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Title: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 07 Oct 2017, 05:13
Similar to the Guess the Game/Movie threads, I'd like to propose a world history thread where we can exchanges some trivia. The person that gets the answer correct asks the next question.

I'll ask the first question: What 20th Century British monarch reigned as king for less than a year?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 07 Oct 2017, 06:03
That was Edward VIII who abdicated because he wanted to marry Wallace Simpson (spelling?), a divorced woman.

Karol Wojtyła is better know as...?

Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 07 Oct 2017, 11:26
Pope Johannes Paul II? (wtf)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 07 Oct 2017, 17:16
Hmm a stumper right out of the gate. That's a Polish name I'm guessing?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 07 Oct 2017, 17:35
It is a Polish name.

And Kumpel is correct, Karol Wojtyła was better known as Pope (now Saint) John Paul II (or Johannes Paul II in the German spelling and pronounciation; Latin: Ioannes Paulus II).
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 07 Oct 2017, 17:44
Nicely done Kumpel!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 08 Oct 2017, 09:56
Oh wow. That has been a blind shot :D

Which town's people have been known for multiple defenestrations that triggered huge conflicts? (please don't google defenestration :P)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot+ on 08 Oct 2017, 10:15
Prague?

I went to Prague in August and took a guided tour of the St. Vitis Cathedral and palace where the guy was proud to show us a window from which a number of people had been thrown.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 08 Oct 2017, 10:29
Correct! Crazy prague people...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot+ on 09 Oct 2017, 03:53
I can't claim to be any kind of authority on world history, but here's a (easy) question:

The Bayeux Tapestry dipicts which famous historical battle?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 09 Oct 2017, 05:58
Waterloo?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Andail on 09 Oct 2017, 10:19
Don't know the answer, but surely it depicts something much older than Waterloo? I see rather primitive medieval-like pictures when I think of the Bayeux Tapestry, but out of fear of making a fool of myself I won't hazard a proper guess...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 09 Oct 2017, 10:38
The Bayeux Tapestry depicts the Battle of Hastings in 1066.  (Glad someone asked one I actually know! :grin:)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 09 Oct 2017, 11:08
Don't know the answer, but surely it depicts something much older than Waterloo? I see rather primitive medieval-like pictures when I think of the Bayeux Tapestry, but out of fear of making a fool of myself I won't hazard a proper guess...

See I thought the same thing but then I thought "Well, the name sounds French so maybe it depicts a French victory, and as there are not all that many of them to pick from..."
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot+ on 09 Oct 2017, 13:19
Well done Captain_D. It is indeed the Battle of Hastings.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 10 Oct 2017, 12:54
Okay I guess I'd better post a new question then!

What document of monumental importance to the inhabitants of England was signed in 1215?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 10 Oct 2017, 12:56
Magna Carta?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 10 Oct 2017, 12:57
Magna Carta?

Yup.  Too easy huh? ;)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 10 Oct 2017, 15:00
Ah crap that one I could have answered!

OK Darth you're up...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 10 Oct 2017, 15:50
Perhaps too easy...
A recent theory suggests that this legendary ruler, who died in 1547 at the age of 55, may have suffered from type II diabetes.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 10 Oct 2017, 16:07
King Henry VIII?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 10 Oct 2017, 16:43
King Henry VIII?

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 10 Oct 2017, 17:00
Cool, it was the only ruler I could think of from that time period.
Ill Post my question shortly.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 10 Oct 2017, 17:32
What was the name of the nephew that fought in the navy against his uncle who was a dictator?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 10 Oct 2017, 17:38
Nelson?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Creamy on 10 Oct 2017, 17:41
George V?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 10 Oct 2017, 19:37
(wrong)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 11 Oct 2017, 02:13
Wow, never heard of this one! I googled it and I am excited to see who knows this O.o
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 11 Oct 2017, 06:49
William Hitler was the nephew of Adolf Hitler and served in the US Navy during World War II. I seem to remember a different last name too but I can't come up with it. If I'm right I will then Google it :)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 11 Oct 2017, 09:45
Darth is correct
William Patrick "Willy" Stuart-Houston (né Hitler; 12 March 1911 – 14 July 1987) was a British nephew of Adolf Hitler who worked in Germany and later emigrated to America in 1939. Born to Adolf's brother, Alois Hitler, Jr. and his first wife, Bridget Dowling, in Liverpool, England, William Hitler later moved to Germany, but subsequently emigrated to the United States, where he served in the United States Navy in World War II.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 11 Oct 2017, 14:24
I knew the different name I couldn't think of had a connection to Star Trek in some way! I just couldn't remember (nod)

Next round...

