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Has Anyone Ever Done It #1

Try to guess whether anyone in history has ever done these remarkable, or remarkably stupid, things!
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Last updated: January 11, 2021
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1. Swum from Australia to New Zealand, or vice versa
Yes
No
2. Gone over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survived
Yes
No
It was first done in 1901 by a 63-year-old school teacher named Annie Edson Taylor
3. Recorded a hole-in-one on a par 5 hole in golf
Yes
No
It has happened at least 4 times
4. Fallen into a black hole
Yes
No
5. Conquered Switzerland
Yes
No
France conquered Switzerland in 1798 and renamed it the Helvetic Republic. Independence was restored in 1815.
6. Survived falling out of a plane without a parachute (at least 1000 meters off the ground)
Yes
No
7. Walked on Mars
Yes
No
No human has ever been to Mars
8. Stolen the Mona Lisa
Yes
No
It was stolen from Louvre in 1911. It wasn't brought back until 1914.
9. Visited all 196 official JetPunk countries
Yes
No
Many people have, some as young as 21 years old
10. Died in battle as King of England
Yes
No
The last one to do so was Richard III in 1485
11. Correctly predicted all the 64+ games in a college basketball "March Madness" bracket?
Yes
No
Warren Buffett has, in the past, offered a prize of $1 billion to anyone who could do it
12. Dodged a bullet. As in, seen a bullet coming at them, and deliberately moved to avoid it.
Yes
No
Mythbusters determined that this was not possible. Unless you're in the Matrix.
13. Received a full body transplant (below the neck) and survived?
Yes
No
14. Given birth to surviving octuplets
Yes
No
Nadya Suleman, known as the Octomom, did so in 2009
15. Named their child Lucifer
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No
As of 2022, there are 370 people named Lucifer in the United States
67 Comments
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Level 84
Jan 12, 2021
There's a joke-of-sorts about the last one (in Spanish, but quite understandable in English):

A Latin couple naming their twins Lucia Fernanda and Jesús Cristóbal, so, whenever they're fighting, they can say: "Lucifer! Jesucristo! Stop fighting!!"

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Level 77
Jan 13, 2021
I thought the last one to be a trap. Certainly "no" is the correct answer concerning the modern handguns, but I have understood that some old ones, like the Derringer 22 (seen often in the Western movies), actually shoot so slow bullets that they could be seen and avoided.
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Level 84
Jan 13, 2021
With the muzzle velocity of the Derringer you'd still need to be more than 30 meters away from the gun to even have enough time to start reaction to the bang. If you're 100m away you might get around half a second to move your body. That's very little to actively get out of the way of a bullet, but much more importantly even at 30m you wouldn't not be able to see and track such a small and fast object with your eye. Any movement would just be a guess based on the direction the gun is in. And the question specifically asks for seeing a bullet before avoiding it.
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Level 52
Aug 22, 2023
I wonder if anyone has ever seen a tracer round flying toward them from long range and successfully moved out of the way before it strikes. I could imagine a reasonable scenario (correct lighting, target facing shooter, target actively paying attention, very long range shot) where that could happen, but documentation and verification would be difficult. Makes you wonder....
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Level 83
Jan 13, 2021
The question doesn't say anything about guns. It just asks if anyone's ever seen a bullet coming and dodged it. I suspect that would be very doable (and probably has been done) with a hand-thrown bullet.
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Level 63
Jan 13, 2021
Why would one try to dodge a handthrown bullet? If it is not thrown off of a skyscraper, it will hardly reach a speed that will penetrate skin.
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Level 55
Jan 13, 2021
To not lose a Nerf Gun fightt
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Level 64
Aug 29, 2023
If someone threw a stone at you would you willingly stand still and let it hit your head?
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Level 74
Jan 26, 2021
Let alone the question of why one would throw a bullet in the first place...
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Level 64
Mar 28, 2022
There's an episode of Justified where Raylan Givens (the protagonist), trying to intimidate a bad guy, throws a bullet at him and then says "next one's coming faster".
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Level 81
Jan 13, 2021
Well here's a pedantic point: it should be "swum" not "swam". Swam is the preterite, swum the past participle.
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Level ∞
Jan 13, 2021
Fixed. Today I learned. I thought that swum was only used as the past participle.
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Level 70
Jan 26, 2021
In the same ballpark (& not seen in this quiz, but sadly in way too many places for this grammarian), it drives me nuts to see the misuse of "sunk"...it's incorrect to say "It sunk" & should be "It sank." "Sunk" is used w/a helping verb..."It was sunk..." or "It had sunk..." It's analogous to "They drank" & "They had drunk..."...which is what I need to do when I see too many grammatical errors. ; )
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Level 65
Jan 26, 2021
I hear "ran" and "run" used incorrectly all the time as well. For example, "I would have run that marathon." is the correct usage, but many instead say, "I would have ran that marathon." It drives me nuts.
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Level 75
Jan 26, 2021
Bobcat and ctleng, you are welcome to correct my grammar any time. I appreciate it when people take the time help me improve myself. (It's doubtful that I will remember it the next time the issue comes up, but there's always hope.)
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Level 75
Jan 26, 2021
Great line from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

- "Going into hyperspace in unpleasantly like being drunk."

