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Which English king was "mad"?
Who started the Protestant Reformation?
Who was the first person to see the moons of Jupiter?
What is another name for a "Brownshirt"?
What Viking group settled in France before conquering England, Sicily, and Malta?
What group sacked Baghdad in 1258, ending the Islamic Golden Age?
Against what city did Rome fight the Punic Wars?
What yellow gas was famously used in WWI?
Who famously said "I am not a crook"?
Who supposedly fiddled while Rome burned (but actually didn't)?
What father and son Prime Ministers are referred to as "The Elder" and "The Younger"?
What bird product was an important fertilizer in the 19th century?
Who is the namesake of the country of Bolivia?
What epic poem is thought to be the oldest in the English language?
What country used Molotov cocktails in their war with the Soviets?
What ancient empire was led by Xerxes, Cyrus, and Darius?
What empire had its capital at Tenochtitlan?
In what war was Washington D.C. burned?
What does the name "Stalin" mean in Russian?
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Who was the most notorious member of the Ba'ath Party?
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level 72
Jan 9, 2015
Because of Ace Ventura, I guess I thought that guano was just from bats. Can you accept poop for those of us with poor vocabularies?
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level 73
Jan 13, 2015
+1, I also tried droppings
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level 71
Feb 21, 2015
There was also a reference to guano being bat droppings in the film Young Guns II.
Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh: I've been to gold towns, silver towns, I've even been to turquoise towns. But I have never been to a bat sh*t town. Can't wait to see the women!
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level 44
Sep 1, 2017
Yeah, that's what I thought as well.
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level 59
Sep 1, 2017
There was a Colonel 'Bat' Guano in Dr. Strangelove, which came before all of this.
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level 72
Sep 2, 2017
I always thought it was only from bats, but Wikipedia says not only does it come from seabirds, especially off the coast of Peru, but also seals. That's my new fact for the day, now I can veg out for the next 24 hours.
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level 51
Feb 21, 2015
Tried "maroonshirt" for the brownshirt question. Apparently I'm wrong.
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level 63
Feb 21, 2015
I tried UPS driver, which I still think should be accepted.
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level 60
Feb 24, 2015
LOL That's a good one :-)
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level 54
Feb 21, 2015
I went with Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger....fair enough
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level 60
Mar 24, 2015
Glad I wasn't the only one!
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level 35
May 5, 2015
Yes, the very well known Roman authors/admirals who lives 1600 years prior to the establishment of the office of primeminister...
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level 60
Dec 29, 2016
And your point?
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level 47
Sep 13, 2016
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level 48
Feb 21, 2015
great quiz however I think the Norman clue is a bit misleading, the Normans were descended from a viking group but they weren't called Normans when they were vikings. Also, I think you should require the III or 3 after George - there have been 6 King Georges and only one was notably mad - I don't think it's too much to expect people to know which one, especially given the excellent film a few years back (though I think that may have have been renamed in the US).
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level 67
Sep 4, 2015
The story is that when the producers brought the successful British movie "The Madness of George III," based on a play of the same name, to the U.S. they renamed it "The Madness of King George" so that moviegoers wouldn't wonder "How come I missed the first two installments in the series?"
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level 68
Apr 10, 2017
The Madness of George III is the play, teh title was changed already for the British audiences.
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level 35
Sep 1, 2017
/////Yo uu kniew what ithe question meant.
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level 58
Feb 21, 2015
William Pitt! Good thing I've been watching Blackadder =)
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level 9
Feb 23, 2015
Pitt the Even Younger, Pitt the Toddler, Pitt the Embryo, Pitt the Glint in the Milkman's Eye... Classic Blackadder!
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level 59
Oct 12, 2015
Yessss
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level 45
Jan 14, 2017
Hahaha i love that episode; and the guy reading the news who keeps having to interview blackadder. I think Season 3 is where Edmund starts to get really clever. In season 2 he's still a bit if a posh spass.
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level 64
Sep 1, 2017
William Pitt, the younger, was a very thin man and his nickname at that time was "The bottomless Pitt".
