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
Pig
Duck
Horse
Sheep
Ducks are not mammals
2. Countries
Turkey
Vietnam
Bolivia
Mongolia
Bolivia is not in Asia
3. Queens
Anne Boleyn
Jane Seymour
Marie Antoinette
Catherine of Aragon
Marie Antoinette was not married to Henry VIII
4. European Cities
Athens
Zürich
Madrid
Brussels
Zürich is not a national capital
5. Songs
Help
Hey Jude
Paint It Black
Let It Be
"Paint it Black" was by the Rolling Stones, not the Beatles
6. Astronomy
Neptune
Pluto
Saturn
Uranus
Pluto is not a planet
7. Chemistry
Tin
Brass
Lead
Iron
Brass is not an element
8. Movies
Sleepless In Seattle
Titanic
Saving Private Ryan
Forrest Gump
"Titanic" doesn't star Tom Hanks
9. Chemistry
Nitrogen
Oxygen
Neon
Calcium
Calcium is not a gas
10. Mountains
The Matterhorn
Mt. Etna
Mt. Fuji
Krakatoa
The Matterhorn is not a volcano
11. Rivers
Amazon
Nile
Yangtze
Thames
The Thames is not the longest river on its continent
12. People
Theodore Roosevelt
Abraham Lincoln
Benjamin Franklin
Ronald Reagan
Benjamin Franklin was not a U.S. President
13. Geography
Wyoming
Florida
Manitoba
Arkansas
Manitoba is not a U.S. state
14. Astronomy
Sirius
Rigel
Polaris
Ceres
Ceres is an asteroid, not a star
15. Clothing
Fedora
Tricorne
Bowler
Cravat
Cravats are worn on the neck, not on the head
16. Movie characters
Gollum
Gandalf
Hagrid
Frodo
Hagrid was not in "The Lord of the Rings"
17. Ancient structures
The Great Pyramid of Giza
Stonehenge
The Colossus of Rhodes
Lighthouse of Alexandria
Stonehenge was not an Ancient Wonder of the World
18. Movies
Marley & Me
The Muppets Take Manhattan
Best in Show
Beethoven
"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 70
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 75
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 48
Nov 23, 2020
If you pick Zurich you have to fight OP apparently
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Level 81
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 71
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 64
Sep 24, 2021
And oxygen is the only with with an "x" in it. The only logical way to look at a quiz like this is that the three items share a characteristic in common, instead of those three commonly NOT sharing a characteristic. Of penguins, hens, humans, and ducks, you could say that three don't live on Antarctica. The logical answer is clearly human, though.
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Level 63
Sep 27, 2021
Humans live on Antarctica the same way penguins do, i.e. they don't stay there permanently, yet can be found there.
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Level 64
Sep 27, 2021
Well... three don't have tuxedo-like colouring in their natural state, then. When I looked it up, though, the Internet said that Adelie penguins do live on Antarctica permanently. So :p
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Level 63
Sep 25, 2021
I see Brussels is in now. I chose it because it was the only city not six letters in length! Ugh.
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Level 85
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 71
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 80
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 79
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 91
Jan 15, 2019
The explanation needs amending to refer to Thames instead of Seine...
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Level 91
Jan 15, 2019
I picked Nile as it's the only one that runs North.
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Level 78
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 58
Jan 18, 2019
the nile is the only one that passes through several countries -- I learned this on jetpunk.
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Level 63
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 65
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 59
Sep 24, 2021
I'm too lazy to do the leg work on this, and not smart enough to know the answer... but are Nile, Thames and Yangtze not names derived from other languages for the word "river"?

That was the assumption that made me select Amazon.

