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General Knowledge Quiz #114

Can you answer these random trivia questions?
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What is the highest mountain range that is NOT in Asia?
Andes
What do devout Muslims do five times a day?
Pray towards Mecca
What is the most populous city that is located on two different continents?
Istanbul
Who led a group of ne'er-do-wells that included Will Scarlet, Alan-a-Dale, and Friar Tuck?
Robin Hood
Who is credited with writing most of the Bible book of Psalms?
King David
In what country is it common for "salarymen" to stay at "capsule hotels"?
Japan
What historical leader is often thought to have been extremely short - despite being average
(or possibly above average) for his era?
Napoleon Bonaparte
What is the biggest city where the Wu dialect is spoken?
Shanghai
What oft-ridiculed movie director has defended his work by saying
"I make movies for teenage boys. Oh, dear, what a crime"?
Michael Bay
What famous author wrote many plays but just one novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?
Oscar Wilde
Which South American country was once a Dutch colony?
Suriname
What were the V2 and Saturn V?
Types of rockets
What construction project, completed in 1914, killed over 30,000 workers
(mostly due to yellow fever and malaria)?
Panama Canal
What best-selling book was originally a work of "Twilight" fan fiction?
Fifty Shades of Grey
What type of animal was Ham, who was launched into space (and safely returned) in 1961?
Chimpanzee
What Basque sport is sometimes called "the fastest sport in the world" because its
ball can reach a speed of 300 km/h?
Jai alai
What classic play was the musical "West Side Story" based on?
Romeo and Juliet
What substance famously has a "double helix" structure?
DNA
What part of the brain regulates the heart rate and breathing?
Brain stem
What country does Pippi Longstocking come from?
Sweden
58 Comments
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Level 65
Feb 24, 2015
Not Basquetball?
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Level 69
Jul 5, 2016
Love this
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Level 74
Jun 4, 2017
Zing!
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Level 93
Dec 6, 2018
i put petanque...
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Level 58
Feb 26, 2015
Only 33% got the 50 shades question? I'm really disappointed in myself for knowing that now.
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Level 70
Feb 20, 2018
I think the question was very misleading. I thought it was asking something about the Twilight novels.
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Level 69
Mar 11, 2020
That’s the benefit of reading vs. skimming.
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Level 75
May 17, 2020
I thought of it because it's also set in Washington, but I couldn't think of a connection and didn't bother trying it.
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Level 20
Oct 10, 2015
i think namaaz can be accepted for the second answer
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Level 70
Apr 21, 2016
In English Namaz and Salat both mean pray, as this is an English Language Quiz "Pray" is correct. (deeper than this and we start to get into the Shia vs Sunni Namaz.
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Level 40
Jun 14, 2016
What Basque sport is sometimes called "the fastest sport in the world" because its ball can reach a speed of 300 km/h?

it's jalai.... -_-

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Level 66
May 23, 2017
It's jalai? What does that mean? It's not jalai, it's jai alai, just like the quizmaster put in as the answer.
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Level 77
Feb 24, 2017
Can you accept "Pelota" for jai alai? When we were in Spain, it was referred to by the locals as Pelota.
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Level ∞
May 23, 2017
Okay
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Level 65
Mar 11, 2020
Fun fact. Pelota means ball in Spanish, and outside Basque regions the general sport of bashing a ball to a wall it is called Pelota Vasca (Basque ball). In Euskara language it's called Pilota or Euskal Pilota (should accept pilota as well, btw). Jai alai is a variant that uses a basket, which confers that super speed to the ball.
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Level 78
May 23, 2017
Thanks to this quiz, I learned that chimpanzee is not the same as monkey. I was going to complain that monkey wasn't accepted but I looked it up and shore 'nuff. Chimpanzees are not monkeys.
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Level 55
Jul 20, 2018
I said ape, also did not work out -.-
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Level 78
Sep 16, 2020
did this quiz 3 years later and i still put 'monkey.' Tried chimpanzee later and thought the exact same thing as before. Ha...oops.
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Level 66
May 23, 2017
Medulla oblongata should be accepted for the part of the brain that regulates heart rate and breathing.
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Level 40
Jan 16, 2019
nerd
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Level 75
May 17, 2020
Medulla was accepted for me before I typed oblongata - not nerdy for anyone with medical training.
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Level 76
May 24, 2017
What answer got changed that caused this quiz to reset today?
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Level ∞
May 24, 2017
All four of the bottom questions are new, replacing "U.S. centric" questions.
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Level 74
Jun 4, 2017
Yay! Awesomesauce.
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Level 85
May 24, 2017
I wrote "stem" as the part of the brain, on the assumption that I wouldn't need to rewrite "brain". Wasn't accepted, so I tried "medulla oblongata". Not accepted either. WTF?
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Level ∞
May 24, 2017
Those two alternatives will work now
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Level 71
May 5, 2019
It is not a persons last name though ;) so technically no reason to omit the first part

