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First submittedAugust 8, 2016
Last updatedMay 29, 2019
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Who proposed the law that things in motion tend to stay in motion?
Isaac Newton
What is the name of the boy who owns the toys in "Toy Story"?
Andy
What calendar rolled over to 13.0.0.0.0 on December 21st, 2012, leading stupid people
to predict a worldwide apocalypse?
Mayan Calendar
What legendary king was given a sword by a "watery tart"?
King Arthur
What terrorist organization was historically associated with the Sinn Féin party?
Provisional IRA
What does the Russian word "babushka" mean?
Grandmother
What island was settled by Erik the Red in the year 985?
Greenland
What is a common synonym of the word thespian?
Actor
What period of world history started on "Black Thursday"?
Great Depression
What city is sinking into the Adriatic Sea at a rate of 2mm every year?
Venice
In what event does British athlete Paula Radcliffe hold the women's world record?
Marathon
What cute pet is commonly eaten as food in Andean countries?
Guinea Pigs
Which country's capital was named after the Duke of Wellington?
New Zealand's
What children's book is translated as "Huevos Verdes Con Jamón" in Spanish?
Green Eggs and Ham
What famous ship was built in Belfast between 1909 and 1912?
RMS Titanic
What type of cells contain hemoglobin?
Red Blood Cells
Name one of the four countries on the Barbary Coast
Morocco, Algeria,
Tunisia, or Libya
Which movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, tells the true story of
con man Frank Abagnale Jr?
Catch Me If You Can
In what city can I visit Park Güell to the see the famous Gaudi salamander?
Barcelona
What language is the "lingua franca" of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda even though
very few people speak it as a first language?
Swahili
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level 63
Aug 9, 2016
Thanks for using some of my questions
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level 69
Aug 15, 2016
I enjoyed the calendar clue.
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level 76
Oct 11, 2016
As did I
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level 71
Oct 11, 2016
How about "erythrocytes"?
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level 73
Dec 13, 2016
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level ∞
Jan 23, 2019
Sure, why not
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level 55
Jun 23, 2019
Worked for me.
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level 70
Oct 11, 2016
Just learned that Swahili is spelled with only one L!
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level 70
Sep 3, 2017
I haven't learned a thing in more than 40 years.
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level 68
Oct 11, 2016
"Huevos Verdes Con Jamón" is an incorrect translation. It should be "Huevos Verdes y Jamón"
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level 83
Oct 11, 2016
The translator(s) apparently disagreed.
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level 59
Jun 23, 2019
Translation is not always literal. For example, to express hunger in Spanish, you would say "yo tengo hambre," which *literally* translates to "I have hunger," but of course any English speaker would just say "I'm hungry." Likewise, in Spanish, a side dish (like ham or French fries) would be preceded by "con" (for "with"), even though in English you'd say "and." So, in English, "a hamburger and fries." In Spanish, "a hamburger with fries." The translation of Green Eggs and Ham is correct because it represents how Spanish speakers would say it: green eggs with ham.
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level 72
Jun 23, 2019
amen
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level 67
Jun 23, 2019
That's how I translated it, with no joy. It might have helped if I'd ever heard of the book title.
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level 55
Jun 23, 2019
In English, isn't there a difference between "Green Eggs and Ham" and "Green Eggs with Ham"? Like, when we use "with," we mean that the foods are served together as a unit, that they need each other to be complete. This doesn't disprove the above commenter, but I'm really curious to see if anyone else feels that nuance.
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level 37
Jun 23, 2019
Yeah, "Huevos Verdes Con Jamon" means Green Eggs with Ham. However, the book is actually published as Huevos Verdes Con Jamon in Spanish speaking countries
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level 52
Oct 11, 2016
Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!
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level 79
Oct 12, 2016
I mean, if I went around saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away!
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level 49
Oct 13, 2016
What we need is a mandate from the masses.
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level 68
Feb 18, 2018
As opposed to the marshes
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level 67
Oct 11, 2016
Green eggs and ham? Never heard of it. Is it a new kids book that I wouldn't have seen as a child or did I just miss out on it?
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level 64
Oct 11, 2016
Dr. Seuss! It's been around forever!
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level 61
Feb 21, 2017
1960
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level 79
Oct 12, 2016
It's the fourth best-selling English-language children's book of all time. Certainly a classic here in the US, but not sure about it's popularity in non-English language areas.
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level 55
Jun 23, 2019
I was often read it when I was in primary school.
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level 75
Jun 23, 2019
Sam you are not.
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level 66
Oct 11, 2016
'Shakespearean' should be accepted for Thespian.
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level 45
Oct 20, 2016
But what happens if you're not acting in a Shakespearean play? But even if you did act in a Shakespeare play and someone asks you what you do, I think saying "I'm Shakespearean" would be a bit of an odd thing to say!
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level 39
Oct 11, 2016
You should accept erythrocyte for red blood cell
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level 56
Oct 11, 2016
Guinea pig is delicious. Nuff said
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level 66
Oct 14, 2016
The wording of the Erik the Red question is a little odd. Greenland was first settled by the inuits.
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level 71
Jan 31, 2018
Yeah, I was gonna say; this wording smacks of Columbus "discovering" America. Eskimos were certainly waltzing in and out of there since ~4500 BCE, but even if the question means "permanent settlement", I don't think Erik can qualify either, since the Norse wound up leaving, too. (As Zefyrinus alludes, it was the Inuit who came – in ~1300 – and wound up staying.) Can you clarify what you mean, O Quizzymaster?
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level ∞
Jan 23, 2019
Got rid of the word "first"
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level 55
Feb 5, 2019
Could you just accept New Zealand or rephrase the question?
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level 42
Feb 9, 2019
How can you not accept New Zealand? Requiring New Zealand's seems a little pedantic, I'm unsure how 72% of people managed to correctly add the 's unless they have seen the question before.
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level ∞
Feb 9, 2019
Fixed, sorry about that. It probably used to work and then I broke it at some point. That's the only way 72% would have guessed that correctly.
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level 51
May 28, 2019
It's visit, not vist.
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level ∞
May 29, 2019
Ok
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