Calling all pub trivia fans! Are you ready for your first question... how did it all begin?!
Oh, you weren't ready? That's ok; we'll help get you started! Did you know that the original pub quiz was established in the United Kingdom back in the 1970s? Indeed! A British company called Burns and Porter is credited with creating the concept for this popular night out. After all, what could make for a more exciting night out than teaming up with friends to answer the world's most random collection of questions across every subject of life? From science to entertainment and sports to politics, pub trivia covers it all, and so does this quiz! We want to know just how many random factoids are sitting up there in that brain of yours! Never know when you can use them, right? Well, let's find out now!
A small disclaimer before we get started... we don't have any promotional beer hats or koozies to give away if you win but trust us, you'll enjoy this quiz! So let's get to it. It's time to see if you have the smarts to ace this pub trivia quiz. You may not be at a pub, but feel free to grab yourself a cold one before we get started! Cheers!
In the United Kingdom, what is the day after Christmas known as?
In old British times, a "Christmas box" was the name for a Christmas present. The day after Christmas was when the servants were permitted to go home to be with their families and give presents, or... boxes!
In a court of law, what is the term for a voluntary written statement made under oath?
The word "affidavit" comes from the Latin word "affidare" meaning, "He has stated on oath." An affidavit can be written to attest to anything from a birth to a robbery!
In Greek mythology, who is the God of Love?
Eros is the Greek god of love and desire. He is the son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty!
In science, what is the name of only mammal with the ability to fly?
Bats have a thin membrane that covers their forelimbs. This natural feature lends itself to 'wings,' making bats the only flying mammal on Earth!
Which U.S. President is credited with abolishing slavery?
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. This proclamation was an executive order changing the legal status of 3.5 million enslaved Africans Americans from slave to free.
What is the square root of 81?
The square root is a number which results from multiplying one number by itself! Another example would be: 4 x 4 = 16, or the square root of 16 is 4!
After Romeo and Juliet, what is the name of William Shakespeare's most frequently performed play?
It is estimated that "Hamlet" was written between 1599 and 1602 by William Shakespeare. Did you know that Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play? It is also considered one of the most influential literary works in the world!
What is the name of the body of water between Texas and Florida?
The Gulf of Mexico is 932.06 miles wide and 600,000 square miles in total. Both the Rio Grande and the Mississippi Rivers flow into it.
The Prime Minister of Canada is Justin Trudeau, but who is the Head of State?
Did you know that the Prime Minister of Canada reports to the Monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II? Canada is one of 16 Commonwealth realms over which the Queen reigns.
What is the name of the lunar phase occurring every 29.5 days and at least 14 times per year?
A full moon occurs when Earth is located exactly between the Sun and the Moon. It typically occurs once per month, but there are two months in the year in which it occurs twice!
Eddie Vedder is the lead vocalist of which American rock band?
Eddie Vedder was born on December 23, 1964 in Evanston, Illinois. Did you know that Vedder was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017?
In which city can you find the Charles de Gaulle airport?
The Charles de Gaulle is the largest international airport in France. Its namesake comes from the leader of the Free French Forces during World War II who also founded the French Fifth Republic and was President of France from 1959 to 1969.
After launching in 2004, how many users were registered on Facebook by 2012?
Facebook was launched on February 4, 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. Zuckerberg is the current chairman and chief executive officer.
From high school chemistry class to every day life, what does the chemical formula NaCl represent?
NaCl is the chemical compound known as sodium chloride, or salt! It is a one-to-one ration of sodium and chloride and is soluble in water.
In a galaxy far, far away, what was Darth Vader's original last name?
Anakin Skywalker was the son of Shmi Skywalker, though his father remains unknown to this day. He gave up his identity, including his name, to become the one, the only... Darth Vader.
In U.S. geography, what is the only state with a one-syllable name?
Maine is the 12th smallest state in the United States by area. It is the 9th least populated as well! It is known as the Pine Tree State as well as Vacationland.
Which of these bands was made famous by their best-selling hit "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in 1963?
The Beatles formed in 1960 in Liverpool, England. The band consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
First introduced in 1977, what is the name of Han Solo's ship?
