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Trick Questions

There's something quite tricky about each one of these questions. Try and fail to answer them correctly.
Answers must correspond to the yellow box
Jeppy the JetPunk fish says no whining on this quiz!
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Last updated: October 11, 2022
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First submittedOctober 3, 2022
Times taken27,298
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Question
Answer
What planet has the record for the lowest temperature ever observed?
Earth
What country is home to the greatest number of apes?
China
Can you guess the capital city of Japan?
Yes / No
How many words are in "Moby Dick"?
Two
What percentage of soldiers in the American Civil War died?
100%
What's something you can never eat before lunch?
Dinner
What word is spelled incorrectly in every single dictionary?
Incorrectly
What has a face and two hands, but no arms or legs?
a Clock
How many months have 28 days?
All of them
Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?
Mount Everest
Tom’s father had five sons. Their names were Ten, Twenty, Thirty, Forty, and what?
Tom
What type of cheese is literally made backwards?
Edam
Why can't a man marry his widow's sister?
Because he's dead
Greg is the father of Chris, but Chris is not the son of Greg. How is this possible?
Chris is a girl
What word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
Short
How many animals did Moses take on the ark?
None
What do you call a woman who knows where her husband is all the time?
a Widow
It’s greater than God and more evil than the devil. Rich people want it, poor people have it.
And if you eat it, you’ll die. What is it?
Nothing
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Level 92
Oct 11, 2022
Good fun, thank you!
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Level 82
Oct 11, 2022
The question about Chris should probably accept "daughter."
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Level ∞
Oct 11, 2022
That will work now
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Level 91
Oct 11, 2022
My line of thought was that Greg is a priest.
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Level 93
Oct 12, 2022
This was my first thought as well, but I got it a couple of seconds later
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Level 77
Oct 11, 2022
Fun! More of these!
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Level 93
Oct 12, 2022
agree 100%
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Level 89
Oct 11, 2022
That last one reminds me of the following:

Nothing is better than eternal happiness. But a ham sandwich is better than nothing. Therefore, a ham sandwich is better than eternal happiness.

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Level 65
Oct 11, 2022
This quiz is so unfair! I’m so bad at trick questions! Why did you make this, how could you?

(jk it’s actually a nice quiz and was quite riddling :))

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Level 82
Oct 11, 2022
Got stumped by the last one. Nice quiz!!
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Level 80
Oct 11, 2022
I also missed the last one . Top quiz.
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Level 65
Oct 28, 2022
It's a flawed question. The rest are logical trick questions wherein the answers are indisputable on a logical level. It relies on a whole lot of dogma, generalization, and just plain inaccuracy. A disappointing ending to an otherwise brilliant quiz, imo.
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Level 53
Oct 28, 2022
that made me laugh so hard, please take the stick out :)
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Level 87
Oct 11, 2022
Fun! The sort of fun I had as a kid (and that's a good thing). Children's books, comics and annuals used to have this sort of question. There must be material out there for more (please :-) ).
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Level 73
Oct 11, 2022
"Chris is a woman" should count as well. That didn't work for me so I gave up
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Level ∞
Oct 11, 2022
That will work now.
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Level 83
Oct 11, 2022
Woohoo! 100%.

I'm not sure about one of them, though. I always eat dinner before lunch. I eat dinner at around 6 pm, and then lunch at noon the next day.