This 16/17th century ruler was rumored to bathe in (and sometimes even drink) the blood of their tortured victims (estimates range between 600-700 total victims).
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 11 Oct 2017, 15:03
I know I have heard this story but not sure of the name. I think it was some queen.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot+ on 11 Oct 2017, 23:54
Yeah I vaguely remember hearing about this but I can't remember who it was.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 12 Oct 2017, 12:38
We are on the right track...

While not a "queen" this person is considered to be the most prolific female serial killer in history.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 12 Oct 2017, 12:53
Catherine The Great?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 12 Oct 2017, 13:28
Catherine The Great?

A good guess, but about 200 years too late!

Another snippet of info...

She was married at the age of 15. Her husband was away near constantly fighting wars. She spent her days with her witchcraft-practicing aunt, her devil-worshiping alchemist uncle, and her pedophile brother.

I am seriously not making this up!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 12 Oct 2017, 16:40
sounds like a good making for a spooky adventure game. lol.
If not a queen then perhaps a countess or duchess or maybe that is just a title she was known for. something like the countess of blood.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Klatuu on 12 Oct 2017, 16:43
Lucrezia Borgia?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 12 Oct 2017, 18:08
If not a queen then perhaps a countess or duchess or maybe that is just a title she was known for. something like the countess of blood.

You are very close, actually (nod)

Lucrezia Borgia?

Nope!

Another bit of info...

When authorities arrived to arrest her they found 1 dead girl, 1 dying girl, 1 wounded girl and many more young girls being held captive waiting for their turn to be tortured and murdered.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 12 Oct 2017, 19:15
I knew who you meant from the very beginning but it took me a while to remember her name:

Countess Elisabeth Báthory aka "The blood Countess".
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 12 Oct 2017, 19:27
I knew who you meant from the very beginning but it took me a while to remember her name:

Countess Elisabeth Báthory aka "The blood Countess".

Yes indeed!

Countess Erzsébet (Elizabeth) Báthory de Ecsed (1560-1614).

A fascinating (if macabre) character of human history.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 13 Oct 2017, 03:09
She lived in the 19th century. One of her daughters died as a child, her son committed a murder-suicide. She wrote poetry, was known for her beauty and probably had an eating disorder. She was assassinated. Who is she?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 13 Oct 2017, 05:49
I was able to figure this one out but I didn't know it until searching. Is that acceptable?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 13 Oct 2017, 06:30
I was able to figure this one out but I didn't know it until searching. Is that acceptable?

I'd say it's fine, but maybe give someone a chance who might know it without looking it up. If there's no correct answer in a day or two, your awesome google skills should be honoured. ;)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 13 Oct 2017, 14:44
I wanted to know who this was as well so i googled it, so will be disqualifying myself from this question but I must say the reading on the murder-suicide and the assassination is definitely interesting reading.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 13 Oct 2017, 15:21
I'm wondering if we should create some rules here?

With the movie title contest thread there's the obvious "don't reverse image search google to get the answer" but it's okay to search by actors in the shot to track down the answer. I'm thinking it should be okay here to do the same (by searching for data in the clues) to find the answer here. It is, personally, more gratifying to me to actually know it up front sure... but it's also nice to do some digital-sleuthing and arrive at the answer (all the while learning something new in the process).

Thoughts?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 13 Oct 2017, 16:04
I'm wondering if we should create some rules here?

With the movie title contest thread there's the obvious "don't reverse image search google to get the answer" but it's okay to search by actors in the shot to track down the answer. I'm thinking it should be okay here to do the same (by searching for data in the clues) to find the answer here. It is, personally, more gratifying to me to actually know it up front sure... but it's also nice to do some digital-sleuthing and arrive at the answer (all the while learning something new in the process).

Thoughts?

I think it's a bit too easy to google in this thread to find the answer.

99% of the time someone could most likely just copy/paste the clue directly into google and find the answer within 60 seconds.

Maybe it would be better if the current round host just keeps nudging in the correct direction via subtle hints, and then incresingly less subtle hints, until someone gets it via good old-fashioned brainpower.

This could take forever in the case of obscure history though, so maybe an alternative could be for the host to set limits on googling based on how difficult they feel their challenge is.

Or some other third thing...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 13 Oct 2017, 16:54
I think there's a small problem with a contest like this.