(btw the word is hersenschors in dutch (hersenen means brains) just saying schors would be weird, cause that means the bark of a tree. well just saying stem makes me think of the stem of a flower)

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Level 73
Mar 10, 2020
but the question asks "What part of the brain..." thats why stem by itself is acceptable
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Level 83
May 24, 2017
Please accept medulla and medulla oblongata
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Level 55
Jul 17, 2017
If it accepts the first, it can't possibly accept the second.
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Level 69
Mar 11, 2020
Medulla is a general term and therefore should not be accepted.
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Level 83
Jul 17, 2017
I tried pig for Ham to no avail
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Level 90
Jul 17, 2017
Glad I'm not alone in this endeavor.
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Level 40
Jan 16, 2019
I tried hamster but alas...
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Level 71
Jul 17, 2017
Are rocket and shuttle not similar things? Asking for a friend...
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Level 55
Jul 17, 2017
The shuttle was so called because it went into space, landed back on Earth (on wheels) and could be used again. So it "shuttled" back and forth to space. Neither the V2 nor the Saturn V could be described as shuttles.
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Level 71
Jan 5, 2019
Spacecraft and spaceship doesnt work either
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Level 73
Mar 10, 2020
The Saturn V was a spacecraft but the V2 was not, it was a ballistic missile. The thing they both have in common is that they are propelled by rockets.
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Level 75
Jul 18, 2017
please accept missile for rocket. technically they are better suited to be missiles not rockets.
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Level 77
Aug 19, 2018
...but technically, they were rockets.
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Level ∞
Mar 9, 2020
Missile is not correct. The Saturn V was not a missile.
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Level 75
Nov 5, 2019
Not saying the question is wrong but the Jai Alai saying is a bit daft as Formula 1 vehicles reach speeds much faster than 300 kph
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Level 75
Dec 18, 2019
And I think another quiz on this site has a similar question about badminton saying that the shuttlecock can travel at ~400kph.

Again, not saying the question is wrong; just that they are daft claims to make

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Level 69
Mar 11, 2020
But Formula 1 vehicles are neither Basque nor balls…
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Level 75
Jul 14, 2020
I wasn't suggesting that the answer should be Formula 1, or badminton. I was just saying that it is silly to suggest that Jai Alai is "the fastest sport in the world".

And I know that it's not the quiz setter saying it either - they are just setting a question based on what other people say.

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Level 82
Mar 1, 2020
I hated Michael Bay when I was a teenage boy, too.
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Level 92
Mar 10, 2020
To slightly misquote one of my favorite tv shows: "It's not that [Michael Bay]'s movies have gratuitous sex and gratuitous violence. It's that they suck. They're terrible. But people go to see them because they have gratuitous sex and gratuitous violence. Now, if we could just get people to stop going to see crappy movies, [Bay] would stop making them, I promise you."
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Level 90
May 17, 2020
Most of the time they don't even have gratuitous violence or sex. Just loud explosions and terrible characters.
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Level 69
Mar 10, 2020
Please accept cesta punta (zesta punta) for jai alai. It is as much of a valid name for the same thing.
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Level 75
Mar 11, 2020
Maybe accept Surinam since that was the name of the colony when it was Dutch?
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Level 79
Apr 13, 2020
Nobody thinks Napoleon was 'extremely short'.
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Level 67
May 17, 2020
Lots of people think that. The inferiority complex carried by some short men is called the "Napoleon Complex" based on the misconception that Napoleon sought power to compensate for the inferiority he felt from his small stature.
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Level 69
Oct 13, 2020
As much as I love blaming Americans for various stuff, this one is actually on the British - as are most misconceptions about French history.
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Level 70
Apr 1, 2022
Literally everyone thinks that.
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Level 81
Nov 8, 2022
Anyone else get the medulla question because of Fight Club?
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Level 27
May 30, 2024
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We look forward to unpacking these thought provoking quizzes with each of you in the future, fellow inquisicals.

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Level 71
Jun 2, 2024
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Level 84
Jun 9, 2024
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