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Level 84
Oct 12, 2022
It's clearly meant to be on a given day, but saying it would spoil the trick.
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Level 83
Oct 13, 2022
Ordinarily I would agree, but this is a trick question quiz. Under the circumstances, "before" can mean any time before.
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Level 62
Oct 28, 2022
Yes, I agree with you
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Level 65
Oct 28, 2022
I said lunch, which is the more logically sound answer and was accepted (though it looks like maybe someone had to lobby for it a couple weeks ago as I scan the comments below this one).
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Level 59
Oct 11, 2022
surely "lunch" should be accepted for the lunch question...
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Level 36
Oct 11, 2022
Wow, that's actually a 500 IQ answer, didn't even think of that. Sounds like it definitely needs to be included in the answer.
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Level 77
Oct 12, 2022
It's what I thought of first and is the better answer, I think. Neither answer is really correct unless it's your very first lunch.
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Level 72
Oct 12, 2022
I thought this. It is very possible to eat dinner before lunch, it is just unusual. On the other hand, it is impossible to eat lunch BEFORE lunch.
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Level 77
Oct 12, 2022
Agreed. This is a better answer than the one suggested.
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Level ∞
Oct 12, 2022
Lunch will be accepted now.
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Level 74
Oct 11, 2022
Why is the ape question a trick question?
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Level 65
Oct 12, 2022
I guess because people think of apes as gorillas / chimpanzees etc. not of people
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Level 81
Oct 12, 2022
It's surprisingly difficult to find a definitive answer to "which country has the most non-human apes", but it's probably Indonesia. Which in itself would be a little tricky, since people tend to think of great apes as you say, but gibbons are more numerous.
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Level 73
Oct 12, 2022
Not sure about the last one. Theologically, we may agree that nothing is greater than God or more evil than the devil, quibbles aside, but I don't think I can agree that rich people literally want nothing or that people literally have nothing. That makes no sense. Otherwise, fun quiz, and I'm eager to try some of these on kids that I know.
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Level 84
Oct 12, 2022
It doesn't have to really make sense, most of those questions are just plays on words...
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Level 77
Oct 12, 2022
Yeah, there's plenty of things that money can buy that rich people desire, and even the poorest people have 'something'.
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Level 72
Oct 28, 2022
It's a form of hyperbole, that's for sure, but that's the nature of riddles in general.
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Level 65
Oct 28, 2022
Agree. All of the others have some form of logic to them. It's just dogma, generalization, and outright inaccuracy. But it is clever on a gotcha level, I suppose. A disappointing end to an otherwise brilliant quiz.
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Level 59
Oct 29, 2022
Rich people want FOR nothing perhaps? Still doesn't quite work for poor - but then someone who has nothing would be considered poor.
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Level 84
Oct 12, 2022
Not bad. I will only whine about getting only 3 points with 16/18 (always frustrating with 18 or, worse, 19 questions :p).

I don't really understand the Civil War percentage question, even though it was easy to guess.

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Level 74
Oct 12, 2022
The Civil War was a long time ago, so all the soldiers are dead by now. It didn't specify they had to have died in the war itself.
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Level 84
Oct 12, 2022
Arg, of course. Thanks :3.
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Level 74
Oct 12, 2022
I think the way the question is set, it would suggest exactly that: 'what percentage of soldiers "died" in the Civil War?'. The given answer would be correct if the question was, 'what percentage of soldiers "has died"'?
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Level 67
Oct 28, 2022
I tried 100 for the Civil War question, didn't realise you had to type %. I thought that was understood from the way the question is framed.
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Level ∞
Oct 28, 2022
No, 100 would have worked.
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Level 86
Oct 12, 2022
I feel stupid to ask this one but can anyone explain the moses question/joke?
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Level 87
Oct 12, 2022
Moses did not have an ark.....
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Level 86
Oct 28, 2022
Ah.. now I feel really stupid
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Level 56
Oct 28, 2022
I wrote "none" as my first instinct because it didn't really happen. It was only at the end that I realised that Moses had been substituted for Noah.
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Level 66
Jan 4, 2023
Well, correct answer, incorrect reason.
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Level 84
Oct 12, 2022
According to the Bible it was Noah who built the ark, not Moses. Or, if you interpret ark as ark of the covenant, no animals were placed in it.
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Level 69
Oct 24, 2022
Yeah, this one stumped me too for quite awhile, even after I correctly guessed 'none'. It's always easier when you finally see the trick
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Level 55
Oct 28, 2022
Yep, I just kept guessing none or all.
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Level 75
Oct 28, 2022
I first guessed "pairs" and thought I was clever XD
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Level 68
Oct 12, 2022
10 minutes. Thanks for giving us plenty of time to think about these questions. :)
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2022
What's it got in its pocketses?...
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Level 59
Oct 24, 2022
Wockets
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Level 73
Oct 12, 2022
Nice one. Got everything but the last 2 and got completely stumped. Wouldn't mind seeing more of these
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Level 79
Oct 13, 2022
That last one was really dumb, rich people want things.
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Level 73
Oct 13, 2022
I believe the version I’ve heard is “rich people need it” or “rich people want for it”. Rich people want it is logically wrong.
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Level 59
Oct 16, 2022
Is this based on Turnip's quiz?
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Level 54
Oct 28, 2022
Thanks for the recognition Spencer, some of these questions look strangely familiar for some reason…
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Level 71
Oct 17, 2022
I'm embarrassed to say I got the second-to-last question wrong even though there was a question about a widow just a few questions above :P
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Level 73
Oct 18, 2022
The ark question would also work if it said Noah
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Level 33
Oct 28, 2022
" How many animals did Noah take on the ark? "

