Google What's the Difference? - History

Fill the blanks in these Google autocompletes that start with "What's the difference between..."
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Last updated: May 22, 2021
First submittedSeptember 6, 2016
Times taken35,945
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What's the difference between ...
Constantinople and Istanbul
the Soviet Union and Russia
World War I and World War II
a republic and a democracy
an armada and a fleet
an autocrat and a dictator
Roanoke and Jamestown
a battle and a war
Sinn Fein and the IRA
the Aztecs and the Mayans
What's the difference between ...
the Allies and the Axis
the Huns and the Mongols
Emily Brontë and Charlotte Brontë
the French Revolution and the American Revolution
the Tudors and the Stuarts
the Paleolithic and the Neolithic
Athens and Sparta
a Ronin and a Samurai
Lenin and Stalin
Yalta and Potsdam
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Level 47
Nov 21, 2016
Interesting questions people asked. Some of which I don't know what the terms are. Top marks!
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Level 24
Jan 23, 2017
Some of these are very dumb
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Level 64
Jan 23, 2017
Good eye! I've incorporated a few smart ones in there to balance it out :)
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Level 73
Feb 3, 2017
Yeah it's very hard to think as a Jetpunker would and ace this quiz
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Level 64
Aug 15, 2017
Really... What's the difference between World War 1 and World war 2? It's in the NAME! Good quiz!
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Level 61
Sep 15, 2020
Don't get me started on the Ice Age/Stone Age question. Or the Jesus and God. Or battle and war. Then again, this is JetPunk.
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Level 42
May 24, 2021
I don't think these are necessarily dumb questions at all. People know there IS a difference between WW1 and WW2 in the same way they know there's a difference between Lenin and Stalin. They want to know what that is - e.g. more deaths in WW2, Japan fighting against the Western Allies rather than on the same side, USA as a formal Ally rather than an Associated Power, far greater role for strategic bombing... All sorts of things that could actually be linked to quite complex enquiries.
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Level 76
Jun 11, 2021
I could concede on those ones, but what about asking the difference between battle and war? What doubt can reasonably exist about that one?
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Level 42
Jun 11, 2021
Probably but I guess there battles which don't fit the conventional picture either and are more like wars. It might make more sense, for example, to call the Battle of the Atlantic a war. It's perfectly legitimate to ask 'why isn't it?'
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Level 67
Jun 11, 2021
Some of the people googling these things might be nine years old. They might be non-native English speakers. The people who are googling these things are trying to acquire knowledge. No one should be looking down on them.
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Level 47
Feb 3, 2017
I was trying cave man/people for Neanderthals
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Level 63
Feb 3, 2017
Only Scottish people will get this, but I was annoyed at 'The Tims' not being an answer to the 'The Huns and...' question ;-)
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Level 75
Feb 3, 2017
I'm not even British but thanks to you, I'm now stuck with Willie Maley in my head. And they gave us James McGrory and Paul McStay. They gave us Johnstone, Tully, Murdoch, Auld and Hay...
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Level 57
Jun 11, 2021
Ha ha, yeah
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Level 67
Feb 3, 2017
"Byzantium" could be an equally acceptable answer for Constantinople.
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Level 75
Feb 3, 2017
Not if Google doesn't come up with it as an autocomplete...
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Level 50
Feb 3, 2017
Who thinks that Sinn Fein and the IRA are the same thing?
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Level 50
Feb 3, 2017
Uniformed people, so they google it to find out.
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Level 85
May 22, 2021
You're right about it being true of uniformed people (i.e. the British army). And it is probably also true of uninformed people.
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Level 61
Feb 3, 2017
Lots of people, including plenty of current provos, since they're very closely linked and various people are or have been members of both.
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Level 37
Feb 3, 2017
Prob people who don't live there
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Level 67
Feb 6, 2017
They aren't far off, unfortunately.
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Level 87
Jun 1, 2021
Or the IRA and ISIS.
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Level 66
Jun 11, 2021
Wasn't the PIRA the military branch of the Sinn Féin?
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Level 27
Feb 4, 2017
Fun! I got all the way to the last few then blanked :(
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Level 43
Aug 8, 2017
Could you accept Maya?
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Level 87
Jul 1, 2018
Who else immediately thought All Qaeda when you saw Sinn Fein? It only had one blank space so I had to think elsewhere.
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Level 42
Jul 31, 2018
sinn fein are/were the political mouthpiece of the IRA and supported them and assisted with their funding. Might just as well ask the difference between the Nazi party and the Waffen SS
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Level 37
Aug 31, 2018
Great follow-up to your previous quiz on this topic!
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Level 35
Sep 12, 2018
Wow. I feel stupid. After Inca and Olmec didn't work I just kept typing in "Maya" and was like "Why this not working!" XD
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Level 82
May 23, 2021
Is it just me, or the folks who ask the "Huns and X" question are guys that were misled by Disney's Mulan? (The animated one, of course. The nice one with Mushu stealing the show)
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Level 67
May 25, 2021
I got confused and thought it was asking for Rodin (the sculptor)
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Level 73
May 25, 2021
omg I literally wrote Lenin and McCartney smh
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Level 87
Jun 1, 2021
Obviously you don't go around carrying pictures of Chairman Mao.
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Level 63
Jun 3, 2021
Did not know about Potsdam. Tried Yalta and Versailles, even Yalta and Malta, no luck. I also tried Huns and Hungarians, but that was closer to Jane Austen than Google it seems.
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Level 71
Jun 11, 2021
Heh, I also tried both Versailles and Malta.
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Level 60
Jun 11, 2021
I completely blanked on the Tudor questions. In sheer desperation, I tried "Lannister."
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Level 67
Jun 11, 2021
Excellent quiz. Really enjoyed this!
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Level 68
Jun 11, 2021
Excellent quiz and interesting how you instinctively get inside other people's minds to find the answers.

Stumped by Roanoke due to my lack of knowledge of US history, and I'm off to Google 'Ronin,' probably due my lack of interest in waving swords around!

Thanks.

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Level 57
Jun 11, 2021
When you realize you can just use google
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Level 76
Jun 11, 2021
The Brontë sisters one was my favorite. Uh... they're different people?