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U.S. General Knowledge #2

Can you answer these random questions with an American focus?
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What is either a large rock or a city in Colorado?
Boulder
What's the best-selling variety of Girl Scout cookies?
Thin Mints
What city did Brandon and Brenda Walsh move to in high school?
Beverly Hills
What was the most common type of gun used in the Revolutionary War?
Musket
What cereal is for kids, silly rabbit?
Trix
What was the first state to ratify the Constitution?
Delaware
Which state is mentioned in the lyrics to the song "Take Me Home, Country Roads"?
West Virginia
What reality TV show did the villainous Omarosa appear in?
The Apprentice
What is the coldest state capital (mean temperature, 1991–2020)?
Juneau
What is either an album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers or a show starring David Duchovny?
Californication
Whose likeness did Republicans propose putting on the dime, in 2003?
Ronald Reagan
What major University bans profanity, alcohol, caffeine, premarital sex, and even beards?
Brigham Young
What, according to Yogi Berra, ain't worth a dime anymore?
a Nickel
Who plays first base in the Abbott and Costello routine "Who's on First?"
Who
What language did the Pennsylvania Dutch speak?
German
What is the largest chain of "brestaurants" in the United States?
Hooters
What tech-heavy stock index declined by nearly 80% in the dot-com crash?
NASDAQ
What former politician had a wife nicknamed Tipper?
Al Gore
What 20th century conflict is known as the "Forgotten War"?
The Korean War
What car company announced plans to move its headquarters from
California to Texas in 2021?
Tesla
39 Comments
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Level 82
May 4, 2015
I freaking hate reality TV
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Level 84
Oct 31, 2016
I'll second that!!!
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Level 83
Sep 14, 2020
Agree totally . reality TV is awful .
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Level 65
May 4, 2015
What is a 'b'-restaurant? B I can understand.
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Level 75
May 4, 2015
It's a play on breast + restaurant. Hooters is slang in the US for female breasts, and the servers at Hooters wear tight t-shirts.
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Level 73
Feb 18, 2016
Woosh!
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Level 89
Feb 25, 2022
It really should be "breastaurant", not "brestaurant". The former is a much better portmanteau...
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Level 88
Apr 14, 2022
I kept trying restaurants that serve breakfast. Breast-related establishments did not occur to me at all.
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Level 68
Apr 16, 2022
I was trying chicken related restaurants like KFC or Chick-fil-A.
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Level 32
May 6, 2015
I was literally eating some Trix while taking this quiz 😀😀
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Level 76
Nov 22, 2019
I live in the first answer of this quiz and am currently in it right now
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Level 69
Jan 7, 2020
I am from the first answer of this quiz and am currently trapped on the East Coast!
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Level 77
Dec 24, 2020
Omarossa also appeared on celebrity Big Brother.
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Level 74
Mar 23, 2021
The Nasdaq is a stock exchange, not an index, so a correct answer might be the Nasdaq Composite.
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Level 50
Jun 27, 2021
I only know of Brigham Young because of Imagine Dragons and Dan Reynolds
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Level 82
Feb 13, 2022
I feel like "yes" should be accepted for the "Who's on First" question the way it's written right now.
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Level 75
Feb 14, 2022
It's what I wrote first. I was so disappointed that it wasn't accepted.
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Level 66
Feb 15, 2022
Came to comments to type exactly that. Agree!
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Level 77
Feb 18, 2022
I'd say naturally makes more sense than yes as a type-in.
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Level 74
Mar 7, 2022
So this quiz was reset, some questions were changed (the Tesla one is certainly new) but the Nasdaq error is still not fixed!
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Level ∞
Mar 7, 2022
Because nothing needs fixing.
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Level 65
Apr 14, 2022
The way it is worded is valid, however I can see where the confusion comes in. NASDAQ can refer to both the exchange and the index. However technically it is more accurate to refer to the index as the NASDAQ composite index. With that being said, if the correct answer required NASDAQ Composite to be typed in, most would not get it right and then complain.
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Level 61
Mar 31, 2022
Totally thought "brestaraunt" meant "breakfast restaurant." Tried IHOP, Denny's, Waffle House...
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Level 66
Apr 14, 2022
FYI Al and Tipper Gore got divorced a few years ago so the wording of that question is a little out of date.
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Level ∞
Apr 14, 2022
Updated
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Level 72
Apr 14, 2022
Average temperature in downtown Juneau is 6.4 °C. Average temperature in Montepelier, Vermont, is 5.9 °C.
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Level ∞
Apr 14, 2022
Here is the source. The data comes from the NOAA. Perhaps you are looking at old data.
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Level 72
Apr 14, 2022
I tried to follow the links. The link you posted seems to be another quiz, which lists Juneau as the coldest. The source for which does not list average temperatures, but instead weather extremes (please click through the link to see what I mean). Going off of NOAA data for the time period listed in that quiz (since the clickable source doesn't list the pertinent data), there is this table - https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/access/services/data/v1?dataset=normals-monthly-1991-2020&startDate=0001-01-01&endDate=9996-12-31&stations=USW00094705&format=pdf and this database - https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/access/services/data/v1?dataset=normals-monthly-1991-2020&startDate=0001-01-01&endDate=9996-12-31&stations=USW00094705&format=pdf - In the database, select "Juneau" then "Juneau Downtown (since "Juneau" defaults to the "Juneau Area" which includes the entire Alaskan panhandle and some of the interior) and, shockingly, you get exactly the same temperature average for both of 42.6 °F. continued...
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Level 72
Apr 14, 2022
....continued - However, if you go by the most recent year recorded throughly in the database, which is 2021, the Montpelier average is only 20.8 °F and the Juneau average is 45.2 °F, which is not only Montpelier being colder, but Montpelier being colder by a quite drastic difference. The point is that average temperature has to be calculated for a specific time frame, right? I'm sure there are time frames that can be chosen where Juneau is the coldest, or, choose a different time frame and Montpelier is coldest, or, choose any arbitrary time frame and any arbitrary city is coldest. The time frames in these quizzes are not specific, so the user has to think of cold cities and guess until stumbling upon the correct answer, but what is the data to back that up? What is the time frame being considered? What is the methodology? Which weather stations are included - are they in the city limits or are you including every station within a certain radius? If so, what is that radius?
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Level ∞
Apr 14, 2022
@bostjan I personally built extremeweatherwatch.com with data from NOAA. It takes into account lots of things including that data for some days might be missing. It took me several work weeks to build that site. It is not an easy problem. And it is accurate, more accurate than anything else you will find.

