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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
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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? As in, literally back into the past, not some trick with time zones.
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
88 Comments
+27
Level 79
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 75
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 60
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 54
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 73
Aug 11, 2021
That's right. CERN isn't involved with anything like that at all.
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Level 64
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 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 65
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 41
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 67
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 58
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 46
Dec 16, 2023
When the astronauts on the moon sent messages back to earth they were actually sending them back in time due to time dilation. The moons gravity being less than the earth's.
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Level 62
Dec 18, 2023
But they're not actually sending a message back in time. It's just that more time had passed for them than for someone on Earth.
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Level 46
Feb 19, 2024
There's a difference between being eaten and being killed by a crocodile. Maybe someone got eaten by a crocodile (what I don't think), but even then the explanation is wrong anyway.

Also, I think Amelia Earheart's plane was found a few weeks ago, you could maybe update that

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Level 73
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 75
Jun 25, 2021
Well that rather took the wind out of TheChosen's sails.
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Level 66
Aug 11, 2021
But has it been proven that they did not have air for those full 30 minutes.
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Level ∞
Jul 26, 2023
Yes
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Level 52
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 87
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 75
Jun 25, 2021
Wow. Just wow.
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Level 77
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 52
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 66
Dec 16, 2023
I think all they care about is whether they can accomplish what they want/need to do. Here's a Chinook hovering with just the tail touching the ground, allowing for transfer of personnel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN-mki1fHkM

"2010, a stripped-down AS350 B3 rescued three Spanish alpinists, one at a time, from the slopes of Annapurna I at 6,900 m (22,640 ft); this set a new record for the highest such rescue. The record was increased to 7,800 m (25,590 ft), during the rescue of Sudarshan Gautam between Camps III & IV in Everest's Yellow Band on the morning of 20 May 2013"

You're not going to get a nice helipad-sized area every time.

I thought it was more interesting seeing the approach to the Everest landing. I thought they had to use the updraft adjacent to the mountain to climb.

But apparently, the Sikorsky CH54 (the familiar "Skycrane"), has the record for highest level-flight at 36,120ft. https://winair.ca/blog/ultimate-guide-helicopter-world-records-infographic/

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Level 66
Dec 16, 2023
(I have no idea how local weather conditions etc. change things)
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Level 75
Jun 25, 2021
How can someone be a "native speaker" of Esperanto?
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Level 69
Jun 28, 2021
By being taught that language first I guess.
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Level 58
Jul 2, 2021
Yes. I'd like an expansion on this one by the quizmaster.
+12
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 68
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 70
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 62
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 88
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 60
Dec 16, 2023
It doesn't seem to be a country but rather a neutral area. Your point still stands, though.
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Level 78
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 66
Dec 17, 2023
I agree. There is nation is which one can speak natively Esperanto with other nationals. If I live in the Germany and my Spanish parents teach me Spanish from birth, I am still not a native speaker, as I am not a native of Spain.
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Level 68
Dec 19, 2023
If it's your native language, you're a native speaker, regardless of where you were born. You're just not a native.
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Level 93
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 76
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 85
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 60
Aug 11, 2021
You know google is a thing, right?
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Level 67
Aug 11, 2021
What if someone died on the moon but it is covered up?
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Level 60
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 72
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 68
Aug 11, 2021
15/15 on the first try!
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Level 62
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 84
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 68
Aug 12, 2021
Yes, that is such an interesting mystery.
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Level 77
Aug 11, 2021
12/15 - my standard result in multiple-choice quizzes, it would seem.
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Level 46
Aug 11, 2021
How can you play golf on the moon when we have not been to the moon
+12
Level 77
Aug 11, 2021
You can't! Luckily, humans HAVE been the Moon, which made it much easier.
+15
Level 84
Aug 11, 2021
Keep reading your history book until you get to 1969.
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Level 67
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 68
Dec 19, 2023
All languages are man-made. And, while I find Esperanto ridiculous, if it's the first language you're taught, you're a native speaker of it.

It's not like babies come with a predetermined language setting a birth that just kicks in depending on longitude and latitude.

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Level 68
May 20, 2024
Your last sentence made me laugh :D

"settings determined, executing default"

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Level 52
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 ∞
Jul 26, 2023
Misidentified bear bones apparently.
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Level 35
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 52
Aug 19, 2023
I mean if the crocodile eats just a little bit of them, they are still technically eaten by a crocodile
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Level 66
Dec 16, 2023
Not really, that part of them is eaten, the person is not. If someone's toe was bitten off and eaten by a shark and they lived, you wouldn't say that person was "eaten by shark".

If someone tells you they've eaten a cake, they should mean an entire cake, not just a single slice.

