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U.S. General Knowledge #15

Can you answer these random questions with an American focus?
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What is the state nickname of Texas?
The Lone Star State
Which two major cities in the lower 48 states are furthest apart from each other?
Miami
Seattle
What became the U.S. national mammal in 2016?
American Bison
What TV show's annual Halloween special is called "Treehouse of Horror"?
The Simpsons
What is the airport code of Los Angeles International Airport?
LAX
Who wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird"?
Harper Lee
Besides cheese and sauce, what two toppings appear on a Hawaiian pizza?
Ham
Pineapple
What African-American woman will soon be featured on the $20 bill?
Harriet Tubman
What prison was once inhabited by a "birdman"?
Alcatraz
Whose plane crashed near Martha's Vineyard in 1999?
John F. Kennedy Jr.
What TV show takes place in the city of New New York in the year 3000?
Futurama
What holiday, started in the U.S., is dedicated to planting trees?
Arbor Day
Which U.S. state has the highest percentage of non-white residents?
Hawaii
What restaurant chain was advertised by the jingle "I want my baby back ribs"?
Chili's
What are the last two words to the above song?
Barbecue Sauce
What city re-elected mayor Marion Barry despite his conviction for using crack cocaine?
Washington D.C.
What untouchable rapper toured around the world from London to the Bay?
MC Hammer
What Texas city has a name that means "yellow" in Spanish?
Amarillo
40 Comments
+9
Level 85
Jun 2, 2016
Not sure I'd call the last words of an old ad campaign jingle "general knowledge," but still a fun quiz.
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Level 78
Jul 28, 2016
I'm American and I've never heard the ad. I'm 18 though, so it was probably before my time.
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Level 70
Jun 12, 2022
I definitely remember the song. It's now -- quite annoyingly -- stuck in my head. I have a strong feeling QM had evil intentions when he included that question.
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Level 92
Jun 2, 2016
Consider accepting Canadian bacon or Back Bacon?
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Level 79
Jun 4, 2016
This is a US knowledge quiz. We don't need to be importing no "bacon" from "Very North Dakota".
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Level 65
May 4, 2018
Um, states other than North Dakota use Canadian bacon on "Hawaiian" pizza.

I agree with accepting "Canadian bacon" as an answer.

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Level 89
Jul 6, 2018
Ham is a much quicker way to type Canadian bacon. 3 letters vs 13.
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Level 43
May 11, 2020
@jilbert "Very North Dakota" was referring to Canada. Also I agree that it's a fair bet that Canadian bacon will not be on a US knowledge quiz.
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Level 71
Oct 13, 2022
Not sure that this should be on a U.S. quiz anyway, since Hawaiian pizza was invented by Sam Panopoulos, a Greek immigrant living in Canada.
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Level 65
Oct 17, 2022
I remember this from Québec in the '80s.

Glace Bay had a pizza shop run by a guy who trained in Lynn Ma, where there is a shop that is run by Greeks who remain cheesed off at Turkey.

The shop is on an acute corner, and there are some posted clippings detailing the beef.

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Level 50
Jun 14, 2016
Seconded. Also, "untouchable rapper" made me laugh out loud.
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Level 70
Jul 28, 2016
In Canada, our bacon is the same as American bacon. Not sure about anywhere else. The only place I have heard of Canadian bacon is the US.
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Level 83
Jul 28, 2016
But even here, Canadian bacon isn't regular bacon. It's basically ham.
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Level 57
Jul 30, 2016
A REAL Hawaiian pizza would have SPAM and pineapple!
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Level 85
Jun 2, 2016
So the line between major and non-major cities goes somewhere between #44 (Miami) and #65 (Anchorage)?
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Level 69
Jul 5, 2016
It said "Continental" US
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Level 56
Jul 28, 2016
Surely Alaska is continental? Just not contiguous.
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Level 70
Jul 28, 2016
I would hazard a guess that both Miami and Anchorage or in North America.
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Level 68
Jul 28, 2016
Malbaby and cpgatbyu as correct. ... The quiz creator incorrectly mixed up "continental" with Contiguous United States. ... The continental United States contains all states. but Hawaii. ... The Contiguous United States contains "the lower 48."
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Level ∞
Jul 28, 2016
I changed the question from continental to lower 48. However, the Miami urban area is about 20 times as populous as Anchorage, so I think @cpgatbyu's comment is a little misleading. Clearly its possible for Miami to be a major city and Anchorage not to be.
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Level 87
Jul 28, 2016
A city does not stop at its aministrative borders. Miami has a huge metro area, as does Seattle. Anchorage obviously has not.
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Level 67
Jul 28, 2016
Actually, a city stops right at its border. That's what a border area. "Metro area" is very different from the city itself.
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Level 87
Jul 29, 2016
No it is not. A city is an agglomeration of different urban functions that operate as a whole. By your definition any classical city (notice the word city here) would not be a city since they had no official borders. In many developing countries there would still not be any cities because again no borders have been formalized. Yet clearly all these cities exist(ed). Your definition of a city is thus extremely reductionist and does not allow for any proper analysis.
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Level 70
Jun 12, 2022
Well, we're in a quiz on US general knowledge where borders exist. We're not properly analyzing historical cities of antiquity or looking at developing countries.
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Level 67
Oct 13, 2022
If you think American cities have no borders, you are going to be sorely disappointed. How do you think jurisdiction works? Eric Adams just doesn't rule Nassau County because he doesn't feel like it?
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Level 68
Jul 28, 2016
Couldn't figure out why armadillo didn't work for Texas city. Sheesh.
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Level 61
Aug 11, 2016
You win this whole comments section.
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Level 84
Feb 1, 2017
LOL!!
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Level 86
Dec 14, 2018
"Hawaiian pizza is a pizza topped with tomato sauce, cheese, pineapple, and back bacon or ham."
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Level 85
Feb 11, 2019
This may or may not be a suggestion but I'd like to point out that Hawaiian pizza is actually a Canadian invention.
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Level 43
May 11, 2020
It's considered an American thing but by all means, take it
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Level 85
Jul 25, 2020
I always thought MC Hammer had toured the world from London to Bombay.
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Level 89
Feb 22, 2022
A lot of people insist Truman Capote wrote or heavily co-wrote To Kill A Mockingbird because of the odds of two such famous authors growing up together on the same street in a very small town. The novel was written at the height of Capote's output in mid-life and Lee's only written work.
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Level 56
May 13, 2022
With even less evidence than the protestations that someone else wrote all of Shakespeare’s plays (at least a couple of his plays were probably collaborations). Every source I tried (quickly) to cite to refute the Capote/Mockingbird myth did so but contained some error, such as stating To Set a Watchman was a sequel when actually it was an early draft.
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2022
Fun fact: when he was young MC Hammer worked as a bat boy for the Oakland A's, people thought he looked like Hammerin' Hank Aaron so they gave him the hammer nickname which became the basis for his rap name.
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Level 78
Oct 13, 2022
Contiguous 48...Hawaii is "lower" than the rest of them.
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Level 70
Oct 13, 2022
Fun fact: Hawaiian Pizza is a Canadian invention.
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Level 53
Oct 13, 2022
MC hammer is a great example of a wack rapper
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Level 66
Oct 14, 2022
Too animated tv show and chain restaurant jingle-centric...
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Level 67
Feb 6, 2023
I got Bison when guessing the city Buffalo