The ability to know facts, general knowledge facts, is often overlooked as a useful skill to have. Not only are you able to keep the conversation going at a boring party but people will be asking you to be part of their team at quiz nights!
And our planet, the humans that live on it as well the wide variety of animals the call Earth home, certainly have some weird and wonderful stories to tell and interesting facts that the average person just doesn't know.
For instance, did you know that "hello" wasn't a greeting used until the telephone came along? Or that most people from South Africa can speak two languages fluently and some of them three? But general knowledge is more than just knowing just interesting facts. It's about knowing our past as well. For example, who was the leader of the United States when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor? Or when did the USA drop the atomic bomb on Japan?
In this tricky general knowledge quiz, you can expect questions like these and many other examples as well. Do you have what it takes to come away with an 80 percent success rate?
Let's see how you fare!
Who composed the musical piece, "Eine Kleine Nacht-Musik"?
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed "Eine Kleine Nacht-Musik" or "A little serenade" in 1787. The work has four movements and was composed for violins, viola and cello.
Of the options below, what is the highest mountain in North America?
The tallest peak in North America is Mount Denali. Found in Alaska where it forms part of the Alaskan mountain range, Denali is 6190 meters tall during snow season. It was formerly known as Mount McKinley but changed to Denali, a name it had been called by the local people for centuries.
Astronaut is a word derived from the Greek term meaning which of these below?
Star sailor... that's just awesome, isn't it? The Greek words are ástron (star) and nautes (sailor). The word was first used in the way we use it in a 1930 book, "The Death's Head Meteor" by Neil Jones.
Which of these British prime ministers declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939?
Despite having flown to Munich to speak to Hitler a few years earlier and thinking he had persuaded him not to begin invading countries in Europe, Neville Chamberlain declared war on Germany along with France, after Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939.
Can you name the labor union leader who disappeared on July 30, 1975, and has never been seen since?
Jimmy Hoffa was a controversial figure at the time of his disappearance in 1975. Said to have mafia ties, Hoffa even spent time in prison for jury tampering, fraud and attempted bribery. After his disappearance, he was declared legally dead in 1982 but the case remains open.
On which continent is the country Burundi located?
Burundi gained independence from France in 1962. It is a small landlocked country in central Africa with a population of around 10 million. Only around 13 percent of the people in the country live in urban areas.
Which of these playwrights wrote "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"?
Written by Tennessee Williams, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" premiered on March 24, 1955, in New York. It won the Pulitzer Prize for drama that same year. A film version with Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor followed in 1958.
Although these things are difficult to count and are indeed not an exact science, Mohammad is thought to be the most popular name in the world. Estimates say it has been given to an estimated 150 million men and boys.
No, not birds, but dogs, in fact. In fact, Canaria in Latin is the word for dog. When explorers first came to Grand Canaria, it had hundreds of large dogs on it. It was also a haven for seals, something the Romans called sea dogs!
What did Franklin D Roosevelt call Dec. 7, 1941, - the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor?
"The worst day ever..."
"A date that will live in infamy..."
The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. Hoping to totally disable the United States Pacific fleet, they did massive damage, killing 2,335 people and damaging or sinking a number of ships. The U.S. aircraft carriers, however, were not in the harbor at the time. On Dec. 8, the United States declared war on Japan with Franklin Roosevelt delivering his famous "a date that will live in infamy" speech.
Out of these cars, which model has sold the most units in history?
The Volkswagen Beetle (22 million units) and the Model T (15 million) have impressive numbers when it comes to production. But they cannot beat the Toyota Corolla. First introduced in 1966 and still a model today, it had sold more than 40 million units by 2014.
What international organization oversees the game of cricket?
The International Cricket Council (ICC) regulates the game of cricket worldwide. It was formed in 1909 but was first known as the Imperial Cricket Conference. In 1965, it was renamed the International Cricket Conference, becoming the International Cricket Council in 1989. It currently has more than over 100 members, although only 12 nations play Test cricket, the pinnacle of the game.
When was the Euro introduced as legal currency on the world market?
January 15, 1979
May 1, 2010
April 1, 2000
January 1, 1999
The Euro was introduced on January 1, 1999, as the single currency of 11 member states of the European Union. Greece became the 12th member state on January 1, 2001, and Euro banknotes and coins were introduced as legal tender on January 1, 2002.
William C. Durant founded General Motors in 1908. After saving Buick from certain liquidation in 1904, he used the company as the basis of forming General Motors. Durant went on to form Chevrolet, bringing it into the General Motors stable as well. General Motors is now one of the biggest car producers in the world.
The longest river in North America is which of these below?
It certainly is a close run contest for the longest river in America. In fact, just 11 kilometers divide the first from the second longest. But the Mississippi, at 3,778 kilometers, is longer than the Missouri which clocks in at 3,767 kilometers.