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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.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 20 Oct 2017, 13:51
You have the right person (even if only by first name) so I'm inclined to award you the victory!

Vera Rubin (July 23, 1928 – December 25, 2016) was an American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates. Rubin spent her life advocating for women in science and was known for her mentorship of aspiring women astronomers. She was honored throughout her career for her achievements, and received the Bruce Medal, the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, and the National Medal of Science, among others.
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b5/Vera_Rubin_%281928-2016%29_John_Glenn_%281921-2016%29.jpg)
Vera Rubin (pictured w/ John Glenn)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 20 Oct 2017, 14:46
Wow, just noticed, she died recently.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 20 Oct 2017, 20:20
Vera Rubin of course *doublefacepalm! I didn’t know she passed away, that’s sad, everybody’s leaving lately.


Question:
It was one of the first ever recorded economic bubbles that the all merciful invisible hand in its infinite wisdom delivered to society. What was it called?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 20 Oct 2017, 20:30
^Am I the only one that thinks this thread should be a little less poetic? These initial questions are just so opaque. I get it ~ we're all adventure gamers ~ but the initial 'three-cryptic-hints-before-an-actual-hint' approach is getting old very quickly. Anyone else in favour of a 'this American was the first Catholic president' sort of thread? I mean, just ask the damn question! (laugh)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 20 Oct 2017, 20:42
I deeply apologize for my crappy poetry. The invisible hand was just a reference to Adam Smith and it doesn't really have to do anything with that particular question, which is: 

Its widely considered the first ever recorded Economic bubble. What is bubble called?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 20 Oct 2017, 23:25
Tulip Fever?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 21 Oct 2017, 10:18
@Kumpel:Correct Answer!

Tulip fewer also known as  Tulip bubble or “Tulip mania was a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then dramatically collapsed in February 1637.”-wiki
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 21 Oct 2017, 14:48
^Am I the only one that thinks this thread should be a little less poetic? These initial questions are just so opaque. I get it ~ we're all adventure gamers ~ but the initial 'three-cryptic-hints-before-an-actual-hint' approach is getting old very quickly. Anyone else in favour of a 'this American was the first Catholic president' sort of thread? I mean, just ask the damn question! (laugh)

Interesting. I, personally, find it more fun that way. Couldn't really explain why. I think it's because it's not just pointing to the answer.  You have to interpret the clues.  I suppose it should be left to the discretion of the one posting the question? Unless a lot of people find it annoying too.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 24 Oct 2017, 13:01
I am out of ideas. Please anyone take over in the meantime.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 24 Oct 2017, 13:32
This honest man was the 16th president of the United States of America.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Gurok on 24 Oct 2017, 14:03
John Wilkes Booth

(honest John)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 24 Oct 2017, 14:04
Abraham Lincoln

What country do the Gurkhas come from?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Gurok on 24 Oct 2017, 14:13
Hold your fire, manifest. Darth hasn't confirmed the answer.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 24 Oct 2017, 14:35
Abraham Lincoln

Confirmed
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 24 Oct 2017, 15:03
I liked that episode of NCIS:LA where they had a Gurkha with them. I believe it was India or Nepal.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 24 Oct 2017, 15:14
Yeah Nepal. Well done.

(http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/facebook/000/048/783/a_winner_is_you20110724-22047-1nd3wif.jpg)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 24 Oct 2017, 19:38
Think I am going to go with an easy one.
who was the first man in space?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 24 Oct 2017, 22:34
Uh... I'm thinking Yuri Gargarin and will be horribly embarrassed if I'm wrong!  (Slightly less so if I'm right but have the spelling of the surname wrong.)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 25 Oct 2017, 02:12
Correct and even spelled correctly. I was going to ask the first woman in space but then I looked that up and didnt think anyone would know Valentina Tereshkova.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 25 Oct 2017, 09:18
I'm afraid I would never have known the first woman in space (although the name does seem familiar now that I've seen it). 

Um... mind's gone blank for the moment, I'll be back with a new question soon...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 25 Oct 2017, 11:49
Okay I have one - hope it's not too easy.

Which Spanish conquistador conquered the Aztec empire in the 16th century?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 25 Oct 2017, 12:02
Hernan Cortes.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 25 Oct 2017, 12:31
Hernan Cortes.

So indeed yes, it was too easy!

You're up.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 25 Oct 2017, 12:43
We are looking for a painter. She is known for her self-portraits, which she started to paint after an accident, where she was impaled by a handrail (literally), forced her to spend months in bed.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 25 Oct 2017, 13:00
Frieda Kahlo?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 25 Oct 2017, 13:07
That was quick, I'm impressed. Frida Kahlo is correct.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 27 Oct 2017, 13:10
This AGS Forums member won the last round, but has yet to post the next question...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 27 Oct 2017, 13:23
This AGS Forums member won the last round, but has yet to post the next question...

Ooh ooh I think I know this one... :-D
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 27 Oct 2017, 13:40
Oh holy cow! Yet another blind shot that hits! (wtf)

Let's see...

