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Best-Selling Things Quiz

Name the best-selling thing in each of these categories.
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First submittedAugust 21, 2010
Last updatedJuly 22, 2019
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Worldwide Sales (all-time)
Movie (box office)
Avengers: Endgame
Movie (box office,
inflation adjusted)
Gone with the Wind
Car model
Toyota Corolla
Truck model
Ford F-150
Board game (branded)
Monopoly
Album
Thriller by
Michael Jackson
Video game console
PS-2
Detergent brand
Tide
Video game
Minecraft
Book
The Bible
Soda
Coca-Cola
Fast food restaurant
McDonald's
Cigarettes
Marlboro
Worldwide Sales (2018)
Website (most-visits)
Google
Airline (most passengers)
American Airlines
iPhone app (most downloads)
Youtube
iPhone game (most downloads)
Fortnite
 
 
U.S. Sales (2018)
Beer
Bud Light
Newspaper
USA Today
Breakfast cereal
Honey Nut Cheerios
Peanut butter
Jif
Girl Scout cookie
Thin Mints
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level 77
Aug 2, 2013
As pointed out before the quiz was updated, Bud (if you include Bud Light and Budweiser together), Snickers, Cheerios, Jif, and Thin Mints are also the best selling types of these things in the world not just in the USA. Not sure about the WSJ or Smirnoff. If you don't count Bud Light and Budweiser together then Snow Beer is the best-selling beer in the world.
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level 57
Aug 2, 2013
As a European I have never encountered Jif or thin mints in any EU country, I cant speak for the rest of the world but I imagine it is probably the same. They seem much more an american tradition. Not sure if the rest would have the highest worldwide sales of all time but Budweiser is everywhere(unfortunately). Smirnoff, Snickers Cherrios and the WSJ might not be the most popular items everywhere but are available in most places.
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level 77
Aug 2, 2013
Imagine all you like I've actually looked it up. I spend most of my time outside of the United States and have bought Jif many places thousands of miles apart. Thin Mints are not sold outside of the USA except at military bases, but neither are any other type of Girl Scout cookie. Regardless of all this, even if something is still not sold widely outside of the USA, or in Europe, it still has a good shot of being the best selling thing in the world. All of the things I mentioned are, in fact, the best selling brands in the world.
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level 73
Jun 30, 2016
In England Jif is stuff that you clean the toilet with, now called Cif.
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level 73
Jun 30, 2016
When I went on a tour of one of the local breweries, they told us that the tasters have a swig of Bud in-between tasting the ales to clear their pallet as Bud has no flavour...
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level 77
Jul 9, 2016
it all tastes like piss to me, including the multiple gold and silver medal-winning-from-prestigious-European-competitions stuff they used to brew at the tavern/restaurant I worked at in college. I wouldn't drink that and I wouldn't drink Bud, either.
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level 73
Sep 19, 2018
I do generally prefer real ales, but unfortunately it is often difficult to know whether they have isinglass in them so often have to stick to lagers (which, at least in England, tend to be the same few you find in pubs everywhere so I know which ones are 'safe'), or Guinness
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level 78
Feb 10, 2019
Kalbamahut is right about some of these being biggest outside USA. In China, if you want peanut butter it's going to be Jif - that alone would do it. Snickers is basically everywhere so that makes sense. Can't find data about Smirnoff but I couldn't think of anything that might be close. Pretty much nowhere outside USA (in my experience) refers to girl scout cookies as such so by definition the USA top would be biggest. Snow beer is biggest worldwide (102M hectoliters - again because of China) but in 2018 Bud and Bud light combined were 94M hectoliters so they would no longer be biggest worldwide, but seem to be biggest in the US. However WSJ seems to be second to USA today (2.3M v 4.1M circulation respectively) and is nowhere close to Japan - Japanese love newspapers and Yomiuri Shinbun has 9.1M daily https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_newspapers_by_circulation. The figures in the link are worldwide not USA of course.
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level 77
Mar 17, 2019
Girl scout cookies are cookies sold by the Girl Scouts, an American organization. So, yeah..