I consider myself fairly well-versed in world history but that knowledge tends to be on the "famous" events/people. Like Henry VIII, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, etc. So while I might know something about Henry VIII, I would have no clue about the 6th century dynasties of Bavaria. Somebody from that region could post a question about a Bavarian King from 580 who is well known/regarded in that region but anybody not from that area probably never heard of the guy (but they could learn about them by Googling)!

I think it should be okay to provide the answer (no matter how you arrived at it) but maybe the poster supplying the answer could say, "I actually knew this one" or "I tracked it down!". Something like that?

The problem is that it is impossible to know if somebody Googled for the answer.

If we say that you cannot use Google to track it down people will still do it and just pretend they knew it without Googling.

Then it sort of leaves it up to the person posing the question to be creative on the hints!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 13 Oct 2017, 19:01
^I think this thread is no different than a 'Guess the game' or 'Guess the movie' thread. Sure, people could use Google and pretend they knew the answer themselves, but my guess is we're (mostly) mature people that won't do this.

With regards to question specificity/accessibility, I also encourage mature judgement when coming up with questions. We want the thread to be fun, so questions with answers like 'Marie Antoinette' are good but answers like 'the cousin of Marie Antoinette's step brother with the lazy eye' might be a bit too specific for our purposes. In other words, the answer shouldn't require Google research. It should be something at least one in ten random people would know.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 13 Oct 2017, 23:25
Sure, people could use Google and pretend they knew the answer themselves, but my guess is we're (mostly) mature people that won't do this.

And if somebody was so insecure as to need the ego-boost of cheating to win a round of a history trivia quiz on the AGS forums then I would say they sorely needed that boost and that we are mature enough to let them have it with all good grace. (nod)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot+ on 13 Oct 2017, 23:55
If we can google it then the winner is always going to be the first person who saw the question and could be bothered to google it. I think we should at least wait for a few genuine guesses, or until enough time has passed, before providing a googled answer. I prefer a trivia quiz over a googling contest.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 14 Oct 2017, 02:59
If we can google it then the winner is always going to be the first person who saw the question and could be bothered to google it. I think we should at least wait for a few genuine guesses, or until enough time has passed, before providing a googled answer. I prefer a trivia quiz over a googling contest.
Amen.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 14 Oct 2017, 04:51
That's more more less a consensus, isn't it? Don't google unless nobody comes up with a correct answer in a reasonable amount of time and be honest about it. (nod)

Okay, next hint:

Her murderer intended to kill the Duke of Orléans. When he wasn't there, he settled on her instead. She was stabbed on her way to a boat, colapsed, but managed to walk about 100m afterwards before she lost  consciousness twice and died soon after.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 15 Oct 2017, 05:40
Not even a guess yet?
Are my hints too obscure? Is it too difficult? ???

The fact that she learned Hungarian was of political significance.

Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 15 Oct 2017, 14:25
I have no idea. ???
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 15 Oct 2017, 22:37
Could it be the Austro-Hungarian queen Sisi? I can't remember her real name and I'm scared to check the wiki :-D



Edit: I think her name was Elizabeth or something similar.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 16 Oct 2017, 00:51
You are entirely corrrect, it is Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of Hungary, also known as Sisi (1837-1898). Your turn.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 16 Oct 2017, 09:46
Yay! For whatever reason after reading that she wrote poetry, was known for her beauty and had eating disorder, my brain refused to make any connection to a queen until much later on, when I remembered that she played big role in improving relations with Hungary, then the things mentioned here, that I knew clicked together.


What is the name of a pioneering aviator who crashed in the Sahara desert, while trying to break speed record?
He and his navigator were brought to the brink of death, experiencing hallucinations under heavy dehydration. This person later wrote a famous novella that was partially inspired by this event.

Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 16 Oct 2017, 10:09
Im fairly certain this is Antoine de Saint-Ekcupery (and I probably butchered the spelling of this name) who later wrote Le petit prince. (Had to read that one in French class.)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 16 Oct 2017, 10:40
Yup, that is correct! It is The Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint-Exupéry (copied his full name from wiki :P) And I believe your answer just broke the speed record on these boards!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 16 Oct 2017, 18:52
Let's hope this is a bit easier than my last one:

