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General Knowledge Quiz #32

Can you answer these random trivia questions?
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What was New York City known as between 1624–1664?
New Amsterdam
What did the Grinch try to steal?
Christmas
In Norse mythology, who is the father of Thor?
Odin
What Italian constructor is the most successful Formula One team of all time?
Ferrari
Who was Little Red Riding Hood's adversary?
The Big Bad Wolf
In what city would you find the world's largest mosque, capable of holding
4 million people?
Mecca
What ancient trade route connected China to the Mediterranean?
Silk Road
In which country would you find a billabong?
Australia
Besides chocolate, what is the main flavor of Nutella?
Hazelnut
What body of water got its name from Ferdinand Magellan, who named it
"Peaceful Sea" in his language?
Pacific Ocean
Whose face launched a thousand ships?
Helen's
In what modern day country's territory was most of the Sumerian empire located?
Iraq
On what river does the city formerly known as Stalingrad lie?
Volga
What is either a medical clinic in Minnesota, a county in Ireland, or something
you might put on your sandwich?
Mayo
What holy river flows through Varanasi, India?
Ganges
Whose ex-husbands have included Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher?
Demi Moore
What does the P stand for in OPEC?
Petroleum
Which Olympic sport is a miniature, indoor variation of another Olympic sport?
Table tennis
What weapon does Luke Skywalker wield?
Lightsaber
What obsolete psychiatric procedure involved scraping away connections to
the prefrontal cortex?
Lobotomy
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Level 69
Apr 15, 2014
Well, apparently it wasn't called Old York City, that's a shame
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Level 71
Aug 14, 2018
or Little York Town
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Level 80
Feb 1, 2023
Even old New York was once New Amsterdam…
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Level 77
Apr 9, 2023
Why they changed it, I can't say.
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Level 60
Apr 9, 2023
People just liked it better that way
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Level 38
Apr 10, 2023
So take me back to Constantinople
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Level 35
Aug 10, 2014
I'm an atheist, if i type in xmas will it work?
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Level 51
May 14, 2015
I do not understand what being an atheist has to do with it since "X" is simply an abbreviation for "Christ."
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Level 42
May 31, 2015
I was told never to leave Christ out of Christmas.
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Level 65
Nov 6, 2018
He wants to make sure any Christians on this site know he is an atheist so that he can draw attention to it.
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Level 89
Dec 3, 2018
Cue Linus and his spotlight.
+3
Level 77
Jun 6, 2020
X can also stand for "cross" (e.g. BMX). Have yet to hear anyone interpret Xmas as Cross-mas though.
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Level 75
Nov 8, 2021
Actually BMX stands for 'bicycle, my excellent bicycle'.
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Level 79
Feb 1, 2023
(whoosh)
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Level 72
Feb 23, 2016
shouldn't matter, as an atheist you shouldn't be attaching any kind of magic to the word christ. therefore why shouldn't you just type the word christmas? I think it should be an acceptable spelling, but it has nothing to do with being an atheist, it's just a good short form.
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Level 89
Nov 6, 2018
Besides, the book title isn't "How the Grinch Stole Xmas."
+3
Level 56
Nov 8, 2018
On the other hand, the question is not about what the book is called.
+9
Level 25
Aug 20, 2014
darn, i just type wolf
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Level 51
Jul 21, 2016
lool me too...it should be accepted :P
+7
Level 77
Jul 22, 2018
Right...it wasn't the small ill-tempered wolf
+11
Level 75
Jul 27, 2018
The moderately sized, slightly vexed wolf?
+4
Level 67
Nov 6, 2018
The brobdingnagian antagonistic lupine beast
+1
Level 57
Nov 7, 2018
I thought it was Virginia Woolf.
+4
Level 47
Dec 14, 2018
oh come on, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?
+1
Level 67
Dec 12, 2019
This entire conversation has just gone off track.
+1
Level 93
Feb 1, 2023
bad wolf would work, for any Doctor Who fans
+3
Level 43
Nov 17, 2016
Better than me...I thought it was asking about ROBIN Hood. (double facepalm)
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Level 63
Nov 16, 2023
ahahahahahaha
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Level 69
Nov 14, 2015
Putting x instead of Christ is crossing out his name which I was taught was wrong
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Level 82
Dec 30, 2016
No.
+13
Level 75
Jul 27, 2018
He really doesn't care
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Level 82
Aug 22, 2018
What you were taught was wrong.
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Level 77
Nov 6, 2018
No, the X in "Xmas" is technically the Greek letter chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word for Χριστός ("Christos"). "Xmas" has been used as a shortened form for "Christmas" for at least 300 years, and versions of it (like "X'temmas") date back even earlier. The use of "X" as a shortened form of "Christ" goes back at least 1,000 years, in forms like "Xρ" or "Xt." Χρ has even developed into a popular Christian symbol you've probably seen before known as a labarum, or a "chi-rho," which dates back to Constantine the Great around 1700 years ago.

