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Body Parts in History and Culture

Can you guess these body parts that have made an appearance in our cultural and historical narrative?
Answer must correspond to the yellow box
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Last updated: May 7, 2020
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Body Part
Part of Cyrano de Bergerac's body which was larger than normal
Nose
Part of the Grinch that grew three sizes on Christmas day
Heart
God used this part of Adam to make Eve
Rib
The only part of Achilles that was vulnerable
Heel
Vincent Van Gogh cut part of his off and delivered it to a prostitute
Ear
What gave Samson his strength
Hair
Santa has one that shakes like a bowl full of jelly
Belly
Some macaroni is shaped like this
Elbow
For all eternity, an eagle pecks at this part of the titan Prometheus
Liver
The average American male has one that is about 10.5" long
Foot
Double double toil and trouble. Witches need this part of a newt for their broth.
Eye
In times of trouble, British people try to keep theirs stiff
Upper lip
A doctor who specializes in this body part is called a nephrologist
Kidney
Body part that appears on the logo of the Rolling Stones
Tongue
Gout sufferers often feel pain here
Big toe
Steve Jobs was done in by a cancer of this body part
Pancreas
Most people have two. Frida Kahlo only had one.
Eyebrow
People were shocked when this part of Janet Jackson made an appearance
during the Super Bowl halftime show
Nipple
Malfunctioning gland that caused Robert Wadlow to grow to nearly 9 feet in height
Pituitary
To marry the daughter of Saul, David had to deliver a gruesome dowry:
100 of this body part cut from dead Philistines
Foreskin
44 Comments
+45
Level 88
Apr 10, 2020
So the average American male has a 10.5-inch-long ... Foot?

I see what you did there. 😉

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Level 83
Apr 10, 2020
Haha, I know I guessed it too. :-)
+28
Level 77
Apr 11, 2020
Must be in Grindr inches. :)
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Level 75
May 7, 2020
Doesn't the average American male have two that are about 10.5" long each?
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Level 81
May 7, 2020
Yes, but that doesn't make the question any less accurate.
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Level 75
Feb 5, 2021
The question says "The average American male has one that is about 10.5" long", so yes - it specifies one which, in common parlance, discounts having more than one.

Ugh, what a boring post, and I'm not even sure I'd stand by it anyway

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Level 77
Jul 21, 2022
I assume you’d want to stand at least 11” away. Otherwise you’d be on a toe!
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Level 79
Nov 8, 2023
Alternatively, you could stand ~9" away if youre okay standing on feet but not toes
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Level 91
Apr 10, 2020
How about some alternate spellings of petooatarry?
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Level 62
Jul 21, 2022
Yes, please accept pituitary.
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Level 75
Jul 22, 2022
I tried petuitary :(
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Level 39
Jul 22, 2022
pituary was my best guess
+19
Level 84
Apr 10, 2020
I had a dirty mind on the first question and then it took me until the nephrologist to not wanting to type a very specific body parts as my first guess...
+11
Level 61
Apr 12, 2020
I typed, um, ... a certain word, before reading any of the clues.
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Level 37
May 7, 2020
I had a dirty mind on more than half the questions
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Level 76
Jul 21, 2022
it's not necessarily dirty-minded to mention the word penis. it's a part of some people's bodies, and is a valid guess for some of these clues.
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Level 83
Apr 11, 2020
Haha first time I see them called elbows. I wanted to ask what kind of elbows Americans have but i see Italians actually call them the same
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Level 15
May 7, 2020
As a non-english speaker I had hard time trying to figure it out. I'm still not sure what is it called in my language!
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Level 71
May 13, 2024
Elbow is kind of a general term for such a shape, used in plumbing and geography, for example.
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Level 73
Apr 11, 2020
What about belly button / navel for a specific pasta shape? From the wiki page on tortellini: "They are sometimes also described as "navel shaped", hence their alternative name of "belly button" (ombelico)".

I'm pretty sure I actually learned about this from another Jetpunk quiz.

Edit: Ok, I just saw that macaroni is the name of a specific pasta type so my suggestion doesn't really work. Oh, well, I'll just leave the comment as an interesting tidbit of trivia.

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Level 85
Apr 19, 2020
Can you accept hypophysis for pituitary?
+7
Level 91
May 7, 2020
Multiple examples of Jetpunk dementedness here. Truly inspired.
+2
Level 82
May 7, 2020
still above average.
+7
Level 44
May 11, 2020
Why did Saul want so much foreskin? I'm unnerved.
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Level 62
Jul 21, 2022
Because he was trying to get David killed and wanted to give him an impossible task.
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Level 81
Jul 25, 2022
He was hungry
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Level 76
May 11, 2024
Life before the Columbian Exchange was miserable
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Level 58
May 13, 2024
please never speak again
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Level 64
May 13, 2024
He didn't want the foreskins for themselves; they were meant as proof that David had killed a given number of Philistines.

Any other body part would have worked as a trophy, but foreskins mark the difference between Jews (circumcised) and Philistines (not), so they're a fitting symbol, and additional proof that the dead were Philistines and David didn't just rob Jewish graves to fake it.

Saul expected David to get killed rather than succeed, but slaying 100 or 200 enemies is pretty good too.

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Level 33
May 14, 2024
That makes a lot of sense. I assumed the part about proving he had actually killed them, but I didn't think about also proving that they weren't Jews.
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Level 77
Oct 16, 2020
I tried head, skull, scalp, and all kinds of synonyms for the nephrologist question...never realizing it didn't say "phrenologist." D'OH
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Level 45
Feb 17, 2021
accidentally got the nephrologist one right because I thought Frida Kahlo might have been a kidney donor-
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Level 74
Feb 24, 2021
Love it, hahaha
+1
Level 62
Jul 21, 2022
Still too soon.
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Level 70
Jul 21, 2022
Those are some crazy in-laws I could do without. Was there an official count of foreskin? --- "Dave, I only count 97 here. You think you can marry my daughter with only 97 Philistine foreskins? A couple of these look suspiciously Phoenician."
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Level 37
Nov 6, 2023
thankfully he brought back 200 so there would be no debate (determining their origin might be a bit harder)
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Level 75
Jul 21, 2022
can you accept tiddy for the janet jackson one?
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Level 28
Jul 22, 2022
People would confuse that with J. Tiddy, the rapper she was performing with.
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Level 65
May 13, 2024
Was that the only thing that was shown? I thought she showed more. I guess the other part doesn't matter.
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Level 65
Jul 21, 2022
In my opinion, lips and mouth should be accepted for the Rolling Stones clue.
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Level 28
Jul 22, 2022
That was a really good quiz. That's all I had to say.
+1
Level 65
Jul 25, 2022
Poor David
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Level 38
Jan 15, 2023
Some of these questions sound interesting without context...
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Level 65
May 12, 2024
Hypophisis, maybe… ?