U.S. General Knowledge #11

Can you answer these random questions with an American focus?
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What ice cream chain supposedly offers 31 flavors?
Who is the U.S. interstate highway system named for?
Dwight Eisenhower
What kind of animal are Chip and Dale?
What is the capital of Pennsylvania?
Who once lost an election by 537 votes, 5 votes, 1 vote, or negative 543,895 votes,
depending on one's perspective?
Al Gore
What industry is sometimes referred to as "Madison Avenue"?
My bologna has a first name. What is it?
What hill does a bill sit on before it becomes a law?
Capitol Hill
Among major American cities, which one has the highest percentage
of Chinese-Americans?
San Francisco
What city is home to the University of Michigan?
Ann Arbor
What are the three biggest cities in Montana that start with the letter B?
In the movie "A Christmas Story", what dangerous gift did Ralphie receive for Christmas?
Red Ryder B.B. Gun
Who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence?
John Hancock
What children's TV show featured the song "Won't You Be My Neighbor"?
Mr. Rogers'
What was the first name of action heroes Ryan, Reacher, and Bauer?
What business were the Ringling Brothers involved in?
The Circus
What type of animal appeared on the "don't tread on me" flag?
What brand of rum is named after a Caribbean pirate captain?
Captain Morgan
Level 51
Feb 3, 2016
parliament hill could also be accepted for capitol hill
Level 67
Apr 7, 2016
No, not when the quiz is entitled "U.S." general knowledge. There is no Parliament Hill in the U.S. on which bills wait to become laws. (The question is referencing an old cartoon show called Schoolhouse Rock which famously featured a song about "a bill sitting on Capitol Hill" hoping to become a law, a cartoon still shown in many schools to help explain how laws are passed.) "Parliament Hill" is not a legitimate alternative name for Capitol Hill, a specific place in Washington DC (just as it would not be legitimate to call the British Houses of Parliament the "houses of congress").
Level 59
Mar 12, 2016
Does anybody anywhere in the USA say, "I am driving to Chicago/Biloxi/Seattle/Harrisburg using the Eisenhower Interstate System"?
Level 66
Apr 7, 2016
No, but so what?
Level 55
Aug 18, 2022
Well, yes, I'm foreign, but I couldn't even understand the question. "named for" doesn't mean "named after" outside the US.
Level 82
Aug 18, 2022
I'm American and I didn't understand the question! I only got it right because I figured it was probably a president and knew roughly when the highway system was created.
Level 33
Aug 18, 2022
Here in Chicago, Interstate 290 is usually called "the Eisenhower."
Level 67
Apr 7, 2016
Is anyone able to explain the Al Gore question?
Level 42
Apr 7, 2016
No one can explain the Al Gore question. It truly is an amazing system blunder and a low point in the political process... not counting the horrific reality that either The Donald or Hillary will be the next President
Level 56
Apr 7, 2016
Due to the contested nature of the 2000 Presidential election the numbers given are from different sources. There were recounts and then more recounts and ultimately the Supreme Court stepped in and voted to end the recount.
Level 58
Apr 7, 2016
both the quiz question and your follow up question are great! I'm just a simply country farm boy so I'm going out on a limb. Gore received 537 fewer votes in FL than Bush. Thus, Bush won FL electoral votes. Gore had 5 fewer electoral votes than Bush. The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to stop the FL recount, so a difference of 1. However, Gore had 543,895 more popular votes than Bush.
Level 75
Apr 7, 2016
Yes, great answer. This happens because the US is a democratic republic, not a democracy. We don't elect our president, we elect the people who elect the president...sort of, at least until this year and who the heck knows what is going to happen? I fear the whole shebang may wind up in the House to decide which won't be a good thing for anyone.
Level 82
Feb 24, 2022
Nah that's not what those words mean. Most of Europe are democratic republics, but it doesn't say anything about how the president is elected.
Level 70
Jun 12, 2022
Fun fact: a Republican candidate hasn't won the popular vote for their first term in office since 1988*.

* W won the the popular vote for his second term in 2004 (thanks in large part to being a war-time president on the heels of 9/11). That also marks the last time a Republican won the popular vote for president.

5/6 of the current SCOTUS conservative majority were nominated by men who owe their presidency to the existence of the Electoral College rather than the democratic will of American public.

Level 69
Apr 7, 2016
Can someone explain the "Bologna" question to me? And shouldn't it be capital B as it is a city in Italy?
Level 20
Apr 7, 2016
I just googled it cuz I was confused too. Guess it was a song.

My Bologna has a first name,

It's O-S-C-A-R.

My bologna has a second name,

It's M-A-Y-E-R.

Oh I love to eat it everyday,

And if you ask me why say,

Cause' Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A!

Level 69
Apr 9, 2016
Thanks. I also googled it and learned that bologna (small "b" and weird pronunciation) is an American type of sausage. I would never guess it on my own
Level 68
Aug 18, 2022
“Sausage” is generous. It’s a heavily processed mystery lunch meat. Of which Oscar Mayer is the most popular brand.
Level 67
Aug 18, 2022
My bologna has a first name, it's H-O-M-E-R. My bologna has a second name, it's H-O-M-E-R.
Level 73
Apr 19, 2024
I really hoped Homer would work, since I didn't know the actual answer. Oh well
Level 83
Jun 22, 2016
It's definitely a BB gun. A pellet gun shoots a different projectile that isn't round. A slug gun shoots slugs. A BB is a Ball Bearing, a small round metal ball, a specific projectile. Air rifle or air gun would be technically correct because air propels the BB, but other air guns shoot pellets, airsoft ammo, potato pieces, marshmallows... but that's never said in the movie.

And they play Euchre in Wisconsin, too. And 500.

Level 41
Oct 9, 2017
Nope. It's also referred to as an air rifle. Like in the Santa Claus scene. Ralphie never says bb gun. The last words he says are air rifle before the now famous line "you'll shoot your eye out kid".
Level 85
Feb 24, 2022
The script is available on-line. The phrase "BB gun" appears in it 8 times.
Level 86
Feb 25, 2022
I'll be singing Schoolhouse Rock for the rest of the day. "I'm just a bill, yes I'm only a bill..."
Level 76
Mar 3, 2022
Calico Jack rum is another incredibly popular U.S. rum brand. Should consider including it.
Level 88
Sep 28, 2022
It may be popular with some, but I'm not sure about "incredibly popular". Not saying you're wrong, but I've never heard of it, and I'm no stranger to liquor stores. Then again, I'm also not a big fan of rum.
Level 71
Aug 18, 2022
Please accept Baskin and Robbins for Baskin-Robbins. Everyone I know refers to it this way.
Level 77
Aug 18, 2022
Huh. I can honestly say I've never once heard anyone refer to it as "Baskin and Robbins."
Level 80
Aug 18, 2022
I thought New York City has the highest population?
Level 72
Aug 19, 2022
Are you trying to reference the "highest percentage of Chinese-Americans" question?

If you were, I think you're missing the word "percentage". San Francisco has nearly as many Chinese-Americans as New York, but only about a tenth of the total population, so the percentages are not even close to being close. If we're talking greater metro areas, the disparity is much lower, but still clearly in the Bay Area's favor.

Level 36
Aug 23, 2022
No idea why I thought I'd be good at this when I am not American and barely know the names of all the states. Hubris.
Level 79
Sep 6, 2022
This clueless English man knew 7 and guessed 5 more. 12/20.
Level 65
Dec 9, 2022
Altoona has always been the capital of Pennsylvania. Ask Prince Gallitzen!
Level 56
Apr 18, 2024
Should have been able to guess Harrisburg. The most brightly glowing city in the USA