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U.S. General Knowledge #28

Can you answer these random questions with an American focus?
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Who lived at a plantation named Monticello?
Thomas Jefferson
Who are also known as the Bronx Bombers?
New York Yankees
What can you buy on the TV show "Wheel of Fortune"?
a Vowel
What was the largest chain of video rental stores in the United States in the 1990s?
Blockbuster
What fictional character mocked his daughter's vegetarianism, saying
"you don't win friends with salad"?
Homer Simpson
Who is the dapper, monocle-wearing mascot of the Planters company?
Mr. Peanut
What principle allows the government to force someone to sell
their property for public use?
Eminent domain
What TV show had a character that was played by both Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen?
Full House
It's 1996. A dance craze is sweeping America. What is it?
The Macarena
Who, appropriately, wrote the state song of Colorado: "Rocky Mountain High"?
John Denver
Which U.S. state did Huckleberry Finn live in?
Missouri
What word comes before Cod, Fear, and Canaveral?
Cape
Who founded Standard Oil and was the first U.S. citizen to be worth one billion dollars?
John D. Rockefeller
What company makes Viagra?
Pfizer
Who created and hosted 23 seasons of "America's Next Top Model"?
Tyra Banks
What magazine has Alfred E. Neuman on its cover?
Mad
What racehorse won the Triple Crown in 1973, and still holds the record
for the fastest time in all three races?
Secretariat
What company was nicknamed Ma Bell before it broke apart into several "Baby Bells"?
AT&T
What word, starting with O, refers to people like Billy the Kid and Jesse James?
Outlaw
According to Thomas Edison, what is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration?
Genius
25 Comments
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Level 72
Mar 4, 2018
Interesting, but tough for a Brit.
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Level 64
Mar 24, 2023
Yep, I usually do well in these but I doubt many people in the UK would know half of these, tough one for non-Americans!
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Level 78
May 21, 2018
Question on Monticello should be more specific. What about Sally Hemmings?
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Level 64
May 21, 2018
Stop it. You know what answer is intended.
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Level 70
May 21, 2018
The early award for most pedantic statement goes to GalileoS. Come collect your prize which this week is a solid slap to the back of your head and an autographed copy of Neil deGrasse Tyson's latest book "Nobody Asked but I'm Going to Point it out Anyway".
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Level 75
May 21, 2018
Might be more pointed if you'd answered "slaves."
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Level 43
Jun 27, 2019
Clearly everyone knows what it means (or just don't know the answer)
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Level 86
Jun 27, 2021
I agree it should be who owned the plantation or more to that nature.
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Level 58
Feb 12, 2021
You don't *win friends with salad
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Level 91
Mar 21, 2023
I was just about to make the same correction.
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Level ∞
Mar 21, 2023
I'll take your word for it. Changed.
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Level 89
Mar 21, 2023
I really thought the cartoon character would be Ronald McDonald.
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Level 75
Apr 13, 2023
Not a cartoon character. Sure, there are animated versions, but he was invented and continues to exist as a traditional mascot (person in a costume).
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Level 67
May 25, 2021
Change the hint to the first (American) to be worth $1 billion. Mansa Musa of Mali was worth much more prior to the settlement of the Americas.
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Level ∞
May 25, 2021
Obligatory link.

This is implied from the question. In any case, Mansa Musa was just one of many rich people in history and far from the richest. Do you think the emperors of ancient Rome or China didn't have the equivalent of a billion dollars?

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Level 83
Mar 22, 2023
There was no dollar exchange rate in the 14th century, so Mansa Musa's wealth just wasn't worth $1 billion, any more than he could have bought a flatscreen TV with it. If you interpret the question to mean "worth the equivalent of $1 billion at today's value", then Rockefeller wouldn't even be the first American - Vanderbilt would easily qualify (and there might have been someone earlier for all I know).
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Level 77
Mar 21, 2023
luckily SEC starts with the same letters as Secretariat. Two for one!
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Level ∞
Mar 21, 2023
Replaced the SEC question
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Level 86
Mar 21, 2023
Same. Not complaining.
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Level 84
Mar 23, 2023
Secretariat's running of the '73 Belmont Stakes is possibly the most electrifying sporting event I've ever seen. He ran each quarter faster than the previous one, which is impossible. He might be the most universally beloved animal that's ever lived.
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Level 53
Apr 13, 2023
Erm - ever heard of a tiny horse named L'il Sebastian?
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Level 62
May 22, 2023
nope.
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Level 76
Apr 13, 2023
I guessed Willie Nelson for the Colorado song
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Level 81
Sep 17, 2023
What percent appropriation?
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Level 81
Sep 27, 2023
Shoutout to the Beastie Boys (unironically my favorite band with these two songs being some of my favorites) for helping me get two of these questions.

Shadrach: “I’m madder than Mad’s Alfred E. Neuman”

Root Down: “MCA grab the mic and Ma Bell will connect you”