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General Knowledge Quiz #77

Can you answer these random trivia questions?
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Last updated: June 29, 2019
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Who is agent 007?
James Bond
What country celebrates the holiday Tết?
Vietnam
Who is credited as being the author of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey"?
Homer
Who is Winnie the Pooh's human friend?
Christopher Robin
Who invented bifocals and the lightning rod?
Ben Franklin
What popular Spanish soup is made with tomatoes and served cold?
Gazpacho
Who was crowned as the British monarch in 1838?
Queen Victoria
What toxin was banned from household paints in the US in 1978?
Lead
What word refers to the neck hair of a lion or horse?
Mane
What four-sided spinning top is marked with Hebrew letters on each side?
Dreidel
What do you call a piece of land that is surrounded on three sides by water?
Peninsula
What animal might you count if you can't sleep?
Sheep
In what city would you find the neighborhood of Gangnam, made famous by the song
"Gangnam Style"?
Seoul
What does the F stand for in TGIF?
Friday
In what Olympic sport do players slide stones across a sheet of ice?
Curling
On what holiday is the Chicago River dyed green?
St. Patrick's Day
What sea does the River Thames empty into?
The North Sea
What are members of the church of Latter-Day Saints commonly known as?
Mormons
Who suggested a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down?
Mary Poppins
For what rock band did Phil Collins sing and play drums?
Genesis
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Level 59
Jul 27, 2013
I know I'm gonna get hassled for saying this and "brevity is the soul of wit", but could you maybe clarify the animal counting question? In all honesty, I count platypi when I can't sleep (I know it's weird, but it's true).
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Level 84
May 16, 2014
A Phineas and Ferb fan?
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Level 71
Mar 1, 2015
I've seen Platypuses and Platypodes but never Platypi .........
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Level 72
Feb 26, 2016
it doesn't matter what you count. the point is that colloquially, people talk about counting sheep to sleep. it's a saying that has almost become an idiom of sorts. I feel like the question is fine. there is clearly one answer that they are looking for
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Level 67
Aug 31, 2019
i count... well, do random numbers or the other day I tried it with making a (complicated 3d) drawing in my head, a detailed one, But it got weirder and weirder because I indeed started to fall asleep,it was some weird monster, with goggles and a ancient diving helmet haha, and I remember "working" a long time on the eyesl
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Level 10
Jul 27, 2013
curling should not be a sport, let alone an Olympic sport
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Level 20
Jul 27, 2013
There are many "sports" that are less sporty than curling
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Level 9
Jul 27, 2013
such as...
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Level 60
Feb 11, 2024
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Level 77
Jul 27, 2013
Dressage...worst Olympic sport ever. If you haven't heard of it, look it up. You'll see.
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Level 44
Feb 9, 2014
Such as.....beach volleyball
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Level 84
May 16, 2014
Oooh, beach volleyball is plenty "sporty". Women's, at least. :-)
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Level 41
Feb 9, 2016
Absolutely dressage is a sport. It only looks easy because you're watching the world's best riders. Try it for yourself before you insult a sport you clearly don't know anything about.
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Level 72
Feb 26, 2016
All of the sports in the Olympics are difficult to compete in. The argument against these sports is that it's not physically demanding. but I find that argument a bit lacking too. Curling is as much a sport as many other things in the olympics.
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Level 67
Aug 31, 2019
Wow get off your high horse nyneve... (sorry couldnt resist) no need to get rude ! Nobody said anything about it being not difficult, but there are so many things in life that are dificult, that doesnt make it a sport. You have amazing painters/people that draw for instance, saying that that is not a sport is not insulting.

I wouldnt call it a sport either. They just sit... that way you could call any activity that takes time and effort (and talent) to become good in a sport. That you can compete with other in ofcourse.

How about a needle threading comptetion? most people find that impossible, so it would qualify apparently. (and don;t insult needle threading, you clearly don;t know anything about it)

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Level 68
Oct 11, 2020
Sport isn't just about effort, otherwise, none of the shooting competitions would qualify as sport.
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Level 54
Jul 30, 2013
100% 2:19 left!
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Level 13
Jul 31, 2013
How the heck do you dye a river?
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Level 56
Aug 1, 2013
Put dye in it
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Level 84
Dec 5, 2014
Lol
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Level 74
Jun 30, 2019
They used fluorescein for many years to "celebrate", after using it to catch illegal effluent dumpers. It's orange until it comes into contact with water and then turns green. Supposedly they've use "vegetable-based dye" since the 60s, but exactly what it consists of is a closely guarded secret -- and it's still orange until it comes into contact with the river. Doesn't seem fishy at all :/
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Level 72
Feb 11, 2024
There's a form of cosmic justice in the fact that what was orange turns green on St. Patrick's Day. I'm not trying to be sectarian--the Irish flag contains a band of orange after all. But some day, when the Orange Order no longer marches to celebrate more than 300 years of Orange rule in the North we can look upon that color as an artifact, not a curse.
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Level 45
Aug 6, 2013
100%, 2:50 left!!!
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Level 35
Aug 27, 2013
Would it be possible to use the whole name of "the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints"? That is the title. We're a Christian faith, and not everybody realizes that when we're so commonly referred to with "Mormon" or "LDS." It just hurts when I see my Church mentioned in quizzes and very rarely does it mention anywhere the "Jesus Christ" portion of the title, which is the most important part.

