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U.S. General Knowledge #58

Can you answer these random questions with an American focus?
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Which state is the 22nd largest by land area, but 11th largest if lakes are included?
Michigan
What "religion" is famously practiced by Tom Cruise and John Travolta?
Scientology
What sport did Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding compete in?
Figure skating
Which U.S. time zone only includes area which is landlocked?
Mountain Time
What U.S. city is referred to as being "inside the Beltway"?
Washington D.C.
Who was Abraham Lincoln talking about when he said "I can't spare this man - he fights"?
Ulysses S. Grant
Live long and prosper. Who was the author of the 1965 book "Baby and Child Care"?
Dr. Benjamin
Spock
What did some people call "Seward's Folly" when the U.S. purchased it in
1867 for 2 cents an acre?
Alaska
Whose song, "All I Want for Christmas Is You", reached #1 on the U.S. pop charts in 2019 –
more than two decades after its original release?
Mariah Carey
Complete the sequence: GB, BC, GB, BO, DT.
JB
What tennis player was known for saying "You cannot be serious" to the official?
John McEnroe
What word is abbreviated as "Xing" on road signs?
Crossing
What cylindrical potato product was invented by Ore-Ida in the 1950s?
Tater tots
Who has appeared in commercials for Hanes, Gatorade, and McDonalds?
Michael Jordan
What brand of hot sauce is named after one of Mexico's 32 states?
Tabasco
What U.S. retailer has more employees than any other corporation in the entire world?
Wal-Mart
In what country did the Bay of Pigs invasion take place?
Cuba
What can neither George Washington nor Sir Mix-a-Lot do?
Lie
What is Emmental cheese more commonly known as in the United States?
Swiss cheese
Which NBA team is named after a European ethnic group?
Boston Celtics
28 Comments
+46
Level 84
Feb 1, 2023
Great Britain, Before Christ, Gigabyte, Body Odor, Defensive Tackle, James Bond

You’re welcome.

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Level 81
Feb 1, 2023
Legit question: How are those correlated? I genuinely don't understand.
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Level 77
Feb 1, 2023
last Presidents
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Level 70
Feb 2, 2023
In which case, shouldn't it be WC? Surely he is William Clinton, and Bill is just a nickname?
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Level 65
Jul 28, 2023
It would be SW for Slick Willy
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Level 85
Feb 2, 2023
@AVB: Good point, but I think QM is going for names they were normally called (in polite company). To add an interesting twist, I'd like to see the second GB changed to 'W,' or maybe 'GWB.'
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Level 78
Mar 10, 2023
Good point, but I think the third initial would give it away far more easily. I missed that one, to be honest, I went in a very different direction... oh, and "GWB" gotta admit for anyone from the New York Metro Area like me, the first thought would be "George Washington Bridge" okay, now what other bridge names are there? ;)
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Level 81
Feb 2, 2023
@Charles95 thanks, now I get it :D
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Level 86
Feb 1, 2023
This is pretty hard. The starting point of this sequence is completely arbitrary. I think (to my mind, at least) it would make more sense if the order were reversed.
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Level 81
Feb 2, 2023
That's funny, I assumed it was Green Bay, British Columbia, Garlic Bread, Box Office, Delirium Tremens, Jimmy Buffet. That seemed the obvious sequence to me.
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Level 81
Feb 2, 2023
Great Britain, British Columbia, Green Bay, Body Odor, Defensive Tackle, Jim Brown.
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Level 43
Mar 10, 2023
My thinking exactly
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Level 79
Feb 3, 2023
Gabriel Byrne, Billy Crystal, Gabriel Byrne, Billy Ocean, Dylan Thomas, James Brown
+5
Level 73
Feb 1, 2023
Accept tater tot?
+3
Level 86
Feb 1, 2023
Wow I can't believe I missed this one just because I didn't include the "s."
+1
Level ∞
Feb 2, 2023
Yes
+4
Level 59
Feb 2, 2023
It's not Swiss Cheese everywhere?

Wha

Joke: What do you get when you cross a wizard with a store?

Wal-de-Mart

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Level 80
Feb 3, 2023
There are hundreds of different Swiss cheeses, and Gruyere is more popular than Emmental in much of the world, including Switzerland itself. Using "Swiss cheese" for a specific one, rather than the whole category, would be analogous to someone calling Chicago-style pizza "American pizza"
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Level 70
Feb 5, 2023
Chicago style pizza isn't even pizza
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Level 56
Mar 10, 2023
same with calling american cheese... american cheese. weird. the people who made it must have had a lot of pride in being american.
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Level 65
Feb 4, 2023
The only reason I knew Michael Jordan was because of space jam lol. Stan tells Michael to put his Hanes on and they'll pick up a big mac on the way to the game
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Level 62
Mar 10, 2023
Isn't her name Tonya with an O?
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Level 71
Mar 10, 2023
You are correct it should be changed for accuracy.
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Level ∞
May 7, 2023
Fixed
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Level 63
Mar 10, 2023
Rocky Mountain time zone should be accepted. Besides being commonly referred to by that name, it’s also effectively the exact same thing since “mountain time zone” refers to Rockies.
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Level 67
Mar 13, 2023
I have literally never heard anyone refer to it as the "Rocky Mountain Time Zone." Depending on the time of year, it is ALWAYS abbreviated MST or MDT; never seen an R affixed to it.
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Level 75
Mar 10, 2023
"Standard" isn't part of the time zone name. The Mountain Time zone is also landlocked, within the US, when it's in Daylight Saving phase (MDT).
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Level ∞
May 7, 2023
Fixed