< Thanks for the update about Bud and the information about newspapers in Japan, didn't know that.
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level 72
Aug 4, 2013
snow? really? stuff tastes like crap...have never seen it outside of china
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level 77
Aug 5, 2013
Doesn't really have to be sold outside of China to be the best-selling brand in the world.
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level 58
Aug 5, 2013
It is unfortunate Budweiser is everywhere overseas. Miller Lite and Bud Light are the 2 giants of beer distribution here in the USA and they are total crap. They have to be served ice cold because they are tasteless, pathetic imitations of real beer. The only way to enjoy good beer is to buy from small craft brewers. Fortunately there are a lot of good ones today.
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level 68
Aug 6, 2013
Have you tried Bishops Finger?
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level 34
Jan 3, 2014
Miller Lite is my beer of choice when I want to drink more than 10 beers at a time... the other two days a week I love craft brews!
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level 61
Aug 16, 2019
Chucktizzle beat me to it. Miller Lite (and I suppose Bud Light, if you prefer that) are good beers for long days: beach days, weddings, etc., where you'll probably be drinking for a while but don't want to get very drunk. I feel the same level of intoxication after 10 Millers as I do after five real beers. Sometimes you drink beer for flavor, and sometimes you drink as part of a nice experience. I don't really understand drinking craft beer at a beach or a baseball game, but to each their own.
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level 63
Jul 27, 2019
Driving a Corolla, drinking Bud Light.. I can't continue. I do not want to live on this planet anymore.
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level 61
Aug 16, 2019
What's wrong with a Corolla? They're reliable, low-maintenance cars. Cars are a necessity for a lot of people, and a poorly-made car can be a huge expense. Corollas and Jettas are excellent investments for people who need a car and don't have extra cash to throw away on luxury.
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level 57
Aug 16, 2019
I agree jmellor13. Had a turbo Jetta Wolfsburg edition. Best car I've ever owned.
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level 71
Aug 2, 2013
Missed Avatar...ouch. First typed USA Today considering it's at my door at virtually every hotel I stay within the states.
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level 48
Aug 2, 2013
why can't mints be accepted for the girl scout cookie?
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level 77
Aug 3, 2013
for the same reason Donald's isn't accepted for McDonald's, "The Wind" is not accepted for "Gone With the Wind," and 2 is not accepted for PlayStation 2. Who calls them "mints?"
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level 15
Oct 20, 2013
Well I put Play station that should have worked
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level 77
Jul 9, 2016
the PlayStation was a different system than the PS2.
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level 36
Aug 8, 2013
For the love of god, please can you accept just cherrios.
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level ∞
Aug 8, 2013
Are those cherry-flavored Cheerios?
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level 34
Jan 3, 2014
Oh Quizmaster, your japes are rare and subtle, which makes them that much more entertaining.
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level 55
May 23, 2014
I would buy those.
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level 46
May 29, 2018
Why would want cherry-flavoured anything? Cherries are awful!
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level 76
Feb 7, 2019
For some reason my mind immediately created a tongue-twister. "Charlie Chadwick chewed a chunk of cherry Cheerios."
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level 55
May 23, 2014
Who reads newspapers anymore?
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level 44
May 30, 2014
People may not read them - but the higher-ups in my company get them to put on their desks just to make them look informed. I notice that they never get moved.
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level 76
Jul 9, 2016
My husband. We were recently eating breakfast at a hotel which offered free morning papers. My husband was the only one in the room reading the paper, All the other men were looking at their phones. Later, someone asked a group of us what time was it. I started to look at my watch, but a teenager near me had her phone whipped out and gave them the time before I could even move my wrist to see the dial. I'm starting to empathize with the dinosaurs.
