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General Knowledge Quiz #74

Answer these random trivia questions.
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Last updated: June 13, 2019
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What ended at 11am on November 11, 1918?
World War I
What is known as the "Lone Star State"?
Texas
What country dominated the East Indies spice trade in the 17th and 18th centuries?
Netherlands
What plant is commonly used for soothing a burn?
Aloe Vera
In what city did pizza originate?
Naples
In what year did the United States celebrate its bicentennial?
1976
In electrical terms, what does AC stand for?
Alternating Current
What American actress died on August 5, 1962, at age 36?
Marilyn Monroe
What show features the TARDIS?
Doctor Who
Who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver?
Judas Iscariot
What composer's "Ring Cycle" is comprised of four operas with a
total length of 17 hours?
Richard Wagner
What is Robin of Locksley better known as?
Robin Hood
What movie takes place at Shermer High School's detention?
The Breakfast Club
What bird, the largest by wingspan in North America, was on the brink
of extinction in the 1980s?
California Condor
What type of berries are used to flavor gin?
Juniper Berries
What recent book trilogy features a character named Christian Grey?
Fifty Shades of Grey
Who are Athos, Porthos, and Aramis?
The Three Musketeers
What comic book villain was also known as Oswald Cobblepot?
The Penguin
What is a Fender Stratocaster?
an Electric Guitar
What famous poet and libertine died of fever while fighting for Greek
independence in 1824?
Lord Byron
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Level 68
Jun 20, 2013
good quiz. I guess I'm not geek enough because I've never seen Dr Who.
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Level 57
Jun 20, 2013
That's a shame, you really should!
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Level 59
Jun 21, 2013
Did ok with this- missed a couple that I did know but never mind. Really had no clue about the HBO question- I thought that program was a historical drama, didn't realise it was fantasy, oops!
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Level 44
Feb 8, 2014
Got 18/20. Missed Netherlands & Condor. Not bad...
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Level 28
Nov 28, 2014
You should really allow Napoli for the pizza question...
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Level ∞
Jul 28, 2015
Napoli will work now.
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Level 75
Dec 20, 2015
Can you accept Alterego Currency for the AC question?
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Level 71
Dec 22, 2015
How about alternizing, altar boy, alter my pants...None are correct but hey let's accept everything that might sound a bit like alternating.
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Level 66
Jun 13, 2019
It is getting very bitter in here..
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Level 65
Dec 2, 2019
Almost as bitter as a juniper berry...
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Level 55
Mar 6, 2022
Suspect the “alterego” comment is a clever comment referring to the huge-ego Tesla AC vs huge-ego Edison DC thing.
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Level 70
Jun 15, 2019
I like “anti-Christ”.
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Level 67
Oct 11, 2020
Apparently, the AC/DC in the band name is supposed to stand for Anti-Christ/Death to Christ. Source: I've heard that somewhere.
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Level 72
Jan 8, 2022
I saw somewhere that they saw the AC/DC on the family sewing machine’s electrical switch or something.
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Level 33
Dec 21, 2015
I typed in "air conditioning" for about a minute before I realized it was in electrical terms...cuss.
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Level 39
Dec 26, 2016
That's crap....Oh wait i just realised i was typing in 40 shades of grey....damn it!
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Level 85
Jun 13, 2019
Even 49 shades won't round up
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Level 60
Apr 4, 2018
Should accept alternate current
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Level ∞
Jun 12, 2019
Okay
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Level 70
Jun 15, 2019
What? Nobody ever called it “alternate” current! Quizmaster, you’re getting too lenient!!
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Level 65
Aug 9, 2019
No, alternate current is not correct! It is only alternating current. The word "alternating" describes the cyclical alternation of voltage from positive to negative and vice versa. It doesn't imply that it is an alternate form of current.
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Level 84
Jun 22, 2018
Re: the pizza question, flatbread with various toppings on it has been consumed in Greece longer than anyone knows, but definitely since long before Greek colonists brought it to Neapolis (Naples). This is why pizza sounds so much like pita.