In accordance with the wishes of his father he studied law. But, as he told it, when lightning struck right next to him, he called out to God and promised to become a monk instead, which he did. He later married a former nun. He was excommunicated beforehand. While not his primary concern, his work proved to be very important for the German language.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Snarky on 16 Oct 2017, 19:16
Martin Luther
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 16 Oct 2017, 19:35
Correct. (nod)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Snarky on 16 Oct 2017, 19:38
This massive public works project was launched in 1858, took more than 15 years to complete, and was officially inaugurated by the Prince of Wales.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 16 Oct 2017, 19:57
The Crystal Palace?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 16 Oct 2017, 20:15
This is a shot in the dark but maybe London underground?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Snarky on 16 Oct 2017, 20:18
Nope and nope (though there was some synergy with one of them).
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 16 Oct 2017, 21:27
The London sewage system?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Snarky on 16 Oct 2017, 22:03
Yeah. In the 19th Century, London had sewage running (in some places openly down the streets) straight into the Thames, and cholera epidemics were frequent. After the Great Stink of 1858 (exactly what it sounds like) made the city almost uninhabitable, Parliament approved funding for a proper sewer system, and Joseph Bazalgette was put in charge of the massive project. The improvement in sanitation that resulted was practically immeasurable.

Because Bazalgette had the foresight to build in way more capacity than they needed at the time, his sewers still serve as the backbone of London's sewer system 150 years later.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 16 Oct 2017, 23:28
She was a prominent mathematician, astronomer, inventor and philosopher and she was murdered by an angry mob.
Who’s she?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 17 Oct 2017, 03:26
Hypatia (of Alexandria)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 17 Oct 2017, 09:04
That’s right, Hypatia of Alexandria (born 350-370; died 415) a pagan Greek mathematician living in Egypt killed by a Christian mob when a power feud escalated between the Prefect Orestes and the bishop Cyril of Alexandria.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 17 Oct 2017, 12:49
I have a sort of obsession with ancient Greece. From Hero[n] of Alexandria, Galen of Pergamon, Archimedes of Syracuse, the Antikythera Mechanism, the list goes on and on. I find it a fascinating era of human history. So incredible to think how close they came (with so many things) to what we would call "modern" technology. There's a book by a fellow named Derek De Solla Price called Gears from the Greeks that really highlights how sophisticated their "ancient" technology really was. It's a very interesting read if you're into that kind of thing! Makes you wonder what we [humanity] might have accomplished if certain... things... hadn't gotten in the way.

Anyway; on to the next!

This legendary figure received very little acknowledgement for his myriad accomplishments. The one thing, for which he is almost entirely known for, is something he didn't actually do.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 17 Oct 2017, 13:18
^Way too vague. Second clue please!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 17 Oct 2017, 15:14
agree, that is way too vague. For instance Christopher Columbus fills the bill as he did not discover a route to India like he thought. Could also fit a lot of criminals that were wrongly accused and convicted. Another example Abner Doubleday who is credited with creating baseball never did. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin did not actually invent the guillotin. Others include George Washington Carver and Betsy Ross. Although since you mention "he" we can take Betsy Ross off the list. LOL
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 17 Oct 2017, 15:38
agree, that is way too vague. For instance Christopher Columbus fills the bill as he did not discover a route to India like he thought. Could also fit a lot of criminals that were wrongly accused and convicted. Another example Abner Doubleday who is credited with creating baseball never did. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin did not actually invent the guillotin. Others include George Washington Carver and Betsy Ross.

It is none of those.

Since we are making Googling "illegal" I am intentionally constructing the clues to be more difficult to Google. You all are way more trusting than I am. It's the internet. Very few people are "honest" or "mature", they just want to be right.

Here's another hint:

Despite being dead for over 250 years his influence can still be felt, if unknowingly, when watching a modern day weather report.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 17 Oct 2017, 18:28
This is another pathetic stab in the dark, but could it be Hooke?
I’m sorry, no idea what his first name was but I think he is somewhat associated with the invention of microscope although he didn’t invent it, but he did a lot of stuff, if I remember well he made first drawings of cells and compound eyes, was the leader of Royal society before Newton, who despised him.

But I still might be actually completely wrong about anything I mentioned here. :-D


Edit: It just occurred to me that he must have died quite some time before Newton, which would be way before 250 years ago, so please excuse my profound retardedness.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 17 Oct 2017, 19:03
Robert Hooke is an excellent guess!

It's not the correct answer but you're on the right track.

He was a contemporary (and not a big fan) of Hooke's.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 17 Oct 2017, 19:32
Don't know about the last clue but the others tend me to think of the inventor of the barometer or rather the person that was credited with the invention. Evangalista Torracelli (spelling?)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 17 Oct 2017, 19:34
So could it be Newtons friend Haley as in Haley's comet?
Haha i'm complete moron with remembering names, sorry for that.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 17 Oct 2017, 19:50
Maybe one of the namesakes for tempreture scales? Celsius, Fahrenheit or Lord (I think) Kelvin?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 17 Oct 2017, 19:59
So could it be Newtons friend Haley as in Haley's comet?