Did you know that the Millennium Falcon can reach a maximum speed of 652 miles per hour?! It is primarily commanded by Han Solo and his first mate Chewbacca.
If Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, which planet is the farthest from the sun?
Did you know that Pluto was discovered on February 18, 1930 by Clyde W. Tombaugh? Tombaugh was an American astronomer who also discovered many asteroids.
According to the most recent American Kennel Club survey, which dog is the most popular breed in the United States?
The Labrador Retriever has been the most popular dog breed in the United States for 26 years! The German Shepherd, Golden Retriever and Beagle are close behind.
In 2005, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in "Walk the Line." Can you name the actress?
In 2001, Reese Witherspoon gained widespread recognition for her role as Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde." By 2005, she portrayed June Carter in "Walk the Line," earning not only the Academy Award but the Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards too!
Known for her hit songs "Tik Tok" and "Timber," what is the name of this present day pop artist?
Did you know that Ke$ha's real name is Kesha Rose Sebert? Her singing career began at the age of 18 when she was signed to Kemosabe Records. Her first major success was being featured in Flo Rida's number-one hit "Right Round" in 2009.
Starring Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin and Robin Williams, what was the name of the animated musical film released in 1992 by Walt Disney Pictures?
"Aladdin" was released on November 25, 1992 and grossed more than $500 million at the box office! It was directed and produced by Ron Clements and John Musker.
What is the name of the highest mountain on the continent of Africa?
Did you know that the elevation of Mount Kilimanjaro is 19.341 feet? It is located in the north east region of Tanzania and was first summited by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889.
In which city were the 2016 Summer Olympics held?
The Rio 2016 Olympics were held from August 5th - 21st. Did you know that there were 11,238 participating athletes from 207 different countries?
Known as "The Unit," which baseball player won the Cy Young Award five times between 1988 and 2009?
Did you know that Randy Johnson won the Cy Young Award in 1995, and then for FOUR consecutive years from 1999-2002? He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015.
In the southwestern Pacific Ocean, which country lies 900 miles east of Australia?
Did you know that New Zealand was settled by the Polynesians in 1250? Today, the Maori people represent 15% of the population.
Who was appointed the first U.S. Secretary of State in 1790?
Thomas Jefferson served as Secretary of State from March 22, 1790 - December 31, 1793. Soon thereafter, he was elected Vice President and served two terms as President from 1801 - 1809!
If the President and Vice President are unable to perform the duties of office, who is third in line to the U.S. Presidency?
The Speaker of the House of Representatives is the leader of the House of Representatives. This person is elected by the members of the House. Did you know that the first ever Speaker, Frederick Muhlenberg, was elected on April 1, 1789?
There are 206 bones in the adult human body, but how many are we born with?
Did you know that we are born with about 270 bones? This number decreases to 206 after our bones continue to fuse together.
Who has been the host of "Wheel of Fortune" since 1981?
Did you know that Pat Sajak signed on to be the host of Wheel of Fortune until 2022? He has been active in television since 1968.
Known as the greatest football player of all time, a.k.a. the GOAT, Tom Brady was born and raised in which U.S. State?
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. was born on August 3, 1977, in San Mateo, California. He attended Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, before heading to Michigan to play football in college.
After 18 seasons in the NFL, which retired quarterback is seen today in Nationwide television ads?
Did you know that Peyton Manning was the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft? Following his record-holding career, Manning has enjoyed getting the Nationwide jingle stuck in America's head! "Chicken parm you taste so good..."
Barbara Walters was the host of which TV newsmagazine from 1979 to 2004, and again from 2013 to 2014?
The current anchors of 2020 are David Muir and Amy Robach. Barbara Walters now serves as the executive producer of The View.
In which U.S. state is Kiawah Island located?
Kiawah Island is located 25 miles southwest of Charleston, South Carolina. It is home to 1,626 people, beautiful beaches and acclaimed golf courses.
How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!
Get smarter every day! Subscribe & get 1 quiz every week.
Playing quizzes is free! We send trivia questions and personality tests every week to your inbox. By clicking "Sign Up" you are agreeing to our
and confirming that you are 13 years old or over.