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April Fools' Quiz #9

Can you guess the 100% factual answers to these questions?
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What country is closest to Australia, as the crow flies?
New Zealand
In what city would you find a pile of burnt rubble where the Notre Dame
cathedral once stood?
Paris
Which U.S. state has the highest rate of gun ownership?
Texas
What carnivorous plant was discovered in the jungles of Brazil in 1934?
Venus fly trap
What brand of energy drink "gives you wings" because it has more than 10 times
as much caffeine as coffee?
Red Bull
What massive African dessert is almost entirely covered by sand dunes?
Sahara
What country has seen a massive decline in population since it was invaded
by the U.S. in 2003?
Iraq
What Croatian inventor created a death ray and the first practical teleportation device?
Nikola Tesla
What language is inaccurately referred to as "Persian"?
Farsi
What country got its name because it was on square Q8 of a map issued by the
British Colonial office?
Kuwait
What country has the highest rate of obesity, the highest murder rate,
and the most executions of criminals?
United States
Who advised Americans to inject bleach into their bodies to cure Covid?
Donald Trump
Who, according to the Bible, was visited by three kings named
Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar?
Jesus
What was once prohibited by California Penal Code section 420?
Marijuana
What city did the Romans completely destroy, sowing its fields with salt for good measure?
Carthage
On what holiday do an average of about 100 children die in the United States
each year due to poisoned candy?
Halloween
What was invented by a French monk named Dom Pérignon?
Champagne
Who said "an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind" and
"be the change you wish to see in the world"?
Mahatma Gandhi
In science, what is the term for a hypothesis which has not yet been proven
beyond a reasonable doubt?
Theory
What causes tetanus, also known as lockjaw?
Rust in the
bloodstream
100 Recent Comments
+13
Level 19
Dec 3, 2021
I loved that it said dessert instead of desert. Plus, QM can you put the rest of these April fools quizzes into a series?
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Level 79
Apr 1, 2022
Is the misspelling intentional? :)
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Level 70
Apr 1, 2022
nahhh
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Level 60
Nov 19, 2022
It’s in three of these April Fools quizzes, I doubt it’s unintentional
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Level 57
Apr 2, 2024
what misspelling everything on here is perfectly factual
+4
Level 80
Dec 3, 2021
Papua New Guinea is easily the closest country to Australia. New Zealand is much further away.
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Level 76
Dec 3, 2021
And it begins....from a level 76 player too
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Level 66
Dec 4, 2021
Shortest distance between Australia and PNG is 5km. Shortest distance between NZ and Australia is 1,700km.
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Level 75
Dec 6, 2021
Sorry to explain the joke, but I believe it's that many people think of NZ and Australia as two sister nations that are the only countries in that area of the world and don't think of PNG, which is acutally much, much closer to Australia.
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Level 61
Feb 10, 2022
Or your the one being played...
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Level 60
Apr 1, 2022
He's level 77 now
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Level 75
Apr 4, 2024
now 80
+39
Level 78
Dec 3, 2021
What crow do you know that would fly from Papua New Guinea to Australia. Read the question!
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Level 76
Dec 4, 2021
Torresian crow might
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Level 78
Dec 5, 2021
Due to Coronavirus restrictions crows can't fly direct from PNG or the Solomon Islands to Australia. They must quarantine for two weeks in Vanuatu. So, as the Crow flies, the nearest place to Australia is New Caledonia which is part of France. Therefore New Zealand is the right answer because it's wrong. I hope this clears up the point now.
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Level 69
May 8, 2024
Are you talking about crownavirus?
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Level 77
Dec 6, 2021
What do you mean...an African or a European crow?
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Level 66
Apr 1, 2022
This would be easy for a Torresian crow
+11
Level 67
Apr 1, 2022
Russel Crowe
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Level 66
Apr 2, 2022
Laden or unladen Crowe?
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Level 60
Nov 19, 2022
New Caledonia has freakishly smart crows
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Level 83
Dec 5, 2021
April 1 has come early.
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Level 46
Apr 1, 2022
April Fools
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Level 58
Apr 1, 2022
I hate JetPunk comments

