Which One of These Things Is Not Like the Others?

By: Bambi Turner
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Can you name the three guys from "Friends," the three Brady daughters or the main trio from Harry Potter? Know your fruits from your veggies? Can you pick out a city from a list of states, or a country from a list of continents? If you think you're the master of figuring out which member of a group doesn't belong, take our quiz to show your skills!

Believe it or not, there's a really good reason why it's so easy for people to tell when something is different. Often this process is instantaneous in our minds, and the one that doesn't belong in a group sticks out like a sore thumb without us even having to think about it. Why? Blame your brain.

The average person is constantly bombarded with information. There are the commercials and shows on television, the rings and beeps from your smartphone, conversations with friends and family and everyone else you meet throughout the day. There's everything going on at work or school, hobbies and sports. Of course, this information overload also comes from the world around us -- the things we see, hear, touch, taste, smell and think. 

If your brain had to evaluate all this input, you'd never get anything else done, so instead, your brain looks for a pattern -- a quick way to sort information and get it processed and stored quickly. Often that means looking for how things are alike or different so you can sort them and go on with your life. 

Think you can handle this level of mental processing by finding the Rolling Stone in a group of Beatles, or the fruit in a quartet of veggies? Take our quiz to find out!

It's hard to find anyone in modern society who hasn't read the Harry Potter series -- or at least caught one of the films. If you know anything about J.K. Rowling's stories of the boy wizard, you know that Harry, Ron, ​and Hermione are the good guys, while Draco Malfoy brings them nothing but trouble -- and is a Slytherin to boot.

They are Brits, and each is a music legend, but one of these is not like the others. While Lennon, McCartney, and Starr were all members of The Beatles, Mick Jagger made his name as the wild frontman​ of the Rolling Stones.

You know fruits and veggies are good for you, and you should be eating five servings a day -- or is it nine now? Fill up on healthy goodness with fruits like oranges, apples, and blueberries, or snack on vegetables -- such as spinach.

In the '70s, this little movie called "Star Wars" came out and left a huge and lasting mark on pop culture. Fans of the film know that Luke, Leia, and Hans join forces to take on the Empire -- and the evil Darth Vader.

Dogs and cats come in all shapes and sizes -- and breeds. While corgis, rottweilers, and poodles are different types of canines. The Siamese is a breed of cat.

William Shakespeare ranks among the most famous authors of all time. While he wrote such classics as "Hamlet," "Macbeth," and "Romeo and Juliet" in the 17th century, "Death of a Salesman" was penned centuries later by Arthur Miller.

Today's fast food chains produce consistent products no matter the location, so a burger from one McDonald's should taste the same as one from another on the other side of the country. The Big Mac, Quarter Pounder, and Filet-O-Fish rank among McDonald's top sandwiches -- but if you want a Whopper, you'd better skip the golden arches and head to Burger King.

Apples, rubies, cherries, and sporty cars all come in shades of red, but if you want to get specific, you can use more precise color language to specify whether that red is more blush, scarlet or garnet. Chartreuse is a color too, but it's not part of the red family. Instead, it's a bold, bright yellow-green.

"Hamilton," the musical, had fans talking when it was released in 2015, but Hamilton himself never served as the President of the U.S. -- unlike Washington, Jefferson, and Trump.

All of these cities are located in Asia, but while Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou are part of China, Tokyo is the capital and largest city in Japan.

All of these locations can be found in NYC, but one doesn't belong on this list. While Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens are three of New York City's five boroughs, Tribeca is a neighborhood within Manhattan​ and not a borough in itself.

Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson flew across basketball courts in the '80s and today rank as some of the most famous NBA players of all time. Michael Jackson was just as famous -- topping the charts as one of the world's best-selling pop artists.

All of these men are sports legends, but made their names in different sports. While Newton, Brady, and Manning played in the NFL, Barry Bonds slugged it out on the baseball diamond with teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants.

All of these cities are located in the western U.S. While Las Vegas is situated in southern Nevada -- and draws gambling fans from around the world -- Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco are all cities in California.

Alberta, Quebec, and Manitoba are Canadian provinces. Montreal is a major Canadian city located within the province of Quebec​ and is not a province in itself.

