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In this quiz we ask real or fake, fact or fiction. We explore the world of strange creatures, ancient tales, mystifying myths and science fiction. Your job is to work out whether these things are real or made up.



Reindeers are mainly known for their work during Christmas time with Santa, but are Reindeers real?
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Yes, also known as caribou, reindeers can be found in North America, Siberia and Northern Europe

In Egypt you can find The Great Sphinx of Giza, but did the Ancient Egyptians base this on a real creature or something mythical?
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Mythical, a sphinx is a creature with the head of a human, the body of a lion and the wings of an eagle.

The diamond planet, our universe is vast, but is it true scientists have found a planet made entirely of pure diamond?
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Yes, 55 Cancri E is a planet made of pure diamond. To find out more about this and other crazy planets in our universe, click here.

Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts the existence of wormholes, but has a wormhole ever been discovered?
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No, to date no wormholes have been discovered, but this doesn’t prove that wormholes don’t exist.

Many have asked if the single horned Narwhals are related to unicorns, but do Narwhals actually exist?
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Yes, they live in the cold arctic waters.

While we all remember the holograms from Star Wars, are holograms something that exist?
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Yes, in 2015, the first highly interactive hologram was invented in Japan.

Jetpacks have been featured in a myriad of movies and games, but do they actually exist?
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Yes, jetpack technology has been here years, but they are rarely used because they are so energy inefficient.

If you threw a cucumber into the Sea, you may call it a Sea Cucumber, but is there an actual sea creature called a Sea Cucumber?
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Yes, they can be found on the seafloor at extreme depths

We know fire breathing dragons are made up for movies but are Komodo Dragons real or just another cinematic wonder?
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Yes, these 8 feet long, goat swallowing lizards are real and can be found in Indonesia

The Zodiac Killer has been portrayed in 11 films, but is the Zodiac Killer made up just to scare movie goers or was the Zodiac Killer a real person in history?
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The Zodiac Killer is the pseudonym of a real unidentified serial killer who killed at least five people in Northern California in the 1960’s.

We have all seen movies, where a gun is shot with a silencer and almost no sound is made, but do true gun silencers exist?
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No, what some may call a silencer is only truly a sound suppressor, as the gunshot will still make a considerable noise.

Vampires are known to be from Transylvania, but is Transylvania a real place?
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Yes, it is a region of Romania

There is a common phrase ‘ from here to Timbuktu’, but is Timbuktu a real place?
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Yes, it is in the Central African nation of Chad

Was the lost city of Atlantis a real place in time’s past, or piece of fiction?
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It is a fictional island, made up by Plato

One of the most famous posters of all time is the WWI recruitment advertisement featuring Uncle Sam with the text “UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU”. Is Uncle Sam based on a real person or completely made up?
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Real person. Based on Samuel Wilson, a man who sold meat to soldiers during WWI.

The first heart transplant took place all the way back in 1967, but is there such a thing as a brain transplant?
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While it has been depicted in the movies, there has never been a brain transplant in real life.

The Whale Shark sounds like a lazy way to come up with a fictional animal, but is it real or fake?
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The Whale Shark is a real animal, a carpet filter feeding shark found in tropical waters.

In 1957, there was the first mention of the ‘Spaghetti Tree’, a tree which grows spaghetti, but is the Spaghetti Tree real or fake?
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Fake, the BBC made a prank news story on April Fools Day of a Spaghetti Tree, this resulted in an inundation of calls of people wanting to know how to grow their own.

During the 2016 US Presidential Election, allegations arose that a Chicago Pizza Restaurant was a front for a paedophile ring run by Democrats. Was Pizzagate true or is it a debunked conspiracy theory?
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Pizzagate has been thoroughly debunked as political propaganda.

Everyone has heard tales of Jack the Ripper, but was Jack the Ripper a real person or does his origins stem from a novel?
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Jack the Ripper is a real unidentified Serial Killer who targeted prostitutes in the Whitechapel district of London in 1888.
FULL QUESTION AND ANSWER LIST
Reindeers are mainly known for their work during Christmas time with Santa, but are Reindeers real?
Yes, also known as caribou, reindeers can be found in North America, Siberia and Northern Europe

In Egypt you can find The Great Sphinx of Giza, but did the Ancient Egyptians base this on a real creature or something mythical?
Mythical, a sphinx is a creature with the head of a human, the body of a lion and the wings of an eagle.

The diamond planet, our universe is vast, but is it true scientists have found a planet made entirely of pure diamond?
Yes, 55 Cancri E is a planet made of pure diamond. To find out more about this and other crazy planets in our universe, click here.

Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts the existence of wormholes, but has a wormhole ever been discovered?
No, to date no wormholes have been discovered, but this doesn’t prove that wormholes don’t exist.

Many have asked if the single horned Narwhals are related to unicorns, but do Narwhals actually exist?
Yes, they live in the cold arctic waters.

While we all remember the holograms from Star Wars, are holograms something that exist?
Yes, in 2015, the first highly interactive hologram was invented in Japan.

Jetpacks have been featured in a myriad of movies and games, but do they actually exist?
Yes, jetpack technology has been here years, but they are rarely used because they are so energy inefficient.

If you threw a cucumber into the Sea, you may call it a Sea Cucumber, but is there an actual sea creature called a Sea Cucumber?
Yes, they can be found on the seafloor at extreme depths.

We know fire breathing dragons are made up for movies but are Komodo Dragons real or just another cinematic wonder?
Yes, these 8 feet long, goat swallowing lizards are real and can be found in Indonesia

The Zodiac Killer has been portrayed in 11 films, but is the Zodiac Killer made up just to scare movie goers or was the Zodiac Killer a real person in history?
The Zodiac Killer is the pseudonym of a real unidentified serial killer who killed at least five people in Northern California in the 1960’s.

We have all seen movies, where a gun is shot with a silencer and almost no sound is made, but do true gun silencers exist?
No, what some may call a silencer is only truly a sound suppressor, as the gunshot will still make a considerable noise.

Vampires are known to be from Transylvania, but is Transylvania a real place?
Yes, it is a region of Romania

There is a common phrase ‘ from here to Timbuktu’, but is Timbuktu a real place?
Yes, it is in the Central African nation of Chad

Was the lost city of Atlantis a real place in time’s past, or piece of fiction?
It is a fictional island, made up by Plato

One of the most famous posters of all time is the WWI recruitment advertisement featuring Uncle Sam with the text “UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU”. Is Uncle Sam based on a real person or completely made up?
Real person. Based on Samuel Wilson, a man who sold meat to soldiers during WWI.

The first heart transplant took place all the way back in 1967, but is there such a thing as a brain transplant?
While it has been depicted in the movies, there has never been a brain transplant in real life.

The Whale Shark sounds like a lazy way to come up with a fictional animal, but is it real or fake?
The Whale Shark is a real animal, a carpet filter feeding shark found in tropical waters.

In 1957, there was the first mention of the ‘Spaghetti Tree’, a tree which grows spaghetti, but is the Spaghetti Tree real or fake?
Fake, the BBC made a prank news story on April Fools Day of a Spaghetti Tree, this resulted in an inundation of calls of people wanting to know how to grow their own.

During the 2016 US Presidential Election, allegations arose that a Chicago Pizza Restaurant was a front for a peadophile ring run by Democrats. Was Pizzagate true or is it a debunked conspiracy theory?
Pizzagate has been thoroughly debunked as political propaganda.

Everyone has heard tales of Jack the Ripper, but was Jack the Ripper a real person or does his origins stem from a novel?
Jack the Ripper is a real unidentified Serial Killer who targeted prostitutes in the Whitechapel district of London in 1888.
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