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April Fools' Quiz #8

Can you guess the 100% factual answers to these questions?
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In what country do sharks, snakes, and crocodiles kill about 10,000 people every year?
Australia
What year comes after 1 B.C.?
0 A.D.
What is the hottest planet in the Solar System, and also the second smallest?
Mercury
Who, according to Catholic dogma, cannot possibly make a mistake or commit a sin?
The Pope
Which continent's life expectancy has decreased in recent decades due to diseases
such as HIV and Ebola?
Africa
Who wrote the famous feminist song "R.E.S.P.E.C.T"?
Aretha Franklin
What is the most valuable crop in the United States? (Hint: it's illegal in many states!)
Marijuana
What famous martial artist was born in Hong Kong in 1941?
Bruce Lee
Who wrote the song "Nothing Compares 2 U" in 1989 after her husband Seamus left her?
Sinead O'Connor
Which European country had the highest COVID death rate in 2020, because they
refused to impose any quarantines?
Sweden
Which U.S. state had the highest COVID death rate, mostly due to overcrowded beaches?
Florida
What was Gandhi's first name?
Mahatma
Who is credited as the author of 34 plays, even though most of them were written
by Francis Bacon and Christopher Marlowe?
William
Shakespeare
Whose last words were "Et tu, Brute?"
Julius Caesar
What holiday was invented by devil worshippers in Salem, Massachusetts in 1645?
Halloween
In what country would you find the Mojave dessert?
Mexico
What 13th century pandemic does the nursery rhyme "Ring Around the Rosie" refer to?
Black Death
What type of people are gradually going extinct, with the last one projected
to be born somewhere in Scandinavia around 2200 AD?
Blondes
What holiday was invented during the Middle Ages as a Jewish alternative to Christmas?
Hanukkah
What sport takes its name from the phrase "Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden"?
Golf
103 Recent Comments
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Level 84
Feb 9, 2021
Of course the first one is completely fake!

Drop bears are the ones killing 10,000 people every year!

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Level 70
Feb 9, 2021
They are especially dangerous to tourists, who mistake them for docile koalas.
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Level 83
Feb 10, 2021
Drop bears with Covid.
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Level 79
Apr 2, 2021
Never heard of drop bears before!
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Level 66
Feb 9, 2021
4,500 quizzes! Yay!
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Level 60
Feb 10, 2021
Prince actually wrote Nothing Compares 2 U.
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Level 78
Feb 10, 2021
So you ignored the people who already said that and also missed the title of the quiz? Interesting.
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Level 83
Feb 10, 2021
Ooh boy, getting in on the act early. It's the comment-a-palooza! :-)
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Level 68
Feb 11, 2021
Gentlemen only, ladies forbidden = golf.

One of the big swears is an acronym of fornication under consent (of the) King.

Hospital = house of sick people in trauma and labour.

Load of rubbish. My general rule for these things is if someone claims a word is an acronym 9/10 times it is not.

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Level 61
Apr 3, 2021
a few that actually are:

