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U.S. General Knowledge #49

Answer these random questions with an American focus.
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Last updated: July 22, 2020
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First submittedJuly 22, 2020
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What cartoon cat shares his name with the 20th President of the United States?
Garfield
What is the largest state (by area) in New England?
Maine
What did "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek famously lose in 2001?
His Mustache
What Native American girl supposedly saved John Smith's life in Virginia colony in 1607?
Pocahontas
What company was founded by Sam Walton in 1962?
Walmart
Complete the analogy: Baton Rouge is to New Orleans as Lansing is to _______.
Detroit
What film festival is held in a Utah ski town?
Sundance
Fill in the blanks to the famous 1897 newpaper editorial:
"Yes, Virginia, there is a _____ _____".
Santa Claus
What 19th century steel tycoon donated enough money to build over 2,500 libraries?
Andrew Carnegie
What, according to cliche, are the 3 most important things in real estate?
Location, Location,
Location
Which island do the New York Islanders of the NHL hail from?
Long Island
On what famous statue is it written "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses"?
The Statue of Liberty
What restaurant, famous for its never-ending pasta bowl, has been satirically described
as the fanciest restaurant you can go to wearing sweatpants?
Olive Garden
What type of building would you be inside if you encountered a "one-arm bandit"?
Casino
Who raised eyebrows when he admitted to committing adultery "in his heart"
in a 1976 interview with Playboy magazine?
Jimmy Carter
What TV family had a robot housekeeper named Rosie?
The Jetsons
Who starred as a character named Tony in both "Taxi" and "Who's the Boss"?
Tony Danza
What doesn't a "walk-up" apartment have?
Elevators
What type of "bombshell" were Jean Harlow and Marilyn Monroe?
Blonde Bombshell
What famous stadium is named for a chewing gum tycoon?
Wrigley Field
19 Comments
+16
Level 78
Jul 24, 2020
Please accept lift for elevator for the sake of us Limies. I heard a story once about an exchange between a front desk clerk and an American tourist at the Dorchester Hotel in London. I don't know if it's true but I hope it is.

Tourist: Where are the elevators?

Clerk: The lifts are over there sir

Tourist: Call them elevators. We invented the damn things

Clerk: Yes sir, but we invented the language

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Level 82
Aug 3, 2020
1. that's definitely not a true story.

2. if it were, the tourist is being an ass.

3. the clerk is also being an ass. In addition to being ignorant of linguistics.

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Level 78
Jan 18, 2021
I also tried lift before trying elevator
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Level 79
Sep 10, 2022
Yeah, that didn't happen. No one cares that you guys call it a lift. And no American doesn't know what you mean by "lift".

From what I've heard and read in my life it sure seems to be the Brits who actually get upset at Americans calling things by different words, not the other way around. Americans are usually just amused to learn Brits call things by a different name. It's Brits who seem to get all pretentious and indignant about crap like this. See: the comment sections on this website.

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Level 65
Jul 27, 2023
Ever since the Revolutionary war or the Tyranny against the crown, British people wanted to distance themselves from everything American. That is until WW1 and then again in WW2. Here's one...The British hung a picture of George Washington in the Toilet. The American said "Why? To scare the shit out you". I think it is weird that if you travel a certain distance in America or UK, they have different accents and names for things. Cockney and Boston accent, Pop vs Soda etc.
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Level 70
Jul 29, 2020
Depending on the state you can find slots in a lot of places.
+4
Level 82
Aug 3, 2020
and if you are Richard Kimble you can find one-armed bandits in your very own home.
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Level 67
Aug 3, 2020
I was really scratching my head on that one. Tried bank, hospital, etc., but was mostly confused as hell how the Fugitive had ascended to such a height in our culture that it warranted inclusion on this quiz. Then I saw the answer. Oh.
+2
Level 66
Aug 3, 2020
Alex Trebek did not lose his mustache, he knows exactly what he did with it.
+3
Level 82
Aug 3, 2020
you're implying foul play?
+2
Level 66
Aug 4, 2020
no chickens were involved
+1
Level 62
Aug 3, 2020
36% got the Trebek answer on a trivia site. sigh
+2
Level 68
Aug 3, 2020
Keep in mind that a fair amount of quiz takers are not familiar with Alex Trebek.
+2
Level 70
Aug 4, 2020
That's the real tragedy. They're missing out on perhaps the most stilted interviewer in game show history---not to mention the unfailingly lame anecdotes of Jeopardy contestants. It's dynamite television.
+1
Level 87
Nov 29, 2022
I know of the show and of its former host. That's about the extent of my knowledge of Jeopardy.
+1
Level 66
Aug 4, 2020
I believe part of the reason for the low get rate is the wording of what he "lost"
+1
Level 65
Jul 27, 2023
He didn't lose it, he removed it. I thought he lost on celebrity jeopardy or something.
+2
Level 69
Aug 5, 2020
I would like to take this opportunity to point out that, while Jeopardy! is an American TV program, Alex Trebek is Canadian.
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Level 75
Jan 14, 2022
really disappointed that the answer to Fill in the blanks to the famous 1897 newpaper editorial: "Yes, Virginia, there is a _____ _____" was not "West Virginia"