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Aug 8, 2014

How Well Do You Remember Last August?

We've unleashed a Wikipedia-mining, quiz-making franken-robot on the encyclopedia's August 2013 current events page. Without any human intervention, it has plucked out important bits from the 100 event descriptions below, and jumbled them with three plausible(ish) replacements. Can you beat the bot?

  1. August 1, 2013: American __________ whistleblower Edward Snowden is granted a one-year temporary political asylum in Russia and leaves Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and rt.com, cnn.com

  2. August 1, 2013: In talks in Manila, the Philippines and __________ agree to work together on a framework for resolving maritime territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and voanews.com

  3. August 1, 2013: Eight people are arrested in Greece for allegedly trying to smuggle weapons into __________.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and vancouverdesi.com

  4. August 1, 2013: The U.S. states of Minnesota and __________ begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and nbcnews.com

  5. August 1, 2013: Italy's top court confirms that former Prime Minister __________ will serve a prison sentence for a tax fraud conviction.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com

  6. August 2, 2013: The United States Food and Drug Administration names Taylor Farms as the source of cyclospora parasite tainted salads that sickened 223 diners in the US states of __________ and Iowa.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and nbcnews.com

  7. August 2, 2013: The UK Foreign Office has warned its embassy staff in Southwest Asia to be vigilant as __________ approaches. British embassies remained open.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and online.wsj.com

  8. August 2, 2013: The __________ Electoral Commission says that Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party has won 142 seats of 210 seats in the general election.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and bbc.co.uk

  9. August 2, 2013: A new primate, the Lavasoa dwarf lemur, is discovered in __________.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and sci-news.com

  10. August 3, 2013: A man crashes his car into a crowd of pedestrians in Venice Beach, __________, U.S., injuring eleven people and killing one. The driver fled the scene and was being sought by authorities, but later turned himself in.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and cnn.com, losangeles.cbslocal.com

  11. August 3, 2013: In rugby union, the Chiefs win the 2013 Super Rugby Final, defeating the __________ 27-22 at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and bleacherreport.com, skynews.com.au

  12. August 4, 2013: Scottish actor Peter Capaldi is announced to portray the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor on the long-running British science fiction show __________.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and theguardian.com

  13. August 4, 2013: __________ is officially inaugurated as President of Iran in the House of the Parliament and announces the members of his cabinet to the parliament.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and aljazeera.com, dailystar.com.lb, reuters.com

  14. August 4, 2013: Voters in __________ will go to the polls on September 7 for a federal election.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and theage.com.au

  15. August 5, 2013: A bomb rigged to a vehicle kills eight people in Cotabato, __________.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and abcnews.go.com

  16. August 5, 2013: More than 160 people are killed in flash floods across __________ and Pakistan.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and independent.co.uk

  17. August 5, 2013: 55 people are hospitalized following a truck fire 3.5km into the Gudvanga Tunnel in __________.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and news24.com

  18. August 5, 2013: Three people are killed and five are wounded in a shooting at a town hall meeting in Ross Township, __________, U.S.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and cnn.com

  19. August 5, 2013: Amazon CEO __________ purchases The Washington Post for $250 million.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia

  20. August 5, 2013: Opposition leader __________ is sworn in as Prime Minister of Tuvalu by Governor-General Iakoba Italeli after winning a secret ballot held in parliament.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and islandsbusiness.com

  21. August 5, 2013: In Major League Baseball, __________ of the New York Yankees is banned for 211 games for his role in the Biogenesis baseball scandal with 12 other players given bans of 50 games.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and smh.com.au

  22. August 6, 2013: Danish police evacuate part of central __________ after a parked car is found with wires attached to it.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and trust.org

  23. August 6, 2013: Four suspected __________ militants are killed in a drone strike.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and reuters.com

  24. August 6, 2013: The trial of Major __________, a former United States Army Medical Corps officer and the Gunman during the Fort Hood shooting, begins.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and washingtonpost.com

  25. August 7, 2013: Six suspect Al-Qaeda militants are killed in a drone strike in Southern __________.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and reuters.com

  26. August 7, 2013: One person is killed and 62 are injured in clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted President __________

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and news.xinhuanet.com

  27. August 7, 2013: A bombing in a market in __________, Pakistan, kills eleven people, mostly teenagers.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and reuters.com

  28. August 7, 2013: A large fire breaks out at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the Kenyan capital __________.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and bbc.co.uk

  29. August 7, 2013: North Korea and __________ agree to resume talks on reopening the Kaesong industrial zone.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and bbc.co.uk, news.sky.com

  30. August 7, 2013: The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic __________ announces his resignation after his caretaker government loses a vote of confidence.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and chinadaily.com.cn

  31. August 7, 2013: Portugal's treasury secretary Joaquim Pais Jorge resigns after media reports and opposition politicians questioned his previous role at __________.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and reuters.com

  32. August 8, 2013: Three U.S. drone strikes in central and southern __________ kill 12 suspected al-Qaida militants.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and hosted.ap.org

  33. August 8, 2013: __________ troops kill 24 militants in a foiled Al-Shabaab planned attack in southern Somalia city of Afmadow.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and news.xinhuanet.com

  34. August 9, 2013: An American drone strike kills five suspected Al Qaeda terrorists in eastern __________.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and uk.reuters.com

  35. August 9, 2013: The United States withdraws diplomats from its consulate in the Pakistani city of __________ due to terrorist threats.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and edition.cnn.com

  36. August 9, 2013: Two __________ pilots are abducted by a previously unknown Shiite militia, Zuwwar al-Imam Rida, in Beirut, Lebanon.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and bbc.co.uk

  37. August 9, 2013: Three people are missing after a Rockwell Turbo Commander turboprop plane crashes into two homes in East Haven, __________, United States.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and usnews.nbcnews.com

  38. August 9, 2013: Liu Tienan, the deputy head of __________'s National Development and Reform Commission, is expelled from the Communist Party for corruption.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    via Wikipedia and bbc.co.uk

  39. August 9, 2013: A 31-year-old __________ man kills his wife and posts a picture of her corpse with a confession onto Facebook. The picture is removed and the man is arrested.