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Title: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan 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 WojtyŠ‚a 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: milkanannan 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 WojtyŠ‚a 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: milkanannan 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: milkanannan 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: milkanannan 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: milkanannan 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: milkanannan 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: milkanannan 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: milkanannan 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..
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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.
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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?
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Post by: milkanannan 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?
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Post by: Kumpel on 20 Oct 2017, 23:25
Tulip Fever?
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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
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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.
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Post by: Kumpel on 24 Oct 2017, 13:01
I am out of ideas. Please anyone take over in the meantime.
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Post by: Darth Mandarb on 24 Oct 2017, 13:32
This honest man was the 16th president of the United States of America.
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Post by: Gurok on 24 Oct 2017, 14:03
John Wilkes Booth

(honest John)
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Post by: milkanannan on 24 Oct 2017, 14:04
Abraham Lincoln

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

Confirmed
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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.
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Post by: milkanannan 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)
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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?
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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.)
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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?
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Post by: Sinitrena on 25 Oct 2017, 12:02
Hernan Cortes.
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Post by: CaptainD on 25 Oct 2017, 12:31
Hernan Cortes.

So indeed yes, it was too easy!

You're up.
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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?
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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...
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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
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Post by: Mandle on 27 Oct 2017, 14:27
Because Jesus was a carpenter?

Can I get a "DERP-DERP" from someone please!
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Post by: milkanannan 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: milkanannan 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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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
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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
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Post by: Sinitrena on 29 Oct 2017, 12:56
John Wilkes Booth

Correct.
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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
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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.
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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!
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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: milkanannan 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: milkanannan on 01 Nov 2017, 14:06
No, but that's a good guess.
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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?
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Post by: milkanannan 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.
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Post by: milkanannan on 02 Nov 2017, 01:41
Hint: His Saladin poke was in the aftermath of WW1.
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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: milkanannan 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.
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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.)
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Post by: dayowlron on 06 Nov 2017, 12:30
Cool I will post a question soon.
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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?
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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/

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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.
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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.)
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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?)
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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"
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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
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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.
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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:
Spoiler: ShowHide

(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...

Spoiler: ShowHide
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...
Spoiler: ShowHide
(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.
Spoiler: ShowHide
It was two lightning strikes...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 03 Dec 2017, 20:46
Spoiler: ShowHide
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: milkanannan 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...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 15 Dec 2017, 02:01
Senator Joseph McCarthy fell off a horse, hit his head, and became America's most vociferous douche-bag, thereby initiating an era of anti-communist hysteria and nuclear megalomania!  ;-D
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 15 Dec 2017, 05:35
Senator Joseph McCarthy fell off a horse, hit his head, and became America's most vociferous douche-bag, thereby initiating an era of anti-communist hysteria and nuclear megalomania!  ;-D

Hahaha! Actually the guy that fell was Russian nobility I believe.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot on 16 Dec 2017, 23:41
Nikolai Felov.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 17 Dec 2017, 11:38
Nikolai Felov.

Hahaha...

He was supposed to marry a Spanish woman if I remember correctly which would have made California a Russian colony but took a fall from a horse on the way back home to ask permission to marry and died.

If he hadn't have fallen then America and Russia may have been neighbours on the same continent and may have sorted out their differences way before the Cold War was destined to happen thus negating the need for billions of dollars invested in the nuclear arms race and a stockpile of weapons that ensure the extinction of the human race if every used.

This scenerio comes from Mona Clee's fictional novel "Branch Point" which I don't have with my now and couldn't even find the name of the Russian nobleman myself.

Maybe I can look it up soon but until then I'm off on a trip and probably can't update here for a few weeks so someone take over please.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 17 Dec 2017, 17:31
Wait, wait, wait.  You.... don't even know who the guy was at the centre of the implausible Rude-Goldberg-machine-esque alternate reality historical scenario? (roll)  I foresee a much more challenging and amusing historical quiz game thread opening up. :=

It is done! (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=55593.0) (http://www.vanwijst.com/games/smileys/baron_cup.gif)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 27 Dec 2017, 04:20
All right, here's one from a book I'm quite enjoying right now.  Since actual names might be obscure, I'm happy with a title:

What was the title of the blind man who personally led his troops in storming the largest city in Christendom?  
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 27 Dec 2017, 14:07
just to throw something out there and since your just asking for the title, I am going to say Emperor?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 27 Dec 2017, 16:43
Well, emperor of __________ would count.  I mean, there's only a very finite number of titles out there.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 27 Dec 2017, 19:39
Emperor of Byzantium? sp?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 27 Dec 2017, 21:24
Emperor of China?

(Er... is the "Emperor" part actually correct?)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 28 Dec 2017, 03:00
Emperor of Byzantium? sp?

As a rule, Emperors of Byzantium tended to be blinded after being deposed.  While they might have family that would besiege the imperial city on their behalf to restore them, I am unaware of any blind emperor or ex-emperor personally leading the troops forward.

Emperor of China?

(Er... is the "Emperor" part actually correct?)

I'm not familiar with any Chinese emperor attacking major Christian centres.

And no, it wasn't an Emperor, who I'd expect to be named.  So now we're down to kings, churchmen, nobles, saints, and impresarios....  ;)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 28 Dec 2017, 09:27
Sheikh someone or other? :confused:

Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 29 Dec 2017, 00:42
....No.  And technically that's not a guess either.  I will accept the actual name of the individual, but as it's not common knowledge I'll also take an answer in this format: the __________ of __________.  For example: the Count of Flanders, the Earl of Devon, the King of Denmark, the Prince of Muscovy, etc.  The event itself was front page news back in the 13th century; I was just never aware of the actual players involved before reading this book.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot on 29 Dec 2017, 01:26
The Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 29 Dec 2017, 03:02
Nope. :)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 29 Dec 2017, 07:20
Ugh my knowledge of 13th century history appears to be a little lacking... :-[
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 30 Dec 2017, 02:37
All right then, it's clue time:

This man was not a king but he led a sovereign state, although it had vanishingly little territory at his accession.  He was a Christian and would end his days with this title: Dominator quartae et dimidiae partis totius Romaniae.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 31 Dec 2017, 09:12
The doge of Venice?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 31 Dec 2017, 15:50
We have a winner! ;-D  When Enrico Dandolo, well over ninety years old, blind, and Doge of Venice, heard his troops faltering in their siege of the sea-walls of Constantinople, he had his galley rowed forward to personally lead the attack.  Kinda puts my blind great-grandfathers' penchant for bridge and womanizing to shame.... (roll)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 31 Dec 2017, 18:05
Wow well done loranzo!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 01 Jan 2018, 16:53
Thanks! Enrico Dandolo was a smart man, his life is well worth a read.

Sorry, but I can't think of a good question right now. :( Can someone please take my turn?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 06 Jan 2018, 03:11
What was the last Chinese dynasty before the Republic of China was formed in 1912?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 06 Jan 2018, 03:33
Only chinese dynasty I know of is Ming and I think that was in the Middle ages.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 06 Jan 2018, 03:42
Yep, not Ming...but in sequencing terms you aren't far off.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 06 Jan 2018, 10:42
Um... Ching?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 06 Jan 2018, 13:18
Qing, yeah. Your go.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 07 Jan 2018, 02:15
I'm pretty sure it was the Bling dynasty.... :P
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 07 Jan 2018, 03:36
Or the Bing dynasty, started by Monica and Chandler...

Anyone can take my go, sorry just not coming up with anything atm.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 09 Jan 2018, 02:09
This eleventh century noblewoman is reputed to have ridden naked through the streets of Coventry to protest high taxation. :=

If you've ever been to Coventry you probably know her from her statuary.  If not, her name has also been adopted as a popular corporate brand. (nod)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 09 Jan 2018, 02:21
Lady Godiva?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 09 Jan 2018, 05:32
This eleventh century noblewoman is reputed to have ridden naked through the streets of Coventry to protest high taxation. :=

So, high taxes causes naked women in public?

Sounds like she came up with a flawed plan to me.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot on 09 Jan 2018, 22:34
I knew this one. You might imagine she did it to the cheering crowds but actually everyone was ordered to stay inside and not look (Schroedingists would say she was both naked and not naked). One guy apparently did peep and his name was Tom, hence the phrase ‘peeping Tom'.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 09 Jan 2018, 23:31
One guy apparently did peep and his name was Tom, hence the phrase ‘peeping Tom'.

And had his eyes put out for it in the version I heard.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Baron on 10 Jan 2018, 01:42
Correct, of course.  In further trivia, I am apparently a very distant descendant of hers.  So keep your eyes off granny's tits! :=
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot on 10 Jan 2018, 03:46
How distant? Am I allowed to use a telescope?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Gilbert on 10 Jan 2018, 06:06
I think the connection traced back to the prehistoric period. :grin:
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 10 Jan 2018, 14:13
Well guess it is my turn. and sticking with a link to the prior question by involving the city of Coventry.
This mid 19th century author lived for sometime near Coventry and was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She wrote under a man's name. What was this author's pen name? and a bonus question what was her real name?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 10 Jan 2018, 15:01
I would guess at George Elliot, although if I'm right, I'm afraid I don't know the real name.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 10 Jan 2018, 16:11
I would guess at George Elliot, although if I'm right, I'm afraid I don't know the real name.
You are correct there. Give some people a little while to guess the real name but you can pose another question.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 10 Jan 2018, 23:53
Mary Shelly?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 11 Jan 2018, 03:12
Not Mary Shelley but the first name is correct.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 11 Jan 2018, 11:14
I think her surname was Evans?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 11 Jan 2018, 12:30
close enough Mary Anne Evans.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 24 Sep 2018, 18:19
Who succeeded Genghis Khan?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 24 Sep 2018, 18:51
Don't know if this person preceded or succeeded Genghis Khan but the only other person I remember hearing about was something like "Kublai Khan"
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 25 Sep 2018, 02:13
Don't know if this person preceded or succeeded Genghis Khan but the only other person I remember hearing about was something like "Kublai Khan"

Don't feel bad. I can only name four people in the succession line including Gengis. Kublai is one of them but he isn't the answer here! Kublai was a grandson of Gengis' but not the one to directly inherit the Empire after Gengis.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mouth for war on 25 Sep 2018, 11:13
Ögedai Khan
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 25 Sep 2018, 15:27
Yep 8-) your go...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mouth for war on 28 Sep 2018, 09:40
Someone else can take my turn :-)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 28 Sep 2018, 10:25
What famous person died from holding on too long when he had to urinate?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 28 Sep 2018, 10:45
What famous person died from holding on too long when he had to urinate?

