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Dec 9th, 2011 at 18:54 GMT
Good quiz, but I think it could use some funny bonus answers for Dick Clark or Kate Hudson. :P
Feb 27th, 2013 at 19:32 GMT
or ken livingstone??
Feb 27th, 2013 at 23:20 GMT
Dr de soto?
Feb 28th, 2013 at 05:24 GMT
Fun quiz! Two minor suggestions might be to change the color scheme slightly (black on dark brown is hard to read), and to either change one of Francisco/Francis or change the order so Francis comes first and doesn't trigger by mistake early.
Feb 28th, 2013 at 20:18 GMT
Wait, are you telling me that Captain Cook's first name wasn't actually "Captain"?
Game published: Mar 11th, 2013 at 17:00 GMT
Mar 11th, 2013 at 17:14 GMT
i tried Thomas and Captain for Cook. They didn't work.
Mar 11th, 2013 at 17:21 GMT
It's really silly that someone would name their child after a children's game usually played in a pool. :)
Mar 11th, 2013 at 17:26 GMT
What a motley collection of names! No wonder they became explorers - they got laughed out of their home towns. ;-)
Mar 11th, 2013 at 17:34 GMT
George: I like de Soto. Jerry: de Soto? Why de Soto? George: He discovered the Mississippi. Jerry: Yeah like they wouldn't have found that anwyay.
Mar 11th, 2013 at 17:42 GMT
Mar 11th, 2013 at 17:58 GMT
Mar 11th, 2013 at 18:01 GMT
Why... WHY could I think of Fernando, but not of Ferdinand or Hernando?
Mar 11th, 2013 at 18:05 GMT
Thor has got to be a tough name to live up to.
Mar 11th, 2013 at 18:13 GMT
Can always learn something new from Sporcle (can always come in handy if I ever apply for "Jeopardy"): all my life I thought that the first name of the man who discovered the purported Fountain of Youth actually was 'Ponce' who came from Leon in Spain. Who knew? Well, about 45% of players did.
Mar 11th, 2013 at 18:22 GMT
I'm bummed that I didn't get Bering because I was taught a different spelling (Vitas) for his name. Given that it's not an English name, perhaps some leeway could be given.
Mar 11th, 2013 at 18:25 GMT
Another minute or two would have been good.
Mar 11th, 2013 at 18:32 GMT
You should accept "Fernao" for Magellan. His actual name was Fernao de Magalhaes, Ferdinand Magellan is just its English "translation". As I grew in a non-English speaking country where we studied him as Fernao de Magalhaes, I actually had to look up his English name.
Mar 11th, 2013 at 18:38 GMT
Not gonna lie - I typed "Dora" just to see what would happen.
Mar 11th, 2013 at 18:47 GMT
Thanks for the Livingstone bonus. Made my day.
Mar 11th, 2013 at 18:51 GMT
@raulraul: Thanks, as Magellan certainly
born Fernão de Magalhães, I've added that as an alternate answer. @SteelyMatt: Well, sorry that you were taught that spelling, but there is no substantial evidence that he actually did use "Vitas" or was well-known in such manner. I think it is important the the actual spelling is required for a quiz like this, or all sorts of phonetic alternates would have to be included. - napb (History editory)
Mar 11th, 2013 at 19:41 GMT
Great quiz! Good thing René-Robert Cavelier Sieur de la Salle wasn't on this quiz. Which one is his first name?!
Mar 11th, 2013 at 20:09 GMT
I've played all the Uncharted games, and I still didn't get Sir Francis Drake! rrrrgh
Mar 11th, 2013 at 20:48 GMT
It really was Sebastian Cabot! I never realized that Mr. French, the butler from Family Affair, was an explorer, too!
Mar 11th, 2013 at 21:11 GMT
Its kind of sad that only 72% of quiz takers know Amerigo Vespucci when two continents are named after him
Mar 11th, 2013 at 22:10 GMT
It took me a long, long time before I realized that Ponce de Leon's first name wasn't Ponce.
Mar 11th, 2013 at 22:24 GMT
I don't know what made me type 'Pat' as soon as I saw 'Boone' !!
Mar 11th, 2013 at 22:36 GMT
you should accept Americo for vespucci
Mar 11th, 2013 at 22:39 GMT
you should accept just first names for sirs
Mar 11th, 2013 at 23:21 GMT
These guys have objectively awesome names.
Mar 11th, 2013 at 23:31 GMT
@lucia: OK, I think I've now researched all alternate names in common use, and I've added Américo/Americo -- thanks. @anderson22: First names already
accepted, but the display of those particular answers includes the word "Sir".
Mar 12th, 2013 at 00:14 GMT
Did anyone else have trouble spelling Amundsen's first name? I knew it was pronounced "Rauoold" but couldn't come up with Raold...
Mar 12th, 2013 at 02:16 GMT
I scored below average, but I got the least guessed answer. I wonder if this is the first time that that's ever happened to me.
Mar 12th, 2013 at 02:33 GMT
"Dad, why didn't give me a normal name?" "We named you after two famous explorers who were brave and did great things. You should be proud, young Meriwether Vitus."
Mar 12th, 2013 at 02:42 GMT
Christopher Columbus is a good example of how the names (both first and last) were freely changed according to the language and/or country. He was born Cristoforo Colombo. As Colombo means "male dove" in Italian, the surname in Latin (the universal language of the time) was "Columbus", that means the same, and that form was adopted in English. In Catalan he was (and is) known as Colom, a word that also means "male dove". In Castilian Spanish the word for a male dove is "palomo", but as this is quite different from the other cognates, the surname wasn't translated anymore. Currently in Spanish it's Colón, that doesn't mean anything but is simply the spelling of the Catalan surname Colom adapted to the Castilian orthography.
Mar 12th, 2013 at 02:51 GMT
So, his name isn't Dr. Livingstone I. Presume?
Mar 12th, 2013 at 02:56 GMT
There should be a movie about Shackleton... "Sir Ernest goes to the South Pole"
Mar 12th, 2013 at 14:05 GMT
There sould be more love for Tenzing Norgay.
Mar 12th, 2013 at 14:15 GMT
Funny how I got most of the first half of the names, because we were quizzed about them endlessly in middle school, but got very few of the more modern explorers, because no one bothered to teach us kids about Thor Heyerdahl or Roald Amundsen. The American history curriculum: You discovered the Americas or you discovered nothing!
Mar 12th, 2013 at 22:16 GMT
Thank you for accepting the misspelling "Meriweather"!
Mar 28th, 2013 at 16:01 GMT
the first name of Cousteau is Jacques-Yves
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