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Which One Doesn't Belong #1

You are given four items. Choose the one that does not belong with the others.
Last updated: January 15, 2019
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1. Animals
Pig
Sheep
Horse
Duck
Ducks are not mammals
2. Countries
Turkey
Mongolia
Bolivia
Vietnam
Bolivia is not in Asia
3. Queens
Catherine of Aragon
Jane Seymour
Anne Boleyn
Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette was not married to Henry VIII
4. European Cities
Brussels
Zürich
Athens
Madrid
Zürich is not a national capital
5. Songs
Hey Jude
Help
Paint It Black
Let It Be
"Paint it Black" was by the Rolling Stones, not the Beatles
6. Astronomy
Uranus
Saturn
Neptune
Pluto
Pluto is not a planet
7. Chemistry
Lead
Tin
Brass
Iron
Brass is not an element
8. Movies
Forrest Gump
Saving Private Ryan
Titanic
Sleepless In Seattle
"Titanic" doesn't star Tom Hanks
9. Chemistry
Oxygen
Neon
Calcium
Nitrogen
Calcium is not a gas
10. Mountains
Mt. Etna
Krakatoa
The Matterhorn
Mt. Fuji
The Matterhorn is not a volcano
11. Rivers
Amazon
Yangtze
Thames
Nile
The Thames is not the longest river on its continent
12. People
Theodore Roosevelt
Ronald Reagan
Benjamin Franklin
Abraham Lincoln
Benjamin Franklin was not a U.S. President
13. Geography
Arkansas
Wyoming
Manitoba
Florida
Manitoba is not a U.S. state
14. Astronomy
Rigel
Polaris
Sirius
Ceres
Ceres is an asteroid, not a star
15. Clothing
Fedora
Tricorne
Cravat
Bowler
Cravats are worn on the neck, not on the head
16. Movie characters
Gandalf
Hagrid
Gollum
Frodo
Hagrid was not in "The Lord of the Rings"
17. Ancient structures
Stonehenge
The Great Pyramid of Giza
Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Colossus of Rhodes
Stonehenge was not an Ancient Wonder of the World
18. Movies
Best in Show
Marley & Me
Beethoven
The Muppets Take Manhattan
"The Muppets Take Manhattan" wasn't about dogs
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level ∞
Jan 13, 2019
Cool quiz! I'll probably feature it. But before I do, I want to add a feature to allow explanatory text that will appear after the quiz is over.
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level 68
Jan 13, 2019
Thanks! Perhaps London should be replaced by Brussels so they are all on the mainland?
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level ∞
Jan 14, 2019
Brussels? You do know that I hate Belgium, right?
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level 68
Jan 14, 2019
And yet...
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level 43
Mar 7, 2019
I hate belgium too. FLANDERS INDEPENDENT!
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level 33
Mar 21, 2019
You can also explain that Zurich is not EU while other cities are. It is a Lucky coincidence that both ways get you to fight answer.
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level 75
Jan 15, 2019
For the "Rivers" question, the correct response is Thames, but the explanation still mentions the Seine.
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level 79
Jan 14, 2019
Should be Best In Show, not Best Of Show.
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level ∞
Jan 15, 2019
Fixed
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level 67
Jan 14, 2019
Good quiz, but I only got two wrong (fictional movie questions) and lost 2 points .... spits out dummy!
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level 66
Jan 14, 2019
OK, I almost picked Seine and then picked Amazon because:
  • Yangtze
  • Nile
  • Amazon
  • Seine
The Amazon is the only river on the list that doesn't end in the letter E.
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level ∞
Jan 15, 2019
You could say "it's the only one that ends in a vowel" for many of these questions. But, in any case, I changed Seine to Thames.
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level 73
Jan 15, 2019
The new version of the question looks good, but the reason given still refers to the Seine.
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level 84
Jan 15, 2019
The explanation needs amending to refer to Thames instead of Seine...
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level 84
Jan 15, 2019
I picked Nile as it's the only one that runs North.
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level 74
Jan 15, 2019
I also picked the Nile for that reason (the rest run east-west). But makes sense the other way, too!
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level 46
Jan 18, 2019
the nile is the only one that passes through several countries -- I learned this on jetpunk.
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level 58
Feb 15, 2019
I picked Amazon because it's in the western hemisphere.
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level 49
Mar 4, 2019
Chiming in with others who also picked The Nile as running south to north. Also hadn't noted as obmed mentioned it is the only one that passes through several countries.
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level 56
Mar 4, 2019
I picked Thames for being the only one without a river delta.