I'm fairly sure one of the Kings of England (can't remember which one) essentially died of constipation, but this one I'm not sure of.  Unless it's thought to be the case of the spontaneous combustion of the .. .... (trying to remember from Red Dwarf!) town crier of Warsaw?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 28 Sep 2018, 10:59
Not either of those.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 23 Oct 2018, 11:00
Was it Tycho de Brahe?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 23 Oct 2018, 14:33
Was it Tycho de Brahe?

Indeed!

A great astronomer but died before he could contribute more to the field by being too embarrassed to excuse himself during a dinner to go to the bathroom:

"Tycho suddenly contracted a bladder or kidney ailment after attending a banquet in Prague, and died eleven days later, on 24 October 1601, at the age of 54. According to Kepler's first-hand account, Tycho had refused to leave the banquet to relieve himself because it would have been a breach of etiquette. After he returned home, he was no longer able to urinate, except eventually in very small quantities and with excruciating pain."
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 23 Oct 2018, 15:13
Who produced the great work of art called Fountain?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 23 Oct 2018, 21:14
You mean the elegant sculpture by Marcel Duchamp?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 23 Oct 2018, 22:38
Yes, The sculpture by the great Marcel Duchamp, who was instrumental at the formation of Dada movement. Fountain (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain_(Duchamp)) is an object of high culture and pristine beauty radiating incense of relieving comfort.

Your turn Lorenzo.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 24 Oct 2018, 19:15
I believe Duchamp was taking the piss with that sculpture.

I can't think of a question right now. Can someone take my turn, please?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 30 Oct 2018, 06:44
Sure!

Name either the person who wrote the letter this excerpt is from or the person who received it:

"Swaying the wide world, I have but one aim in view, namely, to maintain a perfect governance and to fulfil the duties of the State: strange and costly objects do not interest me. If I have commanded that the tribute offerings sent by you, O King, are to be accepted, this was solely in consideration for the spirit which prompted you to dispatch them from afar. Our dynasty's majestic virtue has penetrated unto every country under Heaven, and Kings of all nations have offered their costly tribute by land and sea. As your Ambassador can see for himself, we possess all things. I set no value on objects strange or ingenious, and have no use for your country's manufactures."
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Andail on 30 Oct 2018, 07:57
Sure!

Name either the person who wrote the letter this excerpt is from or the person who received it:

"Swaying the wide world, I have but one aim in view, namely, to maintain a perfect governance and to fulfil the duties of the State: strange and costly objects do not interest me. If I have commanded that the tribute offerings sent by you, O King, are to be accepted, this was solely in consideration for the spirit which prompted you to dispatch them from afar. Our dynasty's majestic virtue has penetrated unto every country under Heaven, and Kings of all nations have offered their costly tribute by land and sea. As your Ambassador can see for himself, we possess all things. I set no value on objects strange or ingenious, and have no use for your country's manufactures."

The receiver is probably a British King or Queen, but I have no idea who or when or in which context.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 30 Oct 2018, 10:12
Yep, it was a British king. Can anyone get it more specifically than that...?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 30 Oct 2018, 22:12
George Washington?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 02 Nov 2018, 06:49
Nope.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 02 Nov 2018, 10:21
Was the king George III?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 02 Nov 2018, 11:35
^^Yes, you got it. A letter from Qianlong, Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, to King George III discouraging attempts to trade in Chinese markets. A few decades later, the British Empire would force entry through the Opium Wars. http://academics.wellesley.edu/Polisci/wj/China/208/READINGS/qianlong.html

Your go!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 02 Nov 2018, 11:56
It was just a hunch about George III, no idea who sent the letter though!  (In retrospect it was a little obvious... :-[)

Er... okay, here's one.  The majority of immigrants to the USA between 1820 and 1900 came from which two countries?

Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 02 Nov 2018, 17:35
just a guess, China and Japan?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 02 Nov 2018, 18:02
Neither of those.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Tycho Magnetic Anomaly on 02 Nov 2018, 18:10
the irish famine ran during the mid 1800's so I would wager ireland being one , not sure about the other, I will guess and say Italy
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 02 Nov 2018, 22:06
Irish is right.
The other country IS European, but not Italy.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 02 Nov 2018, 22:21
England? Not really part of Europe. Not Italian is surprising. Dutch?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 03 Nov 2018, 03:37
This has to be Ireland and England, no?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 03 Nov 2018, 18:41
Germany?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 03 Nov 2018, 19:05
Yup LameNick got it. Irish and German.

You and Tycho can decide between you who puts the next question up!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 04 Nov 2018, 00:02
I endorse Tycho.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Tycho Magnetic Anomaly on 04 Nov 2018, 13:06
Um, you know, I honestly cant think of anything good right now,  how about you have a go? or somebody else perhaps
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 04 Nov 2018, 13:39

Well, if you don't mind...

Who was the first President of the Italian Republic in history?

(is more simple that you think)

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 04 Nov 2018, 20:16
This will probably look like rumblings of an incoherent ignorant, which it is, but Garibaldi?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 04 Nov 2018, 20:32
Nobody?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 04 Nov 2018, 23:27
Mussolini?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 05 Nov 2018, 07:59

Nope at all.

Nobody?
O Jack! :-D

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 09 Nov 2018, 16:43
Hi, I'm also an incoherent ignoramus, but is it possibly Verdi? I learned ages ago he rose to lead the nation on some wave of patriotic fervour, but no idea if he was the 'first' of the Italian Republic.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 09 Nov 2018, 18:14

Ha Ha! No my friend, but his music is the unofficial soundtrack of the nation. Cool idea, though.

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 09 Nov 2018, 18:54
Well I did say I was an ignoramus! (laugh)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 09 Nov 2018, 20:23
Salvini?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 10 Nov 2018, 07:44

You have a bad idea of Italia, Jack!  :-D

Not.

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 10 Nov 2018, 12:46
I'm just guessing based on this:

(is more simple that you think)

I know there was talk about the bureaucratic unification of Italy some time ago, but as far as I know this hasn't happened, hence my first guess.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 11 Nov 2018, 18:32

Hm, seem no one is guessing. So let's cut it here.

The very first President of Italian Republic was...

Napoléon Bonaparte!

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/41/Generale_Bonaparte_in_Italia.jpg)

That's why I said that is easy, is one of the most famous man of history!

After the victory of Italian campaigns of 1796-1797 Bonaparte claimed lands from Austrian Empire and then unified in Cisalpine Republic (4 years later renamed as Italian Republic). He nomineed the Direttorio (board of directors) and the ministers, acting pratically as Presidentof the Republic.

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 11 Nov 2018, 18:35
But make a new question TheFrighther.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 12 Nov 2018, 14:05
Interesting ;-D
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 12 Nov 2018, 18:17
But make a new question TheFrighther.
Two in a row? If anybody likes to have his go... If not i'll spill another one. ;)

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 14 Nov 2018, 16:56
Two part question: What monarch confederated Canada? What monarch oversaw Canada taking charge of its own constitution?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 16 Nov 2018, 05:58
Hint/giveaway: the first event happened in 1867. The second in 1982. ;)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 16 Nov 2018, 11:53
So that would be Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 17 Nov 2018, 02:29
<ALEX TREBEK VOICE>Yes! Your go.</ALEX TREBEK VOICE>
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 29 Jun 2019, 16:01
Due to inactivity I'm stealing your turn, D.

Who knows it:

What state was the last to join the US of A?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 29 Jun 2019, 17:57
Oh sorry if forgotten all about this.

I think this would be Alaska?

Spoiler: ShowHide
 if not it must be Hawai
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 29 Jun 2019, 18:33
Yep Hawaii. Number two is Alaska, so you get a bonus point.  :=

Your go, CaptainD...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 01 Jul 2019, 09:40
Okay here's an easy one...

Which island was Napoleon Bonaparte exiled to?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Laura Hunt on 01 Jul 2019, 09:46
Okay here's an easy one...

Which island was Napoleon Bonaparte exiled to?

Saint Helena! One of the remotest locations on Earth  :)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Laura Hunt on 01 Jul 2019, 10:24
I hope it's not rude to carry on without the explicit approval of the previous poster, since I don't need confirmation that I got it right :)

Which city used to force all its residents to move from their apartments/houses on the same day?

(I got this one from listening to the hilarious and very informative podcast The Dollop, definitely recommended!)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 01 Jul 2019, 12:04

Los Angeles?

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Laura Hunt on 01 Jul 2019, 12:15

Los Angeles?

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Nope!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 01 Jul 2019, 12:17
I hope it's not rude to carry on without the explicit approval of the previous poster, since I don't need confirmation that I got it right :)

Not rude at all  ;)

Which city used to force all its residents to move from their apartments/houses on the same day?

(I got this one from listening to the hilarious and very informative podcast The Dollop, definitely recommended!)

Interesting... I'm wondering how modern this is... is it something to do with regularly occurring natural disasters I wonder?  Can't think of any likely candidates atm...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Laura Hunt on 01 Jul 2019, 12:34
Interesting... I'm wondering how modern this is... is it something to do with regularly occurring natural disasters I wonder?  Can't think of any likely candidates atm...

It's... relatively modern. It started in the very late 18th/very early 19th century and kept being enforced until WWII.

Nothing to do with natural disasters, though! Just a (baffling) custom that spiraled out of control :-D
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 01 Jul 2019, 12:56
I'm thinking it must be a city with a unique infrastructure or something, so...Venice?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Laura Hunt on 01 Jul 2019, 12:58
I'm thinking it must be a city with a unique infrastructure or something, so...Venice?

Nope!

Maybe my wording was confusing, so I'll offer a clue: it's not that residents were forced to leave the city en masse; they had to move in the sense of having to find a new apartment/house because all leases in the city expired on the same day every year.

Hope this clue doesn't give too much away!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 01 Jul 2019, 14:26

Hope this clue doesn't give too much away!


Lol um I wouldn't worry about that  (laugh) ???

OK how about 1. The North Pole (pack your sh*t up, Santa, it's moving day!) or 2. Vatican City
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Laura Hunt on 01 Jul 2019, 14:37

OK how about 1. The North Pole (pack your sh*t up, Santa, it's moving day!)