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level 54
Feb 12, 2019
Calm down there Grandpa
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level 61
Aug 16, 2019
I understand and agree with the objections to people checking their phones in the middle of conversations or otherwise being unable to go three straight minutes without pulling their phones out, but reading on your phone is not per se a bad thing. Why is it acceptable for your husband to read a newspaper but not for the others to read on their phones at the same time? I read the New York Times on my phone every day. It's the same news your husband would read in the hard copy edition, and often more up-to-date. Plus it's one of the rare social media spaces (alongside the JetPunk community, I daresay) where the reader comments have some value. Phones are connected to a wealth of valuable information. It's where and how you use them that's important. And why spend money on a watch when you have the time on your phone? I like watches, but they can be expensive. If you already have the time, why spend the extra money?
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level 70
Aug 16, 2019
Was ander's comment meant as an objection to phones? I simply read it as an anecdote about generational differences.
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level 44
May 30, 2014
I'm a little surprised about Thriller - I really thought it would be one of the Beatles albums.
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level 20
Jun 5, 2014
I've never seen a lot of these things in Australia - we don't drink Bud - we have better beer standards... we do have Maccas though, just in case you're coming 'down under'
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level 66
Aug 1, 2019
Everywhere has better beer standards, bud sells because its cheap
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level 44
Aug 15, 2014
Bud Light isn't the most popular beer because we think it tastes best. It's cheap and it's EVERYWHERE. If the good beers were as cheap and ubiquitous they would give the crappy ones a run for their money. It's also worth noting that you have to drink 3 light beers for every 2 good beers.
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level 72
Apr 25, 2015
The Jif answer, for New Zealanders, is hysterically funny: there it's the name of an abrasive household cleaning product.
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level 77
Jul 9, 2016
If it wasn't so versatile it might not sell so well. Try it on your bread sometime. It can't be worse than vegemite.
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level 49
Jul 29, 2016
Everyone seems to criticise Vegemite either without trying it or only trying it once with a large portion. You're supposed to spread it very thinly.
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level 35
Aug 27, 2016
Vegemite is for the Aussies :) We have Marmite.
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level 62
Sep 26, 2016
YAY marmite! I had marmite sandwiches every day for lunch throughout my entire childhood...
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level 62
Sep 26, 2016
And I use Jif to clean the bath and shower!
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level 51
Feb 6, 2018
VEGEMITE IS AWESOME!
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level 46
May 29, 2018
MARMITE WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?
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level 73
Sep 19, 2018
Marmite is amazing. Vegemite is a very similar product but, weirdly, disgusting. Go figure
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level 76
Feb 7, 2019
My daughter brought a jar of Vegemite home from her study-abroad semester in Australia and asked me to try it. She spread it thinly on a slice of bread and I eagerly took a bite. She laughed at the look of disgust on my face. It tasted to me like someone had spread a dampened beef bouillon cube on the bread. As my dad used to say, "It's good if you like it." I didn't.
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level 76
Feb 7, 2019
Kalba, with all the sugar, sodium, and hydrogenated oils in JIF brand of peanut butter, it might be healthier to eat the New Zealand product. :) There are healthier brands out there such as Smucker's Natural. I think JIF has put a healthier version on the market, but we haven't tried it. It's hard to find a brand without sugar added. If you don't mind the sugar then go all the way and get Goober Grape. (Much easier to spread on PB&J sandwiches and it ends the age-old dilemma of whether you're going to get PB in your jelly or jelly in your PB jar.)
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level 73
Mar 3, 2019
Yeah, Vegemite is gross, but do you like Marmite?
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level 77
May 17, 2019
I don't think I've ever had Marmite but it sounds gross.
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level 71
Jul 26, 2019
As a one-time Australophile, I thought I was destined to love vegemite!

I was not.

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level 61
Aug 16, 2019
I tried Vegemite once at the behest of an Australian. He even spread it on the bread for me. And it was just awful.
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level 61
Jun 21, 2019
Jif is a cleaning product here as well, no such thing as peanutbutter called jif. The main brand here is Calvé

Maybe they called jif jif, because well if you have chunks in it, it could be abrasive? haha

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level 47
Jun 5, 2015
Thriller is not the highest selling album of all time. The Eagles Greatest Hits has been for years. Just saying
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level 73
Sep 19, 2018
Is that true? Maybe they make a distinction between album and compilation
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level 37
Jun 23, 2015
The best selling album is the "Eagles Greatest Hits" album.
