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Mythical Lands

Name these famous places from mythology and fiction.
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Description
Place
Land from "The Lord of the Rings"
Middle Earth
Where hobbits live, specifically
The Shire
Sauron's realm
Mordor
Where Peter Pan lives
Neverland
Legendary Greek island that
sank into the ocean
Atlantis
Alice goes down a rabbit hole
and ends up here
Wonderland
Garden home of Adam and Eve
Garden of Eden
Where the Greek Gods lived
Olympus
Greek version of heaven
Elysian Fields
Island where King Arthur's
sword was forged
Avalon
Mythical "city of gold" sought
by the conquistadors
El Dorado
Description
Place
Land of the Norse gods
Asgard
Vast hall of the Norse gods,
located within ^
Valhalla
Land from "The Legend of Zelda"
Hyrule
Where Mario battles Bowser
Mushroom
Kingdom
Land of Aslan, the Great Lion
Narnia
Himalayan paradise invented by
British author James Hilton
Shangri-La
Land visited by Dorothy and Toto
Oz
Island of tiny people, visited by Gulliver
Lilliput
"Hunger Games" nation
Panem
Primary "Game of Thrones" continent
Westeros
Kingdom with an ideal society, as
imagined by Thomas More
Utopia
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level 53
Sep 30, 2012
The city of gold was called "Cibola." "El Dorado" means "The Guilded One," as in one who is covered with gold, and refers to a person, not a place.
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level ∞
Oct 2, 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Dorado
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level 53
Jan 15, 2013
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20964114
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level 5
Oct 2, 2012
El Dorado was a legendary city of gold the others were cites of TREASURER (for naivete Americans that was knowledge, family, etc)
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level 75
Apr 8, 2015
El Dorado was searched for in South America by Raleigh. Reports came to Coronado that seven cities of gold were to be found in Cibola in North America. The clue did not specify which location, so either El Dorado or Cibola should be accepted. (And for that matter, Quivira, as well.)
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level 42
Feb 15, 2013
Gilded = covered with gold, i.e., gilt. Guilded = ummm, in a guild, maybe? Just sayin'.
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level 32
Oct 2, 2012
Garden of Eden wasn't under the category "fiction" -_-
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level 50
Aug 9, 2014
No, it most certainly was not.
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level 25
Sep 30, 2014
Actually, according to me, you're not right.
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level 21
Jan 22, 2015
Norse peeps believed in valhalla and greek peeps believed in the greek gods. They were both religious things, i.e., fictional things. Just like eden. Get over it.
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level 54
Mar 11, 2015
Yaaaay, pointless Internet shots fired, yaaaaaaay.
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level 75
Apr 8, 2015
If you're objecting to pointless comments your response is... ?
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level 44
Jul 2, 2018
Or lack thereof
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level 69
Oct 2, 2012
El Dorado was my first guess, but I know that conquistadors also searched for Cibola and Quivira. Missed all the places from games, forgot Panem, got all the others.
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level 49
Oct 2, 2012
I demand that you remove the Garden of Eden from this quiz. While there's no undeniable proof that God, Adam, Eve, or the Garden of Eden ever existed, there's also no absolute degree of certainty they never did. To a large portion of the population, the Garden of Eden is neither mythological nor fictitious, and I guarantee that I won't be the only one leaving a comment like this, should that answer remain. While I understand that JetPunk lets anyone make their own quiz (no matter how debatable it may be), if a quiz ends up being featured on the homepage, it should at least be agreeable to the religious extent. I simply don't believe a website such as this should be biased toward atheism and advertise it. I apologize if my comments in any way caused offense, but I'm only speaking what I believe to be civilly right and just. I know there are other people who feel the same way I do about these matters, and I merely wanted to get that out.
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level 34
Oct 2, 2012
Should the Norse and Greek questions also be removed?
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level 5
Oct 2, 2012
if it is removed the atheists will sue the make of this quizz
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level 50
Aug 9, 2014
Exactly, bebn123, thank you very much. Seems like every time I state my opinion, somebody gets all riled up. I mean, hey, if they had Asperger's, which happens to be a very socially limiting disorder, maybe they'd be a little more understanding but until then I have to rely on the kindness of strangers to say my opinions for me.
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level 62
Apr 8, 2015
I have Asperger's but i still get riled up if the opinion is uneducated, ignorant, and patronizing. I'm understanding as long as it's not completely idiotic and is free of extreme bias.
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level 36
Feb 10, 2015
We have a right to not have the world of reality and science altered to reflect your mythology. Most of it is completely absurd to us--but we don't demand you alter your beliefs to reflect ours. Go make ten websites about the Garden of Eden and snakes and apples if YOU wish. It's called freedom. Learn about it. I find your religion's attempts to limit OUR knowledge and beliefs with pressure tactics and extortion highly offensive. Btw, the theme of the Garden of Eden is a God that demands we live in ignorance. That alone should make anyone pause. Christianity was not even the first religion to come up with a snake who brings knowledge against the god's orders. It was copied from older faiths along with the virgin birth etc.
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level 52
Apr 12, 2017
You know the point of this site is to be fair and list things that people agree on, right? No one would be upset if the Garden of Eden wasn't on this quiz, but now Christians are.
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level 52
Apr 24, 2017
Also, Christianity is either the oldest or second-oldest religion in the world, depending on whether you believe Genesis or not.
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level 52
Aug 22, 2017
And it's kind of funny that you think 'someone said something similar before' (which didn't happen) means that it was copied by everyone who said it thereafter. Think of Newton and Leibniz.
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level 75
Sep 20, 2017
Aethus: Christianity is not even close to being the 2nd-oldest religion in the world. Even if you include Judaism as part of Christianity, and it probably shouldn't be, but even if we allow that it is and the birth of Christianity stretches back to the almost-assuredly-mythical Abraham and his covenant with "yahweh"... EVEN THEN Christianity is FAR from the 2nd-oldest religion in the world. It's not even close. If you're going to base your argument on the obviously absurd creation story of Eden and then state that Adam was the first Christian... well then you have to come up with a valid reason to discount the creation myths of every other religion past and present because almost all of them have one. You believing in something is neither evidence nor an argument.
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level 66
Jun 13, 2018
Christianity is the oldest or second-oldest religion? That's... quite simply a bizarre statement. Even if we discount religions that are no longer widely practiced (by the ancient Egyptians, ancient Greeks, etc.), just off the top of my head we've got Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, various Chinese folk religions, various traditional African religions, and Zoroastrianism. All are practiced by anywhere from 2.6 million (Zoroastrianism) to 1.15 billion people (Hinduism), and all are at least 500 years older than Christianity.
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level 72
Nov 28, 2018
Aesthus, you talk so much rubbish on this site - 'You know the point of this site is to be fair and list things that people agree on, right? No one would be upset if the Garden of Eden wasn't on this quiz, but now Christians are. Also, Christianity is either the oldest or second-oldest religion in the world, depending on whether you believe Genesis or not.'

