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Quiz about Cant Win em All
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Can't Win 'em All Trivia Quiz


It's more likely you will remember the 'winners', the 'firsts', and the 'chosens'. In this quiz however, you need to find the 'also rans', the 'seconds', the 'losers'.

A multiple-choice quiz by smpdit. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
smpdit
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
405,139
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
304
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Question 1 of 10
1. Bet you all know the first person to set foot on the moon in 1969, but whose feet touched down second? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. George Washington was elected first President of the United States of America in 1789, but who came second in this election? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. The first FIFA World Cup was won by host nation Uruguay in 1930. Which country did they beat to the title? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Sidney Poitier was the first African-American man to win an Oscar for 'Best Actor in a Leading Role' for his part as Homer Smith in 'Lilies of the Field'. Who was the second? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Any schoolkid will tell you the Nile is the world's longest river, but which river comes next? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Roger Bannister cracked the time barrier of the 4 minute mile on 6 May 1954. Who was the second person to achieve this, 46 days later? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. King Henry VIII had three children by his six wives. His eldest was not the heir to the throne. Edward VI succeeded Henry as King of England. Who was the first born, that had to come second in the line of succession? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Marie Curie was the first person to receive two Nobel Prizes. Who was the next person to receive such an honour? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. 'Snow White' was Disney's first venture into the world of animated feature length films. What was their second? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Adam and Eve's son Abel was the first mention of human death in the Bible. Who was the next person to shuffle off the mortal coil, as recorded in the Bible? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Bet you all know the first person to set foot on the moon in 1969, but whose feet touched down second?

Answer: Edwin Eugene Aldrin

Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon from the Apollo 11 mission. Edwin Eugene Aldrin, also known as 'Buzz', joined him on the lunar surface 19 minutes later.
Eugene Cernan walked on the moon in 1972, the last Apollo mission.
Alan Bean was the fourth man, and he was also an artist; his paintings of his lunar experiences are well worth a look.
Michael Collins never got to the moon's surface, he stayed on Apollo 11 while his teammates made their historic steps.
2. George Washington was elected first President of the United States of America in 1789, but who came second in this election?

Answer: John Adams

Voting for the presidency was a little different back in 1789. Each voter cast two votes- for two different people. Washington was pretty much unbeatable after his efforts in the War of Independence, but the second biggest vote cast would determine his Vice President. This outcome was a little more unknown before the ballot. Contenders were John Adams, John Hancock, John Rutledge, James Madison and John Jay.
Alexander Hamilton was one of Washington's biggest supporters.
3. The first FIFA World Cup was won by host nation Uruguay in 1930. Which country did they beat to the title?

Answer: Argentina

There were 13 teams in the inaugural FIFA World Cup, which took place in Uruguay's capital Montevideo. The teams from Yugoslavia, USA, Uruguay and Argentina all went through to the semi finals. Uruguay beat Argentina 4-2.
The first goal in the history of the tournament was credited to Lucien Laurent of France.
4. Sidney Poitier was the first African-American man to win an Oscar for 'Best Actor in a Leading Role' for his part as Homer Smith in 'Lilies of the Field'. Who was the second?

Answer: Denzel Washington ('Training Day')

Sidney Poitier was also the first African-American to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor; this was in 1958, he didn't win until 1963. Morgan Freeman, Lawrence Fishburne, James Earl Jones, Paul Winfield and Dexter Gordon all managed to get nominated but it wasn't until 2001 when Denzel Washington won, that another African-American was chosen. Halle Berry also won this year claiming the Academy Award for Best Actress for 'Monster's Ball', the first African-American woman to win that Oscar.
5. Any schoolkid will tell you the Nile is the world's longest river, but which river comes next?

Answer: Amazon River

The Nile River is 4,160 miles (6,695 km) long. The Amazon River is 4,049 miles (6,516 km) long. However it's not all bad for the Amazon, situated in South America it holds the title of 'Largest River by Discharge Volumes', which is a less catchy title.
It was named after the warrior women of Greek myth by Francisco de Orellana, a Spanish explorer, impressed by the warrior women he met whilst exploring the region.
6. Roger Bannister cracked the time barrier of the 4 minute mile on 6 May 1954. Who was the second person to achieve this, 46 days later?

Answer: John Landy

Norris McWhirter of 'Guinness Book of Records' fame, announced that Roger Bannister had run a mile in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. It was a popular myth of the time that the human body was never going to able to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. Chris Chataway acted as a pacemaker for Bannister during the race. 46 days later in Turku, Finland, John Landy, an Australian, beat Bannister's record, becoming the second man to run the mile under 4 minutes achieving a time of 3 minutes 58 seconds.

Just to put it in perspective a sub 4 minute mile equates to running at 15 miles per hour.
7. King Henry VIII had three children by his six wives. His eldest was not the heir to the throne. Edward VI succeeded Henry as King of England. Who was the first born, that had to come second in the line of succession?

Answer: Queen Mary I

Catherine of Aragon was Henry VIII's first wife and mother to Queen Mary I, also known as Bloody Mary for her cruel reign attempting to return England back to catholicism. Elizabeth I was the daughter of Henry's second wife Anne Boleyn. Edward VI was the long sought son presented to Henry by his third wife Jane Seymour. Due to the English laws of primogeniture at the time, sons took precedence over any daughters. Mary and Elizabeth inherited when there were no more male heirs. Queen Elizabeth II has effected a change to the laws to enable females to inherit by birth position rather than by sex.
8. Marie Curie was the first person to receive two Nobel Prizes. Who was the next person to receive such an honour?

Answer: Linus Pauling

Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903, then won again in 1911 for Chemistry.
Linus Pauling was the second person to win twice, once in 1954 for Chemistry then the second was the Peace Prize in 1962. He is however the first person to win two 'unshared' awards.
John Bardeen and Frederick Sangar have also won two Nobel awards.
Mahatma Gandhi was nominated five times for the Peace Prize but never won. The year he died (1948), it was decided to not award the Peace Prize, as "there was no suitable living candidate".
9. 'Snow White' was Disney's first venture into the world of animated feature length films. What was their second?

Answer: Pinocchio

'Snow White' was released in 1937 and the following year received a special and unique Academy Award presentation of one full sized and seven miniature Oscar statuettes. 'Pinocchio' was released in 1940. It didn't initially have good commercial success due to World War 2, but was the first animated feature film to win a competitive Oscar for Best Music, Original Score.
10. Adam and Eve's son Abel was the first mention of human death in the Bible. Who was the next person to shuffle off the mortal coil, as recorded in the Bible?

Answer: An unnamed man, killed by Lamech

The first mention of the first human death is Abel's demise at the hand of his brother Cain. The next is an unnamed man, his fate told in Genesis 4:23-24
Lamech said to his wives:

"Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;
you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say:
I have killed a man for wounding me,
a young man for striking me.
If Cain is avenged sevenfold,
truly Lamech seventy-sevenfold."
Source: Author smpdit

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