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Shiny Days wrote:
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Doug wrote:Which writer has the most film credits?
i snap guessed king
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Re: Doug's Fiendish Trick Trivia Questions

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What movie is this person depicted in?
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Every movie by Columbia Pictures since the early 90s. Jenny Joseph posed for the torch-bearing picture that appears during the opening titles
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This question spoils the above question
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Do I actually have to ask this? People around me did not know the answer. A trick question I didn't even know was a trick question

What is the name of the Columbia Pictures torch-bearing woman? Not the real-life woman, but the icon depicted?
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Columbia. Before "Uncle Sam" was invented, Columbia was the personification of the United States
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Post by Skeletor » Wed Jul 07, 2021 8:15 pm

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Oh is that why it's District of Columbia. I've always thought that was weird but apparently never weird enough to look up
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Post by Jeb Bush 2012 » Wed Jul 07, 2021 8:24 pm

Skeletor wrote:
Wed Jul 07, 2021 8:15 pm
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Oh is that why it's District of Columbia. I've always thought that was weird but apparently never weird enough to look up
yes. it's also
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the origin of columbia university, and "hail columbia", which was the unofficial national anthem before the star-spangled banner

this is only vaguely related but I really like that there was also a "columbia district", on the other side of the country https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_District

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Post by Skeletor » Wed Jul 07, 2021 8:50 pm

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That sent me down the track of looking up what the Columbia river in Washington State is named after.

Answer: A boat named Columbia Rediviva. It was the first American boat to circumnavigate the globe. The Space Shuttle Columbia was also named after that boat
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Re: Doug's Fiendish Trick Trivia Questions

Post by the_zoomies » Fri Jul 09, 2021 1:46 am

Doug wrote:
Tue Jul 06, 2021 7:39 pm
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What movie is this person depicted in?
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Every movie by Columbia Pictures since the early 90s. Jenny Joseph posed for the torch-bearing picture that appears during the opening titles
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The personification of America being supported by a box saying "Do not crush" is real

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Re: Doug's Fiendish Trick Trivia Questions

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What movie features both Robert Englund, who played Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, and Kane Hodder, who played Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th series?
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Wes Craven's Wishmaster, where Englund plays a dock supervisor, and Hodder has a cameo as a guard; or Hatchet, where Hodder plays Victor (and Thomas) Crowley, and Englund plays a hunter. Tony Todd (Candyman) also appears in this film. Unexpectedly, Hodder does not play Jason in the seemingly obvious answer Freddy vs. Jason, and was replaced by Ken Kirzinger.
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Why is it impossible to achieve a geostationary orbit over Mars?
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Because "geo-" means "Earth." The corresponding Mars orbit is called "areostationary," after Ares
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Apogee and Perigee are also Earth-only for the same reason. The generic terms are apoapsis and periapsis. I didn't know that until I played Kerbal Space Program. :lol:

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Apogee and Perigee are also Earth-only for the same reason. The generic terms are apoapsis and periapsis. I didn't know that until I played Kerbal Space Program. :lol:
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Post by Faceless » Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:13 pm

Doug wrote:
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Skeletor wrote:
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The sun doesn't have a surface
Should it be, the photosphere?
Contrary to popular belief, Google Street View doesn't work on celestial bodies other than Earth
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Post by Faceless » Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:29 pm

Jeb Bush 2012 wrote:
Wed Jul 07, 2021 8:24 pm
Skeletor wrote:
Wed Jul 07, 2021 8:15 pm
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Oh is that why it's District of Columbia. I've always thought that was weird but apparently never weird enough to look up
yes. it's also
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the origin of columbia university, and "hail columbia", which was the unofficial national anthem before the star-spangled banner

this is only vaguely related but I really like that there was also a "columbia district", on the other side of the country https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_District
"Washington, District of Columbia or Washington Columbia District?"
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Post by Faceless » Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:30 pm