- "What's so unpleasant about being drunk?"

- "Ask a glass of water."

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Level 79
Jan 13, 2021
>>"Many people have, some as young as 21 years old."

The logistics and visas required to do this make me doubt that everyone who has marked all countries as 'visited' has indeed been to all 196. Not saying it is not possible, but I think some folks may be fibbing.

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Level 55
Jan 13, 2021
Looks like purdue busted this guy, who was 48/48

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/03/29/gregg-nigls-perfect-ncaa-tournament-bracket-is-busted-all-way-th-place/

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Level 78
Jan 13, 2021
Got all right except the first question!!!
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Level 71
Jan 14, 2021
Straight line distance from the Island of Tasmania, Australia to New Zealand 1000 miles / 1600 km. ..... not counting tidal drift, wave direction, wind direction, etc. and not forgetting sharks.
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Level 49
Jan 27, 2022
I’m not sure if you said sharks as a joke or not. Because sharks rarely attack human beings let alone kill them. They would be the least of your worries swimming across the sea.
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Level 73
Jan 26, 2021
Darn, I misread it as someone giving birth to an Octopus lol
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Level 66
Jan 26, 2021
Don't leave us hanging. What did you answer?
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Level 49
Jan 27, 2022
🤔 To this day I’m still wondering
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Level 30
Apr 9, 2024
same
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Level 73
Jan 26, 2021
Of course the one I missed has the word "Jetpunk" in it.
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Level 78
Jan 26, 2021
For the 2nd question, it should be 'gone' instead of 'went'.
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Level 86
Jan 26, 2021
The king of England who died in battle was my Final Jeopardy question. Thankfully I got it right both there and here.
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Level 65
Jan 26, 2021
The odds of a perfect March Madness bracket are 1 in 2^63, or 1 in 9223372036854775808.
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Level 77
Jan 26, 2021
Of course, this assumes it's a completely random 50/50 chance for each match. Presumably some research and knowledge of the teams would cut those odds somewhat, as many games would have one outcome be more likely than the other.
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Level 57
Jan 26, 2021
I guessed every single one right on my first try. I have no idea how. Bring on the March Madness bracket!

(Jᴜsᴛ ᴋɪᴅᴅɪɴɢ...)

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Level 21
Jan 26, 2021
Quizmaster plz update your super smash bros ultimate quiz so that the DLC for smash ultimate are on it. This includes piranha plant, joker, hero, banjo & kazzoie, terry, Byleth, min min, Steve, and sephiroth
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Level 71
Aug 31, 2021
Why’d you comment on this quiz instead of the super smash bros one?
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Level 45
Jan 26, 2021
Lucifer was such a demonic child.
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Level 53
Jan 26, 2021
I thought the "black hole" one could mean a dark hole.
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Level 65
Jan 26, 2021
I thought it was giving birth to baby octopuses .-.
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Level 60
Jan 27, 2021
I can't believe someone actually conquered Switzerland. And I can't believe it was France!
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Level 55
Oct 27, 2022
I think it depends on the definition of "conquered"; they sued for peace and were granted peace. Did Napoleon actually physically conquered the swiss federation through a war of attrition and installed his own government, no.
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Level 62
Jan 29, 2021
France isn't anyONE.
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Level 58
Feb 22, 2021
Oh, the poor saps who got the last one wrong.
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Level 57
Apr 8, 2021
The bullet question is ridiculous!
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Level 57
Apr 11, 2021
This needs to be updated, we already walked on mars
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Level ∞
Feb 20, 2022
Wow. Remarkable that I never heard about the biggest news story in over 50 years.
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Level 77
May 6, 2022
Really? What was the person's name, pray tell?
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Level 47
Jul 2, 2022
Matt Damon did
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Level 68
Jun 3, 2021
15/15 of the first try!
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Level 54
Aug 11, 2021
What's a bullet though? Like does a rocket propelled grenade count as a bullet? And sure, while the Mythbusters proved you can't see a bullet that's already been fired, what about seeing that a bullet is about to be fired and consequently dodging it? Shouldn't that count?
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Level 53
Aug 19, 2023
yeah, the bullet question is BS. even very fast bullets, like from an AR-15, can be dodged from far away. if you were shot at from 500 yards away, which is a long shot, but not that long, youd have half a second from seeing the muzzle flash to ducking behind cover. and considering that the military often uses tracer rounds, im sure that many people have dodged bullets they saw coming toward them during wars. we fired tens of millions of bullets in vietnam and afghanistan and iraq--some from 1000+ yards from the target.
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Level 46
Aug 11, 2021
Darn! Almost got a perfect score, but missed the Switzerland question. Oh well.
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Level 59
Jan 23, 2022
She should be called «the octopuss»
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Level 41
Feb 20, 2022
Did that guy visit North Korea?
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Level 59
Feb 23, 2022
It is possible to visit North Korea