Hahahaha actually this day was called... wait for it... Moving Day!

(More clues: we're talking about a US city)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 01 Jul 2019, 18:17
No idea on the city we are looking for right now, so I just offer a random guess: New York

But I have to point out:

Okay here's an easy one...

Which island was Napoleon Bonaparte exiled to?

Saint Helena! One of the remotest locations on Earth  :)

...that Napoleon was actually exiled twice, both times to an island: First to Elba where he escaped from later, and returned for 100 days, which ended (more or less) with the famous Battle of Waterloo. Afterwards, he was exiled to Saint Helena, where he died.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 01 Jul 2019, 18:33
Anchorage?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Laura Hunt on 01 Jul 2019, 19:00
But I have to point out:

Okay here's an easy one...

Which island was Napoleon Bonaparte exiled to?

Saint Helena! One of the remotest locations on Earth  :)

...that Napoleon was actually exiled twice, both times to an island: First to Elba where he escaped from later, and returned for 100 days, which ended (more or less) with the famous Battle of Waterloo. Afterwards, he was exiled to Saint Helena, where he died.

Very true! When I read "exile" my brain jumped immediately to "Exiled. For good. For real. No coming back this time. Like, THE exile.", and yeah, thus Saint Helena ;-D

No idea on the city we are looking for right now, so I just offer a random guess: New York

BUT! New York indeed it is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moving_Day_(New_York_City) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moving_Day_(New_York_City))

"At the height of Moving Day in the early 20th century, it was estimated that a million people in the city all changed their residences at the same time. Resistance to Moving Day was strong in the 1920s and 1930s, but it took the start of World War II to end the general practice, as the moving industry found it difficult to find able-bodied men to do the work."

Sinitrena, over to you  :)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 01 Jul 2019, 19:17
Huh, interesting, I've never heard of this before.


Anyways:

The event we are looking for might sound funny or joyous at first. But in 1518, in Strasbourg, more than 400 people were affected and several died.

(I hope that's not too confusing, but it's difficult to describe without giving it away.)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 01 Jul 2019, 21:44
Nice trophy case. :D

I will just have to guess, the Great Laugh Riot?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 01 Jul 2019, 21:50
I'm wondering if that's when it rained fish?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 01 Jul 2019, 22:48
Nice trophy case. :D

Thanks.   ;-D

I will just have to guess, the Great Laugh Riot?

Is that an actual thing? No, sorry.

I'm wondering if that's when it rained fish?

To the best of my knowledge, no fish were involved.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 02 Jul 2019, 16:04
Huh, interesting, I've never heard of this before.


Anyways:

The event we are looking for might sound funny or joyous at first. But in 1518, in Strasbourg, more than 400 people were affected and several died.

(I hope that's not too confusing, but it's difficult to describe without giving it away.)

It was that mass hysteria Dancing Sickness I think?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 02 Jul 2019, 16:35
You are correct.

The Dancing Plague of 1518 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_plague_of_1518) is one of several similar mass hysterics that somehow ended with people dancing for days and weeks until they died of exhaustion. It is not entirely clear why they happened. The one in Strasbourg is noteable as one of the biggest outbreaks.

Other names for this phenomenon include Dancing Mania, Dancing Plague, Choreomania, St John's Dance and St Vitus's Dance. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_mania)

Your turn, Mandle.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 02 Jul 2019, 17:23
St John's Dance and St Vitus's Dance.[/url]
Funny, in French we called it St. Guy's dance.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 02 Jul 2019, 18:02
Wow, never heard of this before. That is indeed interesting! Like those LMFAO party rocker zombies.  (laugh)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 02 Jul 2019, 18:39
Interesting indeed.

I recently learned that the major symptoms of rabies are very similar in humans and dogs, including disorientation, anger, and hydrophobia.

But this case is probably most similar to the fungus cordyceps (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_unilateralis), which somehow makes insects climb to a good place for the fungus to mature, after which the insect clamps down hard and dies, allowing the fungus to spread.

Or maybe it's more similar to an ant death spiral (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0HoqjxfvJ4), which happens when they get locked on a circular pheromone trail.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 03 Jul 2019, 00:04
Bop 'til ya drop!

Wow, I win these so rarely that I want to do a double-header if nobody minds.

(Waits for objections)

No objections? Okay, here we go:

The first is factual. The second is faux history but is such a good story that it should be true:

(1) What was the given reason, as reported by the astronaut Gene Cernan, why they didn't just go against orders and land the LEM on the moon during the Apollo 10 mission despite coming within 8 nautical miles of the lunar surface? (His reason turned out to possibly be an exaggeration for the sake of a cool sound-bite but was technically true)

(2) What was the back-story behind Neil Armstrong saying "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky" from the surface of the moon in the urban myth of the same name? (He never really said it unless NASA deleted it from the recordings... Hmmmmm...)

No Googling please!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 03 Jul 2019, 00:17
(1) Was it the lights dancing outside the cockpit?

(2) Years before, his neighbour Mrs Gorski told her husband he would get lucky when the kid next door walks on the moon.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 04 Jul 2019, 16:11
(1) Was it the lights dancing outside the cockpit?

(2) Years before, his neighbour Mrs Gorski told her husband he would get lucky when the kid next door walks on the moon.

(1) Nope

(2) Correct. That is how the story goes.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 08 Jul 2019, 07:03
Can we get another hint?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 08 Jul 2019, 08:05
Can we get another hint?

As the story goes, NASA told them that, just in case they got it into their heads to just land the damn thing and become the first men on the moon and face the chewing out later, there was a reason put in place to stop them from trying.

This also seems to be an exaggeration of the real story but is at least partly true.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 17 Jul 2019, 13:56
No idea. Can anyone else figure it out?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 17 Jul 2019, 17:44
No idea. Can anyone else figure it out?

Okay, enough time has passed.

NASA told them that there was not enough fuel in the LEM to allow them to take off again if they landed it.

This appears to be an exaggerated story as the LEM that they were piloting was an outdated and heavy model. The lack of fuel was to compensate for the heavy LEM. The new, lighter LEM would be available for Apollo 11.

Still a great soundbite though from a guy who went within 8 nautical miles of the surface of the moon.

Happy 50th moon landing anniversary everyone!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: josiah1221 on 18 Jul 2019, 03:12
I watched Apollo 11 last night. Definitely worth a watch.  (nod)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 25 Jul 2019, 12:11
Name the Indian politician that was assassinated while sitting as Prime Minister. Her son, who became Prime Minister in the wake of her death, was also assassinated after his tenure.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Laura Hunt on 25 Jul 2019, 12:28
Name the Indian politician that was assassinated while sitting as Prime Minister. Her son, who became Prime Minister in the wake of her death, was also assassinated after his tenure.

Benazhir Butto? (apologies in advance if the spelling is wrong... hard to get it right without googling, especially considering the last time I heard about her was like 30 years ago  :-D)

Edit: Ah crap, somehow missed the part about being an Indian polititian. Can't be her then, because she was Pakistani.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 25 Jul 2019, 16:29
Indira Gandhi... She was killed by her bodyguard(s) if I remember correctly.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 25 Jul 2019, 22:11
My man Mandle's got it.  8-)

Fair guess, Notarobot. Kudos to not deleting your guess after realising it was off!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 26 Jul 2019, 00:19
Okay, back to Apollo history "week". Last one:

What was the name of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) on Apollo 13 which was never used and now drifts in space forever, still folded up in the jettisoned LEM?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 13 Aug 2019, 12:46
Nobody? Can you hear us, Major Tom?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 14 Aug 2019, 12:31
I have no idea. Does anyone else? Hope the thread doesn't die on this stumper!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 14 Aug 2019, 13:14
How about this: People are allowed to google any other Apollo flight except Apollo 13 and try to deduce the answer from what they learn.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 15 Aug 2019, 16:58
I don't know the name of the lunar rover, however the LEM would burn up upon entering earths atmosphere and would not stay in orbit. Location of the Apollo vehicles shows:
Apollo 13
Command Module "Odyssey"
Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson, Kansas
(formerly at Musee de l'Air, Paris, France)
Lunar Module "Aquarius"
Burned up in Earth's atmosphere 17 April 1970
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 15 Aug 2019, 23:58
You're so close to how you're going to catch him, Clarice.  ;)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 26 Aug 2019, 07:59
Okay, I'll give the answer:

Spoiler: ShowHide
It was a trick question. The answer is that the rover had no name as Apollo 13 didn't take a rover with it. I believe the first mission to take a rover was Apollo 15 if memory serves.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 26 Aug 2019, 15:48
Two chances to get this question correct:

Name either the year of birth or year of death (bonus points for both!) of Queen Elizabeth I.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 26 Aug 2019, 21:16
Did she die in 1603?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 27 Aug 2019, 00:26
She never died because she is a reptilian overlord shapeshifter?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 27 Aug 2019, 18:29
Did she die in 1603?

Yes! 1558 to 1603, the daughter of Henry VIII ~ your go, LameNick!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 27 Aug 2019, 19:52
Wow, I knew she died in 16 o something but the 3 felt like a shot in the dark.

What was the name of a vice admiral in command of the English fleet that overcame Spanish Armada attempting to invade England?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 27 Aug 2019, 21:07

What was the name of a vice admiral in command of the English fleet that overcame Spanish Armada attempting to invade England?

Admiral Horatio Nelson (in the battle of Trafalgar)?

Did she die in 1603?

Yes! 1558 to 1603, the daughter of Henry VIII ~ your go, LameNick!

1558 to 1603 was her reign. She was born in 1533.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 27 Aug 2019, 21:22
Did she die in 1603?

Yes! 1558 to 1603, the daughter of Henry VIII ~ your go, LameNick!

1558 to 1603 was her reign. She was born in 1533.

Something about the date did seem a little off to me since i remember that her daddy died sometime in the 50'  :-D

Edit: Just checked wiki and Henry 8. died in 1547. Sometimes i remember a memory and yet its just a fantasy. Beats me.


It wasn't Horatio Nelson, not a Napoleon's fleet.
This was Spanish Armada from 1588.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 27 Aug 2019, 21:47
It wasn't Horatio Nelson, not a Napoleon's fleet.
This was Spanish Armada from 1588.