What was the historic reason that until today several dozen churches, associations and private persons worldwide are equipped with a cross made out of carpenter nails?

bonus question:
What is engraved in all of these crosses?

edit: slightly extended the question
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 27 Oct 2017, 14:27
Because Jesus was a carpenter?

Can I get a "DERP-DERP" from someone please!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 27 Oct 2017, 16:35
This AGS Forums member won the last round, but has yet to post the next question...
(laugh)(laugh)(laugh)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 27 Oct 2017, 16:37
Because Jesus was a carpenter?

Can I get a "DERP-DERP" from someone please!
Going to agree with this and guess the bonus is 'INRI'?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 28 Oct 2017, 11:13
Of course we are not talking about a simple crucifix  :P

The Idea behind this "movement" is to remind people all over the world what terrible things humans can do to each other.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 28 Oct 2017, 12:20
Of course we are not talking about a simple crucifix  :P

I have to point this out: A cross and a crucifix are not the same thing, and the distinction is quiet important in art.

A cross is just two bars crossed, without any specific form other than that. For example this: x is techniquelly also a cross. In a religious, christian context, it is usually one slightly longer vertical bar and a slightly shorter horizontal bar. I think some orthodox churches use a symetrical cross, but I'm not sure.

A crucifix, on the other hand, is a representation of the cruxification of Jesus. That is, a crucifix always includes a cross on the one hand and a figure of Jesus on the other, be it as a statue or just an image. Sometimes, there's a plate with the inscription INRI on a crucifix, which stands for Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, in latin.

Sorry, this is a bit of a pet peeve of mine - and I also wanted to clarify: Is your question about a cross or a crucifix?

As  for carpenter nails, I know that many churches claim to own some of the nails that were used to nail Jesus to the cross. So I assume it's possible that some other churches also use more modern carpenter nails to remember this.


Edit: Then there's the Cross of Coventry. I can't remember the details, but after the destruction of the whole city in WWII  a cross was made out of some of the debris - probably carpenter nails, considering your question (if I'm right, of course), and copies(?) sent all over the world, most likely among others to Dresden, which was also destroyed in the war - and is now partner city or something of Coventry. I don't know anything about an inscription, but maybe "Coventry"? These crosses are meant to promote peace.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 28 Oct 2017, 14:53
The Idea behind this "movement" is to remind people all over the world what terrible things humans can do to each other.

Is it something about The Holocaust then?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 28 Oct 2017, 22:58
Edit: Then there's the Cross of Coventry. I can't remember the details, but after the destruction of the whole city in WWII  a cross was made out of some of the debris - probably carpenter nails, considering your question (if I'm right, of course), and copies(?) sent all over the world, most likely among others to Dresden, which was also destroyed in the war - and is now partner city or something of Coventry. I don't know anything about an inscription, but maybe "Coventry"? These crosses are meant to promote peace.

Thanks for clarifying this for us. And that is the solution I was looking for!

The Nail Cross Community is founded on the "coventry blitz" called air raid by german bombers in WW2 that destroyed the Cathedral in Coventry. This event has been sadly avenged by bombing almost the whole city of Dresden and seriously destroying big parts of several other Cities in Germany. A priest had the idea to use some nails he found in the debris of coventry cathedral, to create a cross that should be a symbol of peace, first only beetween England and Germany (the first cross went to the church of Kiel) but until today between everyone worldwide who wants to be part of this community. Their most famous partnership is indeed beetween Coventry and Dresden, when an english bishop handed over the cross to the bishop of saxony right after the completion of the rebuilt Frauenkirche ("Church of our Lady"in the year 2005.

As for the bonus question: I made a mistake there. The words I meant haven't been engraved in the crosses, but in the wall of the cathedral's ruin in Coventry. And these words are "father forgive".

Your turn, Sinitrena.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 29 Oct 2017, 06:13
This one should be easy (if I didn't make he clue too obscure):

He was a well-known actor and while he spoke his most famous sentence on a stage in a theatre, he is not remembered for his acting.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot on 29 Oct 2017, 08:40
Ronald Reagan?
He was an actor but is not remembered for his acting as much as his stint as POTUS.
I don't know which famous quote you're referring to but I'm sure he said some good ones on theatre stages during his Presidency..
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 29 Oct 2017, 09:15
Arnold Schwarzenegger?

nah. not a theater actor
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 29 Oct 2017, 11:09
This one should be easy (if I didn't make he clue too obscure):

He was a well-known actor and while he spoke his most famous sentence on a stage in a theatre, he is not remembered for his acting.

John Wilkes Booth
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 29 Oct 2017, 12:56
John Wilkes Booth

Correct.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 30 Oct 2017, 12:10
I enjoyed that clue. Just the right amount of obscurity and enough hints to think outside the box. Well done!

On to the next:

This Norwegian explorer (with his four companions) is credited as being the first human to reach the geographic south pole on 14 December 1911. Beating the British Terra Nova Expedition, led by Robert Falcon Scott, by only 5 weeks.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 30 Oct 2017, 12:22
Ronald (or something) Amundsen
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 30 Oct 2017, 15:10
Roald Amundsen for the win :D
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 30 Oct 2017, 20:26
Roald, that's it. I thought Roland or Raoul, I guess the answer was in the middle.

