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698 General Knowledge Trivia Questions Ranked From Easiest to Hardest (Updated for 2023)
- What search engine makes changes to its logo, known as "doodles," to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and famous people, such as a pointillist version in honor of artist Georges Seurat?
- Relax, breathe, and tell me: a Japanese sect of Mahayana Buddhism shares what Z-word name with a state of calm attentiveness?
- Bart runs half-heartedly for class president, and Homer runs more seriously for Springfield Sanitation Commissioner, in various episodes of what long-running animated sitcom?
Answer: The Simpsons
- “May the Fourth be with you” is the official tagline of the galaxy-wide holiday celebrated the first week of May in honor of what sci-fi franchise?
Answer: Star Wars
- A standard courtroom setting has attorneys, juries, bailiffs, stenographers, and what robed profession responsible for governing the trial at hand?
- To better fit in with the city's natural Southwestern colors, what fast-food chain uses turquoise in place of its traditional "golden arches" yellow in Sedona, Arizona?
- “Smart” credit cards or chip cards are also called EMV cards. EMV is an acronym for the trio of credit card companies that set the standard: Europay, MasterCard, and ______.
- To honor him after his 2016 passing, the Pantone Color Institute announced a new rain-inspired shade of purple called Love Symbol #2 for what one-named rock star?
- Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, and McIntosh are all popular varieties of what fruit?
- By letter count, “May” is the shortest month of the year. Coming in at a record nine letters, what’s the longest month of the year?
- What two-word activity, often associated with Catholicism, can also refer to a desperate, last minute American football pass that attempts to save the game? Both instances involve invoking the name of Jesus’ mother.
Answer: Hail Mary
- Minced in a pesto. Fully-leaved atop a marinara sauce. Either way, you first de-stem what B-word herb that goes in both sauces?
- The winner of 15 major pro golf championships, Eldrick Tont Woods is better known by what fierce nickname that honors his father's friend, South Vietnamese Colonel Vuong Dang Phong?
- The answer is under your desk: vandalism and littering led Singapore to ban the import and sale of which chewy confectionary in 1992?
- On "The Bachelor," the Bachelor gives what flower to contestants whom he wants to stick around for the next episode?
- Der Tagesspiegel and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung are daily newspapers published in what country?
- What informal term for a rabbit is used for a gentle ski slope suitable for beginners?
- Made from a mix of mucus and concentrated melanin, what dark substance can be secreted as a defense mechanism by many cephalopods, including squid and octopus?
- Mammals and birds experience a unique phase of sleep characterized by random quick motion in the eyes accompanied by low muscle tone throughout the body and the propensity of the sleeper to dream vividly. What’s the common three-letter abbreviation for this phase?
- Milkshakes! Piña coladas! Frappuccinos! Oh, my! They're all much easier to make thanks to Stephen Poplawski's 1922 invention of what electrical kitchen appliance?
- While most mammals are in the pregnancy business what oft duck-billed “P” monotreme, ostensibly not a fan of Labor Day, actually lays eggs in lieu of the whole live birth thing?
- Known for his habit of whacking his right hind foot against the ground, Thumper is the BFF of what “B”-loved Disney deer?
- Home of Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays, the Rogers Centre opened in 1989 as the SkyDome – the world’s first sports arena to feature a fully retractable what?
- “PG” is slang for “pregnant.” It's also an MPAA movie rating suggesting "guidance" from what P-group that should know a thing or two about pregnancy?
- Well, they do love flossing: North Carolina optometrist Dr. Brittani Carver-Schemper picked up millions of likes with her eye health videos on what social media platform that's usually more obsessed with dance challenges?
- First coined by Julia Burchill in a 1992 article in the London-based magazine Modern Review, what member of the British royal family was often nicknamed “The People’s Princess”?
Answer: Princess Diana
- The poverty-fighting agency Oxfam was founded in the relative comfort and safety of what guessable English university town?
- Started in 1948 by Allen Funt, and running until 2014, the original hidden camera prank show was “______ Camera.” Fill in the “C” blank, an adjective meaning truthful, like a picture where the subject did not pose for the camera.
Answer: Candid Camera
- In baseball shorthand, it's a strikeout. On the periodic table, it's potassium. In a text, it can be a quick response to, like, whatever. What's that letter?
- Ukraine shares land borders with two R-word countries: Russia and what vampire-heavy nation that's about an 18 hour drive from the capital of Italy?
- According to the song, when Peter Cottontail comes hoppin’ down the bunny trail, hippity-hoppity, what springtime holiday is on its way?
- After winning the women's all-around gymnastics gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Sunisa Lee went on to foxtrot and tango on Season 30 of what ABC show?
Answer: Dancing With the Stars
- We used to think we were the center of the universe until Nicolaus Copernicus helped establish heliocentrism, the idea that the Earth orbits what space thing?
Answer: The Sun
- Celebrated on May 8th, V-E Day commemorates the 1945 surrender of Germany to the Allies in what big ol' war?
Answer: World War II
- You get a book! You get a book! You get a book! For 15 years, starting in 1996, what daytime talk show megastar’s book club recommended a total of 70 books leading to total sales of over 55 million copies?
Answer: Oprah Winfrey
- Which of the seven wonders of the ancient world were built as ceremonial burial vaults for Egyptian pharaohs?
Answer: Great Pyramid of Giza
- Haugesund, Haugsvär, and Morgedal are mattresses from what home furnishing giant with some pretty decent meatballs at their snack bars?
- Known as "stabilisers" in British English, what is the two-word term in American English for the parallel set of wheels that are often used to assist young learners how to ride a bike?
Answer: Training wheels
- Also known as "La Gioconda," probably Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting is a portrait of an Italian noblewoman best known by what two-word name?
Answer: Mona Lisa
- With an annual budget of over $300 million and over 95,000 enrolled students, the Lone Star College System is one of the U.S.'s largest community college systems. In what state will you find all of the school's campuses?
- If 80 critics review a movie and at least 75% of those reviews are positive, then a movie is deemed "Certified Fresh" according to what website?
Answer: Rotten Tomatoes
- Originally given the Japanese title “Puckman”, what 1980s arcade game was inducted into the Guinness Book of Records as the "Most Successful Coin-Operated Game" in 2005?
- Cumulus and stratus are two of the main types of what object that is seen by most people on most days in some form?
- Founded in Quebec, what is the French name of the private entertainment company which has sold over 100 million tickets for its unique blend of continuous live music and circus-like acrobatics?
Answer: Cirque du Soleil
- What American swimmer set a gold medal record at the 2008 Summer Olympics? This person won eight gold medals at a single Olympics.
Answer: Michael Phelps
- The Chunichi Dragons, Hanshin Tigers, and Hiroshima Toyo Carp all play in what country's professional baseball league?
- Introduced at the 1904 World’s Fair, what machine-spun sweet treat was invented by dentist William Morrison and candy maker John C. Wharton and was originally named “Fairy Floss”?
Answer: Cotton candy
- What "big red dog" introduced in 1963 was named for the imaginary childhood friend of creator Norman Bridwell's wife?
- Although often misattributed as a French invention owing to its name and history, what macabre beheading-device was actually first used in Ireland in 1307, over 450 years before it was first used in France?
- In 1999 Shigetaka Kurita invented what keyboard additions for cell phones that would eventually replace emoticons and even get their own movie?
- Which of the Greek Gods was considered the ruler of all Greek Gods? The Roman equivalent of this god is Jupiter.
- In the U.S., a road sign which is an equilateral triangle is most often associated with what five-letter action?
- What six-letter hairstyle is popularly associated with the semi-ironic phrase "business in front, party in the back"?
- Also known as a vodka buck, a Moscow mule is traditionally served in a mug made of what metal whose name derives from the Latin word “cuprum”?
- If you slice a breakfast ball over the cabbage and get a fried egg in the bunker, you're not eating an eclectic brunch course. What sport are you playing and almost certainly not making a par?
- The T206 Honus Wagner card was considered the most valuable sports card throughout most of the 20th century after it was sold for record-breaking sums at multiple auctions. It was initially designed and issued by the American Tobacco Company before Wagner refused to allow production because he did not want children to buy cigarette packs to get his card. What sport did Wagner famously play?
- On the HBO series "Game of Thrones," Daenerys Targaryen is referred to as the "Mother of" what flying mythical creatures?
- At the 2010 Academy Awards, the winning film for Best Animated Feature was a Disney-Pixar film featuring Kevin, Charles Muntz, Carl, Russell, and a dog named Dug. What is this helium-inflated film?
- When I say the word atrium, your mind likely envisions a large, open-air room in a building. But if I then mention that the atria are connected to the ventricles, what organ comes to mind?
- Because black-and-white papers are sensitive to blue and green light, most safelights in photography darkrooms are what color?
- The official song of the 2010 World Cup, vuvuzelas and all, was titled “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” and was sung by what Colombian recording artist also known for her pelvis not bearing false witness?
- In a famous Tchaikovsky ballet, every morning Odette, a beautiful young woman, transforms into what majestic white bird?
- In 1990, Rock the Vote started encouraging young people to vote on what cable network that's given them way worse ideas in the form of The Real World, Jackass, and Teen Mom?
- Founded in 1922 by a retired, uh, agricultural professional, what insurance company didn't adopt their "Like a Good Neighbor" slogan until 1971?
Answer: State Farm
- Famous blue jean maker Strauss, U.S. vice president Morton, and American cyclist Leipheimer all share which first name?
- Now mostly used by circus and carnival entertainers, these poles add height to the user when fastened onto the foot and leg. What is the name of this invention, that dates as far back as 6BC when shepherds would use them to watch their flock?
- In the Christmas carol “Deck The Halls," the halls will be decked with boughs of what woody angiosperm, also referred to as Ilex?
- Laverne Cox became Time magazine's first transgender cover person in 2014, after sporting a bright jumpsuit as Sophia Burset on what Netflix prison drama?
Answer: Orange Is the New Black
- The Boston terrier is the official dog of what U.S. state?
- What "shedding-type" card game has been a Mattel brand since 1992 and features cards with titles such as "Wild" and "Reverse?"
- What word is often abbreviated as Fn on a keyboard?
- Although the most popular song on the film's soundtrack is "This Is Halloween" and the main character's name is Jack Skellington, the 1993 cult-classic Tim Burton film that was nominated for a visual effects Oscar includes what OTHER holiday in the film's title?
Answer: Christmas (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
- In May 2003, the fastest known speeding ticket in US history was handed out, with a Swedish sports car allegedly going 242 MPH in a 75 MPH zone. Fittingly, in what state did this occur? I suppose everything's bigger, and everything's faster there.
- According to a survey by Dance magazine, what Christmas-themed Tchaikovsky ballet accounts for nearly half the annual revenue of many dance companies?
Answer: The Nutcracker
- Alexa, play songs about dependent genitive forms. What possessive determiner is used in the title to signify Sinatra's "Way," Sheryl Crow's "Favorite Mistake," Springsteen's "Hometown," and Flo Rida's "House"?
- Better known as the maker of Galaxy smartphones, what Korean conglomerate was also the main contractor that built Dubai's Burj Khalifa?
- Although it expanded to grapefruit growers in 1976, the cooperative Ocean Spray has primarily focused on what other fruit throughout its existence? The brand reached viral heights after a 2020 TikTok mashing up Fleetwood Mac, skateboarding, and Ocean Spray juice.
- Quit clowning around! The gutters of fictional Derry, Maine take up most of the 1,136 pages of what pronoun-titled 1987 Stephen King novel?
- Young Sheldon is a CBS sitcom that serves as a prequel to what sitcom that ran from 2007 to 2019 on the same network?
Answer: The Big Bang Theory
- Arguably the second-most popular in the world after soccer, what lucky sport has defensive positions named gully, silly mid-off, and deep mid wicket?
- What is the word used for the fractional measure of purity for gold alloys? As adopted by U.S. federal law, this is measured in parts fine per 24 parts whole.
- Nicholas of Myra was the name of an early Christian bishop who lived in what is now Türkiye. Giving away all of his inherited wealth earned him a sainthood and helped inspire what seasonal cookie and milk enthusiast?
Answer: Santa Claus
- What six-letter word names both a seed company and an exercise that combines a squat, a pushup, and a jump in the air?
- Turkish-born athlete and activist Enes Kanter legally changed his name to Enes Kanter Freedom in 2021 to celebrate his American citizenship. Freedom has played what sport for Türkiye’s Fenerbahçe sports club, as well as the Jazz, Knicks, and Thunder?
