It's time for a Trivia Night... or day, depending on when everyone takes this quiz. Who is good at remembering random facts? Who is knowledgeable and a pro at trivial pursuit?
This quiz is the perfect opportunity to test out all that random knowledge or just learn some interesting facts to tell your dinner party guests! Some of these facts are pretty common while others may surprise everyone, but don't worry, guessing may get everyone pretty far too!
So don't get scared by the premise, try it out and have some fun! That's all we really want anyway. So grab a drink and a bowl of goobers and get ready to work your brain off. Don't forget to put on your thinking caps because the answers are just sitting right in your face... literally just written right on your screen, all that everyone has to do is pick the right one. Challenge your friends and use this quiz to find your next Trivia Night partner in crime. These questions are a mix of science, entertainment, history, and mythology so there's fun for everyone!
1What ingredient does the word "sushi" refer to?
Sushi refers to a Japanese dish that usually consists of some kind of combination of rice, seaweed, fish, and seafood. There are also other little complementing ingredients like vegetables and eggs. The word sushi, however, refers to a specific ingredient in Japanese. The dish has become popular around the world, having spread through Asia to the western world. There is a misconception, however, of the original meaning of the word and most people get this question wrong because of that.
2Which country is home to Shakespeare's Hamlet?
"Hamlet" is one of William Shakespeare's most famous tragedies and has been remade many times and is also referenced in so many other pieces. The story is about a young man who returns home to mourn the ending of his father. He quickly starts to realize that what happened to his father was no accident and that the people around him may not have his best interest in mind. Of course, just like any other great tragedy, it ends with every character's demise.
3What part of the body does an orthopedic doctor treat?
An orthopedic surgeon is a physician devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of injuries, disorders, and diseases of one of the body's systems whose main component is the answer to this question. For the Grey's Anatomy fans out there, this is Dr. Torres' specialty, which helps her let out all her frustrations. What does an orthopedic doctor specialize in? An infected ear? A broken bone? Uncontrollably sweaty feet? Pulling out and drilling teeth? Chose wisely, you don't want to be showing up to the wrong doctor!
4What does the word "zodiac" mean?
This word originates from the ancient Greek language, and its meaning makes a lot of sense considering what we know as Zodiac today. Your Zodiac sign is represented by which part of the year you are born in. There are twelve signs for the twelve months, but they don't really coincide with the Roman calendar because they follow the cycles of movement of the earth because each sign is represented by a constellation and depends on the position of that constellation at the time of your birth.
5What element did Pierre and Marie Curie discover in 1898?
Marie Sklodowska Curie, a Polish chemist, and her husband Pierre Curie, a French chemist, discovered this element after realizing that the pitchblende from which uranium is extracted was more radioactive than the uranium on its own. Madame Curie then concluded that there must be another radioactive element in the pitchblende. It turned out that the radioactivity was not coming from just one other element. The discovery was made not only of this element, but also polonium, which is also a component of pitchblende.
6What disease takes its name from medieval Italian words for "bad air"?
This is a mosquito-borne infectious disease affecting humans and other animals because of a parasite. Symptoms of the disease include fever, vomiting, fatigue, and headaches. On the more severe end, it can also cause seizures, yellow skin, coma, or worse. The onset of the disease usually happens 10-15 days after exposure to it. The use of mosquito nets and insect repellants can reduce the risk of contracting the disease, as well as prevention medication. The disease is present in much of Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
7How many bits are there in a byte?
A bit is a single binary digit. In electrical terms, a 1 represents a flow of electricity while a zero represents the lack thereof. So, each individual digit is a bit. A byte is a fixed number of digits in a string that makes it easier for a computer to process information quickly and makes storage space more efficient. The rate at which data travels through a computer network connection is traditionally measured in units of bits per second (bps).
8What is the five-letter word for a young dog?
These little fur balls are born blind, deaf, and toothless. They spend fourteen hours a day sleeping, yet the still find the time to be the cutest little creatures. These little ones develop their sense of smell three weeks after birth and in the United States, there are more than five million born each year. By the time they are one year old, they are no longer considered babies and just become full grown adult dogs. They're still cute though!
9Which berry has the highest antioxidant content?