Wasn't this a former pirate? Can't remember the name, though...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 28 Aug 2019, 12:56
Not sure if he and her majesty would be flattered by the title you gave him, but yes, I believe most people know him for being a pirate. Yarrr!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Laura Hunt on 28 Aug 2019, 13:18
Ahhhh has to be Francis Drake, right?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: LameNick on 28 Aug 2019, 19:27
Yup, Sir Francis Drake it is! As Ronald Reagan once said "He lived by the sea, died on it, and was buried in it." likening him to the dead Challenger crew.

Over to you Laura Hunt.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Laura Hunt on 28 Aug 2019, 20:46
Oh no! Sometimes I don't know why I reply because I never know what to come up with next :-D

Does anybody else want to take over? If not, I'll try to come up with something tomorrow.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 29 Aug 2019, 02:04
Who said: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" ?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 29 Aug 2019, 02:11
Who said: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" ?

Admiral Byrd?

or

John F. Kennedy?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 29 Aug 2019, 02:17
No. This was during the American civil war.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 29 Aug 2019, 02:44
They had torpedoes then?!

How steampunk!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 29 Aug 2019, 03:02
Apparently that's what they called mines in those days.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 29 Aug 2019, 04:53
Apparently that's what they called mines in those days.

Ahhhh, makes sense!

I was imagining them either winding up little clockwork torps or little steam-powered ones with their chimneys sticking up out of the water.

Either of which would have been awesome!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 06 Sep 2019, 19:58
Another hint, Jack?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: cat on 07 Sep 2019, 12:57
They had torpedoes then?!

How steampunk!

Interestingly enough, they had submarines https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._L._Hunley_(submarine) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._L._Hunley_(submarine))
Years ago I've seen a documentary about it.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: josiah1221 on 07 Sep 2019, 20:41
As well as Ironclad Warships.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironclad_warship
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Cassiebsg on 07 Sep 2019, 21:34
And I learned about that in the most unlikely places...
Spoiler: ShowHide

(right click and choose "view image" for full size)
(https://voilesetvoiliers.ouest-france.fr/boutique/14554/les-tuniques-bleues-la-guerre-navale.jpg)

(https://voilesetvoiliers.ouest-france.fr/boutique/14555/les-tuniques-bleues-la-guerre-navale.jpg)

Got to love comic books.  (laugh)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 08 Sep 2019, 14:19
Perhaps Jack's account has been locked? I think there was some drama involving him in another thread.

Someone please jump in with a new question. We can revisit Jack's when he's next available.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 18 Sep 2019, 17:55

Well in the meantime here is a new question. If Jack want his guess first then i'll delete it.


What nation attacked his own army  the night of 30 November, and why?

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 19 Sep 2019, 00:27
Would that be Germany's false flag "attack" where some German soldiers dressed up as Polish soldiers and pretended to attack a German unit, which gave Hitler his "excuse" to invade Poland?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 19 Sep 2019, 06:40

It happened the 30 november? But it's not what I had in mind.

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 19 Sep 2019, 07:11

It happened the 30 november? But it's not what I had in mind.

_

I don't know when it happened.

Also, shouldn't the question be "What nation attacked its own army  the night of 30 November, and why?"

Is the answer "America" and the reason "The Civil War"?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 19 Sep 2019, 09:15
Is it Mao having to call in the army to help chill out his fanatic youth red guard during the Cultural Revolution?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 19 Sep 2019, 12:28

Not USA, not China.


Also, shouldn't the question be "What nation attacked its own army  the night of 30 November, and why?"


Thank you Mandle, my english is not very high!  :-[

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 19 Sep 2019, 13:50
Was it France attacking Napoleon's army?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 19 Sep 2019, 16:28

France is correct. But not the period.

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 19 Sep 2019, 22:42
The French Resistance attacking French soldiers who were cooperating with the Nazis?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 20 Sep 2019, 07:53

Not nazi involved.

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 22 Sep 2019, 19:57

Need an hint?

It happened out of France.

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 26 Sep 2019, 18:18

Nobody try to guess more? So i'll drop down...

It was the infamous Thiaroye massacre happened 30 November to 1 December 1944 in Dakar, Senegal

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiaroye_massacre

Those facts inspired a beatiful movie:

x1 x2 x4 x8


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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 27 Sep 2019, 04:14
Thanks I'll check that movie out.

OK a quick African geography question to reinvigorate the thread:

After the Nile, which runs at almost 7000 km, what is the longest river in the African continent?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: MiteWiseacreLives! on 27 Sep 2019, 17:10
The Congo?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 27 Sep 2019, 17:19
Yes! Your go...

(https://media.giphy.com/media/3MibWRcT0AOYG7HUeT/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 11 Oct 2019, 04:01
Mite hasn't logged in since he posted that correct answer, so let's carry on without them. Next question:

What is this? What significance do most people credit it with?

(https://i.imgur.com/VpoAiMX.jpg)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Laura Hunt on 11 Oct 2019, 05:51
OK, so.

The coat of arms on the left is Spanish for sure. Those are the flags of Castile and Aragon if I'm not mistaken. And on the right, we can read "rex" and "regina", king and queen, so it has to be Ferdinand (king of Aragon) and Isabella (queen of Castile).

Not really sure what the significance of the coin might be, though. Commemoration of the Spanish re-taking of the city of Granada, maybe? Something to do with the invasion of the Americas?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 11 Oct 2019, 07:37
The bundle of arrows reminds me of American money so... was it the first attempt at an American currency?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Laura Hunt on 11 Oct 2019, 07:47
The bundle of arrows reminds me of American money so... was it the first attempt at an American currency?

The bundle of arrows  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoke_and_arrows)was actually meant to represent Ferdinand and Isabella, since "arrows" is "Flechas" in Spanish (Ferdinand/Fernando), and the yoke is "Yugo" (Ysabel).

"Fun" fact, the yoke-and-arrows was appropriated by Franco's regime, since they saw it as a symbol of the fight of Christianity against Islam and the taking back of what rightfully belonged to Spain:

(I'm not going to post the image here because it gives me the fucking creeps just to see it, but I'll link to it in case you're curious: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c3/Bandera_FE_JONS.svg/2000px-Bandera_FE_JONS.svg.png)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 11 Oct 2019, 11:03
Yes, it is Spanish - it is a piece of eight and first put into circulation around 1500. Thank you for walking us through how you pulled the answer together, Laura. You know way more about it than I ever could without the help of Wikipedia! (laugh)

Its significance probably depends on who you asked, but I just remember hearing on that 'History of the World in 100 Objects' BBC podcast that most attribute it as the first truly 'international currency', as its stability made it attractive for trade pretty much anywhere in the western world, its varies colonies, and even beyond. http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/JO391t6cRtGxstjbE4EEmg (http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/JO391t6cRtGxstjbE4EEmg)

Anyway, your go Laura Hunt!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Laura Hunt on 11 Oct 2019, 11:26
Yes, it is Spanish - it is a piece of eight and first put into circulation around 1500. Thank you for walking us through how you pulled the answer together, Laura. You know way more about it than I ever could without the help of Wikipedia! (laugh)

Well, it's my history after all ;) And I should have also made the yoke and arrows connection from the start, it was the most obvious clue!

Its significance probably depends on who you asked, but I just remember hearing on that 'History of the World in 100 Objects' BBC podcast that most attribute it as the first truly 'international currency', as its stability made it attractive for trade pretty much anywhere in the western world, its varies colonies, and even beyond. http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/JO391t6cRtGxstjbE4EEmg (http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/JO391t6cRtGxstjbE4EEmg)

Oh interesting! See, that I didn't know!

Anyway, your go Laura Hunt!

No no

(https://media3.giphy.com/media/K2Nl7FERfyg8g/source.gif)

I'm really bad at this whole "finding interesting historical events" thing, so somebody please take my turn!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 11 Oct 2019, 14:05
What is probably the most redundantly categorized plant in the history of science? Dozens of different botanists categorized its various types during the 19th Century in different ways without consulting each other and the mess is yet to be fully sorted out to this day.

A more interesting one came up, but people can still answer the old one if they like:

What two historical figures, one a visionary man of science, the other a great leader, were born on the same day of the same year?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 12 Oct 2019, 01:49
Let the random guessing begin!

Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Edison?

Can we at least get some nationalities or a century or something that narrows it a bit? Cheers
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 12 Oct 2019, 04:35
Let the random guessing begin!

Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Edison?

Can we at least get some nationalities or a century or something that narrows it a bit? Cheers

Half right.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Kweepa on 12 Oct 2019, 22:31
Is the plant the pea plant (as used by Mendel)?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 12 Oct 2019, 22:47
Is the plant the pea plant (as used by Mendel)?

No.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 15 Oct 2019, 03:11
was it Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 15 Oct 2019, 11:11
was it Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin?

That's the two!

And the answer the plant question was "grass". (the normal kind)

Over to dayowlron!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 15 Oct 2019, 16:38
OK I stand corrected. I full on thought that question was going to derail the thread for months!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 15 Oct 2019, 22:22
Here is an interesting one:
What happened in 1923 to jockey Frank Hayes that was so unique that it is not likely to ever happen again?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 15 Oct 2019, 23:34
His horse took a tumble and he somehow ended up back on it?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 16 Oct 2019, 00:19
He was a white guy but danced really well?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: morganw on 16 Oct 2019, 00:19
Won the race but he had died during it?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 16 Oct 2019, 06:19
The horse broke its leg during the race but still won?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 19 Oct 2019, 15:28
As dayowlron is leaving us hanging...

Won the race but he had died during it?

You win, but, did you google that? I mean... who knows that?

Here's an interesting fact from the outcome of the race:

"Reports at the time said track doctor John A. Voorhees rushed over to examine Hayes but pronounced him dead immediately and said he had suffered a heart attack."

A certain J.Voorhees "examined" him, eh?

Well, no wonder he died!

Over to morganw I think...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: dayowlron on 20 Oct 2019, 13:55
sorry been busy with life and forgot i had that posted, but as Mandle said that is correct.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: morganw on 20 Oct 2019, 21:48
It was just a guess... My world history knowledge isn't too great so I had to search for new question. I hope this one is OK (and correct).
In 1980, who was given the 'key to the city' of Detroit for having donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to a local church?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 30 Oct 2019, 05:30
No idea. Maybe some band from Detroit? Or perhaps someone random like Donald Trump? Or Michael Moore?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 03 Nov 2019, 05:21
Morgan, can you give us a hint?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: morganw on 03 Nov 2019, 10:41
First hint:
Spoiler: ShowHide
A former president

Second hint:
Spoiler: ShowHide
(but not an American)

Third hint:
Spoiler: ShowHide
Deceased

Forth hint:
Spoiler: ShowHide
Executed
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 03 Nov 2019, 13:24
Saddam Hussein?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: morganw on 03 Nov 2019, 13:27
Correct.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 03 Nov 2019, 13:54
A philosopher once called it "The single best idea anybody ever had".

