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This English playwright is buried at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon
Nicknamed The Say Hey Kid many consider him one of the great MLB players of all time
This star of 'Bad Boys' and 'Ali' has parents that just don't understand
The first actor to play the lead role of the Doctor in the series 'Doctor Who'
Played David Morgenstern, The Shoveler, and Jerry Lundegaard
25th President of the United States, he is the only Presidential William to be assassinated
This man preceded John Roberts as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court
Roald Dahl's fictional candy maker and friend to Oompa Loompas
He was crowned King of England on Christmas Day 1066
Four time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Canadian actor best known for his role as George Oscar 'G.O.B.' Bluth II on 'Arrested Development'
Author of 'The Sound and the Fury'
The protagonist from 'Death of a Salesman'
The 1789 mutiny on the Bounty was led against this man
This actor has received Oscar nominations for his roles in 'Broadcast News' and 'A History of Violence'
Cowboy and comedian who 'never met a man he didn't like'
Portrayed Wesley Crusher on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'
Founder of the political magazine National Review
This country music singer/songwriter once owed the IRS $16.7 million in back taxes
Scottish national hero, he was portrayed by Mel Gibson in the movie 'Braveheart'
This tycoon once owned the largest newspaper chain in the U.S.
This Swiss folk hero is said to have been forced to shoot an apple off his son's head
SNL alum and star of 'Old School', 'Elf', and 'Anchorman'
England's Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850
The grandson of Queen Elizabeth II
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The birthname of Flavor Flav
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Apr 28th, 2010 at 17:25 GMT
These kinds of questions seem to come up a lot, so I'm wondering, are students in the US taught a list of Chief Justices just like with presidents? I'm not American, but I don't think I'd even recognize the name of the current person in that position...
Apr 28th, 2010 at 17:26 GMT
In the "mutiny on the bounty" clue, Bounty should be capitalized. Bounty is the name of the ship.
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Apr 28th, 2010 at 17:28 GMT
Willy Willy bo Billy, banana fanana fo Filly, me my mo Milly, Willy!
Apr 28th, 2010 at 17:29 GMT
@OilFan, I was never taught a list of Chief Justices, but for good reason: the position is not that much more important than the position of Associate Justice. Every Justice's vote counts the same. Some of the most influential members of the US Supreme Court (like Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Paul Stevens, Scalia, Frankfurter, ect...) were not Chief Justice.
Apr 28th, 2010 at 17:31 GMT
fun, good quiz, nice job.
Apr 28th, 2010 at 17:41 GMT
When Rehnquist retired it was on the news. Also, the Supreme Court justices are discussed at some point in middle/high school. If you watch/hear the nightly news you would be aware of the name. Remembering it for Sporcle, though, is another thing :)
Apr 28th, 2010 at 17:44 GMT
The quiz accepted the misspelling of Ferrell (Ferrel). However, I was on my way to completing the correct spelling when my answer was accepted, leaving me with an "l" I had to erase before proceeding on to the next clue. Did anyone else find that annoying?
Apr 28th, 2010 at 17:46 GMT
Was really hoping for Willie Mays Hayes to be a bonus answer :-)
Apr 28th, 2010 at 18:02 GMT
25.9%?!?! COME ON!!!
Apr 28th, 2010 at 18:18 GMT
You should accept Prince William's actual name!
Apr 28th, 2010 at 18:18 GMT
@Oilfan: Not so much. I think American students learn about the justices that the various state curricula deem important. So people like Warren or Marshall who had significant impacts on American history. It's kind of random though.
Apr 28th, 2010 at 18:29 GMT
Bah! I shouldn't have missed Macy but I saw "Morgenstern" and got the wrong character's face in my head. I was thinking of Anspaugh.
Apr 28th, 2010 at 18:38 GMT
How can you not have William Carlos Williams?
Apr 28th, 2010 at 18:40 GMT
Liked having Will Shortz on there. Really wanted the British Prime Minister to be William Pitt, who it turns out was Prime Minister for only two terms, though one of them was longer than all four of Gladstone’s.