- Nusret Gökçe is a celebrity chef who went viral in 2017 for his unorthodox technique for seasoning meat. Fans gave Gökçe the nickname “__ Bae,” where the blank is filled by what basic kitchen ingredient that Jimmy Buffett always seems to lose?
- Criminal justice analogy time! “Misdemeanant" is to someone convicted of a misdemeanor, as what F-word is used to describe a criminal who commits a more serious offense?
- La Paz Waterfall Gardens in Costa Rica is a popular choice for tourists to admire the flora and fauna. This park attracts half of all of the 52 native species of what small hovering bird?
- “Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy” is also known as what disease that has affected over 184,000 cattle in the United Kingdom from 1986-2015?
Answer: Mad Cow Disease
- No lie: Burger Kings in Russia briefly launched a cryptocurrency named after what signature burger?
- What physical measurement is technically defined as force divided by the area over which that force is being applied? Queen and David Bowie performed a song about being under it.
- They’d have to wait until 1920 in the USA and 1971 in Switzerland! Thanks to the work of Kate Sheppard, among others, New Zealand was the first country in the world to give votes in national elections to what group of people?
- According to a 1963 commercial, what toy uses "two-ordinary light bulbs and a special cooling chamber" to make "cakes, cookies, candy, brownies, pizza, pies, and biscuits"?
Answer: Easy-Bake Oven
- In the world of appropriate ticker symbols, $MRNA on the NASDAQ represents which biotechnology company and vaccine developer who used MRNA technology to compete against Pfizer-BioNTech to bring a product to mitigate COVID-19 to market?
- Approximately one quarter of the world's production of what type of nut is used to make Nutella?
- What musical artist performed at the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show with a "Firework" finale?
Answer: Katy Perry
- What museum houses the Mona Lisa?
Answer: The Louvre
- The Road Runner of Looney Tunes fame has a four-letter word, repeated twice, that serves as his catchphrase. What is this word?
Answer: Beep Beep!
- What is the somewhat rude term for an angle greater than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees?
- Taken straight from Wikipedia, "naturally occurring electrostatic discharge during which two electrically charged regions in the atmosphere or ground temporarily equalize themselves, causing the instantaneous release of as much as one billion joules of energy" is the definition of what natural phenomenon?
- Rogue One was a 2016 standalone feature film starring Felicity Jones within the universe (er, galaxy) of what film franchise?
Answer: Star Wars
- What SPORT is the superstar British couple nicknamed "Posh and Becks" most associated with? The couple includes a famous singer and a famous athlete.
Answer: Soccer (football)
- From which animated TV show are characters with the following first names: Norville, Daphne, Velma, and Fred?
- A young boy takes a train to the North Pole on Christmas Eve in what classic 1985 children's book by Chris Van Allsburg?
Answer: The Polar Express
- Initially airing as a television show in 1976, how many Angels are typically represented by "Charlie's Angels?"
- Created in 1952, what is the name of the Frosted Flakes mascot who enthusiastically says, "They're Gr-r-reat!"?
Answer: Tony the Tiger
- What famous cereal mascot’s first and middle names are “Horatio Magellan,” helms a ship called The Guppy, and sports a Napoleon-style hat?
Answer: Cap’N Crunch
- What holiday single, originally titled “The One Horse Open Sleigh” by James Lord Pierpont in 1857, was the first song played in space in 1965 by Gemini 6A astronauts Walter Schirra and Tom Stafford?
Answer: Jingle Bells
- You’d fall asleep before you could count all 27 million of them, compared to just 5 million people. New Zealand is the country with the highest ratio of what farmyard animal to humans?
- Originally trotted out in 1985, the Nike Dunk shoe line was originally designed for what sport?
- What is the last name of the “Queen of Soul” who got some R-E-S-P-E-C-T when she was ranked 9th in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”?
- What type of apple, also known as the laryngeal prominence, is formed by the angle of the thyroid cartilage surrounding the larynx?
- What popular kids board game was designed in 1948 by Eleanor Abbott? Unlike most board games, it doesn’t use dice, just cards that direct players to the colorful spaces. It is very “sweet” and inoffensive.
Answer: Candy Land
- The wise owl on the label could tell you: Hatachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale is brewed in cedar casks previously used to brew what rice-based alcoholic drink?
- First appearing in 1962, whose alter ego is the reserved physicist named Bruce Banner?
Answer: The Hulk
- The Sentra, Altima, and Pathfinder are all car models made by what maker?
- What's the name of the famously angry British host on the reality TV show "Hell's Kitchen?"
Answer: Gordon Ramsay
- The Guinness Book of World Records says the record they reject most often is for the longest chain of what office supplies?
- The Turkish clan that drove Byzantine forces out of modern-day Turkey became an empire that lasted nearly 600 years and also became the namesake for a specific piece of foot-friendly furniture. What is this empire?
Answer: Ottoman Empire
- The mobile app development company Niantic struck gold in 2016 with what smash-hit smartphone game that captured tens of millions of players within days of its release? The game became a global phenomenon with players largely playing outdoors.
Answer: Pokemon Go
- The three artists who painted The Last Supper, The School of Athens, and The Creation of Adam, and the sculptor who is best known for a bronze statue of David, all lend their first names to what group of four fictional characters?
Answer: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donnatello)
- Premiering in 1999 as the second series in the successful "Law & Order" franchise, what does the SVU stand for in "Law & Order: SVU?"
Answer: Special Victims Unit
- What sparkly word can either be used to describe a person looking to service your shoes at a train station or what you may be left with if you lose a fist fight fairly decisively?
- The All Blacks have been called the most dominant team in modern international sport, losing just two home matches during the 2010s. What 15-a-side sport do they play?
- Cephalofoil is the formal term for the distinctly shaped noggins of what 360-degree seeing shark group?
- What “Y” country, on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, has capital at Sanaa? The country’s name, appropriately, may derive from a word meaning “south.”
- Hawks has been a term for pro-war politicos since the late 1700s. The Vietnam War and the Cuban Missile Crisis popularized what more olive-branchy bird name for anti-war advocates?
- Director of New Zealand’s two highest grossing domestically-produced films, Taika Waititi is probably best known internationally for his helming the two most recent Marvel movies named for what blond-maned hammer enthusiast?
- Any Beef 'n Cheddar fans out there? What fast food chain that uses a cowboy hat as a logo pays Ving Rhames to remind you that they “have the meats?”
- Traditionally arranged carefully atop a tatami mat, the futon originated in what Asian nation?
- Now hosted in multiple locations where recreational use is legal, the Cannabis Cup is a state fair-like competition and expo that was founded in 1988 in what European capital city?
- Originating in Czechoslovakia, the Czech hedgehog is a device used to obstruct which type of military vehicles first used at the Battle of the Somme in 1916?
- What famous female pilot's second-to-last known radio transmission was the following? "...have been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet."
Answer: Amelia Earhart
- Typically only known by his title and last name, what famous cereal mascot technically has Horatio Magellan as his first and middle names?
Answer: Cap'n Crunch
- What is the name for the narrow boat, typically human-operated, in the famous canals of Venice?
- While building magnetrons at MIT in the 1940s, Percy Spencer noticed a melting chocolate bar in his pocket. Deeper investigation and exploration led to the invention of what household device? Spencer received no royalties for this invention, first marketed as the Radarange.
- What famous Nike-sponsored athlete signed their first deal with the apparel company just before a 1996 professional debut at the Greater Milwaukee Open?
Answer: Tiger Woods
- In what sport is a key piece of equipment a circular arrangement of 14 to 16 goose feathers that surround a piece of cork encased in leather? The name of this object is a shuttlecock.
- Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger are responsible for launching what website in 2001? The site brands itself on its homepage as "The Free Encyclopedia."
- What is the name of the "well stimulation technique" in which rock is fractured by a pressurized liquid to create cracks in deep-rock formations through which natural gas or petroleum can escape? This process led to an industrial boom across parts of the Dakotas and Pennsylvania in the 2000s in the U.S.
- Heisenberg is the codename of Walter White who is a character played by Bryan Cranston in what television franchise?
Answer: Breaking Bad
- Basic was a putdown used by the star of "The Simple Life" who shares what initials with a scientific scale that tells you whether or not something is basic?
- A recovered anchor from the USS Arizona is on display at what memorial's visitor center in Hawaii?
Answer: Pearl Harbor
- You'll be amazed to learn that it started as a pliable, putty-like substance that could clean coal residue from wallpaper. As coal-based home heating abated, it pivoted to being what much-kneaded Hasbro kid's toy?
- According to the theme song of the sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," the title character was born and raised in the west part of what East Coast American city?
- When he retired in 1975, Harmon Killebrew had the fourth most home runs in major league history after spending most of his career with the Minnesota Twins. In what sport did Killebrew ply his trade for more than two decades?
- Best recognized by its logo comprised of a white phone icon within a green speech bubble, what instant messaging app was founded by former Yahoo! employees Brian Acton and Jan Koum in 2009?
- First introduced in 1933, Clydesdale horses have been famously advertised in association with which Anheuser-Busch brand? Their appearance in Super Bowl TV ads has been a long standing tradition since 1986.
- Titled after a controversial comic book it released in 2003, “Your Mommy Kills Animals” is the name of the 2007 Curt Johnson documentary which focuses on what animal rights group?
- Portrayed by Jared Harris, deputy director of the Kurchatov Institute Valery Legasov is one of the central characters of what 2019 HBO miniseries based on a 1986 disaster which occurred in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic?
- Given their births in the New Zealand cities of Whangarei and Wellington, country singer Keith and Star Trek actor Karl share what apt last name?
- With a dash of inspiration from John Locke, Thomas Jefferson dropped three inalienable rights of all humans in the Declaration of Independence. The pursuit of happiness, life, and what third thing that might ring a bell?
- What athlete famously declared his strategy to be the following nature-full phrase? "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
Answer: Muhammad Ali
- A professional game of what equestrian sport is divided into six seven-minute periods called "chukkas?"
- Cars was the final Pixar film to be released on VHS and also the first to be released on what post-DVD high-resolution technology?
Answer: Blu Ray
- What British overseas territory is partially protected from severe hurricanes due to a surrounding coral reef but remains frequently associated with disasters due to an allegedly large number of unexplained aircraft disappearances?
- What is the name of the Austrian bodybuilder who has been Mr. Universe three times and Mr. Olympia seven times?
Answer: Arnold schwarzenegger
- Ashtanga, Bikram, and Vinyasa are three of the more popular forms of what practice that originated in ancient India?
- Supposedly pronounced as "wizziwig," what is the meaning of the acronym WYSIWYG? The phrase largely means that the printer will print what you see on your monitor.
Answer: What you see is what you get
- The pre-production name of "Gutsy Aorta" didn't make the cut, so the name of the movie featuring Mel Gibson as William Wallace was instead named what?
- Director Nick Cassavetes wanted someone "not handsome" for the male lead, which somehow led him to cast Ryan Gosling opposite Rachel McAdams in his 2004 rom-com, “The WHAT"?
- Predicting the next day's headline, 39-Across was solvable as BOB DOLE ELECTED or CLINTON ELECTED in a November 5, 1996 printing of what daily New York Times feature?
Answer: Crossword Puzzle
- In majority Muslim countries, the Red Cross drops the "Cross" for what shape found next to the star on the Turkish flag or used in the name of Pillsbury's janky tubed version of croissants?
- The Shujing, Chunqiu, and Shijing are considered the foundations of the literary tradition in what country?
- What “L” word is a traditional gift given for a third anniversary and the type of item a tannery specializes in producing?
- A baker's dozen typically represents what number?
- What is the last name of the business tycoon behind the "No. 5" perfume?
- What common leafy green is native to Persia and is often associated with a specific cartoon character who made his maritime debut in 1929?
- What is the name of the symbol which means "and" as a "conjunction icon?" You can find this symbol above the number seven key on most QWERTY keyboard. We're looking for the NAME of the symbol.
- The simple Italian salad known as a Caprese salad typically includes tomatoes, basil, and what variety of cheese?
- What geometrically named dance is the official state dance of Illinois?
Answer: Square Dance
- What paper towel brand is known as "the quicker picker-upper?"
- What material precedes “Towns” in a John Green book, “Planes” in a M.I.A song, and “Moon” in a Depression era Ryan and Tatum O'Neal film?
- Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jeremy Irons have both voiced what strangely not-that-mangled "Lion King" villain?
- Stan Lee had dozens of cameos in films created by what iconic brand? Lee himself famously created many of the characters that the brand leverages.
