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Google What's the Difference? #1

Fill the blanks in these Google autocompletes that start with "What's the difference between".
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Last updated: July 28, 2021
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First submittedApril 25, 2014
Times taken69,336
Average score74.1%
Rating4.45
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What's the difference between ...
a Boat and a Ship
Cologne and Perfume
Cement and Concrete
Climate and Weather
Supper and Dinner
Ethics and Morals
Shia and Sunni
a Freckle and a Mole
a Sofa and a Couch
What's the difference between ...
a Simile and a Metaphor
a Warlock and a Wizard
a Tiara and a Crown
Manga and Anime
a Visa and a Passport
a Kilt and a Skirt
TNT and Dynamite
an Acid and a Base
an Asteroid and a Meteor
What's the difference between ...
a Rainforest and a Jungle
an Ox and a Cow
HIV and AIDS
a Levee and a Dam
a Hatchet and an Axe
Mass and Weight
a Quiz and a Test
a Cappuccino and a Latte
a Typhoon and a Hurricane
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Level 81
Apr 28, 2014
I probably did so well because I've googled so many of these myself...
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Level 22
Apr 28, 2014
i finished with 1:10 left
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Level 84
Apr 28, 2014
4:10 left, not too shabby
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Level 30
Jul 24, 2016
Same here! :-)
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Level 57
Apr 28, 2014
I was thinking Visa as in credit card. Couldn't think of anything but Mastercard or CapitalOne. I thought I missed some American credit card. Maybe you can replace it with a more straight forward question like what's the difference between a donkey and a mule, or a pig and a boar.
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Level 50
Apr 28, 2014
That was my first thought, too. I think it's because Visa is capitalized, which makes it look like a proper noun. (Similarly, I first thought "Cologne" was referring to the city in Germany.) No idea why this test has all the common nouns capitalized.
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Level 59
Apr 3, 2020
I tried typing Köln for a while lol
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Level 80
Apr 28, 2014
Visa and Passport was fairly straightforward to me. I don't think there is any need to make it even easier.
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Level 66
Apr 29, 2014
Agreed. I thought in Visa as a credit card or Cologne as the German city, but you realize the correct words.
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Level 51
Oct 30, 2020
I didn't think anyone would have to google that difference...
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Level 48
Jul 31, 2021
If you think searching the difference between 'visa and passport' is too ridiculous for a lot of people, you need to get outside more. For years I thought A1 sauce was America's HP.
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Level 81
Oct 1, 2021
@Swaraelia That would be a good entry :)
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Level 63
Jul 24, 2016
61% of people got it right, I can see how there'd be confusion but it doesn't need to be changed.
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Level 65
Dec 23, 2019
I got it right aswell (thought went do they mean mastercard? No, ah, passsport then.) I agree there is no need to replace the question, but also agree that there is no need for random capitalisation even if most people got it correct.

if there was a question like in which country lies Moskow, most people would get the answer, that doesnt mean the question is correct

