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Crowd-Sourced General Knowledge #19

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Which country has a flag with an eagle biting a snake over a cactus?
Mexico
In about 5 billion years, the sun will become a Red Giant. What will it become after that?
White Dwarf
What consists of areas of "gray matter" and "white matter"?
The brain
What is the Russian word for "no"?
Nyet
Which former Soviet country has a name starting with E?
Estonia
What Latin word meaning "greatest" was also the name of Russell Crowe's
character in "Gladiator"?
Maximus
What sport was derived from an earlier game known as "battledore and shuttlecock"?
Badminton
What footballer scored 91 goals in 2012, the most anyone has ever scored
in one calendar year according to Guiness?
Lionel Messi
What very expensive food might you use a pig to help you find?
Truffles
In what country is Murphy the most common last name?
Ireland
What board game includes Kamchatka, Irkutsk, and Ukraine as 3 of the 42
territories that can be captured?
Risk
What Caribbean island nation has a name meaning "ancient and bearded"?
Antigua and Barbuda
What does the √ symbol mean in mathematics?
Square root
What building in Turkey was once a church, then a mosque, then a museum,
and now a mosque again?
Hagia Sophia
What thinker born in Germany in 1818 has an "ism" named after him?
Karl Marx
Who said "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful
than you can possibly imagine"?
Obi-Wan Kenobi
What island in Florida has a cardinal direction in its name?
Key West
In what city would you find Wembley Stadium?
London
Who acquired an estimated net worth of $30 billion by selling cocaine?
Pablo Escobar
What doesn't a rock climber use on a free solo ascent?
Ropes
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Level 76
Jul 13, 2021
Well, I've never seen that Russian word written in that way. In three other ways, sure, but...
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Level 71
Feb 15, 2024
It should accept нет.
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Level 74
Jul 13, 2021
A quibble about the phrasing of "Which former Soviet country has a name starting with E?" Estonia was not a country while under Soviet rule; it was a Republic of the Soviet Union. The question should read either "Which former Soviet Republic..." or "Which country formerly under Soviet rule..." to be precise.
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Level 82
Jul 14, 2021
Estonia is a country. Formerly, it was Soviet. The question is accurate.
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Level 67
Aug 18, 2021
No, it isn't, because it isn't a former Soviet country. I think the question is pretty clear and doesn't need to be changed, but JWC's point is accurate from a grammatical standpoint.
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Level 60
Aug 19, 2021
The issue is based on whether you view the phrase as "|former Soviet| country" or "former |Soviet country|." You're reading as the latter, I'm reading it as the former.
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Level 72
Jul 14, 2021
I've seen Star Wars countless times, and I still tried Jesus for the "strike me down" clue...
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Level 56
Jul 24, 2021
Me too! First Jesus, then Gandalf. Then gave up. Oh well.
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Level 68
Aug 18, 2021
Same, once I realised it was Star Wars I was adamant that it was Palpatin for some reason.
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Level 64
Aug 18, 2021
I was trying to think of historical figures, but I eventually caught on.
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Level 67
Aug 18, 2021
Yeah, I was like Napoleon, George Washington, Genghis Khan, etc.
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Level 93
Jul 15, 2021
i think an intermediary stage for the red giant is a planetary nebula so maybe add as a type in?
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Level 76
Aug 23, 2022
A planetary nebula is something created by a red giant's expansion, but it wouldn't be right to say that the red giant becomes a planetary nebula.
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Level 82
Jul 15, 2021
Can we add 'net', which is the actual transliteration, for Russian 'no'? Also I'd suggest 'njet' and 'niet' as type-ins also.
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Level 78
Aug 18, 2021
'Njet' doesn't make much sense in English since j isn't pronounced the same as i/y.
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Level 70
Nov 27, 2022
j is pronounced the same as i/y in many slavic languages, so they take that principle and apply this to an english transliteration.
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Level 77
Jul 15, 2021
Please also accept "Aya Sofya" for Hagia Sophia.
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Level 95
Jul 16, 2021
North Captiva Island, Florida
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Level ∞
Jul 16, 2021
One extra credit point for you.
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Level 66
Feb 15, 2024
captiva? yuck
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Level 37
Feb 23, 2024
Chevy Captiva eeeeew
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Level 67
Jul 22, 2021
Pigs aren't as commonly used anymore for hunting truffles because they will often eat the truffles they dig up. Dogs are the preferred choice now.
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Level 81
Jul 25, 2021
yeah, that's correct
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Level 71
Aug 18, 2021
My dog would eat far more than any pig
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Level 72
Aug 6, 2021
Come on, I wrote rope - should be accepted
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Level 60
Aug 9, 2021
Messi scored 91 goals not 86
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Level 67
Aug 18, 2021
I mean, he did score 86, then.
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Level ∞
May 22, 2023
Fixed
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Level 76
Aug 18, 2021
Whoa... a rare 100% on a general knowledge quiz for me
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Level 70
Aug 18, 2021
Yeah Messi scored 91 not 86, his 86th broke the previous record of 85 by the recently late and great Gerd Muller
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Level 67
Aug 18, 2021
He did score 86 though, and he's the only guy to get that high, so technically the question isn't wrong.
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Level 64
Aug 18, 2021
"West" as a type-in for Key West on a question that asks for a cardinal direction is a little too easy.
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Level 67
Aug 18, 2021
Yeah, I got it while attempting "West Palm Beach."
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Level 67
Aug 18, 2021
Kenobi quite low huh
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Level 77
Aug 18, 2021
If you strike me down, blah. It's always the nerdy kids' questions that get me.
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Level 60
Aug 19, 2021
....Star Wars is one of the most popular movies of all time...
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Level 77
Feb 15, 2024
There have been a lot of nerdy kids.
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Level 77
Feb 16, 2024
That said, I remembered the answer from 2021.
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Level 60
Aug 21, 2021
If you strike me down sounds so much more like Palpatine than Kenobi
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Level 66
Jan 30, 2022
All I could think of for the question about the net worth for cocaine was the cocaine hippos...*facepalm*
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Level 65
Jun 18, 2022
All this time, I thought it was square route...
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Level 76
Nov 17, 2022
Belay as an option? For the free solo rock climbing question.
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Level 70
Nov 27, 2022
нет for no?
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Level 66
Dec 23, 2022
The symbol that you used for square root is different than the symbol I learned.
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Level 53
Jun 7, 2023
Palpatine said "Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey to the dark side will be complete!" Also can Ben Kenobi be accepted because that was his name at the time
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Level 68
Nov 16, 2023
The last question has an error. Typed in “Electric kettle”, which a rock climber certainly does not use during a free solo, and didn’t get it right!
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Level 67
Dec 2, 2023
Not only the brain, but also the spinal chord consists of gray matter and white matter. I think that answers like "spinal chord" and "central nervous system" should also be accepted.
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Level 77
Feb 16, 2024
I'm fairly sure "chord" shouldn't be in the answer.
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Level 71
Jan 8, 2024
A spelling nitpick: It should be Guinness (World Records).
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Level 66
Feb 15, 2024
What doesn't a rock climber use on a free solo ascent? A climbing partner?
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Level 67
Feb 15, 2024
A bicycle?
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Level 38
Feb 15, 2024
Kanye West?????
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Level 66
Feb 15, 2024
What doesn't a rock climber use on a free solo ascent? I can think of a few things that might be an answer for this question...an elephant, a lift, punctuation, a flotilla of navel warships. Ask a specific question and get a specific answer.
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Level 80
Feb 15, 2024
Also common sense