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People by Country #2

Guess the countries that these notable people are/were from.
Guess the modern day country, even if it didn't exist when the person was alive
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Last updated: April 28, 2017
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Person
Country
Ichiro Suzuki
Japan
Pelé
Brazil
Carlos Slim
Mexico
Osama bin Laden
Saudi Arabia
Plato
Greece
Usain Bolt
Jamaica
Rupert Murdoch
Australia
Genghis Khan
Mongolia
Person
Country
Imhotep
Egypt
Nelson Mandela
South Africa
Che Guevara
Argentina
Rembrandt
Netherlands
Béla Bartók
Hungary
Jesus
Israel
Haile Gebrselassie
Ethiopia
Nadia Comăneci
Romania
Person
Country
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal
Henrik Ibsen
Norway
Ravi Shankar
India
Heidi Klum
Germany
Kofi Annan
Ghana
Peter Jackson
New Zealand
Aung San Suu Kyi
Myanmar
Benazir Bhutto
Pakistan
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level 68
Feb 10, 2013
Great quiz but kind of easy. Love it though
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level 40
Feb 10, 2013
Yup, awesome quiz... but it'd be great if the difficulty level was amped up. Also, Murdock used as the Australian? That's just cruel! lol
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level 32
Feb 11, 2013
Didn't know that Murdoch is Australian... and Jackson from New Zealand; I guess this explains partly why he chose this as the shooting location for LotR.
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level 71
Oct 25, 2013
Murdoch isn't Australian anymore, he's American. He took out American citizenship and had to renounce his Aussie citizenship in order to buy various media companies in the US (apparently foreigners can't own more than a certain stake). Anyway, he's yours now. You're welcome!
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level 74
Feb 10, 2015
Haha... I put a few naturalized citizens on my Stupid Americans quiz and got all sorts of grief for it, but when it comes to Murdoch you guys are all too happy to recognize a change in citizenship! Figures...
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level 44
Aug 6, 2017
Hehehe everyone's like, good riddance to Murdoch. It is about where they're from... Osama didn't exactly hang out all that much in Saudi Arabia in later life
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level 50
Feb 10, 2015
The instructions say are/were from. I suppose the same could be said of many others, like Mr Sensitivity himself, Mel Gibson.
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level 72
Aug 5, 2013
Jesus was reportedly born Bethlehem which is now part of the autonomous Palestinian Authority recognized by some nations as simply Palestine. In either case its not Israel.
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level 71
Oct 25, 2013
This is true. The Bible has it that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, which is in Palestine. However, archaeological evidence (or rather a lack of it) shows that there was no town in Bethlehem in Judea when Jesus was born, in which case he may have been born in Bethlehem in Galilee, which is in Israel. Then again, he may not have been born in any Bethlehem and his place of birth may be a later invention to ensure his story coincides with the prophecy in the Old Testament which said the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Or, Jesus may not have been born at all and the whole thing may be made up.
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level 74
Feb 10, 2015
^this. If Jesus was born at all it was likely in Nazareth since the Bethlehem story is obviously made up. Nazareth is also in Israel/Palestine, though, so hardly matters.
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level 65
Jul 26, 2016
I'm wonder why "it's obviously made up". All the gospels that mention Jesus birthplace coincide in identifying Bethlehem and all sources from the first and second centuries agree. Of course a case can be made that it's too convenient, as it fulfils Micah's prophecy that the Messiah would be born in this town. I you are a non believer, there may be grounds to be suspicious. But I don't how it can be called an "obvious" fabrication.
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level 71
Oct 26, 2016
there was apparently no census taking place at that time
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level 74
Apr 23, 2017
Do some reading on the subject, roca. and not on apologist sites. Djilas points out one problem with the story... though.. this is not the strongest argument against it as that is just as probably a matter of the date of Jesus' birth on the Gregorian calendar being wrong as it is evidence that the story was fabricated.
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level 52
Dec 7, 2017
There was actually a census: the Census of Quirinius. Which was in Israel. Circa 5 BC (the journey via man + donkey + lady would have taken several months, bumping it up to 4 BC on time of arrival in Bethlehem). In Israel. Issued by Augustus (the name being because Quirinius was in power in Syria at the time). Seems to match up pretty well. Here's a non-apologist site (although admittedly I don't get why you forbade those in your comment) discussing the topic: http://www.livius.org/articles/person/quirinius-p-sulpicius/?