I don't remember seeing that in the site's mission statement. I would have thought it's more likely that a quiz site would be interested in promoting knowledge over indulging in flights of fantasy to save your underdeveloped emotional ego state from being 'offended'. And yeah, the 'oldest religion' statement has already been dealt with above.
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level 62
Apr 8, 2015
So this is promoting atheism just because it is a question on a quiz? Talk about blowing things out of proportion. Hypocrite.
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level 69
Apr 9, 2015
Shut up. It's a quiz website. Don't take it so seriously.
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level 49
Apr 14, 2015
While I am a Christian, I agree with the creator of this quiz; the Garden of Eden has not been proven to exist, and is part of the Christian, "mythology".
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level 36
Oct 19, 2015
If I may, Christianity can be compared to all past mythologies and other religions today. Not in terms of belief, but in terms of faith. Back thousands of years ago, people had the same strong faith in their respective religions as you do now. Not that that's a bad thing, but you can not argue for Christianity yet ignore all other faiths at the same time.
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level 71
Mar 1, 2017
There is also no absolute degree of certainty that Westeros, Asgard or the Elysian Fields never existed either. If you apply that line of reasoning to the Garden of Eden, you have to equally apply it to all the rest of this quiz and then all questions would have to be removed.
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level 80
Mar 2, 2017
So what bebn is saying is that jetpunk should be biased towards a certain religious tradition instead by claiming the Garden of Eden as a real place? Science is not a bias. Atheism is science. Religion is a bias.
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level 46
Apr 12, 2017
You demand? In the words of Alan Partridge, "who... who do you think you are?"
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level 55
Nov 16, 2018
I demand that you remove Valhalla from this quiz. While there's no undeniable proof that Thor, Wotan, Loki, or Valhalla ever existed, there's also no absolute degree of certainty they never did. To a large portion of the population, Valhalla was neither mythological nor fictitious, but I can't guarantee that I won't be the only one leaving a comment like this, should that answer remain. While I understand that JetPunk lets anyone make their own quiz (no matter how debatable it may be), if a quiz ends up being featured on the homepage, it should at least be agreeable to the religious extent. I simply don't believe a website such as this should be biased toward a-Norse-Gods-ism and advertise it. I apologize if my comments in any way caused offense, but I'm only speaking what I believe to be civilly right and just. I know there aren't many other people who feel the same way I do about these matters, but I merely wanted to get that out.
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level 58
Oct 2, 2012
You can't be proven wrong or right that's the point. "The central belief of every moron is that he is the victim of a mysterious conspiracy against his common rights and true deserts." - HL Mencken
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level 60
Oct 2, 2012
Any one else try sovengard for the viking gods place?
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level 48
Jan 25, 2013
I did. You must play Skyrim as well....
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level 43
Oct 2, 2012
I wondered if people might take umbrage at the Eden question, and am mot surprised people did, but I think the Internet has spawned a rage industry, where people take offense about things and rant and stomp their feet that otherwise would not bother them, as they are inoffensive, and not intended to BE offensive. People should take it easy! I love jetpunk, but it is too inconsequential in the grand scheme for anyone to get that upset about this one quiz. If a person knows that someone was not intending any offense, and if the 'offense' is trivial in the extreme anyway, why waste the energy getting upset?
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level 49
Oct 3, 2012
Oddly enough, I was expecting a comment like this to be posted within a day of this debate. I'd just like to say I'm not "upset" about the fact that the Garden of Eden was listed, nor about anything else pertaining to this quiz. I just believe it's civilly wrong to go right out and say (on a fully-public website, nonetheless) that Christianity is a hoax without any evidence to back up that claim. I wouldn't be concerned if the Garden of Eden fell under the "supposedly mythical" category, or if someone explained that it was fictional according to atheism; the problem here is that it's specifically called an unreal place. Overall, I'm not upset; I just have a strong viewpoint on this issue.
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level 43
Oct 3, 2012
I didn't make the quiz, but I do not believe that considering the Garden of Eden to be mythical means one is repudiating ALL of Judeo-Christian theology (remember, the Garden of Eden is in the Old Testament, and therefore a part of Judaism and not just Christianity). I for instance know very religious people who do not look on all parts of the Bible with the same intensity (as do most, as very few Christians and Jews are OK with human slavery, which is everywhere in the Bible) and consider things, like the Tower of Babel for instance, go be sort of folklore. They try to find the spirit of the Bible, and not to take each part litterally.
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level 36
Feb 10, 2015
You are suggesting a "prior restraint" all be it voluntary. That is unconstitutionmal in the U.S. Unless you can prove that extreme violence or damage to the country's safety will result, no one here ever must limit their speech before having to prove what they say is factual. The burden of proof would be on you, my dear, to prove they are wrong. You'd have to prove the Garden of Eden is real, not vice versa. That is the significance of the freedom of speech our forefathers gave to us! Other countries do not limit prior restraints. Don't suggest that an internet game be the first place to dissolve that freedom (with the exception of "clear and present danger" to the country and its people excepted by the Supreme Court for the last century). Can you imagine if you had to disprove evolution before you could argue creationism on your own website? What's sauce for the goose......