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Level 49
Jun 3, 2023
Same
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Level 82
Apr 28, 2014
Good quiz. I finished all of them except for cement with nearly 4 minutes left though, then gave up because I couldn't think of anything. Two suggestions for type-ins: "morality" and "ax."
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Level 46
Dec 11, 2015
I agree, I tried morality too.
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Level ∞
Feb 20, 2016
That will work now
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Level 88
Jul 28, 2021
I still want to know the difference between ax and axe. I skipped it because I just assumed ax(e) wasn't the answer in any form.
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Level 31
Sep 14, 2021
Both are correct spellings, but apparently not according to this quiz.
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Level 26
Apr 28, 2014
this was one of my favorites. Still have no idea what a shia and sunni are.....
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Level 43
Apr 28, 2014
Shi'a and Sunni are the two branches of Islam.
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Level 92
Apr 28, 2014
...two *main* branches of Islam. There's also Sufi, Ibadi, and several others.
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Level 82
May 1, 2014
Ryanni is the best.
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Level 74
Jun 4, 2014
Nah, give me the Assassins any day...
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Level 37
Aug 1, 2021
Do you play crusader kings or is this a reference that works across multiple things?
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Level 66
Apr 28, 2014
Cologne/after shave, dusk/sundown, acid/alkali
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Level 88
Nov 23, 2018
It's what google suggests first, not a thesaurus.
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Level 79
Dec 23, 2019
Indeed.
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Level 36
Aug 20, 2020
In the UK it suggests Alkali so you are wrong. Base is the American term ffs.
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Level ∞
Jul 28, 2021
I bet it doesn't suggest "a alkali".
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Level 88
Jul 28, 2021
😄
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Level 69
Sep 26, 2021
It's actually possible, I've seen google slip up in grammar before. I haven't seen it mess up on Alkali, but I wouldn't be too surprised if it did.
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Level 65
Dec 23, 2019
I thought it would be Cologne/Köln and dusk/dawn.
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Level 76
Aug 2, 2020
I can see Cologne/Köln, but dusk and dawn are opposites of each other and certainly won't need the question "What's the difference?" You may look for them in a different quiz.
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Level 75
Sep 15, 2020
Doesn't matter if they're opposites, it just matters that people confuse them (cf acid/base).
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Level 65
Aug 1, 2021
If you're confused with the difference between dusk and dawn, you shouldn't be anywhere near a computer, far less Google.
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Level 16
Apr 28, 2014
fun quiz!
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Level 86
Apr 28, 2014
This was shockingly easy. 27/27 on the first try.
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Level 66
Apr 29, 2014
Didn't knew what Shia meant and I tried with "LaBeouf" just trying. Lol.
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Level 55
Jul 31, 2016
Haha! You should get credit just for spelling his last name correctly.
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Level 88
Nov 23, 2018
He will not divide us.
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Level 58
Apr 30, 2014
I spent way too long trying to understand why Koln, Mastercard and TBS weren't being accepted.
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Level 65
Mar 31, 2019
Yea koln and mastercard were my first tries aswel
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Level 90
Apr 30, 2014
I want to know the difference between a Shia and a Leboeuf.
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Level 55
Jul 31, 2016
Just do it!
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Level 88
Nov 23, 2018
One shuns pork, one was the quest of the old lady in the Wendy's commercials. "Where's le beouf?!"
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Level 36
Jul 9, 2014
I'm relieved to see I'm not the only one who instantly thought of Shia LaBeouf.
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Level 65
Jul 24, 2016
one of the more innovative and interesting seen on here for a while. thanks
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Level 33
Jul 24, 2016
You should accept bull for cow
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Level 90
Jul 8, 2020
That's bull. (took me 4 years to come up with this)
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Level 65
Jul 24, 2016
Cologne and _______: I tried Dusseldorf >_<
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Level 71
Jul 26, 2016
I even tried Remus for Rhombus :o)
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Level 65
Dec 23, 2019
That would be Rhombulus and Rebus ;)
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Level 65
Aug 16, 2016
For "Cologne and ______," I guessed Bonn...
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Level 95
Dec 4, 2017
I both want to and don't want to meet the many people who've asked these questions... this made me sad, so very sad...
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Level 44
Jan 31, 2018
How can anyone not know the difference between a visa and a passport?
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Level 82
Aug 1, 2018
There are probably at least a few billion people in the world who have never had either.
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Level 71
Sep 27, 2019
Yeah, last I read, under 40% of Americans hold a passport. I can't imagine never to have been outside your own country..
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Level 82
Dec 23, 2019
if your country was as huge and diverse as the United States you'd probably have an easier time imagining it. But that oft-cited 40-50% figure also includes Americans who had valid passports at one time in their lives, but whose passports have since expired, just fyi.

Still, that leaves about a hundred million people in the US alone who have never had a passport, with the majority of the rest living in places like India, China, Indonesia and Brazil.

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Level 56
Jun 5, 2020
The USA isn't very diverse though, is it, except in terms of landscape? There's more variation in 300 miles of Europe or Indo-China than in 1000 of the USA. I think the main reason is that most of the USA is so far from anywhere else that's substantially different, so many people can't afford to travel outside the country.
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Level 82
Sep 15, 2020
I know a lot of people who travel for nature and landscapes, and in terms of that, the US can't be beat. It's not really why I travel, but I know so many people who have spent their whole lives traveling and never left the United States because there is so much to see and do there.
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Level 82
Sep 26, 2021
Also I daresay there is a greater cultural difference between New Orleans and Miami (863 miles) than between Brest and Bordeaux (400 miles). The US is not as monolithic as some people think. But I find this belief present a lot in people who just aren't familiar. From the Chinese girl I met who didn't know they spoke different languages in Spain and Poland, to the French girl I talked to before who said that she thought China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand were all essentially the same. To this comment here.

I was referring mostly to geographic diversity, which there is more of in the USA than in the entire continent of Europe. But... the US has cultural diversity, too. New England, the deep South, Hawaii, the West coast, all pretty distinct from one another. Many different cities are quite distinct on their own, too. And the US has greater ethnic diversity than Europe even if the prevailing culture is more uniform.

But I agree that Americans should travel more.

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Level 66
Oct 6, 2021
I know, you'd be surprised by the social and cultural you get just moving states. Even going from the Deep South to the Midwest--which, granted, isn't the MOST of a difference--I found that people speak differently, treat each other differently, expect different behaviors, and have different social norms. The geography in my example isn't too different though; I'll admit that much.
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Level 48
Aug 1, 2018
I have had a passport but have only a vague idea what a visa might be. I did get the question right but have never had the need to know.
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Level 82
Nov 23, 2018
yeah there's also another several hundred million or so who have had passports, and traveled, but never had the need to apply for a visa because the places they traveled to didn't require them. Of the 61 countries I've been to I only needed visas for a handful, and some of them grant visas on arrival and you wouldn't even know the difference between it and an entry stamp unless you were paying attention.
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Level 65
Aug 3, 2021
A passport is more of a means of international identification, where applying for a visa is like requesting permission to visit nation. When I traveled to Brazil for business, I was required to obtain a visa from the Consulate there. One stipulation is that we had to explain what we were going to do while there and we also had to get the host company to prove why nobody in Brazil could do the work we were going to do. I also remembering something about having to get an invitation from the consulate first before we could apply for the Visa.

