Hard to say at this point, I have only been doing them since the start of June 2012 and have enjoyed every one of them. I must admit I had trouble narrowing down 46 quizzes to three favourites - at my first pass I had 18 chosen as favourites!
One thing I find I like though, are the human interest stories - when a quiz illustrates a facet of the human condition or ones which depict triumph over obstacles, even if only for a moment in time. Marcelle Comeau ***** I like best the old photos, late 1800's early 1900's. Margaret Waterman ***** Ones of historic objects; not so crazy about more modern quizzes. Janice M. Sellers ***** Those with historical value and Oddities. Jim Kiser
***** I like all of them. Christine Walker
***** Heritage photos that I can learn from or photos that lead to historic events. Fiona Brooker
***** cemeteries unusual items/places family pictures/old clothes from 1800's group gatherings with bands from 1800's Angelina Kretzschmar Charles Kretzschmar ***** The ones that are easiest for me to solve, of course! Actually, I've most enjoyed the quizzes that I had to do more than to check Wikipedia to solve. Margaret Paxton
***** Category wise: modern, historical, old photos, notable people, statues and maps or travelogue to interesting places.I like the interesting answers and website links posted each week. Mike Dalton
***** I may not get to play and post but I check out the quiz every week. I like the photo quiz with some history or mystery behind it. Chris Tennant ***** Lots of clues, history, geography. which is most of them! Thank you for giving every week a fun project to learn from. i can't imagine how much work you put into it, and I appreciate your offerings. Debbie Johnson ***** I like old photos and maps. Rebecca Bare
***** Any kind. I'm not picky. Now I'll state the obvious, the one's I can solve are the best. Carol Farrant
***** Quizzes that one has to determine the location of what is pictured. Daniel Jolley ***** Most of the quizzes are good, but I don't do well with maps. Donna Jolley ***** I like the art works as I live in the mid-west where one must seek out art. That doesn't sound good, but living in the country, I don't come in contact with art and sculptures everyday. Judy Pfaff
***** I like the old photo ones best. I enjoy looking for clues and trying to solve the puzzle. I noticed that I didn't contribute anything lately... I need to try to come up with an interesting photo again. Evan Hindman
In sculpting his masterpiece The Burghers of Calais, Rodin was relating a story as old as the Hundred Years’ War.
The city of Calais had been under siege for 11 months, and conditions were dire. King Edward III offered terms: he would spare the city if six of the most important men (burghers) surrendered themselves, dressed in plainclothes and wearing nooses around their necks. He intended to kill them, and they knew it. Six men volunteered. Stripping themselves of all the finery that set them apart as rich or important, they donned nooses and left
At first it seems like there is not enough information in this photo to determine where it was taken. But with a little thought, and a bit of Googling, it's not that hard to find that this is a picture of the Pillsbury Flour Mill in Minneapolis. Talea Jurrens eared a 'high five' on this quiz with her detailed analysis of the structure, including many historical photos and sketches. Talea pointed out that our last question about who made the bricks for the structure, was ambiguous. Although we thought the question clearly referred to the round, red brick grain elevator, constructed from bricks made by the National Fireproofing Company of Pittsburgh (NATCO), the grain elevator was built using two kinds of bricks, and the loading dock with four.
A day in the Life for its historical content and photo analysis. Mike Dalton
***** Lots of clues and lots of approaches. Still didn't solve it - but so fun trying! Debbie Johnson ***** A moment in time captured. Talea Jurrens
A Trip Down Market Street - a 1907 Newspaper Article Collected by Joe Thompson
This article, from The San Francisco Call, Saturday, April 20, 1907, just a year after the Earthquake and Fire, tells about what may have been the world premiere of the movie now know as "A Trip Down Market Street". The film was shot from the front of a United Railroads cable car as it ran down Market Street towards the Ferry
lawn sprinkler to a golf-ball washer to a timer for feeding your frogs.
As our readers discovered, the device is an ancient Chinese earthquake detector, invented in 173 AD by the Chinese scholar and statesman Zhang Heng. Known as an Houfeng Didong Yi, it is the precursor to the modern seismograph. While primitive compared to its modern equivalent, Heng's design was ingenious, capable of responding only to the horizontal motion of the earth experienced during an earthquake, while filtering out the vertical motion caused by everyday disturbances. It was also able to detect the direction of the quake along the eight cardinal points. Although the design of the Hougeng Didong Yi was very simple, it took modern scientists nearly 50 years to replicate.
