Can You Ace This Encrypted Knowledge Test?

Brian Whitney

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About This Quiz

You have to be pretty smart to do well on an IQ test. Sometimes people mix up being intelligent with having a lot of knowledge. After all, one can be pretty smart and still not know certain facts about the world and things around them. Some of the smartest people in the world didn't go far in school.  But at the same time, there are certain tests and quizzes that can tell you pretty much exactly how smart you are, this is one of them. It won't be easy to get all of these questions right, but if you do then you can pretty much know for certain that you would come out in the 99th percentile of intelligence quotient.

Some of these questions might seem confusing, others might seem incredibly simple. Not to worry, this knowledge test is encrypted, and what might seem confusing while you take the test, will all become clear when we decode your answers. So good luck, and hey, if you don't come out at the 99th percentile, don't worry, the 95th percentile is pretty good too. But we both know that you won't come in any lower than that.

Which President issued the Emancipation Proclamation?

The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. In essence this signing freed the slaves stating "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."

Where did Spongebob Squarepants work?

SpongeBob works at the Krusty Krab along with Squidward. It is a fast food place owned by Eugene Krabs.

What movie did Eddie Murphy star in with Nick Nolte in 1982?

Eddie Murphy was a huge star on Saturday Night Live when he made this movie. It was a huge success and showed that Murphy had the range and star power to become a big celebrity.

What comic strip was about a boy and his stuffed tiger?

Calvin and Hobbes was a hugely successful comic strip back in the 80s and 90s. Calvin was the boy and Hobbes was his stuffed Tiger, who was real only to Calvin.

What state is Olympia the capitol of?

Olympia is a small city for a capitol, it only has around 50,000 people. It is on the southern end of the Puget Sound.

What is Shawshank in the movie "The Shawshank Redemption"?

This movie starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. It was about a man sentenced to prison for crimes that he did not commit.

What is Naan?

Naan is the Persian word for bread. You find this type of bread in many countries, it is probably best known as something you might order when you get Indian food.

What band's lead singer is Axl Rose?

Guns N' Roses was one of the most popular bands of all time, but they soon stopped recording. Other than Axl Rose the most famous member of the band was their guitarist who was called Slash.

What is the most Northeastern state in America?

Maine is known for it's rocky coastline, rugged wilderness and it's maritime history. You're a lot more likely to see a brew pub than a moose though.

How many people were in the band "The White Stripes?"

Jack and Meg White were not only members of the White Stripes, they were married, although they are now divorced. While Jack has become hugely popular Meg is no longer involved in the music scene.

What is a group of lakes in New York state?

The Finger Lakes in New York were named because they are long and thin like your fingers. They are also known for their vineyards.

What detective was featured in the book "The Hound of the Baskervilles?"

Like all of the Sherlock Holmes books it was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was later made into a movie.

What is the only country that is also a continent?

Australia is surrounded by both the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It's largest cities Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide are all coastal.

How long is a Fortnight?

While it might seem confusing, it really isn't. The old English word "Fortnight" means fourteen nights. You see what they did there?

What was the name of the coffee shop in "Friends?"

The gang on friends spent a lot of time hanging out at Central Perk. You might recall how one of the secondary characters on the show was Gunther, who worked at the coffee shop.

What do you call a desperation pass at the end of a football game?

Hail Mary's aren't very successful in football. It is the word for a long pass that is made out of desperation when time is running out. If you make one it is like your prayers were answered.

What does "AMA" stand for on Reddit?

This community is very popular on Reddit. People that do AMA's can range from celebrities to normal people who have an interesting story to tell.

What is a famous murder mystery board game?

Clue is a game where you have to try and figure out who is responsible for the crime and what weapon was used. It was started in England in 1949 and has become incredibly popular.

Who has won the most championships in the NBA?

The Celtics have won 17 championships which is the most ever won. The Lakers are right on their heels with 16 titles.

What does MMA stand for when it comes to fighting?

Back in the day boxing was really the only sport that had it going on when it came to fighting but not anymore. Mixed Martial Arts has been a sport on the rise for a long time now.

On what website do people Tweet?

While at first a lot of people didn't really get the vibe of Twitter, that is no longer the case. Twitter is enormously popular in the United States. #Notgoinganywhere

What is the plural of "Cactus?"

There are all sorts of different types of the plant known as "Cactus." But if you're talking about a whole lot of them you're talking about cacti.

What is Nirvana's most popular album?

This album was one of the most popular and influential albums of all time. It's biggest single was "Come As You Are"

Who does Sylvester Stallone Play in film franchise about a boxer?

No one really knew who Sylvester Stallone was until the movie "Rocky". That changed quickly and Stallone become an enormous star, appearing in many other movies including "Rambo."

What country is Montreal in?

Montreal is a beautiful city that has a lot of great architecture and restaurants. There are many sections of the city where French is spoken primarily. Around 1.7 million people live there.

What does R & B stand for when it comes to music?

This type of music evolved from a combination of blues and jazz in the 1940s and was mostly of African-American origin. In the 50s it became more of a rock and roll kind of thing.

What is margarine a substitute for?

Margarine is imitation butter. It has been around since 1869 when French chemist Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès made a butter imitation for the lower classes.

Who was the original star of Magnum P.I?

Magnum P.I. was one of the more popular shows of its time and made Tom Selleck a huge star. It was set in Hawaii and featured Selleck hanging around with Higgins, T.C. and Rick.

Who is Batman?

Barman had a pretty good secret identity, at least no one figured it out apparently. By day he was the millionaire Bruce Wayne, the Batcave was below his mansion.

What cartoon bear likes picnic baskets?

Yogi Bear was one of many Hannah-Barbera cartoons. He first appeared on the Huckleberry Hound Show, but he eventually ended up getting his own cartoon because he was so popular.

What does Oscar the Grouch live in?

Oscar the Grouch was one of the best characters ever on Sesame Street. He did live in a trash can though, why wouldn't he be grumpy?

What is a drink that is "on the rocks" served with?

A lot of times when something is "on the rocks" it means things aren't going well. But when it comes to liquor it just means that it is served on ice.

If you are a hypochondriac, what are you afraid of?

Hypochondriacs have a long term fear of having something serious happen to them when it comes to illness. They also worry a lot about something minor becoming serious.

What actress played Miley Stewart on "Hannah Montana?"

It is hard for some of us to remember now, but Miley Cyrus has been around for a long time. She was a teen star and is the daughter of singer Billy Ray Cyrus.

What day is Cinco De Mayo?

To a lot of Americans Cinco De Mayo is just a day to get cheap Margaritas, but the real meaning of the holiday something a lot more. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla.

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