World Records - Things that are the Smallest

Can you name these people, places, and things that are the smallest, shortest, lowest, or deepest?
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Last updated: November 12, 2020
First submittedJanuary 19, 2013
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Description
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Smallest planet
Mercury
Smallest bird species
Bee Hummingbird
Shortest month by number of days
February
Lightest element of the Period Table
Hydrogen
Element with the shortest name
Tin
Smallest country
Vatican City
Least populous country on the
Asian mainland
Bhutan
Smallest U.S. state by population
Wyoming
Smallest U.S. state by area
Rhode Island
Deepest part of the ocean
Mariana Trench
Shortest unit of distance theoretically
possible to measure
Planck length
Description
Answer
Shortest Bible verse
Jesus wept
Book of the Bible with the
shortest name
Job
Smallest wind instrument in
a standard orchestra
Piccolo
Lowest place by elevation on land
Dead Sea
Lowest place by elevation (U.S.)
Death Valley
Smallest country by population
to win the FIFA World Cup
Uruguay
Lowest U.S. Army rank
Private
Sign of the zodiac with the
shortest name
Leo
Country with the lowest
population density
Mongolia
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Level 79
Jan 17, 2013
Wonder how many people guessed Pluto for smallest planet?
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Level 83
Mar 13, 2013
I've also often mused that it would be interesting and revealing if there was some way to see wrong answers as well as right answers in percentages after taking each quiz.
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Level 58
Jun 3, 2015
Oohhh...that would be very interesting and probably quite entertaining.
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Level 77
Jan 4, 2016
That would be totally embarrassing for me. I'm often amazed at how silly some of my WAGs are.
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Level 63
Nov 25, 2016
That would be so interesting! But unfortunately, it will be hard to measure, because of how the answers are given.
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Level 83
Jul 19, 2018
They would have to change the site so that pressing "enter" was required to register an answer rather than having it happen automatically. One the one hand that would add an extra keystroke to ever answer, on the other hand it would end complaints from people about having to delete the "h" left over after typing in "Riyadh" or "Pittsburgh"
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Level 70
Dec 22, 2020
"One the one hand that would add an extra keystroke to ever answer," Weren't you once an English teacher? ON the one hand, EVERY answer
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Level 54
Dec 22, 2020
Calm down. Probably a typo.
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Level 26
Sep 5, 2017
I definitely said pluto
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Level 69
Nov 12, 2020
So what about Ceres, Haumea or Makemake? They're all smaller than Pluto.
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Level 81
Nov 13, 2020
The point is that many people will have been taught that Pluto is the smallest planet, since until relatively recently it was. Admittedly Ceres used to be considered the smallest planet too, but that was over 150 years ago.
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Level 61
Dec 22, 2020
Me
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Level 18
Jan 18, 2013
Yay, I'm a Leo!
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Level 66
Dec 22, 2020
Aaaa help, a lion!
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Level 17
Mar 2, 2022
I was going to make a joke about me bring a Libra, but a literal scale doesn't seem very threatening
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Level 45
Sep 19, 2014
Tried a plethora of oceanic countries, as well as Monaco, Liechtenstein, San Marino, etc. Didn't even think of Vatican City :(
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Level 62
May 31, 2015
Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the caption picture for the quiz a picture of the moon?
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Level 59
Jun 3, 2015
Nope, it's Mercury. Search Mercury and Moon on Google (look at the grey pictures) and compare. The difference isn't large though.
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Level 85
Nov 13, 2020
The craters look completely different.
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Level 82
Nov 12, 2020
I'm not clear on how deepest is related to smallest. Wouldn't the Marianas Trench be the point with the largest distance between sea level and land?
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Level 63
Nov 18, 2020
I thought that choice was odd for this quiz.
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Level 76
Dec 22, 2020
I think it meant smallest number by elevation (as it would be the largest negative number).
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Level 70
Dec 22, 2020
Same. I think what @JackintheBox said kinda makes sense, but I still thought it was a weird clue.
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Level 28
Dec 23, 2020
Smallest distance from the center of earth to the surface? Even though I am sure that this is probably not relating to the Mariana Trench.
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Level 84
Nov 12, 2020
If it is about "world records", there shouldn't be the three US questions...
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Level 56
Nov 13, 2020
in fairness they're more appropriate than the one about Mercury.
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Level 84
Nov 13, 2020
Indeed, the other planets don't qualify for "world records" either :).
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Level 74
Nov 13, 2020
I wholeheartedly agree - on principle, I typed "Earth" and almost refused to type what I knew would be the accepted answer.
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Level 69
Dec 1, 2020
Huh? To me the world is the whole universe, not just Earth.
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Level 56
Dec 22, 2020
You must have been incredibly impressed by Phileas Fogg.
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Level 76
Dec 7, 2020
There are four! (Smallest US state, less populated US state, lowest elevation in the US, and lowest US army rank). Yeah. it's too much.
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Level 87
Dec 22, 2020
Is the US not a part of the world?
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Level 71
Dec 22, 2020
Yes. It's just not 20% of the world.
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Level 87
Dec 22, 2020
So? 70% of the world is water but you're not complaining about that.
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Level 55
Dec 22, 2020
gotta love that superiority complex over there
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Level 37
Nov 16, 2020
Lol, I thought that Hawaii was the smallest US state.
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Level 82
Nov 25, 2020
Actually, it's 8th smallest, between Massachusetts and Maryland.
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Level 71
Dec 22, 2020
The Mercator projection strikes again.
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Level 66
Nov 17, 2020
The comments section of these quizzes is basically just a penis measuring contest for people who want to show that they're clever isn't it? I'm fairly new to this and I was going to type a normal comment like "I enjoyed this quiz" or something similar but I now realise that this would be completely out of sync with the general vibe.
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Level 84
Nov 17, 2020
To be fair, most of the Quizmaster's quizzes are much better than this one...
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Level 76
Dec 7, 2020
True that. It's a really weak test, not up to the usual standards.