The next one is a very sad and awful one:

We are looking for the name of the meeting in 1942 where the "final solution of the Jewish question" was discussed and its implementation ensured.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 30 Oct 2017, 21:30
Wansee conference
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 30 Oct 2017, 21:41
It is the Wannsee Conference.

Over to you LameNick.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 31 Oct 2017, 09:15
It was a competition between two formats, during which many animals and a man were executed in a dreadful manner.
By what name is this short historical episode referred to?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: selmiak on 31 Oct 2017, 10:12
it's the betamax vs VHS war of course!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 31 Oct 2017, 11:39
I’m sure Betamax vs VHS had its casualties, however no showcase executions were involved as far as I know. These are literal carried out killings I’m referring to, but you got the word “war” right.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Gilbert on 31 Oct 2017, 12:37
AC vs DC. I think its Edison vs err... Tesla?
The asshole Edison even electrocuted an elephant showing how dangereous AC was.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 31 Oct 2017, 14:52
That’s right, it was AC versus DC known as the War of Currents!

According to wiki the electrocution of poor Topsy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topsy_(elephant)) happened quite some time after the war, but Harold Brown with Edison’s direct support and the support of Westinghouses’(company using Tesla’s AC patent) competition publically electrocuted many animals to demonstrate that AC current is more deadly than DC. They also got hold of Westinghous AC generators to provide assistance in the first electric chair execution which took 8 minutes and a witnessing reporter claimed that it was "an awful spectacle, far worse than hanging".

Your turn Gilbert.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Gilbert on 01 Nov 2017, 01:56
As I failed my history classes I actually never expected I could answer anything or even post in this thread, but that AC/DC things kept popping up before me in recent years, so...

Let me try, hopefully this is easy and I get the facts correct:

I've tried but I couldn't find any idea, so anyone fast enough can steal this turn.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 01 Nov 2017, 14:04
What French general kicked the tomb of Saladin and said "We have returned."?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 01 Nov 2017, 14:05
Napolean?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 01 Nov 2017, 14:06
No, but that's a good guess.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 01 Nov 2017, 15:08
I remember reading about this but I can't remember the guy's specific name.

Wasn't there some controversy about whether he actually did it?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 01 Nov 2017, 16:38
Like a lot of moments in history ~ that is probable. Personally I think this guy is kind of an asshole if the story is true.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 02 Nov 2017, 01:41
Hint: His Saladin poke was in the aftermath of WW1.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 02 Nov 2017, 02:54
French general after world war one, eh?  Er.... Ferdinand Foch?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 02 Nov 2017, 14:21
^Let's award that best guess. The correct answer is Henri Gouraud. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Gouraud_(general)

Your go, Baron.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 03 Nov 2017, 03:46
All righty then.  I'm looking for a double answer: two historical personages that share the following biography.

Quote
At 43 years of age this successful author and charismatic war vet became the head of his country's government.  He took over this roll from the ageing supreme commander of the nation's armies in a war that ended 15 years previously.  He was considered one of the great orators of his generation, although beneath the veneer of a vigorous statesman he actually suffered from ill-health and drug use.  Initiatives while in office included instigating an accelerated program of research into rocketry and outright reckless campaigns to stem the perceived threat of communism.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot on 03 Nov 2017, 03:59
JFK And Hitler.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 03 Nov 2017, 04:04
Why'd you ever take that + off your name, Stupot?  Top marks for you.  Your turn.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot on 05 Nov 2017, 23:12
Sorry. Here's one.

This fictional character, originally called Edward and created in 1924, is better known by what name?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 05 Nov 2017, 23:36
Tarzan?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 06 Nov 2017, 01:12
I don't know when he was created but Winnie The Pooh was originally Edward Bear.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot on 06 Nov 2017, 03:35
I don't know when he was created but Winnie The Pooh was originally Edward Bear.
Ding-ding-ding. Yep. Originally he was named 'Mr. Edward Bear' after a real toy bear owned by the real Christopher Robin Milne. But when Christopher Robin renamed his toy bear Winnie after meeting a real bear by that name at London Zoo, A. A. Milne changed the name of the fictional bear accordingly.

(Not sure where the 'pooh' came from but presumably toilet roll was scarce in those days. They had to use something.)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 06 Nov 2017, 12:30
Cool I will post a question soon.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 06 Nov 2017, 15:30
This should be an easy one for some people.
What Mexican General had an elaborate state funeral for his amputated leg?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 06 Nov 2017, 15:59
The only famous Mexican general I can think of is Santa Anna. So... Santa Anna?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 06 Nov 2017, 19:34
Correct.
Mexican general Antonio López de Santa Anna held a funeral for his amputated leg.
http://historythings.com/time-santa-anna-held-funeral-amputated-leg/

Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 07 Nov 2017, 13:49
The only other famous Mexican General I could think of was Poncho Villa. So I guessed right :D

Next...
This pharaoh of the 3rd Dynasty during the Old Kingdom is known for having the Step Pyramid built as part of his funeral complex at Saqqara. His tomb's design is said to have been created by his vizier Imhotep.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 07 Nov 2017, 14:09
My knowledge of Egyptian pharaohs is a little rusty so I'll go for the only name I can really remember right now, which is Ramses II.  (Clearly if there's a II there must have been a I, but since you say 3rd dynasty, I'm going with II.)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 07 Nov 2017, 14:49
I am just going to throw it out there knowing it probably isnt correct, but if it is I didn't want to miss out but other than Ramses the only other one I know of is Tutankamen (sp?)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 07 Nov 2017, 14:51
That must be Djoser. I am a passionate IMHOTEP boardgame player :)

Let's stay in this area.

