Two Facts, One Lie

For each category, there are three statements. Two are facts, the other is completely fictional. Select the ones that are false.
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1. Moons
We know more about the surface of the Moon than we do the floors of our oceans.
Venus has no moons.
The largest moon in the Solar System orbits Saturn.
Ganymede, the largest moon, orbits Jupiter.
2. Heavy Metal
Slipknot formed in Idaho.
There are metal bands in Saudi Arabia.
Pirate metal, Viking metal and kawaii metal are all real metal subgenres.
They're from Iowa.
3. Literature
The first full-length novel was written in the 11th Century.
Homer wrote the Shield of Heracles.
The first book in the Witcher Saga, Blood of Elves, was published before Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
It was actually written by Hesiod. The Tale of Genji, written in the early 11th Century, is seen as the first novel. Blood of Elves was published in 1994 in Polish (though only in 2008 in English), whereas Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in 1997.
4. Sport
The first modern Olympic Games took place in 1870.
Fire-fighting and underwater wrestling were both sports created in the Soviet Union.
Football in the Middle Ages had few rules, so was usually chaotic.
The first Olympic Games (in modern times) took place in Athens in 1896.
5. Sizes of Prehistoric Animals
The largest marsupial to ever exist was three metres long.
The largest amphibian to ever exist was nine metres long.
The largest known trilobite was four metres long.
It was only around 70 centimetres long.
6. Tallest Buildings
The tallest twisted building is in China.
The sixth tallest building is in South Korea.
The third tallest building is in the United States.
The tallest building in the United States, One World Trade Center, is actually the seventh tallest building. The sixth tallest is Lotte World Tower in Seoul, while the second tallest and tallest twisted building is the Shanghai Tower (in Shanghai).
7. Ancient Geography
The Greek city of Gordus existed in what is now Turkey.
Elam was a Mesopotamian civilisation.
The territories of the Olmecs and Maya overlapped.
It was slightly to the east of Mesopotamia.
8. Birds
The smallest penguin is the chinstrap penguin.
Pelicans have been known to eat baby birds of other species.
The kookaburra is a genus of kingfisher.
The little penguin, native to southern Australia and New Zealand, is the smallest. It grows to an average of 33 to 43 centimetres in height.
9. Sci-Fi TV Series
Walter Skinner is an Assistant Director of the FBI in the show X-Files.
Pavel Chekov appeared in the first season of Star Trek.
The Expanse is based off of a series of novels.
He first appeared in the second season.
10. Intergovernmental Organizations
Croatia is a member of NATO.
Cuba is a member of the World Bank.
The Republic of the Congo is a member of OPEC.
However, it is part of the United Nations and G77.
11. Calendars
The Islamic calendar is primarily used for religious purposes.
The Chinese calendar is based on both the Moon phase and the time of the solar year.
The Maya calendar ended in 2012.
21st December 2012 occurred at the same time as the end of one baktun (a certain length of time) of the Maya calendar. The next baktun followed after this. This was misinterpreted to mean the end of the Maya calendar.
12. Legendary Creatures
The Barghest is a ghost that inhabits doorways.
There was a third giant creature in Jewish mythology, in addition to the Behemoth and Leviathan.
The capital of Azerbaijan shares its name with a legendary creature.
It is actually one example of a mythological black dog, which are spectral or demonic entities found in folklore, primarily that of the British Isles. The third creature of Jewish mythology was the Ziz. It was a giant bird, so it inhabited the air, as opposed to the Behemoth (of the land) and the Leviathan (of the sea). Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is also the name of a Japanese supernatural creature that devours dreams.
13. Cars
Cadillac was founded before Ford.
The first recorded case of a pedestrian killed in a traffic collision occurred in 1910.
The first full-sized, working self-propelled mechanical land vehicle was made in France.
The first recorded case occurred on 17th August 1896. Cadillac was founded in 1902, while Ford was founded in 1903. Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot created a steam-powered vehicle, called the "Fardier à vapeur", in 1769.
14. Stone
The Janka hardness test is used to measure the resistance of a sample of limestone to wear.
Garnets and olivine are silicate minerals.
The shaping of flint is called knapping.
It is used to measure the resistance of a sample of wood instead.
15. Nomads
Some Bedouins are Christian.
There are more Kazakhs in Russia than in Mongolia.
Some Maasai have lip plates.
In Africa, the lip plate is worn by women of the Sara, Lobi, Surmi and Mursi. Based on 2010 consensuses, there were 101,526 Kazakhs in Mongolia and 647,732 in Russia.
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