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Get ready for a super-fun and highly informative time with this fun facts quiz! We've put together some of the most interesting, shocking and jaw-dropping knowledge to amaze you. Feast your eyes on food facts, geography info, sports trivia and other not-so-obvious truisms. And we've amped up the shock value of these facts with explanations that'll leave you stunned.
Did you know that some people develop a random ability to speak foreign languages? True or false: Cabbage is made mostly of water? Is baseball the longest-played sport on Earth? Where on Earth can you expect to live the longest? Do unicorns really exist in Scotland? And if the magical creatures do live in Scotland, do they "Neigh!" with a Scottish accent? What sound does a unicorn make? It may trot and look like a horse with a serious migraine, but it may very well bark like a pup, squeal like a piglet or blow a range of strangely communicative octaves through its horn. And since "uni" means "one," and the unicorn has one horn, why isn't the creature called a unihorn?
Once you get started with this quiz, the questions in your mind will keep coming. End your agonizing curiosity already, and pass this fun facts quiz with flying colors!
What was Australia's former name?
Australia is one of the largest countries in the world, and it's one of the smallest continents. The Dutch first named the land "New Holland," which is what is was called up until the early 19th century.
What is the name of the medical condition whereby people randomly develop a foreign accent?
Foreign Language Syndrome is a rare condition that usually occurs as a result of acute brain trauma. People who suffer the disorder substitute their native language with a language they learned later in life.
What does the word "noisome" mean?
"Noisome" is a late 14th-century term derived from Old French "anoier," which means "annoy." "Noisome" also means "irritating" or "unpleasant." The word was first used to describe something as "harmful" or "noxious."
Cabbage contains what percentage of water?
Cabbage leaves may contain a lot of water, but the leafy vegetable is also packed with nutrients. Cabbage contains phytochemical antioxidant compounds that possess anti-inflammatory ability. Nursing mothers can apply cabbage leaves to their breasts to alleviate sore nipples.
What does "bardolatry" mean?
Critic George Bernard Shaw coined the term "bardolater" to describe adoring Shakespeare fans who perceived the English author as error-proof. "Bardolatry" is a term of rebuke that combines the terms "idolatry," idol worship," with the Shakespearean byname, "the Bard."
On average, how many minutes of total action are played in the game of baseball?
In American baseball, there is no clock, and game times can be lengthy. American League games tend to be 10 or more minutes longer than National League games. Through the years, baseball games have lengthened to accommodate team breaks and television commercials.
According to statistics, you'll probably live the longest in which U.S. state?
On average, life expectancy in Hawaii is 82.3 years. To devise life expectancy rates, health insurers assess 16 health markers made available by public health and government organizations. The state of Utah owns the distinction of having the healthiest citizenry.
Who are the "digerati"?
"Digerati" is a term that signifies elitism among those who create and control today's information technology. Information technology experts include pioneers, specialists and other executives of social media, content marketing and various online platforms.
What was the first name for the hashtag symbol (#)?
"Octothorp" is spelled "octothorpe," "octathorp" or "octatherp." In the U.K., it's defined as "gate," "hash key" or "square key." The symbol has been "a pound of weight" or "hash" among other meanings, depending on the region.
Where is the world's largest rotating globe located?
The world's largest revolving, rotating globe is named "Eartha," and it's housed at the headquarters of Delorme Corporation, which is a mapping and software company in Yarmouth, Maine.
What is the national animal of Scotland?
Scotland is the northernmost country of the four constituents in the United Kingdom. Unicorn symbols and folklore are deeply woven into the cultural fabric of the region. In Stirling Castle of Stirling, Scotland, hangs an elaborate tapestry called "The Unicorn is Found."
What is the best-selling musical instrument in the world?
The harmonica is classified as either a wind instrument with a free reed or a mouth organ. Modern-day harmonicas are constructed with slotted free metal reeds placed in a wooden frame enclosed by metal. The metal enclosure features identical parallel wind channel rows.
What does does a camel store in its hump?
The camel is a large hoofed creature native to the dry lands of Africa and Asia. It can go for long periods without water. The camel stores water in its blood, and the camel hump consists of stored fatty deposits the animal uses for nourishment.
How many French fries does the average American eat each year?
Health experts stress considerably reducing French fries intake for a few important reasons. Processed potatoes contain traces of cancer-causing acrylamide, an odorless white substance. Moreover, such a large ingestion of deep-fried food has contributed to increasing obesity rates.
Which of these animals does not sleep?
Bullfrogs are vocal amphibian creatures that are native to Canada and the eastern United States. It is assumed that the bullfrog does not sleep because, in a 1967 sleep study, the animal responded to painful stimuli during its resting phase.
Which country has competed in the most Summer Olympic games without winning a medal?
Situated between Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein is the fourth-smallest country in Western Europe. Liechtenstein has won 10 Winter Olympic game medals, all of them in alpine skiing.