Which king proclaimed to be the god king of a slightly different egyptian cult?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 07 Nov 2017, 15:16
Kumpel is, of course, right!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 08 Nov 2017, 02:28
Oh, it's the guy who changed his name.  Some relation of Nefratiti's.  Atensomething. (nod)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 08 Nov 2017, 17:08
I can see you are on the right track. those for letters are indeed part of his name
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 08 Nov 2017, 20:25
I have no idea how to spell "Atenakken"
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 08 Nov 2017, 22:57
No "Atenakken" ever ruled these pyramid fetishists from a few thousand years ago afaik. (wrong)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 08 Nov 2017, 23:20
Ahkenaten?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 09 Nov 2017, 01:34
I just remember "Aten" meant sun, and he wanted to be worshipped as the new sun god instead of Ra.  If we go through all the iterations of "Aten" we're sure to hit on it! ;-D
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 09 Nov 2017, 19:20
"aten" is only partly right...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 09 Nov 2017, 20:24
Really dont have a clue but some other Egyptian names I have heard of in the past:
Amenhotep and Nebetah
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 09 Nov 2017, 21:27
Archeologists are still unsure if this king ruled his own part of the Egyptian kingdom parallel to Ramses II or in his own dynasty, because in his era he destroyed a lot of cultural treasures to establish his own monotheistic cult.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot on 09 Nov 2017, 23:00
Did Darth not get it? ^^
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 09 Nov 2017, 23:05
Ahkenaten?
Wow! I didn't know this very different but afawikik absolutely right alias of "Echnaton". You just spelled it slightly wrong - it's "Akhenaten" -, but You are of course right, Darth.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 10 Nov 2017, 00:05
I wanted to guess without looking it up so I just went all phonetic!

I'll whip up another ASAP. Watch this space...

This prolific, late 19th century, serial killer brutally murdered women. The murderer continued until his/her murders started making headlines. Then the killings just stopped and the killer was never caught.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Riaise on 10 Nov 2017, 19:51
Jack the Ripper?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 10 Nov 2017, 21:07
It was not Jack the Ripper. However, given that the murders in question took place before the murders by Jack the Ripper (and neither were caught) I suppose we can't positively say it wasn't the same person. However, in the case of this question, it was not Jack the Ripper.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 10 Nov 2017, 21:45
Jack The Elder. ;-D
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 11 Nov 2017, 01:00
H H Holmes? Other than Jack the Ripper he is the only serial killer I know of from that time and I am pretty sure he was before Jack the Ripper.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 11 Nov 2017, 08:48
There was an American murderer, who killed many women with an axe and was never arrested, but I don't remember his name. The "servant girl killer" or something similar?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 11 Nov 2017, 12:58
There was an American murderer,..The "servant girl killer" or something similar?

Close enough! The Servant Girl Annihilator was the moniker penned by writer O.Henry. The string of murders took place in Austin, Texas USA between 1884 and 1885. The killer's first six victims were servants (all black) so didn't get much press until the next two (and final) victims were killed and they happened to be white. Then the media hysteria started and the killing stopped.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 11 Nov 2017, 18:01
Annihilator, right! It sounds much more interesting than plain "killer".

I can't think of a good question right now, so someone please take my turn.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 11 Nov 2017, 21:04
This infrastructure project was described by a contemporary poet as "that tongue that is licking up the cream of commerce and finance of a continent."
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 11 Nov 2017, 22:06
 Hmm... The First Transcontinental Railroad perhaps?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 11 Nov 2017, 22:53
That's a rather unspecific guess.  Which continent?  Which railroad?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 11 Nov 2017, 23:03
The United States coast to coast railway.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 11 Nov 2017, 23:43
It seems like you're referring to the Central Pacific Railroad (that went from California to Utah) and the Union Pacific Railroad (that stretched from Iowa to Utah), which together were the first "transcontinental" railroad, although neither originally stretched to the Atlantic.  But both of those are incorrect. :)

Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 12 Nov 2017, 00:40
The eurotunnel?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 12 Nov 2017, 00:45
The trans-Siberian railroad?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 12 Nov 2017, 02:05
Nope, nope.

Another poet mused melodically that "you'll always know your neighbour, and you'll always know your pal" if you'd ever been on this piece of infrastructure.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 12 Nov 2017, 19:00
It made Rome a city, but had fallen into disrepair by the 3rd century of the republic.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 12 Nov 2017, 19:17
You'll always know your neighbor, and you'll always know your pal if y'ever navigated on the Erie Canal!

Didn't know that first quote (or the third) but I remember that jingle about the canal.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 12 Nov 2017, 22:34
The Erie Canal is correct!

