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What was the name of King Louis XIV's palace?
What was the Democratic Republic of the Congo called from 1971-1997?
What Italian adventurer wrote about his 24 year journey from Venice to China and back?
For what crime was Al Capone convicted of in 1931?
From what Latin title are the words "tsar" and "kaiser" derived?
What Mexican general redistributed land to the poor and raided the U.S.?
From which empire did Greece gain its independence, in 1830?
Who is said to have gained enlightenment sitting under the Bodhi Tree?
What volcano destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum?
What Greek genius said "Eureka" in the bathtub and is said to have invented a death ray?
Who ruled the Austrian empire for almost 68 years before his death in 1916?
Who is the father of the modern country of Turkey?
What favorite of Queen Elizabeth tried to colonize Virginia and also popularized smoking?
What was the primary language of the Byzantine Empire?
What country was led by Haile Selassie?
And what religious movement views Haile Selassie as the Second Coming of Jesus?
In what city was Abraham Zapruder living on November 22, 1963?
Before becoming king of England, what country was James I the king of?
What young pharaoh's tomb was discovered in 1922?
In what sport was Henry VIII participating when he suffered a serious leg injury?
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level 70
Jan 10, 2015
I thought Henry got gout in his leg from competitive eating.
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level 71
Jan 12, 2015
And syphilis from competitive...well, nevermind...
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level 64
Aug 25, 2016
Funnily enough Henry VIII was a great sportsman in his time, as well as an accomplished musician and voracious reader. It is the media that tries to paint him as some sort of womanising glutton.
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level 63
Dec 9, 2016
Yes, the vast media conspiracy to slander Henry VIII ... yawn. I'll agree that pop culture tends to be pretty shallow and only remember the juiciest details, but seriously, it isn't unfounded to say that he was a womanizer, glutton, and narcissist.
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level 69
Jul 2, 2017
And an all-around Hall of Famer douchebag.
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level 71
Mar 23, 2015
Tax fraud for tax evasion?
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level 52
Aug 14, 2015
Not the same thing. Fraud would be paying the wrong amount, or filing a falsified claim. Evasion is not filing at all.
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level 68
Dec 27, 2016
you could evade tax by paying a lesser amount...
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level 65
Mar 23, 2015
What's that now with Archimedes and the death ray? Never heard about that!
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level 65
Mar 23, 2015
Just read up on it! Very cool!
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level 59
Dec 9, 2016
I believe it had to do with mirrors reflecting the Sun. It certainly sounds impressive, especially if you're a Roman invader.
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level 54
Mar 23, 2015
'Pancho' 'Poncho' fml...
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level 30
Mar 23, 2015
Rasta is love, rasta is life.
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level 65
Sep 28, 2017
Jah rastafari
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level 51
Mar 23, 2015
What young pharaoh's tomb was discovered in 1922? I was thinking, Oh, Jesus, I'll never spell it right. Let's see, T...U...T... Oh. Okay, that was enough. Thank you, quizmaster. I mean, I figured it would be enough, but, you know. Luckily you can forget the nickname and still type the nickname.
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level 70
Aug 14, 2017
According to one noted historian, he was born in Arizona.
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level 53
Sep 22, 2017
That gave me a chuckle this morning!
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level 10
Mar 25, 2015
20/20 with 2:53
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level 26
Mar 26, 2015
You obviously watch the history channel too much. Just saying
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level 70
Sep 22, 2017
Why? Very few questions about aliens, conspiracies and terrible career choices.
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level 1
Apr 7, 2016
The primary language of the Byzantine Empire was Latin, not Greek as the Byzantine empire was ruled by the Romans up until 1453.
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level 64
Aug 25, 2016
Heraclius acceded the Byzantine Throne in 610 A.D. and later made Greek the official language of the Empire, as it had already become the most widely spoken language of the Byzantine population.
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Sep 22, 2017
False. Alexander of Macedon made Greek the lingua franca of the known world by conquering it c. the 4th century BC. It remained so throughout most of these lands straight up to and even after the fall of the Byzantine Empire. When the Romans began conquering the world around the 2nd-3rd centuries BC they brought Latin with them, but Greek was so well established in the East that Latin never displaced it as the most commonly used language there. That is, the Western Roman Empire spoke mostly Latin, and the Eastern Roman Empire spoke mostly Greek. This is why prior to the Reformation we had two principle branches of Christianity, divided somewhat be ideology, but mostly by language. Roman Catholics (ruled by the bishop of Rome aka the Pope, speaking Latin), and Eastern Orthodox (aka Greek Orthodox, so-called not because the church was in Greece, it was not, but because it spoke Greek- ruled by the patriarch of Byzantium aka Constantinople aka Istanbul).
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level 71
Sep 22, 2017
Fun fact: there was no concept of "race" prior to the 18th century. There was also no concept of "Greek" as an ethnicity prior to the late 19th century- not the way we conceptualize it now. Because every land from Albania to Egypt to Pakistan had been Hellenized, virtually everyone in these lands spoke a little Greek, and many did fluently or natively. After the Roman Empire conquered these lands and then converted to Christianity, most of the people in these lands also became Christian. When Muslim Turkish-speaking Ottomans conquered Constantinople and absorbed most of the Byzantine Empire into their own... suddenly Turkish and Islam became the language and religion of the ruling class. Over time, war, genocide, displacement, and conversion led to Christians being a minority, and Greek being rarely spoken. However, the Greek Orthodox church continued to use Greek. And members of this church therefore continued to use Greek as well. ...
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level 71
Sep 22, 2017
... so... during the time of the Ottoman Empire, the term "Greek" was used to refer to anyone in the empire who was a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Because these were the last remaining Greek-speaking people. It didn't matter where they lived or who their ancestors were.

During the 19th century the concept of Nationalism became a thing. Radical and novel at the time, this was the idea that there existed "nation states" of people connected by common language, culture, religion or geography. And that it was the right of such groups of people to govern themselves. Anathema to sprawling multicultural empires like the Ottoman or Austro-Hungarian. It was at this time that Greek nationalism was born, but it wasn't until after a lot of conflict, more displacements, and some substantial population exchanges that the Greek-speaking Christians of the Ottoman Empire were all concentrated in the land we today call Greece. The people we call Greek are their descendants.
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level 49
Apr 28, 2017
How could I have missed tsar and kaiser?! Shameful.
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Sep 25, 2017
Tax avoidance for tax evasion?
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