D-hYo
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Level 71
Feb 4, 2020
I answered "Stoicism" for "What is Zeno known for creating?". Turns out, the Zeno I was thinking of was a different Greek philosopher, so I think either Stoicism should be accepted, or his name should be changed to "Zeno of Elea".
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Level ∞
Feb 5, 2020
Stoicism will work now. Good suggestion.
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Level 67
Feb 6, 2020
I loved this quiz idea. Nice concept.
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Level 81
Feb 12, 2020
How about a little leniency on Nevada--could also be translated as snowcapped, snowfall, snow covered, etc.
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Level 47
Feb 22, 2020
Can you accept "Action de grace" for thanksgiving?
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Level 56
Feb 25, 2020
What in the universe is "TTLS HIWWYA," what does that stand for? The internet won't give me answers XD
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Level 65
Mar 18, 2020
twinkle twinkle...
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Level 56
Mar 20, 2020
little star
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Level 58
Mar 1, 2020
OH MY GOD! I have nyctophobia and I still didn't get it. I kept trying pretty and beautiful for pulchritude, but i never got to beauty
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Level 79
Mar 26, 2020
I tried "attractiveness" for pulchritude.
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Level 79
Mar 26, 2020
Funny... as of right now the average score is exactly 50.
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Level 76
Mar 26, 2020
it's nice when the average turns out to be exactly average :)
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Level 55
Mar 26, 2020
You jinxed it, it's 51 now.
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Level 23
Mar 26, 2020
New Providence isn't the largest island in the Bahamas. It's the most populous. Andros Island is the largest
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Level 61
Mar 26, 2020
Changed the Question
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Level 52
Mar 26, 2020
Please accept ritcher and cosmonaunt.
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Level 57
Mar 26, 2020
It didnt accept Todd, its the only one that doesnt accept just the surname.
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Level ∞
Mar 26, 2020
Fixed now
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Level 32
Mar 26, 2020
Very US centered...
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Level 80
Mar 26, 2020
Indeed. For example, I still have no clue who the guys of number 70 are... it's a mystery to me that they are so well known by the quiztakers.
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Level 64
Mar 26, 2020
They're massively famous pop stars. Yes, they're American, but their fame is not limited to America, just as Adele's fame is not limited to the UK, nor is BTS's fame limited to South Korea.
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Level 55
Mar 26, 2020
I only know them because I had the misfortune of being a tween when they were popular.
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Level 80
Mar 26, 2020
Massively in North America, relatively in the rest of the world (and probably mostly among youngsters... but I was 24 when they began). So no, never heard of them here in Belgium, not even once. Whatever. I'm almost curious because they are meant to be a rock band though.
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Level 55
Mar 26, 2020
So is the internet.
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Level 61
Mar 26, 2020
This quiz has been updated to accept more type-ins
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Level 67
Mar 26, 2020
Interesting to see that most of them remain fairly close to the percentage that they are meant to represent. The one with the biggest difference that I saw was the pied piper question, which is the 3% question but on this quiz is answered correctly 25% of the time right now.
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Level 55
Mar 26, 2020
There's no way 25% of people know hamelin.
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Level 67
Mar 27, 2020
I dunno, I remembered it. they called him the pied piper of Hamelin after all. But obviously this isn't the general population, its jetpunk users who will get these things more often than the average person.
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Level 67
Mar 27, 2020
I'm actually much more surprised that it was only at 3% on another quiz
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Level 78
Mar 26, 2020
It's odd that the 100% question is only being got right 95% of the time.
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Level 57
Mar 26, 2020
Nevada also means "snowfall"
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Level 52
Mar 26, 2020
I thought Jacob Marley is one of the Marley brothers and so I guessed Obama as his business partner.
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Level 55
Mar 26, 2020
What the heck is going on in your brain?
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Level 51
Mar 26, 2020
Richter measures magnitude, not intensity. The most known scales that measure intensity are Mercalli, modified Mercalli and Rossi-Forel (https://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/glossary/?term=intensity)
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Level 32
Mar 26, 2020
For the U-2 question, could you accept aircraft?
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Level 26
Mar 26, 2020
Or Plane
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Level 67
Mar 27, 2020
Plane already works
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Level 53
Mar 26, 2020
The get rate for Scrabble on this quiz is more what I'd expect - 14% seems really low for that clue.
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Level 67
Mar 27, 2020
ya, I thought the reference to tiles would be a giveaway for anyone who knows scrabble at all.