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level 65
Apr 8, 2015
Unless you believe in bebn123's narrow, fundamentalist, completely scientifically discredited version of christianity, you're not a christian at all, apparently. Seriously, have you ever left your little backwards community? I have hundreds of christian friends, none of whom think the world was created 6.000 years ago. In fact, the vast majority of christians don't believe that, or that the garden of Eden was a real place, or that the bible is meant to be taken literally, or that it is actually the word of god (which the bible never claims). You should first sort out your story with actual, smart christians (aka. the majority of christians), and when you're done with that, I'm volunteering to be the first Atheist to explain to you why I still don't care.
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level 70
Apr 2, 2017
Actually, the Bible does claim to be the inspired word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16) And God allows us to believe that, or not.
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level 52
May 18, 2017
@dunkinggandalf, your friends probably aren't really Christian, since 40% of Christians believe the earth was created by God in the past 10,000 years. Also, 'All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness' (2 Timothy 3:16). A clearer claim to inspiration from God you couldn't ask for.
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level 52
May 18, 2017
@Don +1
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level 75
Sep 20, 2017
gandalf tries to give you some credit.... you promptly smack it away.
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level 72
Dec 19, 2018
Now be fair - Aesthus must be right because only he knows what a true ̶S̶c̶o̶t̶s̶m̶a̶n̶ Christian believes
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level 44
Sep 20, 2017
Christians regard the Garden of Eden as real, not mythical, as this has atheistic inclinations. Not saying that there's an actual attack but religious people may take it that way.
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level 68
Sep 20, 2017
Don, Descartes pointed out that a truly loving God would only give humans a capacity for reason which drew them closer to the truth. If you believe in a truly loving God, try applying your own capacity for reason to the concept of a talking snake.
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level 43
Oct 3, 2012
@bebn: The people who I know who are religious might take offense at your way of looking at them. You are not the final arbiter of religion. They do not believe the Bible is the work of God, but of men, and therefore they find it imperfect, as man is imperfect. They are devoted Christians and Jews, but don't follow everything in the Bible, as I'm sure you don't. There are passages that speak of killing those who don't honor the Sabbath, and I have a feeling (or at least I HOPE) that you're not doing that. You have no right to say they're "calling God a liar," because they don't see it that way, and you have no authority on the matter save for how your religion affects your OWN life.
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level 65
Apr 8, 2015
No no, you either agree 100% with bebn's version, or you're a lying satanic atheist who will roast in hell.
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level 31
Oct 4, 2012
for greek heaven, can you accept 'fortunate isles' or 'isles of the blest'?
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level 48
Feb 13, 2013
No offense was meant by the quiz. If you are offended, suck it up.
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level 42
Feb 15, 2013
SUCK! IT! UP! ...... SUCK! IT! UP! ...... SUCK! IT! UP!
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level 32
Feb 26, 2013
Basically, what every christian commenting here is doing, is stating that being religious gives you the right to demand that other people's beliefs are ERASED/Taken down, without considering anything else nor anyone else's opinion, but their own. AND its a known fact that the bible was written at the council of nicea, where CHRISTIANITY was INVENTED. So STFU and just enjoy the quiz, which is pretty good btw. peace out
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level 65
Apr 8, 2015
No, that's what one or two christians are doing. I'm an Atheist, but most christians who have commented here have said stuff like "I don't care, it's just a quiz" or "the bible isn't meant to be taken literally anyway".
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level 75
Apr 6, 2018
I'm a Christian, I took the quiz, and I wasn't offended in the least because I know everyone doesn't believe the same. As you pointed out, not all Christians agree, either. The rest of you have your beliefs (or no beliefs) and I have mine. Why argue about it?
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level 55
Sep 21, 2017
The Bible wasn't written at Nicaea. It was basically a meeting of the various early Christian community leaders to try and come up with some sort of consensus about the faith. Even in the early days, Christians couldn't agree with each other. The existence of many and varying sects of Christianity is a Christian tradition unto itself, haha. One thing the early church leaders wanted to do at Nicaea was choose which books should and should not be considered canon. The books were already all written before the meeting took place.
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level 40
Mar 15, 2013
Elysian Fields is not correct. It is actually the Isles of the Blest. Elysian fields was good, but the Isles of the Blest could only be reached by being reborn 3 times and each time reaching the Elysian Fields.
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level 25
Jan 26, 2016
But the Elysian fields were, if you will, the lower version of heaven that most people reached. Not the super place
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level 72
May 26, 2017
So are you saying that for Christians to supposedly reach their heaven they have to first be reincarnated multiple times? Doesn't that go against a lot of what they believe?