The first quote was of a bitter Bostonian, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (father of the supreme court justice).  I just remember the Pete Seger song for the second quote, but apparently the song is much older.  The third clue was referring to Rome, New York and the American republic. :P
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 13 Nov 2017, 13:19
This event, which took place nearly 75,000 years ago, is believed to have caused a genetic bottle neck of the human population. Estimates range from 10,000 to as few as 1,000 humans left on the planet. Human kind has never come so close to being totally wiped out. While there has been some disagreement in recent years (as to whether this event actually caused the population crisis) most still believe this event was responsible for the near-extinction of humanity.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 13 Nov 2017, 16:06
My guess would be the 3rd Ice Age?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 13 Nov 2017, 19:50
An excellent guess, but is not the answer!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 13 Nov 2017, 19:54
Eruption of the volcano Tobu somewhere in Indonesia if i recollect correctly. 
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 14 Nov 2017, 01:58
Dude, it's the biblical flood! ;-D
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 14 Nov 2017, 13:14
Eruption of the volcano Tobu somewhere in Indonesia if i recollect correctly.

It's Toba (at least in English) but you got it either way!

Your turn!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 15 Nov 2017, 09:02
Looks like I’m not even capable to remember a single name correctly. But then again, I am not known for having one of the greatest memories of all time.:-D

It is a famous diagram, representing proportions, drawn by a famous artist.
What is the diagram called?

Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 15 Nov 2017, 09:07
The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 15 Nov 2017, 09:18
Exactly! The Vitruvian Man  (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/22/Da_Vinci_Vitruve_Luc_Viatour.jpg)by Leonardo da Vinci  drawn around 1490, depicting human proportions according the Roman architect Vitruvius.

Your turn!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 15 Nov 2017, 17:13
This outlaw is mostly known for leaving (two) poems at the site of his robberies.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 15 Nov 2017, 18:47
I think his name was Charles Boyles (sp?) (aka Black Bart).
Wanted to create a western themed AGS game so I was reading about some of the wild west characters for some research and I remembered him cause I thought that was kind of an odd thing to do.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 15 Nov 2017, 19:43
You're right! He was Charles Boles, better known as Black Bart (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Bart_(outlaw))!
He was an odd character indeed! He robbed stagecoaches on foot because he was afraid of horses.

Did you make that western game, in the end?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 15 Nov 2017, 22:23
I started it, but my graphics looked so terrible that I never completed it. I am a good coder but I can draw worth shit. lol.
Who is the only woman known to have robbed a stagecoach?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 16 Nov 2017, 01:05
Kissin' Kate Barlow! ;-D
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 16 Nov 2017, 03:08
she did rob some banks and was an outlaw but never robbed a stagecoach.
(wrong)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 16 Nov 2017, 08:43
Pearl Hart?
I think she was sent to Yuma Prison for robbing a stagecoach, but I'm not sure.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 16 Nov 2017, 14:52
Pearl Hart?
I think she was sent to Yuma Prison for robbing a stagecoach, but I'm not sure.
You got it, except from what I read it was a prison in Tucson. She had cut her hair and dressed in mens clothes.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 16 Nov 2017, 18:30
Ops! Wrong prison.
She had cut her hair and dressed in mens clothes.
I remember seeing a photo of her that way, I think.

Next question:
This famous orator was beheaded, then his head and hands were sent to the Emperor.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 16 Nov 2017, 23:08
John The Baptist?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 17 Nov 2017, 02:19
Cicero definitely had his hands cut off, but I'm not sure about the head.  And I'm not sure about timing: was the guy in charge still Octavian the Ghoulish Gangster or Augustus the Benevolent Emperor by that point? (roll)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 17 Nov 2017, 08:45
Yes, it's Marcus Tullius Cicero (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicero)!

And I'm not sure about timing: was the guy in charge still Octavian the Ghoulish Gangster or Augustus the Benevolent Emperor by that point? (roll)
I should've been more precise, but I wrote the question in a hurry. Sorry about that. So... let's call it "artistic licence" ;)

Cicero definitely had his hands cut off, but I'm not sure about the head.
According to Plutarch, he was beheaded. The hands were cut too, because he used them to write the Philippics. Some even say that Antony's wife stabbed Cicero's tongue with a hairpin. :-X

From Plutarch's Parallel Lives:
(stolen taken from here (http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Plutarch/Lives/Cicero*.html))

Then he himself, clasping his chin with his left hand, as was his wont, looked steadfastly at his slayers, his head all squalid and unkempt, and his face wasted with anxiety, so that most of those that stood by covered their faces while Herennius was slaying him. For he stretched his neck forth from the litter and was slain, being then in his sixty-fourth year. Herennius cut off his head, by Antony's command, and his hands — the hands with which he wrote the Philippics. For Cicero himself entitled his speeches against Antony "Philippics," and to this day the documents are called Philippics.

When Cicero's extremities were brought to Rome, it chanced that Antony was conducting an election, but when he heard of their arrival and saw them, he cried out, "Now let our proscriptions have an end." Then he ordered the head and hands to be placed over the ships' beaks on the rostra, a sight that made the Romans shudder
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 17 Nov 2017, 21:53
This head of state swam daily in the nude in his capital city's main river.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 17 Nov 2017, 22:18
Trump?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 17 Nov 2017, 22:35
Trump?
LOL

Kim Jong-un?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 17 Nov 2017, 22:49
Trump?