There are many beautiful replicas of Heng's ancient earthquake detector in museums around the world, including the Ancient Observatory in Beijing and the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, CA.
Because i learned more history from it (and because i could solve it!). Debbie Johnson
***** Chinese art - science, old and new what more could a person ask for! Marcelle Comeau
***** I had to think about this and detected its use before searching. Judy Pfaff
***** I am fascinated by earthquakes, and I think the Chinese device is beautiful. Janice M. Sellers
***** It combined art(it was beautiful) with science(inverted pendulums, earthquakes) and history( a culture that surpassed anything else in the world at that time). Christine Walker
***** As a Californian, earthquakes are a part of life. I was amazed that so far back in time they were using scientific methods (such as they were) to learn about earthquakes. Carol Farrant
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This quiz appeared before I knew anything about this site so I don't know how difficult it was for people to find the answer but the subject matter really appeals to me. This is one I would have loved to research. There is something so poignant about this one - events coming full circle. When I looked at it to respond to this survey, I had a very emotional reaction. Marcelle Comeau
I think the story of Ruby Bridges is amazing. To think a SIX year old was brave enough to walk past all those angry people to get the education she wanted. Rebecca Bare
This quiz generated a lot of good discussion and outstanding research among Quizmasters Robert Austin, Christine Walker, and Marcel Comeau.
The discussion began when I went along with the common belief that the staircase (now part of an exhibit in the Gerald Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, MI) was the one pictured in the famous Hubert Van Es photograph of
I love cemeteries and thought this lady was beautiful. Margaret Waterman
***** (Soooo dramatic!) Debbie Johnson
***** Weeping angel art is beautiful and I definitely want to see this one. Judy Pfaff
***** Tragically beautiful in the eye of the beholder. Talea Jurrens
WINNER BEST QUIZ Tenth Occasional Forensic Genealogy Photo Quiz Survey September 2, 2012
We asked our readers to identify this ancient Chinese invention and to give us the name of its modern equivalent, along with one of it modern capabilities. Most readers took the scenic route in solving the puzzle, initially guessing that the device was anything from a
I think this was awesome to see a photo from the sky during that time period. Christopher Tennant ***** I liked this quiz because I like old photos of cities and enjoy trying to figure out what and where they are. Daniel E. Jolley
service was stopped about a year later.
There are ample clues to the answers to these questions. Not only does the stamp picture a zepplin, so do the cancellation marks along with the dsignation 1. Fahrt (or first trip). In addition, the return address contains the word Hindenburg with the date 3.4.36. The card was carried aboard the Hindenburg on its maiden flight from the UK to South America in April 1936.
Although there no confirmed photos of the occasion, this picture was probably taken at the first test flight of this Martin six-jet XB-48, June 22, 1947. According to our research, there were only two occasions where the jet would have been photographed, on 11 April, 1947 after roll-out during ground testing leading up to its first flight, and at that test flight on 22 June, 1947. Presumably, at the roll out, there would be no need for chocks under the wheels, and at the pilot R. E. Gelvin would not have attended wearing a flight suit. The fact that the picture was taken on a public occasion, and not during routine ground maintenance is supported by the reflection in the aircraft skin of a few vehicles and a line of people standing in the distance roughly parallel to the plane.
Submitted by Evan Hindman.
Submitted by Sally Garrison.
Took some working out to find this one. Fiona Brooker
***** I really need to visit Minneapolis more often. So close, but only get up there every few years. We've never visited the downtown area. Evan Hindman
I enjoy doing the quizzes because... The Quizmasters respond.
