The Hardest True or False General Knowledge Quiz You'll Take This Year


By: Isadora Teich

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Do you think you know enough about a wide variety of topics to take on this True or False general knowledge quiz? You will have a 50/50 shot of getting each one right, but will that be enough for you to crush the quiz? There is a lot to know about out there in the world, ranging from all sorts of interests, topics, and skills. Whether its math, literature, science, art, pop culture, sports, history, music, or world language, there is a lot to absorb and discover. It can be hard to get it all right and easy to confuse certain topics and pieces of information. 

There is so much to learn and discover that there is a special name for someone who is widely learned across a broad area of topics. They are called polymaths and many of history's most famous intellectuals were considered to be polymaths. Famous polymaths include Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Archimedes, and George Washington Carver. THere have been a small number of these elite thinkers throughout history. 

If you think you have what it takes to take on the odds and prove your brainpower, then try your hand at this quiz! 

Tomatoes are vegetables.

From a scientific standpoint, tomatoes are definitely fruits. That's one age old debate solved.


There are McDonald's on every continent except one.

McDonald's can be found in the Americas, Africa, Eurasia, and Australia. There are, however, no McDonald's on Antarctica, which is largely uninhabited.


America is the world's most populous country.

The world's most populous countries are China and India, with more than 1 billion people each. The US comes in third.


Italy is in northern Europe.

Italy is located in southwestern Europe. This famously boot-shaped country sticks out into the Mediterranean Sea.


Sonic the Hedgehog has an actual name.

This iconic hedgehog does have a full name. It's Ogilvie Maurice Hedgehog.


In Japan they grow triangular watermelons.

In Japan they grow square watermelons. They are purely ornamental and should not be eaten.


The image of dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park" is accurate.

Dinosaur feathers have been found preserved in amber. They are roughly similar to bird feathers, which has lead scientists to believe that dinosaurs had feathers, a detail missing in "Jurassic Park."


Both Nicolas Cage and Michael Jackson were married to the same woman.

Both men were married to Lisa Marie Presley. She is Elvis Presley's daughter.


Most of the world's countries have used atomic weapons in war.

This is false. When the U.S. dropped atom bombs on Japan during World War II, it became the first and only country to use them.


Walmart sells more bananas than anything else.

Bananas are the most popular Walmart item. This is partially because people love bananas, but also because bananas are almost always bought in a group.


Humans are the only animals that bury their dead.

Elephants have been observed to show highly intelligent, almost human-like behavior. They also bury their dead.


A large chunk of Iceland's population believes in elves.

Roughly half of Iceland's population believes in elves. These elves are called Huldufólk.


There are 115 bridges over the Amazon River.

There is actually not a single bridge over the Amazon River in South America. This is why you would struggle to find one.


Vietnamese is an official language in Canada.

Canada does have an official language other than English, but it is not Vietnamese. It's French.


Dogs are banned from an entire continent.

Scientists called for all non-native animals to be banned from Antarctica decades ago. This includes dogs.


All tigers have the same stripes.

Tigers have both striped skin and striped fur. These stripes are unique and no two tiger stripes are the same.


Stars are just bright planets.

Stars are plasma spheres. Planets, on the other hand, contain solids and gas.


Brains have no fat in them.

The human brain is actually our fattiest organ. It is about 60 percent fat.


The film, "Titanic," was directed by Quentin Tarantino.

"Titanic" broke box office records. It was directed by James Cameron.


Pennies cost more to make than they are worth.

It costs the U.S. mint roughly twice the amount of each penny to make them. These coins cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year.


Cheese filled with live maggots is a Mediterranean delicacy.

Casu marzu is a Sardinian cheese full of live maggots. They can leap out of the cheese, so those who eat it have to cover it with their hands to stop the maggots from jumping into their eyes.


Puerto Rico is a U.S. state.

Puerto Rico is not a U.S. State. It is an unincorporated territory of the U,S.


People have danced themselves to death.

The Dance Fever of 1518 was a month-long​ dancing plague that swept up a French city for a month. People were overcome with the urge to dance and several danced until they died.


The darker your skin, the less damage the sun can do to your skin.

While many people believe that darker skin doesn't need sun protection, this is not true. Sun damage is bad for everyone.


Ancient Romans used to use urine to whiten their teeth.

The Ancient Romans used to do odd things for beauty. This included using urine to whiten their teeth and using snail ashes to lighten freckles.


If you took all of the blood vessels out of the human body they could stretch around the world.

There are around 60,000 miles of blood vessels in each person. Laid out end to end, they could span the world not once, but twice.


Humans are the only animals that can laugh.

Humans are not alone when it comes to laughter. Chimpanzees and rats can also laugh.


Lemons can cure cancer.

There is no definitive proof that lemons have cancer curing properties. While many sites claim that odd things cure cancer, these claims are only there for clicks.


Ants live longer than most dogs.

Queen ants of some species have been known to live up to 30 years. Worker ants, however, do not live as long.


All rivers flow west.

Where a river flows depends more on its source than anything else. Rivers can flow north, south, east, and west.


The show "Breaking Bad" was initially turned down.

"Breaking Bad" became a smash hit, but it was actually rejected several times before being accepted. It was turned down by HBO, Showtime, and FX.


Octopuses are not very smart.

Octopuses are quite intelligent. They have been known to sneak into fishing boats and into other tanks at aquariums in search of prey.


Russia's area is larger than Pluto.

Russia's area is larger than that of Pluto. Russia is more than 6.6 million square miles in size while Pluto​ is less than 6.5 million square miles in size.


OJ Simpson's father was a drag queen.

OJ Simpson's father was gay. After divorcing OJ's mother, he became a well-known Bay Area drag queen.


All babies are born totally blind.

Most babies are born able to detect light and shapes. This quickly progresses as their vision improves with growth.


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