What is it about pub quizzes that makes them so appealing? Is it the fact that we never know what kind of questions we're going to get? Or is it the fact that the questions are always a mixed bag which means that just because we are bad at one particular subject, such as history, that does not necessarily mean that we are going to score badly on the quiz overall?
Whatever it is, there is no denying that pub quizzes are incredibly popular. Indeed, they have been popular for quite some time. Pub quizzes are basically trivia quizzes. However, if one read ups on the history of pub quizzes it becomes obvious that they are an English invention. According to the Telegraph, the pub quiz came about sometime in the late 80's. Back then people all over the world were fascinated by a board game known as Trivial Pursuits which challenged not only the player's general knowledge but also their popular culture knowledge.
Apparently, people in England got bored with the actual board game and simply began asking each other trivia questions instead. Before long, most pubs in England were hosting trivia nights which were - and still are - not only useful for their customers' brain cells but also for business.
1Name this famous artist who sang My Heart Will Go On.
"Every night in my dreams, I see you, I feel you..." Does this song sound familiar? It should. It's called My Heart Will Go On and it is probably one of the most famous songs in the world. It was released more than 20 years ago, all the way back in 1997. Some might recall that this song was the theme song of the iconic movie Titanic which was directed by James Cameron. Funnily enough, neither Cameron nor the singer who sang My Heart Will Go On actually liked the song (Billboard)!
2Charlie Chaplin rose to fame in which film era?
Charlie Chaplin needs no introduction. He is, after all, pretty iconic. Born in the late 1800's, he quickly made a name for himself in Hollywood in the early 20th century. His ticket to fame was his iconic character called "the Tramp", who used quirky hand movements and hilarious facial expressions (Biography). There was probably not a single person in the world whom Chaplin could not make laugh (or at the very least, giggle). But which of the below film eras did Chaplin rise to fame in?
3What is James Bond's agent code?
When Ian Fleming first came up with the idea for a James Bond book, he probably had no idea just how famous the book - and its protagonist - was going to become. Fleming's first novel, which was titled Casino Royale, was published in 1953. 11 other novels quickly followed and each one was brimming with clever espionage tricks, brilliant spy gadgets, and of course, plenty of intrigue (Britannica). It comes as no surprise that the novels were all bestsellers and that they were turned into movies.
4Name the famous actress from Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Breakfast at Tiffany's is an iconic movie so it comes as no surprise that most of us have seen it, even though it was released more than 50 years ago (back in 1961 to be exact). This movie is actually based on a short novel by the writer Truman Capote. The plot of this film focuses on the relationship between a socialite named Holly Golightly and an aspiring writer named Paul Varjak (IMDb). The actor George Peppard played the role of Paul Varjak. But who played the role of Holly Golightly?
5“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” This is the opening line of which movie?
Good movies engage us right from the beginning. The quote above is an opening line in a very famous movie and as most people will probably agree, it is pretty intriguing. If you look at it closely, the quote tells us quite a lot about the film. For example, it is quite obvious that the film involves gangsters and it also suggests that the film might use flashbacks. Just in case this is not quite enough for you to go on, we'll give you a few more hints. This film was released in 1990 and it was directed by Martin Scorsese (IMDb).
6Name this Friends character.
Friends is an iconic - and hilarious - TV series. Indeed, it is so famous that most of us have seen it (if not the whole thing, then an episode or two). It's hard to believe that season one of this series was released more than 20 years ago, all the way back in 1994. The show ended ten years later, in 2004. In total, 10 seasons (IMDb) were released. The plot follows six friends - three girls and three guys - who live in New York city. Courteney Cox portrayed the character in the image to the right. But what it this character's name?
7Name this actor.
According to Forbes, this actor is one of the most bankable stars in the world. This makes perfect sense since this actor is not only incredibly talented but also quite prolific. Over the years he has appeared in countless of movies, including the 1997 drama Good Will Hunting, the 1999 psychological thriller The Talented Mr. Ripley, the 2006 crime drama The Departed, the 2014 science fiction film Interstellar and the 2015 science fiction film The Martian. Nonetheless, he is perhaps best known for his role of Jason Bourne in the Bourne film series (IMDb).
