Has Anyone Ever Done It #3

Try to guess whether anyone in history has ever done these remarkable, or remarkably stupid, things!
Nitpicker alert: Feel free to add the words "that we know of" to every question
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Last updated: June 23, 2021
First submittedJune 23, 2021
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1. Died on the moon?
Yes
No
2. Survived with essentially no food for more than one year?
Yes
No
Angus Barbieri fasted for 382 days, losing 125kg (275 lbs) in the process
3. Found Amelia Earhart's plane or body?
Yes
No
4. Shot the pope?
Yes
No
Pope John Paul II was shot four times in 1981, but survived
5. Been cured of Muscular Dystrophy?
Yes
No
6. Hit a golf ball on the moon?
Yes
No
7. Been eaten by a crocodile?
Yes
No
It is estimated that crocodiles kill about 1000 people annually
8. Been more than 3 meters tall? (9 feet, 10 inches)
Yes
No
Robert Wadlow holds the record at 2.72 meters. (8 feet, 11 inches)
9. Served more than 2 terms as U.S. President?
Yes
No
Franklin D. Roosevelt served more than 3 whole terms. This would no longer be possible because of term limits.
10. Set foot on the South Pole and the North Pole in the same day?
Yes
No
11. Sent a message back in time?
Yes
No
12. Been a native speaker of Esperanto?
Yes
No
There are about 1000 native speakers of Esperanto including, possibly, George Soros
13. Deliberately crashed two trains into each other and sold tickets?
Yes
No
The first to occur was in Texas in 1896. More than 40,000 people showed up to watch. Two died and many were injured by debris.
14. Landed a helicopter on the summit of Mount Everest?
Yes
No
15. Survived not breathing for 30 minutes?
Yes
No
There are numerous stories of people being trapped underwater for more than 30 minutes and later being revived
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Level 72
Jun 25, 2021
20% of people who took this quiz thought that a person has sent a message BACK IN TIME?? Wow.
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Level 71
Jun 25, 2021
I often fall for those ridiculous ones, somehow convincing myself that maybe a particle physicist at CERN set something up to detect a wave a trillionth of a second before it whatever or something.

This time I told myself not to think about them too much and only got a couple of non-ridiculous ones wrong.

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Level 58
Aug 11, 2021
Maybe if they sent it from Australia to the US it kind of went back in time.
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Level 63
Aug 11, 2021
Yeah I thought it might be a trick question due to some technicality with the international dateline.
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Level 50
Aug 11, 2021
I didn't fall for it, but I thought it might have something to do with time dilation; some people on the ISS or something might have sent a message which technically depending on your definitions could have been considered sending one backwards in time.
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Level 68
Aug 11, 2021
That's right. CERN isn't involved with anything like that at all.
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Level 50
Mar 29, 2022
I over thought it and thought writing a message an hour before the clocks go back might count as going back in time. Maybe the Quizmaster should clarify that changing timezones doesn't count? If I was the only idiot to think it then it wouldn't be necessary but the percentage suggests others had similar reasoning.

I guess time dilation technically could be viewed as going back in time as well and we've proved that's real. I wouldn't count that as time travel though since really what's happened is that you've aged slightly faster than everyone else, so when time returns to normal you've experienced a couple of seconds more than everyone else has.

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Level 76
Aug 11, 2021
Including me. I thought it had something to do with the International Date Line.
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Level 41
Aug 11, 2021
Yes. I have sent messages that the recipient received the day before I sent it due to the "time" being different in other parts of the world.

It depends on your interpretation of "time".

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Level 69
Aug 11, 2021
I vaguely remember watching something about quantum entanglement and that it allows an information to be received by one atom before it has been sent by another or something like that.

Didn't think more than half a second about the question and just chose "yes" based on that connotation.

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Level 56
Aug 11, 2021
Hold on, I always thought helicopters couldn't fly above Camp two? And here or says one landed on the summit
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Level 44
Aug 11, 2021
If you send a message in Alabama @ 10 AM to someone in Mississippi, they will receive it @ 9 AM. Just saying
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Level 47
Aug 15, 2021
@timbosmithers very true
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Level 42
May 12, 2022
Scientists have observed that if we looked back at the earth from the outer edges of space, we could see it back in time. (Or something like that, that i read)

So my logic was if we shot light back to us from a satelight would it be considered going back through time?

I know it sounds stupid. But my reasoning was there

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Level 66
Jun 4, 2022
I said no, because I was thinking they definitely hadn't confirmed, so it wouldn't count. But, I could see people thinkng, well they SENT it, it just didn't make it, or something like that.
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Level 52
Aug 7, 2022
It seemed ridiculous and obvious enough that I thought it might have been a trick question, and that by some unknown mechanism, it might have technically happened before.
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Level 71
Jun 25, 2021
"There are numerous stories of people being trapped underwater for more than 30 minutes and later being revived"

But are they more than just stories?