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level 52
Dec 7, 2017
The problem I've seen you raise most often (namely, Jesus lived in Nazareth so he couldn't have been born in Bethlehem) doesn't make any sense. You were born in the United States if I recall correctly. But I'm pretty sure you live in the Middle East now. It's not impossible for someone to be born in one place and raised in another.
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level 74
Oct 12, 2018
Not surprisingly you have inferred something that I never implied. The Nativity story is made up, and for obvious reasons. If the Census of Quirinius is the one the Bible is referencing that's odd, then, because that means that King Herod would have been ordering the massacre of babies to protect his throne a decade after he died. And that's just one detail that unravels the whole narrative. I have said it's *likely* that Jesus was from and born in Nazareth, not that it's impossible he was from Bethlehem. The only evidence we have for him being born in Bethlehem is an obviously made-up story that can't possibly be accurate and conveniently helps this Jesus character retroactively fulfill a prophecy when his life was first written about decades after his supposed death.
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level 74
Oct 12, 2018
Incidentally the fact that the anonymous people who wrote the stories in the Bible must have felt pressure to invent a story that would place Jesus' birth in Bethlehem (fulfilling messianic prophecy) is one of the main reasons that I believe Jesus to be a real person.

If he was totally made-up from scratch, then they could have easily just written his backstory as being a rabbi who was from Bethlehem. But if he was a real flesh and blood person who was known to be from Nazareth or somewhere else, then you have to make up the magical birth story with the parents who just happened to be traveling away from home or else people are going to point out that Jesus couldn't be the messiah because the prophecies didn't fit.
Another reason we know this story is invented: there was never a rule in the Roman Empire requiring people to return to the city of their ancestor's to answer a census. That doesn't even make sense.
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level 61
Oct 22, 2014
The Land of Make Believe should work too.
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level 81
Jul 19, 2015
Yawn.
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level 49
Mar 15, 2018
LMAO
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level ∞
Oct 30, 2014
Palestine will work for that question now.
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level 74
Feb 10, 2015
There are definitely plenty of people who consider Bethlehem part of Israel. So saying "in either case it's definitely not" is a little misleading. I spent Christmas Eve there last year.
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level 39
Oct 21, 2016
Correct. Did Israel even exist in Jesus' day?
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level 74
Apr 23, 2017
no, but read the instructions.
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level 52
Dec 7, 2017
Technically, yes, as a province of Rome. But that's more Texas of America than Scotland of the UK in terms of independence.
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level 74
Oct 12, 2018
Aesthus... could you *please* start looking up something.. ANYTHING.. before you post? Pretty please? It would reduce the amount of stuff you say by 95% and save me time.

There was never a Roman province of Israel. There was a Roman province of Judea, which in the 2nd century was incorporated into the province of Syria Palaestina.
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level 75
Jul 19, 2014
That was easy indeed. The only one I didn't know is Carlos Slim but it wasn't hard to guess Mexico...
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level 74
Feb 10, 2015
Most don't realize this but his name is actually not an homage to Slim Shady, but a corruption of "Salim"... he's got Arab/Lebanese ancestry. Like Salma Hayek.
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level 55
Feb 10, 2015
I put 'Saudi' for Osama and it should have accepted it!
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level 55
May 13, 2015
Saudi is not a country that I know of.
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level 36
Feb 10, 2015
I protest having this Haile Gebrselassie person instead of Haile Selassie.
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level 59
Feb 10, 2015
One of the greatest marathon runners of all time.
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level 65
Apr 23, 2017
Why - because you know nothing of track and field? I've never met an Ethiopian who didn't know Haile Gebreselassie. And he's a lot less problematic than the old emperor.
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level 55
Feb 10, 2015
Béla Bartók was born in Romania, not Hungary! Just 9 km from the border of Hungary.
