Thursday, October 21, 2010

Today's Trivia - Questions and Answers

This week’s trivia is all about questions and answers. See how many of the questions you can get right. Write down your answers and compare them to the ones listed at the bottom.

Good luck. And no peeking!


1. Who was the last president of the Soviet Union?

2. What political system was gradually dismantled in South Africa, starting in 1989?

3. Where is the Suez Canal?

4. What is the first organism to grow back after fire?

5. Where is the Golden Gate Bridge?

6. Where is Broadway?

7. What's the first name of Shakespeare?

8. Where is the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

9. Where is Notre Dame?

10. Which country gave the USA the 'Statute of Liberty?

11. What is the name of the worlds highest water fall?

12. What is the smallest country in the world?

13. Where is the world’s largest supply of fresh water?

14. Where is the Highest Elevation on Earth?

15. Where is the tallest Mountain on Earth?

16. What bird was domesticated first?

17. How many glasses of milk does a cow produce in her lifetime?

18. How long does it take light from the sun to reach the earth?

19. How far is the moon from the earth?

20. How much bigger is the sun than the earth?

21. Which planet is closest to the sun?

22. What is the sun made out of?

23. What powers the sun?

24. How old is the sun?

25. How old is the earth?

26. How old is the universe?

27. Which planet spins the fastest?

28. Which planet spins the slowest?

29. How long is a Martian year?

30. Does the sun rotate?

31. What spot once registered 134 degrees, the highest temperature ever in the U.S.?

32. What is the Milky Way?

33. What are the two top selling spices in the world?

34. What is the most widely eaten fish in the world?

35. What nation produces two thirds of the world's vanilla?

36. What was the first commercially manufactured breakfast cereal?

37. Where did the pineapple plant originate?

38. What nutty legume accounts for one sixth of the world's vegetable oil production?

39. What country saw the cultivation of the first potato, in 200 A.D.?

40. Plum trees are native to what countries?

41. What falling fruit supposedly inspired Isaac Newton to write the laws of gravity?

42. What method of preserving food did the Incas first use, on potatoes?

43. What's the groundnut better known as?

44. What sticky sweetener was traditionally used as an antiseptic ointment for cuts and burns?

45. What unit of electrical power is equal to one joule per second?

46. What planet is closest in size to our moon?

47. What measure of energy comes from the Latin word meaning "heat"?

48. What's removed from water in the process of desalination?

49. What unit of measure do you multiply by .39 to convert it to inches?

50. What method of underwater detection is short for "sound navigation and ranging"?

51. What continent is subjected to the world's largest ozone hole?

52. What sea creature can have an eye measuring 16 inches across, the largest in the animal kingdom?

53. What's the most malleable metal?

54. What was the first country to recognize Mexico's independence, in 1836?

55. What Russian cleric was poisoned, shot and finally drowned on December 30, 1916?

56. What country suffered the worst two earthquakes in history, killing 830,000 in 1556 and 750,000 in 1976?

57. What physicist's last words were not understood because his nurse did not speak German?

58. What 1947 invention by Bell Telephone Laboratories spawned pocket-sized radios?

59. What Italian astronomer invented the thermometer in 1592?

60. Who averaged one patent for every three weeks of his life?

61. What was the first organ successfully transplanted from a cadaver to a live person?

62. What do mathematicians call a regular polygon with eight sides?

63. What century did mathematicians first use plus and minus signs?

64. What's the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men?

65. What does "CPR" stand for in medical emergencies?

66. What, along with heart disease and cancer, accounts for 64 percent of U.S. deaths?

67. What virus did the World Health Organization say would infect 40 million people by the year 2000?

68. What do doctors look at through an ophthalmoscope?

69. What do leukemia sufferers have too many of?

70. What was the first planet to be discovered using the telescope, in 1781?

71. What was Friedrich Serturner the first to extract from opium and use as a pain reliever?

72. What disease is the focus of oncology?

73. How many U.S. states border the Gulf of Mexico?

74. What continent is cut into two fairly equal halves by the Tropic of Capricorn?

75. What explorer introduced pigs to North America?


1. Mikhail Gorbachev.

2. Apartheid.

3. Egypt.

4. Moss.

5. San Francisco, California, USA.

6. New York City, USA.

7. William.

8. Pisa, Italy.

9. Paris.

10. France.

11. Angel falls in Venezuela, South America.

12. Vatican City. Population: 1,000.

13. Brazil is estimated to have the largest supply of fresh water in the world, followed by Canada and Russia. (Yay, Canada!)

14. Mt. Everest, Asia: 29,035 feet (8850 m).

15. Mauna Kea, Hawaii - 33,480 feet (rising to 13,796 feet above sea level).

16. The goose.

17. Nearly 200,000.

18. Approximately 8 minutes and 18 seconds.

19. The actual Earth-Moon distance ranges from about 360,000 to 405,000 kilometers, depending on the position in the Moon's orbit. (223,694 to 251,665 miles)

20. The Earth is about 13 thousand kilometers (8000 miles) wide, whereas the Sun is roughly 1.4 million kilometers (900,000 miles) across. If the Sun were a hollow ball, you could fit about one million Earths inside of it!

21. Mercury.

22. The Sun is at present about 70% hydrogen and 28% helium by mass everything else amounts to less than 2%

23. Fusion, the same as a hydrogen bomb.

24. About 5 billion years.

25. About 4.5 billion years old.

26. At least 15 billion years old, but probably not more than 20 billion.

27. Jupiter is the fastest spinning planet in our solar system rotating on average once in just under 10 hours.

28. Venus is the slowest spinning planet in the solar system. It rotates only once every two hundred forty-three Earth days

29. The orbital period of Mars is 686.9726 days.

30. The movements of the sunspots indicate that the Sun rotates once every 27 days at the equator, but only once in 31 days at the poles.

31. Death Valley.

32. The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy.

33. Pepper is first and mustard is second.

34. The Herring

35. Madagascar.

36. Shredded Wheat.

37. In South America. It didn't reach Hawaii until the early nineteenth century.

38. The peanut.

39. South America.

40. The U.S., Europe and China.

41. An Apple.

42. Freeze-drying.

43. The peanut.

44. Honey.

45. The Watt.

46. Mercury.

47. The calorie.

48. Salt.

49. Centimeters.

50. Sonar.

51. Antarctica.

52. A squid.

53. Gold.

54. The U.S.

55. Rasputin.

56. China.

57. Albert Einstein's.

58. The transistor.

59. Galileo.

60. Thomas Edison.

61. A kidney.

62. An octagon.

63. The sixteenth.

64. Prostate cancer.

65. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

66. Stroke.

67. HIV.

68. The eye.

69. White blood cells, or leukocytes.

70. Uranus.

71. Morphine.

72. Cancer.

73. Five.

74. Australia.

75. Christopher Columbus.

So? How did you do?

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