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Which One Doesn't Belong #2

You are given four items. Choose the one that does not belong with the others.
Last updated: January 16, 2019
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1. Historical people
Michelangelo
Tolstoy
Dickens
Cervantes
Michelangelo wasn't a writer
2. U.S. cities
Sacramento
Austin
Raleigh
Minneapolis
Minneapolis is not a state capital
3. Historical leaders
Nero
Augustus
Rameses
Hadrian
Rameses was an Egyptian pharaoh, not a Roman emperor
4. Rock musicians
Eddie Van Halen
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Keith Moon
Eric Clapton
Keith Moon played drums, not guitar
5. Languages
Russian
Ukrainian
Hungarian
Polish
Hungarian is not a Slavic language
6. Islands
Mindanao
Java
Sumatra
Sulawesi
Mindanao is part of the Philippines, not Indonesia
7. Cities
Brisbane
Auckland
Sydney
Melbourne
Auckland is in New Zealand, not Australia
8. Music instruments
French Horn
Clarinet
Trombone
Tuba
Clarinets are woodwinds, not brass instruments
9. Painters
Degas
Botticelli
Renoir
Monet
Botticelli was not an impressionist
10. Singers
Ed Sheeran
Zayn Malik
Niall Horan
Harry Styles
Ed Sheeran was not part of One Direction
11. Movies
The Hunt For Red October
The Shining
Carrie
Cujo
"The Hunt for Red October" was written by Tom Clancy, not Stephen King
12. Japanese movies
Princess Mononoke
Akira
Ponyo
Spirited Away
"Akira" is not by Studio Ghibli
13. Living creatures
Coral
Fern
Tree
Seagrass
Coral is an animal, not a plant
14. Letters
Aleph
Psi
Mu
Omicron
Aleph is a Hebrew letter, not a Greek one
15. British leaders
William Wilberforce
Earl Grey
Sir Robert Peel
William Gladstone
William Wilberforce was never Prime Minister
16. Anatomy
Pupil
Iris
Cochlea
Retina
The cochlea is part of the ear, not part of the eye
17. Words
Civic
Benign
Kayak
Radar
Benign is not a palindrome
18. Plays
Hamlet
King Lear
Pygmalion
Twelfth Night
"Pygmalion" was written by George Shaw, not William Shakespeare
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level 63
Jan 14, 2019
Great idea!
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level 75
Jan 14, 2019
Hasn't Celebes been known as Sulawesi for a while now?
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level ∞
Jan 15, 2019
Changed to Sulawesi.
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level 81
Jan 15, 2019
Oh! I have an idea. How about showing also what people have answered? At the end, not just 59% got it right, but also that 12% answered A, 28% answered B and 1% answered C ? Just so you can see if others tripped up the same way you did.
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level ∞
Jan 15, 2019
Not going to happen anytime soon. It's complicated, sorry.
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level 81
Jan 15, 2019
Awww. A shame it can't be easier.
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level 82
Jan 15, 2019
These are great. And this one of the best. Because I score low the first time. I love a challenge that beats me!
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level 68
Jan 15, 2019
Kelp is not a plant. It is a protist.
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level ∞
Jan 15, 2019
Insane. I almost always look things up, but when it's something that feels super basic sometimes I don't. Kelp has been removed and replaced with grass.
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level 81
Jan 15, 2019
Now coral is the only one that grows in the sea. It got much easier.
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level ∞
Jan 16, 2019
D'oh. Changed to seagrass. Can't use seaweed because that is also not a plant. (It's algae).
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level 57
May 4, 2019
"Living creatures" also seems an odd category title for tree, fern and seagrass. It points to the answer being coral. I'd say "Nature" or "Natural world" would be better.
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level 68
May 4, 2019
I've always thought of critters as being animals, not ferns.
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level 69
Jan 15, 2019
I ruled Botticelli out because he wasn’t French, not because of his painting style!
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level 31
Jan 17, 2019
Same.
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level 67
May 4, 2019
I was thinking French too. Three were also contemporary.
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level 60
May 5, 2019
Agree - by far the right answer for Realidts like me 🎨.
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level 64
Jan 16, 2019
In question 18, the author of Pygmalion is generally always written as "George Bernard Shaw", not "George Shaw".
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level 48
Jan 16, 2019
So many of these, I worked out what the question was but couldn't work out which one it was - I worked out that the musicians one was looking for the one that wasn't a guitarist, but only recognised 2 names - 50/50 odds weren't on my side! And I guessed that they were looking for which island wasn't in Indonesia, but I got that one with a lucky guess! Fantastic quiz!
