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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.
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First submittedJanuary 13, 2019
Last updatedJanuary 16, 2019
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1. Historical people
Dickens
Michelangelo
Tolstoy
Cervantes
Michelangelo wasn't a writer
2. U.S. cities
Austin
Raleigh
Minneapolis
Sacramento
Minneapolis is not a state capital
3. Historical leaders
Hadrian
Rameses
Nero
Augustus
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
Ukrainian
Russian
Hungarian
Polish
Hungarian is not a Slavic language
6. Islands
Mindanao
Java
Sumatra
Sulawesi
Mindanao is part of the Philippines, not Indonesia
7. Cities
Auckland
Melbourne
Sydney
Brisbane
Auckland is in New Zealand, not Australia
8. Music instruments
French Horn
Trombone
Tuba
Clarinet
Clarinets are woodwinds, not brass instruments
9. Painters
Monet
Degas
Botticelli
Renoir
Botticelli was 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
Spirited Away
Ponyo
Princess Mononoke
Akira
"Akira" is not by Studio Ghibli
13. Living creatures
Seagrass
Fern
Tree
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
William Gladstone
Earl Grey
William Wilberforce was never Prime Minister
16. Anatomy
Pupil
Cochlea
Iris
Retina
The cochlea is part of the ear, not part of the eye
17. Words
Civic
Radar
Benign
Kayak
Benign is not a palindrome
18. Plays
King Lear
Twelfth Night
Pygmalion
Hamlet
"Pygmalion" was written by George Shaw, not William Shakespeare
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level 65
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 61
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 82
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 82
Jan 15, 2019
Awww. A shame it can't be easier.
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level 84
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 69
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 82
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 68
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 72
May 4, 2019
I've always thought of critters as being animals, not ferns.
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level 61
Oct 1, 2019
Well rocks are part of nature and so is dirt, so nature/natural world would definitely not be a good category.

I see what you mean about the word "creatures" though, you dont consider trees to be critters (which is the same as creatures) maybe living beings, or even less official; living things. I dont think anyone could argue with living things (hmm.. I allways forget I am on jetpunk though haha, so they probably will..)

Though personally it didnt bother me. Well to be honest I didnt even realize they had titles haha, not untill this comment..

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level 70
Jan 15, 2019
I ruled Botticelli out because he wasn’t French, not because of his painting style!
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level 34
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 61
Oct 16, 2019
Same criteria I used.
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level 66
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 49
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 69
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 67
Jun 5, 2019
Question #17 can't be answered in any language though.
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level 72
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 61
Oct 1, 2019
I you go down that route you can make up things for every question. The amount of syllables, letters, vowels, which letters do or do not appear etc.. Or like for music instruments, "french horn"is the only one that consist of two words.

It is rather silly to look at things like that because the possibilities are endless.

I could ask you, why didn't you say ukranian is the one that doesnt belong, because it is the only one that starts with a vowel..(and obviously the right answer is hungarian, because it has a "g" in it)

I rest my case, I could go on forever :)

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level 34
Jan 17, 2019
Michaelangelo also wrote poetry.
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level 61
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 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 61
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 62
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 77
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 69
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 49
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 61
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 72
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 77
May 8, 2019
What's your point?
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level 61
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 76
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 72
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 61
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 45
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 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 77
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 61
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 67
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 61
Oct 1, 2019
and radar does?!?..