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English Inventions #2

Name these English inventions and discoveries.
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First submittedMay 12, 2014
Last updatedJuly 17, 2014
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Clue
Answer
The way species become other species
Evolution
Way to transport children
Stroller
Stretchy circle that holds things together
Rubber Band
Queensberry rules for this sport
Boxing
Way to blow up a submarine
Torpedo
Another way to blow up a submarine
Depth Charge
Modern version of this Scottish garment
Kilt
Synthetic material used in cheap suits
Polyester
Inspired by an apple, Isaac Newton
formulated his theory of this
Gravity
Logorithmic stick popular before
electric calculators
Slide Rule
Clue
Answer
Potency pill
Viagra
Way to keep your drink warm
Thermos
Musical pitch-checker
Tuning Fork
Newspaper word game
Crossword Puzzle
Astronomical phenomenon that
happens every 76 years
Halley's Comet
Method of inquiry promoted
by Roger Bacon
Scientific Method
Game with felt-covered balls
Lawn Tennis
This breed of racing horse
Thoroughbred
Sport played in an oval
Cricket
Way to put out a fire
Fire Extinguisher
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level 66
May 12, 2014
Can elastic be accepted for rubber band please? And also, in North America viagra is a little blue pill.
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level ∞
May 13, 2014
Okay, and I removed the color from the description.
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level 73
May 13, 2014
What did we learn today? The British do not like submarines!
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level 50
Jul 3, 2014
HAHAHAH!
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level 63
Jul 16, 2014
Jolly unsporting, and they keep sinking my cucumbers!
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level 66
May 20, 2014
I've never heard of lawn tennis. One of only 2 that I missed. Kinda surprised that 57% got it right. Must be a lot of Brits taking this quiz? :D
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level 70
Jun 2, 2014
Just 'tennis' works. I suppose the answer shows as 'lawn tennis' to distinguish it from real tennis, which doesn't use a felt-covered ball.
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level 71
Jul 16, 2014
Couldnt mine be accepted for depth charge?
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level 76
Jul 16, 2014
No, a mine is something that is set, anchored in place, and left for long periods of time. It is triggered when struck. A depth charge is dropped in large quantity aimed at a specific target, and is triggered at a set depth. The only similarity is that they both blow up.
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level 62
Jul 16, 2014
Darwin created the theory of evolution, not evolution in itself.
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level 65
Jul 16, 2014
that's why it clarifies the quiz is not only about inventions but also discoveries
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level 35
Nov 18, 2014
Didn't Lamarck postulate evolution? So it ought to be French! Darwin's theory of evolution is just more evolved. Survival of the fittest?
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level 65
Jul 16, 2014
Diapason should be accepted for tuning fork
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level 82
Oct 22, 2018
Still not accepted.
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level 50
Jul 16, 2014
I believe it's "logarithmic" not "logorithmic". In fact, spell check is telling me so.
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level 61
Oct 1, 2019
It is still spelled in correctly, it really actually is logarithmic, though I understand why people make the mistake. (or even try logorhythmic)
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level 68
Jul 16, 2014
I'm sure Scottish people will point out that James Dewar (inventor of the Thermos flask) was Scottish, not English.
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level 56
Jul 16, 2014
I don't know where my mind was for the transporting children one. I tried womb, obviously an invention, and leash.
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level 80
Jul 16, 2014
I was stuck on "school bus" at first. Pfft.
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level 61
Jul 17, 2014
I had trouble with this one too. I also thought school bus. Maybe this clue could be reworded like, "...used to transport an infant or small child".
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level 52
Oct 28, 2018
agreed i think it needs to specify small children, your average 10-year-old might object to being put in a stroller
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level 73
Sep 7, 2019
Agreed
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level 67
Jul 16, 2014
Evolution, i.e. The transition of organisms from one form to another was thought up way before Darwin. He just discovered the mechanism by which it happened. Natural Selection should be the answer, not evolution.
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level 18
Jul 16, 2014
Football, cricket, polo, the printing press should be on there
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level 70
Jul 16, 2014
Yeah, except that (who would've thunk it) Johannes Gutenberg wasn't English.
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level 67
Jul 16, 2014
