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For each year, guess the answer that would have been accurate for that time period.
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First submittedNovember 13, 2012
Last updatedJune 8, 2019
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Year
Most populous metro area
present
Tokyo or Guangzhou
1950
New York City
1900
London
1800
Beijing
200
Rome
1700 BC
Babylon
 
 
Year
Tallest Free-Standing Structure
present
Burj Khalifa
1980
CN Tower
1950
Empire State Building
1900
Eiffel Tower
1885
Washington Monument
1 AD
Great Pyramid
 
 
Year
English Monarch
present
Elizabeth II
1850
Victoria
1800
George III
1520
Henry VIII
1067
William the Conqueror
 
 
Year
Heavyweight World Champion
1988
Mike Tyson
1965
Muhammad Ali
1940
Joe Louis
Year
Largest country or empire by land area
present
Russia
1980
Soviet Union
1900
British Empire
1600
Spanish Empire
1300
Mongol Empire
500 BC
Achaemenid Empire (Persia)
 
 
Year
Richest Person (private citizen)
present
Jeff Bezos
2000
Bill Gates
1985
Sam Walton
1900
John D. Rockefeller
1820
Nathan Rothschild
55 BC
Crassus
 
 
Year
100M Dash Record Holder
present
Usain Bolt
1988
Carl Lewis
1936
Jesse Owens
 
 
Year
Highest-grossing film of all time
2000
Titanic
1980
Star Wars
1940
Gone With the Wind
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level 70
Jan 16, 2013
great quiz
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level 71
Jan 16, 2013
Should accept Peking for Beijing, since that's what it was known as in the West in 1800.
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level ∞
May 3, 2015
Okay
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level 39
Jan 17, 2013
Fun quiz
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level 77
Jan 28, 2013
fun quiz. I'm surprised that more people got Carl Lewis than George III, Kufu's Pyramid, Babylon, the Burj Khalifa (is Burj Dubai acceptable as an answer? Maybe people aren't aware of the name change), CN Tower, or Washington Monument... I guess many people were probably tripped up by "free standing structure." CN Tower, the Great Pyramid, and the Washington Monument are not usually included on lists of tallest buildings. and if this were structures of any kind not "free standing" ones then the Warsaw Radio Mast was tallest in 1980, and the tallest of all-time until the Burj Khalifa surpassed it.
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level 61
Jun 8, 2019
I think people simply forgot to really think back in time. And somehow george was the one I missed aswell
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level 77
Jul 2, 2019
I only got Carl Lewis because I was trying for Joe Louis and wasn't sure about the spelling at first.
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level 60
Jul 23, 2019
exactly the same here
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level 69
Jul 21, 2015
Great quiz idea. 32/34
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level 59
Jul 21, 2015
Good quiz! Though, I am confused why you chose freestanding structures and not all structures or buildings in the strict sense.
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level 77
Jul 21, 2015
Because most people don't know about the radio masts and towers that would take the record for many years.
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level 58
Jul 21, 2015
Could you please also accept Rotschild?
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level 76
Jul 21, 2015
Great quiz, although I could have used more time. I tried Croesus instead of Crassus. Never heard of the latter.
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level 54
Jul 24, 2015
Crassus was one of the people in the first triumvirate, providing the financial power to go with the military (in Caesar) and the political (in Pompey).
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level 77
Mar 20, 2019
I guessed Croesus too.
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level 61
Jun 8, 2019
croesus would be more like 500 bc instead of 50 bc I guess.
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level 71
Jun 15, 2019
I also agree that this could use a bump in time.
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level 50
Jul 21, 2015
I'm surprised that only 4% have guessed Crassus, is not studied Roman history outside of Italy? It's very famous thing that it was the richest man in the empire at the time of the triumvirate
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level 1
Jul 21, 2015
There's no such thing as year 0.
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level 72
Jul 3, 2018
Tell that to the Khmer Rouge. They don't like being called wrong btw.
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level ∞
Jun 8, 2019
Fixed
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level 79
Nov 1, 2018
I clearly know more about sports than I do about rich people.
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level 79
Jun 8, 2019
And now, 7 months later, I have flip-flopped.
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level 61
Jun 8, 2019
The pyramids are low ! (well, they were high... ;) )
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level 79
Jun 8, 2019
They must have been, to think that building those giant things was a good idea ;)
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level 61
Jun 18, 2019
It amazes me just how long it was the tallest free-standing structure. And how today its height is nothing.
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level 57
Jun 8, 2019
Tbh the date for Crassus should be a little earlier, as he died in 53bc at the Battle of Carrhae.
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level ∞
Jun 8, 2019
Fixed
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level 77
Jun 9, 2019
Crassus was not a private citizen.
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level 69
Jul 2, 2019
I needed more time.
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level 65
Jul 2, 2019
The tallest structure in 1980 was the Warsaw Radio Mast. Idk if it was free-standing by your definition, though
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level 77
Jul 2, 2019
It was not free-standing. It was supported by a number of guy-lines.
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level 47
Jul 2, 2019
Urghhhhh, 30/38. I put Rockerfeller which is pretty stupid and Cressida which i suppose just makes me an idiot but yunno
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level 60
Jul 3, 2019
It should accept Baghdad for Babylon, since they're in the same location
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level 77
Jul 3, 2019
It's 100 km away.
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level 49
Jul 9, 2019
You should accept Giza for the pyramid one