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level 66
Dec 10, 2015
In the United States, its debated which is the best selling album. But world wide, the Eagles Greatest Hits hasn't sold as well. Thriller is the world wide best selling album.
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level 56
Sep 5, 2018
Actually recently the Eagles Greatest Hits officially surpassed Thriller as the best selling album in the world.
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level ∞
Jul 22, 2019
Actually no it didn't. The quiz is correct.
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level 67
Sep 12, 2015
Funny how 65% of you got the most popular beer but only 3% got the most popular novel...that about sums up our society.
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level 76
Jul 9, 2016
The Bible is a novel? Well, that explains a lot....
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level 71
Aug 9, 2018
I'd classify it more as "Historical Fiction" but it does have a crossover into Supernatural themes
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level 61
Jun 21, 2019
I guess if it came out now it would be fantasy/drama/horror well maybe not horror, but a lot of deaths and quite a bit of unpleasant stuff.
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level 51
Feb 6, 2018
That answer is wrong anyway. Also, the Bible is not a novel - it is a collection of "books" put together in a compendium. The word "novel" impies proper prose, which the Bible is not.
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level 61
Aug 16, 2019
This comment is so silly. Aside from the fact that the Bible is not a novel, the difference in the answers is that Bud Light is the obvious choice, whereas there is a wealth of great and/or popular books to guess. There is a handful of beers that are readily available everywhere, and of those beers, Bud Light is the best-known, so it's a pretty obvious guess even for people who don't like beer. "Book" on the other hand is very broad. I have a degree in literature and I read a ton of books, but I didn't even know where to start. A popular classic author like Agatha Christie or Dickens? Something everyone reads in school like To Kill A Mockingbird? Les Miserables? More recent phenomena like Dan Brown or Harry Potter? Some nonsense self-help book like The Answer? A political text like the Little Red Book? There are just so many possibilities. The Bible didn't even occur to me, although of course I facepalmed when I saw it was the answer.
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level 60
May 6, 2016
There was me thinking that Jif was the brand name of a cleaning product! In future if I want to clean my kitchen and bathroom I shall use peanut butter - may not clean as well but it will smell a darn sight better!!
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level 76
Jul 9, 2016
It works well for removing gum from a child's hair, too.
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level 61
Jun 21, 2019
It is, and I am not sure if it would smell that great haha, maybe for a minute or two, but I think you ll soon be sick of the smell of peanut butter ( not even thinking about what it would attract, besides small children trying to lick your wall haha)
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level 72
Jun 6, 2016
missed 2 this go around...snicker and corolla
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level 76
Jun 9, 2016
It would be helpful if there was better guidance for when the quiz is requesting a specific brand - example; for the liquor question, it wouldn't take vodka (which is the biggest selling liquor type in the US), but required the brand name.
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level 61
Sep 15, 2016
If you look at it the other way around: Where is the brand name not required?
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level 79
Jul 7, 2016
Thin mints? What is WRONG with people??? SAMOAS!!!
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level 47
Jul 9, 2016
i agree 150%
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level 76
Jul 9, 2016
Agree. Sadly, they changed bakers in our region and we lost Samoas. They were replaced with Caramel deLites. I don't care what they say, they just don't taste as good. Oddly enough, Thin Mints are the only cookies which didn't change names when our GS made the switch from ABC to Little Brownie Bakers.
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level 77
Jul 9, 2016
btw, who pays for Angry Birds?
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level 76
Jul 9, 2016
Exactly! I didn't even bother trying Angry Birds because I thought... Nobody pays for that!
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level 46
May 29, 2018
I don’t even think you CAN pay for Angry Birds.
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level 71
Jul 26, 2019
I paid for Angry Birds!
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level 73
Sep 19, 2018
People looking for a dominatrix prostitute?
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level 61
Jun 21, 2019
Lmao that took a second take..