Berries are full of antioxidants, which are great for you because they help stabilize free radicals. Free radicals are atoms that are missing electrons, so they are very volatile and go around trying to steal electrons from the other atoms in your body. This is one thing that can eventually cause cancer which is why antioxidants are great for cancer prevention. This berry has the highest content of antioxidants of all fruits, with apples coming in close after all the berries.
10What is the largest dinosaur so far discovered?
Most of the largest herbivorous specimens on record were discovered in the 1970s or later, and include this dinosaur, which is the largest dinosaur known from uncontroversial evidence, estimated to have been 96.4 metric tons (106.3 short tons) and 39.7 m (130 ft) long. Dinosaurs are a type of reptile and the earliest forms of them trace back to over 200 million years ago. Dinosaur fossils were first documented and classified as dragon bones, whereas in Europe, they were thought to be the bones of giants.
11How many points is a jack worth in a game of blackjack?
Blackjack, also known as twenty-one, is a card game usually played by several players and a dealer. Each player competes against the dealer, but players do not play against each other. It is played with one or more decks of 52 cards, and is the most widely played casino banking game in the world. The objective of the game is to beat the dealer in one of three ways, the most common way by reaching a score of 21 without surpassing it.
12How many squares are there on a scrabble board?
Scrabble is a word game played by two to four players who score points by placing lettered tiles onto a square gridded board. The tiles must form words which, in crossword fashion, read left to right in rows or downwards in columns, and be defined in a standard dictionary or lexicon. In Canada and the United States, the name is a trademark of Hasbro, while everywhere else in the world, it is a trademark of Mattel. The game is sold in 121 countries and is available in 29 languages.
13How many pieces does each player start a game of chess with?
Chess is a two-player board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. The game is played by millions of people worldwide. Chess is believed to have originated in India sometime before the 7th century. Chess reached Europe by the 9th century. The pieces assumed their current powers in Spain in the late 15th century, and the rules were standardized in the 19th century. There are six types of pieces that each move in different ways.
14What is the longest running event in a decathlon?
A decathlon is a combined event in athletics consisting of ten track and field events. Events are held over two consecutive days and the winners are determined by the combined performance in all. The modern decathlon first appeared on the Olympic athletics program at the 1912 Games in Stockholm, but the concept has been around since the 700s BCE as a five-event thing. A ten-event competition, similar to the modern decathlon, was first contested at the United States amateur championships in 1884.
15How many eyes does a Cyclops have?
Famously known for being massive creatures, Cyclopses have been seen in both Greek and Roman mythology. As we all know (if you managed to stay awake in your History classes), Odysseus, the famous sailor from Homer's Odyssey met one of these creatures while shipwrecked on an island. He not only managed to blind the Cyclops Polyphemus but also convinced him and his Cyclops friends that "Nobody" blinded him, leading his friends to believe he had just blinded himself. Talk about a convincing lie!
16Which was the first city to be devastated by an atomic bomb?
Despite nuclear weaponry becoming more common among kitchen table talk these days, one of the only atomic bombs ever used in the history of warfare targeted this place. However, the history of the Atom Bomb spans way before the dropping of this bomb. In fact, some claim that Einstein may have been the initiate into this modern age of horrible technology. However, his only true implication in this project comes from his famous E=mc2 formula.
17What state saw the start of the US Revolution?
The US Revolution was a colonial revolt that took place between the years 1765 and 1783. The Patriots, who lived in the Thirteen Colonies, won independence from Great Britain. They defeated the British in alliance with France and others, becoming the United States of America. The revolution started off as protests which escalated into a massacre that took place in 1770. The people of the colonies were protesting the fact that they were being taxed by a government that had no representation of their people.
18The first New York City Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in which decade?
The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, the world's largest parade, is presented by the department store chain Macy's. The tradition started in this decade tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States with America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. Both parades are four years younger than Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the oldest Thanksgiving parade in America. Employees marched to Macy's flagship store on 34th Street dressed in vibrant costumes, with floats, musical performances, and live animals.
19How many colors were in the original Crayola box of crayons in 1903?
Originally an industrial pigment supply company, Crayola soon shifted its focus to art products for home and school use, beginning with chalk, then crayons, followed later by colored pencils, markers, paints, modeling clay, and other related goods. The company markets all of its products as non-toxic and safe for children and most of their crayons are manufactures in the United States. The company was founded in 1885 as the name Binney & Smith Company and released their first Crayola pack of crayons in 1903.