- Perhaps a special treat for Barbie and Marilyn Monroe, what is the name for the variety of dessert bar that resembles a brownie but substitutes vanilla in for cocoa?
- Also home to the “Granddaddy of them all” college football bowl game each New Year's Day, what floral Pasadena stadium hosted the final of the goalless 1994 World Cup Final between Brazil and Italy?
Answer: Rose Bowl
- Marvin Gaye and Helen Reddy lent $25,000 to help a friend open a cookie store in Hollywood. What was this friend’s last name that he also lent to the rhyming brand of his “Famous” product?
- Changing leaf colors is the result of a slowdown in the production of what green pigment during Fall?
- Singles that hit big on the alternative charts for Weezer in 1994 and The Neighbourhood in 2012 both had titles that name drop what cozy outerwear?
- Some of our favorite collective nouns for animals include a congregation of alligators, a business of ferrets, an ostentation of peacocks, and a gaggle of what other fowl?
- One of Broadway's longest-running musicals, what Jonathan Larson show with a four-letter title featured characters singing about how they couldn't afford to pay their New York City landlord?
- What cartoon franchise was originally titled "Mysteries Five" and included a banjo-playing Great Dane canine?
Answer: Scooby Doo
- Although she started with red hair in the very first Sunday comics, she almost always has been depicted with black hair. Who is this Superman love interest?
Answer: Lois Lane
- With one guess, name one of the two musicians who founded the band Tenacious D. Hint: one of these musicians also starred in the film "School of Rock."
Answer: Jack Black
- The largest gulf in the world contains many bays such as Matagorda Bay and Mobile Bay. What is this rather oversized Gulf?
Answer: Gulf of Mexico
- Jack be nimble, Jack be quick. Jack jumped over the ______. What did Jack jump over?
- Botanists: this one’s for you. A small lateral or terminal protuberance on the stem of a vascular plant that may develop into a flower, leaf or shoot goes by what short, chummy name?
- Two bronze blades resembling scythes: That's how ancient Egyptians defeated paper circa 1500 BCE in one of the earliest examples of what school supply?
- In 2010, what iconic Australian building prominently featured green lighting on its famously swooping white panels as part of its first celebration of St. Patrick's Day? The building was designed by Dane Jørn Utzon, but completed by an Australian architectural team in 1973.
Answer: Sydney Opera House
- Speaking of explosions, "Vote for Pedro" was seen on a student council t-shirt worn by the tot-loving title character of what 2004 indie comedy hit?
Answer: Napoleon Dynamite
- Although back, collar, and jowl all exist as cuts of this cured meat, the most popular is "streaky" which comes from the pork belly and is often served as a side dish during breakfast. What is this type of salt-cured pork with a name derived from the Old High German word for buttock?
- What is the name of the third book in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer? Scientifically, this title signifies an occurrence in which an astronomical object is temporarily obscured.
- Charles Monroe "Sparky" Schulz was born in Minneapolis in 1922 and grew up in nearby St. Paul. Name the most famous dog drawn by Schulz.
- Known in the U.S. as the Intolerable Acts and in the U.K. as the Coercive Acts, this series of restrictive laws was passed in response to what iconic, rebellious American event that occurred on December 16, 1773?
Answer: Boston Tea Party
- Although known officially only as "The Child" as of May 2020, what is the more popular name for the long-eared creature introduced in the first episode of "The Mandalorian?"
Answer: Baby Yoda
- Although the exact origin is unknown, this piece of technology and calculating tool used beans or stones moved in grooves of sand to perform calculations. Although computers have mostly replaced it, this tool is still in use for teaching arithmetic to children in many parts of the world. What is it?
- In the Earth's solar system, what planet is nearest the sun?
- In 1917, Woodrow Wilson famously declared that "the world must be made safe for" what form of political system?
- The Empire Strikes Back hit theaters during Memorial Day Weekend in 1980. That same week, an iconic horror film opened but had a relatively weak opening box office because it was counter-programmed against the Star Wars installment. What was this Jack Nicholson-starring horror film?
Answer: The Shining
- What is the only branch of the U.S. military to share a name with a best-selling line of Nike sneakers?
Answer: Air Force
- What is the name of the "s"ailor's disease that is caused by a vitamin C deficiency?
- What American TV show from the 1970s and 1980s still holds the record for the most watched finale ever with more than 100 million households tuning in?
- The phrase “a-weema-weh” is a play on the Zulu word “uyimbue”, which means “you are a lion.” If you were listening to a 1961 classic by The Tokens, you’d hear that phrase 64 times as they regale you about the titular lion who does what?
Answer: The Lion Sleeps Tonight
- Lindsay Lohan and Lindsay Lohan conspire to reunite their mother and father, who originally met on the ocean liner “Queen Elizabeth 2” in what 1998 remake?
Answer: The Parent Trap
- Starting with the letter “N,” what is the concept in Buddhism that adherents are striving for by quenching the activities of the worldly mind and its related suffering and being released from the cycle of rebirth?
- Diesel fuel originated from experiments for the compression-ignition engine invented in 1892 by Rudolf Diesel. What nationality was Mr. Diesel?
- Chadwick Boseman starred in what 2018 Marvel film directed by Ryan Coogler?
Answer: Black Panther
- Picture the symbol known as a chevron while "pointed" down. Now imagine it's being used as a Roman numeral. What numerical value does it represent?
- What is the first name of the "Big Bang Theory" character with the last name Cooper?
- In what type of setting did Walt Disney's seven dwarfs work?
Answer: Diamond Mine
- Popularized by Christian Dior in 1954, what style of skirt is defined by Collins Dictionary as “a slim-fitting knee-length skirt with a straight cut” that you may want to wear to look sharp?
- In January 2017, Serena Williams was pregnant with her first child when she had a very g'day racking up her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at a tennis open in what very southern nation?
- What "M" brand is a top-selling expectorant in the US? This class of drugs aids in the clearance of mucus from the airways, lungs, bronchi, and trachea by increasing secretions.
- Grind the beans very finely. Brew them in a pot called a cezve. Ta-da! UNESCO recognizes that Turkish preparation technique for what beverage as an Intangible Cultural Heritage?
- The international committee in charge of what quadrennial event was headed by Dimitrios Vikelas from 1894 to 1896?
Answer: The Olympics
- The Forester and Outback were two of the top 25 best-selling cars in the U.S. in 2019. What Japanese company manufactures both of these models?
- With an equatorial radius of over 44,000 miles, what planet is the largest in Earth's solar system? It has a mass of only one-thousandth of the Sun, but more than twice as large as all other planets in the solar system combined.
- 1989: According to a Statista analysis of the top produced grains in the world, corn is #1 by a large margin followed by wheat at #2. Scooped up for biryani, bibimbap, and boudin, what grain comes in at #3 with 510 million metric tons produced globally in 2021?
- For those interested in formality, you probably prefer the term “parking enforcement officer” or PEO. But the rest of us can thank The Beatles’ “Lovely Rita” for the popularization of what other term for people who inspect but hardly ever dust off parking meters?
- The 2019 film "Just Mercy" starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx was based on a the memoir of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson. The book and movie focus on what two-word place in a prison that houses inmates awaiting execution?
Answer: Death Row
- What poker hand do you have when you combine a pair and a three-of-a-kind?
Answer: Full House
- What is the name of the numeric system that many librarians use to shelve and categorize books by type?
Answer: Dewey Decimal System
- A pestle is one half of a common pair of kitchen utensils used for grinding spices. What is the name of the pestle's bowl-like partner?
- Name the animated animal character whose nephews are named Huey, Dewey and Louie.
Answer: Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck (great-nephews)
- Gordon, James, Percy, and Emily are all members of the "Steam Team" and friends with what titular transportation children's character?
Answer: Thomas the Tank Engine
- Created by Warner Communications and premiering in 1981, what TV channel featured affable young hosts serving as "veejays"?
- What delicious computer term did web browser programmer Lou Montulli coin to refer to information that is sent from the browser to the web server?
- Sporting abundant hair and a love of happy trees, what was the first and last name of the guy who hosted the PBS television program "The Joy of Painting?"
Answer: Bob Ross
- What game, as played in the United States, is a derivative of "ground billiards" and involves mallets, pegs and wickets?
- In the nursery rhyme "Hey, Diddle Diddle," what type of mammal leaped over the Earth's largest satellite?
- A 2011 blockbuster film starring Chris Hemsworth features an early scene set in Tonsberg, Norway in the year 965. What is the four-letter name of this film?
- What powerhouse Japanese consumer electronics company created franchises like "The Legend of Zelda" and characters like "Waluigi?"
- What’s blowing up, Doc? Exploding cigars, pianos, and watermelons are some of the unorthodox tactics used in a cartoon pitting Yosemite Sam in a mayoral race against what wascal?
Answer: Bugs Bunny
- A unit of electrical power equal to one joule per second was named after a Scottish inventor known for his work on the steam engine, not for a Houston Texans defensive end. What is this unit?
- There are three basic trigonometric functions taught in high schools: sine, cosine, and what third function?
- The Proverbs 17:22 passage "a merrie heart doth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones" led to the popular idiom that "______ is the best medicine." What word fills in the blank? In fact, this idiom has been validated by scientific researchers that indicate painful experiences may indeed be lessened with this "treatment."
- Tickets that grant access to Black Rock City, a "temporary city" built in the Black Rock Desert, include viewing for the culminating effigy. What is this annual event celebrating radical self-expression that has been running for over 30 years?
Answer: Burning Man
- Nora Ephron’s notable AOL usage led to the title of what 1998 rom-com in which “Shopgirl” played by Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks’ “NY152” move their chat room relationship to IRL?
Answer: You've Got Mail
- Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, translated as "Never Tickle A Sleeping Dragon," is the official motto for what fictional place of learning?
- Iambic pentameter is a type of metric line used in English verse, most famously by William Shakespeare. While "iambic" describes the unstressed/stressed pattern of each two-syllable "foot," the word "pentameter" indicates that there are how many feet within a given line?
- The first woman to hold federally-elected office in the U.S. was Jeannette Rankin, a Representative from Montana. Rankin was famously the only member of the U.S. House to vote against a declaration of war against what Asian nation in a 1940s vote?
- Which video game console released in 2006 pioneered the use of motion controls in its gameplay?
Answer: Nintendo Wii
- There was a low-budget, mobile-only spin-off of a popular television drama released in 2005 that used minutes rather than hours as the eponymous time interval. The spin-off focused on counter-terrorism activities as did the primary program. Name either the spin-off or the Kiefer Sutherland-starring original program.
- Michael J. Fox has famously been fighting and fundraising research for what disease since 1991?
- Jim Henson is primarily known as the creator of what popular troupe of characters?
Answer: The Muppets
- What are the two most widely spoken languages in South America?
Answer: Spanish and Portuguese
- What Swiss chocolate bar brand features red text and a yellow mountain, which surreptitiously displays the sketching of a white bear within the yellow mountain?
- Readers first had the opportunity to visit C.S. Lewis’s Narnia in 1950 in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” but it wouldn’t be until later that the collection of all of the books in the series were referred to by what collective C-word?
- Set in what is now the island of Honshu, the White Hare of Inaba, who rewards the hero Onamuchi for his kindness by helping him marry a princess, is an ancient legend from what East Asian nation?
- Known as Fright Fest at all U.S. locations, but known as Festival de Terror in Mexico, the Halloween-oriented haunt event with attractions and themed "Scare Zones" is an annual staple at what chain of theme parks?
Answer: Six Flags
- The Mobius strip was the inspiration for a universal symbol first created in 1970 and composed of 3 arrows in a roughly triangular shape. This symbol stands for what action?
- The first Android-powered device from Samsung Mobile also became the first in a long-running product line for the company. What was the name of this device?
Answer: Samsung Galaxy
- Formally established as distinct governing areas in the Lateran Treaty of 1929, what European country encircles Vatican City?
- A solar panel works by enabling photons (particles of light) to knock electrons free from atoms. This then generates a flow of electricity, specifically DC. What does DC stand for when referring to electricity?
Answer: Direct current
- Don't get it twisted: the Spanish for “to turn” is the root word for what violent weather thing that gets measured on the Fujita scale?
- I will now ask you to have a think | And see if you can find the link | Sugar, Jameson, and cream | Add a steaming mug of caffeine | Now what is the name of the drink?
Answer: Irish Coffee
- What burger chain has a trademarked menu item called the Baconator?