I also traveled to Costa Rica for business, and in that case all I needed was my passport.

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Level 31
Sep 14, 2021
You generally need a visa to work or study somewhere. I have a passport but needed a visa to move to Korea for the purpose of teaching here, and will need another one when I move to Australia to be with my fiance.

Anything that has to do with long-term residence, or moving more permanently to a country that is not your own, or visiting a country that does not have a travel agreement with your country, will require a visa.

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Level 82
Mar 19, 2022
depends on the strength of your passport, really. And where you wish to travel to.
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Level 37
Aug 1, 2021
I don't really understand what the difference is, because I'm not too sure what a visa is, so... there are probably many people like this, who kinda understand but not completely
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Level 56
Mar 31, 2019
alkali should be accepted for base as an alkali is a soluble base
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Level 62
Mar 31, 2019
No it shouldn't. Answers are based on Google autocompletes.
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Level 36
Aug 20, 2020
In the UK google DOES autocomplete it to alkali, not everyone is American...
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Level 68
Jul 28, 2021
I’m in UK and if I type ‘what is the difference between an acid and a’ - it comes up with base…

Base isn’t an American term, acids and bases are similar but two different terms…

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Level 37
Aug 1, 2021
For me, it goes alkali then base then other things
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Level 28
Jul 31, 2021
An alkali is an example of a base. A base is something that accepts H^+ ions, but that's not the definition of an alkali so they aren't the same thing
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Level 51
Apr 4, 2020
Its really sad people don't know the difference between a simile and a metaphor, a ox and a cow, and especially the diference between a rhoumbus and a square.
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Level 90
Jul 8, 2020
Or 'a' and 'an'.
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Level 37
Aug 1, 2021
You're an inspiration to us all - a true hero!
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Level 83
Jul 29, 2021
So you were born knowing all these differences?
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Level 37
Aug 1, 2021
Lots of people have never heard of an ox and would probably assume it's some sort of cow (they might think it's a male cow, but that would be a bull)
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Level 57
Jun 12, 2020
Kept trying Cologne as the Germany city... wondered why Ruhr, Düsseldorf, Essen, Bonn etc. weren’t working
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Level 65
Mar 17, 2021
Same! I went down to the comments to say: "Lol, I kept wondering why Dusseldorf wasn't working for Cologne".
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Level 60
Sep 15, 2020
This is one of the only quizzes that gets easier towards the end. Kinda weird, if you ask me, but that's an opinion. All of it is.
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Level 46
Mar 14, 2021
I spelt couch coach!
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Level 37
Aug 1, 2021
lol same. I have never needed to type coach using keyboard
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Level 60
Jul 28, 2021
I kept thinking Mass referred to the religious service instead of the obvious meaning...
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Level 37
Aug 1, 2021
for some mass the scientific side is less obvious than mass the religious side
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Level 84
Jul 29, 2021
The only one that took me several guesses was for warlock - tried witch, Wiccan, devil, demon, etc. - but eventually got wizard. Maybe it's due to me not being a Potterhead(?).
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Level 37
Aug 1, 2021
I seem to remember something about Wizards and Warlocks as some extra content something or other, probably in Warhammer or Magic the Gathering neither of which I play
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Level 76
Jul 29, 2021
Could you accept "Ax" as a type-in?
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Level 43
Jul 29, 2021
Almost got 26/27 because i kept reading “Simile” as “Smile”
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Level 72
Jul 31, 2021
Same. I tried frown, grin, smirk, laugh and then gave up
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Level 37
Aug 1, 2021
Could you decapitalise Cologne so we stop mistaking it for the German city, it didn't click with me that it meant the 'perfume' sort until I remembered a thing where someone misspelled cologne to be colon.
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Level 37
Aug 1, 2021
For those in the comments saying it should accept alkali, yes it certainly should I just checked it (UK). But there is a slight difference between a base and an alkali but I forget what.
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Level 37
Aug 1, 2021
I'm sorry but who spells axe as ax?!
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Level 88
Aug 10, 2021
It seems a number of folks on this site do, judging by the comments here, although it's apparently less common. You might be interested in checking out this short article on the topic.
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Level 47
Nov 8, 2021
I really thought that said smile
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Level 66
Jan 30, 2022
Could you add bull as a write-in for cow?
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Level 64
Jun 3, 2022
I spent about a minute guessing credit card companies before rereading the visa question.
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Level 53
Jul 1, 2022
Agree with many other people; I was typing Köln and Düsseldorf the whole time!
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Level 59
Sep 2, 2022
YESH! LEVEL 50! WOOT!
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Level 58
Jun 2, 2023
Could ax be accepted?