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level 29
Jul 9, 2016
I thought the airline one was Delta. When I saw the results which said it was American Airlines, I instantly thought of home alone. Anyone else think of that?
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level 68
Jul 11, 2016
Should update for Force Awakens
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level ∞
Jul 12, 2016
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/world/
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level 67
Feb 21, 2017
I don't think cigarettes should be given exposure on jetpunk. It is smoking that kills millions each year (over 6 million in 2013) throughout the world and is a completely unnecessary habit. During the 20th Century smoking killed over 100 million people, more than all the wars in that timeframe.
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level 77
Jul 6, 2017
Should we also remove all quizzes with questions about Hitler, Genghis Khan, fast food and plague, then?
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level 61
Aug 16, 2019
The alcohol questions should be removed aswell then, I think that causes much more damage if you also include the impact on your life and others.
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level 73
Aug 29, 2019
And cars

And, of course, the bible
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level 32
Mar 29, 2017
"Monopoly" is ironic
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level 17
Oct 30, 2017
I have never heard of a Toyota corolla. It should have been a ford fusion or something Atleast a ford cause ford is the best
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level 51
Feb 6, 2018
The Bible is probably the most common book throughout the world, which is something no one will deny, but in many cases they are given out freely (such as in the desk drawers in hotel rooms and hospitals). The title is "Best SELLING things quiz" and I highly doubt that the Bible sells that highly when it is mostly given away for free.
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level 61
Jun 21, 2019
Good point, then again I know people, even non religious ones... that have several bibles. (like my mother, she finds it interesting/fascinating and has like 6 of them... I dont think she has ever read one cover to cover though haha)
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level 66
Aug 1, 2019
Someone still buys the bibles in hotel rooms and hospitals, they are just free to use when you are there. And if you get it from a church, they paid for it too. doesn't matter that the end consumer gets it for free, someone pays for it. Bibles don't just appear out of nowhere
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level 61
Aug 16, 2019
That would be a miracle ;)
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level 51
Feb 6, 2018
In fact, anyone who BUYS a Bible would actually be a frickin' moron, since they could just walk into their nearest church to ask for one, and get if for free. A Bible is rarely ever SOLD. It may be the most highly produced book in the world (and the most highly circulated), but in terms of sales, this figure would be very low.
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level 73
Mar 25, 2018
It's not everywhere like US. For a small language someone has to cover translation costs and the church isn't as rich as people would like to imagine.
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level 65
Apr 10, 2018
You can get a Bible for free easily, certainly, but many people such as myself would rather pay for our copies and let the free Bibles be used to reach out to those who don't have a Bible or can't afford a nice one. You can also buy a standard KJV at any dollar store for $1, but they will have no commentary/notes. Having purchased Bibles for myself and others, what some people don't realize is that a lot of what you're paying for is the translation used, the type of binding, the format, and the commentary. There are different translations and different commentaries; much of what makes a Bible worth spending money on are the notes and other annotations, cross-references, etc. It's an incredibly dense and self-referential work so you need all that stuff to get the most out of it. I recommend the NASB translation, in the Life Application Study Bible format, as I find the notes to be well-researched and thoughtful and the translation very carefully researched and literal.
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level 76
Feb 7, 2019
Even though I'm Methodist, one of my best study bibles is the New Jerusalem Bible which is a Catholic version. Because it is translated directly from Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic, and includes the books removed from the Protestant bible, some of the verses I had trouble understanding previously make more sense, especially when they refer back to things in books we no longer have.
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level 29
May 3, 2019
Yes, you can walk into a church and/or hotel and get a Bible for free. But you failed to think about where those churches and hotels get them...they buy them.
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level 71
Jul 26, 2019
Like Yolobeans said, if Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat’s Giant Megachurch gives away 15,000 Bibles away for free, the 15,000 people who got them may not have paid for them, but Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat’s Giant Megachurch did, so it’s a wash: 15,000 Bibles were still sold.