20Which non-human ape is not an agile climber?
Apes are a branch of Old World tailless anthropoid primates native to Africa and Southeast Asia, the sister group of the Old World monkeys. They differ from other primates in that they have more range of motion in their shoulder, which allows for better climbing ability. They eat mostly plant food, but some animal-based food with the majority of their diet including fruits, leaves, stalks, roots, and seeds, including nuts and grass seeds. Most species are endangered due to loss of the tropical rainforest habitat.
21Which of these fruits is not botanically a berry.
First bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis. Technically, it is an aggregate accessory fruit, meaning that the fleshy part is derived not from the plant's ovaries but from the receptacle that holds the ovaries. The fruit has been mentioned in Ancient Roman literature in reference to its medical use. It is also found in Italian, Flemish, and German art. Each individual fruit contains an average of 200 seeds.
22Who was the thirty second leader of the United States?
The leader of the United States is the head of state and the head of government of the country. Today, the US leader is viewed as one of the world's most powerful figures and as the leader of the only remaining global superpower. When the Thirteen Colonies gained their independence from Britain, they decided to write up the Articles of Confederation to avoid any resemblance to the monarchy that they were under previously.
23What is "Crocodile" Dundee's given name?
Crocodile Dundee is a 1986 Australian-American action comedy film set in the Australian Outback and in New York City. It tells the story of a man named "Crocodile" Dundee, a bushman reported of having lost half a leg to a saltwater crocodile before crawling hundreds of miles to safety. Sue, a feature writer for a newspaper finally meets him and finds that he hadn't lost his leg, but he had a large scar. Do you remember what "Crocodile's" given name is?
24What is the longest and heaviest bone in the human body?
By most measures, it is the strongest bone in the body and is a bone found in most vertebrates capable of walking or jumping, such as most land mammals, birds, many reptiles including lizards, and amphibians such as frogs. It is slightly arched, so as to be convex in front, and concave behind and is long, slender and almost cylindrical in form. Formation of the bone occurs roughly around the fourth week of development. A fracture of this bone fractures can be managed with a splint.
25What Caribbean island did Columbus originally name Juana?
This island is the largest island in the Caribbean, with an area of 109,884 square kilometers (42,426 square miles), and the second-most populous after Hispaniola, with over 11 million inhabitants. It is a multiethnic country whose people, culture and customs come from several origins, including the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples, the long period of Spanish colonialism, the introduction of African slaves and a close relationship with the Soviet Union in the Cold War, but it is culturally considered part of Latin America.
26What happened to the firefighters who first responded to the great Chicago fires?
The Great Chicago Fire burned from Sunday, October 8, to Tuesday, October 10, 1871. The fire killed up to 300 people, destroyed roughly 3.3 square miles (9 square kilometers) of Chicago, Illinois, and left more than 100,000 people homeless. The story goes that the fire was started at the O'Leary family farm where a cow kicked a lantern over, which started the fire. The fire grew quickly because of Chicago's use of wood for most of its infrastructures, but where were the firemen?
27Which singer’s real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta?
Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, this US singer-songwriter, and actress is known for her unconventionality and provocative work as well as visual experimentation. She began her musical career performing songs at open mic nights and school plays. Her first full-length album was dropped in 2011 and explored electronic rock and techno. The album topped the US Billboard 200 and sold more than one million copies in the country during its first week. She is one of the best-selling music artists in history.
28What is the name of Batman's butler?
This character first appeared in 1943 and is depicted by D.C. Comics as Batman's loyal and tireless butler, housekeeper, legal guardian, best friend, and surrogate father figure following the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne, Batman's parents. He provides comic relief with his sarcastic and cynical attitude which adds humor to dialogue with Batman. He has often been described as "Batman's Batman" because of his connection with the intelligence community and his honor and ethics from being an ex-Special Operations Executive.
29Where are the smallest bones in the body located?
Collectively called the ossicles, these bones are individually known as the malleus, the incus, and the stapes and are the smallest bones in the human body. The names come from the Latin words for the shapes that the bones resemble. They are connected to the smallest muscle in the body called the stapedius, which measures about 1mm in size (or 1/26 of an inch). The three bones together are so tiny that they take up less space than a fingernail.
30Hg is the chemical symbol of which element?
