Which One Doesn't Belong #2

You are given four items. Choose the one that does not belong with the others.
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Last updated: January 16, 2019
First submittedJanuary 13, 2019
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1. Historical people
Tolstoy
Cervantes
Dickens
Michelangelo
Michelangelo wasn't a writer
2. U.S. cities
Austin
Raleigh
Minneapolis
Sacramento
Minneapolis is not a state capital
3. Historical leaders
Nero
Rameses
Augustus
Hadrian
Rameses was an Egyptian pharaoh, not a Roman emperor
4. Rock musicians
Eddie Van Halen
Eric Clapton
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Keith Moon
Keith Moon played drums, not guitar
5. Languages
Russian
Hungarian
Ukrainian
Polish
Hungarian is not a Slavic language
6. Islands
Java
Sumatra
Sulawesi
Mindanao
Mindanao is part of the Philippines, not Indonesia
7. Cities
Auckland
Melbourne
Sydney
Brisbane
Auckland is in New Zealand, not Australia
8. Music instruments
Tuba
Trombone
French Horn
Clarinet
Clarinets are woodwinds, not brass instruments
9. Painters
Degas
Monet
Renoir
Botticelli
Botticelli was not French and also not an impressionist
10. Singers
Niall Horan
Harry Styles
Ed Sheeran
Zayn Malik
Ed Sheeran was not part of One Direction
11. Movies
Cujo
The Hunt For Red October
The Shining
Carrie
"The Hunt for Red October" was written by Tom Clancy, not Stephen King
12. Japanese movies
Ponyo
Princess Mononoke
Spirited Away
Akira
"Akira" is not by Studio Ghibli
13. Living things
Seagrass
Tree
Fern
Coral
Coral is an animal, not a plant
14. Letters
Omicron
Mu
Psi
Aleph
Aleph is a Hebrew letter, not a Greek one
15. British leaders
William Wilberforce
Sir Robert Peel
Earl Grey
William Gladstone
William Wilberforce was never Prime Minister
16. Anatomy
Retina
Cochlea
Pupil
Iris
The cochlea is part of the ear, not part of the eye
17. Words
Benign
Radar
Civic
Kayak
Benign is not a palindrome
18. Plays
Hamlet
Pygmalion
King Lear
Twelfth Night
"Pygmalion" was written by George Bernard Shaw, not William Shakespeare
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Level 71
Jan 14, 2019
Great idea!
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Level 81
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 67
Oct 1, 2019
wow I have never heard of that. When was it called that, been trying to find it for 15 minutes now, but all that I can find is that it is the former name and never when it was dropped, no matter how I phrase it.
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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 69
Nov 23, 2021
Will it happen any time at all? It's a great idea.
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Level 91
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 70
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 73
Jan 15, 2019
I ruled Botticelli out because he wasn’t French, not because of his painting style!
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Level 46
Jan 17, 2019
Same.
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Level 72
May 4, 2019
I was thinking French too. Three were also contemporary.
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Level 59
May 5, 2019
Agree - by far the right answer for Realidts like me 🎨.
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Level 64
Oct 16, 2019
Same criteria I used.
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Level ∞
Sep 14, 2021
Good point. Added that to the explanatory text.
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Level 75
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 ∞
Sep 14, 2021
Fixed
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Level 51
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 46
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 58
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 72
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 66
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 70
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 66
May 6, 2019
I got all but the Japanese one.
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Level 37
Feb 28, 2019
Didn't do very well on this one. Excellent quiz nonetheless
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Level 83
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 76
Jul 30, 2019
Nobody ever taught them to me, so I didn't know any of them. That made Ed Sheeran the only one I knew, which I used as my criterium. And it worked :)
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Level 53
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 67
Oct 1, 2019
really..? It is quite obvious... besides, kayak is the only word with a Y in it, so why didnt you choose that one? All the others have in common that they dont have y's

Did you base your answers for all the other question on the amount of letters they have? That would ve been hard, since for most question it differs quite a lot, or did you just choose the longest answer each time?

Number of letters isnt a great criterium and not logical at all.

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Level 83
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 84
May 8, 2019
What's your point?
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Level 67
Oct 1, 2019
not all cities are capitals, I curious where your confusion lies. That you think all cities are capitals, or that just because it isnt a capital it cant be a city either, or something completely different I cant come up with atm.
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Level 65
Nov 23, 2021
I think he's pointing out that he's surprised that Minneapolis isn't the capital of Minnesota. It does seem like the logical choice.
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Level 78
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 77
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 67
Oct 1, 2019
Finally an argument that actually makes sense! You are right, though I didnt even look at radar like that, though officially an acronym it has allways been used as a word, and when people say it they dont think of each individal letter and the meaning behind it in their head like with most other acronyms.