However, the version of this food that became popular and famous around the world was first made in Little Italy in New York City. New York should be an acceptable type-in if not the answer that populates in the quiz.

Also, maybe accept simply "musketeers?" The question is "who are Athos, Porthos, and Aramis?" They were all musketeers, so seems like a reasonable answer.

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Level 81
Jun 26, 2019
Pizza popularity in Europe has little to do with NYC
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Level 84
Aug 9, 2019
as the variety of pizza popular in Europe, and the world, is New York style pizza, it has everything to do with it.
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Level 84
Oct 28, 2022
The 1st pizza chain opened in the UK was Pizza Express in 1965. Allegedly inspired by a trip to Naples by the owner, it has since fallen on hard financial times and never did the business of some later, larger chains. Pizzaland was one of those more successful chains, opening in 1970, and though a British chain, most of what they served would most accurately be described as NY style pizza. Pizza Hut would open its first location in the UK in 1973. Domino's in 1985. By 1996, Pizzaland was bought out and its locations converted to Pizza Huts. Currently the top 3 pizza chains in the UK are all American: Domino's, Papa John's, and Pizza Hut are 1, 2, and 3, respectively. Virtually all other pizzerias in the country mimic their style and serve NY-style pizza, as, in fact, do virtually all pizzerias in Europe and around the world. But... go on believing what you like.
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Level 67
Oct 11, 2020
That's like saying the quiz should accept Canada because some people like Hawaian pizza (I do - pineapple on pizza is delicious). The original pizza is from Naples, and while New York-style pizza is also delicious, and has in return influenced Italian pizza even in Italy, there's still no doubt in anybody's mind where the original comes from.
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Level 84
Jan 31, 2022
It's nothing at all like that, honestly not even remotely close to that, suggesting you didn't follow at all what I was saying, and 2/4 of your follow-up statements are also false.
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Level 84
Jan 31, 2022
This would be a closer analogy if the first hypothetical were true: imagine that Americans used the word "torch" to refer to a flashlight the way that Brits do. Where was the flightlight invented? New York City, also, as fate would have it. So if that were true we could say that the handheld torch was invented in NYC in the 1890s by a British inventor. Would that mean that New York was the first place in the world where the lit a stick on fire and used it for illumination (aka a "torch?)? No. But around the world when people asked "hey, the power just went out. Hand me a torch" - everyone would know that what they wanted and it would not be a flaming stick.

In similar fashion, around the world today, if someone mentions "pizza," they are talking about the food that was first produced in NYC. Not the Neapolitan "pizza" that preceded it and that bears a similar name. Nor the Greek food that preceded it and bears a similar name.

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Level 84
Jan 31, 2022
If you insist on following chain of custody back as far as it goes no matter how much the food changes, to every gastro-linguistic predecessor, then you should be crediting the Greeks or some unknown culture in prehistory for inventing pita - flatbread with toppings put on it. There's no logical reason to stop at Neapolis. And if you are going to counter that "the food that was made first in Naples was different enough from the Greek pita that came before it to be considered something different," okay, arguably. But that's not the food that everyone thinks of when they today think of "pizza."

It has not a single freaking thing to do with who likes what, or personal preference of mine or anyone else's. It's simply:

A) there is a foodstuff popular around the world called "pizza."

B) oh really? Where was that food first made?

C) Little Italy in New York City.

The stuff they made in Naples isn't that food any more than a flaming stick is a flashlight.

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Level 84
Jan 31, 2022
The hamburger was invented in America (conflicting stories about where exactly), but has the same or similar name as a food purported to have been popular in Hamburg, Germany before that.

French fries were invented probably somewhere in Belgium or France. Though there were "french fried" other things before them - such as bits of onion or chicken - today everyone knows what you mean when you ask for french fries. Or as the British call them, "chips," though there were also other foods called "chips" before, originally thinly-sliced fruit in 1700s, but by the late 1800s if you asked for "chips" in London you would not be asking for fruit, you would get a fried potatoes. This doesn't mean that Londoners, or Belgians, or the French, invented fruit, or fried onions. But they did pioneer a way of preparing fried potatoes that came to have the same name as other food invented elsewhere.

