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Famous Firsts #2

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Last updated: September 10, 2018
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Black U.S. President
Barack Obama
Woman in the Bible
Eve
Modern Olympics host city
Athens
Norman King of England
William the Conqueror
English university
Oxford
Pixar movie
Toy Story
Harry Potter book
Harry Potter and the
Philosopher's Stone
FIFA World Cup winner
Uruguay
Canadian National Park
Banff
Beatles album
Please Please Me
Leader of the Soviet Union
V.I. Lenin
First...
Answer
Hebrew letter
Aleph
Woman to win a Nobel Prize
Marie Curie
Person to die in the Bible
Abel
Person to fly an airplane
Orville Wright
Female Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir
Englishman to circumnavigate the globe
Francis Drake
Disease to be completely eradicated
Smallpox
Russian President to be elected
democratically
Boris Yeltsin
Leader of the Academy of Athens
Plato
City with a stock exchange
Amsterdam
Sign of the zodiac
Aries
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level 35
Nov 28, 2013
Isn't the first Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone? I never knew it was philosopher.
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level 74
Jan 1, 2014
They changed the title in the USA. Some snooty bigot is likely to come along and say it was because Americans are too dumb to know what a philosopher is or something along those lines if I don't beat them to it, but the real reason was likely a marketing decision so that people would know right off the bat the book had something to do with magic and wizards and such. Philosophy being a somewhat less popular theme in children's books.
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level 59
Jan 1, 2014
Your mom never read Curious George and the Critique of Pure Reason to you?
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level 74
Jan 1, 2014
We were more of an Optimus Prime's Treatise of Human Nature family.
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level 75
Mar 4, 2014
Similarly, in French, it's called "Harry Potter à l'école des sorciers" (i.e. Harry Potter at the sorcerers' school).
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level 47
Nov 14, 2014
My dad used to read me The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Being and Nothingness
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level 70
Nov 16, 2014
I blame US publishers and movie/TV producers for disrespecting their readers' and viewers' intelligence. They continually remake and rename brilliant overseas productions in the mistaken belief that either they can do it better or that US audiences won't "get" the humour or cultural references.
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level 74
Jan 1, 2016
@grantdon, to be fair, lots of American movies with clever titles get renamed into something very obvious and stupid when released overseas, too. Just marketing.
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level 56
Jan 1, 2016
whats a philosopher?
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level 69
Aug 15, 2016
I don't think it's as insidious as you're all making it out to be! To wit: kalbahamut, the "philosopher's stone" in the title has nothing to do with philosophy – it refers to the most coveted substance in all of alchemy, that would supposedly allow you to turn cheap base substances into gold. Europe of course had alchemy appearing a lot across their history and historical figures (even Isaac Newton was big into it), while it was never really a thing here in the US. They changed the name here for the very reason that they were afraid that Americans (again, not having any sort of historical/cultural knowledge of alchemy) would NOT immediately recognize that "philosopher's stone" *did* actually imply magical goings on, as opposed to relating to other definitions of philosophy (e.g. academic, or contemplative). There were other language substitutions (along the line of diaper for nappy, or stroller for perambulator/pram) that were changed for equally neutral reasons of readability.
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level 71
Nov 2, 2016
I reckon Kal's right, it's purely some marketing person thinking that American readers aren't sophisticated enough to cope with the original title. I'm sure the same reason was behind changing Schindler's Ark to Schindler's List for the film. The Ark analogy is pretty obvious, especially in a country as religious as the USA. Still, it doesn't seem to have damaged the popularity of either.
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level 52
Mar 19, 2018
Entered this chain hoping that kal had averted the typical tirade upon the theme of the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone, but sadly not. Oh well; back to calling each other bigots/twats/whatever non-swear-word swear word we elect to use.
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level 72
May 27, 2018
See? You've been banging on about this for years.
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level 74
May 28, 2018
If people stopped being bigoted I would stop pointing it out.
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level 72
May 28, 2018
Again, you made the assumption prior to the event, textbook bigotry that is ;)
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level ∞
May 28, 2018
That's not really true @mrnafe. On other quizzes, many people have made the claim that the title was "dumbed down" for Americans.
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level 72
May 28, 2018
Can we not all laugh at ludicrous stereotypes without getting upset though? Give em some stick back, America's achievements speak for themselves.... You're welcome to say anything you like about myself and my nationality (English), I'd honestly quite enjoy it, it's only the internet after all.
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level 71
May 28, 2018
I watched the Tractatus Teleo-Tubbicus as a wee lad.
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level 57
Oct 6, 2018
I don't know why, but a ridiculous translation that is burned into my brain is that Big Momma's House was re-titled "This Grandma Is Dangerous" in Spain. Eighteen years later, I can still remember seeing the ad on a bus stop, and it still makes me laugh. I'll probably remember that for the next 50 years. The human brain is so weird.