hmm, original post March 2013, probably won't get a response to this...
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level 51
Sep 20, 2017
Nah, he's saying in Greek mythology, heaven has a VIP room.
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level 72
Sep 19, 2018
Yeah, what I said doesn't seem to have any bearing on that post... I'm wondering whether there was a post deleted or if I intended to reply to something else...
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level 42
Jan 27, 2018
Ok someone's reading too much percy jackson
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level 58
Apr 16, 2014
Is Hobbiton not also the place where hobbits live?
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level 66
Nov 8, 2014
I believe that Hobbiton is a real life construction of the Shire as a tourist destination in Matamata, New Zealand.
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level 49
Apr 8, 2015
Hobbiton is a villiage in the Shire, so technically a correct answer, but too specific for the quiz.It's also a tourist trap in New Zealand, but the mess Jackson made of the Hobbit burnt up all the goodwill I could have for such a place.
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level 68
Aug 10, 2015
The Hobbiton site in Matamata is the actual filming site from all six of the LOTR/Hobbit movies. It wasn't created as a tourist destination. In fact, the contract that Peter Jackson signed w/the owner of the land (a sheep farmer) specified that after the LOTR movies were complete, the property was to be restored. Most of the set was bulldozed except for the hilly end, as it had rained heavily that year & the earth was too unstable for the dozer to go in. By the time the ground had dried out, a company called Red Carpet Tours had convinced the owner to let LOTR fans visit what remained of the set. It was restored to how it looked for the LOTR movies when the Hobbit movies were green lighted. I visited the Hobbiton set in 2006, before restoration for the Hobbit movies, w/Red Carpet Tours, & have a picture of my daughter (8 at the time & our own "hobbit" for the tour) looking out of the foyer window of Bag End.
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level 25
Jan 26, 2016
Town, not region. I made the same mistake
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level 44
Dec 2, 2014
Arda should be accepted for the Lord of the Rings question, seeing as it's the name of the question. Honestly the first thing I thought of, too.
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level 39
Jan 6, 2015
I know it's an answer from 2012 but I've only just read it. Did Bebn 123 really not get the irony in Mithol's answer saying "I demand........."? It really make me laugh. I know quite a few really religious people and some (not all) are really adamant they are right and won't listen to any different opinions. To come on a quiz site and get so worked up is not good!
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level 52
Apr 9, 2015
In my experience fundies don't understand irony
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level 4
Jan 14, 2015
garden of eden was a real place
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level 67
Sep 20, 2017
Eden, NSW Australia, lovely spot, lots of gardens actually.
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level 36
Feb 10, 2015
You know they found the hobbit floriensis woman on an island around Indonesia somewhere--so as it stands now, Middle Earth is the most proved of anything in this quiz. Hmmm?
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level 65
Apr 8, 2015
Well, except for the places that are actually real, like Kanto (it's the plain around Tokyo) or OIympus (which is a real mountain in Greece and a real volcano on Mars).
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level 59
Feb 10, 2015
Got them all except the video game ones and GoT.
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level 45
Apr 8, 2015
The Garden of Eden can not be compared to Asgard or Valhalla. The Bible gives us the pre-flood location of Eden, whereas Asgard is just over the rainbow. The Bible tells exactly which rivers Eden flowed between prior to a worldwide flood. It mentions the Tigris, and Euphrates. Given the fact that the Bible is one of the most historically correct documents of its time (after the flood), I think it safe to say that even from an Atheistic perspective, the Garden of Eden was a factual place.
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level 65
Apr 8, 2015
Sure - go dig up the remains of the garden then, and let's settle this once and for all.
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level 52
May 18, 2017
Look at the comment again. You see where it says 'worldwide flood'? That means 'worldwide flood'.
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level 62
Apr 8, 2015
So if I write a book and include real places I can call it fact? Penthouse forums here I come. (pun somewhat intended)
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level 75
Apr 8, 2015
So you've never seen a rainbow before? Also... what were those GPS coordinates in the Bible again?? Because I also heard that Eden was in Jackson County, Missouri. And Saudi Arabia. Plus, you think there was a worldwide flood and afterward we had all the same rivers as before?
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level 52
May 18, 2017
Did you know that there's a city called Bethlehem in Pennsylvania? Did you even consider when writing your comment that maybe, just maybe, they could have named the new rivers after rivers which previously existed?
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level 75
Sep 20, 2017
::face palm::
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level 52
Sep 20, 2017
Well, you've fairly defeated me. How can I possibly come back to that argument?
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level 78
Feb 19, 2019
Buddy... just stop...
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level 53
Apr 8, 2015
By your logic then we should remove Olympus too, because that's an actual mountain in Greece. The tallest, in fact. Just because some ancient scribes wrote that Eden was a garden between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers doesn't mean it was actually there or ever actually existed. Paper doesn't refuse ink if it spells out lies. If you want Eden off this list then by all means, go and prove, beyond reasonable doubt via scientifically verifiable evidence, that Eden existed. Because that's how the burden of proof works. And before you say it, the Bible is a claim of events, not evidence for said events. Like testimony in a court of law, it means nothing if the evidence doesn't support it. If nothing else, the story of the whole human race spawning from the incestuous relationship between a man and his morphed rib, has been proven false by genetics.
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level 65
Apr 9, 2015
And, by the way, even if everything else in the bible had been proven absolutely true (which is laughable, but I've seen so many people make that argument), you would STILL have to prove the garden of Eden story with actual specific arguments and evidence, and also deal with the scientific evidence (mainly genetics, but lots of others) that proves that there have never been just two Human beings, no matter when, no matter where. Again: good luck with that.
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level 75
Apr 9, 2015
All human beings on Earth share a common descent from a single male ancestor and single female ancestor... this actually has been demonstrated through science. Those two ancestors just happened to live thousands of years apart. So.. even though they've been named Adam and Eve, probably not the same couple of hominids you may be thinking of...

