Which One Doesn't Belong #1

You are given four items. Choose the one that does not belong with the others.
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Last updated: January 15, 2019
First submittedJanuary 12, 2019
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1. Animals
Sheep
Horse
Pig
Duck
Ducks are not mammals
2. Countries
Mongolia
Turkey
Bolivia
Vietnam
Bolivia is not in Asia
3. Queens
Anne Boleyn
Jane Seymour
Catherine of Aragon
Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette was not married to Henry VIII
4. European Cities
Zürich
Athens
Brussels
Madrid
Zürich is not a national capital
5. Songs
Paint It Black
Help
Let It Be
Hey Jude
"Paint it Black" was by the Rolling Stones, not the Beatles
6. Astronomy
Neptune
Uranus
Saturn
Pluto
Pluto is not a planet
7. Chemistry
Iron
Lead
Brass
Tin
Brass is not an element
8. Movies
Sleepless In Seattle
Forrest Gump
Titanic
Saving Private Ryan
"Titanic" doesn't star Tom Hanks
9. Chemistry
Nitrogen
Calcium
Neon
Oxygen
Calcium is not a gas
10. Mountains
The Matterhorn
Krakatoa
Mt. Etna
Mt. Fuji
The Matterhorn is not a volcano
11. Rivers
Amazon
Nile
Thames
Yangtze
The Thames is not the longest river on its continent
12. People
Benjamin Franklin
Ronald Reagan
Theodore Roosevelt
Abraham Lincoln
Benjamin Franklin was not a U.S. President
13. Geography
Wyoming
Manitoba
Arkansas
Florida
Manitoba is not a U.S. state
14. Astronomy
Sirius
Rigel
Polaris
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
Hagrid
Gollum
Gandalf
Frodo
Hagrid was not in "The Lord of the Rings"
17. Ancient structures
The Great Pyramid of Giza
Stonehenge
Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Colossus of Rhodes
Stonehenge was not an Ancient Wonder of the World
18. Movies
Best in Show
Beethoven
The Muppets Take Manhattan
Marley & Me
"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 69
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 73
Jan 14, 2019
And yet...
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Level 56
Mar 7, 2019
I hate belgium too. FLANDERS INDEPENDENT!
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Level 35
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 46
Nov 23, 2020
If you pick Zurich you have to fight OP apparently
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Level 79
Jan 15, 2019
For the "Rivers" question, the correct response is Thames, but the explanation still mentions the Seine.
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Level 47
Apr 24, 2019
could you mention what you are using to separate the odd one out? I used different ways of separating them, like answering saving private ryan because the others aren't war movies.
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Level 72
May 1, 2019
…You mean *before* the quiz ends and gives you the answers???
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Level 48
May 4, 2019
A couple of these can be answered with different choices and still be correct, the Nile is the only river that flows North on the list also, Neon is the only Noble gas of the four choices.
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Level 83
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 70
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 73
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 78
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 88
Jan 15, 2019
The explanation needs amending to refer to Thames instead of Seine...
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Level 89
Jan 15, 2019
I picked Nile as it's the only one that runs North.
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Level 77
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 56
Jan 18, 2019
the nile is the only one that passes through several countries -- I learned this on jetpunk.
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Level 62
Feb 15, 2019
I picked Amazon because it's in the western hemisphere.
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Level 50
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 63
Mar 4, 2019
I picked Thames for being the only one without a river delta.
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Level 47
Apr 24, 2019
the thames is in both hemispheres...
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Level 47
Apr 24, 2019
Also i used 'if the river had a civilization'. So, the nile had egypt, the yangtze had china, and the amazon had lots of amazonian tribes and even some smaller scale cities.
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Level 79
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 72
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 75
Feb 13, 2020
4 legs good, 2 legs better
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Level 75
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 46
Nov 23, 2020
another reason why I don't like Quebec...
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Level 82
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 75
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 66
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 69
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 69
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 73
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 75
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 68
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 74
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 26
Jan 18, 2019
That could be edited to "not a gas at room temperature."
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Level 89
Jan 15, 2019
Maybe add "at room temperature" to the explanation that Calcium is not a gas.
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Level 59
Jan 15, 2019
great quiz!!
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Level 68
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 67
Apr 22, 2019
Hehe, something about that line rings a slight bell. It atleast triggers me to read it in a certain voice and a certain way
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Level 80
Jan 15, 2019
Horses are not unsuitable for riding. The other 3 animals are.
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Level 32
Feb 21, 2020
No one cares
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Level 37
Jan 15, 2019
Saturn isn't named after a god, it's named after a Titan (Cronus)
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Level 81
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 73
Mar 4, 2019
What do you think a Titan is?
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Level 71
Sep 26, 2019
Ironically, it's a moon of Saturn.
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Level 52
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 72
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 62
Feb 15, 2019
You got that right, too!
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Level 62
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 83
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 47
May 4, 2019
I went for that logic as well.
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Level 43
Jan 17, 2019
Neon is the only noble gas?
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Level 68
Jan 29, 2019
And the only inert element among the choices.
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Level 67
Apr 22, 2019
And the only ine with 4 letters..
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Level 59
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 26
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 67
Apr 22, 2019
Yea they would definitely be in my top 5 when you d ask me for farm animals. (Something like cow, sheep, pig, horse duck. Then goat then i d have to think hard and will come up with exotic stuff like alpaca and ostrich)
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Level 67
Mar 4, 2019
Wasn't Marie Antoinette from Austria?
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Level 30
Mar 5, 2019
Yes but she was queen of France
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Level 67
Mar 4, 2019
And Catherine of Aragon was from Spain.
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Level 81
Jan 18, 2019
Anyone else feel like Pluto was in your face to your planetary memories?
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Level 30
Mar 5, 2019
Yes, I knew I had to pick it but it made me sad
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Level 62
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 37
Feb 28, 2019
Great quiz idea! - Thank you.
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Level 71
Mar 4, 2019
Sleepless in Seattle didn't win an OSCAR
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Level 60
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 67
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 67
Mar 4, 2019
Joking of course
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Level 67
Apr 22, 2019
That would be a precedent
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Level 69
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 68
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 59
Mar 4, 2019
I can't believe so many people got the Astronomy one incorrect.
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Level 83
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 66
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 51
Mar 4, 2019
Tbh, the Ceres one was a lucky guess. I had no idea.
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Level 48
Mar 4, 2019
same, but my guess was a miss!
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Level 72
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 67
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 71
Sep 26, 2019
That's the one I got right for that same reason, albeit the wrong one.
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Level 62
Jul 19, 2020
My reason was because all of the other elements were nonmetals. I guess there are multiple explanations for that one :)
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Level 58
Mar 4, 2019
I got them all. And for the right reasons and not dumb luck.
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Level 26
Mar 4, 2019
be more specific
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Level 48
Mar 4, 2019
On 16, I chose Gollum since he was the only antagonist. :
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Level 68
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 67
Feb 3, 2020
I could say this should be stickied on top, but people that complain usually don't read the comments (though there are some professional nitpickers that read everything, and like to argue about everything. Why give give up the chance to overanalyze all those comments and argue about every minor detail ;) like hawks they watch and wait till someone makes a tiny mistake and then pounces to pick it apart)
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Level 55
Apr 19, 2020
You wrote the word 'give' twice by mistake.
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Level 20
Mar 4, 2019
Good quiz miss number 4
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Level 57
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 60
Mar 5, 2019
Athens is the only one in eastern Europe
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Level 65
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 49
Mar 6, 2019
awful quiz, you heard it here from the best folks
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Level 49
Mar 6, 2019
agreed
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Level 80
Mar 7, 2019
How often do you disagree with yourself?
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Level 67
Feb 3, 2020
On the same day haha. I've seen some people agree with themselves before on this site but never on the same day..
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Level 67
Apr 22, 2019
Got all but the bottom two. Those were the only two i guessed. Though the astronomy one with slightly more insight than the history. I just couldnt reme ber what ceres was, so had to base my guess on the features/ facts if the other 3
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Level 66
May 6, 2019
Mmh, I went for Athens as it's the only one on the coast...
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Level 51
Aug 25, 2019
6. Astronomy