Laser is another one of those words people dont see as an acronym, though in that case it is even deeper, because if you say it for radar (or sonar) people say ow yeah, if you say the abreviation for laser, people say, (ow) really?? and might not even believe you. (since in many cases people make acronyms for things that never originally were acronyms)

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Level 65
Nov 23, 2021
This argument is not very strong. We are looking for some aspect that three share and that the odd one out does not share. "Not being an acronym" is not a very strong connection between the other three words. If you had to choose between radar, scuba, laser, and measles then it makes sense to consider the acronym aspect. In this case, however, you're doing the quiz backwards. For instance: Ed Sheeran, Adele, Drake, and Barrack Obama. Would you say it's a legitimate argument that Ed Sheeran is the odd one out because he's got red hair? Of course not.
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Level 49
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 57
Nov 23, 2021
The Mississippi actually runs through Minneapolis, so it couldn't be that. But, even if Minneapolis proper was fully to the west, I think knowing exactly how a city is situated to the river it's on is a little too obscure.
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Level 25
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 84
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.
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Level 67
Oct 1, 2019
He doesnt "need to fix" anything...you need to read and look at the quiz again... They are all cities and one of them doesnt belong. your task is to figure out which (after spotting why).

If I showed you, (in real life) 4 animals and asked which was the odd one out, let's say 3 mammals and 1 bird, you would chose the bird right? and not say there is something wrong they are áll animals.

Please think about what you are saying before you are using such strong language like WRONG and FIX IT Even if you did have a comment that was true and made sense and there was an error, no need to be so harsh and attacking/demanding. you are not the king and he is not your subject or slave.

(this last part is directed at more people, the YOU NEED TO FIX THIS, sort of gets on my nerves, I guess it is by people used to getting what they want and getting it instantly. He doesnt need to do anything, you can inform him of errors, but he owes you nothing)

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Level 68
Jun 5, 2019
Aww, I was thinking that kayak was the right answer because it doesn't come form Latin.
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Level 67
Oct 1, 2019
and radar does?!?..
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Level 58
Sep 24, 2021
Rock musicians: I chose Clapton because he's still alive.
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Level 66
Nov 23, 2021
me too, I didn't realize that the quiz was made in 2019 (when Eddie Van Halen was still alive, too)
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Level 46
Nov 23, 2021
Me too! And ruled radar out as it is an abbreviation.
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Level 43
Nov 23, 2021
I got #17 wrong. Should have noted that 3 were palindromes, but at a glance I felt that Radar was the only word originating as an acronym.
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Level 81
Nov 23, 2021
I fell into the same trap...
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Level 32
Nov 23, 2021
I said benign because it has 6 letters instead of 5. Got it right anyways, so it doesn't matter
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Level 59
Nov 23, 2021
I went for radar as it is the only one which was created as an acronym. You might want to consider something else?
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Level 65
Nov 23, 2021
This logic is flawed. The quiz intends that you see that three of the items share some unique characteristic. But using the acronym origin is looking at a unique characteristic of just one item. I could say that Cujo is the odd one out because it's the only one with a rabid dog. This is the same logic that you are using for the acronym argument. That doesn't make sense for this type of quiz.
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Level 67
Nov 23, 2021
Number of tea blends named after the other dudes: 0

Earl Grey: 1

I answered Earl Grey and got it wrong now i'm sad

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Level 56
Nov 23, 2021
I always miss stuff like "One Direction" and boy band type questions. Getting old, I guess.
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Level 51
Nov 23, 2021
Polish is the only one that doesn't end in -ian, so I'd argue it works.
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Level 65
Nov 23, 2021
#4: Clapton is the only listed musician who hasn't deceased.
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Level 65
Nov 23, 2021
But... he's not going to make a quiz that becomes outdated as people die, right?
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Level 33
Nov 23, 2021
I thought it was gonna be Eric Clapton isn't dead lmao
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Level 71
Nov 23, 2021
Rule of thumb for these kinds of quizzes: you're not looking for differences, you're looking for similarities. Remember, it's "Which one doesn't belong." In order to know what doesn't belong in a certain group, you have to define the group, and to really figure out what doesn't belong, you need to define it as exclusively as possible. It's much more useful to define a group — and thus its exclusions — as "palindromes" than it is to define a group as "not acronyms."
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Level 44
Nov 25, 2021
Minneapolis is still in the USA.
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Level 64
Nov 26, 2021
100% on the first try, though admittedly I only picked my answer for #2 because I thought it was based on latitude and for #4 and #15 I hadn't heard of the people that were the correct answers so I assumed it must've been them, despite not knowing exactly what the other 3 had in common