Try to Conquer This General Knowledge Quiz!


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About This Quiz

The funny thing about general knowledge is that it is... well... general. If you've landed here on this quiz, it means that you are the brave type that believes that you know enough about enough to be able to ace a quiz about nothing specific. That takes some real smarts, you know. If you think you're smart enough to ace this general knowledge quiz, let's get started.

You're the person who loves trivia night at the local bar, especially if there is no actual theme. Sure, anyone can do well on questions about How I Met Your Mother, Game of Thrones, Friends, or the music of the 1960s, but it takes a special kind of person to be brave enough to face the music when there's no actual theme. So, here you are, ready to test your smarts on a quiz of 35 questions that you can't actually prepare for. Our hats are off to you, friend, and we wish you the best, but we think we're going to come out on top this time. If you think we're wrong, prove it.

Go ahead and prepare to think about a lot of little details while you take this quiz!

Where is the Eiffel Tower located?

"La Tour Eiffel," as it's known in French, was constructed in 1889 for the World's Fair, and it has graced Paris' landscape ever since. At the time, it was the tallest structure in the world, standing almost one thousand feet tall.


The sun rises in the east and sets where?

If you ever need to figure out which way is north, all you have to do is watch the sun. Its position actually comes from the Earth's rotation, not the sun's movement, but this memory device is still a great way to keep your directions straight.


Dorothy and her dog Toto are characters from which famous movie?

Dorothy and Toto are the stars of "The Wizard of Oz," which came out in 1939. As Dorothy and Toto follow the yellow brick road, they meet the Lion without courage, the Tin Man without a heart, and the Scarecrow without a brain.


Every living thing is made up of...

Cell theory states that all living things are made of cells, so for something to be alive, it must consist of at least one cell. Bacteria are a great example of single-celled organisms considered to be alive.


Which ingredient helps baked goods rise?

Yeast consume some of the sugar used in baked goods, along with oxygen, releasing carbon dioxide in the process. These bubbles try to rise to the surface, causing the food to rise with it.


Which one of these aquatic creatures needs to breath air?

Whales need to surface regularly in order to breathe air; that's why you can see their spout above water. They clear air out of their lungs, creating a gush of water vapor, then they take in as much air as they can before submerging again.


What vegetable is used to make pickles?

Cucumbers are submerged in brine to create pickles - in other words, pickles are just pickled cucumbers! Of course, other veggies can be pickled, but they're never referred to as just "pickles."


What color is traditionally believed to make bulls angry?

Spanish toreadors wave red capes to enrage bulls, but bulls are actually colorblind. They're attracted to motion, not to color.


Which creature can lift up to fifty times its body weight?

Ants can lift up to 50 times their body weight, but that's not even the most impressive weightlifting feat in the animal kingdom. Mites can lift up to 1,180 times their weight, an unimaginable accomplishment!


Which vitamin is responsible for giving carrots their bright orange color?

Beta-carotene, a great source of Vitamin A, gives carrots their bright orange color. It's also the reason that beets are purple and apricots are, well, apricot.


Who was the second president of the United States of America?

After George Washington declined a third term as president, John Adams took his place in 1797. While in the White House, Adams famously wrote, "May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof."


Which cartoon character encouraged children to eat their spinach?

"Popeye the Sailor Man" got his start in newspapers and was inspired on a real person named Frank "Rocky" Fiegel who also smoked a pipe and was toothless. Popeye was so popular that American children's third-favorite food was - believe it or not - canned spinach.


The "universal donor" blood type is...

People with O- blood don't produce any surface proteins that would be recognized and attacked by the recipient's immune system. AB folks, on the other hand, can receive any type of blood transfusion because their bodies already produce any surface proteins that could be a problem.


Milk was traditionally delivered in what type of container?

Before glass bottles, if you wanted milk, you had to carry your pail to the farmer to get it! At first, many businesses were worried about the glass bottles breaking, but after a while the government mandated glass delivery.


Which famous singer was known for many hits, including "My Way" and "New York, New York?"

Frank Sinatra was a classic triple-threat, thrilling audiences with his singing, dancing and acting. An Oscar and Grammy winner, he created art that is still appreciated today.


