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
First submittedJanuary 11, 2021
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1. Swum from Australia to New Zealand, or vice versa
Yes
No
2. Went 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
Yes
No
In 2019, there were 47 boys named Lucifer born in the United States
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Level 82
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 72
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 83
Jan 13, 2021
bollocks
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Level 74
Apr 7, 2021
I think this is my favourite of all of your comments. More like this please.
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Level 81
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 56
Jan 13, 2021
Excellent use of the British vernacular by kalbahamut there.
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Level 81
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 74
Jan 26, 2021
Let alone the question of why one would throw a bullet in the first place...
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Level 50
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 77
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 72
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 77
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 71
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 66
Jan 26, 2021
While we're at it: "has anyone gone over Niagara Falls".
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Level 74
Jan 26, 2021
I believe it is "has anyone been goaded over Niagara Falls?"
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Level 78
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 71
Jan 13, 2021
With this question - and explanation - I think QM is highlighting that many people lie...
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Level ∞
Jan 13, 2021
No, I'm not. People have definitely done it. It's hard, but it's not that hard. You could probably do it if you wanted to.
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Level 55
Jan 13, 2021
Good luck to those who try. You will need it most in Somalia, South Sudan, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan
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Level 60
Jan 13, 2021
The question does not specify that it has to be done by a JetPunk member. More likely than not, most if not all JetPunk members with all 196 listed as visited are lying, but there have been people in the world that have done it.
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Level ∞
Jan 26, 2021
To be clear this is not based on self-reported JetPunk stats. I am not actually an idiot.
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Level 76
Jan 26, 2021
Could anyone provide an example of an individual who has visited the 196 countries?
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Level 44
Jan 26, 2021
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexis_Alford
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Level 65
Jan 26, 2021
It does seem a little far fetched. For someone 21 years old, from infancy to 21 they would have had to visit an average of 9 new countries each year. The cost alone would be astronomical. As one other user here has mentioned, there are numerous visa requirements, some of which take months to obtain. And then you also have the danger of visiting some less than friendly nations as well. I suppose it is possible, but hard to believe nonetheless.
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Level 71
Jan 26, 2021
It's apparently been verified - a woman whose family owned a travel agency in California, then financed herself via instagram & sponsorships etc, planning flights in advance, staying in cheap accommodation, not spending long in any one country. Massive achievement.

Only got to the DMZ in Korea though, so really it's 195/196...

A few others haven't been quite so well documented.

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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 76
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 45
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 71
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 45
Jan 27, 2022
🤔 To this day I’m still wondering
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Level 68
Jan 26, 2021
Of course the one I missed has the word "Jetpunk" in it.
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Level 76
Jan 26, 2021
For the 2nd question, it should be 'gone' instead of 'went'.
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Level 74
Jan 26, 2021
Ref. question 2: the past participle of go is gone. Therefore for the sake of consistency, gone should be used rather than went. To illustrate the point - you wouldn't say "Has anyone went over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survived?".
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Level 73
Jan 26, 2021
True. Unless you're from Newcastle, but then you also believe that your local football club is a "big club", so I suppose anything goes.
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Level 74
Apr 7, 2021
Ha ha, yes, I've heard Alan Shearer say "He shoulda went to the front post" and other similar gems!
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Level 66
Aug 18, 2022
You are absolutely right. But, to be fair, lots of people say or write 'I have went'. It drives me nuts.
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Level 83
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 72
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 54
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 32
Jan 26, 2021
"Swum between Australia and New Zealand" is surely a 'yes'.

If I go for a dip on the East Coast of Australia, I am swimming between Australia and New Zealand.

You may want to rephrase " Swum from Australia to New Zealand or vice versa"

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Level 22
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 68
Aug 31, 2021
Why’d you comment on this quiz instead of the super smash bros one?
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Level 67
Jan 26, 2021
The first question is misleading. I know noone has ever swum from Australia to New Zealand or vice versa. But in the water between New Zealand and Australia many people have swum.

I actually thought you did it on purpose to catch people out that immediately answer no one has ever done that! And in their haste and perhaps pride forget to read it properly.

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Level 77
Jan 26, 2021
Agree. I thought it was a trick question, sort of like when my dad used to ask my friends if they'd ever eaten ground hog. They would say, "No! Yuck, ick," thinking he meant groundhog or woodchuck. He'd laugh and point to the pork sausage on their plate and say, "Well, you're eating it now."
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Level ∞
Jan 26, 2021
We're never going to try to trick you on JetPunk by relying on some nitpicky word definition trick.

But I've changed the question so that people don't worry that we are.

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Level 32
Jan 26, 2021
Lucifer was such a demonic child.
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Level 52
Jan 26, 2021
I thought the "black hole" one could mean a dark hole.
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Level 54
Jan 26, 2021
I thought it was giving birth to baby octopuses .-.
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Level 58
Jan 27, 2021
I can't believe someone actually conquered Switzerland. And I can't believe it was France!
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Level 63
Jan 29, 2021
France isn't anyONE.
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Level 54
Feb 22, 2021
Oh, the poor saps who got the last one wrong.
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Level 58
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 72
May 6, 2022
Really? What was the person's name, pray tell?
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Level 48
Jul 2, 2022
Matt Damon did
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Level 63
Jun 3, 2021
15/15 of the first try!
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Level 50
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 47
Aug 11, 2021
Darn! Almost got a perfect score, but missed the Switzerland question. Oh well.
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Level 55
Jan 23, 2022
She should be called «the octopuss»
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Level 40
Feb 20, 2022
Did that guy visit North Korea?
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Level 44
Feb 23, 2022
It is possible to visit North Korea

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

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Level 72
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 45
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.