In short, "Xmas" comes from a very long Christian tradition. None of us wicked atheists are trying to take anything away or cross anything out.

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Level 79
Feb 1, 2023
I like this, and I like your name. It's a good motto.
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Level 55
Jul 18, 2017
Can you accept just 'wolf' for the Red Riding Hood question?
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Level 54
Dec 9, 2017
right?
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Level 73
Jan 31, 2021
Or X?
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Level 58
Oct 15, 2021
I think, "canidae" should do it.
+1
Level 55
Aug 20, 2023
The big bad dog? The big bad fox? The big bad coyote?
+3
Level 41
Jan 29, 2018
The wolf in Little Red Riding Hood is never called the “big bad wolf.” That is the wolf in the Three Little Pigs.
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Level ∞
Jul 22, 2018
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Red_Riding_Hood
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Level 78
Jul 23, 2018
Can atheists call the Big Bad Wolf the BB Wolf?
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Level 89
Nov 6, 2018
I was told to never leave "Big Bad" out of "Big Bad Wolf."
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Level 67
Nov 6, 2018
Fantastic, both of you.
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Level 89
Nov 6, 2018
Are you saying Grandma looked like a BBW??
+1
Level 55
Aug 20, 2023
A BMW?
+3
Level 65
Feb 18, 2018
Could you accept Wolga for Volga? In the majority of languages it is Volga, but some pesky Germanic languages/dialects go for Wolga.
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Level 84
Feb 3, 2023
Applying this same variation to V's less common sobriquet probably would've made "V for Vendetta" sound more like some hybrid of "Looney Tunes" and "Princess Bride"...

"Woilà! In wiew, a humble waudewillian weteran, cast wicariously as both wictim and willain by the wicissitudes of Fate. This wisage, no mere weneer of wanity, is a westige of the wox populi, now wacant, wanished. Howewer, this walorous wisitation of a by-gone wexation, stands wiwified and has wowed to wanquish these wenal and wirulent wermin wanguarding wice and wouchsafing the wiolently wicious and woracious wiolation of wolition."

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Level 58
Jul 23, 2018
obsolete, not obsolute
+2
Level ∞
Jul 23, 2018
Fixed
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Level 52
Jul 26, 2018
As I was answering questions I glanced at Q4 and only saw Hood's Adversary. After spending at least 30 seconds entering every variation of "Sheriff of Nottingham" I could think of, I look at the question to see its about Red Riding Hood, not Robin Hood... facepalm.
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Level 55
Feb 5, 2021
did you try Big Bad Sheriff of Nottingham?
+2
Level 61
Feb 1, 2023
I'm an atheist, can I type BBS of Nottingham?
+2
Level 76
Nov 6, 2018
Luke Skywalker also uses a blaster
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Level 60
Nov 6, 2018
And the Force--it's not always a weapon but it can be.
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Level 28
Nov 6, 2018
Yeah, but usually he specifically uses a lightsaber, and if there was someone who wasn't a Star Wars nerd, like I am, but they know that Luke carried a lightsaber, then that's another answer right for them.
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Level 66
Sep 3, 2019
Could you accept frontal lobotomy?
+2
Level 56
Sep 29, 2020
Yep. I second this.
+1
Level ∞
Feb 1, 2023
Yes
+2
Level 70
Feb 1, 2023
I'd rather a bottle in front of me.
+4
Level 72
Nov 6, 2019
I can't imagine watching planet earth with any narrator other than David Attenborough, he's so good
+1
Level 70
Dec 13, 2019
Who is Helen?
+5
Level 62
Jun 19, 2020
of Troy.