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Level 68
Dec 19, 2023
If you're killed by a crocodile and it eats part of you, you've been eaten by a crocodile.
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Level 72
Sep 10, 2023
I've read about a man being eaten by a crocodile in Australia. They killed the crocodile, dissected it and found human remains.

Same with a python in Indonesia, it ate an elderly lady. They killed the snake and found the woman inside.

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Level 49
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 36
Jul 25, 2022
if you are revived you were dead so did you really survive
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Level 68
May 20, 2024
If you are alive, you survived
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Level 43
Oct 16, 2022
I got South Pole to North pole correct because I thought that the distance was the circumference of the Earth rather than half of it. The Earth's circumference is 24901 miles, so I thought it would require a speed of 1038 mph.

But the distance from the North Pole to the South Pole is only half that, about 12450 miles. So it would entail an average speed of about 519 mph, which is doable. You'd probably need to refuel in the middle; but a Boeing 777 would only need 1 refueling which takes 1 hour, so you still have 23 hours and need to average 540 mph for the rest, which is doable.

In fact, someone has traveled from the North Pole to South Pole in less than 1 day, but they just didn't set foot. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/speed-record-circumnavigate-intl-scli/index.html

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Level 78
Dec 16, 2023
But could you land and take-off from the North and South Poles in a 777, helicopter definitely, but then the speed would be a problem. At our current level in technology the only thing able to do this is probably a VTOL airplane with several in flight refuels.
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Level 66
Aug 20, 2023
I went through this quiz and realised I only had 4 answers marked Yes.

So of course I changed all the Yesses to Noes thinking that this might be a trick quiz and.... I lost myself 4 correct answers yaaay

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Level 48
Dec 16, 2023
WHAT ABT OG (he was 13 ft)
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Level 51
Dec 16, 2023
Amelia Earhart's body almost certainly *has* been found, actually: https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/102113562/bones-discovered-on-a-pacific-island-belong-to-amelia-earhart-a-new-forensic-analysis-shows
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Level 61
Dec 16, 2023
Surely to speak a language 'as a native' one would have to be born in a nation that has said language as an intrisic part of its culture.No country holds espiranto in such regard.
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Level 74
Dec 16, 2023
They grow up in a household that speaks Esperanto.
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Level 68
Dec 19, 2023
Why would that be the case? I grew up in France in a family that speaks both French and German. I'm a native speaker of both.
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Level 74
Dec 16, 2023
Wikipedia says Barbieri fasted for 392 days, not 382, but the Postgraduate Medical Journal says 382.
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Level 71
Dec 16, 2023
He also drank milk and ate sugar and who knows what he ate when he wasn't being watched. Frankly, the question and the assertion are bullshit, no matter how many "essentially"s or "solid" qualifiers are added. Fasting "records" are stupid, and history is rife with hoaxes of people who have subsisted on "very little"--every single one of them was eating during the period of fasting, including Barbieri.
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Level ∞
Dec 16, 2023
You seem pretty confident. Why are you so sure?

The guy lost an amount of weight commiserate with his time spent fasting. Surely the hoaxes you are referring to don't refer to a morbidly obese person losing hundreds of pounds.

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Level 66
Dec 16, 2023
I guess it depends what the daily caloric expenditure is of a 400lb man? (I think for normal people it's @1800-2200)

And how many calories is required to lose a pound of weight. (And how much fat vs muscle he lost)

Seems like the math could be:

382days * 2100cal/day deficit = 802,200cal

or 382days * 2600cal/day deficit = 993,200cal

total weight actually lost = 285lb, or 285lb*3500cal/lb= 997,500cal actually lost

If I follow that right, it seems like the numbers only add up if he was truly fasting. Not sure I am though. (and I don't care to look up conflicting numbers)

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Level 58
Feb 28, 2024
Commiserate??

It doesn't matter how heavy you are to start with. You will still die in about 3 weeks or so.

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Level 37
May 9, 2024
He meant commensurate.
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Level 43
Dec 19, 2023
Amelia Earhart's remains were found, they were just written off because the discovery was thought to be a man's bones
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Level 36
Dec 20, 2023
100% wow
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Level 58
Feb 28, 2024
The food one is 100% wrong. You cannot survive beyond about 3 weeks without food. A year is absolute nonsense.
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Level 31
Apr 24, 2024
That’s not true, in fact, after 3 weeks is when you would actually start suffering, I think (Depending on how much body fat you have though). I’m assuming the guy was like sumo sized, and after a while of not having food, your body will actually start eating its own fat. (That’s why fat exists!)
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Level 31
Apr 24, 2024
While it was only about 0.02 seconds, Avdeyev technically time travelled into the past. He was a guy in space for about 2 years and time travelled, though I guess the definition depends on what you define time travelling. I would definitely say this scenario meets the given requirements.