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

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Level 76
Apr 30, 2022
That blows my mind that multiple people have been to every country. How does anyone have the time and savings to pull that off?
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Level 66
Aug 19, 2022
Assuming someone is independently wealthy, I wonder what the next limiting factors are. My guess is bureaucracy.

Even if you 'luxuriously' spent a week in every country, that's 3.77 years; which doesn't seem terrible.

There are @20 countries the size of Taiwan>Slovenia. Another @13 Kuwait>Palestine. Leaving 32 tiny ones- even the biggest Bahrain is about 1/2 the size of London or New York.

I could imagine spending a week in Singapore, Montenegro, maybe Bahrain. I'd imagine spending 12 weeks in the 12 smaller Oceania countries might be challenging. Maybe if you love people and small islands.

How many weeks do you need to split bt the 4 stans? Or Central America? The Caribbean?

Travel time probably isn't horrible if you're doing >5 adjacent countries at a time, just 'expensive'.

Some countries bar your entry if you've visited Israel. I'd imagine there are other flags like that (I'm thinking Libya, S Sudan, Afghanistan, etc.). I imagine that's the obstacle to overcome.

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Level 65
Jun 6, 2023
I'm confused why only 57% of people got the question about Australia and New Zealand right. The distance between the two countries is over 1500km (around 930 miles), and the longest distance ever swam is 'only' 250km (around 155 miles).
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Level 65
Jun 19, 2023
I'm confused by even less people thinking Switzerland has never been invaded. I got it correct! However i'm a history nerd so..
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Level 67
Aug 21, 2023
I'm sure many people don't know the distance between the two countries. Cuba and the US are only 90s miles apart. France and the UK are close enough to swim from one to the other. I'm sure the average Jetpunker knows Australia and New Zealand are next to each other, but as for whether there's 80 miles or 300 miles of water between them, I doubt the average person knows.
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Level 26
Aug 19, 2023
Seriously 43% of the people think someone can swim from Australia to New Zealand?

If you can swim from Aus to NZ, you can swim from Japan to the US

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Level 71
Aug 19, 2023
Bro it's literally been done.
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Level 67
Aug 19, 2023
Swimming between the US and Russia is probably easier, given how close some of those islands of Alaska are to Russia. Just find the right season. xD
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Level 68
Aug 22, 2023
Just this week on French TV, a rugby commentator claimed that many NZ players go to the Japanese league because of "geographical proximity". I mean, it's about 9 000 kilometers... Wouldn't be surprised if he thought the players could swin there!
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Level 71
Aug 19, 2023
Many people have actually swam from Australia to NZ/vice versa. Trent Grimsey.

Might want to specify if its to the mainland of Australia in the quiz.

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Level 39
Aug 19, 2023
im surprised no one has ever dodged a bullet, theres gotta be someone either smart or lucky to have done it
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Level 65
Aug 19, 2023
I guess it means starting still, having someone shoot at you with a real bullet then only starting to dodge after it's fired, not having bullets miss you while you were already moving.

First you'd need someone stupid enough to even try, then with fast enough reflexes and accelerating fast enough to get out of the way. At long ranges where you might have the time, you might not know a bullet is coming at you as long-range bullets are supersonic.

Anyway, don't even try...

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Level 21
Aug 19, 2023
I think it's supposed 2 be swam for the first question.

15/15 1st try! Me happy :)

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Level 65
Sep 1, 2023
Feeling sorry for the 4% of people who thought that someone had both walked on Mars and fallen into a black hole....
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Level 52
Feb 20, 2024
Only missed the king of england one, kills me seeing the percentage who got it right.