Other than that, great quiz! Thank you. :)

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Level 84
May 16, 2014
Really? Why should it hurt? This is a quiz site, not an encyclopedia. Lutheranism is a Christian faith too, but you don't see Lutherans getting bent out of shape because it doesn't say "Christ" somewhere in their name. And not to get theological, but if your church teaches that there is no salvation for non-LDS followers of Christ (which is my understanding), then your view of Jesus is very different than mine.
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Level 48
Jan 31, 2016
To be fair, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" is the actual official name for his faith. All he's asking is that the quiz calls his church by it's official name. The Lutheran faith is simply named "Lutheranism". I'm not trying to argue for on denomination or the other, but I understand his point
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Level 48
Sep 21, 2018
this is a timed quiz.... anyone with my typing ability is challenged with one word answers
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Level 60
Feb 11, 2024
They meant that the full name is in the hint, not the answer, I believe.
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Level 59
May 21, 2023
@joeythelemur mormons (or latter-day saints) or whatever believe in the salvation of all mankind. hopefully me as well
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Level 47
Oct 13, 2023
@joeythelemur As someone who grew up Mormon in the southern US, I and my other Mormon friends are the only Christians I know that believe in salvation for everyone.
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Level 41
Feb 9, 2016
Wait, what?? People think Mormons aren't Christians? Not where I've ever lived, they don't.
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Level ∞
Jun 29, 2019
It's complicated. Mormons consider themselves to be Christians. Other Christian groups don't always them to be part of the same faith. For example, the Catholic church doesn't recognize Mormon baptisms (but does recognize baptisms of many Protestant churches).
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Level 59
Aug 10, 2023
That's another reason why the religion wants to be called by their full name, because other Christians don't recognize them as such and are trying to show them that they really are.
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Level 67
Aug 31, 2019
I dont think people ever thought mormons were islamic, or buddhistic... etc. Besides different "parties" in the same umbrella faith hardly ever see eye to eye
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Level 62
Jul 15, 2022
Mormonism shares more with Islam than you might think, and probably less with Christianity
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Level 72
Feb 11, 2024
Many Pentecostals don't. Ask them about Mormons and they may make remarks about how Joseph Smith dug up some tablets buried in the earth "and where do you think they came from?" Plus the reliance on sacred texts in addition to the Old and New Testaments appears to be heresy per se to some fundamentalists, particularly those who believe in Biblical inerrancy.

This isn't meant as an endorsement of anti-Mormon bias; those folks who condemn Mormons often describe the Pope as the Whore of Babylon (when they're not using those lines from Revelation to condemn the European Union). Just to say that there is a lot of resistance in those quarters to treating Mormons as Christians.

