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General Knowledge Quiz #30

Can you answer these random trivia questions?
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What animal are elephants supposedly afraid of?
Mice
What started on September 1, 1939?
World War II
Who referred to a ring as "my precious"?
Gollum
Who was the demon barber of Fleet Street?
Sweeney Todd
What town did Superman grow up in?
Smallville
Which sign of the Zodiac is also a disease?
Cancer
In what country would you find the town of Marathon?
Greece
What is the term for a word or phrase which is spelled the same
forwards or backwards?
a Palindrome
Who is the namesake of a Latin American country, a Canadian province,
a major river, and two U.S. state capitals?
Christopher Columbus
If I sail on the Neva river past the Hermitage Museum, what city am I in?
St. Petersburg
If you are dining "al fresco", where are you?
Outside
What modern-day country contains most of the ancient region of Mesopotamia?
Iraq
What is made at a tannery?
Leather
What type of school offers a class called "torts"?
Law School
Who led England as Lord Protector from 1653–1658?
Oliver Cromwell
What country is the region Lombardy a part of?
Italy
What is the name of a receptacle designed to be spat into by tobacco chewers?
Spittoon
What was Medusa's hair made of?
Snakes
What word in the English language sounds like "segway"?
Segue
Name a country that is located in the Maghreb.
Algeria | Libya | Mauritania |
Morocco | Tunisia
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Level 44
Mar 18, 2014
Not to challenge the answer as it's the established western version, but fighting in WW2 really started in the early 1930s with Japan's invasion of the continent. Sort of like how the Vietnam War started in 1858.
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Level 73
Jul 16, 2018
I don't really know about the Vietnam part, but I sorta agree with the WWII part. Japan was a major combatant in that war and that's when they actually began their part of the war even though it didn't start in Europe for a few more years. They were in a unbroken pattern of war in which Pearl Harbor (and yes I know that Europe was already a war by then) was just another step for them. As time went on more and more countries from all continents were pulled into it in Europe and the Pacific - fighting for different things, but all happening at the same time making it a world war. If that makes any sense...
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Level 78
Jul 22, 2018
Try telling an Austrian or a Czech that WW2 started in 1939! However the question is not 'when did WW2 start' but 'what started on 1 September 1939'. Thus WW2 is an acceptable answer as it is the date that most of the world recognises but 'invasion of Poland" should also be accepted which it isn't.
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Level 77
Jan 5, 2022
Considering that Austria and Czechoslovakia didn't go to war against Germany I would say that most Austrians and Czechs wouldn't have an issue with saying the war started in 1939.
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Level 71
Feb 3, 2023
I think an appropriate start date for the war would be July 7th, 1937, which is when Japan began its full-on invasion of China. That being said, I won't contest the fact that September 1st, 1939 is the widely accepted date for the start of World War 2.
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Level 88
Dec 28, 2018
1858's a serious stretch. In English "the Vietnam War" refers specifically to the U.S.-Vietnam war. Other struggles against France, Britain, China, the Khmer Rouge or Japan are labelled as such in English, in which coincidentally, we are communicating.
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Level 61
Mar 18, 2014
There is a town named Marathon in Ontario, Canada
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Level 18
Jul 11, 2018
There is one in the Florida keys, too.
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Level 76
Oct 23, 2018
Right, they're both named after the famous one in Greece, from which the word "marathon" comes.
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Level 72
Apr 7, 2021
Right, but the question isn't "In what country is the original town of Marathon?"
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Level 77
Jan 5, 2022
Uh huh. There's a tiny municipality called Alexandria where my grandparents had a farm. If a quiz asks "What type of building is Alexandria famous for", I want to write my grandparents' log house. I really do. But that'd be stupid and I'd write Pharos.
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Level 33
Apr 16, 2022
There is small town in west Texas by that name as well.
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Level 84
Mar 18, 2014
Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England (Puritan) born in 1599, died in 1658 (September).
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Level 51
May 21, 2014
The dates in the clue were when Cromwell WAS Lord Protector of England, not his birth/death dates.
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Level 77
Jul 16, 2018
If not, dude was a REALLY famous 5 year old.
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Level 88
Dec 28, 2018
Thanks for the clarification. I thought he was the most influential person to die at 5 in world history.
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Level 80
Jan 24, 2023
It took nine years to find someone who recognizes the Monty Python quote?
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Level 51
Jul 30, 2015
ironically, the word palindrome is not a palindrome...
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Level 76
Mar 26, 2018
No, but it is an emordnilap!
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Level 88
Dec 28, 2018
Cool. Nice bacov drow.
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Level 88
Dec 28, 2018
Before someone says I didn't use it right, I know. So does Spellcheck, it corrected it to bacon drown. A great way to die.
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Level 76
Jan 23, 2023
Doesn't it have to actually be a word to be an emordnilap? Otherwise every word is an emordnilap, which doesn't make it special at all.
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Level 75
Jul 18, 2018
Ironically, the word ironic and it's derivative forms are usually used incorrectly
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Level 61
Oct 23, 2018
nerd
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Level 75
Mar 26, 2019
Sure, I'm fine with that :-)
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Level 74
Feb 11, 2023
You mean irony.
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Level 76
Jun 20, 2023
Ironically, so are "its" and "it's".
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Level 66
Oct 23, 2018
And "abbreviation" is a very long word.
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Level 59
Oct 23, 2018
Alliteration is usually not alliterative.
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Level 86
Nov 17, 2022
That’s because a single word can never be alliterative…
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Level 75
Apr 5, 2019
Disabled toilets are the only ones big enough to run around in
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Level 71
Aug 21, 2015
There is also a Marathon in upstate New York. However, I think it's pretty obvious what country is being referred to.
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Level 46
Nov 26, 2016
"What started on September 1, 1939?"