- What candy proudly states the following? "Melts in your mouth, not in your hands."
- What autumn holiday was described by writer O. Henry as "the one day that is purely American?"
- What city does the Christ the Redeemer statue overlook?
Answer: Rio de Janiero
- Hey! Listen! Link has to burn a tree to reveal a lion's head-shaped dungeon in the first installment of what princess-saving video game franchise?
Answer: The Legend of Zelda
- What rhyming made-up word completes the following Seinfeld-created holiday phrase? "Festivus for the ______."
Answer: The Rest of Us
- They play home games a couple miles south of Pat's and Geno's. Fill in the blank of their NFL fight song, "Fly ______ Fly, On the Road to Victory."
- What term for a participant in a bullfighting competition is also the name of a record label famous for launching Liz Phair's career along with recording famous rock groups like Queens of the Stone Age and Modest Mouse?
- Raj Ghat is a memorial in Delhi, India composed in part of a black marble platform. To what man is this memorial dedicated?
Answer: Mahatma Gandhi
- Since 2013, what technology company focused on payments has owned the popular smartphone cash transfer app Venmo?
- What is the ten-letter term for the longest side on a right triangle?
- Ask those "saints" from that gun-happy Boston movie or Little Big Town: the Tagalog for "mountain" somehow gave us what word for a place out in the middle of nowhere?
- Now appearing prophetic, what device was announced in 2007 with the following slogan? "This is only the beginning."
- The Avalanche and Lightning are professional sports teams that play what sport in the United States? These teams play in a league considered the best in the world for its sport.
- In 1986, New Zealander A.J. Hackett took a (literal) leap from Greenhithe Bridge in Auckland and shortly thereafter founded the commercial industry around what thrill-seeking activity?
Answer: Bungee jumping
- What is the stage name of the Canadian musician born Abel Makkonen Tesfay? This stage name might be seen on a calendar with poor spelling. This artist holds several chart records including being the first to simultaneously hold the top three positions on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart with "Can't Feel My Face", "Earned It," and "The Hills."
Answer: The Weeknd
- T'Challa is a Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. T'Challa is most often known by the name of his alter ego. What is this alter ego?
Answer: Black Panther
- In the movie "Legally Blonde," protagonist Elle Woods wins the case for her client by pointing out a flaw in the story of a perjuring witness. What hairstyle fills in the blank of Elle's famous following quote: "Isn't the first cardinal rule of ______ maintenance that you're forbidden to wet your hair for at least 24 hours...at the risk of deactivating the immonium thygocolate?"
- What female tennis player has won the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era?
Answer: Serena Williams
- What were the names of the two rappers who were the focal points of the East Coast and West Coast hip hop rivalry that ultimately led to both of their deaths in the mid 1990s?
Answer: 2Pac and Biggie Smalls
- The largest poker tournament ever was the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event with $86 million in prizes and $12 million for first place. What variety of poker was that tournament? Hint: it's the same variety as every other WSOP Main Event.
Answer: Texas Hold'em
- What is the name of the telescope launched into space by NASA in 1990 that would not become operational for another three years when astronauts fixed its main mirror in space?
- The 1854 Eureka Rebellion in Australia was in part a protest following what get-rich-quick event of the 1850s?
Answer: Gold rush
- Pesticides called neonicotinoids are banned by the European Union, primarily as an effort to save which group of insects?
- In 1986 Arnold Schwarzenegger married Maria Shriver, a member of what famous American family?
Answer: The Kennedy's
- Featuring the country's name in both English and Hebrew and a fierce-as-hell lion, a one-half-shekel coin was issued in the 1980s by what Middle Eastern nation?
- Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe are attractions in what California-Nevada-straddlin' mountain range with a Spanish name meaning "snowy mountains"?
Answer: Sierra Nevada
- What smartphone app, founded by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, was purchased by Facebook for $1 billion on April 9, 2012?
- How many U.S. states have a monosyllabic name?
Answer: One (Maine)
- In 2016, Neil Peart, Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, and John Bonham, in order from four to one, topped a “Rolling Stone” list of the 100 Greatest ______ of All Time.
- Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi were MIT students that founded a file hosting service in 2007. Fast forward 11 years, and they were taking this company public with an Initial Public Offering. What is the name of this "D" company?
- In 1683, the Catholic priest and explorer Louis Hennepin published a book titled "A New Discovery" containing his descriptions of what landmark on the U.S.-Canada border?
Answer: Niagara Falls
- Archaeological research estimates that its initial nose was about 3 feet wide when it was first constructed around 2500 BC. What is this object?
Answer: The Sphinx
- According to Gary Chapman in a best-selling 1992 book "words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch" are the five love ______. What word fills the blank?
- During a brainstorming session with Nike executives just before his star client committed to Nike as his apparel sponsor, Michael Jordan's agent David Falk came up with what iconic two-word brand name?
Answer: Air Jordan
- In use since 1971, what apparel brand uses a trefoil design as one of its two official logos? Hint: the other logo is not a swoosh.
- In 2012, Felix Baumgartner set a soon-to-be-broken world record for highest skydive on record and during the jump became the first person to break the sound barrier while not in a vehicle. What is the name of the "winged" brand that sponsored the stunt?
Answer: Red Bull
- What breed of dog is Snoopy from the Peanuts comic strip?
- And you thought they were just annoying little birds that pooped in public parks! But no, one of Queen Elizabeth’s favorite hobbies was racing what type of bird that lends its name to a famous forge in East Tennessee?
- What was the "-gate" moniker given to the 2014-15 NFL scandal in which the New England Patriots were accused of manipulating the air pressure of footballs used in the AFC Championship game?
- Thestrals and Floo Powder are both forms of transportation invented by what internationally-renowned author?
Answer: JK Rowling
- God tells Eve “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing” as a punishment for eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden in which book of the Bible?
- While the origins of its name are unknown, what’s the M-word adage that simply states “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong?”
Answer: Murphy's Law
- Shirley Jones and David Cassidy starred in a sitcom that originally aired from 1970 - 1974 about what eponymous “family” who attempt to embark on a music career?
- What former child star and bestselling singer made headlines after a 2013 Video Music Awards in which she was "suggestively dancing" with Robin Thicke?
Answer: Miley Cyrus
- The LeSabre, Century, and Roadmaster are all automobile models from what brand? This brand was the first manufacturer to start General Motors.
- What is the order of insects with over 2,400 species that is most closely related to termites and cockroaches? These insects have elongated bodies and large forelegs adapted for catching and gripping prey. Their signature, upright posture with folded forearms has led to their common nickname.
- Abraham Lincoln was the first elected president for what American political party?
- Acclaimed children's author and illustrator Eric Carle is known for his unique illustration style with splotchy, bright colors. His most famous book is about what ravenous type of insect?
- What restaurant chain was founded as Danny's Donuts in 1953 before dropping the latter word and eventually slightly altering the first word in 1959?
- What best-selling children's book opens with the following lines? "I am sam. Sam I am."
Answer: Green Eggs and Ham
- A prune is a dried variety of what fruit? They're typically made of the European variety of the fruit.
- When going bowling, what fowl term might your friends yell when you earn your third consecutive strike?
- In May 2018, a Star Wars spinoff film was released that followed the journeys of Han Solo. What is the name of Solo's bipedal, hirsute sidekick from the planet of Kashyyyk?
- The oldest still-operating brewery in the world has been producing alcoholic beverages since 1040. The company is named for its home region Weihenstephan, located in what country?
- During the fall, leaves typically turn red (or, at least, stop being green) because they start to run out of what pigment which requires ample sunlight for production?
- What internationally-recognized car brand, commissioned in 1934 by the country's notorious leader, translates in English to "People's car?"
- Cola, cherry, licorice, apricot, and cardamom are five of the 23 flavors famously advertised to be present in every can of what drink?
Answer: Dr Pepper
- Who was the first character to speak in the first Star Wars movie? This anxiety-ridden sidekick stands five feet and eight inches tall.
- Finger joints, "biscuit joiner," "dove tail joints," "mortise," and "tenon" are all terms used in what craft?
- What common herb do some eaters complain tastes of soap? Some consumers of this plant in the family Apiaceae have a variation in their olfactory-receptor genes which brings out the soapy taste of this plant’s leaves.
Answer: Cilantro (coriander)
- What record label based in Detroit featured acts such as Smokey Robinson & the Temptations? The record label's name doubles as a nickname for its home city.
- What is the name of reality TV show on which Alex Boyland and Chris Luca won the first $1 million jackpot after traveling over 52,000 miles?
Answer: The Amazing Race
- What post-work staple has been banned in Boston since 1984 despite the bargain's near ubiquity in most large American cities?
Answer: Happy Hours
- Although it ultimately leads to his demise, Ahab finally plants what nautical weapon into the side of Moby Dick right before the whale destroys the Pequod?
- The Marcels, Elvis, Sinatra, and a bunch of others have sung about standing alone, without a dream in their heart, without a love of their own in their versions of what song about a rare, colorful celestial event?
Answer: Blue Moon
- Requiring immediate medical attention, what E-word adjective describes a pregnancy that occurs anywhere in the body other than the uterus, most often in a fallopian tube?
- Famed Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi was offered a free ticket in 1912 but ended up not taking the offer as he'd opted for a different embarkation three days prior. Marconi's free ticket almost gave him a firsthand view of what famous event?
Answer: Sinking of the Titanic
- You don't have to be Hercule Poirot to figure it out: Paris to Istanbul was the original route for what elegant train line that made its way into the titles of thrillers by Agatha Christie and Graham Greene?
Answer: Orient Express
- What is the colloquial name for the type of chair originally designed in its namesake mountain range in northeastern New York?
- In the United States, the parties thrown prior to a wedding in honor of the bride and groom are called a bachelor and bachelorette party respectively. In the U.K. the groom’s party is named after stags or bucks while the bride’s party is named after what animal?
- Despite many famous appearances, who is the famous child actress that did not actually have curly hair but achieved her signature look with the following process? Her mother would put 56 pin curls in her hair every day, and she received weekly vinegar rinses.
Answer: Shirley Temple
- Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kevin Spacey all featured in what dark 1995 film surrounding a serial killer's numeric obsession?
- After evading capture for almost two decades, the FBI arrested Ted Kaczynski in Montana in 1996. Kaczynski is better known by what single-word nickname?
Answer: The Unabomber
- What is the brand name owned by Italian manufacturer Nordica which was the first brand to distribute inline skates worldwide? The term has somewhat evolved to become the generic term for its object similar to Kleenex or Google.
- The patella is the medical term for what body part?
- What synonym for vagabond has the same first three letters?
- At what 2018 California music festival did Beyonce briefly reunite Destiny's Child?
- What Konami game from September 1998 was initially released to the European arcade audience under the name "Dancing Stage?"
Answer: Dance Dance Revolution
- Despite theoretical and practical demonstrations that an underhand style (colloquially known as "granny-style") typically produces better results, the fear of ridicule is frequently cited as a key reason why NBA players continue to shoot what type of shot in a traditional overhand style?
Answer: Free throw
- George Michael sang from the perspective of a father-to-be who isn’t ecstatic about his partner’s pregnancy in “Everything She Wants,” a hit 1984 song by what British pop duo with an exclamation point in their name?
- The vaccine for measles prevention is often called the MMR vaccine because it also prevents the mumps and what other disease?
- What war’s armistice, which famously went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year it was signed, was the origin of the Veterans Day holiday that Americans now observe?
Answer: World War One
- What four-letter classical music term is Italian for "high?"
- The mob boss Constantino Paul "Big Paul" Castellano was part of what crime family? The family shares its last name with the stage name of Donald Glover.
- What 1992 sports movie starred Emilio Estevez, was produced entirely in Minnesota, and followed a team of ragtag young Minneapolis athletes?
Answer: The Mighty Ducks
- What chart-topping male singer describes his stage name as a combination of his childhood nickname and the missing word from the following explanation? "I didn't have [any] pizzazz, and a lot of girls say I'm out of this world, so I was like I guess I'm from ______."
Answer: Bruno Mars
- The Swiss Constitution prohibits Swiss citizens from participating in foreign military service except for the military unit responsible for guarding what enclave city in Europe? It is the smallest independent state in the world.
Answer: The Vatican
- What photographic term was first used (or at least, the first recorded use in print) when Nathan Hope posted an image of his injured face online in 2002?
- What is the four letter word for the paste made from fermented soybeans and barley or rice malt which is commonly used in Japanese cooking? This term can also be used to describe a type of soup thickened with the paste.