I always learn something new and surprising, and even if I go down the wrong avenue, it is always a very interesting wrong avenue. It isn't just learning the answer, but learning all the things connected to it, too, and then connecting that to other things. They are just interesting and different. Christine Walker
***** Love the challenge and always learn something interesting. Margaret Waterman ***** They challenge my brain and my research skills. I find I start them when they are posted but then sometimes life and the rest of the week take over and I don't get back to finish them off. A facebook page with posts to remind us to finish would be cool. Fiona Brooker
***** I like solving puzzles of all kinds. Janice Sellers
***** I like the challenge. Margaret Paxton
***** QUIZLINGs - urban dictionary: a nickname for college students studying journalism and public relations. I like the grass roots appeal of this website in inspiring quizlings. Mike Dalton
***** It stimulates thought in a different manner. they are intriguing when i read the answer i couldn't find. i feel part of another community. Debbie Johnson ***** I learn something new most of the time (such as a sunken bridge, a mysterious body, a giant sculpture). Rebecca Bare
***** I keep learning about a variety of things that are new to me. It's particularly nice when I actually find the answer. On a few occasions I've even had the opportunity to use what I've learned without me being the one to bring up the subject. Carol Farrant
***** I enjoy doing the quizzes because of the interesting things I learn every week. Daniel E. Jolley
***** I am learning a lot about so many different topics, from around the world. The quizzes help hone my research skills into topics I know nothing about. The take me out of my "comfort zone". Marcelle Comeau ***** They are a fun way to find new facts, places, etc. and learn new things about favourite places and times in history. Sally Garrison ***** I learn history and it keeps my mind working, that's very important. Donna Jolley
***** If I have the time, I love spending it looking for the answer. It is just eye candy for the mind. Judy Pfaff
***** I enjoy trying solve the puzzles. Hone my internet searching skills. Evan Hindman
Because I knew about the opticalillusion as there was one in Pa that I experience. I did not get to solve this quiz but I was so close-------No CEGAR. Jim Kiser
***** This was fun partly because of the whimsey, partly because it involved an illusion that could be explained but no one really bothered to listen, and because while these occur in numerous places, Canada built a big park for one of theirs. Christine Walker
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Magnetic Hill in New Brunswick, Canada is one of many places worldwide where the surroundings give the optical illusion that gravity points in the wrong direction, where water seems to run uphill.
Because, although I didn't get the answer, it was fun to learn about the giant statue. Rebecca Bare
By comparing the state of the construction of the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge in the background, it was possible to date this picture of the High Scaler statue at Hoover Dam to about October 2009. The actual date was September 2009
In Spring 1960, Ruby was one of several African Americans in New Orleans which children would be the first to attend Her father was not an advocate of the decision. He felt that the backlash would lead to problems for Ruby as well as problems for the family. Her mother felt strongly that the move was needed not only to give her daughter a better education, but "to take this step forward...for all African-American children:.She won the argument in the end. Ruby's mom understood the impact Ruby's involvement would have on African Americans in the future. Read more...
"The Society for the Encouragement of Aerial Locomotion by Means of Heavier than Air Machines" with himself as president and Verne as secretary. Nadar was also the inspiration for the character of Michael Ardan in Verne's From the Earth to the Moon.
In April 1874, he lent his photo studio to a group of painters, thus making the first exhibition of the Impressionists possible. He photographed Victor Hugo on his death-bed in 1885. He is credited with having published (in 1886) the first photo-interview (of famous chemist Michel Eugène Chevreul, then a centenarian), and also took erotic photographs.
This quiz appealed to both the historians as well as the stamp collectors among our Quizmasters. We asked our readers to tell us how this card made it to its recipient, what was the significance of the trip, and why the
It was interesting to learn that the postcard was specially sent by the Hindenberg. Janice Sellars ***** The postcard sent via the Hindenburg? The quiz combined several different skills to solve--language, knowledge of history, reading handwriting, knowledge of stamps. Margaret Paxton ***** I liked this quiz because of the extra work I did trying, and for the most part succeeding, to translate the postcard. Daniel E. Jolley
I admire the work of Auguste Rodin and was priveledged to visit the Rodin Museum in Paris and the Boston Art Gallery in 2006 where many of his works are on display. Richard Wakeham ***** I love the art and recognized this one right away. Judy Pfaff
Henry Plantagenet in 1154. Then he got it.
conversing with one of the resident koalas.
Submitted by Marcelle Comeau
Mary Edward Walker is the only woman to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. She was the first woman to serve as a U.S. Army surgeon. Her medal was taken away in 1917, but it was restored by President Jimmy Carter in 1977.
It is my second favorite because I enjoyed the search process. Rebecca Bare
Right: Staircase in the Gerald Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, MI. Top left: Van Es photograph showing the staircase used during the evacuation from the roof of the Pittman Apartments. Bottom left: Staircase on the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon before the Embassy was torn down in 1998 and the staircase was moved to the Ford Museum.
First one I did that was in on time. Fiona Brooker
Pancho Villa was assassinated in this car on July 20, 1923. Theories vary on who was responsible for his murder.
by Angel Esparza
Submitted by Quizmaster Emeritus Dr. Stanley Read.
U.S. Deputy Marshals escort 6-year-old Ruby Bridges from William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960. The first grader was the only black child enrolled in the school. www.flickr.com/...
Ruby Bridges was born on September 8, 1954 in Tylertown, MS. At the age of four, she moved with her parents to New Orleans. When she was only six years old, her parents answered a call from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, volunteering Ruby as a student to participate in the integration of the public school system in New Orleans. She is known as the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school located in the South. She attended William Franz Elementary School at 3811 N. Galvez St., New Orleans, LA 70117.