Does not work. Be real.

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Level 75
Oct 28, 2022
Fairy tales. Be real yourself :)
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Level 73
Dec 29, 2022
And if the question were "What city does Superman live in?" would you say "None," because superheroes are fictional? Or would you understand the actual point of the question?
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Level 60
Oct 18, 2022
It might seem strange, but in my part of the world, dinner is known as tea (I've no idea why). Could that be accepted?
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Level 63
Oct 20, 2022
Tea (as in the drink) is something you could have before lunch though.
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Level 63
Oct 28, 2022
But it's pretty difficult to eat the drink tea
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Level 56
Nov 29, 2022
You could freeze it.
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Level 87
Oct 25, 2022
At my age, this isn't exactly my 1st lunch.
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Level 37
Oct 28, 2022
Lol!
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Level 42
Oct 28, 2022
Now that I know of its existence I will have to try Edam cheese.
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Level 75
Oct 28, 2022
Edam is great! I don't recommend eating it backwards though.
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Level 68
Oct 28, 2022
Good advice: Ti is extremely hard to eat!
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Level 37
Oct 28, 2022
I eat it in a car, up a tree, backwards forwards and in between. Sam I am.
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Level 55
Oct 28, 2022
For the one with the word becoming shorter, there are other words that work like shore and sorer that should be accepted.

I came up with lunch for something you can't eat before lunch, but both this and the written answer don't work if you've eaten either previously. It isn't specified that it must be on the same day.

Amusingly, I figured out the answer to the Moby Dick question correctly, but was trying to figure out the twist for a while.

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Level 28
Oct 28, 2022
How would ‘shore’ and ‘sorer’ work?

‘Short’ becomes ‘shorter’ when u add ‘-er’

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Level 86
Oct 28, 2022
The clue reads "What word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?". It doesn't specify which two letters, or where in the word to add them. Both shore and sorer can become "shorter" when the appropriate two letters are added.
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Level 43
Oct 28, 2022
These are valid concerns
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Level 56
Oct 28, 2022
It's easy if you're autistic
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Level 68
Oct 28, 2022
I typed in ‘yes’ for the Japan one, then tried ‘no’ and neither worked. What were you supposed to type?
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Level 84
Oct 28, 2022
I don't know what you did wrong but both work.
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Level 67
Oct 28, 2022
Yes worked for me, are you sure you weren't typing in the wrong box or something?
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Level 67
Oct 28, 2022
Same here, I tried Yes and No, but neither worked.
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Level 67
Oct 28, 2022
"Has a face and two hands, but no arms or legs?" It's obviously Bernd das Brot!
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Level 74
Oct 28, 2022
I scrolled through the comments only to see, if someone already brought it up!
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Level 59
Oct 28, 2022
Very hilarious
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Level 54
Oct 28, 2022
We liked this quiz but don’t understand the China/ apes question… can anyone explain please?
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Level 64
Oct 28, 2022
humans are considered part of the great apes
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Level 61
Oct 28, 2022
Humans are also apes.
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Level 67
Oct 28, 2022
That last one took me waaaay more time than it should have...
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Level 58
Oct 28, 2022
Rayman should work for the 8th question :p
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Level 66
Oct 28, 2022
I tried it too :)
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Level 56
Oct 28, 2022
Got everythig but the cheese. I thought it must be some english phrase that I don't know.