What is on the national emblem of the United States of America?

A common myth exists that Benjamin Franklin desperately wanted a turkey to be on the emblem instead of a bald eagle. In reality, he commented in a letter to his daughter that the drawing of an eagle looked more like a turkey.


The common term for an extraterrestrial being is what?

Aliens, or extraterrestrial life forms, have captured our imaginations for centuries. In sci-fi movies, they're often seen flying around in unidentified foreign objects, aka UFOs.


What word do the British use instead of "cookie"?

The Latin words from which the word "biscuit" is derived translate to "twice cooked." A British biscuit is like an American cookie -- especially the crispier ones.


Which country's astronauts landed on the moon first?

American astronauts set foot on the moon's soil first, but the Russians were the first to land any object -- Luna 2 -- on the moon.


What is it called when a woman gives birth to four children at the same time?

The record for the most births from a single human pregnancy is eight. In 2009, "Octomom" Nadya Suleman birthed octuplets (the result of IVF and medical malpractice).


What is the main ingredient in ice cream?

You can't have ice cream without milk in some shape or form. Traditionally, ice cream is made with cow's milk, but it can also be made with coconut milk or soy, for those with allergies to dairy.


Which of the following is not a type of tooth?

Incisors, molars, premolars and canines are the different types of teeth you'll find in your mouth. Teeth are coated with enamel, a hard substance made of calcium phosphate.


What is the shape of the Earth?

From the behavior of the stars to the pictures from NASA, we have all the evidence we need to know that the Earth is round. Fun fact: gravity as we know it wouldn't exist if the Earth were not a massive sphere.


What is the German word for "bless you"?

"Danke" means "thank you," "bitte" means "please" or "you're welcome," and "gute nacht" means "good night." Then there is "Gesundheit," which actually means "health," but it's commonly used at moments when English-speakers say "bless you" - following a sneeze.


The word "butt" could refer to...

Merriam-Webster lists several entries for the word "butt," including both nouns and verbs. It has a history of wide and varied use outside the colloquial American term, referring to one's underside.


What chemical is no longer used in thermometers, due to safety concerns?

Mercury thermometers provided a more accurate measurement of temperature than alcohol thermometers, but they posed a substantial health risk if they were to break. They were finally discontinued even for industrial use in 2011.


What term does Wall Street use to describe a downward-trending market?

A "bear market" is one that is trending downward, in the same way that a bear would attack by swiping its paw down. A "bull market" is one trending upward, just like a bull would raise its horns high.


Athens, Greece, was named after which Greek god?

Athena was said to have beaten Poseidon, the god of the sea, for patronage over the town by offering its residents an olive tree. As the goddess of wisdom, she saw the many benefits they would enjoy from olives.


Where is the Serengeti?

Serengeti National Park, located in Tanzania, is home to wildlife such as zebras and wildebeests. The name loosely translates to "endless plains" in Maasai, the language of the indigenous people.


Who co-founded the tech company, Apple?

Steve Jobs was a co-founder of Apple, along with Steve Wozniak. Jobs, who lived from 1955 to 2011, created quite a few jobs with his company. An adopted child, he spent several years finding his direction before creating the company in 1976.


Which war spurred the development of the internet?

Originally, the internet was used as an information "weapon" in the Cold War. Over time, it developed into the giant "interconnected network" it is today!


Which of these dinosaurs had a really long neck?

The brachiosaurus stood approximately 40 or 50 feet tall, and scientists thought at first that it was aquatic because of its great mass and nostril placement. It is now thought to have been a land dweller, but how it supported its weight is something of a mystery.


What is the fourth planet from our sun?

The planets, from closest to furthest from the sun are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Pluto was demoted from "planet" to "dwarf planet" and is no longer included in our solar system's planet count.


Which of the following is not a primary color?

Red, blue and yellow can be mixed to make other colors, but you can't mix other colors to make red, blue or yellow. They're called "primary" because you have to start with them to get everything else.


Which of these bugs sometimes has six legs and sometimes eight?

Spiders crawl around on eight legs, butterflies have six. Ticks have six legs in the larval stage, then later, as adults, they have eight.


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