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German Inventions

Based on the clues, name these German inventions and discoveries.
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First submittedMay 10, 2014
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Clue
Answer
Karl Benz's invention
Automobile
Workers of the world, unite!
Communism
Closest relatives of Homo sapiens
Neanderthals
Addictive derivative of coca leaves
Cocaine
Place to grow bacteria
Petri Dish
Place to store your 5 year old
Kindergarten
Branch of mathematics simultaneously
invented by Newton and Leibniz
Calculus
Addictive pain relief medication
Morphine
The furthest planet in the solar system
Neptune
Polka instrument with bellows
Accordion
Clue
Answer
Way to see inside the body
X-Ray
Tannenbaum
Christmas Tree
Springtime holiday mascot
Easter Bunny
Fahrenheit's invention
Thermometer
Rigid dirigible
Zeppelin
Pain reliever synthesized by Bayer
Aspirin
Ursine candy
Gummy Bear
Hovering aircraft
Helicopter
Magnetic way to record sound
Tape Recorder
Einstein's theory of space-time
Relativity
90 Comments
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Level 78
May 12, 2014
How about Cassette Player for Tape Recorder? Or was the German invention the device that you put on a table to record conversations in boardrooms or prison interrogations? If that is the case, the clue is really misleading since CDs were never really used for that purpose.
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Level ∞
May 12, 2014
Germans didn't invent cassette tapes, just magnetic tape as a way to record sound. I fixed the clue .
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Level 83
Jul 16, 2014
I eventually got it, but "audio tape" seems like a reasonable answer to accept.
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Level 69
Jul 20, 2019
I’m with the lemur on this one: I immediately put “audiotape”. When they invented the tape recorder, they would have had to have simultaneously invent audiotape too, or it would have been a pretty useless invention, no? On the other hand, I immediately and logically was about to try “tape recording”, and then was surprised when it just took “tape”…🤷🏻‍♀️
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Level ∞
Feb 24, 2020
Audio tape will work now.
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Level 42
Apr 23, 2020
Wouldn't it have been the other way around, someone first found a way to record sound onto tape and then a way to play it back? Or you'd have to be working on both simultaneously.
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Level 31
May 20, 2014
Can you accept Oven/ Cupboard/ Closet etc. for 5 year old? I was trying different answers for ages..
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Level 57
Jun 3, 2014
Kindergarten is more school than a place to "store" a 5 year old. A daycare is a place to store a 5 year old. I think Kindergarten is an educational requirement. A daycare is more where you drop them off and someone takes care of them, which is more in line with the word "store". Maybe reword the clue to "A school for 5 year olds" or something.
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Level 47
Jun 5, 2014
Do not store living things anywhere if you do so they tend to becom non-living, especially if you forget to make airholes.
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Level 50
Jul 14, 2014
It's a joke! Geez!
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Level 66
Jun 9, 2015
Yeah, really.
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Level 85
May 1, 2017
So a non-helpful, somewhat misleading clue is okay as long as it's intention was to get yucks?
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Level 65
Apr 24, 2020
It may be a joke, but the clue is kind of useless. The clue should mention something about education.
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Level 76
Sep 3, 2020
The current 71% on the answer says the majority of quizzers got it, which means the clue serves it purpose. Some people these days are so literal minded. -__-
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Level 80
Aug 10, 2019
In Germany, a Kindergarten actually is "where you drop them off and someone takes care of them," and it's for ages 3 through 5, sometimes 6. Some education is often involved (not always), but no actual schooling. It's not the Germans' fault that the Americans use the word slightly differently.
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Level 61
Apr 22, 2020
Are you free on Friday? I'm having a party but I'm afraid it might be boring.
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Level 80
Oct 23, 2023
My god man lol
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Level 84
Jun 3, 2014
Was the helicopter not invented by Igor Sikorsky, a Russian?
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Level 61
May 19, 2017
It WAS invented by Igor Sikorsky, a Russian, in America. No idea how Germany factors into this at all...
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Level 48
Jun 16, 2018
Nope it WASNT invented by him. Helicopter existed long before WW2.There had been helicopters in the 19th century but they couldnt fly for a long time. The first helicopters to see the production line were the fa223 and the fl 282 and later the sirkorsky r-4
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Level ∞
Feb 24, 2020
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke-Wulf_Fw_61

The Focke-Wulf Fw 61 is often considered the first practical, functional helicopter, first flown in 1936.

Guys, this isn't hard to look up.