IT LITERALLY SAYS APRIL FOOLS IN THE TITLE

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Level 77
Dec 3, 2021
It is funy because Tesla was not Croatian :D :D :D :D
+19
Level ∞
Dec 3, 2021
Ummm.. he was born in Smilodon which, last time I checked, was in Croatia. So therefore Tesla is Croatian.
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Level 95
Dec 6, 2021
Umm, born to a Serbian mother and a Serbian father, an Orthodox priest, in 1856 in Smiljan, a city part of the Austrian empire. IF anything, he was Serbian-American but Croatian he was not.
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Level 90
Dec 6, 2021
So Einstein is German inventor.
+10
Level 79
Dec 14, 2021
Famously, an inventor with giant, sharp teeth.
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Level 90
Dec 3, 2021
Tesla is generally considered to be Serbian, but the town he was born in was in the Austrian Empire at the time of his birth, and is in what is now Croatia. But he was really American, because that's where he died, and where he started his electric car company.
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Level 82
Dec 4, 2021
I don't think where you die determines your nationality. We don't speak of the famous Frenchman and victor of Agincourt, Henry V, or the American revolutionary Alexander Kerensky, or the great St Helenian, Napoleon Bonaparte.
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Level 90
Apr 1, 2022
But Tesla is American. It was founded in Texas.
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Level 82
Dec 15, 2021
Serb born and raised in Croatia
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Level 38
Apr 1, 2022
Says the guy who’s level 69
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Level 82
Apr 1, 2022
He also wasn't Serbian. Though don't tell that to a Serb. They put him on their money and name airports after him even though he only ever spent 31 hours in Belgrade, as they've got nobody else apparently to feel proud of. "Ethnically" "Serbian," but born before Serbia existed, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, on land that is today Croatia, Tesla migrated to the United States at an early age, gained US citizenship, which following the dissolution of the Austo-Hungarian Empire was the only citizenship he had until his death in 1943, several decades before Serbia declared independence from Yugoslavia.
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Level 70
Apr 1, 2022
I think there's a tennis player that they're fairly proud of.....
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Level 82
Apr 1, 2022
then they should put him on their money.
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Level 56
Apr 4, 2022
says the person who can't spell funny correct
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Level 78
Dec 3, 2021
The Kuwait one made me laugh so much I fell off my chair. Presumably Qatar was named by someone with a cold
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Level 89
Dec 4, 2021
In Europe, at least, Kuwait Petroleum International sells car fuel under the brand name Q8. :-)
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Level 85
Apr 1, 2022
I always thought Qatar was named after somebody named Carter from Boston.
+6
Level 78
Dec 3, 2021
And also this April-Fools-Quiz had one answer I really held as true until today (the Carthage-question). I learned something, and I laughed a lot.
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Level 84
Dec 4, 2021
"section 420" - Toke me way too long to figure that one out.
+1
Level 86
Dec 4, 2021
I see what you did there.
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Level 72
Dec 4, 2021
Can someone explain the bleach one to me? I don't get it.
+14
Level 81
Dec 4, 2021
Trump was amazed that simple household cleaning products were reported to kill the Covid virus, so he jokingly wondered how can we get that into our veins. Since all the superior people hated Trump so much, they indignantly accused him of wanting to inject bleach into everyone.
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Level 71
Feb 26, 2022
Look up the exact quote. Better yet, watch the video. He said what he said no matter how you try to spin it. And it was not a joke either. He really is that dumb.
+9
Level 81
Apr 1, 2022
This is a freaking April Fool’s quiz. How about we don’t make it a political dispute
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Level 56
Apr 1, 2022
Jokingly??? hahahahaha you must have never heard Trump talk before
+14
Level 84
Dec 4, 2021
There was a press conference where Trump noted that sunlight and bleach kill coronavirus on surfaces and asked whether they could be used to kill the virus inside the body. He never actually mentioned injecting bleach, but injection or ingestion are really the only possible ways to go with the question that he asked.
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Level 75
Dec 6, 2021
That's how I remember it too. Disinfectant, not bleach. Not a big difference though. To be sure, I checked a video of the original press conference. Here's what he literally said, responding to a previous speaker: "Then I see the disinfectant, where is knocks it [the virus] out in a minute, one minute, and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning because you see it gets on the lungs and it does a tremendous number [along?], so it'd be interesting to check that, so you're gonna have to use medical doctors, but it sounds interesting to me."

So while he never advised people to inject bleach, he apparently thought injecting disinfectant to treat Covid is an "interesting" idea.

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Level 84
Dec 11, 2021
@MarcellDAvis: That's the quote we needed. I would delete my comment, except that it would delete yours.
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Level 82
Apr 1, 2022
Marcell: fortunately we don't even have to rely on memory because we've got things called video cameras and can go look for ourselves and see that, yes, this is exactly what Trump said. In other words, to paraphrase because the man is not capable of speaking in coherent English sentences, he absolutely was endorsing the injection of bleach into human bodies to kill the coronavirus. Though at least he did throw in, as an afterthought, that perhaps doctors should be involved. That hardly makes the comment less ridiculous. Or vindicates those who would try to smear others pointing out how ridiculous and dangerous it was.
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Level 70
Apr 1, 2022
At least he had the sense to suggest using "medical doctors" as opposed to those well-meaning but less medically trained doctors of philosophy!
+39
Level ∞
Dec 5, 2021
It comes from a press conference in which Donald Trump said "Fellow Americans, we can defeat coronavirus. Go under your sink, find some bleach, and drink it." So many of his followers died that he lost his reelection campaign.
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Level 83
Dec 5, 2021
Didn't the Russians make him say "bleach"?
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Level ∞
Jan 7, 2022
Russia is actual the primary country in which bleach is mined. Once you understand that fact, everything makes sense.
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Level 76
Apr 8, 2022
Yeah, this one is just wrong. The fact that he didn't literally, explicitly say "go inject bleach" doesn't mean he didn't say it. Context and implicit meaning are things that exist. At the very least he strongly suggested it could work to cure the virus.
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Level 85
Dec 4, 2021
Easy and fun, as always! Only one I missed was the city "destroyed by the Romans" - had never heard that tale.