I was right by technicality, but because I didn't select Pluto marked it as incorrect. I chose Uranus because it is the only planet listed that was not named after a Roman god.

I was right, Quiz said I was wrong.

Suggestion, replace Uranus with another planet name or mark Uranus as a correct answer.

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Level 67
Sep 27, 2019
if you see a list of planets and one that is famously not a planet, and then you don't choose that one, it's your own fault.
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Level 59
Dec 18, 2019
Lol, what? Uranus is named after a Roman God. Or at least the latinization of a greek god
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Level 67
Feb 3, 2020
No it isnt actually, Ouranus is a Greek God, not a Roman one (Mars, venus etc are Roman) He was the personification of the sky/the heavens and partner of Gaia the personification of earth, together they had the titans (amongst others) and Zeus is the son of one of the titans (Kronos which is Saturn). Jupiter is the Roman version of Zeus. So Uranus is basicly Jupiter's granddad.
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Level 56
Sep 7, 2019
I answered Hey Jude because it's the only song title that isn't a command.
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Level 63
Oct 16, 2019
I chose duck because it's the only one with just 2 legs. Well... it worked. :P
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Level 67
Feb 3, 2020
Not that many two legged mammals around :) so the odds were in your favour
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Level 15
Feb 10, 2020
I picked duck because none of the others fly (under normal circumstances, for you nitpickers). I feel like such a simpleton.
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Level 15
Feb 10, 2020
I picked Sleepless in Seattle, because I liked all the others.
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Level 70
Feb 10, 2020
Even more fundamentally Calcium is a metal whereas the others are non-metal. Thank you for your cool quiz.
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Level 59
Apr 7, 2020
18/18 somehow guessed 4 of them.
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Level 55
Apr 19, 2020
A couple of things: In q.2 I suggest changing Turkey to Cyprus, in order to generate some fun comment wars; and in q.17 where it says "Ancient Wonder of the World" I believe that technically the phrase should be "Wonder of the Ancient World" (I know it's almost nothing, but hey).