Doug wrote:
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For each U.S. state, can you name the (immediate) language or people the name comes from? Bonus points if you know where they in turn got it from, i.e., the full etymology

Alabama
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Native American, from the Alabama people
Alaska
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The Russians, who called it "Alyaska," a word they in turn got from the Aleutian people from their word for "mainland"
Arizona
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From the Spanish, "Arizonac," which they in turn got from the O'odham people.
Arkansas
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From the French "Arcansas," which they in turn got from an Algonquian term for the Quapaw people
California
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From the Spanish "Las Californias," probably a reference to the mythical Queen Calafia and her islands
Colorado
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The Spanish word for "reddish"
Connecticut
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Native American. From the Mohicans, from their word for "beside a river"
Delaware
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The English, from Lord De La Warr, the first territorial governor over Jamestown
Florida
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The Spanish, as in "flowery"
Georgia
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English, after George II
Hawaii
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The Hawaiian people
Idaho
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Native American. From the Athabaskan word "Idaahe," which is what the Comanches called them, but this appears to merely mean "enemy." Anecdotally, a single politician posing as a Jefferson Territory delegate bluffed everyone into thinking that the area already had this name
Illinois
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From the French, who altered the Illiniwek people's name for themselves
Indiana
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English speakers a la "Land of the Indians"
Iowa
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From the French, who transformed the Ioway people's name for themselves
Kansas
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Native American. The Kansa people, a subgroup of the Sioux people
Kentucky
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Native American. Either Iroquois or Shawnee, from their word for "meadow"
Louisiana
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The French, for Louis the XIV
Maine
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The French, after the province Maine in France
Maryland
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The English, after the wife of King Charles
Massachusetts
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Native American. From the Algonquian word for a large hill
Michigan
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The French, their alteration of an Ojibwa word "meshi-gami for "big lake"
Minnesota
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Native American, from the Dakota word for cloudy water
Mississippi
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The French, their alteration of an Ojibwa word "meshi-ziibi" for "big river"
Missouri
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Native American. The Algonquian word for the "people of the big canoes" (referring to a Sioux subgroup)
Montana
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From the Spanish word for mountain
Nebraska
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Native American, the Sioux name for the Platte River
Nevada
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From the Spanish word for snowy -- the Sierra Nevada were named first, and then the state
New Hampshire
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The English, after Southampton
New Jersey
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The English, after the island of Jersey
New Mexico
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Translated from the Spanish "Nuevo Mexico," "Mexico" in turn being an Aztec word
New York
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The English, after the city of York
North, South Carolina
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The "Carolina" part is from the French, after Charles I, while the divisions north and south are of course English
North, South Dakota
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Native American, from the Dakota people; and then the divisions north and south are of course English
Ohio
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Native American. The Iroquoian name for the river
Oklahoma
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Native American, but a portmanteau by an English speaker. Allen Wright combined the Choctaw word for "red" "homma" and the Choctaw word for "people" "oka" to make up his own new word
Oregon
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If you said Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Native American, you may be correct. The origin is uncertain. The Spanish word "orejón" means "big ear," but then "oregano" is also a Spanish word, and there's a stream in Spain called the Arroyo del Oregón. Unfortunately, the French word "ouragan" means "windstorm," and is another plausible candidate. A writer in 1904 said that the name comes from the Portuguese "Ouve água." But still another theory is that the name is from an Algonquian word
Pennsylvania
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An English speaker's portmanteau of the name Penn and the Latin "sylvania" (referring to woods or forests)
Rhode Island
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The Dutch, from "Roodt Eylandt," "red island"
Tennessee
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Native American. A Cherokee name for the river
Texas
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The Spanish, from their name "Tejas" for the Caddo people, from the Caddo people's own word "taysha" ("friends")
Utah
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From the Spanish "yuta," their word for the ancient Uto-Aztecan people
Vermont
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From the French phrase "Mont Vert," or "green mountain" -- it's believed an English speaker misspoke and reversed the French (thinking that the adjective should come first, as it would in English) in giving it the name
Virginia, West Virginia
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The English, after Elizabeth I (the "Virgin Queen")
Washington
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Americans, after George Washington -- the family name is of course English
Wisconsin
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Native American. The exact etymology is not known, but likely Algonquian
Wyoming
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Native American. From the Algonquian "chwewamink," or "big river flat"
New York is named after the English town of York, but that town itself draws its name back to the Norse Jorvik which in turn has a Latin etymology IIRC?
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Re: Doug's Fiendish Trick Trivia Questions

