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1000 Most Famous People In History (MIT’s Pantheon)

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  1. It looks like some alternate names and such got lost from this quiz, and rulers are now requiring numerals, which is contrary to the way other quizzes work here and this quiz used to work. Also, “Bruegel” doesn’t work for “Brueghel” and “Nebuchadnezzar” isn’t working.

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  2. The ’50 missed’ is not working correctly; it looks like the same bug that happened with another quiz after it was updated to the new format. Also, I can’t be sure, but I have a feeling the ‘occupations’ counter is not working.

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  3. A few notes on this great quiz:

    – Most monarchs don’t require the roman numeral if it’s a ‘I’, but ‘Elizabeth’ does not work for ‘Elizabeth I’.
    – I tried ‘Siddhartha’ and ‘Siddhartha Gautama’ a bunch of times, but it requires ‘Gautama Buddha’. This seems strange to me, since ‘Siddhartha’ was his given name, ‘Gautama’ his family name, and ‘Buddha’ a later title applied to him.
    – ‘Menes’ and ‘Narmer’ are different answers, though these are generally believed to be different names for the same historical figure. I suppose this is a curiosity in the MIT list, not a problem with the quiz, but I did want to note it.
    – It would be nice if ‘Vergil’ (actually the more correct name and the preference of modern scholars) were accepted for ‘Virgil’.
    – ‘Antoninus Pius’ seems to treat ‘Pius’ as a surname (you get credit for just ‘Pius’ but not just ‘Antoninus’), but ‘Pius’ was really more of a title or epithet meaning ‘the pious’.

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          1. A couple more: I think “Nebuchadrezzar” is a typo for “Nebuchadnezzar”, “Starkey” should probably be accepted for Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey), and “Charles Dodgson” and “Samuel Clemens” (their real names) should be accepted for the pen names “Lewis Carroll” and “Mark Twain”.

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  4. Is Queen Victoria really missing in this list? Or did I something wrong?

    (Salk and Van Leeuwenhoek also missing, saving millions of lives by their discoveries isn’t enough to make list, so much for the general interest in medical sciences)

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  5. Loved seeing “pirate completed”.

    This is a fascinating quiz – could you maybe post a version with no time limit so we can play through at our leisure and have time to look people up and read about them while playing? Maybe one with no leaderboard.

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  6. The Germans are disputing it. Hegel is arguing that the reality is merely an a priori adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics, Kant via the categorical imperative is holding that ontologically it exists only in the imagination, and Marx is claiming it was offside.

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