september

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Level 66
Apr 16, 2017
I tried the same thing.
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Level 58
Jan 23, 2023
September 1, 1939
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Level 61
Sep 11, 2023
spring
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Level 61
Sep 11, 2023
fall
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Level 71
Feb 3, 2023
Ba-ba-ba-BAH-DI-YAH
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Level 71
Dec 5, 2017
Like this quiz, try my General Knowledge 28 ......here it is
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Level 59
Dec 20, 2017
Interestingly, palindrome is not a palindrome
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Level 75
Oct 23, 2018
Uninterestingly, you repeat previous comments.
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Level 71
Jul 15, 2018
I think 'Segue' as a word in the English language is pushing the boat out a bit. A French musical term such as this will not be in the normal vocabulary, and will never be heard of again.
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Level 74
Jul 15, 2018
I hear that term a lot in regard to movies or TV.
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Level 92
Jul 16, 2018
I hear and use the term all the time in business. Often during meetings someone will ask if they can segue into a related topic. And the response that's invariably given is "Segue away."
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Level 84
Jul 16, 2018
I hear this one often as well. After thinking about it, I think I hear it most when someone is pointing out how awkward the transition from one topic to another was. As in, "Wow, that was a weird segue."
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Level 77
Jul 16, 2018
segue is used literally all of the time. You hear radio hosts talking and someone will segue into another topic and they say "nice segue." The problem is that most people think that the word they are saying is spelled "segway" and are surprised when shown the actual spelling.
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Level 76
Oct 23, 2018
Yeah, this is a relatively common word in English, meaning "to transition."
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Level 75
Oct 23, 2018
I assumed that's where the Segway got its name - one uses it to "segue" from one place to another.
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Level 70
Oct 23, 2018
The growing crescendo of comments here might indicate that this is an appropriate opportunity to segue into suggesting that you check your dictionary before making such pronouncements
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Level 81
Oct 23, 2018
And also, it's Italian, not French
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Level 74
Feb 11, 2023
I see what you did there. Segue--> musical term-->crescendo. Well done!
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Level 78
Mar 29, 2023
Segue isn't an unusual term and it isn't French either.
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Level 60
Oct 23, 2018
I think Rat should be accepted for Mice.
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Level 68
Oct 23, 2018
No, I think rats are too big.
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Level 62
Nov 20, 2020
Please accept baby rat. They're the size of mice.
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Level 83
Jan 26, 2023
Rodents of unusual size? I don't think they exist
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Level 79
Jan 3, 2020
The first question should either be asking for animals (plural) or the first answer should be singular (mouse)
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Level 50
Jan 28, 2020
Lmao didn’t know the mice one. Also bacarri rambo should be accepted
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Level 69
Mar 24, 2020
Shouldn't subway be accepted for the segway question? In my opinion, it sounds more like segway.
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Level 21
Sep 9, 2021