8Who painted the Mona Lisa?
The Mona Lisa is without doubt one of the most famous paintings in the world. Pretty much everyone has heard of it. The Mona Lisa was painted during the Renaissance period, probably sometime between 1503 and 1519. It was painted in Florence but today it hangs in the Louvre in Paris (Britannica). Countless of tourists and art junkies flock to see this painting on a daily basis, hoping to solve its mystery (after all, it is still uncertain as to who the woman in the portrait is).
9What is the name of the smallest planet in the universe?
Those who are into astronomy are probably well aware that a solar system is made up of a star as well as objects that orbit around it, such as planets and moons (NASA Science Solar System Exploration) Our solar system is found in an outer spiral arm of the Milky Way Galaxy and it consists of the Sun, which is our star, and everything that travels around it such as the eight planets and their satellites as well as dwarf planets and their satellites, not to mention comets and asteroids.
10What is the capital of Denmark?
Think you know the name of the capital city of Denmark? Then go ahead and select the correct answer below. And if you don't, don't worry. We'll give you a hint or two. According to Mental Floss, this city was once nothing more than a fishing village. It was a good place to live in, if only because the fishermen that lived there would catch herring on a daily basis. On the other hand, it was often attacked by pirates. Those who visit this city like to stop by the famous Tivoli Gardens and the Freetown of Christiania (Lonely Planet).
11Name the famous ship that sank in 1912.
1912 was the year that a very famous ship - dubbed as an "unsinkable" ship - sank. The impressive ship was on its way to New York in USA. It left Southampton in England on April the 10th and it was supposed to pull into New York on April the 17th. However, only four days into its journey, on April the 14th, it hit an iceberg and sank (Britannica). Countless of people passed away as a result, but who knows what this ship was called?
12What is the name of the Roman goddess of love?
Who knows the name of the Roman goddess of love? Be careful - often times people confuse her with the Greek goddess of love. According to Britannica, the Roman goddess of love is associated with thriving fields and blooming gardens. Curiously enough, this goddess does not appear to have been worshiped in the very early Roman times for there were no festivals held in her name and she does not appear to have been mentioned in the old records. However, in Latin times at least two temples were built in her honor.
13Which sport does the World Cup involve?
Every four years, millions of people drop whatever it is that they are doing so as to tune into the World Cup (previously known as FIFA World Cup). You don't have to be into sports to know that the World Cup is an international sporting tournament. But who knows the exact sport that this international competition involves? This international competition has been around for quite some time. Indeed, it was founded more than 50 years ago, all the way back in 1930. Fun fact: the first country to win the World Cup was Uruguay (Britannica)!
14What is the official mascot of Walt Disney company?
Almost everyone knows Walt Disney's name. Most of us associate this name with our childhood. After all, Disney was not only a motion picture and TV producer but also the creator of Disneyland and Walt Disney World. As most are well aware, Disney came up with numerous cartoon characters. For example, he came up with the character of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. However, the rights to Oswald were stolen (Britannica) and while this was frustrating at the time it actually led to the creation of Disney's most popular cartoon character and official mascot.
15True or False - Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar for his role in Titanic?
Regardless of whether you're into celebrities or not, you probably know who Leonardo DiCaprio is. It's hard not to. He began acting in the late 1980's and quickly rose to fame. His role in the iconic movie Titanic no doubt helped him gain international recognition. In the movie, DiCaprio played the role of Jack Dawson (IMDb), a poor young man who ends up falling in love with a beautiful woman from an upper class family named Rose. DiCaprio was exceptional in the movie but did he win an Oscar for his role?
16Which state is called the Golden State?
Every state in the USA has a nickname and if you have a good memory you might even know them all! If not, you'll probably know the nickname of your own state (and perhaps a few others). So, who knows which state in the USA is known as the Golden State? According to 50 States, this nickname was made official in 1968. When you think about it, this nickname makes perfect sense. After all, back in the 1800's a large amount of gold was discovered in this state, an event that everyone is reminded of every spring with the bloom of the golden poppies.