The grieving angel lying across the Ribaudo family tomb is one of many beautiful funerary sculptures in the Cimitero monumentale di Staglieno in Genoa, Italy. Covering an area of more than a square kilometre, it is one of the largest cemeteries in Europe. Friedrich Nietzsche, Guy de Maupassant, Mark Twain, Evelyn Waugh, the Russian painter Ilja Repin, the Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sissi) and the Emperor of Brazil are only a few of the historical figures, scholars, travellers, artists, philosophers, which have left a lot of proofs of their visits to Staglieno and of their walking along the great monumental galleries, or along the thick paths up to the hill in background.
Our readers were asked not only to identify the family who owned the tomb but also the name of the cemetery, and which well-known American writer mentioned it in one of his books.
As Mark Twain expressed about the cemetery in his Innocents Abroad:
We shall continue to remember it after we shall have forgotten the palaces. It is a vast marble collonaded corridor extending around a great unoccupied square of ground; its broad floor is marble, and on every slab is an inscription�for every slab covers a corpse. On either side, as one walks down the middle of the passage, are monuments, tombs, and sculptured figures that are exquisitely wrought and are full
are full of grace and beauty. They are new and snowy; every outline is perfect, every feature guiltless of mutilation, flaw, or blemish; and therefore, to us these far-reaching ranks of bewitching forms are a hundred fold more lovely than the damaged and dingy statuary they have saved from the wreck of ancient art and set up in the galleries of Paris for the worship of the world.
Ruby Nell Bridges was the first African American child to attend a white school in the segregated South. Ruby became the subject of Norman Rockwell's famous painting "The Problem We All Live With", where she is depicted on her way to attend school escorted by U.S. Marshals.
This quiz photo is especially poignant, considering that Ruby, now an adult, is shown admiring the painting with our first African American President, Barak Obama. As the President told her, “I think it is fair to say that if it hadn’t been for you guys, I might not be here and we might not be looking at this together.” The painting was on loan to the White House to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bridges’s walk to integrate the New Orleans school.
For more beautiful pictures of Staglieno funerary sculpture, click here.
This quiz, featuring the oldest existing aerial photo, was definitely full of hot air. The picture is James Wallace Black's photograph of Boston, taken from a hot air balloon in 1860. An earlier aerial photograph was taken by Gaspar Felix Tournachon (aka Nadar) in 1855 of Petit-Bicêtre near Paris, but it has not survived.
I've flown in a hot air balloon, and even taken pictures of our expedition. But James Black and Nadar probably didn't have the advantage I had of using a digital camera. In those days, photos were developed using the wet plate processing technique, requiring them to carry a full darkroom on board the balloon. The glass plates they exposed had to be developed right away.
Although Nadar's photograph of Petit-Bicêtre has not survived, Nadar's photograph of Nadar has survived. He was what we call an "interesting character", the inspiration for Jules Verne's classic "Five Weeks in a Balloon". Convinced that the future belonged to heavier-than-air machines, Nadar founded
Nadar - Self Portrait
the city, walking barefoot toward the enemy encampment and certain death.
Though these heroes were willing to die for their city, they were not required to. As it turned out, the English queen talked the king out of executing them. Jean Froissart recorded the incident, and its unexpected ending:
The queen of England, who at that time was very big with child, fell on her knees, and with tears said, “…I most humbly ask as a gift… that you will be merciful to these six men.”
The king looked at her for some time in silence, and then said; “… you have entreated in such a manner that I cannot refuse you; I therefore give them to you, to do as you please with them.” The queen conducted the six citizens to her apartments, and had the halters taken from round their necks, after which she new clothed them, and served them with a plentiful dinner: she then presented each with six nobles, and had them escorted out of the camp in safety.
As Rodin expressed to his colleague Paul Gsell:
In the indecision of that last inner combat which ensues between their cause and their fear of dying, each of them is isolated in front of his conscience. They are still questioning themselves to know if they have the strength to accomplish the supreme sacrifice
— their soul pushes them onward, but their feet refuse to walk… If I have succeeded in showing how much the body, weakened by the most cruel sufferings, still holds on to life, how much power it still has over the spirit that is consumed with bravery, I congratulate myself on not having remained beneath the noble theme I have dealt with.
This quiz was one of my favorites, too. The original photograph was an exposure on a glass plate made by Peter Amsden's grandfather around the turn of the 20th century.