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level 74
Jan 14, 2019
Got it all right, but almost missed the first question. My first thought was that horses are the only ones you don't usually eat, but decided that 4 legs was more important in the end.
Also just a minor point, but isn't Catherine of Aragon usually spelt with a C, not a K?
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level ∞
Jan 15, 2019
In Belgium they eat horse. Also, changed the spelling of Catherine.
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level 73
Jan 17, 2019
Be careful...you know who else thought 4 legs was more important? The pigs in Animal Farm...
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level 74
Jan 20, 2019
While it's taboo in places the US and UK, horse meat is eaten in many places in Asia, Europe and the Americas (e.g. Chile, Quebec, Switzerland, etc etc etc). In Japan it's nicknamed sakuraniku because of its colour, and usually served as either sashimi or yakiniku (barbecue).
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level 80
Jan 15, 2019
Forrest Gump. (Not Forest) Also was thinking Neon for the chemistry question, it's the only one that is a noble gas.
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level ∞
Jan 15, 2019
Okay, fixed
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level 72
Feb 13, 2019
'The only one that is ...' doesn't really make sense in an odd-one-out quiz - I expect you could find loads of alternative answers for each of the questions if you can say 'the only one that is ...'
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level 59
Jan 15, 2019
My brain went in a completely different direction, because Japan is the only one that is an island nation.
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level 65
Jan 15, 2019
Horse is the only one you can ride. Japan is the only island country. Neon is the only element humans don't need. Yangtze is the only river that has no major tributaries. The Colossus of Rhodes is the only structure that has been completely destructed.
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level ∞
Jan 15, 2019
Gandalf is the only wizard. Fedora is the only item of clothing worn by Indiana Jones. Saturn is the only one that starts with S. Who cares?
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level 65
Jan 15, 2019
I think you are nitpicking just a bit. I wasn't going into irrelevant details like Indiana Jones' clothing or a starting letter. My point was these aren't about right and wrong answers but rather about the point on wiev...
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level 69
Jan 15, 2019
The question isn't "which one is special," it's "which doesn't match the unifying characteristics of the other 3." I think that "not an island country" or "major river that has tributaries" is a little bit more obscure of a unifying factor than "country in Asia" or "longest on continent."
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level 72
Mar 4, 2019
Yeah, it's more about finding the common element and then knowing which one doesn't comply
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level 64
Jan 15, 2019
the explanation under 11 is wrong, or at least quotes the wrong river.
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level ∞
Jan 15, 2019
Fixed
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level 69
Jan 15, 2019
Slight pedantry: technically all elements can be gaseous. Calcium just requires extreme temperatures to reach its boiling point. And yes, I'm a lot of fun at parties.
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level 24
Jan 18, 2019
That could be edited to "not a gas at room temperature."
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level 84
Jan 15, 2019
Maybe add "at room temperature" to the explanation that Calcium is not a gas.
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level 49
Jan 15, 2019
great quiz!!
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level 66
Jan 15, 2019
Rowlf has a few things to say about your last question, MISTER Quizmaster, IF that is your real name.
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level 75
Jan 15, 2019
Horses are not unsuitable for riding. The other 3 animals are.
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level 32
Jan 15, 2019
Saturn isn't named after a god, it's named after a Titan (Cronus)
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level 77
Jan 16, 2019
Saturn is not really equivalent to Cronus. It was a Roman god long before they knew about greek culture.
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level 68
Mar 4, 2019
What do you think a Titan is?
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level 43
Jan 17, 2019
Nice! In number 10 though: Krakatoa is the only one in the southern hemisphere. Maybe this question could be changed somehow?
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level 73
Jan 17, 2019
Boom! Crushed it. 100%. Although I can see a quiz of this type being RIPE with arguments in the comments.
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level 58
Feb 15, 2019
You got that right, too!
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level 54
Jan 17, 2019
Picked Ben Franklin because he was the only one not shot while in office. Forgot that he was never in office.
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level 78
Mar 5, 2019
Roosevelt wasn't shot in office either. He was shot while running for a third term after he already left.
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level 40
Jan 17, 2019
Neon is the only noble gas?
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level 69
Jan 29, 2019
And the only inert element among the choices.
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level 58
Jan 17, 2019
>>Ducks are not mammals Not a common farm animal either >>Marie Antoinette was not married to Henry VIII She was also the only one from France, not England. Got them all right, but for the wrong reasons.
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level 24
Jan 18, 2019
Ducks are pretty common farm animals, actually. Not as common as the others, but not exactly rare.