If you wear that orange paste all over yourself, are you really nude? (roll)

Quote
Trump?

No.

Quote
Kim Jong-un

No.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 17 Nov 2017, 23:05
Teh Baron?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 17 Nov 2017, 23:44
I'm not hiking all the way down to the river for public nudity. :P  The ice rink across the street is just fine, thank you. 8-)

His dad was also head of state, although the father was more modest in his bathing habits.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 18 Nov 2017, 00:04
George W. Bush?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 18 Nov 2017, 00:39
Oooo!  Let's all look at the painting.... ;)

(http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-10/09/xin_55100109093365847168.jpg)

Nope.  Not tanned enough. 

In general, flagrant nudists in positions of power flourished in the era before tabloid journalism.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 18 Nov 2017, 04:25
John Quincy Adams? I know he was the son of John Adams and both were president, but dont know about any skinny dipping.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 18 Nov 2017, 14:10
Yes!  J. Q. Adams was known to enjoy the frisky flow of the Potomac.  Rumour has it that voters chucked him out unfairly in 1828 because they judged his presidential capabilities right after he had gotten out one chill November morn. (roll)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 18 Nov 2017, 18:48
Wow cool. I just knew they were presidents and father and son.
Anyone want to take my turn?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 19 Nov 2017, 20:37
No one has anything? OK Ill take my turn.
Ancient Romans used this substance as a mouthwash.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 19 Nov 2017, 20:57
Brine?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 19 Nov 2017, 21:39
(wrong) but close (sort of)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 19 Nov 2017, 22:14
Urine?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 20 Nov 2017, 01:09
Ew, gross!

I was going to guess pig semen. :=
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 20 Nov 2017, 01:11
Ew, gross!

I was going to guess pig semen. :=

(laugh)(laugh)(laugh)

Well, I'm guessing I'm right as he said "close(sort of)" and urine is one letter different from "brine" and also similar salty-water kinda thing.

So now I gotta wonder: Was the correct insult in Ancient Rome "Get lost, non-pee-breath!" ?!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 20 Nov 2017, 14:39
Urine?
You are correct Mandle. they used urine and fecies for a lot of uses.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 20 Nov 2017, 23:18
Sounds like they might enjoy some shady internet sites I've been pranked into visiting over the years... (laugh)

New question coming soon:

Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 21 Nov 2017, 01:12
Yeah kinda gross but interesting.
http://mentalfloss.com/article/76994/6-practical-ways-romans-used-human-urine-and-feces-daily-life
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 23 Nov 2017, 08:37
Which historical figure's offsping (most likely) ended up in the same tomb as their father?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 24 Nov 2017, 02:21
Nicholas II of Russia?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 24 Nov 2017, 02:59
Nope... oh and, by the way, I meant literally together with their father's bones, not just in the same crypt together.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 24 Nov 2017, 04:29
It's the (most likely) part of your clue that suggests some sort of upheaval at the time (thus introducing an element of uncertainty), although I suppose the distant past is also a possibility.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 24 Nov 2017, 04:37
The uncertainty comes from the fact that the body/bones were (most likely) moved there from their own grave later on by persons unknown.

So, there is a possibility that the bones are not actually of that person's child and that someone else is interred there and that the child's bones were misplaced/destroyed/stolen.

Most people, including myself, think it more likely that the bones were moved later to honor a wish of either the parent (most likely) or the child (or both) to be together in death. This kind of thing is frowned upon by the Catholic Church and so was probably done in a fairly hush-hush manner.

There was mention of possibly making a DNA test for the benefit of setting the record straight, but most people were like "Nah, leave them alone."
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 25 Nov 2017, 01:40
Hint: They were father and daughter and, while they shared a very close bond, circumstances kept them apart through most of their lives.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 25 Nov 2017, 15:12
Oh, is this Lord Byron and Ada Lovelace?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 25 Nov 2017, 23:25
Oh, is this Lord Byron and Ada Lovelace?

No.

Hint: Italy
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kweepa on 26 Nov 2017, 02:24
Galileo?
(Guess based on reading Dava Sobel's book...)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 26 Nov 2017, 12:32
Galileo?
(Guess based on reading Dava Sobel's book...)

BINGO!

And my mate that loaned me that book did not warn me that reading the last page was going to make me break down crying.

I finished reading it on a crowded train here in Japan and broke out in tears to the surprise of everyone around me.

Did not expect that from a historical documentary type book.

Over to you!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kweepa on 26 Nov 2017, 16:39
Yes, it's a very touching book!
Will post a new one soon...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kweepa on 26 Nov 2017, 18:09
What eccentric and innovative film maker was involved in a landmark deep ocean exploration project, the accomplishments of which are veiled in secrecy?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 26 Nov 2017, 18:32
James Cameron? I seem to vagiely remember him exploring the Titanic when he made the film.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kweepa on 26 Nov 2017, 18:52
(wrong) (nothing secret there...)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 26 Nov 2017, 22:14
John Houston?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 26 Nov 2017, 22:50
Howard Hughes?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 26 Nov 2017, 23:09
Or was it actually James Cameron but you meant his voyage to the bottom of The Mariana Trench?