Segue is pronounced literally the same as segway. If you don't think they sound alike you're pronouncing them wrong
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Level 49
Mar 26, 2023
Segue is a transition, and segway is that little scooter platform thing mall cops use to get around. They're pronounced the same, though.
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Level 64
Jul 5, 2021
Bilbo also calls the Ring 'my precious' early on in FotR
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Level 64
Jul 19, 2021
I'm surprised that only 25% got St. Petersburg tbh. The Hermitage is quite a famous museum.
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Level 58
Jan 23, 2023
Never heard of it. Only got it due to the Neva part.
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Level 56
Jan 25, 2023
Not everyone cares for such things, i dont and only got it by googling the river.
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Level 71
Feb 9, 2023
i.e. cheating
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Level 40
Aug 18, 2021
I didn’t know there was a town named Marathon in Greece, but there is also a town in the US in the Florida keys with the same name.
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Level 67
Aug 27, 2021
That's why we have marathon races today, cuz of the legend of that guy who ran all the way there to deliver a letter
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Level 49
Mar 26, 2023
Same in NY.
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Level 86
Nov 17, 2022
I don’t know about mice, but elephants are certainly scared of bees
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Level 20
Jan 23, 2023
It's very nice!
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Level 78
Jan 23, 2023
Whoa, 95% got the elephant question!
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Level 67
Jan 25, 2023
16/20, guessed randomly for law school
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Level 83
Jan 26, 2023
"It's not a palindrome! The palindrome of Bolton would be Notlob! It don't work!"
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Level 73
Mar 7, 2023
even though "al fresco" is Italian, no one in Italy would say they dine "al fresco" if they dine outside.

If you're "al fresco" (lit. "in the cool") you're in jail!

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Level 66
Mar 26, 2023
That is very interesting!
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Level 59
Mar 26, 2023
'Serpents' should be allowed for Medusa's hair, as that's how it's usually presented.
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Level 68
Mar 26, 2023
Am I the only one confused by the way Americans use the word 'namesake'? To me it means 'Having the same name as' not 'being named after' - there is a subtle difference.

I wonder if that's why the question has a relatively low percentage of correct answers? Not nit-picking, I've been thrown by this in other quizzes.

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Level 62
Mar 27, 2023
As a Brit, I’d find the other way confusing. “Namesake” is very much about being named *specifically for* someone or something else. Otherwise any pair of people with the same forename would be each other’s namesakes!
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Level 68
Mar 27, 2023
Thanks for taking the time to respond DrWhoFanJ. Your reasoning does make sense.
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Level 49
Mar 26, 2023
I grew up about a half hour from a town called Marathon in NY. So maybe write "one country" or "a country" and accept more than one answer? I got it right, but yeah, just so you know, Marathon exists outside of Greece. There's also a Greece, NY (USA), for those interested. :-)
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Level 78
Mar 29, 2023
Latin America country should be Latin American* country,
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Level 54
Aug 20, 2023
I thought that in the al fresco question, there was a country where this was said, guessed Italy and got a different one
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Level 54
Feb 14, 2024
I tried "culinary" for the torts question...