I still don't understand the twist in the Moby Dick question though...

P.S.: I finally got it. Maybe don't write "Moby Dick" in quotes, for me it means that you actually ask about the title. Possibly because I'm a programmer...

P.P.S.: The question about the dictionary is wrong, most dictionaries don't even contain the word "incorrectly"

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Level 84
Oct 28, 2022
These are "trick" questions... the point is just to solve the riddle and figure out how they're trying to trick you. Actually quite a few of them are not true if you want to nitpick or be pedantic.

The quotation marks around Moby Dick are necessary for that question to work. If the question was asking how many words were in the novel then the quotes shouldn't be there.

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Level 68
Oct 28, 2022
Riddles like this often refer to words literally without the quotation marks (e.g. How many words in the English language? (3); What type of cheese is made backwards?). I mean, I prefer the form of the question with the quotation marks, but it would work without them as long as you didn't say "the novel Moby Dick" or typeset it as a title: "... in Moby Dick."
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Level 49
Oct 28, 2022
Wow, that last one was brilliant!
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Level 65
Oct 28, 2022
Many scientists consider humans to be apes, because they classify humans as animals. Those that believe in the creation account in the Bible believe that humans are set apart from the animals, and therefore are not animals nor apes. So, while I got the question right, because I was able to pick up on the "trick", I don't agree with it. Scientists classify humans as animals because it is yet another way they can make known their disdain for the idea of God and creation. For others, it is simply the only conclusion they come to because they refuse to believe in a creator. Putting it on the quiz like this as a trick question seems intentional as a jab toward Christians. Hopefully that wasn't the intention, but it comes across that way.
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Level 67
Oct 28, 2022
Agreed, humans are not animals, we are actually fungi.
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Level 86
Oct 28, 2022
@ctleng76: Not all Christians are anti-science creationists, and scientists don't formulate theories to show disdain for theistic beliefs. I'm sorry you felt the question was a jab at your beliefs, but I highly doubt it was intended to offend. In any case, this website isn't here to cater to your personal worldview. I don't think classifying humans as apes is controversial for the vast majority of scientists, or to the quiz-taking public in general.
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Level 68
Oct 28, 2022
The nice thing about science is that it's true whether you believe it or not. Humans and chimpanzees are more closely related (in the direct, simple-to-understand sense that they have a more recent common ancestor) than are chimpanzees and orangutans; therefore if chimpanzees and orangutans are both apes, humans must be as well. These aren't arguments from "disdain"; they are facts--things which can be proved.

As an individual, you can certainly believe things that are contrary to reality; but the fact that flat earthers exist doesn't mean we have to strike our trivia quizzes of questions about the earth's circumference. The fact that (young-earth) creationists exist or that Bible literalists exist doesn't mean we have to ignore reality to accommodate.

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Level 37
Oct 28, 2022
Yawn. Only got through the first few lines
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Level 73
Dec 29, 2022
@Deru - And yet you wrote a longer and more tedious comment just below this one.
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Level 37
Oct 28, 2022
That is why it is very important to deprogram oneself from the brainwashing and dogma of religious cults. We are all here on this Earth together and no animal is more important than another. This lie that religion invented has caused so many environmental problems making humans the stupidest animal on Earth because only humans can get caught up in delusions of grandeur. It is important to know that humans could not exist without insects. We are neither more intelligent nor important than other ani mals and plants with whom we share our habitat Nature is God there is Divinity the Divine entity in nature there is no man or woman in the sky and no man ever spoke for Nature- there were only narcissists people followed and calledl prophets creatinh primitive personality cults which have destroyed our planet through rape and destruction of our natural habitat andwar
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Level 67
Oct 28, 2022
I think I only agree with your first sentence. Who doesn't consider a human not as important as a flea? Madness.
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Level 56
Nov 29, 2022
Did you just comment "Yawn. Only got through the first few lines" on someone's paragraph then proceed to write a longer one?
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Level 57
Jan 3, 2023
Let's just sort some things out here.....

