Believe it or not, but pub quizzes have not been around for all that long. In fact, they were only introduced sometime in the 1970s by a company known as Burns and Porter. Today, pub quizzes are considered to be an important part of British culture but they are just as popular in other countries around the world as they are in Britain.
So, why are pub quizzes so popular? Well, for one they are a fun way to pass the time. Plus, they allow us to test our general knowledge in a fun and non-judgemental environment. For pubs, pub quizzes are a no brainer - they attract customers that might not otherwise go to pubs and they bring in business on days that might otherwise be quiet.
All in all, pub quizzes benefit everyone, even those who are terrible at general knowledge quizzes for they give them the opportunity to learn various facts (some of which are useful and some of which are totally useless) and then come across as incredibly intelligent in future pub quizzes, as well as those who have above average IQ for it gives them the opportunity to showcase their intelligence. So, who here thinks that they have a genius level IQ?
1Which of the below four characters does Morgan Freeman play in Bruce Almighty?
Morgan Freeman is a talented Hollywood actor who, over the course of his acting career, has won countless of awards and award nominations, including one Academy Award and one Golden Globe Award as well as four Oscar nominations. You may recall him from films such as The Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy, Glory, Seven, Now You See Me, Lucy, Wanted, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Bruce Almighty. Who can recall the role that Freeman played in the latter movie?
2How many bones do adults have?
Who knows the exact number of bones that an average adult has? Bones are made from collagen and are known as growing tissues. They perform a number of amazing functions. For example, they protect our organs. They also store minerals and produce blood cells as well as give us more stability and mobility. Some people may be aware that as babies we are all born with around 300 bones. Does the number of bones that we have increase or decrease as we grow older?
3What is the capital of Belarus?
As geography buffs are without doubt well aware, Belarus is a country in Eastern Europe that is bordered by Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania. As far as other countries in Eastern Europe go, Belarus is quite large and is home to over nine million people, most of which are Belarusians although a small percentage of the country's inhabitants are also of Russian, Polish and Ukrainian descent. Belarus is known for its many forests - indeed, as much as 40% of the land is forested. But who here knows the capital city of Belarus?
4A Gigabyte is made up of how many megabytes?
Chances are, if you ask anyone - and especially a young person - what a gigabyte is, they will immediately supply you with a spot-on answer. After all, most of us use this term on almost a daily basis to explain how much storage a particular device that we own has. Of course, the more gigabytes a device has, the more things - pictures and songs for example - it will be able to store. So, who knows how many megabytes make up a gigabyte?
5Fred Astaire's red-haired dance partner was named...?
The singer and dancer Fred Astaire is to this day known as one of the most influential dancers that have ever graced our TV screens. However, his name is often linked to a female dancer who was his partner in as many as ten films, including Flying Down to Rio, Follow the Fleet, Shall We Dance, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle and The Barkleys of Broadway (which came out in 1949 and which was the last film to star both of them).
6What is the national flower of China?
China is a country is East Asia that is known as the most populous country in the world. Indeed, it has as many as 1.4 billion inhabitants, at least according to statistics from 2016. China is a very diverse country that was one of the world's earliest civilizations. Just like every other country, China has a number of national symbols that represent it, including a national flower. Who knows what this flower is? It was chosen back in 1964 and is said to symbolize perseverance and resilience.
7What country does this flag belong to?
Who knows the name of the country that this flag belongs to? As is probably quite obvious from the image to the right, this flag consists of three horizontal bands - blue at the top, white in the middle and blue again at the bottom. The middle white band also has the Sun of May symbol in the center of it. No one knows for certain why these specific colors were chosen and as such countless of theories have been put forward. The original version of this flag was adopted in 1812 and the current version was adopted in 1861.
8Entomophobia is the fear of what?
No human being is immune to fear. We are all scared of something, whether it is spiders, clowns or failure. Most of us fear quite a few things but some of these things will inspire greater fear in us than others. For example, we might dislike bees but dogs might absolutely terrify us. Interestingly, there are specific words - which end in the word "phobia" - that can be used to describe specific fears. For example, acrophobia is a word that describes the fear of heights. But what fear does the word entomophobia describe?
9This graphic represents which album?
Recognize the graphic in the image to the right? If so go ahead and choose the correct answer below. This graphic represents a specific album and even a specific band. Over the years this image has become iconic (as has the band) and as such nowadays the graphic can be found on t-shirts, mugs and phone cases all over the world. This graphic was designed by the graphic designer Peter Saville who confessed that the image was inspired by a plot of radio signals from a pulsar.
10What is the world's tallest breed of dog?
Who knows the name of the world's tallest breed of dog? We'll give you a few hints: this dog breed is also sometimes known as the "Apollo of Dogs" as well as the "Gentle Giant". They usually weight anywhere between 50 and 80 kilograms and they are usually 70 centimeters high. Their life span is not overtly long. Indeed, most of these dogs only live to be eight years old although there have been cases where some of these dogs have lived to be ten years old or even older.
11The longest river in France is called...?