(I didn't know there were secrets about that though. If so, he probably made it that way on purpose to start conspiracy theories that he went to meet with the "aliens" from The Abyss...)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kweepa on 27 Nov 2017, 00:23
Captain D, Howard Hughes is correct!
It was his Glomar Explorer raising the Russian K129 sub in the Pacific. #ProjectAzorian #Jennifer
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 27 Nov 2017, 14:06
Hehe, I see "eccentric and innovative film maker" and immediately think of Howard Hughes! :grin:

Okay, here's a new one...

This city was mentioned in the bible, but critics dismissed its existence until archaeological discoveries in the mid 19th century.  Since then it has become one of the most famous cities in antiquity, with impressive exhibits on display at the British Museum.  It is now believed to have been the largest city in the world at one point.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 27 Nov 2017, 14:15
Pompeii?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 27 Nov 2017, 14:34
Babylon?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 27 Nov 2017, 14:39
Nope to both.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 27 Nov 2017, 15:28
Sodom or Gomorrah? (sp?)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 27 Nov 2017, 15:34
Good guess but no. 

Hint - it was the capital of a powerful empire.  (Babylon was a good guess too btw ;)  Think slightly earlier...)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 27 Nov 2017, 15:50
Only ones I can think of seem to be missing one of the qualities.
Rome - still exists.
Byzantium/Constantinople/Istanbul - still exists.
Jerusalem - still exists.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 27 Nov 2017, 15:55
Nope none of those.

Hmm maybe it's not quite as well known as I thought!

The country this city was capital of does not exist today (geographically it's now part of several different modern country).

Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CyberUncleCat on 27 Nov 2017, 15:57
Gath?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 27 Nov 2017, 16:07
Intriguing guess!  But I'm afraid not the right one.

The empire this city was capital of was greatly feared for its brutality and sadistic treatment of prisoners.  Eventually it was replaced as world power by a combination of forces including the Medo-Persians and Chaldeans.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 27 Nov 2017, 16:45
Troy comes to mind for the dismissed part and discovered in the 19th century but I dont think it was mentioned in the Bible. Hm.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kweepa on 27 Nov 2017, 17:11
Is there a famous Byron poem that mentions the empire in the first line?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 27 Nov 2017, 17:19
Not Troy.

I had to look up Kweepa's question and yes indeed, Byron did write a poem mentioning this mighty empire!  The title of that poem mentions the name of one of its most famous kings (who is also mentioned in the bible).

Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 27 Nov 2017, 17:34
must be Nineveh
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 27 Nov 2017, 17:49
must be Nineveh

We have a winner!  Well done - obviously tougher than I realised.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 28 Nov 2017, 15:50
It was a tough one and I just answered that cause I know Nineveh was a large city that as far as I know doesn't "exist" in modern times.

question coming soon
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 28 Nov 2017, 16:50
Lets stick with another question that is Bible related.
What happened to 42 boys who made fun of someone that was bald?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 28 Nov 2017, 17:40
If it's in the Bible then I'd guess they were probably killed.

Maybe stoned to death?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 28 Nov 2017, 18:33
This was... gah Elijah I think (though could have been Elisha, I get the two rather mixed up) - they got taken out by she-bears.

Don't mess with bald prophets.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 28 Nov 2017, 21:33
This was... gah Elijah I think (though could have been Elisha, I get the two rather mixed up) - they got taken out by she-bears.

Don't mess with bald prophets.

That is correct, they made fun of Elijah and were mauled by she-bears or bears depending on the translation you use.
2 Kings 2:23-24
23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 28 Nov 2017, 22:03
Okay here's a new one, something completely different this time:

Which Welsh privateer (/buccaneer / pirate depending on your viewpoint) ended up becoming Lt. Governor of a Caribbean island.  His raids across the Spanish Main were legendary and he led several large expeditions against major Spanish ports and cities.  He also has a form of liquor named after him - or at least, heavily inspired by his legend.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 28 Nov 2017, 22:12
The only Welsh privateer I know is Henry Morgan.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 28 Nov 2017, 22:23
The only Welsh privateer I know is Henry Morgan.

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.... and ye'd be right, me hearty!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 29 Nov 2017, 00:23
Hey, me and the Captain got together just the other day! ;-D
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 29 Nov 2017, 02:28
Seriously? it was the only one I knew of, but didnt know that much about his history.
I have had a few turns lately. would anyone like my turn?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 30 Nov 2017, 10:02
We had one pirate, how about another one?

This 14th century german pirate has a famous legend assosiated with him: It is said, that when he and his crew were caught, he made a deal that some of his men would go free - those he walked past after being beheaded. He walked past eleven men and only stopped when someone tripped him.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 30 Nov 2017, 10:10
But that's impossible...

