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Fact or Fiction?

Can you identify which of these statements are facts and which are fiction?
Some of these are because of a technicality so read the questions carefully
Quiz by NGS
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Last updated: April 7, 2024
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First submittedJuly 6, 2023
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1. The Great Wall of China can be seen from outer space
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2. Tomatos are a fruit
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Fiction
3. The avarage person consumes eight spiders a year while asleep
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Fiction
4. Vending machines kill more humans anually than sharks
Fact
Fiction
5. Pong was the first ever video game
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Fiction
The first videa game was actually Tennis for Two.
6. MSG has significant health repercussions in most cases
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Fiction
While there are allergic reactions in rare cases, MSG is safe for the vast majority of people.
7. French Fries were not actually invented in France
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Fiction
8. The official capital of Switzerland is Bern
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Fiction
While Bern is the de facto capital, there is no official capital of Switzerland.
9. The entirety of modern day Russia was conquered by the Mongols
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While a large portion of Russia was conquered, it was not entirely.
10. The Pyramids of Giza were not actually built by slaves
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Fiction
New research shows that the builders were volunteers.
11. Noodles were invented in China not Italy
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Fiction
12. Mexican independence day is on May 5th
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Cinco de Mayo celebrates a victory in a battle with the french, not indpendence day.
13. Sunflowers generally face towards the sun
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Fiction
14. The Black Plague was carried by rats
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Fiction
The fleas on the rats were the actual hosts of the virus, not the rats themselves.
15. You can safely consume most foods past their expiration date
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Fiction
16. It is illegal to be homosexual in Russia
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Fiction
While there are limitations on political expression, there are no laws against being homosexual.
17. Panda bears are bears
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Fiction
18. Africa is the only continent in all four hemispheres
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Fiction
Oceania is also
19. Chocolate was once used a currency
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20. The People's Republic of China originaly controlled the island of Taiwan before it was taken over by the Republic of China
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Fiction
Originally, the Republic of China controlled all of both modern day China and Taiwan. The People's Republic of China later gained control of the entirety of mainland China but has never controlled Taiwan.
12 Comments
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Level 46
Apr 7, 2024
How come you don't count Oceania as in all four hemispheres, seeing as even Kiribati by itself checks that box? And if you're only counting mainland and not islands, then Africa does not reach all four hemispheres either if I'm not mistaken. Great quiz nonetheless :)
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Level 72
Apr 7, 2024
You're mistaken on the second statement, mainland Africa is in all four hemispheres (north, south, east, west). But Oceania clearly is too, so the question is wrong.
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Level 63
Apr 7, 2024
My bad, I didn’t do a good enough job fact checking. I’ll change that now.
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Level 67
Apr 7, 2024
Its just a bad question or at least poorly stated. Clarify it please. There are many ways to count the continents and many of them dont count Oceanian islands as a continent
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Level 63
Apr 8, 2024
This quiz is based on Jetpunk's defenition of the continents which counts the Oceanic islands as part of the continent.
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Level 78
Apr 7, 2024
Good quiz, would be better, in my opinion for what it's worth, with some explanations. Oh and just to nit-pick, you spelt fiction wrong on the Black Plague question. Sorry.
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Level 77
Apr 7, 2024
Also Pryamids
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Level 63
Apr 7, 2024
Thanks for the feedback, I will work on fixing those mistakes.
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Level 72
Apr 7, 2024
I'm confused by the Switzerland answer, it is the administrative capital and it's the answer Jetpunk accepts as the capital. Am I missing something?
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Level 63
Apr 7, 2024
Switzerland does not have an official capital Bern is only the de facto capital.
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Level 71
Apr 7, 2024
Today I've consumed expired chicken and mik, and I still got 15 wrong. Smh
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Level 76
Apr 11, 2024
Cool quiz, but there's one thing you should change - black death isn't caused by a virus, but by bacteria called Yersinia pestis.