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Crowd-Sourced General Knowledge #9

Answer these questions inspired by the many user-submitted general knowledge quizzes.
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Who proposed the law that things in motion tend to stay in motion?
Isaac Newton
What is the name of the boy who owns the toys in "Toy Story"?
Andy
What calendar rolled over to 13.0.0.0.0 on December 21st, 2012, leading stupid people
to predict a worldwide apocalypse?
Mayan Calendar
What legendary king was given a sword by a "watery tart"?
King Arthur
What terrorist organization was historically associated with the Sinn Féin party?
Provisional IRA
What does the Russian word "babushka" mean?
Grandmother
What island was settled by Erik the Red in the year 985?
Greenland
What is a common synonym of the word thespian?
Actor
What period of world history started on "Black Thursday"?
The Great Depression
What city is sinking into the Adriatic Sea at a rate of 2mm every year?
Venice
In what event did British athlete Paula Radcliffe once hold the women's world record?
Marathon
What cute pet is commonly eaten as food in Andean countries?
Guinea pigs
Which country's capital was named after the Duke of Wellington?
New Zealand's
What children's book is translated as "Huevos Verdes Con Jamón" in Spanish?
Green Eggs and Ham
What famous ship was built in Belfast between 1909–1912?
RMS Titanic
What type of cells contain hemoglobin?
Red blood cells
Name one of the four countries on the Barbary Coast.
Morocco / Algeria /
Tunisia / Libya
What Leonardo DiCaprio movie tells the "true" story of con man Frank Abagnale Jr.?
Catch Me If You Can
In what city can one visit Park Güell to the see the famous Gaudi salamander?
Barcelona
What language is the "lingua franca" of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda even though
very few people speak it as a first language?
Swahili
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Level 60
Aug 9, 2016
Thanks for using some of my questions
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Level 82
Aug 15, 2016
I enjoyed the calendar clue.
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Level 82
Oct 11, 2016
As did I
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Level 81
Oct 11, 2016
How about "erythrocytes"?
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Level 83
Dec 13, 2016
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Level ∞
Jan 23, 2019
Sure, why not
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Level 60
Jun 23, 2019
Worked for me.
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Level 75
Oct 11, 2016
Just learned that Swahili is spelled with only one L!
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Level 84
Sep 3, 2017
I haven't learned a thing in more than 40 years.
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Level 78
Oct 11, 2016
"Huevos Verdes Con Jamón" is an incorrect translation. It should be "Huevos Verdes y Jamón"
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Level 92
Oct 11, 2016
The translator(s) apparently disagreed.
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Level 67
Jun 23, 2019
Translation is not always literal. For example, to express hunger in Spanish, you would say "yo tengo hambre," which *literally* translates to "I have hunger," but of course any English speaker would just say "I'm hungry." Likewise, in Spanish, a side dish (like ham or French fries) would be preceded by "con" (for "with"), even though in English you'd say "and." So, in English, "a hamburger and fries." In Spanish, "a hamburger with fries." The translation of Green Eggs and Ham is correct because it represents how Spanish speakers would say it: green eggs with ham.
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Level 69
Jun 23, 2019
amen
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Level 76
Jun 23, 2019
That's how I translated it, with no joy. It might have helped if I'd ever heard of the book title.
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Level 56
Jun 23, 2019
In English, isn't there a difference between "Green Eggs and Ham" and "Green Eggs with Ham"? Like, when we use "with," we mean that the foods are served together as a unit, that they need each other to be complete. This doesn't disprove the above commenter, but I'm really curious to see if anyone else feels that nuance.
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Level 68
Dec 12, 2023
Traduttore tradittore!
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Level 62
Jun 23, 2019
Yeah, "Huevos Verdes Con Jamon" means Green Eggs with Ham. However, the book is actually published as Huevos Verdes Con Jamon in Spanish speaking countries
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Level 61
Oct 11, 2016
Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!
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Level 84
Oct 12, 2016
I mean, if I went around saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away!
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Level 48
Oct 13, 2016
What we need is a mandate from the masses.
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Level 78
Feb 18, 2018
As opposed to the marshes
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Level 72
Oct 11, 2016
Green eggs and ham? Never heard of it. Is it a new kids book that I wouldn't have seen as a child or did I just miss out on it?