What is it?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 03 Nov 2019, 15:26
Democracy?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 04 Nov 2019, 05:34
Democracy?

Nope, but that's a damn good answer!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Laura Hunt on 04 Nov 2019, 06:56
Bread. I don't care if it's not the "correct" answer, it's still true :-D
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 04 Nov 2019, 07:40
Silence?
Listening?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 04 Nov 2019, 13:03
No, it's a scientific idea.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 04 Nov 2019, 14:35
A candle?
Nuclear weapons?
A compass?
A sundial?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 04 Nov 2019, 15:07
No, it's something denied only by people who don't understand it. Once you understand it, it's so obviously correct, like the answer to a good riddle: You don't even have to ask if your answer was right.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 04 Nov 2019, 17:17
Evolution?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: josiah1221 on 04 Nov 2019, 19:24
common sense?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 04 Nov 2019, 23:11
Evolution?

That's the one!

"If I were to give an award for the single best idea anyone ever had, I'd give it to Darwin." So wrote philosopher Daniel Dennett in his 1995 book Darwin's Dangerous Idea.

(I actually thought the quote was by a more historical figure, but Darwin is historical so all good, pip-pip, carry-on!)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 05 Nov 2019, 00:54
Ah, getting it by pure guessing is always great...

Next:

Chocolate dropped from the sky, literally. While this just sounds sweet, we are actually talking about a humanitarian effort that kept a city alive for a year. I'm looking for the colloquial term referenced in the first sentence (mainly because it is more fun).
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 05 Nov 2019, 03:04
ギブミーチョコレート?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 05 Nov 2019, 05:48
Ah, getting it by pure guessing is always great...

Next:

Chocolate dropped from the sky, literally. While this just sounds sweet, we are actually talking about a humanitarian effort that kept a city alive for a year. I'm looking for the colloquial term referenced in the first sentence (mainly because it is more fun).

In the spirit of random guessing: Not sure what the colloquial term is, but is the historical significance a period of time when Allies dropped chocolate over areas of recently occupied and demolished France?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 05 Nov 2019, 07:06
Operation Willy Wonka?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 05 Nov 2019, 11:02
ギブミーチョコレート?

Sorry, I don't have any right now. (In the hope that google translated this correctly, so that my answer actually makes sense.)


In the spirit of random guessing: Not sure what the colloquial term is, but is the historical significance a period of time when Allies dropped chocolate over areas of recently occupied and demolished France?

Allies is correct, you're on the right continent, but a bit too early in history. Also, the word 'city' in the description is not a random choice.

Operation Willy Wonka?

Never heard of that one, so no.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 05 Nov 2019, 12:12
Hmmmmmm...Fudge Town?

(https://media.giphy.com/media/My2lWwCV0w0aQ/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 05 Nov 2019, 16:14
ギブミーチョコレート?

"ギブミーチョコレート" or "Give me chocolate" was a term that Japanese people, mostly children, learnt during the occupation of their country after WW2.

A dear friend of mine grew up during this time and has vivid memories of running along behind the trains of G.I.s and collecting chocolates for himself and cigarettes for his dad that they would throw.

He told me that he paused, stunned, when he saw a pack on Lucky Strikes, wondering why it had the "Japanese flag" on it, and someone else snatched it up before he could.

You asked for the "colloquial term referenced in the first sentence" so I thought it might be this famous (in Japan) Japanese term.

But now I'm thinking it might just be simply "Chocolate drops"?

Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 05 Nov 2019, 17:03
Interesting. I know little about japanese history, but running after trains and cars of soldiers after WW2 is probably not significantly different in Japan and Europe.

But, as I said above, for this event we are talking about Europe and it is a more specific event. Also, the chocolate dropped from a higher place than trains or cars (though other stuff didn't). 
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 06 Nov 2019, 01:18
So... "Chocolate Drops"?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 06 Nov 2019, 01:50
Nope.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ponch on 06 Nov 2019, 02:25
Operation: Vittles (the Berlin Airlift)?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 06 Nov 2019, 02:58
You've got the right event, but not the colloquial term I was looking for. The term refers to objects used in the airlift.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 06 Nov 2019, 05:29
Operation Choco-Dump?
Operation Hands Off the Chocolate, Commie Scum?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 06 Nov 2019, 08:41
Hershey Squirt?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 06 Nov 2019, 11:58
I keep coming back to "Brown Rain" but that doesn't sound very pleasant...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 06 Nov 2019, 12:03
Death By Chocolate From Above?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 06 Nov 2019, 12:20
You are all on the wrong track.

Last hint, if nobody gets it, this round will go to Ponch:
We are looking for a name the locals gave to the planes used in the airlift, that came about because of the chocolate and other sweets the planes dropped. (I'm pretty sure if you know the answer you would have given it by now and if you don't you probably won't find it by guessing.)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 06 Nov 2019, 12:58
Baby Ruth?

Sweet Marie?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Cassiebsg on 06 Nov 2019, 17:13
I'm pretty sure I saw this on a german mini-series... but alas I can't remember what the kids called it.  :-[
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 07 Nov 2019, 02:35
Santas Sleigh?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 07 Nov 2019, 22:46
Ponch came closest to the right solution, and therefore gets to ask the next question.

What I was acutually looking for was Raisin Bombers (German: Rosinenbomber) or Candy Bombers.

Wikipdia knows: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raisin_Bombers)

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Raisin Bombers (German: Rosinenbomber) or (in US English) "Candy Bombers" were colloquial terms Berliners gave to the Western Allied (American and British) transport aircraft which brought in supplies by airlift to West Berlin during the Soviet Berlin Blockade in 1948/1949.
(...)
The name came from the fact that some pilots started voluntarily to throw sweets and candy (and, presumably, also raisins) on little tinkered parachutes out of the window to children lined up on the edges of the West Berlin airfields watching the planes. These actions were first attributed to American pilot Gail Halvorsen, nicknamed "Uncle Wiggly Wings", who began to drop chocolate bars he had attached handkerchiefs to while approaching Tempelhof Airport. Upon comprehensive coverage in the media, drops were ordered expanded by Lt. General William H. Tunner as "Operation Little Vittles".

While the regular suply of fuel and food kept the West-Sector of Berlin alive in 1948/49, the drops of candy can be atributed in no small amount to keeping morale and spirit alive and contributed to the general view of the western forces after WW2 as allies instead of enemies. Refering to the whole operation (not just the candy drops), General Lucius D. Clay said (again, quoting wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Blockade)):

"There is no practicability in maintaining our position in Berlin and it must not be evaluated on that basis… We are convinced that our remaining in Berlin is essential to our prestige in Germany and in Europe. Whether for good or bad, it has become a symbol of the American intent."


Over to you, Ponch.


Edit: Corrected a link
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ponch on 07 Nov 2019, 23:42
He won every medal on the battlefield but never won the biggest award from the film set.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 07 Nov 2019, 23:59
R. Lee Ermey?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ponch on 08 Nov 2019, 00:04
Negatory, private Mandle!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 08 Nov 2019, 03:01
Hmmm... I guess I had a major malfunction...

Patton?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ponch on 08 Nov 2019, 03:07
Nope. To narrow it down, this man is on the very short list of people who had both a medal of honor and a film career as a noticeably short cowboy.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 08 Nov 2019, 04:38
Ronald Reagan?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: morganw on 08 Nov 2019, 10:26
Ronald Reagan?
The actor?!?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 08 Nov 2019, 11:18
Ronald Reagan?
The actor?!?

Hahaha, sure thing "future boy"... Whos the Vice President? Jerry Lewis?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Laura Hunt on 08 Nov 2019, 13:16
Ronald Reagan?
The actor?!?

Hahaha, sure thing "future boy"... Whos the Vice President? Jerry Lewis?

 (laugh)  (laugh) (laugh)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ponch on 08 Nov 2019, 21:37
Nope, it's not the Gipper. But this guy was a world War II vet.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 08 Nov 2019, 22:48
Marion Robert Morrison?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ponch on 08 Nov 2019, 23:45
Not on your life, pilgrim.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 09 Nov 2019, 00:36
Funny, I did think John Wayne when you said short.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ponch on 09 Nov 2019, 01:59
John Wayne was actually fairly tall. The war hero turned movie star I'm talking about was actually a little shorter than Tom Cruise.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 09 Nov 2019, 11:44
Mickey Rooney?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ponch on 09 Nov 2019, 13:38
(http://www.barnrunner.com/pics/misc/Roger_Serious.png) I'm starting to wonder if you're taking this seriously.  :wink:
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 09 Nov 2019, 15:39
(http://www.barnrunner.com/pics/misc/Roger_Serious.png) I'm starting to wonder if you're taking this seriously.  :wink:

Hey... Im just going off the clues and not googling anything...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 09 Nov 2019, 15:40
We don't spend as much time with cowboys as you do, Mr Cow.

Most of us have to go off what we learned from Die Hard.

Roy Rogers?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 09 Nov 2019, 15:45
Roy Rogers?

TRIGGERED!!!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ponch on 10 Nov 2019, 02:15
Roy Rogers?
TRIGGERED!!!
:cheesy:

Okay, how about this clue: He once played himself in a movie about how he won the Medal of Honor.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 10 Nov 2019, 05:53
Okay, with a bit of research...

Spoiler: ShowHide
Audie Murphy
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 10 Nov 2019, 09:23
You're probably right, given the photo in his Wikipedia page, where he has more medals on his jacket than buttons: (laugh)

Spoiler: ShowHide
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e8/Audie_Murphy.jpg/250px-Audie_Murphy.jpg)


I've seen him in a bunch of films, but I didn't remember his name. Nor knew about his medals. Nor that he was a veteran. Thinking about it, I knew very little about him...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ponch on 10 Nov 2019, 17:08
Audie Murphy it is. Hell of a good soldier. His PTSD made a wreck of his later life though.