All members of which musical group could not read or write music?
The Beatles were a hugely successful 1960s British music group from Liverpool, England. The band's members included John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Paul McCartney. The band had previously been called "The Silver Beatles" and "The Quarrymen."
Which city has the most hotel rooms?
Las Vegas, Nevada, reportedly has approximately 37 percent more hotel rooms than New York City, a city that has a population in the millions versus Las Vegas's population of roughly 600,000. There are nearly 62,000 hotel rooms along the Las Vegas strip alone.
Which of these former countries hosted the Olympic games?
Nazi Germany hosted the Summer and Winter Olympic games in 1936. In 1972, West Germany hosted the summer games in Munich. The socialist state of the Soviet Union hosted the summer games in 1980, and Yugoslavia hosted the 1984 winter games in Sarajevo.
In morse code, the English elipsis (...) means what?
The ellipsis indicates the deletion of speech whose meaning can be inferred. Morse code can be numbers, letters and punctuation marks, as in this instance. Morse code is a method of communication whereby information is transmitted through electrical pulses or light signals.
In which state does the United States Postal Service still use mules?
Arizona is a characteristically urbanized state. However, in its Grand Canyon region, there exists a small group of people who still receive their mail by mule. According to the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, the route is likely one of the last of its kind in the world.
Which Bruce Springsteen song is an "unpatriotic" tune about the Vietnam War?
Bruce Springsteen's 1984 album, "Born in the U.S.A," includes the hit single of the same name. Springsteen's career flourished as a result of the album's success. "Born in the U.S.A." is an anti-American-themed song that's empathetic to U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War.
Michael Myers' mask in the "Halloween" slasher films is a replica of which actor?
Canadian-born actor William Shatner of "Star Trek" fame is literally the face of "Halloween" film series villain Michael Myers. More specifically, Myers' mask is the face of Shatner's "Star Trek" character, "Captain Kirk," that was painted white.
Which human body part contains the most water?
Roughly 80 percent of the human lung is water. However, the spaces of air within the lung are shielded by assorted barriers and channel structures. Human kidneys and muscles contain 79 percent water, and the heart and brain contain 73 percent.
Which is the only U.S. state that's hosted both the Winter and Summer Olympics?
The 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympic games were held in Los Angeles, California. Squaw Valley Ski Resort of the Lake Tahoe region in Olympic Valley, California, hosted the 1960 Winter Olympic games.
Which fruit contains more sugar than a strawberry?
The amount of sugar in lemons is roughly 68 percent. Strawberries contain a little less than 40 percent sugar. Lemons are sour because they contain a high amount of crystalline citric acid.
Sex therapist "Dr. Ruth" is also skilled at which profession?
Dr. Ruth Westheimer was born in Germany to Orthodox Jews in 1928. She joined the Haganah Zionist paramilitary organization and was trained as a sniper. Westheimer reportedly participated in the 1948 Israeli War of Independence.
The world's largest office chair is located in which U.S. state?
Miller's Office Supply company in Anniston, Alabama, built the world's largest office chair in a lot near its company headquarters to promote its business. The chair stands 31 feet tall and can withstand inclement weather, including 80 mph winds.
Which TV talk show host used to be mayor of Cincinnati?
Television host Jerry Springer was born in London, England, in 1944 and immigrated to America with his family as a young child. Springer began his political career in the 1970s, serving as mayor of Cincinnati from 1977 to 1978.
In which U.S. state do chickens outnumber people?
The state bird of Delaware is the blue hen chicken. In 1942, farms in Delaware produced 20 percent of the nation's broiler chickens. High poultry productivity in the Delaware county of Sussex, in particular, made it one of the richest agricultural municipalities at the time.
Which natural food never spoils?
The domestic honeybee produces the common clover honey sold commercially. Honey is an important ingredient in many foods, and the dark-golden viscous fluid is used in traditional medicine to accelerate wound healing.
Which "adorable" animal is also poisonous?
Male platypuses are armed with poisonous spikes on their hind legs that they only use for self-defense, and not for attacking their prey. The monotreme mammal's poison is important in pain research since it contains a protein that adheres to human neurons at a location responsible for human pain.
Which Hollywood celebrity was a lion tamer before he made it big?
Christopher Walken was born in Queens, New York, in 1943. Although he trained as a dancer and actor as a young child, as an adult Walken held assorted jobs, including lion tamer. He earned an Academy Award in 1978 for his performance in the film, "The Deer Hunter."
Where is the world's largest public library?
The world's largest public library is the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. The library contains millions of books, periodicals, recordings and other content. The official research facility of the U.S. Congress is also free and open to the public.
The rose plant family includes which of these fruits?
Sweet cherries, or wild cherries, that are sold commercially, are cultivars of the rose plant family (Rosaceae). Sweet cherries are rich in assorted bio-nutrients, including anthocyanins, quercetin, potassium, vitamin C and fiber.
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