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Level 65
Oct 11, 2016
Dr. Seuss! It's been around forever!
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Level 58
Feb 21, 2017
1960
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Level 84
Oct 12, 2016
It's the fourth best-selling English-language children's book of all time. Certainly a classic here in the US, but not sure about it's popularity in non-English language areas.
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Level 66
Feb 5, 2024
Ubiquitous in the UK too, "Sam I am" is something every Sam has heard at school
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Level 79
Jun 23, 2019
I was often read it when I was in primary school.
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Level 75
Jun 23, 2019
Sam you are not.
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Level 69
Oct 11, 2016
'Shakespearean' should be accepted for Thespian.
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Level 65
Oct 20, 2016
But what happens if you're not acting in a Shakespearean play? But even if you did act in a Shakespeare play and someone asks you what you do, I think saying "I'm Shakespearean" would be a bit of an odd thing to say!
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Level 34
Oct 11, 2016
You should accept erythrocyte for red blood cell
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Level 57
Oct 11, 2016
Guinea pig is delicious. Nuff said
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Level 68
Dec 12, 2023
I'd love to try it, but it does look small and bony...
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Level 71
Oct 14, 2016
The wording of the Erik the Red question is a little odd. Greenland was first settled by the inuits.
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Level 69
Jan 31, 2018
Yeah, I was gonna say; this wording smacks of Columbus "discovering" America. Eskimos were certainly waltzing in and out of there since ~4500 BCE, but even if the question means "permanent settlement", I don't think Erik can qualify either, since the Norse wound up leaving, too. (As Zefyrinus alludes, it was the Inuit who came – in ~1300 – and wound up staying.) Can you clarify what you mean, O Quizzymaster?
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Level ∞
Jan 23, 2019
Got rid of the word "first"
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Level 74
Apr 17, 2021
Surprised no one has said this, Radcliffe's record(s) (women's world record and "mixed sex") have been broken. Maybe just change it do past tense?
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Level 74
Dec 4, 2021
Radcliffe is no longer a world record holder
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Level 67
Aug 18, 2021
Molly, Sid and Hannah also own toys in Toy Story
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Level 83
Mar 14, 2022
Just a friendly reminder that Paula Radcliffe isn't the record holder anymore since 2019 and this quiz should be updated.
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Level ∞
May 21, 2023
Updated
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Level 41
Jun 13, 2023
Please accept NZ for New Zealand, like you do on every other quiz
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Level 75
Dec 21, 2023
Do it.
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Level 59
Jan 7, 2024
Agreed. All that needs to be done is remove the 's at the end and the regular type-ins should work
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Level 78
Dec 11, 2023
Thespian is also an adjective, so perhaps theatrical or dramatic should also be acceptable.

I tried them both before I considered the noun. (I did get it right within the timescale though).

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Level 66
Dec 11, 2023
Stupid people also went and got those safe and effective shots.
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Level 68
Dec 12, 2023
Are you suggesting that people who believed in the Maya Apocalypse are the same ones who took the Covid vaccine? I'm sure there is some overlap between the two populations, but, generally, I think the tendency is more the other way...
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Level 63
Jan 17, 2024
Why does the DiCaprio question say "true" story and not true story? That sounds like the whole story is made up.

As far as I know, it is a true story and it is common practice that even when telling true stories, movies adjust some events to suit better to the dramaturgy.

Maybe, if you think too many facts were altered, you could rather say:

What Leonardo DiCaprio movie is based on the life of con man Frank Abagnale Jr.?

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Level 66
Feb 5, 2024
Could "nanny" be accepted for a babushka synonym, they have a warm vibe so I used the friendlier word, ta
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Level 46
Feb 24, 2024
for the Sinn Fein question the answer should just be IRA (Irish Republican Army). If the answer is to be Provisional IRA the question should ask about the military wing of Provisional Sinn Fein. More nuance is possible depending on the historical period being referred to and to some extent your political view point but the above is the generally accepted nomenclature.