Anyhoo, it's Mandle's turn now.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 11 Nov 2019, 04:40
OK Mandle, give us something good...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 11 Nov 2019, 11:44
By pretending he had never read a letter he most likely saved humanity. (or, as with most history, so the story goes)

Who was he and what was the circumstance?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 11 Nov 2019, 12:24
Stanislav Petrov? The Russian man who refused to launch a nuclear attack during the Cold War? Although I'm not sure that a letter was involved.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 11 Nov 2019, 14:05
Yeah Cold War has got to be connected to the answer if we're talking about destruction of humanity. If an attack was ordered, it's unlikely to have occurred after the installation of the nuclear hotline between the Soviet Union and the US in the early 1960s. So...the answer must be someone operating as, or connected closely to, Secretary of Defence (or the Soviet equivalent) between 1945 and 1960. Can anyone name these people? (I can't!)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 11 Nov 2019, 15:36
Stanislav Petrov? The Russian man who refused to launch a nuclear attack during the Cold War? Although I'm not sure that a letter was involved.

Not the answer I was looking for, but I must look into the story of this man... He saved us all!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 22 Nov 2019, 22:20
It is the closest we have even come (they we publicly know of) to deliberate nuclear war.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 03 Dec 2019, 14:52
It was a real Crisis!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 03 Dec 2019, 16:26
I take it this was connected to the Cuban Missile Crisis? Even if it is, I don't recall any story like that at all, so I'm tapping out. It has been almost a month on this one, so perhaps no one knows?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 03 Dec 2019, 16:45
I take it this was connected to the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Yes.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 09 Dec 2019, 03:45
Another week rolls by. Does anyone know it?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 09 Dec 2019, 07:07
I will just answer it so we can move on...

This is from an article on Khrushchev...

"On October 26, Khrushchev sent Kennedy another letter. In this he proposed that the Soviet Union would be willing to remove the missiles in Cuba in exchange for a promise by the United States that they would not invade Cuba. The next day a second letter from Khrushchev arrived demanding that the United States remove their nuclear bases in Turkey.

While the president and his advisers were analyzing Khrushchev's two letters, news came through that a U-2 plane had been shot down over Cuba. The leaders of the military, reminding Kennedy of the promise he had made, argued that he should now give orders for the bombing of Cuba. Kennedy refused and instead sent a letter to Khrushchev accepting the terms of his first letter.

Khrushchev agreed and gave orders for the missiles to be dismantled."


Even though the second, more threatening, letter came later, Kennedy, in a brilliant move, pretended that he had never seen it and replied to the first, more conciliatory, letter instead.

It worked and we are all still alive today to look back in wonder and terror at how close we came to the edge.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 09 Dec 2019, 22:38
(https://snworksceo.imgix.net/upb/7c7afbda-ca81-492d-ac6a-296c0eefe795.sized-1000x1000.jpg)

The last real president of the United States.

Does anyone know any more incredibly stupid things that Kennedy avoided? I got one.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mandle on 09 Dec 2019, 23:29
Does anyone know any more incredibly stupid things that Kennedy avoided?

Old age?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 10 Dec 2019, 16:27
Does anyone know any more incredibly stupid things that Kennedy avoided?

Old age?

 Ouch! (laugh)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 10 Dec 2019, 16:28
His last rites?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Jack on 29 Dec 2019, 20:18
If no one else wants to make the same joke about his murder, it was operation Northwoods (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods):

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Operation Northwoods was a proposed false flag operation against the Cuban government that originated within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of the United States government in 1962. The proposals called for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other U.S. government operatives to commit acts of terrorism against military targets and give the appearance of terrorism against American citizens, blaming them on the Cuban government, and using it to justify a war against Cuba. The possibilities detailed in the document included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes to be shot down or given the appearance of being shot down, blowing up a U.S. ship, and orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities. The proposals were rejected by President John F. Kennedy.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/56/John_F._Kennedy_speaks_at_Rice_University.jpg)

Rest in Peace.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 25 Mar 2021, 03:35
(Is anyone interested in reviving this thread?)

What was the name of the dog that was aboard Sputnik 2?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Pogwizd on 25 Mar 2021, 08:44
Laika? Whatever the name was, it still terrifies me to think about it...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 25 Mar 2021, 18:40
Yep correct. Your go...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Pogwizd on 29 Mar 2021, 12:12
Just to let you guys know that I haven't forgotten about this thread :) I have no free time whatsoever, but will try to post sth tomorrow (tops).
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Pogwizd on 31 Mar 2021, 12:50
Ok, so here goes.

Gbadolite. A small village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country, which he will later (to be exact, in 1971) rename Zaire, is being seized by Mobutu Sese Seko. Henceforth, the tyranny lasting 32 years begins. Mobutu becomes well-known for embezzling billions of dollars, staging public executions, torturing dissidents, and shutting down trade unions. He also becomes the owner of a luxurious residence, also called the “Versailles of the Jungle,” just outside Gbadolite, the village of mud huts. What could we find in Mobutu’s Versailles? Schools, hospitals, well-appointed homes, a five-star hotel, three large palaces (of which one was made up of Chinese pagodas), and a factory…

Now, here’s the question. What factory Mobutu establishes in his luxurious district, too?

(https://i.ibb.co/dmGX88T/unnamed.jpg)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 31 Mar 2021, 17:26

I'll try to guess: eyeglasses?
_
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 31 Mar 2021, 18:24
Wow, that's pure guesswork for me too: maybe shoes? Or tires (tyres)?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Pogwizd on 31 Mar 2021, 21:02
Nope. but the factory was a of a very popular brand.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 31 Mar 2021, 21:28
That's pure guesswork for me as well. Popular brand? Maybe Coca-Cola? Or Ikea?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Pogwizd on 01 Apr 2021, 09:14
Coca-Cola?

Correct. Over to you.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 01 Apr 2021, 13:46
Huh, I guess you can trust Coca-Cola to go absolutely everywhere.  ;)

Okay, next one:

Churches are fascinating buildings. While all serving the same general purpose and having many features in common from an architectoral and decorative aspect, they also often couldn't be more different in these aspects. The Petersdome in Rome looks nothing like a little church in a village somewhere, romanesque and gothic art can be very differnt and you can still always see the similarities in church buildings, like a similar floor plan, probably in the form of a cross. Decorations can vary from nearly nothing to nothing but gold, gold and even more gold.

Now, some of the most interesting church buildings are the ones in Lalibela, in Ethopia. They belong to the Ethopian Orthodox Christian denomination and it is not entirely clear when they were build, though probably over several phases, maybe beginning in the 12th century. There are 11 of them and they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But what makes them special?

What is so special about the churches in Lalibela?
(This is easy to google, so please don't.)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 01 Apr 2021, 17:56

Are made of human bones?

_
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 01 Apr 2021, 18:56
Nope.

Though churches made of bones (or, more accurately, heavily decorated with human bones) do exist. For example, the Sedlec Ossuary (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedlec_Ossuary) in the Czech Republic. Good guess, but not correct.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: arj0n on 01 Apr 2021, 19:38
They are carved out of the rock?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 01 Apr 2021, 20:16
That is basically correct, yes.

The churches in Lalibela (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock-Hewn_Churches,_Lalibela) are completely cut out of the rock there, as in, down into the ground. All architectural elements are hewn from this massive block of stone, including pillars, columns and other decorations. And, most interestingly, elements that normally exist in architecture for functional reasons only, like vaults.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/61/Lalibela.jpg)

This documentation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=excYNB26fhs) has some interesting pictures, though it's a bit light on the information concerning the architecture. (I wanted to link another one, but it seems it's no longer online, oh well...)

Unfortuantely, the stone that made it possible to cut these churches out of it is also very susceptible to the weather, so these churches are getting destroyed slowly, and due to the way they were build, renovations are basically impossible.



Over to you, arj0n
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: arj0n on 02 Apr 2021, 14:55
During the 'Eighty Years' War aka 'Dutch War of Independence' (1568–1648)
against Philip II of Spain, the Spanish soldiers couldn't beat the Dutch because
of one specific item the Dutch used which, was unknown to the Spanish soldiers.

What was that item?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 02 Apr 2021, 18:42
Perhaps some apparatus/technology that allowed them to control water levels (i.e. locks along inbound canals) around the Netherlands?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 02 Apr 2021, 19:00
Tulips?
...
 :-D
...
Sorry.

More serious, I think something to do with water as well. Maybe some kind of protection for the hulls of their ships?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: arj0n on 02 Apr 2021, 21:26
Perhaps some apparatus/technology that allowed them to control water levels (i.e. locks along inbound canals) around the Netherlands?
Smart answer, but no...

It is water related though  :)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 04 Apr 2021, 05:25
Some apparatus for steering a boat in little/muddied water?

OK I'll just say it...a DUTCH RUDDER?! (laugh) (laugh)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Gilbert on 04 Apr 2021, 05:51
DUTCH RUDDER
Repurposing the windmills into giant throwing stars, destroy one whole troop in its way in each throw? Their use of clean energy angered nuclear powered Godzilla, making him throw these stuff around.
Spoiler: ShowHide
It's questionable to have throwing stars when Godzilla is already around though.  :grin:
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot on 04 Apr 2021, 22:07
Bongs?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: arj0n on 04 Apr 2021, 22:37
Some apparatus for steering a boat in little/muddied water?

OK I'll just say it...a DUTCH RUDDER?! (laugh) (laugh)

Nope  ;-D

Repurposing the windmills into giant throwing stars, destroy one whole troop in its way in each throw? Their use of clean energy angered nuclear powered Godzilla, making him throw these stuff around.
Spoiler: ShowHide
It's questionable to have throwing stars when Godzilla is already around though.  :grin:


awesome, but no  ;)

Bongs?

Could have been, but no.  :-D



Tip 1 was: it is related to water
Tip 2 is: it is related to speedy transport

Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 15 Apr 2021, 05:17
Were they doing something to the water that ran downstream to their enemies?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot on 15 Apr 2021, 07:50


Tip 1 was: it is related to water
Tip 2 is: it is related to speedy transport


Speedboats 🚤
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: arj0n on 15 Apr 2021, 08:11
Were they doing something to the water that ran downstream to their enemies?

No, but they were doing something on the water...

Speedboats 🚤
No, but it has to do with being quick...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Gilbert on 15 Apr 2021, 09:56
They used high pressure water guns/cannons/faucets to fend off their enemies?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: arj0n on 15 Apr 2021, 10:06
nope, you all think too...   ...liquid  ;)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: heltenjon on 15 Apr 2021, 10:26
Perhaps they were ice skating on the canals?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 15 Apr 2021, 13:21
Nice one, helten. That's probably it.