Going back further than that, the most popular theory of abiogenesis is that it happened only once in Earth history (or happened many times but the other times it didn't take root in the same way), and that every living organism on the planet is descended from the same self-replicating organic molecule, billions of years ago. So, if that's right (there are competing theories), then... after that molecule self-replicated once by splitting off some of its own matter (let's call it a rib?).. then there would have been precisely two "living" things on Earth. Though not exactly human. And we would have descended from those two things.
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level 55
Oct 5, 2018
@kalbahamut they did not live thousands of years apart. If you think about it you will realise why they could only have lived an absolute maximum of nine months apart.
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level 72
Dec 3, 2018
What do you mean they couldn't have lived more than 9 months apart?

Look up mitochondrial Eve and Y-Chromosome Adam. There's no need for them to have been even vaguely contemporary. Or am I missing a joke?
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level 55
Jan 8, 2019
@roleybob, I assume that you would be adding the condition that the Y-chromosome Adam has to be everyone's ancestor "on the male line" i.e. the father of the father of the father of etc. and a similar one for the "Eve"? My logic is simple. If everyone is descended from one woman they are also descended from her father. And if everyone is descended from one man they are also descended from his mother. Therefore, the last common male ancestor of everyone and the last common female ancestor of everyone cannot have lived more than nine months apart (this would happen if "Adam" died immediately after conceiving "Eve", and maybe a little bit longer should be added just in case the pregnancy took longer than average).
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level 72
Jan 8, 2019
Yes - when we talk about most common ancestors it is usually in terms of unbroken matrilineal / patrilineal lines.