Most of us don't know the names of the rivers that run through our own country, let alone the names of rivers that run through other countries. Still, it is a good idea to familiarize ourselves with the names of the longest rivers in the world and even the longest rivers in each country. After all, you never know when this knowledge might prove to be useful! So, who knows the name of the longest river that runs through France?
12Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March are characters from which famous novel?
Those who love books should have no trouble answering this question for the four characters above are from a very famous novel which is by now considered a classic. Still, it can be hard to recall the names of characters from books that we have read in the past so we won't be too surprised - or too judgemental - if some of you find this question rather difficult. So, can the four characters mentioned above be found in Brave New World, The Little White Horse, Pale Fire or Little Women?
13Which one of the below is known as the world's first website?
Nowadays we are so used to browsing the internet that we sometimes forget that it has not been around forever. Indeed, back when computers and the internet were first invented, they looked completely different. Computers and laptops were much more bulky and websites were much simpler and slower. Still, even then most people realized just how important the internet was going to become in the future, although they probably could not have predicted that most of us would visit countless of websites on a daily basis, which makes perfect sense seeing how there are around 140,000 websites launched every single day.
14A circle with a cross on it means what on a clothing label?
One of the most tedious chores out there is without doubt laundry. Most of us hate doing our laundry and as such we try to avoid it whenever possible. Still, it is not realistic to put it off forever since we can't wear the same dirty clothes every single day. Still, there is something to be said about how difficult laundry is. Use the wrong setting and you might shrink your clothes. Wash the wrong colors together and you might end up dying your favorite dress. As such, it is important to read our clothing labels so as to avoid any such mishaps.
15What is the name of the largest island in the world?
When we think of the word "island" we think of a small piece of land that is surrounded by water. But of course, islands don't have to be small. Some islands are incredibly large. Indeed, few of us realize that quite a few countries in the world are actually islands (and they are by no means small!) So, who knows the name of the largest island in the world? Is the largest island in the world Great Britain, Greenland, New Guinea or Madagascar?
16Tiger Woods' real name is...?
Tiger Woods is a professional golfer who is one of the most popular and one of the most famous athletes of the 21st century. Furthermore, he is one of the most successful golfers ever. Woods was always interested in golfing so it came as no surprise that he decided to go professional at the mere age of 20. Over the course of his long career Woods has broken a number of golfing records. But while "Woods" is his real surname, "Tiger" is obviously not his real name.
17Who invented the flushing toilet?
The middle ages are known as the dark ages for good reason - back then there was no electricity, no hot water and of course, no flushing toilets. The flushing toilet was first invented in the 16th century and the first patent for it was not issued until 1775 but of course the flushing toilet was not installed into most people's homes until much, much later. So, who knows the name of the person who first came up with the idea for a flushing toilet?
18What color is the giraffe's tongue?
Giraffes are known as the tallest animals that live on land and their defining characteristics include their very long necks and legs as well as their distinct coat pattern. They are also one of the few animals that have ossicones (which are horn-like bumps on their heads). The giraffes that we are used to seeing today are all part of a species known as Giraffa camelopardalis. According to studies of fossils, seven other species of giraffes have become extinct over the years.
19How many sides does a heptagon have?
Lovers of math and in particular of geometry will ace this question. As many are probably well aware, the study of geometry arose in a number of different ancient cultures. It began to be considered a science in the Western world sometime in the 6th century B.C. and by the 17th century it was being regarded with serious reverence. So, who here knows how many sides a heptagon has? Does it have five sides, seven sides, nine sides or eleven sides?
20Passion fruit is also known as what?
While some of us love passion fruit, others hate it. Still others have never even heard of it, let alone tried it. Passion fruit is an exotic fruit that grows in countries such as Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. It is considered to be a type of berry but unlike most berries it cannot be eaten whole. Rather, it has to be cut in half and only its firm interior is to be eaten. This firm interior is sweet, juicy and seedy,
21What was the name of Elton John's first number one hit in the U.S.?
Elton John is a famous English singer and composer. He began his singing career back in the early 1960s, or in 1962 to be exact, and he is still active to this day. Over the course of his singing career Elton John has released a number of famous songs, including hits such as Sacrifice, Rocket Man, I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues, Don't Go Breaking My Heart and Circle of Life. But who knows the name of Elton John's first number one hit in the U.S.?
22In what year did Freddie Mercury, the lead vocalist of the band Queen, pass away?
Most people are aware of who Freddie Mercury was. But just in case you need your memory refreshed, let us provide you with a few facts. Freddie Mercury was a singer and songwriter and also the lead vocalist of a band known as Queen. He is to this day famous for songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Don't Stop Me Now, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and We Are the Champions. Unfortunately, Freddie Mercury passed away at a rather young age otherwise he would have no doubt released more hits.
23The Hunchback of Notre Dame was written by whom?
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a romantic Gothic novel that was published in the early 19th century. The plot of this novel focuses on a young gypsy woman known as Esmeralda whose beauty captures the hearts of many men, including Quasimodo - the hunchback of Notre Dame - and his guardian, Claude Frollo who is the archdeacon of the Notre Dame cathedral. As is probably quite obvious, this novel is set in France. But who knows which one of the below four men wrote this very famous book?