I could go on.

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Level 84
Jan 31, 2022
In the same way, Italian immigrants in New York City pioneered a way of making flatbread with toppings on it that they called pizza, for its similarities to food prepared in their country of origin.

That food became popular around the world. In the same way that french fries (fried potatoes, not fried onions), or chips (fried potatoes, not strips of dried fruit) became popular around the world.

and now, when someone orders or wants to make pizza, what they are making is a recreation of the food first produced in NYC. They're not thinking of or making Neapolitan-style "pizza." In the same way that if someone orders or makes french fries, they are frying strips of potatoes like the Belgians (probably) first did. Not some other substance as was done in other places earlier. In the same way when someone in Chicago, or London, or Bejing order a "hamburger," they are not asking for a Hamburg steak, and would be disappointed and surprised if that's what they got. It's not the same food.

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Level 84
Jan 31, 2022
Another example, from DG himself: I remember you remarking on another quiz that Chicago deep-dish pizza was not really pizza, but more of a quiche. Even though Chicagoans would disagree with you strongly. And they use the same word and call their food "pizza." It's still substantially different from what most people understand that word to mean. And you understood (then) that those differences make it something else other than what people mean when they use the word pizza.

And you know what? I agree with you. Chicago deep-dish is definitely not what most people are thinking of when they say pizza. If it had been invented in the 1200s... we would not say that pizza was invented in Chicago. It's too different. Just like it's silly to say that pizza was invented in Naples. As what they were making in Naples is also not what most people are thinking of when they say pizza. It's substantially different. Not pizza. Not quiche. More of a grease soup in a bread bowl.

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Level 57
Aug 17, 2022
least self centric american
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Level 84
Oct 28, 2022
Is that supposed to be a sentence?
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Level 45
Apr 14, 2019
Tried "musketeers" - did not work. Did not think of spelling out that there were three...
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Level ∞
Jun 12, 2019
Musketeers will work now
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Level 81
Jun 13, 2019
Condors are the largest bird *by wingspan* in North America - by weight, turkeys and trumpeter swans are bigger.
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Level ∞
Jun 13, 2019
Okay, added that to the question
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Level 63
Jun 17, 2019
Are there no albatrosses in North America? I thought they had the largest wingspan. Of any living bird, not fossils.
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Level 77
Jun 23, 2019
There are some albatrosses that live in the north Pacific (Hawaii) but their wingspan is about 2 m whilst the condor has a wingspan of about 3 m. The biggest albatrosses live in the southern hemisphere.
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Level 66
Jun 13, 2019
Only missed the poet and bicentennial.
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Level 67
May 14, 2020
I got the bicentennial one by starting going up from 1970...
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Level 43
Jul 17, 2020
Good quiz but there are far more berries than just juniper used to flavour gin
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Level 75
Mar 3, 2021
I do agree with you but the name gin itself is derived from either the French genièvre or the Dutch jenever, which both mean "juniper".
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Level 77
Mar 27, 2021
Wow, I tried [The] Who instead of Doctor Who...
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Level 75
Apr 1, 2021
Hi quizmaster, could you please add sloes (sloeberries) as an option for flavouring gin? Sloe gin is a huge thing in the UK.
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Level 70
Dec 2, 2022
Seconded - sloes were my first thought.
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Level 65
Apr 9, 2021
incorrect use of the word comprise
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Level 56
Jun 19, 2021
Should accept "Hood". Robin is mentioned in the question.
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Level 68
May 29, 2022
Yes, I was sure that on jet punk you don't enter the part of the answer the is included in the clue: I tried "Hood" and thought I must be wrong when it was not accepted.
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Level 59
Aug 7, 2021
When Oswald Cobblepot became mayor 💀
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Level 59
Aug 7, 2021
Fun fact Penguin's middle name is Chesterfield
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Level 62
Jan 5, 2022
I was surprised Norma Jean didn't work for the actress question. Elton's song always comes to mind before the actress's name.