So your post is a nice thought but not right - for a start, if they are all descended from HER father then she breaks the male line herself, and also her mate would be a more recent male ancestor.

More pertinently, there's nothing to stop the male line bottlenecking before (or after) that generation without affecting the matrilineal line.

Obviously all of these things apply the other way around as well
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level 72
Jan 8, 2019
An example of a different situation: say that the human race almost went extinct - there was only 1 woman alive (this isn't necessary when we talk about most recent ancestor - there may have been millions of other women alive at the time but all of those other lines became extinct at varying later generations, but in this example there is just the 1 woman left).

Fortunately, there were still 2 men left, and the 2 men were not closely related.

If the woman has multiple children by each man, then clearly there is more than 1 male ancestor (the 2 men) so we do not have our 'Adam', however all people (men and women) are now descendants of that 1 woman, so we do have 'Eve'.

In this scenario, the common ancestor is not restricted to considering matrilineal / patrilineal lines only
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level 55
Jan 8, 2019
If you mean that then you are right that there is no reason to think that the two ancestors lived close together in time. It is also not so obvious that the two ancestors exist, although if you know about the existence of the Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA then your stronger claim becomes a necessity. However this would need to be stated explicitly as, for example, I would say that I share a close common ancestor with my half-uncle (his father and my maternal grandfather), and your definition would not count this.

In your other example, however, it still only works if you restrict it to matrilineal/patrilineal lines. If you are considering all ancestors as counting, then everyone is also a descendent of the woman's father, and you have your Adam.
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level 72
Jan 8, 2019
Ha ha, yes I think I had a brain fart - the second example is supporting your point, not mine.

However, back to the first point - when we talk about Adam & Eve in the context of common ancestors, it is in reference to mitochondrial Eve and Y-Chromosomal Adam.
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level 72
Jan 8, 2019
At least, that is what I believe to be true - I'm not an expert
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level 66
Nov 11, 2017
"The Bible tells exactly which rivers Eden flowed between prior to a worldwide flood. It mentions the Tigris, and Euphrates." The Greek gods lived on Mt. Olympus. Mt. Olympus is an inarguably real place, therefore the Greek gods exist. Sherlock Holmes lived on Baker Street. Baker Street is a real street in London, therefore Sherlock Holmes was real. Spider-man lives in New York City, and New York City is definitely real, therefore Spider-man is an actual person. "Did you even consider when writing your comment that maybe, just maybe, they could have named the new rivers after rivers which previously existed?" Atlanta is named for the Greek titan Atlas, therefore there's really a giant holding the sky up on his shoulder. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are all named for Norse gods, therefore the Norse gods are real. There's a city in Illinois called Metropolis, therefore Superman is real.
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level 64
Apr 8, 2015
Religion, shmeligion. I would just like to thank Tom Hiddleston for helping me get Asgard.
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level 75
Apr 8, 2015
The only thing that doesn't belong here is Mt Olympus, which is a very real place. The Garden of Eden is certainly fictitious, and also a myth, and yes they're not precisely the same things but it is both. Olympus is neither.
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level 75
Apr 8, 2015
Oh, I guess Kanto is also not mythological.
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level 39
Apr 8, 2015
I knew that there would be angry people in the comments as soon as I saw the Garden of Eden!
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level 20
Sep 21, 2017
Yup. Me too...
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level 80
Apr 8, 2015
I have to apologise to most of the Americans here, but bebn123's attitude is one of the major things I dislike and fear about America. Not the first and not the last person to vocally feeling attacked the moment not everybody shares their personal belief. Yes. It's religion, it's a belief, not a science, not a truth. That's what religion is about FAITH. NOT PROOF. Don't confuse the two.

America, as far as I understand, has freedom of religion, so WHY should any American non-religious website show a positive bias towards Christianity? Demanding that it should be so, is totally pulling the rug from under freedom of religion.
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level 65
Apr 9, 2015
To be fair: I'm neither religious nor American, but lots and lots of religious Americans would also disagree with bebn on this one. Of course, they don't matter, because according to bebn, they aren't really christians unless they believe precisely as he does.
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level 37
Apr 9, 2015
He has as much a right to express his opinion about the matter as anyone else does. If it is offensive to him, why shouldn't he be allowed to express that? Doesn't mean the quiz has to change, but there are comments for a reason.
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level 12
Apr 9, 2015
If everyone is saying their opinion, can I admit to believing middle earth is real so also shouldn't be on this quiz : )
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level 59
Sep 24, 2017
I live in Middle-Earth.
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level 62
Apr 10, 2015
Wow,I thought it would be a prejudice that Americans are sooooo crazy with God and stuff. I hoped it is bad propaganda that most people in America believe in creationism and not in Darwin. I was wrong, as a lot of comments show and that scares me. Americans always believe that they are the crown of creation and the "best" and "strongest" nation in the world. But so many seem to believe that the whole mankind is based on 2 people - Adam and Eve, and thats so weird. Sorry, if I offend some of you, but for me - as a western-European - this is so crazy (and stupid - sorry again).
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level 75
Apr 10, 2015
Some of the Creationists commenting here are from the UK and Australia, and I think there's another one from New Zealand. But thanks for stopping by and sharing your prejudice with us.
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level 59
Dec 26, 2016
Creationists are a rare species in both the UK and Australia. Unlike the USA.
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level 75
Sep 20, 2017
Bigots obviously are not a rare species outside the of the USA. They comment on this website every day. My response was relevant to the comment I was responding to.
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level 55
Sep 6, 2018
Compared to most western nations, the USA has a very high proportion of Creationists. This is demonstrable fact. But I agree that what people write here doesn't supply any actual evidence.
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level 62
Apr 10, 2015
Ok, its only 42 %, but its still very high: And I do not wanted to offend somebody. Just sayin....
http://www.gallup.com/poll/170822/believe-creationist-view-human-origins.aspx
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level 75
Apr 11, 2015
Did my comment really get removed? Was it the "t word?"

