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A group of lions is a pride. What is a group of whales?
A pod
What tiny nation can be found along the French Riviera?
Monaco
What is the chemical formula of Sodium Chloride?
NaCl
What philosopher is credited with the phrase "cogito ergo sum", translated in
English as "I think therefore I am"?
René Descartes
What is the median of the following values: 60, 140, 400?
140
What common fruit has its seeds on the outside?
Strawberry
What is known as the "Red Planet"?
Mars
Who played the role of Indiana Jones's estranged father in "The Last Crusade"?
Sean Connery
What's the French word for cheese?
Fromage
What fictional sport was invented by J. K. Rowling?
Quidditch
What does TKO mean in boxing?
Technical knockout
What did Queen Elizabeth II celebrate in 2012, becoming only the second
British monarch to do so?
Diamond jubilee
What 1992 movie starring Whitney Houston has the best-selling soundtrack of all-time?
The Bodyguard
What modern conveyance emerged from an 1817 invention called the
vélocipède, swift-walker, or dandy horse?
Bicycle
What is the world's largest diamond mining company – founded by Cecil Rhodes in 1888?
De Beers
What company released the Walkman in 1979?
Sony
What is the road to hell paved with?
Good intentions
Who played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 seasons from 1996–2016?
Kobe Bryant
What are monozygotic twins called in plain English?
Identical twins
What South Korean production set a record in 2021 when it was watched
for 1.65 billion hours during its first month on Netflix?
Squid Game
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Level 84
May 24, 2023
For better or worse, Quidditch is now an actual real-life sport with a league and governing body.
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Level ∞
May 24, 2023
Can't exactly put my finger on it, but the "real" version seems different somehow.
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Level 84
May 24, 2023
Sorry, more people know about Squid Game than what a pod of whales is???
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Level 83
May 25, 2023
Pods of whales sadly haven't come up as much in the news over the past few years... it's possible second-language speakers also didn't know the name in English
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Level 65
May 25, 2023
A pod and I pod. It's probably just a pod.
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Level 59
May 24, 2023
Doesn’t your Snapple Facts quiz contradict the strawberry question?
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Level 60
May 24, 2023
could you accept gam for the whale question?
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Level 57
May 25, 2023
Welp, i need to go back to school. Forgot what median was.
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Level 77
May 26, 2023
Please accept cashew apple (marañon, acajou) for a fruit that has its seed on the outside. It's commonly found throughout the Americas, although not in the USA.
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Level 70
Aug 6, 2023
Great quiz. Thanks for the mention.
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Level 66
Nov 6, 2023
I would make the argument that corn is the most common fruit with its seeds on the outside.
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Level 66
Feb 18, 2024
Man, I always think it's De Boers for some reason. Was Paternal accepted for the twins Q?
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Level 76
Feb 22, 2024
Do you mean "fraternal"? Paternal twins would be, I don't know, twins who both become fathers. Anyway, "fraternal" shouldn't be an answer because the questions specifies monozygotic twins, which means they both originate from a single fertilized egg that splits into two separate embryos, and are thus genetically identical (well, nearly. It's complicated.) Fraternal twins are dizygotic twins, meaning they originate from two separate fertilized eggs that develop simultaneously, and thus are no more genetically similar than any other set of full siblings.
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Level 67
Feb 22, 2024
Another collective noun for whales that really should be accepted is GAM.
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Level 65
Feb 22, 2024
huh. I've thought it was total knock out for my entire life. The more you know.
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Level 56
Feb 22, 2024
dude the amount of spellings i tried-