Humans are classified as apes. Fact.

Humans being classified as apes does not contradict biblical teaching. Fact.

One can classify humans with apes and still follow biblical teaching. Fact.

Humans are more important than animals, however, because we are the ones with the technological abilities to change entire environments, alter climates, pollute the planet, destroy ecosystems, and drive species to extinction, or to save species, clean up our mess, and preserve and protect our planet.

And yes, humans could not survive without insects. Fact.

However, a good test to see whether humans are more important than other animals is this.

If you had a choice to save a total stranger from certain death, or save your beloved pet grasshopper from certain death, which would you pick?

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Level 57
Jan 3, 2023
Also...

Human DNA has been shown recently to be closer to 70 or 80 % identical to chimps, rather than 98% as previously thought.

Human DNA is also largely identical to that of other, non-ape species such as bananas.

Humans are still classified as apes though, as we are obviously in that category as opposed to fruits. So maybe don't put too much weight on that argument just yet.

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Level 67
Oct 28, 2022
Now this is what I call going out of your way to be a victim!
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Level 51
Oct 28, 2022
That was fun, ty
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Level 56
Oct 28, 2022
got 14/18! i tried my best okay
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Level 37
Oct 28, 2022
Great quiz QM but what I love the most is the photo you chose for it- awesome!
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Level 43
Oct 28, 2022
On #17 I tried CIA agent XD
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Level 29
Oct 28, 2022
call me dumb, but i don’t get the one with china. i’ve been trying to figure it out for like five minutes.
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Level 67
Oct 28, 2022
Humans are technically apes, so China has the most apes because it has 1.4 billion people...i.e., 1.4 billion apes.
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Level 69
Oct 28, 2022
Make more of these!
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Level 59
Oct 29, 2022
Excellent fun. Thank you.
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Level 53
Oct 29, 2022
If a woman has her husband cremated and then scatters his ashes, she wouldn't know where he was all the time!
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Level 73
Dec 29, 2022
Ah, but the question doesn't say that all widows know where their husbands are at all times, just that all women who know where their husbands are at all times are widows. It's like how all lions are cats, but not all cats are lions.
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Level 66
Jan 20, 2023
If the widow is religious, how can she be certain her husband is in heaven, hell, purgatory, reincarnated, or in some other afterlife depending on her religious beliefs?
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Level 73
Feb 3, 2023
Again, it doesn't say ALL widows, just ONLY widows.
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Level 48
Oct 29, 2022
Did anyone else try priest for the Greg and Chris question?
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Level 49
Oct 29, 2022
"What do you call a woman who knows where her husband is all the time?"

Nosy.

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Level 53
Oct 29, 2022
am i the only one that doesnt understand the civil war question? can someone explain it to me.
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Level 28
Oct 30, 2022
the civil war was in the 1800s so all the soldiers would be dead by now, whether or not they died in the war or just because of old age
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Level 53
Oct 30, 2022
oh that makes sense thx
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Level 28
Oct 30, 2022
6 minutes left with only one answer left. got them all but yes/no
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Level 29
Nov 3, 2022
I didn't get the Japan one either, and frankly still don't understand it.
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Level 66
Nov 4, 2022
The question isn't "Tell me the capital of Japan" it's "Can you guess the capital of Japan?" The answer to "Can you guess" is either yes or no. Either will be an acceptable answer.
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Level 43
Oct 30, 2022
yep, this is my kind of quiz. Excellent thank you, more of these please :) :)
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Level 27
Nov 1, 2022
Greg could also be a priest at a church
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Level 82
Nov 2, 2022
Can you “observe” a temperature? Sure you can feel it but can you see it….?
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Level ∞
Nov 2, 2022
Observe is used correctly in the question.
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Level 66
Nov 4, 2022
I was taught in grade school science that observe means to use any of your senses to discern something.
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Level 56
Nov 29, 2022
Scientists on earth have made temperatures artificially that are colder than any on the other planets.
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Level 38
Nov 13, 2022
Excellent quiz, loved the twists, but come on, who else has never head of Edam? I solved it like ages before I typed it but had just passed it off lmao