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Random General Knowledge - U.S. States

We give you 20 random questions that can all be answered with the name of a U.S. state. Can you answer them all?
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First submittedDecember 31, 2018
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Which U.S. state has the most reported Bigfoot sightings?
Washington
What is known as the "Granite State"?
New Hampshire
Which state is home to both the world's tallest tree and also the world's oldest tree?
California
What is the largest landlocked state?
Montana
In which state would you find Kīlauea, perhaps the world's most active volcano?
Hawaii
Which state was added to the U.S. on the condition that polygamy was banned in the state constitution?
Utah
Where would you find Myrtle Beach?
South Carolina
Which state shares its name with a country in Asia?
Georgia
Which state has the lowest population density?
Alaska
Which state's name is derived from the Spanish word for "mountain"?
Montana
What is the biggest state by land area?
Alaska
Which state contains the majority of the Ozarks?
Missouri
In which state would you find the greater part of the Black Hills?
South Dakota
Where is the Research Triangle?
North Carolina
In which state would you find the ski resort of Sun Valley?
Idaho
In which state would you find the headquarters of U.S. Steel?
Pennsylvania
Which state has been called "America's Dairyland"?
Wisconsin
What is known as the "Cornhusker State"?
Nebraska
Which state's capital has the initial LR?
Arkansas
Where would you find Cape Fear?
North Carolina
46 Comments
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Level 70
Dec 31, 2018
last one is wrong
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Level 83
Dec 31, 2018
You're probably going to have to be more specific, given that the answers change every time.
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Level 79
Dec 31, 2018
The questions change every time. The "last one" is not the same for everybody. What was actually wrong?
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Level 77
Aug 6, 2023
First one is wrong too
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Level 70
Dec 22, 2023
lmao I never knew this was responded to. this is the dumbest comment I've ever made.
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Level 90
Dec 31, 2018
Although it can be fun to take the quiz a few times with different questions, I'd rather it be a series of non-random quizzes so there's more opportunity to earn points.
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Level ∞
Dec 31, 2018
Many of these questions come from our regular general knowledge quizzes, but I added a few more to fill it out.
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Level 67
Jan 1, 2019
In the question about Gilmore Girls, I just thought about Jared Padalecki, not even the question.
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Level 88
Jan 3, 2019
Despite being a Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders is actually from New York. You could rephrase the question to be like the Mitt Romney question in order to keep the answer the same.
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Level ∞
Aug 3, 2023
Updated.
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Level 69
Jan 5, 2019
Kansas was also a best-selling band ("Dust in the Wind") whose name was a state, young'un! ~~•~~ Also, I could have *sworn* I typed in "Alabama" (after I realized Kansas was getting no love), and it wasn't working. It could have been my mistake, but would you double check? :-}
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Level 52
Feb 24, 2019
Wow, I had heard of Kansas, but not Alabama (the bands).
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Level 67
May 7, 2021
Also Texas
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Level 80
May 7, 2021
Agreed, I would have thought the band Texas is at least as well known and successful as the one in the answer, certainly in the UK anyway.
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Level 71
May 7, 2021
Yeah agreed, I think Kansas is a much more famous band than Alabama.
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Level ∞
May 7, 2021
The question says "THE best-selling band", not "A best-selling band". There is one and only one correct answer, and it's not Kansas or Texas.
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Level 89
Feb 25, 2019
The ultra pedantic view of Alaska having the most eastern point is a typically American smarty pants bit of b.s. when it's included in every reference source to the point of excluding the common sense most western point. It is quite an expedition to find out where is the last point you would wind up if travelling in a westward direction in the Aleutian Islands. All reference materials act as if suddenly a person would turn around and start travelling east at the thoroughly imaginary, man made 180° line. Common sense says that little ledge off Lubec, Maine is the easternmost point and the westernmost is the first point to be reached going east from Russia.
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Level 82
Feb 27, 2019
So you missed that one? I would have gotten it. Worst comment I've seen all day. If you don't know something you don't know something. "Common sense" doesn't make something right. "Common sense" tells most people that if you dangle two strips of paper in parallel next to each other and blow air between them they will move outward. But try it and see what happens. Don't whine to us about the laws of physics being typical pedantic American smarty pants BS when it's not what you expected, though.
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Level 82
May 7, 2021
Not sure what you are implying but if it's that I think I'm always right your implication is asinine and demonstrably false.
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Level 79
Aug 23, 2023
Back at it again with scathing ridicule and condescension. Hats off to you friend!
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Level 89
Aug 3, 2023
I'm from Maine. I've been hearing that revisionist Antimeridian reasoning since someone pulled it out of their backsides a couple of decades ago. Maine is still the easternmost to any sense of logic.

