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Do You Know Which Of These Events Happened First?

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  1. 1. Which of these events happened most recently?

    The moon landing.
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    The moon landing.
    The last person to be guillotined in France was executed.
    Execution of Marie Antoinette, artist unknown / Via Wikimedia Commons
    The last person to be guillotined in France was executed.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    France's last execution by guillotine was in 1977, eight years after we landed on the moon. That's even afte "Star Wars" premiered!

  2. 2. Which of these happened most recently?

    Nintendo was founded.
    Nintendo / Via WIkimedia Commons
    Nintendo was founded.
    Bram Stoker published
    Bram Stoker published "Dracula."
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Nintendo was founded in 1888, while Dracula was published in 1897. Before you start to image 19th century gameboys, however, know that Nintendo originally made playing cards. Sorry.

  3. 3. Which of these old things is older?

    Oxford University
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    Oxford University
    Genghis Khan
    Genghis Khan Portrait, anonymous court painter / Via Wikimedia Commons
    Genghis Khan
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Teaching was underway at Oxford in 1096, years before Genghis Khan was born in 1162.

  4. 4. Which one of these Italian travelers lived first?

    Marco Polo
    Marco Polo en costume tartare / Via Wikimedia Commons
    Marco Polo
    Christopher Columbus
    Sebastiano del Piombo / Via Wikimedia Commons
    Christopher Columbus
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Marco Polo was born in 1254, almost 200 years before Christopher Columbus was born in 1451.

  5. 5. Which of these events happened later?

    The New York City subway opened.
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    The New York City subway opened.
    The Ottoman Empire ended.
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    The Ottoman Empire ended.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The Ottoman Empire lasted from 1299 all the way until 1922, wayyy after the New York subway opened in 1904. Crazy, right?

  6. 6. Which of these happened first?

    Construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge.
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    Construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge.
    Custer's Last Stand.
    The Custer Fight by Charles Marion RUssell / Via The Library of Congress
    Custer's Last Stand.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge back in 1870, six years before Custer took his last stand.

  7. 7. Which of these all-American goods was invented first?

    Coca Cola
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    Coca Cola
    Oreos
    Oreos Flicker / Creative Commons: Flickr: dharma_for_one
    Oreos
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Pharmacist John Pemberton invented Coca Cola in 1886, but Oreos didn't come to be until 1912.

  8. 8. Which one of these very necessary products was invented first?

    The flush toilet.
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    The flush toilet.
    The doorknob.
    Thinkstock
    The doorknob.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Poop comes first. The flushing toilet was patented in 1775, while the doorknob only came into being in 1878!

  9. 9. Which one of these came first?

    The invention of eyeglasses.
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    The invention of eyeglasses.
    The emergence of the Aztec empire.
    Quezalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca / Via Wikimedia Commons
    The emergence of the Aztec empire.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The Aztec people founded Tenochtitlán in 1325, while eyeglasses were invented in Italy in the 1280s. Woah.

  10. 10. Which one of these happened first?

    Pablo Picasso died.
    Portrait of Picasso / Juan Gris / Via Wikimedia Commons
    Pablo Picasso died.
    amazon.com
    "Back to the Future" was released.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Back to the Future" was released in 1985, twelve years after Pablo Picasso died in 1973.

  11. 11. Which of these game-changers happened first?

    The Wright Brothers took their first flight.
    Library of Congress
    The Wright Brothers took their first flight.
    Sliced bread first became available to buy.
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    Sliced bread first became available to buy.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The first flight, which happened in 1903, was 25 whole years before sliced bread was available to buy! Betty White herself is older than sliced bread.

  12. 12. Which of these national matters happened earlier?

    Germany became a single nation.
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    Germany became a single nation.
    The US Civil War ended.
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    The US Civil War ended.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    German unification didn't happen until 1871, several years after the US Civil War ended.

  13. 13. Which one of these happened first?

    The typewriter was invented.
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    The typewriter was invented.
    The first wagon train embarked on the Oregon Trail.
    Podruznik / Wikimedia Commons
    The first wagon train embarked on the Oregon Trail.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The typewriter was invented in 1829, seven years before the first wagon train started their journey on the Oregon Trail in 1836. Too bad you couldn't bring a typewriter in the Oregon Trail computer game. Still wouldn't have prevented the dysentery.

  14. 14. Which of these events happened first?

    The samurai class ended in Japan.
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    The samurai class ended in Japan.
    Major League Baseball was founded.
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    Major League Baseball was founded.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The MLB was founded in 1869, and the samurai class ended in Japan in 1876. Meaning major league baseball and samurais were contemporaries for seven years.

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