Puts on clogs. "See ya around suckas"

Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: arj0n on 15 Apr 2021, 13:29
Perhaps they were ice skating on the canals?
Exactly!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: heltenjon on 15 Apr 2021, 21:33
Okay, my turn, then.

I want the name of this person of agriculture who made a sort of contraption for sowing seeds without throwing them around.

Curiously, this person is more famous today because of someone else who is known by the same name.  ???
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ian Aloser on 15 Apr 2021, 21:39
Is music involved ?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: heltenjon on 15 Apr 2021, 21:43
Is music involved ?

Yes, Ian.  ;)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ian Aloser on 15 Apr 2021, 21:47
I am too shy to post the right answer...
I will , once I have figured out a suitable and worthy  follower :-))
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ian Aloser on 16 Apr 2021, 08:37
Jethro Tull ?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: heltenjon on 16 Apr 2021, 10:03
Indeed, Jethro Tull is correct!  (nod)

I reckon the name is foremost associated with the band bearing the same name, but they are named after this historical figure.

He invented a sort of sowing machine that was pulled by horse. The point was even distribution of the seeds (and being drilled into the furrows), giving better crops. He was also heavily involved in debate about agriculture, where his opponents relied mostly on works by Vergil(!).

Other contraptions like this have been invented and used earlier many places, but Mr. Tull gets his share of the credit for modernizing British/European agriculture, at least.

Over to you, Ian!  (nod)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ian Aloser on 16 Apr 2021, 10:11
Thanks Heltenjon !

It's funny: I stumbled over the name most recently when working on a project involving CULTAN Fertilization....
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ian Aloser on 16 Apr 2021, 10:13
Here's a new one :

You find his name on every road of the world. Sadly, he was never really rewarded for what he created ....
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 16 Apr 2021, 18:43

A man called Street?  ???
Or Avenue?  :-D

_
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ian Aloser on 16 Apr 2021, 18:57
Nope !
Great guess, though :-))
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: CaptainD on 16 Apr 2021, 21:11
The guy who invented tarmac?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ian Aloser on 16 Apr 2021, 23:35
Nope, sorry ......
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mouth for war on 17 Apr 2021, 00:20
Hmmm this was a brain teaser :D does it have to do with the old saying "All roads lead to Rome"? :D
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ian Aloser on 17 Apr 2021, 08:04
No .
Spoiler: ShowHide

Put your focus on what is moving on the roads.

Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mouth for war on 17 Apr 2021, 22:08
Hmm Ford? :D
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ian Aloser on 17 Apr 2021, 22:26
Quite close !
It is not about a manufacturer, more about an inventor .....





Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Mouth for war on 17 Apr 2021, 22:41
Edison?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: heltenjon on 18 Apr 2021, 01:54
Tesla?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 18 Apr 2021, 02:30
Karl Benz?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ian Aloser on 18 Apr 2021, 07:08
None of the three, sorry.
The person we are looking for is known for a mysterious demise......
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: bx83 on 18 Apr 2021, 08:56
John Boyd Dunlop.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ian Aloser on 18 Apr 2021, 09:04
No, it is not him. Search under the hood/bonnet.....
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: bx83 on 18 Apr 2021, 09:10
André Citroën
Étienne Lenoir
Siegfried Marcus
Alexander Winton
George B. Selden
Arthur Constantin Krebs
George Foote Foss
Milton Reeves
Robert William Thomson

??
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ian Aloser on 18 Apr 2021, 09:22
None of the above...
Spoiler: ShowHide

He was last seen aboard a ship from EDIT: Germany Belgium to England.....
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 18 Apr 2021, 09:58
Rudolf Diesel?
Inventor of the Diesel engine.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: bx83 on 18 Apr 2021, 11:11
"On September 29, 1913, Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the engine that bears his name, disappears from the steamship Dresden while travelling from Antwerp, Belgium to Harwich, England. On October 10, a Belgian sailor aboard a North Sea steamer spotted a body floating in the water; upon further investigation, it turned out that the body was Diesel’s. There was, and remains, a great deal of mystery surrounding his death: It was officially judged a suicide, but many people believed (and still believe) that Diesel was murdered."

You got it :)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: heltenjon on 18 Apr 2021, 11:20
"On September 29, 1913, Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the engine that bears his name, disappears from the steamship Dresden while travelling from Antwerp, Belgium to Harwich, England. On October 10, a Belgian sailor aboard a North Sea steamer spotted a body floating in the water; upon further investigation, it turned out that the body was Diesel’s. There was, and remains, a great deal of mystery surrounding his death: It was officially judged a suicide, but many people believed (and still believe) that Diesel was murdered."

You got it :)

I smell a good plot for a sci-fi game involving a time machine and a desperate environmentalist...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ian Aloser on 18 Apr 2021, 11:26
Rudolf Diesel is CORRECT !!! Very good, Sinitrena !!!!
While many people may have read about his mysterious demise, he is less known for one of his works
called "Solidarismus. Natürliche wirtschaftliche Erlösung des Menschen"
loosely translated into " Solidarism. The Rational Economic Redemption of Humankind",
a publication which, imho, would have deserved more attention.
Really worth reading it !
EDIT: Sinitrena, it's up to you !
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: bx83 on 18 Apr 2021, 11:44
Do you have a link to that publication?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Ian Aloser on 18 Apr 2021, 11:47
I will try to find a link. If I can't find one, I will try to post the essence of the theory here.
EDIT : Here's a link to the original work, it's written in Old German :-)
https://diglib.uibk.ac.at/ulbtirol/content/structure/3785404

Also, I copied an essay on his work and crunched it through the Google translator - The result is not too bad, I think :-)
Here's the link to the essay :
https://www.ingenieur.de/technik/fachbereiche/rekorde/die-utopie-solidarismus-rudolf-diesel/
Here it is (Sorry for the formatting) :
Rudolf Diesel's utopia of solidarism
The idea of the cooperative is at the center of Rudolf Diesel's utopia of solidarism.
In so-called Volkskassen, capital is collected for loans to joint operations.
These companies should cover all important needs.
In solidarism, Diesel's utopia says, the interests of the individual coincide with the interests of the general public.

100 years ago, in 1911, the diesel engine factory in Augsburg, which had been founded in 1898, came to an end.
The name Rudolf Diesel is inextricably linked with millions of engines and one fuel.
Little is known, however, that Diesel turned to not only technical, but also social issues. "Solidarism.
Natural economic salvation of man "was the title of a book published by" Rudolf Diesel, engineer in Munich "in 1903.
 In it he presents the concept of an economy based on solidarity, in which the formerly dependent employees take the financing,
production and distribution of goods into their own hands.

"You are 50 million people in Germany who depend on salary, wages and salaries," writes Diesel, and further calculates:
If everyone were to pay an amount of just one penny per week into a "Volkskasse", this would result in a capital of half a million marks a week.
If a penny were put aside every day, "you have 182 million marks a year and in ten years already two billion marks available for your economic increase"
Rudolf Diesel's solidarism equates individual interests with collective interests
This savings procedure is the basis for the principle of solidarism, which Diesel understands as the "complete equation of the individual interest with the overall interest", "the free agreement of people to mutual justice through work, unity and love": "Solidarism is the sun, which shining evenly over all, through its mild warmth and its shining light, will awaken humanity from its hibernation to economic redemption. "

The linchpin of this sunrise is the founding of a "Volkskasse", in which the millions of pfennigs are brought together.
This Volkskasse with its accumulated capital serves as a lender and surety for joint operations of the treasury members, which Diesel describes as “beehives”:
“Just as for shoes, under the protection of the liability of the whole - the Volkskasse - you build other beehives for clothes and linen , Furniture, household appliances, etc. ”, which can ultimately satisfy the most important needs of the employees, the“ bees ”and others.
Rudolf Diesel's solidarism relies on cooperative self-help
It is not difficult to recognize the idea of ​​cooperative self-help here.
Diesel, however, expanded the idea of ​​cooperative financing and production by adding cooperative consumption:
“So your beehives exchange their goods; In this way, a swap warehouse is created in each of them, the goods of which are available to the bees and their family members ... at the cheapest prices imaginable, as there are no interim expenses ".

Diesel thus designs a closed cycle of financing, production and consumption of cooperative goods that neither compete with other producers nor appear in markets: “The true cooperative does not even enter general competition, neither for production nor for consumption , it only works for its own needs. ”So it is not about profit, but about the satisfaction of needs, a kind of industrial subsistence economy.
Diesel criticized the production cooperatives that existed at the time, such as the Albi glassworks, for being inconceivable as a general form of an economy.
This is for the simple reason "because, because of their mostly inadequate means, they cannot hold their own against the overpowering competition of the various forms of large-scale capitalist production or capitalist unification". They are cooperative internally, but capitalist externally.

Rudolf Diesel: Social institutions complement the cooperative principle
Rudolf Diesel supplements his model of cooperative work with social institutions. So every “beehive”, i.e. every cooperative enterprise, has to build a “spacious, bright, well ventilated and heated dining establishment” in which tasty dishes are offered at “bee prices”, and they also have “healthy, light, airy, spacious apartments” " to care. In addition, hospitals, schools, apprentice workshops and community houses should be built “with a restaurant and, if possible, with a garden”.
The idea of ​​the company as the center of life is imposed here, as is known from real socialist countries, but also from large companies in the early days of capitalism. But the crucial difference to both is the voluntariness. In contrast to socialism, solidarism can be achieved “within the framework of existing laws, in peaceful development with complete individual freedom”; in contrast to capitalism, it is not based on the game of market forces, but “on the natural game of solidarity forces”.




Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 18 Apr 2021, 16:16
Let's go back a long time from Mr. Diesel for the next question.

It is a weird irony of time that every historian becomes part of history sooner or later. The historian we are looking for was supposedly the first to systematically collect his material and putting it into a historiographic narrative (thanks wikipedia for this phrasing). In fact, another writer who has long since become a subject of study called him "pater historiae" some 300 years later. His histories might also contain legends and myths, but they are nonetheless rich in information. Who was this "Father of History"?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 18 Apr 2021, 16:28
Herodotus of Halicarnassus?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 18 Apr 2021, 16:33
That was quick. Correct, your turn.
And Cicero was the one who called him pater historiae, just to complete this.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 18 Apr 2021, 16:39
I guess that having to translate him from ancient Greek at school left me scarred for life. (laugh)

I'll try to think of a new question and update the post later. In the meantime, if someone has a good one, feel free to take my turn and post it!