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level 74
Oct 6, 2018
One passage that I wish had been "dumbed-down" for us Americans was when Filch was punting students across the swamp the Weasley twins created in the hall. In my mind Filch was drop-kicking students across it like punting a football and I found it really funny. I was disappointed to learn that in Britain a punt is a kind of boat. Ditto for Harry wearing trainers. I knew Harry must be potty-trained by then so they couldn't be training pants, but I didn't know they are what we call tennis shoes or sneakers.
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level 73
Jan 1, 2014
First question should read half black U.S. President
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level 74
Jan 1, 2014
Yes, if Obama had become president of a black African country he could be considered their first white president! No disrespect intended but he is just as much white as he is black and everyone ignores that fact. On the other hand, who cares, anyway? Personally, I don't believe Obama will go down as one of our greatest presidents but that has nothing to do with the color of his skin. (Incidentally, I voted for him the first time and against him the second.)
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level 74
Aug 19, 2014
The "one-drop of blood" rule which formerly governed racial identification of Americans is now considered archaic, and people of mixed ancestry are free to identify themselves as they choose. President Obama is called black because that is how he chooses to identify himself. Tiger Woods has referred to himself as "Cablinasian" - Caucasian, black, American Indian, and Asian.
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level 74
Oct 6, 2018
Thank you, Ander217, that is very interesting. It makes much better sense to me now.
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level 75
Sep 5, 2014
Wasn't Clinton the first "black" president? :-)
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level 68
Apr 7, 2014
The first battle of the civil war was Bull Run I. Sumter happened just before the war and *resulted* in war being declared.
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level 43
Jul 1, 2015
Nope dude it's the first battle of the US Civil War, Bull Run was the first major battle. Lol you think attacking/siege a fort and seceding from a country is not an act of war? The war started in Sumter.
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level 45
May 29, 2018
It's Sumpter, but just correct the guy. Don't insult him with an lol or by calling him "dude."
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level 74
Jul 18, 2014
I've even been to Fort Sumter, and still missed it!
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level 15
Feb 1, 2015
100%!!!!!!!
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level 16
Jan 1, 2016
Anybody else proud that they got World Cup first champion? lolol
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level 28
May 20, 2017
Please Please me was not the first beatles album, that was my bonnie
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level 65
Aug 19, 2018
But that wasn't a Beatles album. It was a Tony Sheridan album that featured the Beatles on some of the songs.
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level 61
Aug 6, 2017
Technically wasn't the first woman Lillith? But then she was cast down or something.
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level 45
Sep 23, 2017
I was just thinking the same thing
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level 52
Mar 19, 2018
Not referenced anywhere in the Bible (except sort-of kind-of in Isaiah, and even then the meaning is unclear and definitely does not have any of the 'first woman' implication. It probably means either 'screech owl' or 'night monster'). Lil(l)ith came about during the fifth- to third-century occupation of Israel/Judah and was heavily influenced by Akkadian, Assyrian, and Babylonian culture.
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level 74
Oct 6, 2018
I'd never heard of Lillith the female demon until a few years ago. After I read about her then I realized how hilarious it was that it was the name of Frasier's shrewish ex-wife.
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level 72
Nov 20, 2018
She wasn't shrewish, she was ascerbic.
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level 49
Mar 19, 2018
more people got the hebrew letter right than the Beatles first album? LOL
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level 74
Mar 19, 2018
Their first release was different in the US. Also, many of their early albums were "re-packaged" for release in the US, and contain different songs, different song orders, different cover art, etc.
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level 71
Oct 8, 2018
like 'harry lennon and the mathematician's rock'?
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level 74
May 27, 2018
LOL? Dont you mean Hurray?
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level 74
May 28, 2018
I'm one of those people. The Beatles album was the only one I missed. I guessed... The Beatles, Meet the Beatles, Help!, (Sgt Pepper, Yellow Submarine, The White Album and Abbey Road, even though I knew all of those were wrong), and then I gave up.
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level 45
May 29, 2018
And Brian Epstein was a Jew.
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level 72
Nov 20, 2018
As are two of McCartney's wives. His first wife Linda Eastman's name was anglicised from 'Epstein' -- no relation to the Beatles' producer; they were married for 30 years. A few years ago he married Nancy Shevell. Ringo Starr is also married to a Jew (Barbara Bach used to be Goldbach; Bach is her acting name -- she was a Bond girl).

But...your point?
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level 65
Jun 2, 2018
It is the least-guessed answer at this point. I missed it, and I consider myself a Beatles fan.
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level 74
May 28, 2018
Maybe Banf with one f?
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level 52
May 29, 2018
Please accept Skłodowska for Marie Curie.
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level 68
Jul 28, 2018
You're either: a) showing off, b) joking, or c) Polish
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level 49
Oct 6, 2018
I answer yes to all those about every other day.
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