SCUBA--Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

SONAR--SOund Navigation And Ranging

RADAR--RAdio Detection And Ranging

LASER--Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation

DELMARVA Peninsula--DELaware, MARyland, VirginiA

MODEM--MOdulator-DEModulator

CARE (package)--Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe

TASER--Thomas A. Swift's Electronic Rifle

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Level 83
Feb 11, 2021
haven't heard the myth about Sweden, I kind of assumed it was known the world over that the UK government was doing about the worst job in Europe
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Level 87
Feb 11, 2021
Most the media was going "Oh Sweden is so great everything they do is so good how are they even doing it they're amazing blah blah blah" until the rate started going up. Then the media did a u-turn but it was probably too late to sway public opinion back the other way
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Level 78
Feb 11, 2021
I like the double myth in the Solar System question. Well done.
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Level 51
Feb 11, 2021
Haha, thanks for making this, it gave me a good laugh today :D
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Level 75
Feb 14, 2021
SAVE THE BLONDES
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Level 37
Apr 1, 2021
I'm going extinct???
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Level 69
Feb 20, 2021
Wow, I never even knew most of these!
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Level 53
Feb 24, 2021
I'm sorry, but this quiz is just plain wrong. Australia only has 66 deaths per year from sharks, snakes and crocodiles [1], 1 A.D came after 1 B.C [2], and New Jersey has the highest COVID death rate [3]. These are just some of the many mistakes on this blatantly false quiz.
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Level 79
Apr 2, 2021
The links lead me to a random YouTube video 🥴
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Level 83
Apr 5, 2021
So you're new to the Rickroll, huh?
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Level 39
Apr 2, 2021
Wait, thats illegal
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Level 51
Mar 2, 2021
Lack of humour...
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Level 83
Apr 1, 2021
Our humor only lacks "u".
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Level 51
May 5, 2021
Yeah, it was a typo.
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Level 82
Mar 12, 2022
Seriously, why are you correcting the spelling of a word that you know perfectly well is spelled differently in different English-speaking countries? Just stop trying to pick fights. Both spellings are perfectly valid.
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Level 39
Mar 27, 2021
Mercury isn’t hottest and 2nd smallest planet on solar system. It is Venus.
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Level 53
Mar 30, 2021
Did you read the title...
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Level 77
Apr 1, 2021
And also, Venus isn't the second-smallest planet in the solar system.
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Level 81
Apr 17, 2021
Where does Pluto rank?
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Level 77
Apr 22, 2021
On a different list, because it's officially a dwarf planet now. The hottest planet in the solar system is Venus, and the second-smallest is Mars.
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Level 85
Apr 1, 2021
WOW! This was such an informative quiz! Thanks for publishing it! I'm proud to have gotten 100%!

I can't wait to show it to my arrogant coworkers, who always contradict me!

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Level 90
Apr 1, 2021
I guessed "white people" for the extinction question. Can you accept that?
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Level 66
Apr 1, 2021
I accept that that's what you guessed.
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Level 75
Jan 9, 2024
Was it bad that I tried aryan?
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Level 75
Apr 1, 2021
Can you accept Cannabis?
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Level 82
Apr 1, 2021
Depends which state you are in and whether you have a license to trade. But not on a federal level, no.
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Level 56
Apr 3, 2021
I second this.
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Level 59
Apr 1, 2021
Mojave is in the US, not Mexico. Otherwise, fun!
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Level 75
Apr 1, 2021
It's a good idea to read previous comments before posting one of your own - it saves a lot of embarrassment!
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Level 59
Apr 1, 2021
Mojave Dessert
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Level 59
Apr 1, 2021
I eat those all of the time when I'm in Mexico.
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Level 74
Apr 1, 2021
This quiz cannot be factual. No PoSiBlE wAy 0 comes after 1.
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Level 65
Apr 1, 2021
Can you accept Cannabis for Marijuana?
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Level 82
Apr 1, 2021
Not if I've paid for marijuana.
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Level 74
Apr 1, 2021
I was trying red haired people, gingers, white people, Nordics, Caucasians, Christians, Protestants, Lutherans... not sure why I didn't think of blondes even though that makes way more sense.
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Level 76
Apr 1, 2021
I tried "intelligent people" - I'm such a cynic!
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Level 48
Apr 3, 2021
i tried males lol
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Level 86
Apr 1, 2021
This was not too hard. As usual, I would like to see explanations for these. In fact, I may as well try and do part of it myself...

1) Lol far from it.

2) 1 A.D. Like it or not, that's how the calendar was defined a long time ago, there is no year 0...

3) Venus is hotter because of its extreme atmosphere.

4) It's technical, but the pope is only infallible when he speaks of faith and morals.

5) Nope, massive increase.

6) Otis Redding

7) Corn?

8) San Francisco 1940

9) ?

10) ?

11) New Jersey

12) Mohandas. Mahatma is a title.

13) Well, while I do actually think that Shakespeare was the pen name of somebody, it was certainly not those two.

14) Those words are from Shakespeare.

15) Lol, no. Do some really believe that? It's an old celtic holiday.

16) US, desert.

17) ?

18) That's imaginative, but I don't think so ^^.

19) Much older, not an alternative at all.

20) It comes from dutch.

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Level 58
Apr 1, 2021
It's meant to be wrong lol it's an April Fools quiz
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Level 73
Apr 1, 2021
They know, they are trying to give explanations about why each one is a misconception because some may not be obvious.

I think 9 is because the song was written by Prince originally.

For number 10, I know they went for more of a herd immunity approach, but I don't think they had the highest COVID death rate.