- Baseball's unofficial "Triple Crown" is an honor referring to a player leading the league in batting average, runs batted in, and what third powerful stat?
Answer: Home runs
- What "J" name was the first name of the middle daughter in the TV show "The Brady Bunch?"
- The 2.0 version of the Android operating system was nicknamed "Eclair" and the 2.3 version was nicknamed "Gingerbread." In between was the five-letter name of a cold dessert which exploded in popularity in the 2000s with self-serve toppings. What dessert is this?
- In what U.S. city would you find the 1,450-foot Willis Tower?
- Samotolor Field and Romashkino Field are two of the largest oil fields in what expansive country?
- You all fill in the blank from the answer’s Wikipedia page: "______ is the main second-person plural pronoun in Southern American English…it is usually used as a plural second-person pronoun, but whether it is exclusively plural is a perennial subject of discussion."
- The Accent, Santa Fe, and Palisade are all car models manufactured by what international automotive company?
- What slang term with Germanic roots meaning "fool" is half the name of a Best Buy subsidiary acquired in 2002? The term is used to describe eccentric or non-mainstream people and is typically considered a pejorative term although it can be used self-referentially as a source of pride.
- Released in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment and set in the fictional universe of Azeroth, what is the name of the computer game that became the world's most popular "MMORPG" (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) within a few years and continues to be referenced in popular culture with its three-letter abbreviation?
Answer: World of Warcraft
- She was on the 5th season of reality TV series "Last Comic Standing." She has many more TV credits than movie credits. She featured in the films "Trainwreck," "I Feel Pretty," and "Snatched." Who is this blonde comedian?
Answer: Amy Schumer
- If you were to list the members of the United Nations in alphabetical order, which country would be last?
- What 1996 romantic comedy was nominated for five Academy Awards and was the origin of the following quotations? "Show me the money." "Help me help you." "You had me at hello."
Answer: Jerry Maguire
- When playing Dungeons & Dragons, what is the name of the role played by the game organizer who controls all aspects of the game, including the story telling, except for the other player's actions?
- Maybe to lure your deep-pocketed pharmacist, Lexus and Mazda respectively make a luxury crossover and sports car that share what two-letter model name?
- As seen in an 1852 issue of “Michigan Farmer,” water, Epsom salts, sugar, tartaric acid, milk, an egg, and something of tartar are the impossibly gross ingredients in the earliest known recipe for what soda flavor?
- What is the name of the type of Yucca “tree” that’s native to the American southwest and lends its name to a California National Park East of Los Angeles and Palm Springs?
- Not to be outdone by second cousin and second U.S. President John, what was the name of the founding father who was a delegate to the Continental Congress and 4th governor of Massachusetts?
Answer: Sam Adams
- Why they changed it? I can’t say. People just liked it better that way. After it was Byzantium and before it was Istanbul, what was the name of Türkiye's largest city?
- Pocket, Light, Color, and Advance were all styles or variants of what video game hardware system?
Answer: Game Boy
- Steve McGarrett might've been too good for paperwork because he was always telling his "Hawaii Five-O" partner Danno to do what two-word thing to arrested perps?
Answer: Book 'Em
- When hunting down "the most interesting man in the world," what brand was looking for a Hemingway-esque spokesperson?
Answer: Dos Equis
- The Nike Literary Award (technically Nagroda Literacka Nike) is one of the most prestigious awards for literature in what European country? Past winners include Wieslaw Mysliwski, Jaroslaw Marek Rymkiewicz, and Karol Modzelewski.
- New Zealanders like to think of themselves as inventive and creative people, but these attributes don’t seem to apply to the naming of geographical features. What word precedes “Island” to name the less southern of New Zealand’s two main land masses?
- What then-presidential candidate is famous for having uttered the phrase "Read my lips, no new taxes!" at the 1988 Republican convention before seeing taxes increase under his presidency?
Answer: George H. W. Bush
- What is the name of the second man to step on the moon?
Answer: Buzz Aldrin
- What is the common five-word business rule or maxim that has been attributed to consumer-focused entrepreneurs such as H. Gordon Selfridge and John Wanamaker?
Answer: The customer is always right
- What Las Vegas Casino includes two towers names Octavius and Forum?
Answer: Caesar's Palace
- Copenhagen, Aarhus, or Skagen are good places to visit to catch a glimpse of the red and white Dannebrog, which is the oldest continuously used national flag per Guinness World Records. What Nordic country does the Dannebrog symbolize?
- In order to set the record for longest solo journey by kayak (2,010 miles!), Helen Skelton traveled through which South American nation for a month?
- During the four-year production run of the V3 version, what device became the world's best-selling clamshell phone with over 130 million units sold?
Answer: Motorola Razr
- In the 1870s in St Louis, Susan Blow founded the first public learning place for little kids in America with what German-influenced name?
- With only 13 months between the phone's first release and the discontinuation of the product, the Fire phone was widely considered a commercial flop for what tech giant?
- John James Audubon, an American artist and naturalist active in the early 1800s, lends his name to a “society” of environmentalists dedicated to the conservation of what type of animal?
- “The Smartest Guys in the Room” is the byline of a 2005 documentary film about the collapse about what American company after it became embroiled in one of the biggest insider trading corporate scandals of all time?
- What famously persevering inventor famously said the following? "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
Answer: Thomas Edison
- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was an Indian independence activist that served as the first holder of what central role in Indian politics? Nehru served in this role from 1947 to 1964.
Answer: Prime Minister
- According to music site WhoSampled, what "Godfather of Soul" has been sampled in other songs more than twice as often as the next most sampled artist?
Answer: James Brown
- What Spanish painter created the iconic landscape of melting clocks titled "The Persistence of Memory?"
Answer: Dali, Salvador Dali
- The "Cutie" brand of produce primarily focuses on what miniature cousin of the orange?
- What fastener was patented by Whitcomb Judson in 1893 and is associated with the slang phrase "XYZ PDQ" that dates as far back as the 1960s?
Answer: The Zipper
- What word with a set of double letters could either signify a type of snake or a style of shoe known for its Native American roots?
- Zuo Zongtang was a 19th century Qing dynasty statesman and leader, though he is best known in North America because the romanized version of his name is found on thousands of restaurant menus as what food item?
Answer: General Tso's Chicken
- According to the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles in 2018, China was the world's largest manufacturer of motor vehicles with 28 million produced. Next up was the United States with 11 million vehicles. What Asian country was in third place with nearly 10 million vehicles produced?
- Blue, Red, Green, and Yellow are the four different colors, associated with four different noises in what 1978 memory-centric electronic game? The game's name is shared with a common five-letter male name.
- Her fellow cast members on the Mickey Mouse Club were Ryan Gosling, Keri Russell, and Justin Timberlake. Her first self-titled debut album in 1999 spawned three U.S. number-one singles: "Genie in a Bottle," "What a Girl Wants," and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)." Who is she?
Answer: Christina Aguilera
- What document, officially taking effect in 1863, was deemed a "fit and necessary war measure" by Abraham Lincoln?
Answer: Emancipation Proclamation
- In his obituary in 1991, the New York Times said "English was too skimpy for his rich imagination." and that "his meter was irresistible." Who is this children's author?
Answer: Dr. Seuss
- What "upwards" invention did Jesse Reno create by using conveyor belt principles in the 1890s?
- Joe Alves designed the "villain" for what seaside 1975 horror film?
- Name the only dwarf in Snow White whose name doesn't include any of the letters in "Snow White."
- What electronics brand has a face-like logo that somewhat surreptitiously also spells out the brand's two-letter name?
Answer: LG Electronics
- Kim Peek was known as a "megasavant" due to his exceptional memory and served as the inspiration for what award-winning 1988 film? Despite the film's title, there's no focus on meteorology.
Answer: Rain Man
- Cookie Lyon fought for control of her family's music, uh, kingdom on what 2010s Fox drama series that was pretty aptly set in New York?
- What nine-letter term serves as a noun or adjective that refers to the current holder of a political office?
- The conservation-focused National Audubon Society (Audubon) is a non-profit environmental organization with a primary focus on what type of animal?
- Originally, it was used to describe the first bullet fired of the American Revolution at the Old North Bridge. However, it has come to also refer to Bobby Thomson’s home run to help “The Giants Win The Pennant” in 1951. What is the six-word phrase?
Answer: The Shot Heard 'Round the World
- Sometimes called a continent, what is the name of the greater geographic region that New Zealand is a part of, defined by the United Nations as including Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia?
- What American multinational toy company and rival to Mattel (of Barbie fame) is behind cult classics such as My Little Pony, GI Joe, and Monopoly?
- What country's bicameral legislature includes the Rajya Sabha, which represents the states, and a lower house, the Lok Sabha which represents the people of the country as a whole?
- Old Trafford is the second largest soccer (football) stadium in the United Kingdom, with a capacity of 74,879. What famous team, often clad in bright red, play their home games at Old Trafford?
Answer: Manchester United
- The most successful pinball machine of all time has sold over 20,000 units since its early 1990s release. Like many pinball machines, its theme was based off a pop cultural phenomenon and contains objectives such as "The Mansion," "Graveyard," "THING," and "Fester's Tunnel Hit." What piece of pop culture is this machine designed around?
Answer: The Addams Family
- What canal connects the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea?
Answer: Suez Canal
- What heavy-rock hair metal band first sang "Rock and Roll All Nite?"
- Political activist and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is from what now-infamous Michigan city?
- What stringed musical instrument is found on Irish coins?
- On April 11, 1912 Francis Browne was on a pier in Ireland when he took one of the last known photos of what object?
Answer: The Titanic
- What 2004 smash-hit teen comedy movie opened as a musical on Broadway in Spring 2018? The Hollywood Reporter noted in its review that one character changed from an "imperious arbiter of high school hotness to full-blown arch villainess."
Answer: Mean Girls
- What does the first "A" stand for in the U.S. acronym NASA?
- If you had tickets to Peter Mokaba Stadium, Free State Stadium, Royal Bafokeng Stadium, and Mbombela Stadium, you were almost certainly in attendance at the World Cup in what country?
Answer: South Africa
- Born as an "Edwin" in 1930, what famous astronaut officially changed his legal name in 1988?
Answer: Buzz Aldrin
- What ABBA song was a No. 1 hit in more than a dozen countries in 1977 and was performed at the 1976 wedding reception of King Carl XVI Gustaf's and Queen Silvia Sommerlath?
Answer: Dancing Queen
- What was the name of the failed mission by CIA-sponsored paramilitary troops in 1961 to overthrow Fidel Castro in Cuba?
Answer: Bay of Pigs
- -459.67 Fahrenheit degrees (or 0 Kelvin) equals what two-word term for when all particles completely stop moving?
Answer: Absolute Zero
- Perhaps one of the most famous European paintings of an animal, the 1502 watercolor “Young Hare” by Albrecht Dürer hangs in the Albertina museum in what Austrian capital city?
- An H-13 Sioux made frequent appearances on the popular TV series M*A*S*H*. What type of transportation vehicle is an H-13 Sioux?
- The White Star Line was feeling anxious in 1907 about the progress of their chief rival, the Cunard company. As a result they commissioned a British-built transportation vehicle set to replace the 1890 RMS Majestic. What famous name was bequeathed to this replacement vehicle?
- On the periodic table of elements, there are a handful of elements who have atomic symbols that appear to be letters having nothing in common with the name of the element. One of these symbols is Pb, which represents what element?
- Despite being known as a summertime and warm-weather treat, what state was the location of the first Ben & Jerry's ice cream store?
- Where do we go? Where do we go now? Where do we go? Ooh, oh, where do we go? No that’s not the question. The real question: Guns N' Roses clearly have a thing for apostrophes as their only #1 single is what tot-titled ballad?
Answer: Sweet Child O’ Mine
- Although his books have been translated into dozens of languages, in what language did Franz Kafka typically write?
- The "Lake Herman Road attack" and the "Blue Rock Springs attack" are two of the most famous incidents involving which (still uncaptured) serial killer? Three of this killer's four cryptograms remain unsolved as well.
Answer: The Zodiac Killer
- Pencil "lead" is typically not lead at all, but a mineral named graphite which is considered one of the most stable forms of what element?
- In Shakespeare's famous "Romeo and Juliet," what is the family name of Juliet?
- An economic bubble of what plant in the Netherlands is frequently referenced when referring to overspeculation of an asset?
- What American comedian and actor best known for his role on 30 Rock was in a limo hit by a Walmart truck in 2014? Although seriously injured, he survived and has since resumed his career.
