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Famous Toms Quiz

Name these famous people named Tom, real or fictional.
  • Includes people named Tom, Thomas, and Tommy
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Apr 18, 2017
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Invented the light bulb
"Forrest Gump" actor
Purchased Louisiana from France
Jumped on Oprah's couch
Archbishop of Canterbury killed in 1170
Five-time Super Bowl champ who
married a super model
"It's Not Unusual" to like
this Welsh singer
Actor who starred as Bane in
"The Dark Knight Rises"
Mötley Crüe drummer;
Ex-husband of Pamela Anderson
Former NBC news anchor
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Huckleberry Finn's friend
Author of "Utopia"
"Free Fallin'" singer
Author with many novels about
CIA analyst Jack Ryan
Mustachioed star of "Magnum, P.I."
Touched Jesus's wounds
This desert fighter of WWI is often
known by his initials T.E.
Boy who became Voldemort
"Common Sense" pamphleteer
of the American Revolution
Roseanne Barr's ex-husband
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level 28
Nov 5, 2013
Considering that Edison only improved upon the light bulb rather than inventing it, you would be better off choosing a different example.
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Nov 6, 2013
Average person: "Edison invented the lightbulb".

Insufferable know-it-all: "Edison didn't invent the lightbulb, he just improved it".

Even more insufferable know-it-all: "Virtually every invention is a mere improvement on previous models. Edison was, more than any other person, responsible for the adoption of electric light. Therefore, if we have to give credit to anyone for inventing the lightbulb, it should be him."

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level 51
May 22, 2014
^^^ Like!
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level 72
Oct 19, 2014
There are too many stories of his thefts of others' ideas and inventions, and the strong-arm tactics he used to push down the competition for me to retain any respect for him.
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level 67
Oct 23, 2014
Ander, those are stories. Stories aren't necessarily all true. If you look far enough into it, you'll find things about everyone you don't like
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level 66
Jan 25, 2015
Well said. Can't stand know-it-all trolls.
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level 15
Oct 2, 2015
Why should be credited for something he didn't invent? because he used to kill animals to show how dangerous Tesla's alternate current was, he should be rewarded maybe?
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Apr 17, 2017
@Lelokelo. You are repeating an urban legend that is not true.
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level 57
Aug 3, 2017
Interesting! Thanks for the link.
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level 49
Aug 3, 2017
History is written by the winners. Thomas Edison was a winner. Ergo, Thomas Edison both gets and deserves the credit for inventing the light bulb.
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level 44
Aug 3, 2017
A wonderful Simpsons exchange regarding Edison: Marge:All right already! Everyone knows the man accomplished a lot. Maybe because he didn't spend every waking moment talking about Thomas Edison. Homer: Oh, that's where you're wrong, Marge. He was a shameless self-promoter.
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level 30
Jan 16, 2015
Just because the average person thinks it to be true doesn't make it so
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level 63
Feb 15, 2017
Harold Wilson said "If enough people say the same lie over and over it will become the truth"
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level 48
Mar 4, 2014
I answered Didymus for Doubting Thomas and it wasn't accepted. I know "Doubting" would be a more common answer, but "Didymus" is no less correct.
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level 73
Jun 2, 2014
I was thinking just Thomas the Apostle.
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level 45
Jul 14, 2015
Yes, I think Didymus, Apostle, and Disciple should also be accepted.
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level 54
Jan 23, 2016
Quiz is not called "Famous Didymuses"
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level 65
Aug 3, 2017
"Quiz is not called "Famous Didymuses" Well, why doesn't it exist yet?
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level 54
Aug 19, 2015
All I could come up with was St. Thomas...
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Apr 17, 2017
Apostle and Disciple will work now
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level 55
Aug 3, 2017
"Didymus" really should be an acceptable type-in for Thomas.
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level 55
Jun 3, 2014
Enough with the musician questions! Why would I need to know their names?
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level 58
Jul 29, 2014
In case any of them ever ended up playing in the world cup
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level 68
Feb 26, 2016
I feel the same about the American football questions
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level 57
Apr 17, 2017
There are a lot of categories like this. I don't care about musician's names, sports players' names, which country hosted the Olympics in 1946, which sports team won a bowl game in 1980, etc. I just skip these and don't even bother
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level 68
Feb 2, 2017
In case they ever crop up on a quiz?
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level 45
Aug 4, 2017
I feel that way about Harry Potter questions.
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level 72
Sep 16, 2014
Geez, why is it that I always think of Thomas Aquinas when there's a question about Becket?
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level 56
May 1, 2015
I thought of Thomas Aquinas, too...without even looking at the clues. lol
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level 71
Jan 13, 2015
No Thomas the Tank Engine?
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level 45
Aug 4, 2017
No Tom Smothers, either.
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level 44
Jul 17, 2015
I tried Cranmer a bunch of times for the Archbishop of Canterbury before I finally looked at the date. Apparently being named Thomas is bad luck in that position.
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Apr 17, 2017
Nearly 15% of English men were named Thomas in the Middle Ages. This included the three men who would, in succession, be Henry VIII's top advisors: Thomas Wolsey, Thomas More, and Thomas Cromwell. As well as the aforementioned Thomas Cranmer, the first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury.
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level 15
Oct 2, 2015
What is it with Pamela Anderson and drummers?
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level 57
Apr 17, 2017
They're good with their hands
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level 80
Nov 29, 2016
St Thomas and Thomas the apostle or disciple should definitely be acceptable answers
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level 17
Feb 15, 2017
I was hoping Tom Buchanan would be on here:(
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level 72
Apr 17, 2017
maybe get rid of one of the Tom Joneses? Shouldn't be able to type Jones and get two answers. What about Thomas Paine? Author of "Common Sense" in one of their places?
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Apr 18, 2017
Fixed!
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level 42
Apr 18, 2017
I was hoping to see Tom Haverford haha! #ParksandRec
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level 47
May 15, 2017
Marvolo Riddle doesn't work.
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level 51
Aug 3, 2017
Since when does "Marvolo Riddle" contain the words "Tom" or "Thomas"?
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level 65
Aug 3, 2017
His full name is Tom Marvolo Riddle. So yes, Marvolo Riddle should work.
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level 71
Aug 3, 2017
Why don't you just type Riddle? It's much quicker to just do it that way.
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level 34
Aug 3, 2017
Only 69% for Jefferson and he's the pic of the quiz. As Mr. Trump might say, sad!
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level 70
Aug 3, 2017
No Tommy? He's a Pinball Wizard.
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