Maybe the next quiz in the series should have a question about QM only releasing April Fool's quizzes on April 1st?

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Level 75
Dec 8, 2021
Only didn't get the tetanus one - I had no idea people thought it was specifically rust that caused it, I just thought it was "old & dirty stuff".
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Level 53
Apr 3, 2024
I thought it was rust, I have no idea what tetanus is actually caused by.
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Level 67
Dec 13, 2021
I'll be honest I saw nothing wrong with the Notre Dame question! Totally thought it was completely gone.
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Level 78
Apr 1, 2022
Happily not. Saw it last year and was pleasantly surprised by how much has survived despite the alarming pictures which we all saw.
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Level 69
Dec 20, 2021
I like how many desserts appear in these quizzes...

Makes me crave some sugary, sweet deserts!

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Level 37
Dec 21, 2021
least played quizmaster quiz
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Level 65
Jan 7, 2022
Tetanus is caused by a bacterium not by rust.
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Level ∞
Jan 7, 2022
Then why do you have to get a tetanus shot after stepping on a rusty nail? Checkmate.
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Level 77
Jan 28, 2022
So glad you pointed out the one, lone question in this quiz that contained an error.
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Level 68
Jan 11, 2022
This is a comment, i think its my first one
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Level 65
Apr 1, 2022
Congrats
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Level 38
Apr 1, 2022
I made my first comment a few weeks ago
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Level 74
Apr 1, 2022
What about your comment on this quiz?
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Level 65
Apr 19, 2022
im very disappointed in this missed opportunity
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Level 59
Apr 1, 2022
As the crow flies means direct path, and there at least 3 countries closer to Australia than New Zealand: PNG, timor-Leste, and Indonesia. Loved all the others, but don't get the fact or joke in this one.
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Level 68
Apr 1, 2022
You’re right - in an April Fools’ Day quiz full of inaccuracies, stating that PNG is the closest country to Australia would fit in much better.
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Level 60
Apr 1, 2022
Did ya’ll know travel sites we’re all created to copy JetPunk?
+3
Level 90
Apr 1, 2022
First comment!
+1
Level 38
Apr 1, 2022
Why’d it accept Afghanistan for the Iraq question?
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Level 38
Apr 1, 2022
Btw I like this quiz
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Level 44
Apr 1, 2022
someone is a left wing propaganda machine lmao make it more obvious why dont you bringing flipping politics into a quiz site
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Level 65
Apr 1, 2022
Do you realize that none of the answers are 100% factual...on April Fool's Day? You gotta put 2 and 2 together
+1
Level 44
Apr 1, 2022
i dont get it what is the point of this quiz
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Level 81
Apr 1, 2022
The point is to teach you as much completely factual information about the world as possible in one quiz.
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Level 73
Apr 1, 2022
I admit to falling for a bunch of these. What's clever about this quiz is that there is enough in here that either has never been debunked for me or fell into my confirmation bias that it took me waaay too long to get the joke. Nicely done
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Level 57
Apr 1, 2022
Too U.S. centric

April Fool's

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Level 72
Apr 1, 2022
It's always fun reading the comments on these types of quizzes.
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Level 41
Apr 1, 2022
France is actually closer to Australia as the crow flies, if you consider the famed Kerguelen crow that flew 4,276km in the Malagasy Heptathlon on August 34, 2007
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Level 56
Apr 1, 2022
i love how i typed in afghanistan and it worked for iraq
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Level 32
Apr 2, 2022
Yo but like Tesla didn't "invent" stuff, the guy started the electric car company. I think you mean Elon Musk invented the first teleportation device. Also everyone knows that New Zealand doesn't exist. Come on now get your facts straight.
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Level 84
Apr 2, 2022
Elon Musk couldn't invent his way out of a paper sack. He bought the right to call himself the inventor of the first teleportation device from Tesla.
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Level 69
Apr 2, 2022
These people that lie about Trump are so dumb. Never ever said to inject bleach. If you don’t want him back as prez with what Biden has done to this country then TDS is a REAL psychological disorder.
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Level 67
Apr 3, 2022
He mused about injecting bleach.

How you want to react to that is up to you.

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Level 70
Apr 3, 2022
Agreed, and I can personally sympathise. People who don't want me to be president of the United States are mentally ill as well.
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Level 60
Apr 4, 2022
Please don’t turn this quiz into a political argument
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Level 82
Aug 13, 2022
Sometimes reading through comments I start to feel like we should give eugenics another look.
+1
Level 65
Apr 2, 2022
You don't want to know the first answer that came to mind when I saw lockjaw
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Level 67
Apr 3, 2022
Well now you have to tell us.
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Level 56
Apr 4, 2022
mmmm, sandy dessert.
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Level 30
Apr 5, 2022
I typed in Afghanistan and got Iraq. Well, technically, I'm not mad.
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Level 75
Feb 8, 2023
A better phrasing this long after the event might be:

Which famous Parisian landmark was completely destroyed in a fire in 2019? _____ ____ Cathedral