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How Well Do You Know These Random, 16th Century Flemish Proverbs?

Who knows why geese go barefoot?

Posted on December 15, 2015, at 5:31 p.m. ET

On this week's episode of BuzzFeed's Another Round podcast, Heben quizzes Tracy about Flemish proverbs.

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The quiz was inspired by this painting by Netherlandish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

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It has many names, including Netherlandish Proverbs, The Topsy Turvy World, and The Blue Cloak. The 16th century painting is filled with scenarios that represent various proverbs, such as "To bang one's head against a brick wall," which roughly translates to "To try to achieve the impossible."

Can you guess what these proverbs mean?

  1. "To piss against the moon"

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  2. "To bell the cat"

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  3. "Horse droppings are not figs"

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  4. "To see bears dancing"

  5. "To fall through the basket"

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  6. "A hoe without a handle"

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  7. "Here he is with his lantern"

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  8. "To tie a flaxen beard to the face of Christ"

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  9. "Who knows why geese go barefoot?"

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  10. "To be able to tie even the devil to a pillow"

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  11. "The meat on the spit must be basted"

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  12. "The fox and the stork dine together"

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  13. "To sit on hot coals"

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  14. "To confess to the devil"

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  15. "They both crap through the same hole"

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