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How Much Money Could You Make on "Cash Cab"?
By: Teresa McGlothlin
6 Min Quiz
About This Quiz
Since it was launched in 2005, Discovery's "Cash Cab" has been delighting trivia nerds, hosted by Ben Bailey. Unsuspecting New Yorkers are surprised by lights inside the cab and challenged to a game of questions and answers. Although riders in the Cash Cab can find themselves walking after a few strikes, we promise not to kick you out here. We want to find out how much money you can make!
Pretend you're taking a ride down to the Met or making a day of it at the Smithsonian, and hail a cab like on any typical day. After you realize you've been picked up by a very special driver, you'll have to decide if you want to play. Whether you're riding alone or you have company, you'll be able to use shout outs to help you answer Ben's tricky questions. But how much money will you end up taking home?
Cruise through our questions like you're on the show, and we'll let you know how many greenbacks you'll have to line your pockets. With questions taken from every imaginable trivia category, you'll have to pay careful attention. Stay on your toes and don't forget to ask for help when you need it! "Cash Cab" wants to pay you!
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Aerosmith is responsible for hits like "Dream On," "Love in an Elevator" and "Sweet Emotion." Which lead singer fronts the band?
Since 1973, Aerosmith has been releasing albums with Steven Tyler standing at the microphone. He might be over 70 years old now, but he hasn't let anything slow him down. The band is still touring!
Which Greek god shares his name with the craft that carried American astronauts to their first moon landing?
Apollo 11 made history when it landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. American astronauts Neil Armstrong, "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins brought back the world's first samples from another celestial surface.
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Named after an iconic child star, what cherry-flavored drink would you order if you were trying to skip the alcohol?
During the mid-1930s, Shirley Temple brought people to the box office in droves — she was a child actress and dancer. She became so famous that a drink was created in her honor. Consisting of ginger ale, grenadine and maraschino cherry, it's a refreshing treat that many order in lieu of an alcoholic beverage.
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Arendelle is home to Elsa and Olaf, but in which 2013 movie will you find it?
Disney's "Frozen" is one of the highest-grossing films of all time, raking in nearly 1.3 billion at the box office. It is based on "The Snow Queen," a Hans Christian Andersen story.
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Prior to becoming the governor of one of the most populated states in the U.S., which actor was famous for uttering the line, "I'll be back"?
California's Governor Gray Davis was subject to a recall election in 2003, and the people voted to give actor Arnold Schwarzenegger the position. He was reelected by the popular vote in 2006.
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The 1968 Disney film "The Love Bug" featured a race car that could drive itself. What kind of car was it?
"The Love Bug" featured a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle named Herbie that could drive itself! Painted white with red and blue racing stripes, Herbie stood out amongst other competitors on the track. He also spawned a series of Herbie movies. The last one, "Herbie Fully Loaded," was released in 2005.
Which of the founding fathers' names is the largest on the Declaration of Independence and is sometimes used as slang for a signature?
If you're signing a contract, the requester might ask you to put your John Hancock on the line. When all of the founding fathers were signing the document, Hancock decided to make his signature bigger and fancier than all the others.
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Which famous structure was originally intended as a temporary attraction for the World's Fair, but now welcomes 6.9 million people a year?
The Eiffel Tower was not supposed to be a permanent Paris attraction. In fact, it was supposed to be dismantled and taken to Spain after serving its purpose at the 1889 World's Fair. After the tower was rejected by Barcelona officials, Paris officials decided to leave it in place.
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Nestled in the Himalayan Mountains, which popular climbing attraction towers almost 5.5 miles in the air?
Mount Everest is known as the highest mountain in the world, but it's not really the tallest. If you were to measure from the seafloor up, the tallest mountain is Mauna Kea in Hawaii. It measures over 33,000 feet!
It's a red light challenge! Found in the dairy aisle, this smooth packaged food was invented in 1918 by the Monroe Cheese Company before being sold to Kraft. What is it called?