Read the Iliad, it's good.

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Level 56
Sep 29, 2020
Nobody ever answered as to why frontol lobotomy isn't accepted.
+1
Level 54
Oct 25, 2020
Geez, I missed 5 questions that >50% of people got and still got 3 points above average
+1
Level 76
Sep 20, 2021
Accept Leucotomy/Leukotomy for Lobotomy?
+14
Level 85
Jan 9, 2022
My favorite word:

MILIHELEN

n. unit of measurement

The amount of feminine beauty sufficient to launch one ship.

+3
Level 79
Feb 1, 2023
millihelen*
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Level 28
Jan 25, 2022
I liked the vague Duran Duran reference.
+1
Level 56
Apr 19, 2022
Can you please accept wolf for the Red Riding Hood question?
+1
Level ∞
Feb 1, 2023
Yes
+2
Level 70
Apr 29, 2022
Fiat should be allowed for the Italian car company question. They are the company which owns Ferrari (since 1988) and are also Italian.
+2
Level 86
Feb 1, 2023
Just to add to the fun: could luge and skeleton be considered "miniature" versions of bobsled? ;)
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Level 84
Feb 1, 2023
Enjoyed imagining a variety of miniature olympic sports before thinking of the answer. Showjumping on miniature horses was my favourite.
+1
Level 75
Feb 1, 2023
Please share a source for the mosque question - Wikipedia thinks that the capacity is 2.5 million, and none of the photos that came up on the first page of a Google search look anywhere near that to me
+1
Level ∞
Feb 1, 2023
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_mosques
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Level 73
Feb 1, 2023
Can you accept "my heart" for what the Grinch tried to steal?
+1
Level 67
Feb 2, 2023
100%, fun set of questions
+1
Level 67
Feb 2, 2023
I found Pacific very interesting because you can tie it to words like pacifist
+1
Level 67
Feb 2, 2023
Very nitpicky, but the Silk Road wasn't a single route; it was a network of routes.
+1
Level 69
Feb 4, 2023
I got hung up on water polo for the Olympic question. What are thoughts of that as a valid response?
+1
Level 83
Feb 11, 2023
The present tense of the question would suggest not since polo isn't currently an Olympic sport.
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Level 71
Feb 27, 2023
I thought of this but as @brandybuck96 points out, polo isn't an Olympic sport. But I tried "hockey" and "ice hockey" first, which I think should be accepted.
+1
Level 75
Apr 9, 2023
I tried it too, but only because I was stuck. I thought I had the answer with short-track speed skating, which has always been inside (whereas until 1988, I think, speed skating used to always be outside).
+1
Level 70
Apr 10, 2023
For the Olympics question I would definitely consider "track cycling" to fit the description of being a miniature, indoor variation of another sport (road cycling).
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Level 90
Apr 11, 2023
Ice Hockey is a much better answer than table tennis. As others have pointed out track cycling and short track speed skating can fit as well.
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Level 68
Apr 23, 2023
Short track speed skating vs. long track which at least used to be outside in a stadium.
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Level 84
Apr 23, 2023
Ah, no. Table tennis is not a miniature version of tennis. But short track is an indoor, shorter, version of speed skating.