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Historical Figures per Country Quiz
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Feb 9th, 2013 at 11:07 GMT
Wasn't Marie Antoinette born in Austria?
Feb 9th, 2013 at 11:08 GMT
Seems inconsistent to use Hitler for Austria but Marie Antoinette for France.
Feb 9th, 2013 at 11:15 GMT
Thanks, guys, for pointing that out. I'm not a historian in the real world, so excuse my naïveté. I've replaced her with someone else now. Any other problems, people, I'd be more than happy to hear about and rectify. Just let me know.
Feb 9th, 2013 at 15:20 GMT
Thanks for not tracking the wrong answers, it saved me a couple of times and helped me learn a couple of things.
It might be worth shaving a little off the time though as I think this is enough time to try most permutations if you complete some of the more obvious combinations.
Feb 9th, 2013 at 17:27 GMT
Yeah, sufradley. I agree it is annoying when you JUST miss one column's answer as part of a match and that's one right answer you let slip by. Or when you simply click on something by accident when you didn't mean to. I take your point about the time. I was just waiting to see how people would do based off of my leaderboard times at the bottom of the page. I'll lower it to 5 for now.
Feb 9th, 2013 at 20:53 GMT
What do you mean by "country"? Do you mean the country that currently owns that territory? For instance, you have Abraham Lincoln (born 1809 in the USA) listed as having been born in the same country as Benjamin Franklin (born 1706, many decades before there *was* a USA). Even if that's what you do mean, it doesn't work. Charlemagne, for instance, was born in Wallonia; that's now part of Belgium, not France. Sigmund Freud was born in Příbor, now part of the Czech Republic, not Austria. Oh, it was Austria *then*? Well, if we're going by what it was *then*, then Anne Frank was born in the Weimar Republic, Albert Einstein in the Kingdom of Württemberg, Karl Marx in the Kingdom of Prussia, and Martin Luther in the Electorate of Saxony. Some consistency in naming would also be a plus. E.g., "Chairman Mao" - why not "Mao Zedong"?
Feb 10th, 2013 at 00:04 GMT
Thanks ever so much, hcif, for all those great details. I don't know really what I meant by 'country' but I take your point that past geography is fuzzy when compared with and viewed through the lens of our modern understanding of political nation-states. I also agree, of course, with the Chairman Mao thing, but I was wondering if the same would apply to King Louis XIV, King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. I guess for both the 'country' and the surnames, I was trying to design it so that the connections could be most accessible by the 'common Sporcler' or layman. Obviously, there are problems with this. I will try my best to re-evaluate what I mean with the concept, and make it consistent with the names and matches I put in. I'll also rethink the names. There's also an aesthetic aspect to it in that I didn't want any buttons to be too long and jump a line. Bear with me. It'll take me some time. Really appreciate the knowledge that you could share and those points will be answered.
Feb 10th, 2013 at 17:31 GMT
Just to answer some of the points made by hcif earlier, I have taken some time to check over all the names. For general convenience, by 'country', I mean the country that now currently owns the territory that includes each historical figure's place of birth. There is no more problematic Charlemagne or Sigmund Freud - and the rest of them should now be suitable for matching. I've also modified the note to inform players what I mean, and hopefully they will check that. And last of all, as I mentioned in my previous comment, I have changed Chairman Mao, but have kept the Kings and Queen in like that without a surname for the sake of easier recognition by the 'everyday Sporcle player'.
Mar 13th, 2013 at 04:30 GMT
You seem to have fixed most if not all of the problems, and made an enjoyable quiz.
Mar 13th, 2013 at 15:43 GMT
did this quiz 5 times before i realized it was "country" and not "century". such an idiot. @beforever: "century" would make a good quiz too. you could make it pretty tough with people born early/late like Ben Franklin. i'll let you make it, since it's close to this idea. if you don't care to, let me know.
Mar 13th, 2013 at 16:44 GMT
@gopaladins, thanks for the suggestion, that would be a tough challenge! I won't have time to make it until the summer unfortunately, so please, by all means, try out the project yourself. It's your fine idea. I'll keep my eyes peeled for it. :)
Thanks, napb, for the Editor Pick!
Mar 19th, 2013 at 00:02 GMT
I always assumed Anne Frank was born in the Netherlands. That really threw me off when I only had Germany, Austria and Sweden left. Great quiz. Definitely needs a sequel!