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level 36
Feb 10, 2015
I thought so! My piano teacher made me play that stuff until I quit. I remembered Romania but it bounced me. I loved this quiz tho! Never heard of a couple...Probably sports? Could not believe I never knew where Kofi Anan was from. Now I'll never forget.
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level 71
Dec 7, 2017
It appears Bartók really isn't the best choice for Hungary. He was born in present day Romania, according to Wikipedia later lived in present day Ukraine and Bratislava, only at 18 he moved to Budapest. But on the other hand, all 3 places were part of Hungary at the time.
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level 50
Feb 10, 2015
Missed New Zealand, Egypt and Pakistan. I forgot all about Imhotep.
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level 46
Feb 12, 2015
I only got the Ghana one because I went to high school with three Ghanaian kids named Kofi
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level 67
Dec 8, 2017
I got it because WWE wrestler Kofi Kingston is from Ghana. Must be a popular name there.
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level 65
Feb 23, 2015
Might be worth mentioning that this quiz contains potentially fictional characters.
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level 66
Apr 13, 2015
dunkinggandalf .......... what does 'Potentially Fictional' mean?.... you either 'is or you aint'
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level 74
Apr 23, 2017
but in the case of Jesus we really don't know. So he is potentially fictional.
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level 66
Oct 8, 2017
I don't think anybody seriously doubts that there was a man who became known as Jesus irrespective of his later life or attributes.
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level 74
Dec 7, 2017
Then you'd be wrong, Malbaby. Look up the work of Professor Richard Carrier if you want to find the most attention-seeking of those who seriously doubt this.
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level 52
Dec 7, 2017
Oh, come on. This is just petty. Any of these people is potentially fictitious. There could be a whole grand scheme in place to pretend that Che Guevara really existed when he didn't. He did, but people can still claim that. Technically speaking, everyone other than you is 'potentially fictitious'. It's simply to different degrees: hence, a paradox of the heap. Where's the cutoff? Is Jesus potentially fictitious, but not Mohammed? What about ancient Egyptian pharaohs: the only record of them is hieroglyphic writings, and those have also been known to state that Ra was the first pharaoh.
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level 74
Oct 12, 2018
False and absurd. And if you want a cutoff for "potentially fictitious" here you go: any historical figure for whom there are no first-hand accounts or evidence of their existence aside from documents produced by adherents or followers it is entirely reasonable to call potentially fictitious. If that figure is also at the center of a religious cult or worship they are more likely fictitious. And if no first hand accounts or evidence exist at all, even amongst their followers, then they're even more likely fictitious.

You're comparing a man who was dead for 30 years before anyone wrote something about him to a guy who was photographed multiple times.
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level 79
Aug 9, 2016
Nothing fictional about Jesus, the historical person existed. Whether or not he was "son of God" is under serious debate.
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level 58
Oct 20, 2016
Prove it.
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level 46
Dec 30, 2016
pics or it didn't happen :)
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level 58
May 16, 2017
Does the shroud of Turin count? :P
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level 74
Dec 7, 2017
^ fake
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level 52
Dec 7, 2017
Prove it. (Also, how do we know Imhotep existed? Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics also recognised Ra as a historical pharaoh...)
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level 74
Oct 12, 2018
you are such a flipping moron it's astounding. Read a book.
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level 74
Oct 12, 2018
It *has* been proven.
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level 39
Oct 21, 2016
To Coro. Prove He didn't!
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level 74
Dec 7, 2017
As soon as you prove Thor doesn't exist we'll get right on that.
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level 52
Dec 7, 2017
And as soon as you prove any of these other fellows actually exists. How do you know Imhotep is real? Or Che Guevara?
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level 76
Dec 7, 2017
Are you real? Am I real? Is any of this real?
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level 74
Oct 12, 2018
Oh so you have photographs of Jesus I assume? Even other Christians should be embarrassed by these comments. I know I would have been, back when I still believed.
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level 52
Jun 6, 2018
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, which is in the Palestinian West Bank. He was not, therefore, from Israel. You need to be clear on whether you mean born or raised in.
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level 52
Oct 11, 2018
the fictional character Jesus wasn't born anywhere. He was invented to suit more powerful people's plans.
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level 52
Oct 11, 2018
i tried Holy land for jesus. covered all options , in my opinion...lol