Edmond Halley is the correct answer!

This legendary figure received very little acknowledgement for his myriad accomplishments. The one thing, for which he is almost entirely known for, is something he didn't actually do.

Despite being dead for over 250 years his influence can still be felt, if unknowingly, when watching a modern day weather report.

He was a contemporary (and not a big fan) of Hooke's.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 17 Oct 2017, 22:13
He was a unique thinker during the High Middle Ages(in Christian Europe), among other things he’s considered one of the pioneers of the scientific method.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 18 Oct 2017, 00:37
My first thought was Francis Bacon but he was a bit later than the high middle ages if I'm remembering correctly.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 18 Oct 2017, 02:15
Galileo?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot+ on 18 Oct 2017, 07:47
Figaro?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 18 Oct 2017, 07:51
My first thought was Descartes, but he's not exactly High Middle Ages.

Maybe William of Ockham, he lived in the right time period, at least.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Andail on 18 Oct 2017, 08:40
Pretty sure it's Thomas of Aquinos (sp)

Edit: ...although Ockham is a very good guess too...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 18 Oct 2017, 09:00
Nope to all the guesses so far, although, some are really good and I think I should have thought the question through a little better.

@Sinitrena: I forgot about William of Ockham. It is a great guess, like him he was an English Franciscan friar but was born decades earlier.

@Darth: Its not Francis Bacon, but lets just say that they shared more than just their passion for science.;)

Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 18 Oct 2017, 10:51
Had been going to guess Coppernicus but if he's English... can't think of anyone atm.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 18 Oct 2017, 12:40
@Darth: Its not Francis Bacon, but lets just say that they shared more than just their passion for science.;)

Do they share a last name?

I do remember another famous (not Kevin) Bacon, in scientific circles, but I'll be damned if I can remember the first name... Robert Bacon?

Honestly, though, at this point I'm just guessing.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 18 Oct 2017, 13:13
Damn Darth, soo close! I mean I think your answer should be accepted as I didn’t provide the full correct name once in this thread.
But maybe just for the sake of general comfort try to guess one more time, you got the first two letters right.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 18 Oct 2017, 13:36
Hilarious. That was a total shot in the dark.

In the interest of full-disclosure after my last guess I did some googling (as I really didn't know the answer) and discovered how close I'd actually come.

So if anybody else is able to get it from my hail-mary provided clue I'm happy to give it to them!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 18 Oct 2017, 14:00
Roger Bacon?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 18 Oct 2017, 14:23
That’s correct Mandle, you nailed it!(using Darths nails I assume :-D )

Roger Bacon (1219-1292), mostly known for his study of optics, expanding on Alhazen’s work described geometry of refraction and measured the reflection angle of rainbows, also the first in Europe to record the formula of gunpowder.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 18 Oct 2017, 23:59
That’s correct Mandle, you nailed it!(using Darths nails I assume :-D )

Yeah, I just guessed another name that starts with "Ro"... I hand the next round to Darth Mandarb.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 19 Oct 2017, 12:42
I humbly accept...

This astronomer pioneered the study of the rotation rates of galaxies by uncovering the discrepancy between the predicted angular motion of galaxies and the observed motion by studying galactic rotation curves.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 19 Oct 2017, 13:29
Galileo's great great great ... grandson? (Best I can do! (laugh))
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 19 Oct 2017, 14:49
Edwin Hubble?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 19 Oct 2017, 15:18
This funny guy, who's name sounded something like Zwicky goes on my mind. Ah, i know, i know, i should probably just hold my peace if i don't know the name.(roll)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 19 Oct 2017, 15:33
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar?
just saw him highlighted on google as an astronomer/mathematician so thought i would throw that as a guess.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 19 Oct 2017, 16:17
manifest class - negative!

dayowlron - It is not Hubble or Chandrasekhar.

LameNick - Fritz Zwicky, and no :D However this is a very good guess (related).

Here's another clue!

Fritz Zwicky theorized the existence of dark matter in the 1930s. This person's data/work showed the first evidence of the existence of dark matter (strengthening Zwicky's theory) some years later.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 19 Oct 2017, 16:39
Than it must be Vera...Damn! Vera Something or the other.. damn am i a painful retard..
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 19 Oct 2017, 20:15
Than it must be Vera...Damn! Vera Something or the other.. damn am i a painful retard..

Yes.......
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 19 Oct 2017, 21:20
All I can think of now is Vera Farmiga, I recall her and Fritz Zwicky being mentioned in every documentary about dark matter, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to remember her second name. At least not today.