"The Simpsons" premiered in 1989 and went on to become one of the longest-running shows in TV history. Bart, Lisa, and Maggie are the three Simpson kids, while Milhouse is Bart's BFF.

Ross, Chandler, and Joey were the three male stars of "Friends." Gunther was also on the show, but in a more forgettable role -- he worked behind the counter at Central Perk.

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are the four gospels that make up part of the New Testament of the Bible. While a gospel of Thomas was discovered in the 1940s, it's not part of most standard editions of the Bible.

Kermit, Miss Piggy and Gonzo lived the puppet life as Muppets. Big Bird lived in a slightly different puppet universe over on Sesame Street.

The Earth is home to seven continents, including Europe, Asia, and Antarctica. China is a country located on the continent of Asia.

Gouda, feta, and provolone are all stars of the cheese world. While prosciutto can be eaten with any of the three, it is made from thinly sliced ham, not cheese.

Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy are all characters in the Disney universe. The wisecracking Bugs Bunny is part of the Looney Tunes world.

All four of these are sports cars, but one doesn't belong with the rest. While Chevy makes the Camaro, Corvette, and Chevelle, the Mustang is produced by Ford.

Carl Lewis, Jesse Owens, and Usain Bolt are some of the fastest men to ever run around a track. Wayne Gretsky, on the other hand, is a Canadian ice hockey legend.

Fruit lovers unite! Clementines, mandarins, and grapefruit belong to the citrus family, while strawberries are not a citrus fruit at all. Strawberries aren't technically berries either -- they are considered an aggregate fruit.

You'll never run out of shades of blue to use when describing the color of the sky or sea, but coral isn't one of them. Instead, coral is a pinkish-orange, while cobalt, teal, and azure are all blue hues.

Mountains form over thousands of years as the Earth's plates shift. While the Rocky Mountains, Appalachians and Sierra Nevada Range can all be found in the U.S., you'd have to head to Europe to climb the mighty Alps.

Every meat eater loves a good steak​ or a thick slab of bacon. While you might consider all of these protein sources delicious, keep in mind that they come from different animals. Ham, pork chops, and bacon come from pigs, while steak is a beef product that comes from cows.

On '70s series, "The Brady Bunch," Carol married Mike and they joined forces to raise their six children. Carol brought three daughters, Marcia, Jan, and Cindy into the family, while Mike brought Greg, Peter, and Bobby.

In classic Disney comics and movies, Donald Duck was a proud bachelor. He often found himself saddled with three nephews, named Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and frequently turned to his Uncle Scrooge for help raising the trio.

Petals, filaments, and stems are all part of a flower. Bumblebees may help with pollination, but are not flower components themselves.

Hardwood trees are trees with broad leaves, while softwood trees are coniferous and keep their green color year round. Oak, elm, and maple are all members of the hardwood​ family, while pine is a softwood.

All four of these bodies can be found in the night sky, but one is different from the others. While Earth, Mars, and Venus are planets, Polaris is a star -- a very bright one -- otherwise known as the North Star.

Looking for the right word to describe the color of grass or a stormy sea? Seafoam, hunter, ​and olive are all shades of green. Crimson, on the other hand, is a deep shade of red.

All four of these men are legendary artists, but the tools they used differed. While Dickens used a pen to craft some of the most beloved novels ever written, Rembrandt, Picasso, and Van Gogh used paint brushes to create iconic paintings.

Ben Affleck, Val Kilmer, and Christian Bale all took turns donning the legendary Batman suit onscreen. Ryan Gosling never played the superhero, but is remembered for roles in "La La Land" and "The Notebook."

Coco Chanel, Donna Karan, and Stella McCartney are some of the greatest female fashion designers to ever design clothes for the runway. Audrey Hepburn is also remembered for her fashion sense, but is better known for starring in hit films like "Sabrina" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

The oxford, tunic, and polo are all shirt styles. The A-line, on the other hand, is a skirt or dress with an A-shaped flare.

Disney and Pixar tend to dominate any discussion of children's films, but they aren't the only companies making movies for the younger set. The 2009 film, "Coraline," came from the production company, Laika.

Parrots, owls, and pigeons are all birds, but not bats -- bats are actually mammals, just like dogs, cats and humans.

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