Emil Frey, an employee of Monroe Cheese, was asked to find a way to utilize cheese scraps. He found success in 1918, and production started immediately. In 1927, the company was sold to the Kraft Company, and the cheese was packaged as the Velveeta we know and love today.
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Although no witches were actually burned at the stake here, which Massachusetts town is a tourist destination for those who love history's darker side?
Salem, Massachusetts, was not the place to be during 1693! Hysteria began the year before when local teens accused others of practicing witchcraft. Although 20 people were executed by the time the infamous trials ended, no one was actually burned at the stake.
You might need to use a shout out for this one! Famous for hanging out in firehouses, which dog breed is born completely white?
After Dalmatians are born, it takes four weeks for their signature spots to appear. Originally used as carriage dogs, Dalmatians come from a part of coastal Croatia called Dalmatia.
Which television crime show was created after host John Walsh experienced a personal tragedy involving his son?
The tragic murder of John Walsh's young son in 1981 inspired him to help others by creating the show "America's Most Wanted." During the show's 25 seasons, it helped to bring over 1,100 fugitives to justice.
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She received her first Oscar nomination when she was 12, and she played an FBI agent in the screen adaptation of "Silence of the Lambs." Which actress are we talking about?
As Clarice Starling, Jodie Foster was able to help capture some of the world's most feared criminals. With a start in show business that goes all the way back to her debut in "Taxi Driver," she is one of the world's most beloved stars of the screen.
In 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to go to space. Which of the Earth's countries did she call home?
Piloting the Vostok 6, Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to fly a solo mission to space. She still holds the record as the youngest. Born in Russia in 1937, she studied at the Zhukovsky Military Air Academy.
Originally called the Syco-Seer, what toy was inspired by the inventor's mother's work as a clairvoyant?
In the middle of the Magic 8 Ball there's a 20-sided die that coughs up your fortune. Inventor Albert Carter grew up in a spiritual environment, and it inspired him to create a device of his own. At first, the toy was a cylinder, but a redesign turned it into the spherical toy we love now.
In 1927, Eduard Haas named his candy invention after the German word "pfeffermintz." What name do we know the collectible treats by today?
A shorted version of "pfeffermintz," Pez was a success from the very beginning, largely due to the innovative dispenser. One of the most collectible candy dispensers on the market, the most desired version recently sold for $13,000. There are frequent Pez conventions all over the world that allow collectors to buy, trade and admire.
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Ford Motors introduced a car in 1971 but had to pull it from the market after numerous instances of exploding gas tanks. What model was it?
The Ford Pinto's compact, bulbous design was on the cutting edge of the 1970s market, but the gas tank was put too close to the back of the car. If a driver were rear-ended, the gas tank could suffer a lot of damage. In some instances, the tank caught fire and exploded!
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Maybe you'll have to use a social media shout out for this one! Associated with love in Ancient Greece, which fruit has over 7,500 varieties throughout the world?
During Ancient Greek times, you didn't need to go to Jared's or plan an elaborate proposal. Back then, you would have plucked an apple from a tree and thrown it at the object of your matrimonial affection. If they caught the apple ... you're engaged!
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When this game was first released in 2009, it took the video game world by storm with its testy flying creatures. What is its name?
Developed by Rovio Entertainment, Angry Birds became a sensation! Players are required to launch birds from a giant slingshot to destroy structures made by pigs that stole their bird eggs.
During the Cold War, an underground bunker was constructed beneath a resort located in which Appalachian state?
Code-named "Project Greek Island," the bunker beneath the Greenbriar Resort in the state of West Virginia was constructed in the 1950s. In the event of nuclear war, Congress would be transported to the bunker to maintain governmental stability.
In Asian cultures, this big cat is called a black leopard. What is it called in the United States, Mexico and Central American regions?
Thriving in hot regions, leopards — or panthers — are considered to be the smallest of the world's big cats. They are solitary and territorial, and you should always do your best to stay away from them.