Answer: Tracy Morgan
- What is the term for the section of the Earth that has an upper bound where the crust starts and a lower bound at the planetary core? Its a homophone with a feature you might find in a living room.
- Matt and Ross Duffer are the directors and producers for what Netflix television series set in 1980s Indiana?
Answer: Stranger Things
- Transylvania is a real-life region in what country?
- Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was given what nickname after the leader of the evil Decepticons in Transformers?
- From the Italian for “My Lady” and featured heavily in a Beatles song with “children at her feet,” what is the one-word name often given to Jesus’ mother Mary?
- Credited with revitalizing the career of Burt Reynolds and launching Mark Wahlberg to stardom, what 1997 disco-era movie was an expansion of the mockumentary short film “The Dirk Diggler Story?”
Answer: Boogie Nights
- Although colloquially used as a term to indicate that the unemployment rate is substantially higher than normal, an economist will tell you that the technical definition reflects two straight calendar quarters of negative growth of real GDP. What is the term?
- What casino game allows gamblers to make an “insurance” bet against losing to the house?
- The city of Warren, Ohio crafted a massive set of poplar tree drumsticks (900 pounds!) to honor a native son who served as the drummer for Nirvana and later founded the Foo Fighters as singer and guitarist. Who is this 1969-born musician?
Answer: Dave Grohl
- In order to agree to a role in the Star Wars prequel films, actor Samuel L. Jackson requested that his character's lightsaber would be what color? The request was eventually accepted.
- Tree nut allergies and peanut allergies are largely separate because peanuts fall into what group of plants that belong to the family Fabaceae and includes mesquite, alfalfa and lentils?
- The Man Who Invented the 20th Century is a biography of what man born in the Balkans who frequently competed with Thomas Edison?
Answer: Nikola Tesla
- What common Latin phrase literally means "something for something?"
Answer: quid pro quo
- What series of massively popular books took "Top Prize" as the most commonly banned book by the American Library Association from 2000 to 2009?
Answer: Harry Potter
- What famous stock picker is nicknamed "The Oracle of Omaha?"
Answer: Warren Buffett
- The Renaissance-era Italian card game "primero" and the Persian card game "as-nas" are both considered important influences for what popular family of card games that combine gambling, strategy, and skill?
- Three Caribbean countries have populations over 10 million, and the fourth-largest has under 4 million. Dominican Republic is one with over 10 million people. With one guess, name either of the other two.
Answer: Cuba and Haiti
- Since 2000, Mack Trucks has been a subsidiary of what Swedish carmaker?
- Both the tax preparation application TurboTax and the small business accounting program QuickBooks are products owned and sold by what publicly-traded company?
- What document from 1215 exhibited a strong influence on the drafting of the U.S. Constitution? Eighteenth-century understanding of this document spurred concepts such as representative government, the idea of a supreme law, and judicial review.
Answer: Magna Carta
- What geographic mountain range name comes from Sanskrit words meaning "abode of snow?"
- Bruce Springsteen is the pride of what U.S. state?
Answer: New Jersey
- What term for a large type of timepiece came from an 1876 song written about an object in the George Hotel in Yorkshire, England?
Answer: Grandfather Clock
- What technology publication was founded by Louis Rossetto and has a title one letter away from a synonym for "sleepy?"
- What material, typically made out of untanned goat, sheep, or cow skin, has been used as a writing medium for over two millennia? It was used for the Declaration of Independence and is very common in the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
- What was the name of the real gangster nicknamed "Scarface?" This man's seven-year reign as crime boss ended when he went to prison at age 33.
Answer: Al Capone
- In order to "represent a flavor for every day of the month," what company added a name and number to their official logo in the 1950s?
- What best-selling 2001 novel begins with Piscine Patel, an adult Canadian, discussing his childhood in India and specifically focusing on his father's zoo in Pondicherry?
Answer: Life of Pi
- Lactobacillus delbrueckii and Streptococcus thermophilus are the two most common bacteria used for creating what grocery store staple which skyrocketed in popularity in the 2000s in the U.S.?
- The stripes on the competitors might tell you that Louisiana's Angola Rodeo is held annually in what type of institution?
- What's the six-letter name for the Vietnamese single-serving sandwich, usually served on a baguette, that typically features a fusion of meats and vegetables from native Vietnamese cuisine such as pork sausage, coriander leaf, cucumber, and picked carrots?
Answer: Bánh mì
- What dangerous-sounding 2019 film starred Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas and largely revolved around the events of an 85th birthday party at a mansion in Massachusetts? Shooting for the movie was done in many Massachusetts towns including Boston, Easton, Marlborough, Natick, Wellesley, Waltham, and Medfield.
Answer: Knives Out
- Jack Dorsey is most known for co-founding Twitter, but he is also CEO of another tech company. What is the name of this other company most well-known for credit card readers?
- What planet featured prominently in David Bowie's groundbreaking rock opera about interstellar arachnids?
- What noun meaning a secret plan arises from a Latin word for "to breathe together?" The word is often paired with "theory."
- Cinnamon joins pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and what aromatic cigarette flavorer as the main spices in a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte?
- Really kicking off the debate between the “left side” and the “strong side” is what 2000 Denzel Washington movie about a newly integrated high school football team in the early seventies?
Answer: Remember the Titans
- Which of the six main Friends characters appeared in the fewest number of scenes?
- What brand's single product catapulted to fame with an orange box and Vulcan about to strike his anvil?
Answer: Arm and Hammer
- In 1908, the Tunguska object (likely an air-burst meteor) flattened over half a million acres (but caused no known casualties) in what country?
- Blue Oyster Cult's most famous song was lampooned in a Saturday Night Live skit focused on what percussion instrument?
- Frequently the object of ridicule, what Olympic distance sport requires competitors to keep at least one foot on the ground at all time?
Answer: Speed walking
- What is the name of the Japanese snack food first sold in 1966 initially described as a "chocolate covered biscuit stick?" There are now additional flavored coatings such as almond, strawberry, milk, green tea, banana, and coconut.
- What Ken Kesey novel, later turned into a movie, is set in an Oregon psychiatric hospital?
Answer: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- Where's the beef? is a catchphrase in the United States and Canada introduced in 1984 by what fast food chain? The phrase eventually entered popular culture as a multipurpose phrase questioning the substance of an idea.
- Suleiman the Magnificent was the tenth and longest-ruling sultan of what empire? Lauded for ruling during this empire's "golden age," Suleiman himself was an accomplished poet and goldsmith.
Answer: Ottoman Empire
- Entente Cordiale' is a term typically used to describe the relationship between the UK and what other country?
- In feet, what is the regulation height for the rim of a basketball hoop in the NBA as measured from the floor?
Answer: 10 feet
- What sports legend's autobiography, published in 1975, was titled "The Greatest: My Own Story?"
Answer: Muhammad Ali
- What type of wooden chair was once described by a New England newspaper as "wooden narcotics?"
Answer: Rocking Chairs
- One does not need to be an origami master to know that a poker player dealt a really bad hand and an associate at a retail clothing store could both be described as a WHAT?
- Fortitude and Patience are the two stone lions guarding the entrance to the Bryant Park location of what New York City institution?
Answer: New York Public Library
- What is the first name of television and radio doctor Westheimer who didn’t begin her media career as “Grandma Freud” until age 52 in 1980 when she began fielding listeners' calls asking about topics that had traditionally been taboo on traditional media channels?
- "Small Steps" is a 2006 sequel to young adult novel "Holes" by Louis Sachar. The book follows what character whom Stanley befriended at Camp Green Lake and is nicknamed after an often-smelly body part?
- Maya Angelou's famed autobiography is set in Arkansas. The work's title references what type of trapped animal?
Answer: Caged Bird
- When Abe Lincoln famously quoted "Four score and seven years ago" he meant how many years in the past?
- Fined one shilling plus costs, Walter Arnold of Kent, England is often considered the first motorist to receive what type of "ticket" on January 28, 1896?
Answer: Speeding ticket
- What 1945 British novel depicting animalian life was often accompanied with the subtitle "A Contemporary Satire?"
Answer: Animal Farm
- What word could mean any of the following things? A de-pluralized children's book set in Texas, a band featuring Courtney Love, or a segment of a golf course.
- Two different Queens have ruled Britain for at least 63 years. Name the one not named Elizabeth.
Answer: Queen Victoria
- What is the official film title of Star Wars: Episode V?
Answer: The Empire Strikes Back
- The global intersection of zero degrees latitude and zero degrees longitude is found in which ocean?
Answer: The Atlantic
- What famed English prog-rock band has an affirmative, three-letter name?
- In 1975, what cereal briefly replaced its short-statured mascot with Waldo the Wizard?
Answer: Lucky Charms
- H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw were among the first members of an international association of poets, essayists, and novelists known by what three-letter name?
- Cartoonist Jim Davis named his most famous creation after his grandfather who was named after what 19th century U.S. President?
Answer: Garfield the Cat (James Garfield)
- What branded product from chemical giant Monsanto was initially developed as a covering to turn asphalt lots in urban areas into playgrounds?
- What "phony" and "lousy" book by J.D. Salinger was Mark David Chapman holding when he killed John Lennon?
Answer: Catcher in the Rye
- If you wanted to travel through three adjacent U.S. states that all started with the same letter, you would have to travel through which three states?
Answer: Indiana Illinois Iowa
- From the Latin word for "earth," what's a synonym for an outdoor patio?
- Who was the first heir to the British crown to earn a Bachelor's degree? This heir shares a name with a Massachusetts river that hosts one of the largest rowing regattas in the world.
Answer: Prince Charles
- .de is the top level country code domain of which country?
- In 1998, two MLB players battled for what would be the record for home runs in a single season at the time (since broken by Barry Bonds). With one guess, name either of those two players.
Answer: Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa
- A world record holder for faking out stormtroopers about droid identities, the O.G. Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1977's "Star Wars" was played by Sir Alec WHO?
- What "U" bone can be found on the Homo sapien forearm? The bone is very near the radius.
- What was the name of the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver who changed his name to match his jersey number?
Answer: Chad Ochocinco
- What European aerospace company makes the A320 and Beluga lines of planes?
- What famous filmmaker behind "Patton" and "The Godfather" received his middle name because of the car company that sponsored the radio show where his father worked?
Answer: Francis Ford Coppola
- Name this mystery fruit. It's known as the "king of fruits" in some regions. It's known for its strong odor and thorn-covered rind. If you removed one letter from this fruit's name and repeated yourself, you'd have the name of a mega-successful 80s band.
- From 1974 to 1976, what American city completed the name of the following now-defunct professional basketball team? "Spirits of ______."
Answer: St. Louis
- The annual "awards" given out around the same time as the Oscars that “honor” the best of the worst in film, acting, and directing celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2020. What is the name of these "awards?"
Answer: The Golden Raspberries (Razzies)
- In 1975 an engineer created the first electronic camera while working for what company?
- What organization, founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912, has almost three million members across all age groups and raises over $750 million between January and March each year with their annual fundraising efforts?
Answer: The Girl Scouts
- The 1977 album "Rumours" by a British-American band topped the U.S. charts for 31 weeks. What band released this album?
Answer: Fleetwood Mac
- If a tourist’s poo turns a bit red during a visit to Ukraine, they might have been eating what beet-based soup they call their national dish?
- What's the only country to host the Summer Olympics in December?
- In 1989 the ruling military junta changed the country Burma's name to what new English name?
- Only one NFL team plays its home games in New York state. What is this team's nickname?
Answer: (Buffalo) Bills
- Known for marketing ploys like using coffin shaped boxes, the largest fast food chain founded in New Zealand is called Hell. They specialize in what kind of food, whose invention is usually credited to Italian Raffaele Esposito?
- What popular American restaurant chain derives its name from a Nahuatl name for a specific smoked and dried vegetable?
- Also referred to as a "retrospective cost," what is the more common, four-letter name for a cost that has already been incurred and cannot be recovered?
Answer: Sunk cost
- Zelda and Metroid are two famous Nintendo franchises. Neither is named after the protagonist of the series. With one guess, name either of the two protagonists.
Answer: Link from Zelda and Samus Aran from Metroid
- What is the only team in the NBA to use a nickname as its geographic identifier rather than the actual name of a state or city?
Answer: Golden State Warriors
- What is the first name of the youngest child of Kris and Caitlyn Jenner?
- Project Purple was the internal company codename for what foundational cell phone product?