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level 49
Mar 4, 2019
Wasn't Marie Antoinette from Austria?
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level 28
Mar 5, 2019
Yes but she was queen of France
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level 49
Mar 4, 2019
And Catherine of Aragon was from Spain.
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level 66
Jan 18, 2019
Anyone else feel like Pluto was in your face to your planetary memories?
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level 28
Mar 5, 2019
Yes, I knew I had to pick it but it made me sad
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level 58
Feb 15, 2019
Why is there a picture of a swan at the top of the quiz?
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level ∞
Feb 15, 2019
Once upon a time there was a duckling who didn't look like the other ducklings.
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level 38
Feb 28, 2019
Great quiz idea! - Thank you.
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level 68
Mar 4, 2019
Sleepless in Seattle didn't win an OSCAR
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level 49
Mar 4, 2019
I picked Reagan because I believed (incorrectly) that he was the only one not featured on any US currency. Lincoln, Franklin and Roosevelt are all on some form of US currency. It seems that the Roosevelt on the dime is Franklin, not Theodore Roosevelt. Bah, humbug. Update: All four have been on currency. Curses, foiled again.
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level 51
Mar 4, 2019
Can you please fix question 6? PLUTO IS A PLANET and Saturn ISN'T because it has RINGS and planets don't have rings. Also fix question 12 - Ben Frankling is a Precedent because he was the Founding Father of America!
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level 51
Mar 4, 2019
Joking of course
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level 66
Mar 4, 2019
There's an even easier solution to the queens question: Marie Antoinette was the queen of France, not England.
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level 66
Mar 4, 2019
Perhaps, but you could put, say, Eleanor of Aquitane in there instead of Marie and she'd still be the odd one out. "Wives of Henry VIII" is a much more exclusive group than "Female royal consorts of England," despite Henry's best efforts.
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level 58
Mar 4, 2019
I can't believe so many people got the Astronomy one incorrect.
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level 78
Mar 4, 2019
Regarding the Geography question -- 3 of the 4 are landlocked, so the answer could have been Florida. Change Manitoba to British Columbia or Nova Scotia?
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level 64
Mar 4, 2019
I thought the criteria was landlocked also, until I looked at a map and saw Manitoba borders Hudson Bay.
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level 50
Mar 4, 2019
Tbh, the Ceres one was a lucky guess. I had no idea.
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level 45
Mar 4, 2019
same, but my guess was a miss!
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level 70
Mar 4, 2019
Great quiz- you might want to switch "Titanic" for some other film - because there are three films nominated for Best Picture in your group leaving "Sleepless" out... I realize that 2 won and 1 was only nominated, but there's still three films nominated for Best Picture and one not... since Tom Hanks is your tie together, perhaps a non-nominated for Best Picture film that doesn't star Tom Hanks?
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level 68
Mar 4, 2019
I picked Calcium because Nitrogen, Oxygen, and Neon all appear on the same row of the periodic table; not for the reason cited.
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level 56
Mar 4, 2019
I got them all. And for the right reasons and not dumb luck.
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level 24
Mar 4, 2019
be more specific
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level 45
Mar 4, 2019
On 16, I chose Gollum since he was the only antagonist. :
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level 66
Mar 4, 2019
Here's a helpful strategy: try for find the most-exclusive group that any three of the options can fit into, then choose the option that is left over. This helps avoid wrong answers like:
  • "Neon, because it's the only noble gas"
    • Avoided because that would mean the other three's group is "things that are not noble gases," which is not very exclusive at all.
  • "Sleepless in Seattle, because the other three were nominated for Best Picture"
    • Avoided because "Tom Hanks movies" is more exclusive than "Best Picture nominees" (~50 vs ~560)
This takes care of the vast majority of alternative answers being offered here.
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level 20
Mar 4, 2019
Good quiz miss number 4
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level 53
Mar 4, 2019
I picked the Amazon because it's the only one that doesn't have a major world city at its mouth
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level 61
Mar 5, 2019
Athens is the only one in eastern Europe
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level 60
Mar 5, 2019
I'm so dumb, I had to Google Jane Seymore to see why Apollo's girlfriend from Battlestar Galactica was a queen. Had she married a king that I didn't know about? Dr. Quinn, Queen of Monaco, or something like that?
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level 28
Mar 6, 2019
awful quiz, you heard it here from the best folks
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level 28
Mar 6, 2019
agreed
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level 75
Mar 7, 2019
How often do you disagree with yourself?