24What is Bulgarian currency called?
Most countries that join the European Union also agree to switch their currency to euros. As geography buffs are without doubt aware, Bulgaria is part of the European Union. However, it has not yet made the switch. Why? Well, even though Bulgaria agreed to switch its currency to the euro upon entering the European Union, it does not yet meet the euro convergence criteria. Currently Bulgaria only meets three out of the five criteria and as such won't be adopting euros anytime soon.
25According to Greek mythology, whose face launched 1000 ships?
Those who are fascinated by mythology, and especially Greek mythology, will without doubt ace this question. Those who do not care for mythology on the other hand will more than likely struggle to answer this question. Still, even if you don't know the answer you should go ahead and make a guess. So, who, according to Greek mythology, was so beautiful that her face launched a 1000 ships when she was taken from her husband King Menelaus of Sparta and brought to Prince Paris of Troy? Some may recall that it was this incident that resulted in the Trojan War.
26Who directed the 1979 movie Alien?
When the 1979 movie Alien was released it immediately became a box office hit. As such, it comes as no surprise that it has won a number of awards and award nominations, including an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Even today this movie is considered to be one of the best films ever made and since its release a number of sequels have been released - one in 1986, one in 1992 and one in 1997. But who was it that directed this iconic movie?
27Which New England state outlawed Christmas in 1659?
One of the most popular holidays out there is without doubt Christmas. Most of us look forward to Christmas every single year, and can't ever imagine not celebrating it. But if you lived in New England back in the early 17th century you may have been forbidden to celebrate it. Back then, Puritans kept their churches closed on Christmas and their shops and their schools were open in protest too. When King Charles I was overthrown, one of the first things that Puritans banned was Christmas.
28Where was the famous painter Salvador Dali born?
Salvador Dali was a Spanish painter known for his surrealist artwork. He was born at the beginning of the 20th century and passed away at the end of it, when he was 84 years old. His long career as an artist resulted in a great number of wonderful paintings that we admire to this day. It is said that he was influenced by Renaissance masters but his work is very much his own. Over the course of his long life Dali lived in a number of different cities, but who knows where he was born?
29Name this Pokemon.
Pokemon are fictional creatures that were first invented back in 1995 by Satoshi Tajiri. These unique creatures are trained by Pokemon trainers who then battle their Pokemon against other Pokemon. Initially Pokemon were created as a video game series but has since spanned into a trading card game, an anime TV series, a film series, comics, toys, books and much more. Today there are countless of Pokemon out there but a true fan will be able to recognize each and single one!
30Which has a higher population - Oakland, CA or Minneapolis, MN?
Who knows which one of the two cities has a higher population - Oakland, which is located in California, or Minneapolis, which is located in Minnesota? Both have just over 400,000 inhabitants. Oakland is known for its automobile industry and for its port that is always busy. Minneapolis on the other hand is known for its numerous bodies of water (it has as many as 13 lakes for example) as well as for the fact that it is adjoined to the city of Saint Paul.
31What does symbol "K" represent on the periodic table?
Those who took chemistry in school no doubt remember trying to memorize the periodic table, or at least parts of it. As the name suggests, the periodic table of elements lists chemical elements which are ordered by things such as their atomic number and their chemical properties. The periodic table was invented all the way back in 1869 by a Russian chemist named Dmitri Mendeleev. Back then he knew that more elements would be found in the future and as such left space for them in his table.
32Who is the FIFA World Cup top goalscorer?
Believe it or not but the FIFA World Cup has been around ever since 1930 when it was first introduced, although it was by no means the first international football match (in fact, the first international football match was held all the way back in 1872). The FIFA World Cup takes place every four years and the teams that take part in it of course consist of the most talented of players. Some of these players are more talented than others however.
33Which of the below has the most restaurants in the U.S.?
Nowadays we are so used to fast food restaurants that we can't even imagine our lives without them, regardless of whether we indulge in fast food on a regular basis or very seldom. The most popular fast food restaurants today are without doubt McDonald's, Subway, Taco Bell and Burger King. In fact, most of us have visited at least one - if not all - of these fast food restaurants at least once in our lives. But who knows which of the below four has the most restaurants in the U.S?
34If someone studies aerolithology, what is he studying?
When most of us graduate from high school we end up going to college where we study things such as science, medicine, business or history. Later on in life some of us decide to continue our studies even further, perhaps going so far as to complete a PhD. Still, most of us have no idea just how many diverse fields of study there really are. For example, who knew that one can study thunder and that this study would be called brontology? But what would you be studying if you studied aerolithology?
35What is the smallest planet in the solar system?
Our solar system is made up of a number of planets that orbit around the sun. Currently there are eight known planets, including Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Each one of these planets is completely unique, both in terms of its size and its environment. While most of us don't know much about planets (apart from earth of course) it is a good idea to at least know the name of the biggest and the name of the smallest planet.