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level 71
Feb 21, 2015
100% no guessing, but up until now I thought guano was only bat droppings, not seabirds. Learn something new every day.
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level 72
Feb 21, 2015
Guano is still used for fertilizer and at one time was used in the production of gunpowder. That could make for some good one-liners.
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level 45
Feb 21, 2015
Too easy to just allow George for the mad king. Plenty of not mad King Georges.
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level 40
Feb 22, 2015
of course I tried to get too technical with the 'brownshirt' question (after I finally managed to get off the Firefly theme), with sturmabteilung (the SA). Never thought of fascist :P
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level 72
Feb 23, 2015
I was thinking "stormtrooper." Thanks, Quizmaster, for counting "Nazi" as well.
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level 68
Apr 10, 2017
I hurried through the quiz and only now discovered that the answer is actually fascist, not nazi. But fascists had black uniforms, not brown ...
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level 59
Apr 24, 2015
The brownshirts were specifically Hitler's SA. Please make that work.
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level 71
Aug 23, 2015
King Henry VI was also mad - so mad that England went to war over who should take his throne. Please accept Henry VI as well as the more famous George III.
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level 5
Oct 12, 2015
should be more lenient with spellings
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level 57
Mar 31, 2016
Yeah, Pit should be good enough.
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level 53
Sep 1, 2017
Can't...make...my...finger...type...that...letter...T...one...more...time... Too...much...effort... Must...carry...on...before...I...fain....
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level 20
May 22, 2016
The Fascists under Mussolini were called blackshirts! Brownshirts were members of the Nazi Sturmabteilung ("Assault Division”) that were Hitler's personal division until they lost a power struggle to the Waffen SS.
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level 53
Dec 10, 2016
Would it be possible to accept 'yperite'??
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level 53
Sep 1, 2017
I don't remember any Prime Ministers with that name, whether in the same family or not...?
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level 64
Sep 1, 2017
The arrival of Peruvian Guano alongside different Potato strains from Peru carried the Potato Virus that brought about the Irish Potato Famine.
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level 57
Sep 1, 2017
Thank you 300 for Xerxes.
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level 45
Sep 1, 2017
King Aerys II Targaryen is not accepted for which king was mad?
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level 44
Sep 1, 2017
That is definitely the first King I think of whenever someone asks about a "mad" king.
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level 62
Sep 1, 2017
I tried "SA" for brown shirts. Should be acceptable/the question changed.
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level 68
Sep 1, 2017
I hate the wording of the Molotov cocktail question. I know the historical context but as worded just about any country that the Soviet Union set foot in would be correct. Maybe reword it to "What country begot the Molotov cocktail after a Soviet invasion?" I've seen plenty of footage of from the late 40s to late 50s of Hungarians and Czechs lofting them at Soviet tanks.
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level 44
Sep 1, 2017
Another name for Brownshirt - I put in SA, Sturmabteilung, SS, Hitler youth - please accept some of these too. Thanks
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level 67
Sep 1, 2017
HA, as soon as I read the Brownshirt question the UPS guy showed up. Totally threw me off
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level 71
Sep 1, 2017
Did you chase him off your property screaming "fascist!!"?
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level 42
Sep 1, 2017
I was guessing SA or Stormtrooper for Brownshirt. Never knew it was a name for a fascist.
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level 55
Sep 2, 2017
Galileo and Galilei are absolutely fine as type-ins, but the actual name of the Astronomer was Galileo Galilei. Any chance you could make that the answer that shows up?
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level 42
Sep 2, 2017
For "Brownshirt," storm trooper or SA trooper (or along those lines) should be accepted. Not all Fascists wore brown shirted uniforms.
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level 59
Sep 2, 2017
I'm going with Pierre Elliot and Justin Trudeau for the last question.
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level 60
Oct 2, 2017
How do we quantify the "most" notorious member of the Ba'ath? Bashar al-Assad is at least as famous as Saddam Hussein (arguably more famous today, because of the civil war), and, judging by the civil war in Syria, not less evil, so the hint seems as if it can equally apply to him.
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