For number 17, it's basically just a rumour someone started at some point: Snopes article

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Level 86
Apr 1, 2021
I didn't know that song was written by Prince, so a cover like number 6.

Number 10, I think the worst death rate is in Czechia, but I don't know where to check for 2020 only. Anyways, Sweden is not the worst.

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Level 69
Apr 2, 2021
For question 4, the explanation of why it's wrong, is wrong.

The Pope is only infallible when he speaks "ex cathedra" - and there are a whole set of criteria to be met for a proclamation to be considered "ex cathedra". In fact, in the whole History of the Papacy, these criteria have only been met by two proclamations: on the Immaculate Conception in 1870, and on the Assumption of Mary in 1950. On everything else, Popes are potentially wrong. Of course, they're also wrong in these two instances, but then again, I'm not a catholic, so what do I care...

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Level 69
Apr 2, 2021
Funnily enough, the proclamation of Papal infallibility seems not to have been made "ex cathedra" - therefore, according to their own logic, Popes may be wrong about their own infallibility...
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Level 86
Apr 2, 2021
That's why I said that it's technical, but being about faith or morals is among those criteria.
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Level 74
Apr 1, 2021
The best April Fools Day quiz yet. If you can get the fish to bite, it's a great quiz. Well done!
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Level 43
Apr 1, 2021
Today I have class.

Happy April Fools Day!!! 🤣🤥

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Level 52
Apr 1, 2021
This is so easy, I completed the quiz before the Big Bang. And for anyone wondering, I am a blind, deaf, and limbless alien who is currently 500,000,000 light years away from anybody else, I don't have access to a computer, and there's no internet. I am -6,000 years old. Also: What is JetPunk, April Fools, and jokes?
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Level 81
Apr 17, 2021
Username checks out
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Level 79
Apr 1, 2021
This is wrong on so many levels. Well done.
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Level 82
Apr 1, 2021
Come on, who's just here for the comments? And who is disturbed they can get 20/20 first time on this but only 19/20 on a quiz where the answer they got wrong is their name or the town they are in?
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Level 67
Apr 1, 2021
You missed the question on who won the 2020 US election.
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Level 78
Apr 1, 2021
What do you mean? Everyone knows that Kanye won.
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Level 51
May 5, 2021
Duh. You're really unaware of current happenings. It was Vladimir Putin. Trump, in exchange, became P.M. of Russia (just kidding, not meaning to offend anyone :)
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Level 71
Apr 1, 2021
Even though most of these are very obviously and laughably false, there's always at least one question on these quizzes that surprises me. In this case, it was the "Ring Around the Rosie" one--I genuinely thought that it came from the Black Death! (Although thinking about it in hindsight, I can't believe I actually thought that--kids don't normally do happy dances about plagues, especially ones that kill a third of Europe's population.)
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Level 83
Apr 1, 2021
Agree with your first two sentences, but have you met kids? I remember all kinds of creepy songs and games from my childhood and was a big fan of Halloween and "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark." I can totally believe kids would sing a nursery rhyme about the Black Death!
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Level 78
Apr 1, 2021
There`s a mistake in question four: there are two more people, who "cannot possibly make a mistake": Chuck Norris and, of course, the Quizmaster.
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Level 75
Apr 1, 2021
Jesus walked on water, but only Chuck Norris can swim on land.

- my favourite one of those!

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Level 82
Apr 1, 2021
I thought it was redheads that were "going extinct." I haven't heard the blonde one before
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Level 31
Apr 1, 2021
Some of these are complete BS like Florida with COVID
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Level 78
Apr 1, 2021
I agree. What could have possessed someone to have a quiz like this on today of all days?
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Level 75
Apr 1, 2021
Only some?
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Level 78
Apr 1, 2021
You're on to something big.
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Level 57
Apr 1, 2021
Here's one. Who won the 2020 Presidential election without cheating? Joe Biden.
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Level 55
Apr 1, 2021
But that is actually 110% factual and correct :)
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Level 77
Apr 1, 2022
Sorry, you're confused. This is an April Fools quiz, where all of the answers are commonly-believed but false. The fact that Biden won in a fair election is supported by dozens of investigations and recounts instigated by Republicans, all of which have completely failed to provide any evidence whatsoever of widespread voter fraud, and so does not belong on a quiz like this. Hope that clears things up!
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Level 78
Apr 1, 2021
The one about the Pope not being able to make a mistake or commit a sin is flat out not Catholic Dogma. In Catholicism, the Pope is only infallible when addressing matters of interpretation of the gospel.
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Level 83
Apr 1, 2021
Read the quiz title again. Then ask yourself: is that the only answer that seems off?
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Level 62
Apr 1, 2021
Ha ha, great stuff. Can't believe I didn't get Hallowe'en; in fact, only 67% got it which seems low.