- A two-time Emmy winner for her role as Rue Bennett in the TV series Euphoria and a top-40 singer with the 2013 song “Replay,” what one-named star voiced Lola Bunny in the 2021 reboot Space Jam: A New Legacy?
- Although the movement's leader explicitly considered it a revolutionary rather than strictly artistic movement, what word signifies a style of visual artwork featuring unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision? Famous painters in the movement include Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Joan Miro, and Salvador Dali.
- What actress's first film role was a character named Jules in a Judd Apatow-produced film? Since that 2007 debut, she has had the roles of Billie Jean King, Mia Dolan, Abigail Masham, and Gwen Stacy. Oh, and she's won an Oscar for Best Actress too.
Answer: Emma Stone
- What English writer was born Adeline Virginia Stephen in 1882 and is considered one of the most important 20th century modernist writers? She's also considered a pioneer of stream of consciousness writing, and wrote novels including "The Voyage Out" and "The Waves."
Answer: Virginia Woolf
- During the airing of the final episode of Seinfeld, a famous singer died. Legend has it that his ambulance made record time because of the empty Los Angeles streets caused by Seinfeld's conclusion. Who was this iconic crooner who scored his first number one hit in 1940?
Answer: Frank Sinatra
- What is the largest island in the Caribbean Sea?
- Frederick Law Olmsted planned the Palo Alto campus of what school?
- What two elements collectively compose about 99% of the air we breathe?
Answer: Nitrogen and Oxygen
- How many PAIRS of chromosomes are found in the average human?
- What is the byproduct of the cheesemaking process that is left over after the milk has been curdled and then strained?
- The Roman goddess Victoria is the equivalent of what Greek goddess, whose name is shared with an apparel company?
- Jennifer Honey was a fictional teacher at Crunchem Hall in what classic children's novel? Her boss was the Trunchbull.
- The vitamin B9 is also known by what "F" name?
Answer: Folic Acid
- What "F" term is the name for the pasta shape frequently referred to as "bow-tie pasta?"
- Tobin Wolf created what '80s cartoon about the stormy adventures of human-feline hybrid heroes like Lion-O and Cheetara?
- The pear is the official state fruit of what U.S. state? The designation is likely because they are the top-selling tree fruit crop in the state, growing particularly well in the Rogue River Valley and along the Columbia River near Mt. Hood.
- What American band recorded the Friends theme song "I'll Be There for You?" The band shares its name with a famous Dutch painter and printmaker.
Answer: The Rembrandts
- What hybrid form of hobbyist transportation is also known as sidewalk surfing and originated in Hawaii in 1959 as a combination of skateboarding and surfing?
- In the 2005 remake of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" starring Johnny Depp, the clandestine candy creator's father worked in what occupation? Hint: some may call the occupation ironic, some may call it coincidental.
- In what decade does the majority of the first "Back to the Future" film take place?
- There are three conventional groups of mammals. The monotremes (including the platypus and echidna) are the oldest and the placentals (including humans) are the most recent to evolve. What third group evolved in between these two other groups?
- What animated 1999 science fiction film blended traditional animation and computer animation in the directorial debut of Brad Bird? The film was based on a 1968 Ted Hughes novel and follows a young boy named Hogarth Hughes during the Cold War as he befriends a giant robot.
Answer: The Iron Giant
- By watching a wasp in the 1700s, French scientist Rene de Reaumur conceived the idea to make what critical item out of wood? Wood pulp was not used at an industrial scale for this item until 100 years after this entomologist's insight.
- The famous trio of Melchior, Balthazar and Gaspar are more commonly referred to as The Three ______ ______. What two words fill the blanks?
Answer: Wise Men
- What iconic global brand has featured all of the following slogans over various time frames in various countries? "Thirst knows no season, "Pure as Sunlight," "Passport to refreshment," "Life tastes good," "It's the real thing."
Answer: Coca Cola
- What country's national flag is green and features both Arabic text and a sword?
Answer: Saudi Arabia
- A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything is the subtitle of what 2005 book that spawned a public interest in behavioral economics and led to multiple sequels and a long-running podcast?
- Which of the four artist-named Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wears a blue bandana?
- As of 2016, the most populous Canadian province has more than 38% of the entire country's population. Which province is this?
- Name one of the two alcoholic ingredients in the cocktail known as the French 75.
Answer: Gin or Champagne
- What city is the setting for the 2008 kidnapping film "Taken?"
- The namesake of the Nobel Prize was initially known for the invention of what explosive product?
- What was the name of the 1990s fad, generically known as milk caps, which involved the players taking turns hitting a stack of pieces with their "slammers"?
- Technically, scuba originated as an acronym. What was the phrase this word stood for?
Answer: self-contained underwater breathing apparatus
- Dry ice is a form of what gas? It's a gas that is also produced by volcanoes and is renowned for its ability to absorb heat.
Answer: Carbon Dioxide
- What is the "i" word for a relatively narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas? Panama is a classic example.
- Siniristilippu is the local name for the simple blue-and-white flag of what European nation?
- The Italian company Piaggio manufactures a vehicle under an iconic brand synonymous with their style of a painted, pressed steel unibody vehicle. The name is inspired by the Italian word for "wasp." What is this brand?
- Burt Reynolds has over 180 acting credits to his name on his IMDB page, but only one Oscar nomination. For what 1997 film did Reynolds earn this nomination? Paul Thomas Anderson directed this drama about a nightclub dishwasher in Los Angeles and Reynolds was commended for his "best and most suavely performance in many years."
Answer: Boogie Nights
- The last letter of the Greek alphabet represents what unit of electrical resistance?
- What number did Michael Jordan wear when he came back from his first retirement? Hint: it was nearly double his original, more famous, number.
- What is the two-word phrase for someone that claims the right to refuse military service based on religion, morals, or freedom of thought?
Answer: Conscientious Objector
- What popular global sport was discontinued at the Olympics following the 1904 games until being restored for the 2016 Games in Rio at a newly built course? The Women's medal winners in 2016 were Inbee Park (South Korea), Lydia Ko (New Zealand), and Shanshan Feng (China) and the Men's medal winners were Justin Rose (Great Britain), Henrik Stenson (Sweden), and Matt Kuchar (U.S.)
- In 2006, Canadian blogger Kyle MacDonald achieved internet fame for a series of trades that saw him finish with a two-bedroom house. His trading journey had started the previous year with what small object, which was a symbol of Norwegian resistance during WWII?
Answer: Paper Clip
- What street in NYC is named for a physical barrier that was once used to separate Native Americans from European colonizers?
Answer: Wall Street
- At the 89th Academy Awards, "La La Land" was mistakenly announced as the winner of the Best Picture Award. What film was the actual winner of the award?
- A specialty publishing firm headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ filed for bankruptcy in 2015. Previously, the firm published a magazine that once reached 88% of U.S. airlines passengers. What was the name of this firm?
- Element 30 on the Periodic Table is often found in lotions and preparations to prevent sunburn and windburn. What is the two-letter chemical symbol (not the element's name) for Element 30?
- What film franchise had a 2018 release subtitled "Fallout" that was largely set in Paris? Both the filming and the movie's premiere occurred in the French capital.
Answer: Mission Impossible
- Young & Rubicam Advertising Agency were the creators of the "Bet You Can't Eat Just One" slogan for what brand of salty snacks?
Answer: Lay's Potato Chips
- The 1989 Velvet Revolution took place in what modern-day country's Wenceslas Square? This country famously split its land (and name) into two separate parts in 1993.
Answer: Czech Republic
- Modern property insurance today is typically considered to have been created due to what 1666 European event?
Answer: Great Fire of London
- What word means the following two things? A polyhedron formed by connecting a polygon to an apex or a game show that often included a number in its official title and won nine Daytime Emmy Awards.
- What South African track and field star was found guilty of culpable murder after fatally shooting his girlfriend in 2013? This athlete claimed in court that he mistook her for an intruder.
Answer: Oscar Pistorius
- What famous literary character was shipwrecked for 28 years, 2 months, and 19 days before making it home to England?
Answer: Robinson Crusoe
- What man received the first official permit from the King of Spain to commercially produce tequila? The permit was granted in 1795.
Answer: Jose Cuervo
- What two-word soccer term is used to describe when a goalkeeper and their defense is able to prevent the other team from scoring the entire match? Around the house, you may hear this term after someone has laundered the bed linens.
Answer: Clean Sheet
- Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman are the co-founding pair of what massively popular website that is essentially an online bulletin-board? It is one of the 15 most popular websites in the United States.
- What is the "G" name associated with hotel Bibles because of a religious organization that places the tomes in bedside tables? The first of these Bibles was placed in a hotel in Superior, Montana.
Answer: Gideons Bible
- Although a staple of the holiday, candy corn is also often considered a polarizing sweet and is even considered "Halloween's most contentious sweet" by Vox. In the vast majority of tri-colored pieces of candy corn, what color is the middle section of the sweet?
- The Creation of Adam is a famous painting that can be found where in Europe? We're looking for a very specific institution or building, not just the city or country the painting calls home.
Answer: The Sistine Chapel
- Juggalos are an infamous group of impassioned music fans that support what musical artist?
Answer: Insane Clown Posse
- In 1638 Wilmington became the first permanent settlement in what American colony? At the time, the colony was called New Sweden.
- What brand's name is a "syllabic abbreviation" of two states in which some of their original potato fields were located? The brand originally included the outlines of these states, but the logo has simplified over the years and they are now a brand within the Kraft Heinz snack food empire.
- What was the name of the founder of the "People's Temple", the cult that gave us the idiom "drinking the Kool-Aid?"
Answer: Jim Jones
- What is the tongue-in-cheek name of the company Elon Musk founded in 2017 to develop technology focused on tunneling?
Answer: The Boring Company
- What founder of the Roc Nation entertainment company once famously said the following? "I'm not a businessman; I'm a business, man."
Answer: Jay Z
- In which year of Harry Potter's education at Hogwarts does he first visit the nearby village Hogsmeade?
Answer: Third Year
- In what U.S. state would you find Gonzaga University's 152-acre campus?
- Mattel and Hasbro both own the trademark of what branded board game that was originally designed as a variation of Alfred Butts' prior game named Lexiko? Mattel owns this trademark in most of the world but Hasbro owns it in the United States and Canada.
- What is the political term for belief in government by divine guidance?
- The Pink Pony Fund is a philanthropic initiative focused on breast cancer care and prevention. The initiative is associated with what apparel company?
Answer: Ralph Lauren
- Although the phrase's veracity is often questioned, what famous American showman is often associated with "there's a sucker born every minute?"
Answer: P.T. Barnum
- What is the common name for the avian species Haliaeetus leucocephalus? Though the common name contains a misnomer, this bird remains one of the most famous in the world's largest economy.
Answer: Bald Eagle
- What locomotive-themed 2004 Board Game of the Year winner shares its name with a popular Beatles song?
Answer: Ticket to Ride
- What famed Chicago-based improv theater group served as a career springboard for Steve Carell, Tina Fey, John Candy, and more?
Answer: Second City
- A buckyball is a stable and spherical molecule made up of what element?
- What word completes the following Santana lyric? This word is also the title of the song. "You got the kind of loving that can be so ______, yeah. / Gimme your heart, make it real / Or else forget about it."
- A lion holding a sword appears on the logo of Ceylon Tea as well as the flag of what teardrop-shaped Indian Ocean country that exports the product?
Answer: Sri Lanka
- What is the common name of the object that is formerly known as a besom, has a common association with Halloween, and is produced and sold by brands such as Treelen, Libman, and SWOPT?
- What well-known artist famously severed part of Vincent Van Gogh's left ear? Note: although there has been speculation in recent years that it was *actually* Paul Gauguin, we are going to stick with the most commonly-accepted perpetrator by art historians.
Answer: Vincent Van Gogh
- Although Woodrow Wilson was essential to its creation, the United States never ratified or joined what United Nations predecessor in existence between World War I and World War II?
Answer: The League of Nations
- What NBA Hall of Famer began his professional career with his birth name of Lew Alcindor?
Answer: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- Which two months of the year are named for mortal men?
Answer: July and August
- John David Washington and Robert Pattinson can time travel or their guns can time travel or...whatever. So went what backwards 2020 Christopher Nolan thriller?
- After she became Princess of Monaco in 1956, she used the bag to hide her growing belly while pregnant with her first child, Princess Caroline. That's the origin of the name of an Hermès bag named for what former actress?
Answer: Grace Kelly
- What directionally-named former Los Angeles Lakers player is the silhouetted player in the NBA logo?