A member of the nightshade family, which food was thought to be poisonous during medieval times?
During the medieval period, you would have found tomato plants. They would have only been used for decoration, though. It was thought that eating them would cause your blood to become acidic. The earliest evidence of tomatoes being eaten goes back to 700 A.D.
It's not baseball, but what English sport also uses a bat and a ball and had over 1,000 clubs in the United States during the late 1800s?
Baseball might be an all-American sport, but the first game played with a ball and a bat in the U.S. was cricket. It evolved into a game called rounders, and some say rounders eventually morphed into the base-oriented game we know and love today.
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Sitting next to Mars and 70% covered in water, which planet's diameter measures 7,918 miles?
Formed over 4.5 million years ago, Earth has a diameter of 7,918 miles. Our planet's atmosphere extends to about 53 miles above the surface. The distance between Earth and Mars is about 140 million miles.
Created and written by Charles Perrault centuries ago and adapted to the screen in 1957, which princess became Disney's second?
Snow White might have been Disney's "it girl" in 1937, but Cinderella became the popular new princess in 1957. With 11 official princesses now — Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Merida, Mulan, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Snow White and Tiana — Disney's love stories are loved throughout the world.
Out of the more than 20 countries without a military force, which is home to 30 active volcanos?
Iceland was first settled by Vikings, but it's one of the world's most popular tourist destinations now. Iceland has about 130 volcanos, including active and inactive. Whether travelers are touring the volcanic landscape or taking in the Northern Lights, they are always amazed by the nation's beauty.
2018 saw the opening of a cashier-free store in a prime Seattle, Washington, location. Which internet giant owns the company?
It's hard to imagine a way to make ordering from Amazon any easier, but in 2018 the company did just that! The first Amazon Go store was opened in Seattle, but other cities, including Chicago, New York and San Francisco, have since followed suit.
It took over 250,000 drawings to make this animated movie that became a Broadway show in 1979. What is the correct name of the film?
First published as a book in 1812, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was a hit for Disney in 1937. The animation was so intense that over 750 artists were employed to draw the film's slides.
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Walter Arnold received the world's first speeding ticket in 1896 for traveling at eight miles per hour in his horseless carriage. Which island nation's city issued the ticket?
The late 1800s were a time that saw London's streets filled with carriages, horses and bicycles. Because of the congestion, a maximum speed limit of two miles per hour was enacted throughout the city. Mr. Arnold was quite the rebel for going so fast!
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Before becoming a Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, she was discovered playing at a Nashville restaurant called the Bluebird Cafe. Who is she?
At the age of 14, Taylor Swift became the youngest person signed by Sony Music. Since her first release in 2006, she has pumped out more than 50 singles, many with music videos. As of 2019, she has won 10 Grammy Awards.
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Scotland's national animal lives in groups called blessings and gives birth to sparkles, but what creature is it?
Who says unicorns aren't real? King William I of Scotland very much believed in their existence when he added the unicorn to the Scottish royal coat of arms in the 12th century. In Celtic mythology, unicorns are said to represent power and innocence.
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First entering the market in 1949, contact lenses are a popular way to improve vision. Which famous scientist was the first to think of them?
Back in 1508, Leonardo da Vinci was the first scientist and inventor to examine the use of contact lenses. In his "Codex of the eye, Manual D," he proposed that the cornea could be strengthened with the use of a water-filled lens or by submerging your head in a bowl of water.
A marsupial native to Australia, what animal has the unique ability to decide the gender of its offspring?
In addition to being able to jump a distance of 30 feet, kangaroos are able to control the breeding process. Not only can they decide which gender they need to keep things balanced, but they can also delay mating season until conditions are ideal.
Nucleotide polymorphism is a variation that causes blue eyes in humans and what other primate?
In a process called convergent evolution, a genetic mutation occurred separately in humans and lemurs that allowed them to have blue eyes. Humans and lemurs are the only two members of the primate family that can carry the mutated gene.
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