As somebody who's done a lot of navigating for a living, claiming that Amatignak Island's 179°8′55″W is the westernmost point, only a few nautical miles EAST of Semisopochnoi Island's 179°46′23″E longitudinal mark is total horse hockey.

I would still go west from there to get to Attu Island at 172°54'34"E, not around the globe. Coincidentally, from West Quoddy Head (ironic name I know) in Maine I would never in a million years set an easterly course to get to Semisopochnoi, the "easternmost" point.

Maybe in a million years, they'll change the totally arbitrary, man-made divide of East / West to Missouri.

I've been to Quoddy Head, been to Attu. I've been around the globe many times, but never eastbound with a destination of Alaska from Maine.

Can't get any clearer than that.

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Level 93
Aug 4, 2023
Just because you wouldn't travel eastward to get from Point A to Point B doesn't magically mean that Point B isn't further to the east.
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Level 76
Aug 10, 2023
You can't get any clearer than knowing that somewhere that's 179E is very easterly, and somewhere that's 179W is very westerly. If you do a lot of navigating for a living that should be plainer to you than it is more most quizzers.
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Level 65
Feb 28, 2019
I think the question needs to be more specific. If you don't specify the reference point, then Maine should also be an acceptable answer. Trick questions really just serve to make people feel stupid, and to make others feel superior because they recognize the "trick". I didn't have this question when I took the quiz, but I would have gotten it wrong as well. I would have assumed that the reference was the center of the US. Since the reference point was not clarified, all you can do is assume.
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Level 68
May 7, 2021
Of course you're right, someone. Calling Alaska the easternmost point of the US isn't clever - it just shows that the person doesn't know the difference between the east, which is a cardinal direction that's always relative and thus changes according to the topic at hand, and the "eastern hemisphere".

Obviously, to any sane person, Maine is the easternmost US state.

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Level 82
May 7, 2021
So you got it wrong, too? It's not clever. It's factually correct. Do "sane" people believe that New Caledonia is the Westernmost territory of France, because you can get there going in a Westwardly direction from Paris? And if you leave from French Guiana going west you'd get to it sooner than if you left from Cannes going east. Are you really going to try to insist that this is the only sane and correct way to think of New Caledonia? Or are you going to use double standards as usual to suit your own biases while hurling unfounded insults at those who are more correct but disagree with you?
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Level 79
Aug 23, 2023
"hurling unfounded insults at those who are more correct but disagree with you"

You're hypocrisy is legendary my good man, I bow to you

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Level ∞
May 7, 2021
Don't pretend that this is some sort of trick question. We say "technically speaking", which is a MASSIVE hint about the correct answer.
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Level 95
Nov 10, 2020
Too Montana-centric.
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Level 78
Dec 27, 2020
For me it was too Hawaii-centric! (3 answers were Hawaii)
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Level 55
Dec 16, 2020
Iowa hold's the first primary.
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Level 78
Dec 27, 2020
holds*
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Level 67
May 7, 2021
Iowa holds the first caucus. New Hampshire holds the first primary. The caucus functions a little differently than the primary in terms of voting process, although both serve the same purpose. The difference isn't that significant, functionally speaking, but New Hampshire makes a really big deal out of always having the first primary. It's even written into New Hampshire law that the primary has to be a week before any other state primary.
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Level 44
May 7, 2021
"What state had a referendum in 2010 to consider dropping the words "and Providence Plantations" from its official name, but decided to keep them?" This question should be altered because the name was recently changed.
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Level ∞
May 7, 2021
Updated
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Level 64
May 7, 2021
The Texas state flower isn't a yellow rose???
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Level 23
Jan 14, 2023
"What state can be spelled without any letters in the word 'mackerel'?" You put the answer as Ohio, which is true, but Idaho and Iowa are also correct.
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Level 79
Apr 12, 2023
Nope lol
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Level 81
Aug 4, 2023
...you realize that mAckerel contains an A, yes?
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Level 55
Feb 27, 2023
best selling band whose name is a state should accept Kansas
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Level 86
Aug 5, 2023
But the question is THE best-selling band, which indicates that it has to have more sales than any other band with a state name. And that is Alabama.
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Level 87
Aug 8, 2023
Thought that Buffalo had pop. around 1 million. Apparently it’s the metro area population
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Level 79
Aug 23, 2023
I'm curious why abbreviations for other two-word state names aren't accepted when NJ and NH are (and NYC works for NY)
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Level 88
Sep 21, 2023
I had four Alaskas in mine, began questioning myself for each one
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Level 66
Nov 27, 2023
1) What is the best-selling band whose name is a state?

Why Kansas doesn't count?

2) What is the largest state east of the Mississippi (by land area)?

It's Michigan. Not Georgia.

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Level 60
Nov 28, 2023
1) it said THE best-selling band, not a popular band

2) Georgia: 57,513 square miles 

Michigan: 56,538 square miles (source: USAToday)