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Level 61
Sep 24, 2021
Not sure about the others, but Yangtze means 'long river'.
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Level 63
Sep 27, 2021
I had to do a bit of psychology to choose the answer on this one. The Nile was the only river that doesn't flow west to east, The Amazon is the only river that doesn't flow through a city of over 5 million people, and the only river mostly south of the equator. The Thames is the only river on an island. I chose the Thames mainly because it's puny in size compared to the others, which was sort of the correct line of thinking, but I feel that's also the weakest way to set it apart. I was just really unsure of my answer.
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Level 80
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 74
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 76
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 48
Nov 23, 2020
another reason why I don't like Quebec...
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Level 81
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 68
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 72
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 72
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 72
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 52
Sep 19, 2021
Have you ever played Minecraft? Cuz riding a pig is pretty fun.
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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 75
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 81
Sep 24, 2021
Indeed it should.
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Level 41
Sep 24, 2021
Calcium could also be "not an element in period 2 of the periodic table".
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Level 91
Jan 15, 2019
Maybe add "at room temperature" to the explanation that Calcium is not a gas.
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Level 63
Jan 15, 2019
great quiz!!
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Level 70
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 82
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 86
Sep 24, 2021
Some people do care
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Level 52
Sep 19, 2021
Mammal is the obvious one.
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Level 66
Sep 24, 2021
I actually picked duck on two different bases, neither of which turned out to be correct: it's the only one that moves on two feet and it's the only one that swims.
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Level 82
Sep 24, 2021
right. there is no one obvious answer.
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Level 64
Sep 24, 2021
Except that 95% of people got it right, so that seems pretty obvious. When it comes to being able to ride a horse, that is logically more of a characteristic of horses--I think the quiz is looking more for notable traits about the three in question. I doubt Wikipedia goes over how unsuitable for riding pigs, sheep, and ducks are. I feel like it'd be nearly impossible to make a quiz like this and have literally only one logically possible answer. But it's pretty obvious what the best logical answer is for that question.
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Level 40
Oct 5, 2021
@jmellor13 "The only one" is never the criteria in an odd-one-out quiz, otherwise any of them could be the answer! It's always something 3 of them of them have in common (and no things they aren't doesn't count, it has to be something all 3 are) and then the odd one out doesn't fit the rule.
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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 83
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 74
Mar 4, 2019
What do you think a Titan is?
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Level 73
Sep 26, 2019
Ironically, it's a moon of Saturn.
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Level 51
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 74
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 63
Feb 15, 2019
You got that right, too!
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Level 65
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 86
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 55
May 4, 2019
I went for that logic as well.
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Level 42
Jan 17, 2019
Neon is the only noble gas?
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Level 67
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 40
Oct 5, 2021
Odd one outs require the other 3 answers to have something in common (negatives like "not noble gases" doesn't count), otherwise you could make an argument for any of them being the answer.
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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 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 72
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 72
Mar 4, 2019
And Catherine of Aragon was from Spain.
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Level 63
Sep 27, 2021
You'd think her name would have given that detail away. LOL
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Level 85
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 20
Sep 24, 2021
I was crying as I picked it :(
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Level 63
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 61
Sep 24, 2021
My choice for choosing this answer too
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Level 66
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 74
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 74
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 52
Sep 19, 2021
Uranus and Jupiter have rings
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Level 63
Sep 27, 2021
Chose Pluto because it was the only one without rings. Chose Franklin because he was the only one not born in the USA (Massachusetts was part of Great Britain when he was born).
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Level 70
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 70
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 54
Sep 26, 2021
catherine of aragon was the only one not executed which is why i picked her. Didnt even consider who they were married to or where they came from
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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 85
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 67
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 48
Mar 4, 2019
same, but my guess was a miss!
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Level 74
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 73
Sep 26, 2019
That's the one I got right for that same reason, albeit the wrong one.
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Level 67
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 57
Mar 4, 2019
I got them all. And for the right reasons and not dumb luck.
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Level 25
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 70
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 69
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 58
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 62
Mar 5, 2019
Athens is the only one in eastern Europe
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Level 81
Sep 24, 2021
That's why I picked Athens, too.
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Level 67
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 82
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 68
May 6, 2019
Mmh, I went for Athens as it's the only one on the coast...
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Level 53
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 68
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 60
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 57
Sep 7, 2019
I answered Hey Jude because it's the only song title that isn't a command.
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Level 64
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 71
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 65
Apr 7, 2020
18/18 somehow guessed 4 of them.
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Level 69
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).
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Level 47
Dec 3, 2020
For "European Cities", you should have specified that you were talking about European capitals, not cities
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Level 81
Sep 24, 2021
Capitals aren't cities?
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Level 51
Dec 23, 2020
Ceres is considered a dwarf planet, not an asteroid.
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Level 41
Apr 21, 2021
Yeah, technically, but it is also an asteroid..in a way.
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Level 81
Sep 24, 2021
It's both.
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Level 84
Apr 7, 2021
Calcium is not a gas* (at room temperature)
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Level 44
Apr 25, 2021
For question 9 I thought you were talking about regular elements versus noble gases, got it wrong.
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Level 55
Aug 25, 2021
Hello there!

I noticed 2 questions with 2 possible and correct questions in this quiz.

First, Athens is the only coast city in the list,

And,

There are 3 best movie academy award winners in the movie question.

All the best!

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Level 66
Sep 24, 2021
Only two of those movies won Best Picture.
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Level 65
Sep 24, 2021
While I knew Ben Franklin was never president, I got the right answer for the wrong reason. The first thing I thought of was he never got shot. Heh.
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Level 81
Sep 24, 2021
I went with Florida on #13. Only nonlandlocked one. Overthought it.
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Level 31
Sep 24, 2021
Very cool quiz.
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Level 53
Sep 25, 2021
The Nile is the only river that flows North.