The Chinese made the printing press first, and then Gutenberg, who wasn't English anyway. Also, cricket is on here already.
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level 35
Nov 18, 2014
But, to be fair, we were the first to print English...
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level 63
Jul 16, 2014
Man, I did awful. I kept reading "stretchy circle" as "SKETCHY circle," and I was like, "A circle that's kinda suspect and untrustworthy?"
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level 58
Jul 16, 2014
Since when do people use thermoses for drinks? Whenever I used one, it was for soup, or spaghetti or something.
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level 58
Jul 16, 2014
Maybe because I don't drink coffee or tea. I couldn't even think of a drink I would put in a thermos. I guess that makes sense.
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level 76
Sep 9, 2015
I can't imagine putting anything but a drink in a thermos. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate for cold days; milk and water keep nice and cold in them as well.
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level 52
Oct 28, 2018
wide top vacuum flasks for soup and spag bol, narrow top ones for drinks
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level 73
May 9, 2019
How do you pour spaghetti through the little opening???
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level 61
Oct 1, 2019
How do you get the meatballs in !!!
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level 61
Oct 1, 2019
@symmetrik cant tell if you are joking or not, I seriously have NEVER heard or seen anyone using it for any of those things... (and how could you get it clean, yuck, washing up brushes generally dont fit in it.)
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level 50
Jul 16, 2014
Halley's Comet is not an Astrological phenomenon, but an Astronomical one. (Also "phenomenon" ends with an "n" instead of an "m".) Please fix.
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level ∞
Jul 17, 2014
Fixed that clue
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level 53
Jul 22, 2014
Good quiz, would be good if you could just accept flask as an alternative answer for the hot drink question, as that's what they are generally called in this part of the UK. Thank you
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level 45
Feb 5, 2016
Yep, kept trying flask for ages, Thermos is just a brand, the item is a flask. Even Thermos themselves are quite hot on stating it's a brand name, not the item.
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level 71
Sep 6, 2018
Vacuum flask worked for me - I didn’t try flask on it’s own though ;)
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level 61
Oct 1, 2019
A flask is where you put your whiskey or gin etc in. (and I sincerely hope people dont put spaghetti in their flásks ! like someone in a comment above did with their thermoscan haha, you would have an even tougher time getting it in a flask than in a thermos)
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level 35
Jul 24, 2014
Since this is a quiz about ENGLISH inventions could the answers be given in the englush form rather thsn american (e.g. pram rather than stroller)
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level 39
Sep 25, 2014
I agree about stroller. That word is never used in the UK. Also, drinks have been kept hot in flasks for ages in the UK, as well as soups. We take them on picnics in the summer to keep ourselves warm!
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level 61
Oct 1, 2019
I agree with the stroller. I first tried buggy, and then was trying to think of perambulator, but didnt get further than ambulator..

If the uk writes a word different from the us, that doesnt only affect the uk (and its commonwealth) but it could affect everyone that is learning english (partially depending where you are from and what you are exposed to. When in europe and don't watch a lot of movies you will probably now solely british english. When you're from the americas and watching a lot of series and movies you probably are more inclined to american english)

Just saying, it is not just one small country that deviates from the usa with its words. It affects the rest of the world that learns english aswell (both through schools and exposure).

I personally watch more bbc than I do any local channels so I ve been exposed to a lot of british english.

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level 45
May 10, 2015
There is a famous cricket pitch called the Oval, but the game is not played on an oval pitch or field, just a regular one.
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level 73
Sep 7, 2019
Agreed
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level 82
Aug 21, 2016
Logarithmic. Logos are something else.
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level 67
Mar 25, 2018
A horse was invented or discovered?
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level 79
Sep 13, 2018
Selective breeding is sort of an invention. You add this type of horse for a certain quality or characteristic and that type for a different one until you have the horse you were hoping to produce for a specific purpose - in this case racing.
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level 72
Aug 4, 2019
Reading quickly, "Method of injury promotedby Roger Bacon" didn't sound right.
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level 73
Sep 7, 2019
Must have played for Leeds in the 70's!!! :-)