17What is a cronut?
Forget donuts, cookies, croissants and other sweet treats that you might be used to seeing and eating on a daily basis. Nowadays it's all about hybrid pastries. Hybrid pastries are basically pastries that have been made by combining two pastries together. One such hybrid pastry is called a cronut. The cronut is a rather recent invention. It was created in New York city by a pastry chef named Dominique Ansel. It took him months - and as many as ten different recipes - to make it (Conde Nast Traveler). Before long, the queues outside his bakery were out of control. But what even is a cronut?
18Which of these is an actual form of currency in the wizarding world of Harry Potter?
The wizarding world of Harry Potter is nothing like the Muggle world. It is full of unusual characters, creatures and objects. And of course, like any other fantasy world, it also has its own currency. In a way, wizarding currency is similar to Muggle currency. There are three types of coins in the wizarding world and serious Potter heads should have no trouble recalling what exactly they are called. So, who knows which one of the below is an actual form of currency in the magical world of Harry Potter?
19What is the capital city of Bahamas?
As far as capital cities go, this one is pretty tough so we'll be very impressed if anyone gets this question right. According to Britannica, the capital city of Bahamas was once known as Charles Towne. Nonetheless, its current name was introduced all the way back in the late 17th century. This city is known for its amazing natural vegetation, its harbor and its marine gardens. Those who visit it try to stop by its famous Ardastra Gardens and Zoo.
20Which country does this flag belong to?
Every nation has a flag and so it is almost impossible to learn them all off by heart, which is quite annoying for almost every single pub quiz and trivia quiz features at least one flag. Still, the flag that can be seen in the image to the right is quite distinctive. It consists of three horizontal stripes. The upper stripe is red, the middle stripe is white and the bottom stripe is blue. There is also a crest centered in the middle of the flag.
21How is copper represented on the periodic table?
According to Live Science, copper is one of the most important - and one of the most heavily consumed - metals in the metal industry today. Few people know that copper was actually the very first metal to be manipulated by humans. Copper is easy to distinguish thanks to its shiny red color. So what is copper useful for? Well, apparently, copper is often used to make electronics, telecommunication cables and electrical wires. Fun fact: If we ignore gold then copper is the sole metal on the periodic table that is not naturally grey or silver in color.
22Who was the second man to stand on the moon?
Pretty much everyone knows that Apollo 11 was the U.S. spaceflight that successfully landed two men on the moon. As most are without doubt aware, the moon landing took place on July 20, 1969 (Britannica). It was a significant event and one that millions of people watched with bated breath. Even today, the event is still as impressive as ever and the two astronauts have of course gone down in history. So, who knows the name of the second man to stand on the moon?
23What dog breed is this?
The dog breed that can be seen in the image to the right is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world today. Even though these dogs might appear rather stocky and stout, they are actually very athletic. Indeed, according to Barkpost, these dogs were originally herders and can run at an incredible speed. In addition, these dogs are related to Siberian Huskies. Can you see the similarities? Both breeds come from the Spitz family of dogs and both are known for their pointy ears and thick fur.
24What cat breed is this?
Recognize this cat breed? This cat breed is one of the oldest cat breeds in the world according to Mom. This cat breed originated in Thailand (and these cats have been around at least since the 14th century!) where it was well loved by royalty. These cats were not introduced to the western world until the late 19th century. Interestingly enough, this breed consists of two different types of cats but both types stand out as a result of their blue eyes.
25How many actors in total portrayed James Bond in film?
We've already mentioned that the man who created James Bond - Ian Fleming - had no idea just how famous his character was going to become. Indeed, Fleming's novel series was eagerly read by countless of people all over the world and so it makes perfect sense that the character of James Bond was eventually immortalized on the big screen. Over the years, countless of Bond movies have been released and countless of actors have portrayed him. But how many actors exactly have played the role of Bond?
26What is this pasta called?
Everyone loves pasta. Pasta dishes are delicious and comforting. Best of all, they are relatively easy to make. Plus, there are countless of actual pasta that we can choose from. Who knows the name of the pasta that can be seen in the image to the right? This pasta is made by rolling dough into thin sheets and then by cutting ribbons from these sheets. This type of pasta is popular all over the world and can be bought either fresh or dry.
27Which of the below is NOT a song by The Beatles?
The Beatles is without doubt one of the most iconic - and influential - bands in the history of music. The band was formed in Liverpool in 1960. Its members included John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. Only three years after the band was formed, "Beatlemania" became a thing. People were crazy about The Beatles and it is easy to see why. They were not afraid to experiment and their songs became a vital part of the counterculture movement (Britannica).
28What is this spice called?
If you're into cooking then you probably know that oftentimes the best way enhance a dish is by adding spices. Most of us are well aware of spices such as basil, cardamom and chili pepper. However, how many of us know the name of the luxurious red spice that can be seen in the image to the right? This spice is one of the most expensive spices out there and is usually sold in tiny quantities. It has been grown in Asia Minor for thousands of years. Today, very few of us use this spice in our kitchens.
29Name this bird.
We're all used to seeing pigeons, seagulls and swans. So when we see the bird that can be seen in the image to the right, we gasp in astonishment. After all, it looks pretty impressive in real life. These birds are truly fascinating. According to Mental Floss, they have been around for at least 30 million years and unlike most birds, they don't just eat fish. Indeed, they also eat crustaceans, turtles, amphibians and even other birds (such as pigeons).
30Which tree does this leaf belong to?
Think you know the type of tree that the leaf in the image to the right belongs to? Then go ahead and select the answer that you think is correct. The trees that these leaves grow on can be found in regions all over the world, including Asia, Europe and North America. These trees can grow just about anywhere although they do have rather large roots that like to spread out which means that they need quite a lot of space (Study).
31What is the worlds largest ocean?
Everyone knows that there are five oceans in the world but who knows which one of the five is the largest? If you think you know the answer go ahead and select it. If not, read on for a few hints. According to Facts, this ocean is about 14,000 feet deep and its temperature varies between 29.5F and 86F. It was discovered quite recently - in the 16th century - by a man named Vasco de Balboa. This ocean takes up as much as 46% of the Earth's water surface.
32What car is this?
This distinctive car was designed in 1959 by a man named Alec Issigonis who was an engineer and designer by profession. His car quickly became a classic. The public was impressed both by the design and the reliability of the car. Of course, it also helped that the car was (and still is) very economical. 10 years after the car was designed, Queen Elizabeth II rewarded Issigonis for his hard work - she bestowed upon him the title of a knight (My Drift Fun).
33Ruby represents how many years of marriage?
Those who are married know that marriage is no joke. It requires a lot of hard work and the willingness to compromise. So it makes sense that every year married couples celebrate their wedding anniversary. In many countries, it is traditional to give the married couple a gift that represents the number of years that they are married for. Every wedding anniversary is symbolized by an object. For example, the first wedding anniversary is symbolized by paper, the 10th is symbolized by tin and the 15th is symbolized by crystal (Wow Pages). But how many years of marriage does ruby symbolize?
34Which of these is NOT a real period in history?
You don't have to be into history to know that the history of the world is divided into different periods. Some of these periods are well known whereas others not so much. Most of us have a favorite period in history, and we tend to stick with it. Still, we should read up on other periods in history too for they might help us to better understand not only the past but also the present. So, who knows which one of the below four options is NOT a real period in history?
35Who invented the first practical telephone?
Nowadays most of us can't imagine a world without telephones. We are so used to contacting our partners, parents and friends on a daily basis that it seems almost incomprehensible that once upon a time people did not have phones. Instead, they had to send letters or in the case of urgent matters, telegrams. The first telephone was invented back in the late 19th century. But who knows the name of the man who invented it? Bear in mind that we are referring to the first practical telephone.