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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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Clue
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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
Clue
Answer
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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(28)
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 5, 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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Nov 6, 2013
(51)
^^^ Like!
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May 22, 2014
(71)
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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Oct 19, 2014
(67)
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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Oct 23, 2014
(66)
Well said. Can't stand know-it-all trolls.
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Jan 25, 2015
(15)
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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Oct 2, 2015
@Lelokelo. You are repeating an urban legend that is not true.
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Apr 17, 2017
(57)
Interesting! Thanks for the link.
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Aug 3, 2017
(48)
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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Aug 3, 2017
(43)
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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Aug 3, 2017
(30)
Just because the average person thinks it to be true doesn't make it so
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Jan 16, 2015
(63)
Harold Wilson said "If enough people say the same lie over and over it will become the truth"
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Feb 15, 2017
(48)
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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Mar 4, 2014
(73)
I was thinking just Thomas the Apostle.
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Jun 2, 2014
(45)
Yes, I think Didymus, Apostle, and Disciple should also be accepted.
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Jul 14, 2015
(53)
Quiz is not called "Famous Didymuses"
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Jan 23, 2016
(65)
"Quiz is not called "Famous Didymuses" Well, why doesn't it exist yet?
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Aug 3, 2017
(54)
All I could come up with was St. Thomas...
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Aug 19, 2015
Apostle and Disciple will work now
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Apr 17, 2017
(54)
"Didymus" really should be an acceptable type-in for Thomas.
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Aug 3, 2017
(55)
Enough with the musician questions! Why would I need to know their names?
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Jun 3, 2014
(57)
In case any of them ever ended up playing in the world cup
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Jul 29, 2014
(68)
I feel the same about the American football questions
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Feb 26, 2016
(57)
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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Apr 17, 2017
(67)
In case they ever crop up on a quiz?
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Feb 2, 2017
(43)
I feel that way about Harry Potter questions.
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Aug 4, 2017
(72)
Geez, why is it that I always think of Thomas Aquinas when there's a question about Becket?
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Sep 16, 2014
(53)
I thought of Thomas Aquinas, too...without even looking at the clues. lol
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May 1, 2015
(70)
No Thomas the Tank Engine?
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Jan 13, 2015
(43)
No Tom Smothers, either.
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Aug 4, 2017
(44)
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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Jul 17, 2015
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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Apr 17, 2017
(15)
What is it with Pamela Anderson and drummers?
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Oct 2, 2015
(57)
They're good with their hands
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Apr 17, 2017
(80)
St Thomas and Thomas the apostle or disciple should definitely be acceptable answers
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Nov 29, 2016
(17)
I was hoping Tom Buchanan would be on here:(
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Feb 15, 2017
(71)
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 17, 2017
Fixed!
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Apr 18, 2017
(42)
I was hoping to see Tom Haverford haha! #ParksandRec
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Apr 18, 2017
(45)
Marvolo Riddle doesn't work.
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May 15, 2017
(48)
Since when does "Marvolo Riddle" contain the words "Tom" or "Thomas"?
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Aug 3, 2017
(64)
His full name is Tom Marvolo Riddle. So yes, Marvolo Riddle should work.
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Aug 3, 2017
(70)
Why don't you just type Riddle? It's much quicker to just do it that way.
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Aug 3, 2017
(28)
Only 69% for Jefferson and he's the pic of the quiz. As Mr. Trump might say, sad!
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Aug 3, 2017
(69)
No Tommy? He's a Pinball Wizard.
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Aug 3, 2017
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