And yeah, like someone else said, you always learn stuff from these. I thought ring-a-roses was a bubonic plague thing.

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Level 22
Apr 2, 2021
Im confused, some of these are right like HIV and Ebola killing people in Africa and Caesar's last words but some are wrong like there is a year 0 and mercury being the second smallest and hottest planet
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Level 68
Apr 2, 2021
All the answers are wrong. HIV and Ebola are killing people but the question says it's getting worse while it's statistically getting better. Caesar's last words are apparently from Shakespeare, learned it here as well :)
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Level 61
Apr 2, 2021
I think some of these are inaccurate, especially the ones about marijuana and COVID. Here's a link explaining everything:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnedkVrgFF0

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Level 59
Apr 5, 2021
More than some of them are wrong.
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Level 77
Apr 1, 2022
@yeetdeet - You may want to check out their source.
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Level 33
Apr 3, 2021
Mojave Desert is in California
+10
Level ∞
Apr 3, 2021
You spelled dessert wrong.
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Level 51
May 5, 2021
The Mojave dessert is a giant cupcake located in Mexico. Thousands of people flock to the site every year, craving to get a taste of the delicious treat.
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Level 69
Nov 17, 2021
Unfortunately, the pandemic forced the tasty attraction to shut down, while hygiene concerns over licking the Mojave dessert made the WHO publish an article suggesting to burn the cupcake. However, public backlash prevented this from happening. Local authorities are currently trying to protect the dessert from rogue Chihuahuas and a Florida Man.
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Level 37
Apr 5, 2021
just one thing, I'm pretty sure Venus is the hottest. good quiz tho.
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Level 77
Apr 22, 2021
And that's... the one thing you found to be wrong?
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Level 78
May 10, 2021
Yeah, here's proof that Venus is the hottest.
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Level 44
May 3, 2021
Wait, wait, wait. If BC is Before Christ, and AD is After Death (after Christ's death), then when was Christ alive?

This is 100% factual.

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Level 56
May 18, 2021
I'm sure it's in here somewhere, but in case it isn't, Prince wrote nothing compares to you, which Sinead o'Connor sang.
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Level 69
Jun 10, 2021
Florida is 27th in the death rate for COVID. New York is number one in the death rate for COVID per several reliable health agencies (as of June 2021)
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Level 69
Jun 10, 2021
This quiz has far too many incorrect and partially correct answers. Very poorly done.
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Level 36
Oct 18, 2021
Who’s gonna tell him?
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Level 44
Apr 20, 2022
Me or you?
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Level 36
Oct 18, 2021
For nex year: Question: What Country invented Tea? Answer: United Kingdom
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Level 76
Feb 16, 2022
accept the type-in 'cannabis' for 'marijuana'?

allegedly, the term marijuana was invented as a part of the 'war on drugs' to make it sound mexican and inspire people to eschew the drug due to xenophobia

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Level 64
Apr 2, 2022
Hugely disappointed. I'd hoped it might be men who were extinct by 2200. However, I'm sure quiz*master* knows best;)
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Level 64
Apr 1, 2023
I think I tried everything else to do with blondes for the Scandanavian question: I tried "whites," "white people," "Caucasians," "Europeans," "Scandinavians," "Red-haired," "Redheads," "Tall people," but just not blondes. I guess I'm trying too hard to emulate the crazies.
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Level 41
Apr 3, 2023
what do you mean "crazies"??
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Level 78
Jul 18, 2023
Love this series for a number of reasons:

I always type an "incorrect" answer or two, because I forget about typing the "correct" answer.

It makes me realize how many old wives' tales/rumors are out there.

The comment section.

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Level 65
Jul 9, 2024
I got them all correct. I am smrt!