I'll say again. I'm American and I know that Evolution is a fact. So do near 200 million other people with the same address. Ken Ham is Australian. Ray Comfort is a kiwi. Harun Yahya is Turkish. Smartcookie, commenting above, is from the UK. There are crazy people in the Netherlands building replicas of Noah's Ark. So... when you come on here and automatically assume that every ignorant statement being made is coming from an American, and then imply that because you are European you are more enlightened and shielded from such stupidity, it kinda makes you seem like a jerk.

...just sayin'
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level 62
Apr 13, 2015
Mmmhhh....most of the Darwin-denier are from USA, not from Netherlands, from New Zealand or Australia. There are no universities in one of these countries which teach creationism as a actual fact. And this is a FACT! So it was just logical to assume, that these comments are by Americans. So you are one of the 58 % which believe in Evolution. Congrats!
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level 75
Apr 13, 2015
This isn't an improvement.
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level 45
Apr 10, 2015
Well, i have to say the comments were far more interesting to read than actual quiz. I would like to point that George Bush said, "i believe the jury is still out on that one." Merka!!!
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level 75
Apr 11, 2015
Okay, and meanwhile:

David Cameron: "we should feel proud to say, ‘This is a Christian country.’"

Barack Obama: "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers."

God save the queen!!!
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level 59
Dec 26, 2016
Straw man arguments. The particular problem in these comments is about Creationism, not Christianity.
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level 52
Aug 22, 2017
Everyone knows the religion of a country is defined by its current, temporary, everyone-will-forget-about-them-in-a-century-or-two leader. Right?
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level 75
Sep 20, 2017
coro: I'm sorry that you lack the mental capacity to understand my perfectly relevant comment.

Aesthus: now... *that's* a strawman argument. Though we could have an argument about the religion of the United States and you would lose... that's not what I was saying and you've missed the point.
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level 55
Sep 6, 2018
Perhaps they were referring to what the countries actually are. There is nothing in the US constitution to set it up as a Christian nation, whereas England (but not the rest of the UK) has the Church of England as its official religion. However, the UK is much less religious than the USA. Most British adults don't even believe in God (according to some surveys).
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level 66
Apr 17, 2015
I'm curious. How does one question on one quiz make this website an advertiser of Atheism? I've seen no ads on this site at all, let alone any for Atheism. And the numerous quizzes about the Bible and Christianity don't make this a Christian website either. Do you take offense to the Harry Potter quizzes "promoting witchcraft" as well?
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level 15
Apr 25, 2015
I demand you to remove The Garden of Eden because you are saying that people's belief is a myth .I demand you to remove it
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level 75
May 10, 2015
be cool, guy..
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level 24
May 21, 2015
Land of the norse gods - Vanaheim! As there were two different groups, why should we leave out the other because they were more peaceful and had a smaller part in sagas?
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level 57
Sep 20, 2017
no love for the vanir
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level 59
Jul 31, 2015
Second time around. Got GOT. I nearly created a new sitcom by misspelling the mythical land of gold as Ed Lorado, whom I think of as an incompetent Sam Spade, possibly played by Andy Richter.
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level 68
Aug 10, 2015
Larry, you made me truly LOL!
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level 61
Jun 29, 2016
No Eternia?
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level 47
Sep 15, 2016
It's true. I can tell your not Christian.
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level 67
Sep 29, 2016
Wonderland is a themepark in Canada and Oz is a large country in the Southern Hemisphere. Just saying...
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level 59
Sep 24, 2017
LOL
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level 45
Jan 10, 2017
100% with 3:51 remaining. Great quiz. xx - Mo
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level 71
Mar 1, 2017
I would like to thank the Marvel movies for my knowledge of Asgard.
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level 71
Mar 1, 2017
Beautiful quiz
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level 66
Mar 12, 2017
I loved the first comment, "I demand", lol. Most people in the world don't believe in Christianity. So the majority would agree that Eden is a myth.
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level 52
May 18, 2017
There are 2.2 billion Christians and 1.8 billion Muslims in the world. 4 billion is more than half of 7.3 billion. So the majority would agree that Eden is a real place, since both of these are Abrahamic religions.
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level 72
May 26, 2017
Maybe you are right and those 4 billion people do believe in the Biblical garden of Eden. If so then that majority would be wrong.

