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How Well Do You Know Recent History?

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Through a series of questions spanning roughly the last century, we've put together a number of questions that will test your knowledge of history, television, films and music and other areas. This was done believing that if you know a few of those answers, from a certain period, consistently... you might have been happier living in that era as the world and the United States progressed through the years." Through a series of questions spanning roughly the last century, we've put together a number of questions that will test your knowledge of history, television, films and music and other areas. This was done believing that if you know a few of those answers, from a certain period, consistently... you might have been happier living in that era as the world and the United States progressed through the years.

Quiz WriterChantelle

Chantelle took to the written word like a fish takes to water. That is to say, she found herself immersed in literature from before she was born. She’s been known to tell her friends all about how she can still remember the passages she heard her mother read to her when she was in the womb - Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen, and a bit of Hunter S. Thompson thrown in to balance it out. Whether she’s whipping up pithy one-liners to tease your brain or busy working on her second novel (the first one is available on Amazon under a pen name she refuses to disclose), Chantelle has continued to keep her feet wet with words, as it were. You’re sure to get a kick out of her giggle-worthy explanations and outrageous hints, and still come away feeling like you’ve just expanded your knowledge base.

Did you know?

Smallpox was the biggest killer in the 20th century, but the biggest killer of the 21st century is preventable.

Smallpox was an infectious disease that was caused by some variant of the Variola virus. Many would think that it had little effect on those in your time since it is as old as 70,000 years. But in fact, it killed over 300 million people in the 20th century. This could account for a tenth of all deaths in the 1900s, the century with multiple viruses, both World Wars, and many other death-causing epidemics.

In 1980, WHO officially announced that Smallpox was eradicated. Today, the number on cause of death in middle to upper-class individuals is heart disease and lower class individuals it's respiratory problems. As a whole, heart disease is the number one killer, followed by cancer. In actuality, most of the deaths of today are 100% preventable and caused by our habits, carelessness, and lack of knowledge. The number one accidental deaths are due to car wrecks. One-third of these deaths are alcohol related, and a texting driver causes one-fourth of the wrecks. Over 1 million people die each year from car wrecks, and over 50 million are injured. This doesn't reach the number that smallpox killed, but in time, it could.

However, heart disease is still the number one killer of the 21st century. In the United States, 1 in 4 deaths in adults is due to heart disease. Back before smallpox was cured, we'd do anything to stop it. Now that we can do anything to stop this new disease no one lifts a finger.

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