The mean temperature in Montpelier in 2021 was not 20.8 °F. That's a temperature you'd find in the Arctic Circle, not Vermont.

That said, I added a time span to the question.

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Level 72
Apr 14, 2022
The state mentioned in "Take Me Home, Country Roads" is arguably Virginia. Shenandoah River and Blue Ridge Mountains are in western Virginia, not West Virginia. So he may be saying "west Virginia", not "West Virginia"!
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Level 77
Apr 14, 2022
The Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains both extend into West Virginia, and the authors of the song have explicitly said that they wrote it about the state.
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Level 52
Apr 14, 2022
Strictly speaking, the Pennsylvania Dutch don't speak German, they speak Pennsylvania Dutch (Deutch). It is a dialect of German which, along with low German, is a common first language for conservative Mennonite groups, like Old Orders and Amish.
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Level 86
Jun 1, 2022
So you claim they don't speak German and then you say they speak "a dialect of German". Hmmm...
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Level 81
Aug 27, 2022
For me the issue was the word "was" - don't they still speak it?
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Level 54
Apr 14, 2022
Caffeine is allowed at Brigham Young University, with limitations. Coffee and non-herbal tea aren't allowed, but caffeinated soda and energy drinks are sold on campus.
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Level 68
Apr 16, 2022
Didn't Brigham Young have a beard? Why are they forbidden on his campus?
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Level 69
Apr 16, 2022
Because the cult that runs the school is quite...

I don't know a diplomatic way to put this. So if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all, I suppose.

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Level 57
Apr 17, 2022
Can you accept Mint Thins?