Mar 19th, 2013 at 12:42 GMT
Woodchucker, I would love to do a sequel, but it was actually surprisingly hard to find four people... even from those countries I've selected above. I didn't want Greece to just be 'Ancient Greek philosophers', you know? Things like that. I suppose if a sequel were to be made, it'd be a lot tougher not that none of the above could be used again and the historical figures would be less notable.
Mar 20th, 2013 at 18:07 GMT
Great idea for a quiz beforever, and well executed.
Mar 22nd, 2013 at 12:39 GMT
*cough* This is the first time I've been able to spot what's about to happen before it actually happens(!). How very exciting. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, needapausebutton, for the pick, and to the powers that be too.
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Mar 23rd, 2013 at 02:49 GMT
Napoleon was born in Corsica.
Mar 28th, 2013 at 15:52 GMT
I've always thought that Anne Frank was Dutch. This quiz taught me something
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May 15th, 2013 at 15:13 GMT
@potternerd333 Alexander the Great was born in Pella in modern-day Greece so I see why they included him with other Greeks.
May 15th, 2013 at 15:28 GMT
I can never keep track of which Germans are actually Austrian.
May 15th, 2013 at 15:44 GMT
Anne Frank moved from Germany to Amsterdam at the age of 4. She belongs on a "Born in Unexpected Places" quiz.
May 15th, 2013 at 16:10 GMT
Would be very interesting to see the actual mistakes (as opposed to by country) here. I'd be very curious how many people had Anne Frank as something other than German, and Hitler as a German rather than Austrian...
May 15th, 2013 at 16:35 GMT
@chriskotx: you should make that quiz!
May 15th, 2013 at 18:39 GMT
@BostonMatt: like chriskotx said, Anne Frank lived in Amsterdam for the majority of her life, the Anne Frank House is a tourist attraction in Amsterdam and she wrote her diary in Dutch. I wouldn't say it's a well-known fact that she was in fact born in Germany.
May 15th, 2013 at 19:24 GMT
I think this quiz is really cool because many of these people originated from different states/countries that correspond to the same modern country today. Like ancient China vs. modern China, Roman Empire vs. Italy, etc.
May 15th, 2013 at 19:51 GMT
i keep on forgetting that you lose turns for wrong answers. I slowed down after cursing the computer for my own stupidity.
May 15th, 2013 at 21:25 GMT
Ptolemy was also the name of Ptolemy I, who was the Alexander the Great's general, and was of course born in Macedon (Greece for purposes of the quiz).
May 15th, 2013 at 21:42 GMT
And Corsica is a part of France, so I don't know what you are trying to say.
May 15th, 2013 at 21:44 GMT
Not sure why Qin's family name isn't there.
May 16th, 2013 at 01:09 GMT
I agree with Sorcitup. If we're going by nation of birth Ptolemy I was a Macedonian, now (mostly) part of Greece. Why not any of the other Ptolemys or Hypatia, or Mbarak or Hatshepsut?
May 16th, 2013 at 01:22 GMT
As the creator of this quiz, I've 'Reported a Mistake' and suggested making it 'Claudius Ptolemy' instead to specify it's
I'm talking about, and not 'Ptolemy I Soter'.
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May 16th, 2013 at 02:00 GMT
I'm pretty sure Macedonia is part of Macedonia currently
May 16th, 2013 at 05:18 GMT
@chriskotx: Another Person Born in an Unexpected Place, Mel Gibson was actually born in New York and his family didn't move to Australia until he was 12. So...I guess he can run for president?
May 16th, 2013 at 05:19 GMT
@beforever: I've made the change for you to "Claudius Ptolemy"
May 16th, 2013 at 11:54 GMT
Homer was probably born in modern day Turkey, judging by his use of the Ionian dialect. Although some think it was actually Chios, which is Greek even today. And all that is only if he really existed, which is something scholars still aren't sure about. Long story short: we don't know **** about Homeros.
May 16th, 2013 at 12:08 GMT
I always thought that Homer was born in Springfield. One learn something new every day.
May 17th, 2013 at 06:51 GMT
Although I always appreciate geographic diversity in country quizzes, I understand that this sort of quiz is harder with less spread. China and Egypt were very simple while some of the European ones made me think (and I thought too much and ran out of time. lol)
May 19th, 2013 at 01:12 GMT
Jonberg - There are currently two places called Macedonia: Macedonia the country as well as the region of Macedonia in Greece, which is home to the birthplace of Alexander the Great (Pella). There is a fairly tense dispute between the two areas over the rights to name.
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