New question:

How is called that period in the history of London where the smell of the river Thames, filled with human and industrial waste, was so terrible that the river was defined as "a Stygian pool reeking with ineffable and unbearable horror"?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: bx83 on 18 Apr 2021, 23:57
1858
The "shit we have to build a sewage system, they've got flushing toilets now" period.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: heltenjon on 19 Apr 2021, 07:43
February.  :-D
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: lorenzo on 19 Apr 2021, 08:42
February.  :-D
(laugh)

1858
The "shit we have to build a sewage system, they've got flushing toilets now" period.
This!
The Great Stink in July/August 1858. During the hot summer, the river full of all kinds of shit (literal or not) was so stinky it became part of the history of the city.

Your turn, bx83!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: bx83 on 19 Apr 2021, 14:22
Um....
"What is Jesus Christ's real name?"

(not a joke)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot on 19 Apr 2021, 15:03
Um....
"What is Jesus Christ's real name?"

(not a joke)
Our Lord and Saviour, Baby Jesus H. Christ Almighty the Third (The Other Two Thirds Being The Father and The Holy Ghost) of Nazareth, Son of Carpenter, Doer of Right and Righter of Wrongs, And Overall Decent Bloke, Ex Plus Alpha Turbo Ultra Superman Shave-and-a-Haircut Five Bob.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 19 Apr 2021, 19:24
However you say ‘Jesus’ in Hebrew? Maybe it’s like the Arabic ‘Issa’?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: heltenjon on 19 Apr 2021, 21:08
Iesu Nazarea? Or perhaps that's a bit too Latin.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: bx83 on 19 Apr 2021, 22:38
His name, from his perspective as an ancient Jew, was Yeshua Ben Jusef / "God". (Joshua, son of Joseph/God)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Galen on 20 Apr 2021, 02:21
"Jesus? I wonder if he means old Ben Jusef?"
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Stupot on 20 Apr 2021, 03:52
His mates called him Ben Dover.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 20 Apr 2021, 06:00
 (laugh) oh man we're just getting rude now


Jesus: The Last Air Benjusef
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 24 Apr 2021, 04:03
Alright, hope nobody minds if I jump in. This might be a bit contentious, but after the British (35.5 million km2) and Mongol (24 million km2) what is the next largest empire by territorial size?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Chomba on 24 Apr 2021, 09:02
Russian?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: heltenjon on 24 Apr 2021, 10:43
Does the Soviet Union count?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 24 Apr 2021, 13:08
Apparently just prior to the Soviet Union, so yeah Russian. I just went by the wiki list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_empires

Go for it Chomba!
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Chomba on 24 Apr 2021, 20:57
Well, let's get on with it!
Moving to the other side of the pond:

Which woman's name became synonymous with "treason" after the Spanish conquest of America and why?

PD: I think it's an interesting story for those who don't know it!

Edit:

A hint: Mexico
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Chomba on 29 Apr 2021, 18:31
Okay, I don´t wanna kill this thread, so... let´s change the question:

What were the names of the people whose assassination triggered World War I?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 29 Apr 2021, 20:18
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie of Hohenberg, killed in Sarajevo.

But I'd really like to know the answer to your previous question, so can we go back to that, please?  :-*
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Chomba on 30 Apr 2021, 01:12
Yes! Your turn Sinitrena!

Since you ask:

The name is "Malinche".

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La ("the") Malinche (also known as Doña Marina, Malinal and Malintzin) was a woman of Nahuatl origin, lover, interpreter and advisor to Hernán Cortés and also one of the most important figures in the conquest of Mexico.

With her gift for languages, La Malinche learned Spanish quite quickly and became Hernán Cortés' most important translator, interpreter and advisor. La Malinche converted to Catholicism and was baptised. At her baptism she received the name Marina, and later the Spaniards began to call her Doña Marina.
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In short, she was a native who married Hernán Cortés and would have helped him in the conquest of her own people.

Of course today we can discern that this is a macho and distorted view of history, Malinche did not marry Cortés of her own free will, but was GIFTED as a slave and appropriated by him.

Today the true role of Malinche in the conquest is debated, as many see her as a SURVIVOR rather than a traitor; others say that her actions were not as definitive or important as they are presented, as Cortés had other resources that would have allowed him to achieve the same results.

On the other hand, those who accuse Malinche of treachery say that without her help, the natives could have had more time to prepare and face the Spaniards in better conditions.


Today, the term malinche is used to define those who act against their own culture or principles or who look down on their own in favour of the foreign.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 30 Apr 2021, 18:20
One learns something new every day. I'd never heard of her before.

Next one:

Most people are probably aware that Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She won it together with her husband Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel in 1903 for Physics. Just two years later, the second woman received the Nobel Prize, this time in the "Peace" category. She was Austrian, born in 1843 and was a journalist and novelist. She was part of the peace movment of her time, campaigned for an international court of justice and was involved in the Hague Conferences. She might have been an influence to Mr. Nobel decission to include a peace prize. Who was the second woman to win a Nobel Prize?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 03 May 2021, 22:55
No guesses?
It is a difficult question, but I#m sure someone can figure it out. (If nothing else works, just google it - I can't think of a different question right now.)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: heltenjon on 04 May 2021, 00:48
Ah, didn't see the question. Isn't this Bertha von Suttner? (And we're not supposed to google these things, are we? Takes the fun out of it a bit.)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Sinitrena on 04 May 2021, 01:08
It is indeed Bertha von Suttner. Your turn.
(And no, normally no googling. But when nobody has any idea...)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: heltenjon on 04 May 2021, 10:36
What is the perhaps most surprising thing about the great Pharaoh Hatshepsut, who reigned for more than 20 years in Ancient Egypt?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Gilbert on 04 May 2021, 10:45
(I know nothing about history of the Pharohs so this is a random guess.)

He is a she?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: heltenjon on 04 May 2021, 11:37
This one was too easy, I guess. That's absolutely correct!

The title was Pharaoh regardless of the gender, and the royal garb included a fake beard. She established trade routes and was the first to build a tomb in the Valley of Kings, among other things. After her death, someone (it's unclear who) tried to erase her name and image from the lineage of Kings, but they left enough that historians eventually discovered that she had reigned. She wasn't the first or the only female Pharaoh, but probably the most successful. (But not as famous as Cleopatra.)

Over to Gilbert.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Gilbert on 04 May 2021, 13:55
What?

Didn't expect this, so I don't have anything in mind atm.

Anyone can steal this spot, otherwise I may find something to put here later.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 04 May 2021, 18:13

Well, let's see...

What king had relationship with a nymph?

(I know it's more legend than history, but a king's word was law at the time)

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: heltenjon on 04 May 2021, 19:50
King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake, perhaps? Although I doubt either are historical figures...
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 05 May 2021, 07:56

Not.
The king was really existed.

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 05 May 2021, 16:29
Hmm where did the nymph folklore originate - maybe an Irish or German king?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 05 May 2021, 18:13

Not irish, not german.

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: heltenjon on 06 May 2021, 00:13
Greek? King Agamemnon?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 06 May 2021, 08:49

Not greek, but close.

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 07 May 2021, 18:14

A big hint:
he was roman.

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: TheFrighter on 12 May 2021, 09:17

So, nobody try to guess? But the kings of Rome was only 7!  8-0

Well, I'll drop it: he was Numa Pompilio, second king of Rome  (715 a.C. - 673 a.C.) after Romolo.

Ancient historician Tito Livio reported the rumor that Numa Pompilio meets the nynph Egeria in the woods and asked her tips about how to rule Rome. Tito Livio doesn't admit that nynphs really exist, however Numa's kingdom was one of the most peaceful and illuminate.

This story inspired many painting, for example this by Felice Giani:

(https://www.compro-antiquariato.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Felice_Giani_Numa_Pompilio_riceve_dalla_ninfa_Egeria_le_leggi_di_Roma_1806.jpg)


Now, everyone can take the next turn...

...unless you won't try to guess who was the king that faced a ghost...  :-D

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Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 22 Jun 2021, 04:08
What was the last of the imperial dynasties of China?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Reiter on 22 Jun 2021, 22:18
Qing, or Quing, I believe. At least, I think so. It ended somewhere around 1910, at any rate. The last Emperor was still a boy, at the time of his abdication. I think he lived on for many years as a caretaker in the Forbidden City. Is this correct?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 23 Jun 2021, 02:06
Yep! Your go  8-)
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Reiter on 23 Jun 2021, 04:08
Right, then. Here we are, a question!

We are now looking for a famed war hero. Or rather, war heroine. She served with distinction in the U.S. Marines, and was duly decorated. She was honoured with an equestrian statue at the U.S.M.C. national museum, amongst other things.

Who are we looking for?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Gilbert on 23 Jun 2021, 09:53
Sigourney Weaver?  :grin:

Anyway, since I am Chinese, so the answer to the last question was just common knowledge and I purposedly ignored it (in case even I could get it wrong).
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: milkanannan on 21 Jul 2021, 17:39
How about another clue, Reiter?
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Reiter on 29 Jul 2021, 00:34
Oh, dear! A thousand apologies, we have indeed been long overdue for the next clue!

I can reveal that it is not Sigourney Weaver, although I like the suggestion. As for the Qings, I shall admit that I am entirely at a loss of how you actually say it. Although I greatly admire the Qing flag. The dragon looks so playful.

Now! The second clue! I can reveal that she earned her spurs in the Korean War.

There is also a pictoral clue here:

Spoiler: ShowHide
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2c/M20_75_mm_recoilless_rifle_korean_war.jpg/749px-M20_75_mm_recoilless_rifle_korean_war.jpg)


Best of luck, and my apologies once more.
Title: Re: World history quiz thread
Post by: Reiter on 09 Sep 2021, 03:29
Final clue, ladies and gentlemen! It would behove you to rub your little greys and think outside of the box! Are we ready?

Final clue!

I can reveal that she became most famous in her capacity as ammunition carrier - a vital role that she carried out with distinction. I can also reveal that she made the rank of Staff Sergeant, after the war. Any inkling as to who it is that we are looking for?