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Level 69
May 21, 2016
I agree (and I'm not Mormon – I'm not even Christian). Their name is "the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints". For those who would argue that it doesn't matter, then why aren't "the Micronesia federation", "the Congo republic", or "the American states" acceptable as clues in quizzes on this site? Because they are imprecise, and WRONG. This is a no-brainier, people.
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Level 84
Dec 4, 2016
I don't think any of the JetPunk quizzes list Quakers as the Religious Society of Friends (which is their official title). Why? It's because everyone knows them as Quakers, just as everyone knows that the LDS church are called Mormons. Your feelings aside, there's no need to write out the whole thing in this case. Quizmaster makes all kinds of judgement calls to make this site work well and this is a simple and understandable position to refer to that faith as Latter Day Saints or Mormons.
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Level 84
Dec 4, 2016
And samiamco, you don't have to go far here to find plenty of examples where quiz creators accept all kinds of answers that are imprecise. You're suggesting that the Quizmaster got it wrong here, but that's clearly not the case.
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Level ∞
Jun 29, 2019
Should I also change every instance of United Kingdom to "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland"?
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Level 91
Jul 1, 2019
@Quizmaster, no I certainly wouldn't expect that, but if you were to ask "What are people from the United Kingdom of Northern Ireland known as?" I think you'd get the same kind of complaint. The question as written makes it seem that you are giving the official name, and 'the church of Latter-day Saints' just isn't a thing.
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Level 82
Aug 30, 2019
It's perfectly fine to call Mormons Mormons. It's not wrong. It could even be argued that it's more accurate, though, Smithians would be better. I'm also in favor of going back to calling Muslims Mohametans, which is more accurate. and calling Christians Paulians.
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Level 69
Aug 30, 2019
I think the original complaint was a little ambiguous. Assuming the problem is with the clue instead of the answer, I agree. It's okay to refer to nickname of Mormons - even if Mormons don't like the nickname. Really silly to refer to "church of Latter-Day Saints", which isn't a thing (as plattitude said). The equivalent clue for Quakers would be "What are members of the 'Society of Friends' more commonly known as?" Bad clue.
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Level 67
Aug 31, 2019
noone is complaining about the term mormon
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Level 48
Jun 5, 2014
My daughter was born during the winter Olympics of 2010. I would watch them when I was up with her, which was all hours, and they always seemed to be curling. Now curling has a special place in my heart. True story.
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Level 76
Jul 3, 2014
Accept Julie Andrews as well?
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Level 85
Jan 20, 2015
Andrews is the actress, not the character. Using that logic, Quizmaster would have to accept Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, etc. etc. for the James Bond question!
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Level 89
Jan 31, 2016
Do you not remember Daniel Craig, Timothy Moore, or George Lazenby?
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Level 72
Feb 11, 2024
And David Niven
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Level 89
Jan 31, 2016
Sorry, Timothy Dalton, not Moore.
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Level 69
May 21, 2016
Also by this logic, Julie Andrews should be able to fly ☂
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Level 91
Jul 5, 2019
@Jack, I for one wish I could forget Lazenby...
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Level 89
Aug 30, 2019
@plattitude Judging by how his career turned out afterwards I think he was forgotten by most people anyway.
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Level 60
Feb 11, 2024
To be fair, it never says character; it just says who said it.
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Level 74
Jun 30, 2019
Aaaaand thank you for accepting Julie Andrews! High fives all around! One could say her rendition of the song is as iconic as the character, and as strong an association with the scene in question. And after all, Julie Andrews did utter the lines :)
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Level 40
Jan 31, 2016
Surrounded by water on 3 sides? Does this mean the piece of land is square? on octagon shaped piece of land with water on 3 sides is still a peninsula??
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Level 28
Jan 31, 2016
its peninsula. like italy. and the balkans. and scandinavia, and the iberian peninsula!!
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Level 79
Mar 27, 2021
Taking nitpicking to the next level!
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Level 86
Jan 31, 2016
my first general knowledge quiz at 100%. 2:20 leftover as it was pretty easy for me
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Level 84
Jul 1, 2019
Got stuck on the paint question. Or more to the point I didn't fully read the paint question and wasted a bunch of time trying to spell chlorofluorocarbons when cfc didn't work.
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Level 67
Aug 30, 2019
I read as "household plants," and I had no idea what the answer could possibly be.
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Level 68
Oct 11, 2020
Me too! Glad I'm not the only one!
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Level 65
Aug 30, 2019
One day I will learn to spell gazpacho ... not today, but one day.
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Level 67
Aug 30, 2019
Gazpacho? Go back to Russia.
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Level 89
Aug 30, 2019
Дерьмо. Мое прикрытие было взорвано.
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Level 34
Aug 30, 2019
Sevivon should be permitted for the four sided spinning top
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Level 48
Aug 30, 2019
Lead is a chemical not a toxin per se. Toxicity is relative to its environment.
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Level 41
Apr 25, 2023
Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust are widespread and hazardous to poor kids.

We got that one right in 1978.

The ban per se.

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Level 72
Aug 30, 2019
I could imagine some people in bed not sleeping who count bedbugs.
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Level 74
Aug 30, 2019
Genesis is my all-time favorite band. Collins was a fantastic drummer!
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Level 79
Mar 27, 2021
Never heard of them before!
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Level 67
Jun 15, 2023
Yes, they're amazing. They were my favourite band for a few years.
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Level 58
Aug 1, 2021
I object to this quiz. Curling is not a sport.
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Level 67
Jun 15, 2023
You either don't know what curling is, or don't know what a sport is. Just internet search it, it very much is a sport.
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Level 63
Nov 16, 2023
I just tried 'hockey' before stopping and acually thinking a bit
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Level 49
Sep 7, 2021
I always thought it was TFIF.
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Level 85
Oct 4, 2022
That wonderful moment when you re-read the clue and realize it said PAINTS, not PLANTS.
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Level 67
Jun 15, 2023
I got the bifocal question from The Office.
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Level 51
Feb 4, 2024
I’m shocked that more than half of people don’t know the electric rod question.
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Level 60
Feb 11, 2024
I'd heard of Benjamin Franklin, but I didn't put it together with bifocals and lightning rods.
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Level 72
Feb 11, 2024
Gazpacho does not always include tomatoes. The original version predates the arrival of tomatoes from the New World by more than 1000 years. Tomatoes were only added to what is now the classic version of the soup in the 19th Century.

But not every version contains tomatoes: white gazpacho is made from garlic and almonds with other fruits and vegetables added to it. Green gazpacho uses coriander, mint and parsley and basil as a base with lettuce, green pepper and endive. Other recipes use cucumbers or watermelons. More details from someone far more knowledgeable than I am at https://www.andalucia.com/magazine/english/ed3/gazpacho.htm.

Yours truly,

The Gazpacho Police

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Level 62
Feb 11, 2024
Should consider accepting cape in addition to peninsula
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Level 55
Feb 15, 2024
Could you accept St Paddys Day?