The photo was a popular quiz for many readers because of its many clues to its location and date, including signs identifying various shops along the street. The most informative clue is the sign in the carriage for the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC), with the stops along its route. Barry Hollister noted the locations of these stops and searched for a street along the carriage route that had a sharp bend. This led him to identify the building with the spire as Holborn Bars, the old toll gate into the city of London.
St John's Wood London Bridge Baker St Oxford St Holborn Bank
So SJW to LB via the other places.
Richard Austin did a superb job of dating the photo to about 1900 based on other photos of the area showing the Holborn Viaduct in various stages of completion. He also noted the overhead wires in the picture, which seemed to disappear in later photographs.
As Robert commented:
I know what you mean about the details and the drama. I love looking at pictures like those and imagining what life must have been like for them. Ultimately, though, I'm glad to be looking in on it from my end. I think life was probably pretty brutal back then.
Stamp Cancellation Mark
Deutsche Luftpost, Europa-Sudamerika, 7.4.1936 1. Fahrt
Just because I like airplanes. Daniel E. Jolley
I enjoy the aviation connection! Evan Hindman
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Building. It makes one appreciate current traffic laws. What remains of the film is available for download from the Library of Congress' American Memory Project.
From the San Francisco Call / Saturday, April 20, 1907. Page 9.
MARKET STREET VIEWS STIR ORPHEUM PATRONS
Record-Breaking Applause and Tears Are Caused by Kinetoscope
A view of Market street before the fire, from the front of a cable car traveling from Castro street to the ferries, was shown by the moving picture machine at the Orpheum theater Thursday night and won the greatest applause that the Orpheum has known since its reopening, the enthusiasm being mingled with tears of many in the audience who knew and loved the busy thoroughfare depicted on the screen before them. Read more...
Submitted by Nelsen Spickard
refugees boarding the last few helicopters to leave before the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. The scene in the Van Es photograph is usually described as showing the evacuation from the rooftop of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, but it really depicts the evacuation from the rooftop of the Pittman Apartments where the CIA Station Chief lived.
Even after I was straightened out about the location of the Van Es photographs, a question arose about whether the staircase in the Ford Museum was the one on the roof of the Embassy, or the one from the Pittman roof. The team did an extensive search for photos of both rooftops, along with a detailed analysis of the staircase shown in the Van Es photograph. Robert Austin even traveled to the Ford Museum to do an on-site examination of the exhibit, drawing the conclusion that the museum staircase was definitely not the one from the Pittman rooftop.
The identity of the staircase in the Ford Museum was still in question until definitive proof was provided by Christine Walker through a photograph she found on the site www.saigonmac.org/11.html
When I saw the Huey, I immediately thought of Saigon and the exodus of people from the city. I did forget to send in my answer! Evan Hindman
MMCC, Mobile Mini Circus for Children, is an international non profit NGO that has been working in Afghanistan since June 2002 to work with orphaned and traumatized children. The main objective of MMCC is providing educational and informative entertainment for children. Our quiz photo showed MMCC children appearing in the Happy People Dancing video produced by Matt Harding as one of his Where the Hell is Matt series. Matt is the guy in the middle with all his ball in the air.
Even though it was possible to find this photo using Tineye, the websites that it brought up were in Russian and Czechoslovakian. That made this quiz especially challenging. But the happiness and joy conveyed by Matt's Dancing video made the search most worthwhile. See http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120710.html
Although I found this one a bit difficult, again I loved the subject matter. I enjoyed the material I learned while doing the research - I had never heard of the Afghan MMCC - and again I felt uplifted by that story. Optimism about a very sad situation in that country, especially for girls/women. Marcelle Comeau
This organization is great. Never did find Matt but had fun looking. Margaret Waterman
It just made me happy. Margaret Paxton
Submitted by Marilyn Hamill.
Submitted by Marilyn Hamill.
Taken on our visit to the Cleland Nature Reserve near Adealide, Australia in April 2012. Andy is
Without a doubt, Mr. X, #355. It combined an unsolved mystery with psychology. Not only how, but why. I'm still thinking about it and trying out different theories. I'm an armchair detective to the max, and this is a great armchair mystery. Christine Walker
pyramids, and 1000 years older than the English Stonehenge. Your chance of winning the lottery to witness the sun creep along the central passageway on the winter solstice in 2011 were 50 out of 51,531.
cars a day traveling in 66 lanes over 13 bridges
symbol of the effects of Global Warming.
The North Carolina Museum of Art has something for everyone - incluing satellite voyeurs!