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level 53
Jan 16, 2019
I feel that Polish can be a correct answer for Question 5 because it does not end in "ian"
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level 16
Jan 16, 2019
Although it's about the languages, not how it's spelt in English. These questions could be answered in any language. (The only exception is the word part) But it could be changed so Polish is Serbian, so all ends with -ian, or replace Ukrainian with Montenegrin to have two without -ian.
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level 68
Jan 18, 2019
You would need to be careful which one to replace. It could end up with only one Cyrillic or one Latin alphabet and the confusion would continue.
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level 68
May 5, 2019
Fascinating how people see the same problem yet have different interpretations. I immediately thought Slavic languages. Ending -Ian didn’t occur to me until seeing the comments.
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level 15
May 5, 2019
it still is a language though. a lot of languages dont end in ian.
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level 31
Jan 17, 2019
Michaelangelo also wrote poetry.
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level 62
May 4, 2019
Yes, over 300 sonnets and madrigals. But you could say that of the 4 writers he is the only one known more for poetry than prose, so it still works.
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level 15
May 5, 2019
yeah, he still was a writer though, either way...
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level 55
Jan 19, 2019
A trickier odd one out for the wind instruments question would be the English horn (it’s actually a woodwind)
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level 75
Jan 20, 2019
Loving this series, thank you! I suggest the followup info for Aleph be expanded since it is not only a Hebrew letter; it appears in other Semitic abjads (e.g. Arabic, Aramaic, and Ge'ez). You could call it a Semitic letter and be safe from the wrath of linguists ;)

Fun fact: the aleph glyph in Phoenician was inspired by an ox head, possibly ripped off from hieroglyphics. Through the highways and byways of history it became our letter 'A'. (Look at capital letter 'A' upside down and you will see the moo-face-and-horns appear!)
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level 71
Jan 21, 2019
I think Niall Horan is the only Irishman in the singers question. I don't think he belongs here either
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level 59
May 4, 2019
To people who recognize all the names in that question, it is very obvious that three people are from the same group and one isn't. You could probably come up with alternative "odd man out" scenarios for each of these questions, but the most obvious and generally recognized one should reign.
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level 67
Jan 22, 2019
Great idea for a series of quizzes. This one is damn sight harder than the previous one. I managed to get all but two, but a couple where guesses. That Japanese movies one might as well have been in Japanese lol.
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level 60
May 6, 2019
I got all but the Japanese one.
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level 38
Feb 28, 2019
Didn't do very well on this one. Excellent quiz nonetheless
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level 75
May 4, 2019
Thanks to Rucka Rucka Ali for teaching me (sort of) the names of the members of One Direction. Otherwise I would have had no idea. "Niall Eleven" heh
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level 40
May 4, 2019
Benign is also the only six letter word, which is how I got the answer. You may want to change that to make it less obvious (and force people to solve the question in the intended way).
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level 68
May 5, 2019
What I find quite interesting is that I missed 2 and I scored a 96%. Interesting given no single question was missed by more than 30% which means there was at least a couple of topics that everyone found difficult. However, there was no single topic that everyone found difficult. A very well balanced quiz. My favorite of the multiple choice ones thus far.
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level 15
May 5, 2019
The thing says U.S. cities, and then says that Minneapolis is the correct answer, because it's not a state capital....... :0 :0 :0
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level 73
May 8, 2019
What's your point?
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level 75
May 5, 2019
I thought radar was the correct answer because it's not a word, it is an acronym for radio detection and ranging. Maybe it's use has become so common it's now considered a word, but it's origin set it apart from the others for me.
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level 71
May 6, 2019
RAdio Detection And Ranging. I agree that a different word should be used that is not an acronym. I say that mainly because I missed that one and it was pretty obvious what quiz master was going for. Face palm on my part. I answered quickly and just assumed it was Radar because it was an acronym.
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level 43
May 6, 2019
I thought the cities question was east vs west of the Mississippi. Which would lend the answer to being Raleigh. Probably overthought it. Great quiz though
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level 24
May 7, 2019
all your categories are wrong like u.s. cities, theyre all cities and then it says state capital in the explanation and historical leaders. you need to fix this
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level 73
May 8, 2019
None of the categories are wrong. Maybe you don't understand how to take the quiz. You have to choose the one option in the category that does not belong based on an unstated criterion. All of the cities listed in question 2 are US cities, yes, but three of them are also capitals of US states. The one that is not a state capital is the correct answer.