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Level ∞
Jun 25, 2021
Yes
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Level 71
Jun 25, 2021
Well that rather took the wind out of TheChosen's sails.
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Level 64
Aug 11, 2021
But has it been proven that they did not have air for those full 30 minutes.
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Level 54
Aug 14, 2021
I was trapped underwater for weeks to months at a time in the navy, and I still survived!
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Level 51
Jun 25, 2021
if I sent an email from Sydney, Australia at 4:10pm on May 12th to someone in Los Angeles, USA. they would receive it at 11:10pm on May 11th..... so I would be sending a message back in time :-)
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Level 67
Jun 25, 2021
This is actually how I perceived it as some sort of trick question. I believe Elton John had two birthdays by travelling back across the international date line
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Level 82
Jun 28, 2021
The Concorde flew faster than the Earth turns, so you could leave Paris at 10:30 am and arrive in New York at 8:25 am.
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Level ∞
Jul 2, 2021
Yeah, well Superman flew around the Earth really fast and made time itself go backwards. So there.
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Level 82
Jul 4, 2021
Touché.
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Level 75
Aug 11, 2021
My roommate in college flew from Cleveland to Chicago. He left Cleveland at 8:58am and arrived in Chicago at 8:55am.
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Level 86
Jun 25, 2021
Someone did land a helicopter on the summit of the Everest. There is even video of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXNXSvnCtKA

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

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Level ∞
Jun 25, 2021
Wow. I stand corrected. I swear that I did Google this before making the quiz.
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Level 74
Jun 25, 2021
Wow. Just wow.
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Level 74
Aug 11, 2021
To me, "landing" means touching down with the full landing gear, and ideally getting off the helicopter, stand outside and (optionally) have your celebration drink there before heading back. But here, it looks to me like the landing involved just touching the summit with the front of one of the runners. Not sure if I would recognize that as successful landing.
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Level 54
Aug 14, 2021
I agree. If you can’t land the aircraft without its own force keeping it stable, then it’s not a landing
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Level 74
Jun 25, 2021
How can someone be a "native speaker" of Esperanto?
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Level 67
Jun 28, 2021
By being taught that language first I guess.
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Level 59
Jul 2, 2021
Yes. I'd like an expansion on this one by the quizmaster.
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Level ∞
Jul 2, 2021
Parents who are really, really into Esperanto raise their kids to speak it as a first language by speaking Esperanto at home to the exclusion of other languages.
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Level 67
Aug 11, 2021
I wonder if any parents have taught their child Elvish language (Middle-Earth) as a first language?
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Level 68
Aug 12, 2021
@kiwiquizzer

No but I have heard of an attempt with Klingon. I can't found the citation. http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/08/a-man-once-tried-to-raise-his-son-as-a-native-speaker-in-klingon/

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Level 59
Aug 11, 2021
There used to be a small country called Neutral Moresnet where Esperanto was official and a quarter of the people spoke it. It's not unlikely that at least one person raised their kid in Esperanto (and another language).
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Level 85
Aug 25, 2021
Today I learned about Neutral Moresnet; had never heard of it before. Interesting, thanks for mentioning it!
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Level 75
Aug 11, 2021
You could also be raised as bi- or tri-lingual if you are taught two or more languages at the same time. Say you have a Hungarian father and a Russian mother who don't really speak each other's language but can speak Esperanto to each other. You could be raised to speak Hungarian, Russian, and Esperanto at the same time. I have a couple friends who were raised speaking Slovenian or Serbian at home, English in public, and either Italian or German since they got Italian and/or Austrian TV and radio stations.
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Level 90
Jun 26, 2021
Wait a minute - I believe that Hawk Hawkins died on the moon after saving the other space cowboys and maybe the earth.
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Level 69
Aug 11, 2021
#6 should have an explanation like the other true ones - i’d love to hear more about who hit a golf ball on the moon!
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Level 82
Aug 11, 2021
Alan Shepard did it in 1971, during the Apollo 14 mission. There's video...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_jYOubJmfM

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Level 61
Aug 11, 2021
You know google is a thing, right?
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Level 57
Aug 11, 2021
What if someone died on the moon but it is covered up?
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Level 54
Aug 11, 2021
Read the caveats before nitpicking. 'Feel free to add the words "that we know of" to every question'
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Level 70
Oct 4, 2021
Yeah. What if that did happen? How many hundreds (or even thousands) of people would be required to keep quiet about it (not least the family of whatever poor sod croaked)? Too many, I’d venture…
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Level 63
Aug 11, 2021
15/15 on the first try!
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Level 58
Aug 11, 2021
Good quiz idea QM - pretty original. It's got me thinking about a practical way to get one's private jet/seaplane from the South to North pole in under 24 hours; it should be possible, I guess? (I got that one wrong.)
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Level 82
Aug 11, 2021
It's actually quite likely that Amelia Earhart's body was found, but those who found it didn't correctly identify her remains and discarded them, preventing DNA analysis. Washington Post article
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Level 67
Aug 12, 2021
Yes, that is such an interesting mystery.
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Level 74
Aug 11, 2021
12/15 - my standard result in multiple-choice quizzes, it would seem.
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Level 40
Aug 11, 2021
How can you play golf on the moon when we have not been to the moon
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Level 72
Aug 11, 2021
You can't! Luckily, humans HAVE been the Moon, which made it much easier.
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Level 82
Aug 11, 2021
Keep reading your history book until you get to 1969.
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Level 59
Aug 11, 2021
13/15, missed muscular dystrophy and the height one.
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Level 60
Aug 12, 2021
How can you be a native speaker of a man made language that is not spoken in any country ?
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Level 49
Aug 12, 2021
define back in time. i thought it would be like sending a message from japan to canada fast, so that its earlier in canada than in japan
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Level 50
Aug 14, 2021
Nice quiz. About question number 8: Giant of Castelnau was 3,5 meters tall. That's why I said yes.

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

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Level 36
Aug 14, 2021
I interpreted the crocodile one as killing being different from eating? Same way that usually pythons and anacondas kill people but then don't really eat them cause they can't.

I think it might be harder to find an accurate stat of who's been actually eaten instead of fatally injured, but it would make more sense imo.

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Level 51
Sep 29, 2021
The south and north pole one just sounded so ridiculous that i knew it was right by some stupid technicality.

I was wrong

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Level 31
Jul 25, 2022
if you are revived you were dead so did you really survive