Post by Doug » Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:36 pm

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New York is named after the English town of York, but that town itself draws its name back to the Norse Jorvik which in turn has a Latin etymology IIRC?
I'm not sure. The Romans called it Eboracum -- I know that from playing Pendragon
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Post by Jeb Bush 2012 » Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:40 pm

Doug wrote:
Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:36 pm
I'm not sure. The Romans called it Eboracum -- I know that from playing Pendragon
the anglo-saxon name was Eoforwic which is plausibly intermediate between Eboracum and Jorvik imo

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Post by Doug » Fri Jul 30, 2021 8:19 pm

For each of the following pairs of cities, which is farther north? The city names will always be given in alphabetical order, so don't try to use the order as a clue

Dublin, or Moscow
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Moscow
Berlin, or London
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Berlin
Montreal, or Paris
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Paris
Monaco, or Toronto
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Monaco
New York, or Rome
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Rome
Beijing, or Washington, D.C.
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Beijing
Las Vegas, or Tokyo
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Las Vegas
Beirut, or Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
Marrakech, or New Orleans
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Marrakech
Cairo, or Miami
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Cairo
Honolulu, or Mexico City
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Honolulu
Manila, or San Juan
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San Juan
Medellin, or Singapore
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Medellin
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Post by Faceless » Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:03 pm

Hint:
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like 50% of Canadians live south of the 49th lmao
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Post by the_zoomies » Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:07 pm

While it's the southernmost Illinois city, Cairo's still pretty far north.

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Post by Khaos » Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:17 pm

Faceless wrote:Hint:
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like 50% of Canadians live south of the 49th lmao
no one here is dumb enough to live that far north

oh wait

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Post by the_zoomies » Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:23 pm

Khaos wrote:
Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:17 pm
Faceless wrote:Hint:
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like 50% of Canadians live south of the 49th lmao
no one here is dumb enough to live that far north

oh wait
Haha, yeah. Take that, Juri!

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Post by Faceless » Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:49 pm

Cairo, Egypt and Cairo, GA, USA are at almost the same latitude which I think is neat.
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Post by Ashenai » Sat Jul 31, 2021 10:01 am

Doug wrote:
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Berlin, or London
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Berlin
excuse me what the fuck

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Post by Ashenai » Sat Jul 31, 2021 10:03 am

It's weird how much my mental models of even familiar territories (Europe) are off

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Ashenai wrote:
Sat Jul 31, 2021 10:01 am
excuse me what the fuck
rofl
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Post by Ashenai » Sat Jul 31, 2021 2:32 pm

lol I asked my dad, he got it wrong too, then fished out an atlas to see for himself

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Post by Doug » Sat Jul 31, 2021 6:06 pm

Most counterintuitive one, maybe
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Post by Faceless » Sat Jul 31, 2021 8:05 pm

Ashenai wrote:
Sat Jul 31, 2021 10:03 am
It's weird how much my mental models of even familiar territories (Europe) are off
this one was easy for me because I know that Edinburgh and Copenhagen are about the same, and Berlin feels closer in latitude to Copenhagen than London does to Edinburgh.

With that said, if it was instead Berlin and e.g. Nottingham I'd totally get fooled by it. London and Berlin are closer than I thought!
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Post by Faceless » Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:19 am

What do the flags of New Zealand, Australia, and the Netherlands have in common that no other national flags do?
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They don't contain their national colours - black; green and gold; and orange respectively
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