Many of the answers really do not belong to a "smallest things" quiz, including three questions about altitude and one about military ranks. And 4 specific US questions on a test that should be about absolute records does not help either.

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Level 76
Dec 23, 2020
I don't see anything wrong with this quiz. I think it's fine.
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Level 63
Nov 18, 2020
I was surprised that Kolibri didn't work for smallest bird species. It makes sense now...
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Level 45
Dec 22, 2020
I love this quiz, but enough of the Bible questions. It's like the same thing as if every ten percent of a general knowledge quiz was about Harry Potter.
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Level 32
Dec 22, 2020
If you dunno the question the has the lowest population in mainland Asia: it's Bhutan.
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Level 57
Dec 22, 2020
Hummingbird was not accepted ???
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Level 70
Dec 22, 2020
It was for me
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Level 53
Dec 22, 2020
What a nice idea for a quiz. Thank you!

Right, to get all anoraky... I'm afraid it's a myth that "Jesus wept" is the shortest verse in the Bible. If you're looking at English translations, then Job 3:2 can just be a single word, "saying". If you're looking for the shortest verse in the original language, 1 Chronicles 1:25 is 9 letters long (I think).

"Jesus wept" isn't even the shortest verse in the Greek... Luke 20:30 is 12 letters long (καὶ ὁ δεύτερος), four letters shorter than Ἐδάκρυσεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς, "Jesus wept".

Ok, anorak time over

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Level ∞
Dec 22, 2020
Generally speaking, the King James Version is the canonical version for English speakers.
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Level 70
Dec 22, 2020
Just a free 5 points cheers
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Level 76
Dec 22, 2020
4 "World Records" that only the USA qualifies for... why not just remove the "World Record" from the title?
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Level 74
Dec 23, 2020
The clue for Planck length is not really accurate. I don't think it is possible to give a hint for it, that is at the same time short, accurate and understandable for the general public. I would just remove or replace the question.
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Level 53
Dec 25, 2020
If the smallest planet isn’t on Earth, is it really a “world” record? (Don’t take this seriously, just throwing it out there)
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Level 59
Dec 26, 2020
I answered the "Jesus wept" question, and when getting to the next question I thought the quiz was asking for which book "Jesus wept" was from. After going through the Gospels, I panicked and started going through every book in the New Testament. Man I felt stupid when I realized it was asking for the shortest -title-, but at least it was before the time ran out.
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Level 44
May 30, 2021
10th question is not supposed to be here!
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Level 48
Apr 25, 2022
I'm surprised that so little people got the Planck length