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Nashville... or Memphis?

Try to guess whether each statement applies to the city of Nashville or Memphis, Tennessee.
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Last updated: February 5, 2023
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First submittedFebruary 5, 2023
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1. Is the state capital
Nashville
Memphis
2. Has the higher population (since 2017)
Nashville
Memphis
3. Is named for a city in ancient Egypt
Nashville
Memphis
4. Is located on the Mississippi River
Nashville
Memphis
5. Elvis lived there
Nashville
Memphis
6. Is home to the Grand Ole Opry
Nashville
Memphis
7. Is home to Beale Street
Nashville
Memphis
8. Vanderbilt University is there
Nashville
Memphis
9. Has an NBA team
Nashville
Memphis
The Memphis Grizzlies
10. Is majority African-American
Nashville
Memphis
11. Andrew Jackson's estate, The Hermitage, is located nearby
Nashville
Memphis
12. Has been called "The Athens of the South"
Nashville
Memphis
13. Martin Luther King Jr. died there
Nashville
Memphis
14. Is closer to the geographic center of the United States
Nashville
Memphis
One reason, perhaps, that FedEx is based there
15. Movies set in the city include "The Silence of the Lambs", "The Firm", and "The Blind Side"
Nashville
Memphis
20 Comments
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Level 36
Feb 8, 2023
Good quiz ! I think I'm the first person to play this quiz so it's good !

Have a good day !

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Level 81
Feb 8, 2023
The percentages are strange when you take the quiz so early - it's all 100, 75, 50 and 25...
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Level 80
Feb 8, 2023
73% for me. Many pure guesses.
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Level 83
Feb 8, 2023
Great quiz, i knew about a third and somehow correctly guessed the rest :D
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Level 59
Feb 8, 2023
Why does everyone know so much about these 2 cities
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Level 71
Feb 8, 2023
If I may hazard a guess, I'd say it's because they are both pretty culturally and historically significant cities. Both music capitals (Memphis for blues/rock and Nashville for country), both home to famous figures (hence the Elvis and Andrew Jackson questions), both major civil rights battlegrounds--plus, Memphis has the distinction of being one of the "blackest" major cities in the US by percentage of its population. I've never been to either, but as a music/history nerd, I'd definitely like to visit both at some point.
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Level 59
Oct 16, 2023
I have two kids that live(d) in Nashville, so I know a lot about Nashville. I don't know as much about Memphis, but I know the basic pop culture references. My knowledge of Nashville allowed me to use process of elimination to figure out the Memphis ones as everything that wasn't Nashville :)
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Level 89
Feb 8, 2023
I remember Silence Of The Lambs being in the FBI headquarters in Virginia, Lechter in Baltimore, the murder sites in Ohio and West Virginia, and a decoy house in Chicago. Where did Memphis come in?
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Level 63
Feb 13, 2023
I think it's where he was kept in the cage.
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Level 93
Mar 24, 2023
I totally thought that took place back in Virginia. Time to rewatch the film I suppose
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Level 57
Feb 9, 2023
A great one, and not difficult for one who has lived in Nashville in 2005 and 2005, plus visited Nashville on business trips for about 15 years' time. The movie question had to be checked, and another guessed. Then 100%:))
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Level 84
Feb 10, 2023
After moving from Houston, but before changing their nickname to "Titans", the NFL's Tennessee Oilers played their home games in Memphis in 1997 and Nashville in 1998.
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Level 59
Feb 13, 2023
Imagine owning a team called the Oilers
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Level 54
Feb 21, 2023
I'm skeptical that "Athens of the South" is used with any frequency. I've never heard it called that. And it's a bad nickname because there IS an Athens of the South: Athens, Georgia, where the University of Georgia is.
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Level 61
Feb 21, 2023
That's the reason there's a Parthenon in Nashville, as well as the reason the NFL team in called the Titans. But colloquially it's not used much.
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Level 67
Feb 21, 2023
That's like saying Paris, TX is the Paris of Texas.
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Level 69
Feb 22, 2023
I read it in tourist guides before visiting and on internet searches, has a lot to do with the number of universities. Whether anyone who lives in Nashville ever uses it, unless they work for the tourist board I cannot say
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Level 59
Oct 16, 2023
I have two kids that have lived or currently live in Nashville and I've heard it quite a bit.
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Level 74
Feb 24, 2023
Thank you, Marc Cohn, for at least two of these answers
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Level 68
Sep 8, 2023
Was "The Silence of the Lambs" not set in Baltimore?