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I would say building, but I wasn't aware that it was that tall.

Another pointless question: what is the plural of faux pas?

Where's the first pointless question?

Well, I suppose the Eifell Tower does have a point.

Have I made another one of my faux pas (plural)?

Your first was a faux pas, your second (Eifell) made it two faux pas. Or are they gaffeees?

Don't you hate when trivia questions are wrong? If wikipedia can be believed (and in this case it probably can since the pedants have been at it) the Chrysler Building was built before the Empire State, and it was taller than the Eiffel tower. So you were right regardless of the semantics of the question.

But no, the Eiffel tower is not a building. Back in those days people tended to name things correctly, calling towers 'towers' and buildings 'buildings'. Now they tend to call a building a tower because it sounds tall.

Agree with you about Wiki, Russ. However, it makes a distinction between structure and buildings, but then in its "Tallest buildings in world history" table, it has the Eiffel Tower included.

Nevertheless, when it comes to things city, I'll take your judgement over Wiki's any day. As I've said before, you know these things.

There was another debate about macrame, tatting and crochet. Not that I'm about to start arguing the toss over those.

There's a restaurant on the Eiffel Tower's top level, maybe that makes it qualify for building?

No, that qualifies it as a tall mall.

Youse people are just too brainy for your own good. (What about a crocheted Eiffel Tower? Now that's an idea...)

I wouldn't like to get into an argument with Leon.

Yeah, sorry, but I'm with youcancallmemeyer. Quizmaster says No.

Nothing annoys me more than poorly written trivia questions. Budding quizmasters and quizmistresses out there... a quiz question should have ONLY ONE POSSIBLE ANSWER! Regardless of interpretation. Crafting the question is your bloody skill, you moron!

As you were.

you are too kind Tony. On tall buildings, I looked it up, the tallest from 1909-1913, was the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, from 1913 to 1930, the Woolworth Building, followed (very) briefly by the Trump Building. Before that it is complex because it depends whether you want to count the spires and pinacles on various churches and government buildings. And because, frankly, who cares how tall a relatively short building is or was?

The Eiffel Tower is as much a tower as the Flatiron Building is a building.

The Eiffel Tower is a tower and The Empire State Building is a building and for that matter Wembley Stadium is a stadium and the Arc De Triomphe is a triumph.

What a trival thread. Good thing I\'m a trivial (and petty) person.

Firstly Anne, the Jules Verne Restaurant is on level 2 of the Eiffel Tower, not the top level. And a very nice noshery it is too, although rather pricey.

Secondly a trivia question.

Q. Which French poet, who wrote nothing about the Eiffel Tower, when asked why he was walking a lobster on leash, replied that \"It does not bark and it knows the secrets of the sea.\"?

A. GĂ©rard de Nerval, natch!

All I know is Leon is a pig farmer...

You should have said, a la Stephen Potter's "Gamesmanship" ploys:

"Could you please clarify as to whether you meant measuring from sea level or ground level and was that counting non-habitable upper most structures?"

Adding after his answer:

"Oh please don't think I'm argueing with your decision at all. Just clarifying"

I am irritated by so-called 'trivia' quizzes, simply because most of them comprise 'General Knowledge' questions.
Real trivia is a wonderful thing.
The answers should not be locatable in any reference works.

Helen: This irresistible set is a real charmer! N'est pas?

Meyer: Leon's favourite phrase is "What if I was to say to you ... ".

Third: See above.

Peter: There is generally one of what we call "Leon Questions". One of those that blurs the lines of right, wrong, somewhere-in-bewteen. But generally speaking he runs a tight quiz. There are the perennial fight-starters, too, foremost of which revolves around England as against The UK.

Russ: Excellent site, that. Did you know that "the lowest occupancy rate in the building's history was 17% during the recession in the early 1970s"? Admit it, I bet you did.

HB: Quite true. And the Taj Mahal is a Mahal.

Unca Tim: What is Ankor What? What.

Nabs: Is there really no Rist-au-Rante on or near the top? Anne lives in Gay.P so she may know her oignons.

SN: Leon Davis?

FX: Wednesday was a prolific night for robust debate. There was a lot of "clarifying" going on.

Brownie: Au contraire, reference works are my friends. I hate the question that involve celebrities and/or popular culture. But I hate maths questions the most. You know, quzzies where you have to work things out. They are particularly taxing on a team of two such as Boynton's and mine. Buggered if I want to sit there trying to work out how many seconds in a leap year, or how many inches in a piece of string. Just gimme the "What is the capital of Surinam?" style of business.

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