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level 52
Jul 11, 2018
Jif used to be for scrubbing kitchens and is now called Cif. not heard of the other one
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level 58
Dec 14, 2018
Lol, there is no way it's the liquor indicated. I guarantee it is some rotgut like popov or korskis
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level 65
May 31, 2019
Minecraft has overtaken Tetris and is now the best selling game of all time!
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level 61
Jun 21, 2019
you need to pay for that?? wow, where do all those 12 yo olds get the money?
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level 67
Jul 23, 2019
I know this is going to be controversial, but is there really any need for a U.S. section? Surely there's other worldwide categories to fill the quiz up.
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level 71
Jul 26, 2019
It’s worldwide statistics that are hard to come by, as well as answers that people have a snowball’s chance in hell of answering correctly. But if you have a better quiz in mind, by all means, create it!
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level 77
Aug 16, 2019
I think it's there mostly to try and help deflect some whiners, because all of those things that are the best-selling in the USA are also the best-selling in the world, except Bud Light I think gets outsold by SnowBeer (unless you count Bud & Bud Light together), and USA Today probably gets outsold by some newspaper in India or China I don't actually know but I imagine so.
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level 62
Aug 16, 2019
Sure, but why are girl scout cookies there? What are they even? Some kind of cookie, I imagine, but they just don't really exist outside of the US. Even if there is a US only category (fine by me), it could at least be filled with categories that non-US people have a shot at guessing.
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level 77
Aug 16, 2019
cookies sold by the Girl Scouts. They are sold around the world but most popular in the USA. Also, I see a comment above; apparently Snowbeer does now outsell Bud, and I was right about the newspapers I just forgot.
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level 62
Aug 18, 2019
Cookies sold by girl scouts.. I figured as much. But is there anything special about the cookie itself? Or are they all kinds of cookies and is the only common denominator that they are sold by girl scouts? And do they bake them themselves? I do believe we have something like that, but then of course they wouldn't have a brand name. Or is thin mints not a brand name? It appears I'm totally clueless about girl scout cookies, haha!
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level 77
Aug 18, 2019
They are made by the girl scouts and unique and specific to their organization. They are not normally sold in stores. Around the world most places you'd have to go to a US army base to get them, but I have seen them a couple of other places before. Rarely.
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level 77
Aug 16, 2019
So... Endgame displaced Avatar. Minecraft beat Tetris. Angry Birds got passed up by YouTube or Fortnite or maybe the category definition changed. And the Wall Street Journal was taken down by USA Today. Everything else looks the same as the last iteration of this quiz.
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level 77
Aug 16, 2019
The categories of best-selling candy bar (Snickers) and vodka (Smirnoff) also seem to have disappeared.
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level 59
Aug 16, 2019
You know the USA has a huge economy (and it's been huge for at least a century) if 90% of the best-selling things in the world are American.
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level 58
Aug 16, 2019
If anything this quiz proves that Americans have no clue about good beer or food.
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level 77
Aug 16, 2019
If anything this comment proves that people are never going to stop leaving bigoted but inaccurate comments about America and Americans. McDonald's international business continues to grow rapidly all over the world while the number of locations in the USA has been shrinking for years. Bud Light is also popular and sold around the world. I can't stand beer personally but most of the Americans I know drink stuff they got from some artisanal microbrewery somewhere. There are so many of these, though, that in total numbers none of them sell all that much.
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level 77
Aug 16, 2019
and, if you're suggesting that there's a better Girl Scout cookie than Thin Mints then, I don't know, something is wrong with your taste buds maybe.
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level 67
Aug 16, 2019
Is The Eagles: Greatest Hits not the best-selling album ever? Or is not counted because it's a compilation?
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level 42
Aug 16, 2019
why didn't "michael jackson thriller" work??
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level 41
Aug 19, 2019
The Bible is surely the most printed book but is it really the most sold one? (just asking, I know the former, doubt the latter)
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level 77
Aug 20, 2019
I'm sure it is. You're suggesting that most Bibles are given away for free? Even if that were true, and I don't think it is, they're not being given away freely by the printers. Someone, like the Gideons, had to order them before giving them away.