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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #200 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.

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #201 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."

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #202 on: 11 Nov 2017, 22:06 »
 Hmm... The First Transcontinental Railroad perhaps?

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #203 on: 11 Nov 2017, 22:53 »
That's a rather unspecific guess.  Which continent?  Which railroad?

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #204 on: 11 Nov 2017, 23:03 »
The United States coast to coast railway.

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #205 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. :)


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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #206 on: 12 Nov 2017, 00:40 »
The eurotunnel?

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #207 on: 12 Nov 2017, 00:45 »
The trans-Siberian railroad?

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #208 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.

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #209 on: 12 Nov 2017, 19:00 »
It made Rome a city, but had fallen into disrepair by the 3rd century of the republic.

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #210 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.

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #211 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

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #212 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.

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #213 on: 13 Nov 2017, 16:06 »
My guess would be the 3rd Ice Age?

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #214 on: 13 Nov 2017, 19:50 »
An excellent guess, but is not the answer!

Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #215 on: 13 Nov 2017, 19:54 »
Eruption of the volcano Tobu somewhere in Indonesia if i recollect correctly. 
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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #216 on: 14 Nov 2017, 01:58 »
Dude, it's the biblical flood! ;-D

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #217 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!

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #218 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?

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #219 on: 15 Nov 2017, 09:07 »
The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci?