Calling all trivia junkies! Let’s jump right in and see just how smart you are. Can you name which math symbol has no value? What about the U.S. state that’s home to Area 51? Do you know the name for a group of ravens? What’s the capital of Australia?
If you answered zero, Nevada, congress and Canberra, then you’re probably a trivia master!
You have a love of knowledge and, if you don’t have an answer, you have a burning desire to find one. You’ve always got your eyes and ears peeled for new information, soaking it up like a sponge. Books are your best friend; you read voraciously. You’re not afraid to explore new topics. You might be an expert in 80s movies and WWII planes, but you’re still willing to learn about world languages. You stay on top of current events and have plenty of sources for your news. You most likely killed it at Brain Quest as a kid.
Take pride in your general knowledge abilities!
Think you might know which creature can lift up to fifty times its body weight? What about where the Serengeti is located? Do you know which bug sometimes has six legs and sometimes eight?
If any of those questions ring a bell, don’t wait! See if you’re smart enough to ace this quiz!
La Tour Eiffel was constructed in 1889 for the World's Fair, and it has graced Paris' landscape ever since. At the time, it was the tallest structure in the world, standing over 1000 feet tall (1,063 feet tall, to be precise.)
If you ever need to figure out which way is north, all you have to do is watch the sun. Its position actually comes from the Earth's rotation, not the sun's movement, but this memory device is still a great way to keep your cardinal directions straight.
Dorothy and Toto are the stars of "The Wizard of Oz," which came out in 1939. As Dorothy and Toto follow the yellow brick road, they meet the Lion without courage, the Tin Man without a heart and the Scarecrow without a brain.
Cell theory states that all living things are made of cells, so for something to be alive, it must consist of at least one cell. Bacteria are a great example of single-celled organisms considered to be alive. This is also part of the reason why viruses aren't alive; they aren't made of cells.
Yeast consumes some of the sugar used in baked goods, releasing carbon dioxide in the process. These bubbles try to rise to the surface, causing the food to rise with it. This process is called fermentation.
Steve Jobs was a co-founder of Apple, along with Steve Wozniak. Jobs, who lived from 1955 to 2011, created quite a few jobs with his company. An adopted child, he spent several years finding his direction before creating the company in 1976.
Whales, which are marine mammals, need to surface regularly in order to breathe air; that's why you can see their spout above water. They clear out their lungs, creating a water spout, then they take in as much air as they can before submerging again.
Cucumbers are submerged in brine (which usually includes vinegar, salt, sugar and spices) to create pickles. In other words, pickles are just pickled cucumbers! Of course, other veggies can be pickled, but they're never referred to as just "pickles."
Spanish toreadors wave red capes to enrage bulls, but bulls are actually color blind to the color red. They're attracted to motion, not to color.
Ants can lift up to 50 times their body weight, but that's not even the most impressive weightlifting feat in the animal kingdom. Mites can lift up to 1,180 times their weight, an unimaginable accomplishment!
Serengeti National Park, located in Tanzania, is home to wildlife such as zebras and wildebeests. The name loosely translates to "endless plains" in Maa, the language spoken by the Maasai people.
Athena was said to have beaten Poseidon, the god of the sea, for patronage over the town by offering its residents an olive tree. As the goddess of wisdom, she saw the many benefits they would enjoy from olives: food, wood and oil.
Beta-carotene, a great source of Vitamin A, gives carrots their bright orange color. It's also the reason that beets are purple and apricots are orange.
After George Washington declined a third term as president, John Adams took his place in 1797. While in the White House, Adams famously wrote, "May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof."
Spiders crawl around on eight legs, while butterflies have six. Ticks have six legs in the larval stage, then later, as adults, they have eight.
Popeye the Sailor got his start in newspapers and was based on a real person, Frank "Rocky" Fiegel! He was (and still is) so popular, that a recent study showed that children who watched Popeye cartoons ate more vegetables after viewing them than prior to watching.
People with O- blood don't produce any surface proteins that would be recognized and attacked by the recipient's immune system. AB folks, on the other hand, can receive any type of blood transfusion because their bodies already produce any surface proteins that could be a problem.
Before glass bottles, if you wanted milk, you had to carry your pail to the farmer to get it! Once milk delivery became a common practice, you'd leave your empty glass bottles out to be recycled and refilled.
Frank Sinatra was a classic triple-threat, thrilling audiences with his singing, dancing and acting. An Oscar and Grammy winner, he created art that is still appreciated today. In the 1960s, he was a member of the Rat Pack, along with Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr.
A common myth exists that Benjamin Franklin desperately wanted a turkey to be on the emblem instead of a bald eagle. In reality, he commented in a letter to his daughter that the drawing of an eagle looked more like a turkey than an eagle.
Aliens, or extraterrestrial life forms, have captured our imaginations for centuries, despite not having proof (yet) of their existence. In science fiction, they're often seen flying around in unidentified flying objects, aka UFOs.
The word "biscuit" refers to the equivalent of American crackers or cookies. In British territories, the word "cookie" specifically refers to chocolate chip cookies.
The planets, from closest to furthest from the sun, are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Pluto was demoted from "planet" to "dwarf planet" and is no longer included in our solar system's planet count.
The brachiosaurus of North America was approximately 60-70 feet long and weighed almost 60 metric tons. It's a type of sauropod that lived during the Late Jurassic period. During that time, the world was made of two supercontinents: Laurasia and Gondwana.
Red, blue and yellow can be mixed to make other colors, but you can't mix other colors to make red, blue or yellow in the RYB color model. They're called "primary" because you have to start with them to get everything else. For instance, yellow and blue make green, while red and blue make purple.
American astronauts set foot on the moon's soil before any other humans, but the Russians were the first to land an object, Luna 2, on the moon on September 13, 1959.
The record for the most births from a single human pregnancy is eight. In 2009, "Octomom" Nadya Suleman birthed octuplets, the result of IVF and medical malpractice.
You can't have ice cream without some type of milk. Traditionally, ice cream is made with cow's milk, but it can also be made with other types of milk, or milk alternatives like coconut milk or soy milk, for those who don't eat dairy.
Originally, the internet was used as an information "weapon" in the Cold War, as well as a way to ensure that information could be sent between government entities in the United States if the phone lines were destroyed.
Incisors, molars, premolars and canines are the different types of teeth you'll find in your mouth. Teeth are coated with enamel, which is primarily the mineral hydroxyapatite.
From the behavior of the stars to the pictures from NASA, we have all the evidence we need to know that the Earth is round. Fun fact: Earth is round because of the force of gravity.
"Danke" means "thank you," "bitte" means "please" or "you're welcome," and "nacht" means "night." Then there is "gesundheit," which actually means "health," but it's commonly used at moments when English-speakers say "bless you:" following a sneeze.
Merriam-Webster lists several entries for the word "butt," including both nouns and verbs. It has a history of wide and varied use outside the colloquial American term, referring to one's backside.
A "bear market" is one that is trending downward, in the same way that a bear would attack by swiping its paw down. A "bull market" is one trending upward, just like a bull would raise its horns high.
Mercury thermometers provided a more accurate measurement of temperature than alcohol thermometers, but they posed a substantial health risk if they were to break. They were finally discontinued in the United States (even for industrial use) in 2011. Mercury is still used in fluorescent lamps.