History: What Came First?

We give you two things. You guess which appeared earliest on the historical timeline.
Technically a few of these are prehistoric
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Last updated: October 20, 2020
First submittedOctober 19, 2020
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1. The Middle Ages or the Renaissance
Middle Ages
Renaissance
Middle Ages: c. 500–1500. Renaissance: c. 1400–1700.
2. The Bible or the Quran
Bible
Quran
The Bible: c. 1000 BC–100 AD. Quran: c. 650 AD.
3. Flowers or Insects
Flowers
Insects
Insects: 300 million years ago. Flowering plants: 140 million years ago.
4. Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great
Julius Caesar
Alexander the Great
Julius Caesar: 100 BC–44 BC. Alexander the Great 356 BC–323 BC.
5. The Bronze Age or the Iron Age
Bronze Age
Iron Age
Bronze Age started 3300 BC. Iron Age started 1200 BC.
6. Baseball or Golf
Baseball
Golf
Baseball: 1800s. Golf: 1400s.
7. The U.S. Civil War or the English Civil War
U.S. Civil War
English Civil War
U.S. Civil War: 1861–1865. English Civil War: 1642–1651.
8. Beer Bottles or Beer Cans
Bottles
Cans
Bottles: 1700s. Cans: 1935.
9. Dickens or Shakespeare
Dickens
Shakespeare
Charles Dickens: 1812–1870. William Shakespeare: 1564–1616.
10. Louis Armstrong or Miles Davis
Louis Armstrong
Miles Davis
Louis Armstrong: 1901–1971. Miles Davis: 1926–1991.
11. Athens or Rome
Athens
Rome
Athens: before 1400 BC. Rome: 8th century BC.
12. Henry VIII or Richard the Lionheart
Henry VIII
Richard the Lionheart
Henry VIII: 1491–1547. Richard the Lionheart: 1157–1199.
13. Napoleon or Dynamite
Napoleon
Dynamite
Napoleon: 1769–1821. Dynamite: 1867.
14. Jurassic or Triassic
Jurassic
Triassic
Jurassic ended 145 million years ago. Triassic ended 251.9 million years ago.
15. Charlemagne or Genghis Khan
Charlemagne
Genghis Khan
Charlemagne: 748–814. Genghis Khan c.1155–1227.
16. The Airplane or the Digital Computer
Airplane
Computer
The airplane: 1903. The digital computer: 1945.
17. Christopher Columbus or Gunpowder
Christopher Columbus
Gunpowder
Columbus: 1451–1506. Gunpowder: 9th century.
18. Art movements: Baroque or Romanticism
Baroque
Romanticism
Baroque: c. 1600–1750. Romanticism: c. 1800–1850.
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Level 78
Oct 19, 2020
Q13 is brilliant :)
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Level 82
Oct 19, 2020
Not as brilliant as the first person to make a liger. It's pretty much like my favorite animal.
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Level 57
Oct 21, 2020
Which came first, the lion or the tiger?
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Level 32
Oct 26, 2020
Based on my short cladistical analysis, Panthera tigris (Tiger) is more ancient than Panthera leo (Lion). This is due to lions being more steps away from the base of Panthera than tigers
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Level 71
Oct 20, 2020
Great quiz - could you put the explanatory comments (with the actual dates) on all of the answers please? Saves a Google!
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Level 79
Oct 20, 2020
Exactly what I was about to write. Saves a dozen Googles.
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Level ∞
Oct 20, 2020
Done!
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Level 50
Oct 20, 2020
Surprised so many people got Dickens/Shakespeare, but couldn't get things like the Bible/Quran, or Bronze Age/Iron Age
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Level 37
Oct 20, 2020
Shakespeare is studied more to be fair.
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Level 71
Oct 21, 2020
I think the Bible is just a little bit more studied on average worldwide...
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Level 65
Oct 23, 2020
'Cross-national/ cultural' comparisons are harder, I think?
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Level 72
Oct 20, 2020
Didn't think mine was that challenging, but having looked at the stats... seems it was.
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Level 53
Oct 20, 2020
I can't believe I knew the flowers/insects and Jurassic/Triassic but not Napoleon/Dynamite >:-(
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Level 67
Oct 21, 2020
I got all but Jurassic/Triassic!!
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Level 2
Oct 21, 2020
Insects before flowers? wtf
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Level 71
Oct 21, 2020
It makes sense. Insects are capable of existing without flowers, but most flowers can't function without insects. Flowers couldn't evolve if there were no insects already present.
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Level 65
Oct 22, 2020
I had not thought of that. Well reasoned.
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Level 79
Oct 21, 2020
I liked all of them except for the Armstrong/Davis question. They were born 25 years apart and died 20 years apart. You need to specifically know jazz history to know who came first among people who were alive at the same time.
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Level 74
Oct 21, 2020
They definitely lived close to one another, but in terms of their place in jazz history, they're ages apart.
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Level 74
Oct 21, 2020
I missed 2 in this quiz and got 2 in the other one.
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Level 66
Oct 21, 2020
According to the Bible, plants came before living creatures.
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Level 74
Oct 21, 2020
According to a literalist interpretation of Genesis 1 . . .
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Level 72
Oct 21, 2020
Which interpretation doesn't agree with what perman17 said?
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Level 48
Oct 21, 2020
Flowers are plants but not all plants are flowers, anyway.
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Level 80
Oct 21, 2020
yeah and light came before the sun, moon, and stars. Maybe not a reliable source of information.
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Level 71
Oct 21, 2020
On the geological time scale, flowers are relatively new. I believe the first ones didn't appear until the early cretaceous period.
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Level 32
Oct 26, 2020
Late Jurassic (Kimmerdigian epoch) I believe
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Level 80
Oct 21, 2020
Disappointed by the lack of questions about chickens and eggs.
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Level 46
Oct 21, 2020
What came first: quantum mechanics or sliced bread?
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Level 48
Oct 22, 2020
Easy - Quantum Mechanics. Sliced bread (in a package) wasn't invented until the late 1920's. Einstein wrote his four famous papers in 1905, which formed the foundation for general relativity, Brownian motion, quantum mechanics, and mass-energy equivalence. By 1924, quantum mechanics had been pretty well formalized into the set of ideas we still use to define it today (although, like any branch of science, it's grown quite a bit since then).
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Level 46
Oct 26, 2020
So what you're saying is Einstein did not have pre-sliced bread for breakfast while wirting his paper.

(actually this will make it easier to remember for me)

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Level 81
Nov 16, 2020
Why deny Max Planck his due? He introduced quanta to solve the ultraviolet catastrophe in 1900.
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Level 39
Oct 21, 2020
Never thought I'd see a quiz with Miles Davis and Genghis Khan! Great quiz!
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Level 57
Oct 21, 2020
What came first: rocket science or brain surgery?
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Level 37
Nov 24, 2020
Brain Surgery. The first successful removal of a tumor from the brain was in 1887, and the first liquid fueled rocket was made by Robert Goddard in 1926.
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Level 44
Oct 24, 2020
Napoleon/dynamite... I see what you did there hehe
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Level 46
Oct 26, 2020
I don't. What did they do ?
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Level 37
Nov 24, 2020
Napoleon Dynamite is a very popular movie. (at least to some people) Hope that helps!