How would he know what direction to walk in?!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 30 Nov 2017, 10:19
He looked up from the ground, obviously. Coordination was a bit difficult, of course, what with the legs walking in one direction and the head rolling in the other. But that's german efficency for you. He said he would do it, he got it done. (laugh)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 30 Nov 2017, 12:03
This is not a legend I'm familiar with so I'm going to take a stab at the most famous of them all, Edward Teach AKA Blackbeard.

But... oh, a German pirate?!?  Ugh... don't really know any of them!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: The Last To Know on 30 Nov 2017, 12:26
If you visit Germany and are interested in this story, you could visit the Hamburg Dungeon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamburg_Dungeon). They present the story about Klaus Störtebeker (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaus_St%C3%B6rtebeker) quite nicely.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 30 Nov 2017, 13:08
You learn something new every day!!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 30 Nov 2017, 13:14
He looked up from the ground, obviously. Coordination was a bit difficult, of course, what with the legs walking in one direction and the head rolling in the other. But that's german efficency for you. He said he would do it, he got it done. (laugh)

Elementary! (laugh) (laugh) (laugh)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kweepa on 30 Nov 2017, 15:33
I was going to guess Das Huhn (The Chicken).
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 30 Nov 2017, 15:40
I was going to guess Das Huhn (The Chicken).

(laugh)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 30 Nov 2017, 17:16
If you visit Germany and are interested in this story, you could visit the Hamburg Dungeon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamburg_Dungeon). They present the story about Klaus Störtebeker (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaus_St%C3%B6rtebeker) quite nicely.
Correct.
And the Hamburg Dungeon is worth a visit if you ever happen to be there.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 30 Nov 2017, 23:27
And the Hamburg Dungeon is worth a visit if you ever happen to be there.

I'll bet that's not the original advertising copy for the place ;)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kweepa on 02 Dec 2017, 18:55
Since no-one is jumping in:
How did bad weather spark the growth of a musical genre?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 02 Dec 2017, 23:43
Global warming-induced hot-headedness has led to the rise of gangsta hip-hop ;-D
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kweepa on 03 Dec 2017, 00:19
Hip-hop is the right genre (nod)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 03 Dec 2017, 02:30
I'm guessing that because of bad weather a flight was cancelled which caused either a layover during which hip-hop was created by the stranded people, or created a coincidence of certain people meeting who wouldn't have otherwise and who went on to create hip-hop?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kweepa on 03 Dec 2017, 04:12
That's not it...
(It wasn't the creation of the genre, but led to "availability" of equipment.)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 03 Dec 2017, 08:32
The only thing this made me think of (which I'm failing to see a connection to hip-hop) was the theory that a period of extreme winter conditions affected the trees/woods that were used to create Stadivarius violins which gives them their unique sound.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kweepa on 03 Dec 2017, 18:47
It's not that either.
It was two lightning strikes...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 03 Dec 2017, 20:46
Is this something to do with Franklin's kite experiment and the subsequent use of electricity in radios?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kumpel on 03 Dec 2017, 22:47
Maybe the freestyle hip hop?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 04 Dec 2017, 00:43
I googled it because I was curious and even then it took a bit of work to find the info. There are a lot of hip hop bands/performers with "lightning" in their name to sort through, and maybe this is why?

It is indeed a very interesting story (which does sound half truth/half legend, but then a lot of history is the same).
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kweepa on 04 Dec 2017, 03:01
I don't think anyone is going to get there without googling at this point, but just in case I'll mention the time was summer of 1977, and the place was New York...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 04 Dec 2017, 09:01
I don't think anyone is going to get there without googling at this point, but just in case I'll mention the time was summer of 1977, and the place was New York...

Managed to find it with these clues.  I wouldn't have got it in a million years!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kweepa on 04 Dec 2017, 21:34
Well, Mandle and CaptainD have the answer:
Two lightning strikes at different power plants caused a citywide blackout, and a lot of fledgling hip-hop crews took advantage of the resulting looting to get amps, mikes and turntables. (I learned this from Netflix's 'The Get Down' :)
So, on with the game, I say!
Mandle or CaptainD, you folks choose.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 12 Dec 2017, 01:38
Here's a good one: Which history quiz game is lapsing into obsolescence? (roll) 
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 12 Dec 2017, 04:04
A man once fell from a horse and eventually died from his injuries.

If he had not fallen it could have potentially prevented the huge stockpiles of nuclear weapons that exist today from ever being created.

Who was this man?


Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: manifest class on 12 Dec 2017, 17:07
'Could have'? So now we're dealing in hypothetical histories? (laugh)

Alternative question (you can keep working on Mandle's if you want): What charter did King John of England sign in 1215?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kweepa on 12 Dec 2017, 23:56
The Magna Carta.
Back to Mandle's question. :)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 13 Dec 2017, 01:00
Back to Mandle's question. :)

I changed mine slightly as I realized the wording was not really correct.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 13 Dec 2017, 10:17
Hmm... I'm not really familiar with this but I assume it's something about someone discovering Uranium after falling off their horse, and if they hadn't fallen they wouldn't have stopped there?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 13 Dec 2017, 11:33
Hmm... I'm not really familiar with this but I assume it's something about someone discovering Uranium after falling off their horse, and if they hadn't fallen they wouldn't have stopped there?

Naw...

It's more about politics than science...