The World

Take a stroll around the globe with our world quizzes. They're packed with trivia about capitals, landmarks, historical figures and more.

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According to popular song, Christmas is "the most wonderful time of the year." Christmas serves as a holy day for those who celebrate the holiday and a marketing boon for retail companies. But what's behind the ornaments, trees, presents and fruitcakes that characterize the 25th of December? And where did that date originate?

Get out your party hats and sparklers! New Year's Eve is the night when young and old stay up past midnight to ring in the new year. Fireworks blast off around the globe while bottles of champagne pour a bubbly sea of mirth. What are the different ways people celebrate New Year's, and how can you ensure good luck for the next 12 months?

Ho, ho, ho! Santa Claus' brief, but signature greeting brings smiles to the faces of both children and adults. But if you think about it, Santa Claus is a strange cultural institution -- an old man dressed in a red suit, who delivers presents to every home in the world in just one night. Where did ol' Father Christmas originate, and how on Earth does he get around so fast?

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There are so many types of fish, with so many fascinating differences between species. Test your knowledge about fish and marine life with this quiz.

When your stomach starts growling, do you ever yearn for toasted beetles or sauteed grubs? If those culinary selections turn your stomach, consider the fact that there are more than 1,400 edible insect species. Take the insect quiz for more creepy, crawly insect facts.

By Cristen Conger

Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite. Are these insects the imaginary stuff of rhyme, or should we watch out for these tiny biters between the sheets?

By Cristen Conger

Butterflies are like the peacocks of the insect world -- they dazzle with their brightly colored wings and flit delicately among blooming flowers. Yet how do these seemingly dainty bugs survive against the harsh outdoor elements?

By Cristen Conger

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About 60 million years ago, something happened to wipe dinosaurs off the face of the Earth. These creatures dominated the landscape far longer than humans have been around, but many mysteries remain about their appearance, physiology and eventual extinction. So which of today's animals evolved from dinosaurs?

By Cristen Conger

Unlike "dog people" who appreciate the obedience and faithfulness of man's best friend, "cat people" appreciate a feline's independent nature. Hints of their wild relatives seep through in their playful "hunting" behavior and general sass. But like any good owner knows, cats require at least some degree of pampering.

By Cristen Conger

In 2008, the Westminster Kennel Club awarded the Best in Show honor to a beagle -- a first for the breed. But what exactly is a dog breed is and how did the different breeds, from the tiny Chihuahua to the massive Great Dane, originate?

By Cristen Conger

Thousands of years ago, domestic dogs split off from wild wolves -- we can still see common behaviors in both animals, such as stalking, hunting and playfulness. But life in a wolf pack is extremely regimented to maximize the chances for survival. Take the wolf quiz and see if you're the leader of the (knowledge) pack.

By Cristen Conger

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Monkeys, apes and humans make up the primate animal grouping. Here is where we find our closest genetic relatives that exhibit familiar behaviors, including cultural practices, tool use and language acquisition. What separates primates from lower order animals is and what binds us together? Quit monkeying around and take the primate quiz to find out!

By Cristen Conger

We know that dogs are man's best friend -- they usually enjoy running, fetching, gnawing on bones and showing complete loyalty to their owners. But how much do you really know about how Fido works?

By Cristen Conger

Casinos are like adult playgrounds where you can indulge in one of the ultimate vices -- gambling. Before you put your cash on the line, however, it may serve you to better understand the different types of games you can play. HowStuffWorks will bet you that some answers on the casino games quiz will surprise even the most seasoned card sharks.

When TV sets made their way into American homes in the 1940s, it marked a cultural transformation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend more than half their leisure time watching television. So what have we been watching all these years?

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Every few years or so, a new type of extreme sport pops up for those people who want to live (and play) close to the edge. Sometimes, that involves jumping out of planes, rolling down hills in giant balls or taking pogo sticks to the next level. Test how extreme your knowledge of these fringe sports is with the extreme sports quiz.

Artists are the visual historians of society, transforming ideas and events into paintings, drawings, sculptures and more. Certain artists have wielded their craft so successfully that their work, in turn, has influenced history. Test your knowledge of some of these groundbreaking visionaries by taking the famous artists quiz.

Grab your pigskin because it's time for football trivia. How does the QB make that ball spiral? Wouldn't "handball" make a better name than "football"? Pad up and get on the field ... the football quiz field, that is.

By Sharita Sykes

How much RAM is in your computer? Do you need more? And if you do, how do you know? Take this quiz to learn everything there is to know about RAM, starting with what RAM stands for.

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Millions of us visit Web pages every single day. Whether it's to check e-mail, check the news or read our friends' blogs, Web pages are the integral part of the Internet. But how exactly does a Web page work?

If you're a music lover and own a portable MP3 player, chances are you've used an MP3 file recently. An accessible and easy-to-use format, MP3s have changed the way people listen to and distribute music. But how do MP3s work?

Whether you keep it short and sweet or you're a spam champion, you've no doubt used e-mail. But how much do you really know about it? Take our quiz to find out!

Lots of rumors go around about Viagra, but what does this medicine actually do inside the body? Take the Viagra Quiz to see what you know about that little blue pill.

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Compact discs are a popular storage device for both music and computer files. But how much do you really know about them? Take our quiz to find out!

Without memory, computers wouldn't be able to store data in any way. How much do you know about computer memory?