The majority used to believe that the Solar system is geocentric. They were wrong.
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level 52
Aug 22, 2017
The majority is not always wrong. The majority now think the earth is round. They are right. The point is that the majority of people do not believe that Eden is a myth, which was what @noodles seemed to be saying.
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level 59
Aug 25, 2017
The majority of people do not run this website, so their opinion is meaningless. Anyone's opinion about a fact is meaningless - it doesn't change the fact.
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level 52
Sep 5, 2017
There are very few things, outside of religion and opinion, that more than half of earth's population believe that are false. And your original comment was talking about how the majority's opinion should be used, so...yeah, I think the word hypocritical would be appropriate under the circumstances.
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level 75
Sep 20, 2017
"There are very few things, outside of religion and opinion, that more than half of earth's population believe that are false." ...so you admit religion is false?
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level 52
Sep 20, 2017
Really, kal? I mean that no religion is proven, and if you weren't trying to read idiocy into my words, you wouldn't see that. But returning to the point, no religion is believed by a majority of the world, so it's impossible for any one religion to be both true and believed by a majority of earth's population.
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level 72
Feb 16, 2018
Regardless, argumentum ad populum is a logical fallacy
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level 54
Sep 20, 2017
I love the audacity that the ancient Greeks had in naming Olympus as the dwelling place of the gods. As a real place, they were just daring people to not even try to go up there. "Mommy, where does Zeus live?" "Oh, honey, he lives over there. Do NOT go over there. Sweet dreams."
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level 49
Sep 20, 2017
Yikes... the cringe-worthy things you see about yourself five years later. Look. I understand (now, anyway) mythological is not the same as fictional, so yeah, I admit I majorly jumped the gun assuming this quiz was implying "Christianity is a hoax." And yes, I also admit that back then I was way more close-minded and defensive about the issue than I am now, and my response to Hdny42 was overall unnecessary and may have come off as kind of ignorant or just kind of dumb. But holy crap, people. Nowhere in there did I say anything about denying Christianity guaranteeing you a one-way trip to Hell, or if you don't 100% agree with my religious beliefs, you're not really Christian. If your religious beliefs vary? That's fine. If you disagree with me that calling the Garden of Eden completely fictional is objectionable (even though I already said I realize that's not what this quiz is doing)? That's fine. But nothing in my comment is worth getting all up in arms about. Calm. Down.
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level 75
Sep 20, 2017
It took several years for me to admit I was wrong about my faith-based ideas as well and looking back at some of the things I wrote then it sometimes seems as though they were written by a different person. Be glad that you are capable of feeling that cringe. It's not something to be embarrassed about it means you are capable of self-reflection.
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level 49
Sep 20, 2017
You hit the nail on the head there. Even in regards to topics outside of religion, I used to be pretty close-minded as a kid, and had a really tough time understanding how other people could possibly believe opinion X or view Y. Thankfully, time and experience eventually helped me break out of that mindset, so I'm so glad I actually have a reasonable amount of common sense and critical thinking ability now to keep me levelheaded.
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level 75
Sep 20, 2017
All of us react when we feel our core beliefs are being challenged. As we acquire wisdom, hopefully we begin to realize we cannot change what others do or think, we can only change how we respond to them. I applaud your willingness to share your wiser self with us today.
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level 59
Sep 24, 2017
Finally some sensible comments!
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level 62
Sep 20, 2017
All this religious commentary aside, Mount Olympus is an actual, factual place, so I question its inclusion here. There are those who may argue the residents were mythological, but as the quiz is about the land or location, it should be removed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Olympus
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level 57
Sep 20, 2017
You forgot to add Palestine to this list.
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level 75
Sep 20, 2017
So... a few nights ago I was walking in to Mordor...
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level 22
Sep 26, 2017
Can you accept "Panam" for Panem? I was going crazy cause I knew the name of where Hunger Games took place, but it never occurred to me that the spelling is wrong.
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level 75
Oct 3, 2017
PanAm is a defunct American airline, not a mythical land.
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level 30
Jan 27, 2018
Where's Catalonia?
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level 72
Jun 5, 2018
Spain. For now.
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level 65
Nov 28, 2018
Really? 150 comments and nobody has noticed that an utopia is a perfect society, not any imaginary land.
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level 72
Dec 3, 2018
Utopia is the name of a fictional island in the book of the same name by Thomas More