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General Knowledge True False #1

Try to guess whether these random statements are true or false.
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Last updated: October 13, 2020
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1. Chimpanzees have tails
True
False
2. The movie "The Wizard of Oz" is based on a book
True
False
3. The word "bacteria" is plural
True
False
The singular form is bacterium
4. Canada is the world's largest country by area
True
False
Russia is larger
5. Margaret Thatcher was leader of the Labour Party in the UK
True
False
She was the leader of the Conservative Party
6. There are more trees than people on planet Earth
True
False
There are approximately 400 trees for every person
7. The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris has flying buttresses
True
False
8. Vampire bats are real
True
False
Vampire bats are native to the Americas and feed on blood
9. The speed of light is about 300,000 kilometers per hour
True
False
It is about 300,000 kilometers per second
10. Lambda is a Greek letter
True
False
11. Lobster is kosher
True
False
12. There are polar bears living in Antarctica
True
False
13. You can see Jupiter from Earth without a telescope
True
False
In fact, Jupiter is brighter than every star in the night sky
14. Less than 1% of the world's population is Jewish
True
False
Only an estimated 0.2% of people are Jewish
15. Jericho is located in Egypt
True
False
Jericho is in Palestine
16. Tahiti is an independent country
True
False
Tahiti is part of French Polynesia
17. Parrots can live longer than dogs
True
False
The oldest parrot on record lived to 82. The oldest dog lived to 29.
18. In his younger years, William Shakespeare was a pirate
True
False
46 Comments
+16
Level 85
Oct 14, 2020
I enjoy going thru and read the explanations after these multiple choice quizzes. Was surprised by the Jericho question, as our blessed and most holy Quizmaster generally avoids mentioning Palestine; instead favoring the sovereign nation it's contained within - Israel.
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Level 68
Nov 5, 2020
Palestine is closer to being a sovereign nation than French Polynesia is!
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Level 34
Apr 7, 2021
it's because jetpunk is an american site I THINK and america does not recognize palestine, only isreal.
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Level 66
Jun 7, 2021
America doesn't recognize Taiwan, yet this site does (Not saying that's a bad thing, btw). Quizmaster just does what he wants
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Level 54
Nov 9, 2021
America legally doesn't recognize Taiwan, but ideologically it does.
+8
Level ∞
Jun 5, 2023
We go by defacto reality rather than international recognition. I get angry emails all the time. It's fun.
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Level 50
Jun 9, 2023
I hope it didn't get towards death threat territory, though given their fandom of said country it's not hard to believe...
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Level 75
Jun 19, 2023
In that case, Somaliland is a country.
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Level 51
Jun 19, 2023
so is transnistria, cook islands, niue, western sahara, etc.
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Level 84
Oct 15, 2020
For the record, I'm sure that far more than 62% of people know that the speed of light is 300,000 km/s. The other 38%, like me, didn't read the whole question and didn't notice the sneaky "per hour" at the end.
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Level 79
Oct 15, 2020
Yep. Sucker punched by that.
+5
Level 78
Oct 15, 2020
Yes, very sneaky. Luckily I saw this and answered correct - unlike the 40% that didn't.
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Level 75
Oct 15, 2020
Ironically enough, as a physics student I'm used to seeing everything in metres/second, so I put down the answer as false because I saw it in kilometres, and still got it right :P
+4
Level 77
Nov 7, 2020
Two wrongs make a right?
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Level 33
Feb 15, 2022
Ohh, that's why I got it right too. I was thinking "No, it's 3x10^8, not 3x10^5". Didn't even realise it was kilometres or hours.
+1
Level 78
Nov 7, 2020
Me too 🤦‍♂️
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Level 34
Nov 8, 2020
Yep. Looks like I am not the only one. 😅
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Level 75
Jun 19, 2023
bingo.
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Level 65
Jun 19, 2023
It got me. I had to look it up, thinking something was wrong with me. I said "Yes, of course It is 300,000, wtf". Then I reread the question.
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Level 75
Nov 8, 2020
Just missed the kosher one, something about them crawling along the sea floor right?

There are more trees on Earth than there are stars in the Milky Way...

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Level 71
Nov 8, 2020
Lobsters are shellfish, which is why they're not kosher. According to the Torah, you are only permitted to eat fish that have "both fins and scales to be eaten".
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Level 67
Nov 8, 2020
I know this because I remember the Seinfeld episode where George gets revenge on Jerry's girlfriend who keeps kosher by sneaking lobster into her eggs.
+1
Level 58
Nov 9, 2020
Only reason why I got it!
+3
Level 41
Nov 9, 2020
I'm pretty sure that Notre Dame no longer has flying buttresses, or anything strictural. It burnt down.
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Level 76
Jan 26, 2021
Not really, only the wooden roof burnt down, and other than the spire, the rest held on (which is something you can easily google, before spreading false information with such sureness). In fact, it did so largely *because* of the flying buttresses.

.... Also, it's "structural".

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Level 78
Aug 27, 2021
Way to be strictural about his grammatical
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Level 76
Jul 20, 2023
XD
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Level ∞
Jun 5, 2023
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Level 57
Dec 25, 2021
Lol, it burnt down you say? :D
+3
Level 46
Nov 9, 2020
I'm still confused how about half the people playing this quiz think that the speed of light is 300,000 km/hr.
+1
Level 74
Mar 16, 2021
Perhaps because as far as they are concerned it has nothing to do with their daily lives. I got 5/5, but that one I had to completely guess at. Not saying it's not relevant, but I've never needed to know it, and I have trouble remembering figures.
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Level 60
Mar 25, 2021
Yeah. Because most, if not all of them totally don't know and didn't just simply fall for the bait of hrs. vs. seconds.
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Level 79
Mar 31, 2021
yeh, I was too busy converting kph to mph to notice the "hour" at the end.
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Level 78
Aug 27, 2021
Are we quite sure William Shakespeare wasn't a pirate? Because I fancy that would be quite cool.
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Level 38
Nov 16, 2021
I almost went true because it seems like it could only be asked true or false to trick those who didn't know that little known fact.
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Level 64
Sep 7, 2021
Margaret Thatcher, leader of the Labour Party. OMG. That really would have been an alternative reality!
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Level 57
Dec 25, 2021
Wtf are "flying buttresses"?

I googled it, but.. wtf?! Come on.

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Level 58
Mar 5, 2022
You don't know what flying buttresses are?! That's my main cathedral classification criterion.
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Level 53
Mar 4, 2022
Im surprised I got 15/18 because I didn't even try
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Level 65
Jun 19, 2023
The singular of bacteria is bacterium. D'oh.
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Level 30
Jun 19, 2023
I was thrown off by the chimpanzee one because they have a coccyx like humans, which is technically a tail.
+2
Level 23
Jun 22, 2023
The oldest dog is Bobi with the age of 31.
+2
Level 70
Jun 24, 2023

Whatever you would like to strikethrough

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Level 34
Jun 25, 2023
I thought the brightest star in the night sky was Venus.
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Level 77
Nov 26, 2023
Venus is a planet, not a star.
+1
Level 79
Dec 8, 2023
Unusually 17/18 yields 5 points.