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Level 80
Jun 3, 2014
It's spelled Tannenbaum - which, strictly speaking, means fir tree. Christmas tree would be Weihnachtsbaum! And it may be wrong to say the Christmas tree was invented by Germans. More likely, it was invented IN Germany by foreign monks who used the pagan tree of life symbolically to help make conversion to Christianity more palatable to the heathens ;-)
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Level ∞
Jun 3, 2014
Fixed the spelling
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Level 74
Apr 23, 2020
I prefer Christbaum, but that's Bavarian German
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Level 69
Jun 3, 2014
Isn't Uranus the furthest planet?
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Level 68
Jun 3, 2014
Um, no.
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Level 69
Jun 3, 2014
It's the closest black hole though.
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Level 66
Oct 28, 2014
No, but Pluto is.
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Level 80
Apr 23, 2020
Not anymore.
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Level 55
Jun 5, 2014
I'm not American or German, consequently "Tannenbaum" as a clue meant absolutely nothing to me. You might want to put a more generally meaningful clue for that one.
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Level 70
Aug 8, 2018
I am American and had no clue what a Tannenbaum is. All I could think of was Wes Anderson and red track suits. Sometimes you just don't know stuff.
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Level 70
Apr 22, 2020
If we all knew everything there would be no Jetpunk and no learning ... good isn't it.
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Level 65
Jun 11, 2014
Shouldn't the clue read "Device which records sound magenitcally," or something similar? The clue as it reads now suggests a method, not a device.
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Level 25
Jun 13, 2014
I have discovered that I can't spell anything
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Level 58
May 2, 2017
You seemed to do alright in that sentence...! ;-)
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Level 48
Oct 7, 2018
it's easy....A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G......
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Level 65
Jun 24, 2015
I tried theory of relativity and it didn't work. Just to let you know.
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Level 73
Nov 19, 2015
The Easter Bunny isn't associated with spring where I come from
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Level 86
May 1, 2017
The clue just says that Easter is a "springtime holiday", which it is...
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Level 65
May 1, 2017
Unless you're from Australia, or New Zealand, or anywhere south of the equator, in which case it really is not.
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Level 86
May 1, 2017
Well, Christianity is a mediterranean thing. Nobody knew about Australia or even the southern hemisphere when Easter was created.
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Level 70
Aug 8, 2018
Australia and New Zealand may have been terra incognita to Europeans in the 4th century but the Earth being spherical in shape was known centuries before that.
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Level 75
May 1, 2017
Röntgen Rays, please.
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Level 58
May 2, 2017
That's not what they're called in English - hardly anyone would have a clue what you were referring to if you did call them that.
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Level 70
Sep 6, 2019
I cant be bothered to look it up, but i have a suspicion that in non english speaking countries (or countries that have a strong english connection like india) more people would have something similar to röntgen than x-rays

ok i actually did go and look it up now. Of all the european languages, only 5 other languages use x-ray to describe the radiation type. So you are definitely wrong.

btw the english wiki article say x-rays, or röntgen rays. So not only would many people from other countries get what you mean, it is actually correct in english aswell.

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Level ∞
Feb 24, 2020
Röntgen will work now.
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Level 69
May 1, 2017
Better clue for kindergarten would be appreciated; it's distinguished from creches and other settings because of its educational nature.

Also for Christmas Tree; why use a limited cultural reference (I think that's what it is?) that doesn't even actually refer to Christmas trees?

Perhaps something else could be found for Easter Bunny; "springtime" doesn't do that great for anyone at the poles, at the equator or in the southern hemisphere without some mental calculation.

"Ursine" for gummy bear also seems rather contrived, given the difficulty is in the description rather than in the answer, which doesn't seem the point.

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Level 74
May 1, 2017
Accept different spellings of the drug names, like Morfin and Asprin?
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Level 86
May 1, 2017
Maybe you can accept "Easter rabbit"?
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Level 65
Jun 16, 2018
Yes please
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Level 89
May 1, 2017
I kept trying things like honey for 'ursine candy'. My brain was thinking candy FOR a bear, not candy shaped like a bear!
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Level 60
May 1, 2017
The Germans just narrowly missed out on inventing leprechauns or St Patrick.
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Level 76
May 1, 2017
Printing Press? It is THE most important German invention in my opinion
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Level 84
May 1, 2017
(Being picky) I understand that only Neanderthals were discovered in Germany, but the modern consensus is that Denisovans are as closely related to modern humans as they are (believed to be sister species). However, the clue implies that Neanderthals are out closest relatives in their own right.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denisovan

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Level 75
May 1, 2017
Back in my day, we had NINE planets....
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Level 70
Apr 22, 2020
You win some...... you lose some!
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Level 55
May 3, 2017
Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit was born in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and spent most of his life in the Dutch Republic.

Classifying his inventions as "German" is ridiculous.

