Do you think you've got the reasoning skills of a detective? If so, then give this quiz a shot, and see if you can work out just which of these stories are based on a FACT, and which ones are FICTION! Don't forget to share it with your friends once you're ready!
A tourist once wore over 70 items of clothing through a Chinese airport to avoid paying for excess baggage.
There's a Swedish man who receives medical benefits due to his addiction to Heavy Metal music.
There's a human mutation known as Alexandria's Genesis that turns people's eyes purple about 6 months after birth.
England once waged war on Zanzibar for a mere 38 minutes.
If you ask an American undercover policeman if he's a cop, he's legally obliged to say 'Yes.'
Many ATMs will automatically summon the police if you enter your pin number backwards.
To get out of jury duty, a woman once claimed that she couldn't remain impartial because she was psychic and already knew the verdict. She was successful.
Ancient Romans commonly used human urine as mouthwash.
There's an Indian professor who obtained 145 academic degrees in just 30 years.
An unlucky man's head once exploded after a penny fell onto him from a skyscraper.
A Swedish woman once found her wedding ring growing on a carrot in her garden, 16 years after she lost it.
At the beginning of World War II the US Air Force only had 18 pilots.
A blind man from California is able to ride his bike through traffic, using echolocation.
Detroit once gave the Key to the City to Saddam Hussein.
In late 2016, Lithuanian scientists managed to genetically engineer a small tree that produces chicken nuggets.
Better Luck Next Time!
Oh dear! Your result shows us that you find sniffing out a hoax a little too tricky, which is rather unfortunate, since nowadays fake news stories seem to be more prevalent than real ones. It's definitely good to not be too skeptical of everything, since otherwise life may appear a little dull or bleary, but believing everything is no good either, since you might find yourself unwittingly falling victim to a sneaky con artist. In the words of Christopher Hitchens, “The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”
You're Not Easily Fooled!
Not too shabby! Your result shows that you're pretty good at sniffing out a hoax, however some of the craftier ones tend to fly beneath your radar every once in a while. It would be a great idea to continue refining your skeptical skills, since it'll help you get ahead in a world that's full of fake news stories and cunning con artists. In the words of Voltaire, “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”
You're a Natural-Born Detective!
Wow! Your outstanding result shows that you're extremely adept at sniffing out a hoax. This is a superb skill to possess, since in today's world it sometimes feels like fake news stories are more prevalent than authentic ones. Having such a healthily skeptical outlook on life will allow you to protect yourself and your loved ones from all sorts of scammers and con artists, who often prey upon people who readily believe anything and everything. Keep up the good work, detective!