Answers by Time Period

For each year, guess the answer that would have been accurate for that time period.
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Last updated: September 8, 2022
First submittedNovember 13, 2012
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Year
Most populous metro area
present
Tokyo / Guangzhou
1950
New York City
1900
London
1800
Beijing
200
Rome
1700 BC
Babylon
 
 
Year
Tallest free-standing structure
present
Burj Khalifa
1980
CN Tower
1950
Empire State Building
1900
Eiffel Tower
1885
Washington Monument
1 AD
Great Pyramid
 
 
Year
English monarch
present
Charles III
1850
Victoria
1800
George III
1520
Henry VIII
1067
William the Conqueror
 
 
Year
Heavyweight boxing world champion
1988
Mike Tyson
1965
Muhammad Ali
1940
Joe Louis
Year
Largest country or empire by land area
present
Russia
1980
Soviet Union
1900
British Empire
1600
Spanish Empire
1300
Mongol Empire
500 BC
Achaemenid Empire (Persia)
 
 
Year
Richest Person (private citizen)
present
Elon Musk
2000
Bill Gates
1985
Sam Walton
1900
John D. Rockefeller
1820
Nathan Rothschild
55 BC
Crassus
 
 
Year
100 meter dash record holder
present
Usain Bolt
1988
Carl Lewis
1936
Jesse Owens
 
 
Year
Highest-grossing film of all time
2000
Titanic
1980
Star Wars
1940
Gone With the Wind
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Level 73
Jan 16, 2013
great quiz
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Level 72
Jan 16, 2013
Should accept Peking for Beijing, since that's what it was known as in the West in 1800.
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Level ∞
May 3, 2015
Okay
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Level 38
Jan 17, 2013
Fun quiz
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Level 83
Jan 28, 2013
fun quiz. I'm surprised that more people got Carl Lewis than George III, Kufu's Pyramid, Babylon, the Burj Khalifa (is Burj Dubai acceptable as an answer? Maybe people aren't aware of the name change), CN Tower, or Washington Monument... I guess many people were probably tripped up by "free standing structure." CN Tower, the Great Pyramid, and the Washington Monument are not usually included on lists of tallest buildings. and if this were structures of any kind not "free standing" ones then the Warsaw Radio Mast was tallest in 1980, and the tallest of all-time until the Burj Khalifa surpassed it.
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Level 67
Jun 8, 2019
I think people simply forgot to really think back in time. And somehow george was the one I missed aswell
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Level 85
Jul 2, 2019
I only got Carl Lewis because I was trying for Joe Louis and wasn't sure about the spelling at first.
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Level 63
Jul 23, 2019
exactly the same here
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Level 74
Jul 21, 2015
Great quiz idea. 32/34
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Level 59
Jul 21, 2015
Good quiz! Though, I am confused why you chose freestanding structures and not all structures or buildings in the strict sense.
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Level 83
Jul 21, 2015
Because most people don't know about the radio masts and towers that would take the record for many years.
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Level 66
Jul 21, 2015
Could you please also accept Rotschild?
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Level 77
Jul 21, 2015
Great quiz, although I could have used more time. I tried Croesus instead of Crassus. Never heard of the latter.
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Level 58
Jul 24, 2015
Crassus was one of the people in the first triumvirate, providing the financial power to go with the military (in Caesar) and the political (in Pompey).
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Level 85
Mar 20, 2019
I guessed Croesus too.
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Level 67
Jun 8, 2019
croesus would be more like 500 bc instead of 50 bc I guess.
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Level 71
Jun 15, 2019
I also agree that this could use a bump in time.
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Level 76
Feb 17, 2021
I guessed Croesus too!
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Level 50
Jul 21, 2015
I'm surprised that only 4% have guessed Crassus, is not studied Roman history outside of Italy? It's very famous thing that it was the richest man in the empire at the time of the triumvirate
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Level 74
Mar 24, 2021
I got it from the very entertaining Horrible Histories song:

I'm Marcus Licinius Crassus

No rich man could ever surpass us

Wanted people to say I was brave

But I lost my first fight and hid in a cave

Living there could be a pauper's nightmare

But if you're rich like me then you don't care

I called my slave to the cave to ask it

To cook a feast and lower in a basket

Those Romans think they're minted

But they ain't rich like me

You can't call yourself loaded

Till you can buy an army

Ran Rome with Pompey and Caesar

They're more famous than me

But I'm the world's richest geezer

There's no-one richer than me

I'm minted!

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Level 15
Jul 21, 2015
There's no such thing as year 0.
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Level 87
Jul 3, 2018
Tell that to the Khmer Rouge. They don't like being called wrong btw.
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Level ∞
Jun 8, 2019
Fixed
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Level 84
Nov 1, 2018
I clearly know more about sports than I do about rich people.
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Level 84
Jun 8, 2019
And now, 7 months later, I have flip-flopped.
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Level 67
Jun 8, 2019
The pyramids are low ! (well, they were high... ;) )
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Level 84
Jun 8, 2019
They must have been, to think that building those giant things was a good idea ;)
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Level 63
Jun 18, 2019
It amazes me just how long it was the tallest free-standing structure. And how today its height is nothing.
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Level 68
Jun 8, 2019
Tbh the date for Crassus should be a little earlier, as he died in 53bc at the Battle of Carrhae.
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Level ∞
Jun 8, 2019
Fixed
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Level 83
Jun 9, 2019
Crassus was not a private citizen.
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Level 76
Aug 30, 2021
That's a tricky one. I take "private citizen" as not a royal whose wealth is both passed down and is tied to the state. Crassus amassed his wealth prior to being a financial patron of the first triumvirate. It would be akin to someone like Donald Trump. He amassed his wealth as a private citizen and then spent 4 years as president. Would that preclude him from this quiz? I think the clue is probably fine.
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Level 80
Jul 2, 2019
I needed more time.
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Level 75
Jul 2, 2019
Urghhhhh, 30/38. I put Rockerfeller which is pretty stupid and Cressida which i suppose just makes me an idiot but yunno
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Level 64
Jul 3, 2019
It should accept Baghdad for Babylon, since they're in the same location
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Level 83
Jul 3, 2019
It's 100 km away.
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Level 60
Jul 9, 2019
You should accept Giza for the pyramid one
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Level 72
Mar 1, 2021
That would be like accepting "Paris" for the Eiffel Tower
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Level 47
Feb 19, 2020
Annoyed at myself for not getting the Washington Monument as I got it mixed up with the Lincoln Memorial. Also I had no idea that the CN Tower was that tall
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Level 57
Feb 23, 2021
Elon Musk is currently the richest person
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Level 64
Nov 23, 2021
I was disappointed not to see Mansa Musa!

But I realize his empire made him rich, so he doesn't count. :(