Facts You Don't Really Need to Know: The Useless Trivia Quiz


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Ever wonder what those little ridges are on quarters or whether your favorite cartoon characters have real names? Take our quiz to test your knowledge of completely useless random trivia, and maybe pickup a fact or two to impress your friends!

How much does the U.S. Navy spend each year on its Marine Mammal Program?

The Navy shells out $28 million annually to train a team of San Diego dolphins and sea lions to locate land mines.


Which came first, Hydrox or Oreo?

While come many assume that Hydrox is an Oreo knockoff, the Hydrox cookie actually came first. Introduced way back in 1908, it made its debut four years before the Oreo.


How many different words are in "Green Eggs and Ham"?

Responding to a challenge from his editor, Dr. Seuss used just 50 different words to craft the classic "Green Eggs and Ham."


In the Scooby-Doo world, what is Shaggy's real name?

The slacker Shaggy has a surprisingly refined birth name — Norville Rogers.


True or false: A Twinkie never expires and can be consumed years after it was made.

The shelf life of a Twinkie is about 25 days, and it only lasts that long because it contains almost no dairy.


How many hamburgers does McDonald's sell every second?

McDonald's sells 75 hamburgers per second, or 2.36 billion per year.


What is the largest restaurant chain in the world, by number of stores?

Subway has been the world's largest restaurant chain since 2011, with more than 40,000 stores as compared to about 35,000 for McDonald's.


How many Americans claim to have been abducted by aliens?

A whopping six million Americans — 2.5 percent of the population — believe that they've spent time with little green men.


True or false: Students were taking classes at Oxford before the Aztec civilization ever started in the Americas.

The earliest teaching at Oxford began in 1096, while the Aztecs founded Tenochtitlan in 1325. By that time, Oxford was a full-fledged university campus complete with dorms for students.


How many babies do armadillos have at once?

Nine-banded armadillos — the only type found in the U.S. — always give birth to identical quadruplets.


What is the national animal of Scotland?

The unicorn, chosen because it's the natural enemy of the lion, has been Scotland's official national symbol since the 14th century.


What creature is on the Welsh flag?

The green and white Welsh flag proudly sports a bright red dragon.


What company did Ronald Wayne co-found?

Wayne was Apple's third co-founder. He sold his 10 percent share of Apple back in the '70s for $800. Yes, $800.


What movie led Reed Hastings to start Netflix?

After owing a $40 late fee for holding onto a rented copy of "Apollo 13" for too long, Hastings came up with the idea of Netflix.


True or false: There is a basketball court at the Supreme Court.

Even stately judges need their exercise. The basketball court at the U.S. Supreme Court is called "the highest court in the land," but there's a strict ban on playing when court is in session.


There's also a basketball court at the top of this Disney attraction.

There's a smaller-than-half-court basketball setup at the top of the Matterhorn, a classic Disneyland coaster.


According to a Purdue University study, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

Purdue's licking machine took an average of 364 licks to reach the sweet chocolate center.


What are those little indentations in the sides of coins called?

The indentations, or reeds, were originally added to coins to keep people from shaving off bits of the precious metal used to make the coin.


True or false: There is an equal number of reeds on every coin, regardless of the denomination.

A dime has 118 reeds, while a quarter has 119. If you come across a half-dollar, you can expect to find 150 reeds around its perimeter.


What do you call a group of kangaroos?

A mob can range from just a few members to several hundred.


How many people in the U.S. are killed by a shark each year, on average?

Sharks kill an average of just one person per year in the U.S., which is about the same as the number of people killed by alligators.


How many people in the U.S. are killed by cows each year?

Forget known predators like sharks — cows kill an average of 20 people per year, while dogs kill an average of 28 people annually.


How long is a jiffy?

Officially, a jiffy is the time it takes for light to travel 1 centimeter. It's so small that's it's measured in picoseconds.


True or false: Hippos produce pink milk.

Contrary to rumors, hippos produce white milk. They do, however, secrete an orange oil substance that might mix with the milk and give it a pink hue.


What was bubble wrap originally designed as?

Bubble wrap was invented in 1957 as a form of textured wallpaper. When that failed to take off, its inventors realized that it did a great job of protecting items during shipping.


The Venus flytrap is native only to this country.

The hungry little plant is native to a small region along the border of North and South Carolina.


True or false: Yoda and Miss Piggy were both voiced by the same actor.

Actor Frank Oz provided the voice of both Yoda and Miss Piggy, as well as other Muppets characters like Animal and Fozzie Bear.


How much is a smidgen of salt?

Break out your smallest set of spoons! A smidgen amounts to just 1/32 of a teaspoon.


True or false: The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4.

While Congress adopted the document on July 4th and declared independence, the declaration itself wasn't signed until about a month later.


What is the first name of Cap'n Crunch?

Horatio Magellan Crunch sails aboard the S.S. Guppy in a sea of milk and cereal.


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