It is a chemical element with atomic number 80 and is commonly known as quicksilver. It was formerly named hydrargyrum, which accounts for its chemical symbol. It was found in Egyptian tombs that date back to 1500 BC. In China and Tibet, this element was used to prolong life and heal fractures. Now, we know that exposure to this element is bad for us and can cause adverse effects on our health. Luckily, the element is extremely rare and is only found in the Earths crust.
31The statue of Liberty was given to America as a gift by which country?
The statue of liberty was designed by sculpture Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. It is considered a neoclassical piece and is made entirely of copper. The statue was dedicated with a ceremony on October 28, 1886. Lady Liberty stands tall with her torch reaching a height of 305 feet (96 meters) above the ground, and the copper statue itself is 151 feet (63 meters) in height. While originally the color of copper, the statue is now green due to a patina.
32In Greek mythology, who was the first woman on Earth?
In Greek mythology, this woman was a commissioned creation of Zeus as a punishment for Prometheus who had stolen fire from heaven to bring it to Earth. This woman was given a jar filled with all the evils. When sent to Earth, Prometheus unknowingly made her his wife. When she opened the jar, all the evils were unleashed upon him. Another version of the story tells that the jar was actually filled with blessings meant for Earth that were released due to curiosity.
33What is the better known name for the groundnut?
Known as the groundnut or the goober, this common nut is widely grown in tropics and subtropics. The botanical definition of a "nut" is a fruit whose ovary wall becomes very hard at maturity. By this definition, this nut is not a true nut, but rather a legume. However, for culinary purposes and in common English language usage, peanuts are usually referred to as nuts. Hint: The SpongeBob Movie features an ice cream parlor of the name "Goofy Goober" which sports this nut as its mascot.
34Which country was the first to have a female PM?
A PM is the head of cabinet and the leader of the ministers in the executive branch of government. The world’s first female PM was elected upon her party’s victory in 1960. This woman served three terms up until her passing in 2000. She started off with a state under different views and implemented changes that resulted in it becoming a republic. She also developed and maintain strong international relations. Her daughter who succeeded her went on to be the fourth leader of this country.
35Which is the only remaining example of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?
Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, only one stands today and is relatively intact. Five of the others have been destroyed, and the last, the Hanging Gardens, are believed by some to be fictional as the location of them has never been found. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are described as an ascending series of gardens containing various plants and trees and were marveled at as a tremendous feat of engineering. Unfortunately, we will never know if the gardens ever existed.
36What is the second most common element in the sun?
The sun is the star at the center of our solar system. It is basically a flaming ball of gas that is almost perfectly spherical. It is the most important source of energy for life on Earth. Its diameter is 109 times the size of the Earth's diameter, which is why we are able to see it even though it is so far away. Its largest component takes up about 73% of it while the element in question makes up about 25% of the sun.
37Which is the deepest trench in the world?
These four trenches are all located in the Pacific Ocean and are all very close in depth with the deepest only surpassing the second deepest by about 150 meters (500 feet). The deepest trench reaches a depth of 11,034 meters (36,201 feet), but as deep as it is, if we were to drop Mount Everest into the trench, there would still be two kilometers (1.2 miles) above sea level. In 2010, this trench was established as a United States National Monument.
38What is an albatross in golf scoring?
In gold, a hole is classified by its par, which is the number of strokes a skilled golfer should take in order to get the ball in the hole. The minimum for par is three, and a par of four or five can also be quite common. Pars of anything more, however, are very rare. The term has British origins and follows the "Birdie" system, but the exact origins of the use of the specific term "albatross" are still unknown.
39What fruit becomes Calvados?
Calvados is a type of drink from the Normandy region in France. Brewers of this type of beverage are mentioned as far back as the eighth century by Charlemagne, but the first known Norman distillation took place in 1553 and the guild for cider distillation was created in 1606. Records of this type of drink are also present in the UK dating back to 1678. Once the fruit is pressed into a juice, distilled, aged in oak containers for two years, it can be sold as Calvados.
40How many time zones are spanned by Russia?
Officially the Russian Federation, Russia is a country in Eurasia that covers a massive area of 17,125,200 square kilometers (6,612,100 square miles). It is the largest country in the world and occupies more than an eighth of the globe's inhabited land and shares borders with sixteen different countries. Spanning such a large area, it incorporates many different environments and landforms, as well as time zones. Canada, being the second largest country in the world by area, spans six different time zones.