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Level 29
Mar 26, 2020
Really need brakcets for that maths question, spent ages trying to figure it out. Also this is such an American/canadian orieted quiz, found alot of the cultural references perplexing
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Level 75
Mar 26, 2020
no you don't. The answer is exactly as it should be without bracketing. Brackets may make it clearer, but don't change it, though isn't that the point?
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Level 67
Mar 27, 2020
just use BEDMAS/PEDMAS and there is no need for brackets
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Level 59
Mar 26, 2020
can child's garden be accepted for kindergarten?
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Level 75
Mar 26, 2020
I kept putting Garden of Children, but then I saw the ' in the answer.
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Level 26
Mar 26, 2020
Or Child Garden or Children Garden...technically there's no possessive in the German...
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Level 43
Mar 30, 2020
Kinder is a plural
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Level 55
Mar 26, 2020
The highest one I missed was Chanel, had no idea what that company produced. The lowest one I got was Otis Redding cause my brother lives where Otis Redding's hometown.
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Level 26
Mar 26, 2020
I would like to suggest that Gettysburg be labeled the "turning point in the Civil War." While it was the bloodiest battle of the war, Antietam is more famous for being the bloodiest single-day of the war, whereas Gettysburg is known most as the turning point.
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Level 79
Mar 26, 2020
Gettysburg is also known as the bloodiest battle in the war. It just took more than one day. If you know Antietam then you should be able to get Gettysburg.
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Level 75
Mar 26, 2020
I'm guessing if Antietam is the answer, it would no longer be the 55% question
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Level 79
Mar 27, 2020
right, that's the other thing. All of these questions were selected with the same hint and type-ins as on the quizzes they were taken on. If you start modifying them that kind of ruins it.
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Level 75
Mar 26, 2020
If there's one thing Jetpunk quizzes should have taught me by now, it's Zamboni. But I've only got as far as remembering it begins with a 'Z'
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Level 65
Mar 26, 2020
Wow, I tried salad, sauce, gravy, seasoning etc. for Salad Dressing, but didn't try salad dressing itself!
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Level 58
Mar 27, 2020
Love this quiz. There could be a series of quizzes like this.
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Level 51
Mar 27, 2020
Snow-covered should be accepted for Nevada because that is the more accurate term, according to the Internet.
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Level 62
Mar 27, 2020
I don't know if you have been in the top 10 before but congrats on being in it now!
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Level 57
Mar 27, 2020
I was a little piqued that one of Britain's greatest treasures wasn't accorded his correct title - SIR David Attenborough, if you please! He was the Head Boy at the time that my father attended the same school.
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Level 39
Mar 27, 2020
Fun quiz, 100 questions is quite a lot. A good idea might be to do the fun range between 75 and 25 percent. Challenging and achievable range for me. Coriander for cilantro. And child's play for children's play should be accepted.
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Level 56
Mar 27, 2020
Good quiz. But Sanskrit is nowhere a dead language. It is spoken by a whopping 2,360,821 people.
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Level 66
Mar 27, 2020
I think this is one of my favorite quizzes on this site.
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Level 35
Mar 27, 2020
Isn't Hawaii an archipelago and not an island?
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Level 79
Mar 28, 2020
Hawaii is the name of the largest island in the Hawaiian Islands archipelago. It's also the name of the US state of Hawaii, located on said archipelago.
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Level 34
Mar 28, 2020
The Penguin Islands are a group of islands off the coast of Namibia. Why are they not accepted?
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Level 46
Mar 29, 2020
There should really be more leeway with translating "Kindergarten", since the literal translation is "childrengarden" you should really accept things like that or "garden of children". The german isn't necessarily possessive (the children are the inhabitants, not possessors of the garden).
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Level 65
Mar 29, 2020
Could also translate literally garten = yard.
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Level 43
Mar 30, 2020
Reese's Pieces is spelled with an s? Seriously?
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Level 21
Mar 30, 2020
please allow reece's pieces.
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Level 45
Mar 31, 2020
Question 22 is flawed - Exempt is a 6 letter word that ends in mt
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Level ∞
Mar 31, 2020
picardfacepalm.jpg
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Level 67
Apr 5, 2020
I typed in kosmonaut and it wasn't accepted. Then I started thinking "hmm, do you spell it with C in English?" So I erased just the K and the whole word disappeared. I was like "was osmonaut an answer to some other question?? No way!!" Turns out it was. Kinda...
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Level 36
May 21, 2020
Accept shamrock for clover?
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Level 56
Jun 5, 2020
I must have typed in childrens garden a dozen times, but it still didn't accept it? SOOO annoying.
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Level 34
Jun 8, 2020
Childs garden for childrens garden? I could have sworn I typed that in.
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Level ∞
Jun 8, 2020
Child's garden will work now.