Answer: Jerry West
- Daniel Powter is a Canadian singer-songwriter that rose to fame as his song spent five weeks atop the Billboard charts in 2005. The song featured prominently in video montages of American Idol contestants who were eliminated from the show. What was Powter's two-word smash hit?
Answer: Bad Day
- Which 20th century surrealist painter famously stated "I don't do drugs. I am drugs?"
Answer: Salvador Dali
- Somnambulating is a fancy term for what nighttime activity?
- On the children's TV program "Dora the Explorer," the protagonist's travel companion wears what color footwear?
- The SEC is an American college athletic conference with exactly one school located in Nashville. What is that school?
- What is the most common last name in the United States that starts with the letter "W?"
- What mountain located in South Africa's Cape Town shares its name with a piece of household furniture and is home to at least as many species of plant as the entirety of the United Kingdom?
Answer: table top
- How many racing lanes are in an Olympic swimming pool? We're excluding warm-up and practice lanes on this one.
- What figure from Greek mythology gave fire to man? His punishment was being tied to a rock and having his liver eaten by an eagle every day.
- Since 2008, a series of more than 550 concerts have been performed at an office in Washington D.C. and these videos have been viewed tens of millions of times on YouTube. What is the name of this NPR concert series?
Answer: NPR's Tiny Desk
- What Asian country changed its capital in 1868 to its current capital city? Both the pre- and post- 1868 capitals are anagrams of one another. In case you've forgotten over the years, anagrams are words that contain all the same letters but in a different order. And we're looking for the country, not the cities.
Answer: Japan (Kyoto and Tokyo)
- The most Oscars ever won by an individual is 22. The most Oscar nominations ever received by an individual is 59. What 20th century American male holds both of these records? He was also inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with two stars, one for his motion pictures and the other for his television work. Hint: it's not John Williams.
Answer: Walt Disney
- What is the name of the smooth, creamy, seasoned soup of French origin that is typically based on a strained broth of crustaceans? The name is thought to come from the body of water between Spain and France below the Celtic Sea.
- Brick, lumber, wool, grain, and ore are the five original resources found on what imaginary island?
- What word refers to a soccer move in which a player kicks the ball through the legs of an opponent?
- Dave Chappelle lives in the city of Yellow Springs, about which he has been quoted saying: "Turns out you don't need $50 million to live around these parts, just a nice smile and a kind way about you. You guys are the best neighbors ever. That's why I came back and that's why I'm staying." In what Midwestern state is Yellow Springs located?
- Born Volodymyr Palahniuk to Ukrainian immigrants, actor Jack Palance was three Oscar nominations deep before he finally struck gold as Curly in what 1991 Billy Crystal western comedy?
Answer: City Slickers
- At 19 Maiden Lane in lower Manhattan in 1787, James Madison wrote what essays that later became the foundation for the U.S. Constitution?
Answer: The Federalist Papers
- In what Southeast Asian country did Anthony Bourdain film a 2016 episode of "Parts Unknown" with Barack Obama?
- Of all the countries in the G7 (formerly G8 until Russia's membership was suspended in 2014), which has the largest population?
Answer: The United States
- The second-highest selling musical artist in Ireland's history (after U2) has never gone on tour and never performed a live solo concert. She rose to fame as the flag-bearer for new-age music in the late 1980s with songs like "Only Time" and "Orinoco Flow." Who is she?
- No, he had nothing to do with the song “Green Onions”. Which American educator and presidential advisor wrote the seminal classic “Up from Slavery”?
Answer: Booker T. Washington
- What generically-named musical group had songs such as "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Acadian Driftwood," and perhaps most famously "The Weight?"
Answer: The Band
- In the 1980s game show "Press Your Luck" what "W" word signified a villainous character that reset a contestant's score to zero?
- Who was Vice President of the United States when Lincoln was assassinated? Full name, please. He later became the first President impeached.
Answer: Andrew Johnson
- What author created the child protagonist who promptly explains his nickname to the reader in the following manner? “My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip.”
Answer: Charles Dickens
- What is the easternmost U.S. state capital?
- What is the "N" name of Captain Nemo's boat in "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea?"
- What Pokemon holds the title as the first listed creature? This creature is No.1 in the encyclopedic Pokedex and is considered a hybrid grass-poison type. The Pokemon's name involves both plants and reptiles.
- The equator runs through Ecuador. Duh. It also runs through 12 other countries. Name one that isn't in South America.
Answer: Sao Tome & Principe, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Maldives, Indonesia and Kiribati.
- The first cabinet of George Washington contained four men. Name one who did not later become a president.
Answer: Alexander Hamilton, Edmund Randolph and Henry Knox
- After Rhode Island and Delaware, what is the third smallest state in the U.S. by area?
- What famous 20th century American painter had a home base on a ranch in New Mexico? Many of the artist's most famous works are now displayed at a museum in Santa Fe despite her growing up near Madison, Wisconsin with her family.
Answer: Georgia OÕKeeffe
- The trivia guru Ken Jennings is known for having the longest win streak of all time on Jeopardy. He lost when he missed this final jeopardy question: "Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year." With one guess, name either the firm that was the correct answer or Jennings' incorrect response.
Answer: H&R Block
- Shepherds get all the love at the Cow Ball in Bohinj, a September festival in what Melania Trump home country just north of Croatia?
- On Halloween in 1926, a certain 52-year-old man died from impacts of a ruptured appendix at Grace Hospital in Detroit. This man's spookily-timed death was strictly coincidental but during his life he was often suspected of otherworldly or spiritual connections. Who is this man?
Answer: ehrich weiss
- When looking at Mount Rushmore, which president's head is on the far right?
- In the early 1860s, they were among America’s top theater families, with middle son Edwin Thomas considered by many the greatest American actor of the 19th century. The rest of the family, however, has been overshadowed by the theatrical antics of youngest son John. What was the family surname?
- A staple of baking known for its malleability and thickness, what almond-based confection is commonly used in decorative cake competitions to create figurines or other complex designs?
- What man served as the Bishop of Johannesburg and then Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996? He was also the chair of South Africa's post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1995.
Answer: Desmond Tutu
- In soccer, what is awarded when the ball touches a defender, and then entirely crosses the defender's goal line (but not into the goal)?
Answer: Corner Kick
- What word of French origin that means "platoon" is used to describe the main pack of riders in a cycling race?
- Rihanna had a leading role in what 2012 action movie set on the sea? The film made only $65 million at the U.S.. box office and was considered one of the biggest flops of the year.
- With one guess, name one of the two Canadian provinces with which North Dakota shares a border.
Answer: Sasketchewan or Manitoba
- The cancelled TV show Veronica Mars returned as a movie in March 2014 after raising more than $5.7 million dollars from nearly 100,000 fans on what website?
- A UN buffer zone known as the “Green Line” separates Greek and Turkish residents of what island in the eastern Mediterranean?
- What archipelago is most famous as the destination of the second voyage of the HMS Beagle?
- There are 11 countries in the world whose American names begin with the letter "A." Only two of these countries do not end with the letter "A." Name both of them.
Answer: Azerbaijan and Afghanistan
- Inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2000, what toy invented by Richard James in 1943 was used by the U.S. Army as radio antennas in the Vietnam War?
- Active in the United States from 1966 to 1982, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover described what socialist group as "the greatest threat to the internal security of the country"?
Answer: The Black Panthers
- Within five, how many games does each NBA team play during a typical (i.e. non-shortened) regular season?
Answer: 82 (77-87 acceptable)
- Jamie Lee Curtis quickly established herself as a "scream queen" (an actress associated with horror films) after starring in Halloween and then The Fog, Prom Night, and Terror Train two years later. Incredibly, those last three films were released in the same year. What was this year? We'll give you credit if your response is within two years of the correct answer.
Answer: 1980 (1978 - 1982 accepted)
- As of December 2019, what is the name of the largest hotel chain in the world measured by revenue?
Answer: Marriott International
- On December 16, 2000, the day after his graduation, LSU retired the basketball jersey number 33 that belonged to which athlete?
Answer: Shaquille ONeal
- The famous train known as The Orient Express went as far east as what city that straddles the Bosphorus Strait?
- What since-relocated baseball team did Babe Ruth coach for a year after retiring?
- What was the name of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb ever used in combat, hitting Hiroshima in 1945?
Answer: The Enola Gay
- What American businesswoman wrote a book encouraging women to "Lean In" to their work and stated the following? "A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes."
Answer: Sheryl Sandberg
- The Cowboy and The Spaceman was a rejected title for what movie that eventually won an Academy Award for Special Achievement?
Answer: Toy Story
- What is the name of the primitive device with a "Johnson Curve" at the end used by shepherds to corral their flocks?
- What popular sport was originally known as "The Little Brother of War" in the indigenous language of the people who created it?
- What animated TV show premiered in 1960 with sponsorships from One-A-Day vitamins and Winston cigarettes?
- What back-of-the-alphabet nation has won the South American soccer tournament Copa America a record 15 times?
- What word could mean any of the following things? An avian structure formally known as a furcula, a famous Jack Russell terrier's name, an innovative football scheme popularly attributed to Emory Ballard at the University of Texas.
- What author created the fictional Maycomb County?
Answer: Harper Lee
- Phobos and Deimos are moons of what planet that shares a name with their father in Roman mythology?
- Two confectioners in Liverpool had their only child on July 7, 1940. This child was the first Beatle born. Who was it?
Answer: Ringo Starr
- The origins of October 31st celebrations are most often attributed to the festival of Samhain, a festival that marked the end of the harvest and the beginning of the "darker half" of the year. This transitional time was also considered to have a thinner boundary to the Otherworld so that spirits and fairies could more easily enter the world. In what modern-day European nation was Samhain celebrated?
Answer: Ireland or Scotland
- January 1, 1971 was the last day that what were seen on American television?
Answer: Cigarette Commercials
- What explorer created his well-known "Description of the World" in 1298?
Answer: Marco Polo
- Originally sold with the tagline of "Every Man a Rembrandt," what product was invented by Dan Robbins and first sold in the 1950s?
Answer: Paint by numbers
- What is the northernmost country in Africa? Technically speaking, this means this country's land touches latitude untouched by any other African nation.
- Of course, the sport played at the World Cup is called “football” almost everywhere in the world except for a couple places like the U.S. which call it "soccer." To delineate between the two sports, the rest of the world often calls the U.S. game “______ football” after the hashes and yard lines' resemblance of a cross-hatched cooking surface.
- What 110-mile-per-hour air currents circle Earth's tropopause in a westerly direction?
Answer: Jet stream
- The restaurant chain Chipotle has celebrated Halloween for 20 years with a variety of promotions such as free burritos for customers wearing tinfoil. What is the punny name that the chain uses for this celebration? By the way, in 2020, the event unsurprisingly went fully digital.
- Though his fame exploded with a separate project nearly 30 years later, what European architect designed an iron bridge over the Garonne River in Bordeaux?
- Bryan Mills’s wife gets, uh, ganked during a family vacation to Istanbul in what 2012 sequel with a very special set of skills in grabbing moviegoers’ money?
Answer: Taken 2
- What's the only African country with a flag that's red, white, blue, and no other colors?
- Crocodiles are well-known for keeping their jaws open even while sleeping, largely because they lack what exocrine glands?
Answer: Sweat Glands
- Before turning to airplane endeavors, the Wright brothers operated a bicycle repair shop in what Ohio city?
- Machu Picchu was never plundered by the Spanish because the conquistadors never found this ancient site from the height of the Inca Empire. The lack of discovery was especially unlikely because the site is only 50 miles from what Inca capital city?
- Make no mistake about it, the fault line between New Zealand’s North and South Island that separates the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates shares its name with which animated resident of Jellystone Park?
Answer: Boo Boo
- In 2020, the fifth novel in the massively popular Twilight series of novels was released. This book re-frames the first novel in the series from the point of view of vampire Edward Cullen. What is the name of this newest addition to the series? Here's a hint: the book shares its name with a natural phenomenon which occurs in the summer months in places north of the Arctic Circle or south of the Antarctic Circle.
Answer: Midnight Sun
- Perhaps getting a quiz at the beginning of every week would have made them like Mondays more. Sir Bob Geldof is the lead singer of a band of apparently explosive rodents called The…WHAT?
Answer: Boomtown Rats
- During World War II, New Zealander Charles Upham twice earned the highest military award available to Commonwealth citizens. Namely, what regal bling that's equivalent to the American Medal of Honor?
Answer: Victoria Cross
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