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First some words about getting points:
Your aim is to get as few points as possible. You get zero points for a right answer and one point for every year off target, but 10 points at most. If the right answer is 1937 and your answer is 1943, you'll get six points. Is your answer 1928 or earlier or 1946 or later, your score will be 10 points. Still - you have almost two decades margin before you hit maximum...
And now to the good news: You may subtract the number of the year in which you were born (in the 20th century) from your score. That means that if you were born in 1942, you can take off 42 points, if you were born in 1980 you may subtract 80 points.... This is, because it is easier to remember things, which happened during one's lifetime.

0 to minus 100 points: You are a genius. But the world doesn't believe you, and neither do I.
40 to 1 point(s): Outstanding. You remember easily and have a broad general knowledge.
80 to 41 points: Excellent. You have a good basis and know a lot of things.
110 to 81 points: Very good. You notice what is happening around you.
140 to 111 points: Good. This is better than average.
170 to 141 points: O.k. Most people will score here.
220 to 171 points: Well, which planet did you think this was about?
300 to 221 points: Every 1st of January there starts a new year, with a number of it's own...

The right answers:

 1) 1989
 2) 1941
 3) 1914
 4) 1967
 5) 1947
 6) 1901

 7) 1969
 8) 1957
 9) 1956 *)
10) 1906
11) 1948
12) 1981

13) 1936
14) 1914
15) 1922
16) 1905
17) 1956
18) 1924

19) 1996
20) 1924
21) 1968
22) 1980
23) 1998
24) 1985

25) 1912
26) 1975
27) 1934
28) 1978
29) 1935
30) 1992

*) This questions is probably the most difficult of all. Whoever has heard about Werner Forßmann? Anyhow, I wanted to use it as something to think about....
Werner Forßmann was a doctor. Already in 1929 he pushed a probe through a vein in his upper arm into his heart and thus opened the way for heart X-raying as well as a better understanding of the human heart in general. But the understanding would take some time - his contemporaries didn't really fancy such stupid tricks, "there wouldn't ever be any use for them"... This is why Forßmann himself had to insert the probe into his own body, because none of his collegues wanted to assist.
And people in our time are not much better. How many do remember him or even have heard about him? But how many kings and politicians do we remember, not to talk about men of war as Churchill, Stalin and Hitler...

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