Apr 28th, 2010 at 18:45 GMT
@OilFan: I never had to memorize a list of Supreme Court justices in (U.S. public) school. But, it's common to refer to the Supreme Court of a given time period by the name of the then-Chief Justice (e.g. the Marshall Court of the early 1800s, the Warren Court of the 1950s & 60s), sort of the way you would refer to the Bush administration or Obama administration. I think that's why some Chief Justice names might be more recognizable to Americans than other justices - though joewhitey's right to point out that plenty of well-known & influential justices were never chief. Current court is the (John) Roberts Court, in case you were wondering.
Apr 28th, 2010 at 18:53 GMT
No William Hung? This quiz still she-banged anyway. :)
Apr 28th, 2010 at 19:13 GMT
When I read "one of the great MLB players," I automatically tried Ted Williams before realizing William is
his first name.
Apr 28th, 2010 at 19:20 GMT
Of all of these name quizzes this one seems the most well rounded with names from all over the world and throughout history and all walks of life..job well done.
Apr 28th, 2010 at 19:29 GMT
I don't usually care about "missing" persons, but ignoring Will Eisner is surely a lapse.
Apr 28th, 2010 at 19:38 GMT
I'm surprised William F. Buckley was so low on the list. I guess only 12.8% of sporclers are Republicans. I'm a Democrat, but even I can acknowledge that Buckley had one of the sharpest minds in American history. He essentially founded the 20th Century American conservative movement.
Apr 28th, 2010 at 19:42 GMT
William Blake, good guy, you should put him on your quiz
Apr 28th, 2010 at 19:57 GMT
Arrrgh, matey! [Pirate growl here] Curse you Cap'n Bligh!
Apr 28th, 2010 at 20:27 GMT
@Oilfan- I am 13 and am American and I knew Rehnquist, and they don't teach that in school. I guess a lot of my knowledge does come from quizbowl
Apr 28th, 2010 at 20:35 GMT
Thanks to everyone that answered! :) That clears it up for me.
Apr 28th, 2010 at 20:51 GMT
ClintT13, I think it's more that most Sporclers are young. Buckley was certainly influential but his name doesn't come up much in the news anymore, and one could easily be unaware of him unless they read political history. Plus the modern Republican Party no longer seems to have much to do with Buckley's conservatism, as I understand it.
Apr 28th, 2010 at 21:13 GMT
Did anyone else try Wee Willie Winkie?
Apr 28th, 2010 at 21:16 GMT
i feel like there are so many good williams left out in favor of willies, wills, etc. Like William Carlos Williams :-)
Apr 28th, 2010 at 21:17 GMT
Here's for more Dr. Who clues!
Apr 28th, 2010 at 21:21 GMT
@samawesome: quiz bowl is beast! that's the only way i know anything! besides jon stewart and stephen colbert :-)
Apr 28th, 2010 at 21:26 GMT
I know who William Buckley is, but I got William Safire stuck in my head and couldn't get past it.
Apr 28th, 2010 at 21:27 GMT
@queeniefrancie: Rehnquist died; he didn't retire. @blackwolf72: So much depends/ upon/ William Carlos/ Williams/ In the Sporcle/ Quiz/ Made about famous/ Williams
Apr 28th, 2010 at 21:50 GMT
@TJL - he retired from life? no? ;)
Apr 28th, 2010 at 21:51 GMT
William Jonathan Drayton aka Flavor Flav is the bonus
Apr 28th, 2010 at 21:53 GMT
Will Smith is actually Willard Smith.
Apr 28th, 2010 at 21:55 GMT
Will Smith's first name is not William, it is Willard.
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Apr 28th, 2010 at 22:07 GMT
Wow, no William Wyler?
Apr 28th, 2010 at 22:09 GMT
@Braksgirl and glueyourfingers: That's why there's the "or Will" part.
Apr 28th, 2010 at 22:29 GMT
@Braksgirl&glueyourfingers, why do you think he prefers to be called 'Will'? Now everyone knows .....
Apr 28th, 2010 at 22:33 GMT
Stewie: "I'm just talkin' 'bout Whhil Whheaton"
Apr 28th, 2010 at 22:55 GMT
Prince William should also be accepted by last name; he uses either Wales or Windsor.
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