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3321. post - 2012.03.16. 15:36:59
On what movie Tom Hanks said: "Houston, we have a problem"?

Bad grammar - In what movie did Tom Hanks say: "Houston, we have a problem"?
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3322. post - 2012.03.16. 20:06:04
"1152 – Frederick I Barbarossa is elected King of the ?
Italy
Scotland
France
Germany"

Bad grammar.

"Which country was Fredrick I Barbarossa elected king of in 1152"
or
"1152 – Frederick I Barbarossa is elected King of?"

There has been a lot of these (questions with bad grammar) recently. Please, don´t just let anything slip through.
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3323. post - 2012.03.19. 19:14:12
Who played Dr. John Dolittle in the Doctor Dolittle movie?
Eddie Murphy
Jim Carrey
Will Smith
Adam Sandler

there are 2 Dr Dolittle films, one 1967 and one 1998. Since the question obviously is about the 1998 film it should perhaps say so?
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much likedChaoticGeminiFemale

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3324. post - 2012.03.19. 22:59:05
Thanks again for pointing these out. Changes made.
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3325. post - 2012.03.23. 15:13:25
What is a macropinna microstoma?

A bird that makes loopings in mid-air.
A dog with two tails.
A small whale that can jump out of the water.
A fish with with a transparant head

That last answer was two "with" and transparent is mispelled
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3326. post - 2012.03.26. 05:11:29
i'm pretty sure i've seen someone else raise this one a while back, but evidently it's still in there:

"Eddie Goodell is famous in baseball history for what"

his name was Eddie Gaedel, not Goodell. it's a head-scratcher as to how something like this gets through.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Gaedel
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much likedChaoticGeminiFemale

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3327. post - 2012.03.26. 10:36:21
Am I correct in assuming the errors are slimming down? Only 2 to fix since last I checked.

Thanks Lion and manunkind.
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3328. post - 2012.03.26. 21:19:31
i'd agree with that, Chaotic. i've continued putting mere typos in 'Quiz fixing'.
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3329. post - 2012.03.27. 07:06:11
In which country was spoonbender Yuri Geller born?

Isn't his first name Uri?
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much likedChaoticGeminiFemale

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3330. post - 2012.03.27. 08:46:15 (Reply to post #3329 of Axe L.)
I just approved that one. Checked the answer, but completely missed that he does not have a Y in his name. Nice catch.
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3331. post - 2012.03.27. 09:37:43
There was question:
According to the U.S. census the most common town name is ?
Madison
Washington
Jackson
Franklin

answer "Franklin" is not right!!
according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_most_common_U.S._place_names, most common town name is "Greenville".
please check it. thanks
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very popularJohannes Buckbeak

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3332. post - 2012.03.28. 16:30:42
The question about WWF (sorry, I didn't copy the exact question as I didn't realise there was a problem until I saw the answer). The answer given was:

Wrong answer! The correct answer is: World Wildlife Fund.

This is incorrect - to quote from WWF's website:
WWF originally stood for "World Wildlife Fund".
However, in 1986, WWF had come to realize that its name no longer reflected the scope of its activities, and changed its name to "World Wide Fund For Nature".
The United States and Canada, however, retained the old name.
The resulting confusion caused by the name change in 1986, together with its translation into more than 15 languages, led the WWF Network in 2001 to agree on using the original acronym as its one, global name - the acronym that it had always been known by since its inception way back in 1961: WWF

So the best you can say about the answer is that it is ambiguous. It is certainly incorrect to mark World Wide Fund as incorrect! In fact, it seems that WWF is now just the name, it doesn't really stand for anything any more. I would retire this question, to be honest.
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very popularJohannes Buckbeak

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3333. post - 2012.03.28. 16:36:41
Who was the first person to fly non-stop across the Atlantic?

The answer marked correct was Charles Lindbergh. He was the first person to do it solo. Alcock and Brown were the first people to fly the Atlantic non-stop. Easiest to add the word solo to the question.
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3334. post - 2012.03.31. 18:54:45
Who was the first female operator? Operator of what ? From the possible answers I assume it requires the word #tekephone' inserted. The answers however contain only subtle spelling differences. So I would suggest deletion of this question.
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very popularJohannes Buckbeak

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3335. post - 2012.04.03. 13:40:01
How much zero mentioned in a billion?

Should be something like "How many zeroes are there in a billion?" or, if you want to be highly pedantic, "How many zeroes are there in the standard expression of a billion?"
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very popularJohannes Buckbeak

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3336. post - 2012.04.05. 13:27:32
Night and Day are 12 hours when the sun is at ? (possibly not the exact wording, I didn't know I would need to copy it).

The marked correct answer is given as "Equator" - which is OK. But another possible answer given is "Equinox". This is ambiguous, or at the very least highly misleading - night and day are indeed 12 hours at the equinox, that's what the word means in Latin.

If you want to be highly pedantic you could argue that the exact wording of the question ("the sun is at..") excludes equinox, but if so that's a very poor question, especially for people whose first language is not English. I suggest that you replace Equinox with Solstice - that still allows people to fall into a trap, but at least it is unambiguous, and there is only one possible correct answer.
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3337. post - 2012.04.07. 05:39:11
"What nationality is Mel Gibson ?"

while he was raised in Australia, he was actually born in America.
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3338. post - 2012.04.07. 06:20:53
"What state is nick named the thousand lakes state?"

it's known as "the land of 10,000 lakes."
nicknamed is one word.
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3339. post - 2012.04.07. 06:22:41
What are the wooden sticks Asian people use to eat with called

i've met Asian people who do not use these wooden sticks. question shouldn't be so broad-sweeping.
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3340. post - 2012.04.08. 20:32:22
Fixed what I could find. Thanks.

@Johannes - when I could still do the olympics, I ALWAYS got that question wrong by marking equinox. Great suggested change to prevent the cringe in others.
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