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Level 73
Apr 22, 2020
He was born in Danzig(Gdansk), a city belonging to Poland-Lithuania but like most inhabitants of the city at the time his parents were ethnic germans. So it is certainly debatable wether he is German or Dutch or even Polish, but to call it "ridiculous" is ridiculous.
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Level 79
Apr 22, 2020
Straight from the Wikipedia article on Fahrenheit. "The Fahrenheits were a German Hanse merchant family...Fahrenheit's great-grandfather had lived in Rostock, and research suggests that the Fahrenheit family originated in Hildesheim." He is also listed on the 'List of German Inventors and Discoverers' Wikipedia page.
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Level 56
Apr 23, 2020
I would never trust Wikipedia for something like that! Lots of people want to claim famous inventors as their own, how ever thin the evidence
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Level 54
May 3, 2017
Printing Press?
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Level 38
Jun 4, 2017
Could you add more spellings of Zeppelin? I spelled it "zepplin" and got it wrong.
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Level 54
Jun 16, 2018
That's the correct way to spell it.
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Level 82
Aug 1, 2017
Heroin is a better answer for the Bayer question than aspirin, might want to make it more specific.
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Level 81
Apr 24, 2020
It also works for the addictive pain relief medication
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Level 54
Jun 16, 2018
What about Easter rabbit? Isn't it the same?
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Level 71
Jun 16, 2018
Place to store your 5 year old: CLOSET
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Level 75
Apr 22, 2020
Fridge
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Level 86
Jun 28, 2018
The exclusion of the printing press is a bit odd. To quote Wiki, "the invention and global spread of the printing press was one of the most influential events in the second millennium." Maybe QM didn't include it because movable-type printing was invented in China centuries earlier?
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Level 34
Oct 6, 2018
A large number of these were not invented in Germany or by Germans, while some of the answers are not even "inventions" or "discoveries." It was still easy to get 100% on the first try.
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Level 55
Aug 4, 2019
Please accept "neaderthal" for "neaderthals"!
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Level 70
Apr 22, 2020
It's neither.......... Neanderthals
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Level 26
Oct 28, 2019
You forgot:

the printing press

the globe

binary

the computer

rockets

heredity

radio waves

geiger counter

TV

wireless remote control

mp3-Format

airbag

chipcard

c-leg

screw-anchor

lightbulb

camera

periodic system

telefone

t-bag

and many more....

i feel so patriotic now

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Level 74
Apr 22, 2020
I think those are some good suggestions, which might be good substitutes for the drugs.
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Level 79
Apr 22, 2020
This quiz isn't exhaustive (which you know).
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Level 75
Apr 22, 2020
Chinese
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Level 74
Apr 22, 2020
I think it's a bad reflection on Germany to put two addictive hard drugs on this quiz. Furthermore, I find it grotesque to say that children are stored somewhere.
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Level 79
Apr 22, 2020
Not at all.
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Level 74
Apr 23, 2020
Are you saying that storing a person is a thought, that does not nauseate you? If you are only talking about the drug comment, I have sort of changed my mind, since it is simply a question of preference which things you add in a quiz like this. I would change the "store" hint to "a place where toddlers are taken care of".
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Level 79
Apr 26, 2020
In my opinion I find the 'stored' verb quite amusing, but not necessarily grotesque. I still immediately thought of Kindergarten as it is a German loan word (and I am currently studying German).
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Level 75
Apr 22, 2020
Lighten up!
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Level 74
Apr 23, 2020
I went to Kindergarten, and I don't want three years of my life to fall under the category "stored somewhere".
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Level 79
Apr 22, 2020
Could 'airship' be accepted for Zeppelin?
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Level 75
Apr 22, 2020
Neanderthals and Neptune were German inventions?! :p Nice quiz, I like finding out that I know more about a country than I thought :) One thing, I've often heard Gummy Bears being referred ot as simply "Haribo", I know it's the name of the company, but even so, if that's the sort of thing you accept then go for it.
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Level 79
Apr 22, 2020
Reed ze deskription.
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Level 80
Apr 22, 2020
The people who "invented" the christmas tree were in what is now the Baltic states of Estonia and Latvia, not Germany. German people then adopted it and popularised its use throughout Protestant northern Europe, but they didn't invent it.
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Level 73
Apr 22, 2020
Yup, don't associate Easter Bunny with Springtime at all as a Southern Hemispherean.
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Level 59
Apr 23, 2020
Temperature gauge for Thermometer?
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Level 21
Apr 23, 2020
How about the first Computer?
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Level 78
Dec 15, 2022
5/5 for the quiz. 2/5 for the title.