If you’ve got a hankering for some bomb trivia, then look no further. We’ve given you the hardest and the most fun. Now get ready for what comes next. Here’s a collection of some of the best trivia questions of all time—250 to be exact! First, we’ll break down how we decided on the questions—i.e., what makes them the best—and then we will launch into one of the longest trivia question collections available for free online. Get ready for one epic trivia quiz!
What Makes a Trivia Question the Best?
So, what makes a trivia question the best? Well, for starters, it can’t be too easy—triviaheads love a good challenge, and that’s something we at Trivia Bliss hope to provide. It’s also got to be about something interesting (see our recent article on what separates trivia from plain facts for more on that). That leaves plenty of room for different topics and categories—but, again, which of those are the best?
I’ve compiled these trivia questions into a handful of categories that I believe separate them from the rest. These categories—hard but fair questions, movie and music trivia, questions from Jeopardy!, wordplay and riddle questions, weird questions, and historical trivia) are some of the most searched trivia terms out there, and now you can find 25 to 50 of their best examples all in one place.
Feel free to try out these questions at your leisure or take a handful from each section to form your next pub quiz or prep for your own trivia night at home.
50 Hard (But Fair!) Questions
None of these questions are easy, but if you’ve studied up, you shouldn’t struggle to answer all of them! Though you may find it difficult to answer quite a few despite your hard work… these are some tough ones!
- Question: Unlike conventional ales and lagers which are fermented by carefully cultivated strains of brewer’s yeasts, what type of beer brewed in Belgium is produced by spontaneous fermentation?
Answer: Lambic beer.
- Question: Gen. Tom Thumb, 3 feet 4 inches tall, was the first husband of Mercy Lavinia Bump, who measured 2 feet 8 inches. How tall was her second husband, Con Primo Magi?
Answer: He was also 2 feet and 8 inches tall.
- Question: Which Canadian province has been nearly free of rats since 1905?
- Question: What was the first product to be featured in a UK television commercial?
Answer: Toothpaste from Gibbs SR.
- Question: Which African nation was the first to play in the final stages of the football World Cup?
- Question: In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, what is Hamlet’s mother’s name?
- Question: What is the traditional name of sulphuric acid?
Answer: Oil of vitriol.
- Question: What does “Fitz” mean at the beginning of a last name?
Answer: Son of.
- Question: Because they spoil at high temperatures, what delicate food was once assumed to be safe for eating only in the months with the letter ‘r’ in their English/French names?
- Question: What is another name for a cat’s vibrissae?
- Question: The German pedagogue Friedrich Frobel who recognized that children have unique needs and capabilities introduced what concept of modern education?
- Question: Which famous product was originally marketed as the “Esteemed Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage”?
- Question: What bodily organ is affected by Bright’s Disease?
- Question: In ballet, what does “epaulement” refer to?
Answer: Head and shoulder placement.
- Question: What term coined by philologist Max Muller means devotion to a single god while accepting the existence of other gods, described as “monotheism in principle and polytheism as fact”?
- Question: In snooker, how many points is the green ball worth?
Answer: Three points.
- Question: What is the scientific name for the windpipe?
Answer: The trachea.
- Question: What is a device in a machine which allows free movement, especially of a rotating shaft in a housing?
- Question: Who has been long speculated to be Emily Dickinson’s lover, who married Dickinson’s brother in order to be closer to her?
Answer: Susan Gilbert.
- Question: Which two men took part in the first televised presidential candidate debate?
Answer: John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
- Question: Until 1970, where was the New York marathon run?
Answer: Central Park.
- Question: What was the catalyst for the $5.7 million White House renovation during the Truman administration?
Answer: A leg of Margaret Truman’s grand piano broke through her sitting room floor and fell into the dining room below.
- Question: The Titanic had two sister ships, the Olympic and the Britannic. Which of them didn’t sink?
Answer: The Olympic.
- Question: What are the metal or plastic tips on shoelaces called?
- Question: Pixel is a shortened version of two words. What two words are they?
Answer: Picture element.
- Question: What Apollo 11 astronaut claimed he was the “first man to wet his pants on the moon”?
Answer: Buzz Aldrin.
- Question: What famous writer is credited with originating the expression “rain cats and dogs”? Bonus: in what book did they use this term?
Answer: Jonathan Swift, A Complete Collection of Polite and Ingenious Conversation.
- Question: Which alcoholic spirit is made from the agave plant?
- Question: Who is credited with inventing the microwave when a chocolate bar melted in his pocket when he was standing in front of a magnetron?
Answer: Percy LeBaron Spencer.
- Question: What’s a name for a cat colored with black, orange, and cream?
- Question: What’s a word beginning with “A” that means sourness with bitterness and astringency?
- Question: In the Six Nations Rugby Tournament which cup is played for when England and Scotland play?
Answer: The Calcutta Cup.
- Question: What famous Englishman’s experiments with freezing meat in 1626 caused his death from exposure?
Answer: Sir Francis Bacon.
- Question: What was the name of Dick and Jane’s baby sister in the elementary school primer books of old?
- Question: What is Mulder’s first name in The X-Files?
- Question: Al Unser, Senior, was the second person to win what race five separate times?
Answer: The Indianapolis 500.
- Question: What is another name for intentional criminal dismemberment?
- Question: Who became the world’s first billionaire in 1916?
Answer: John D. Rockefeller.
- Question: What’s the name of Hong Kong’s airline?
Answer: Cathay Pacific.
- Question: How many moons does the planet Neptune have?
- Question: Which zodiac sign is represented by the scales?
- Question: What’s the name of the venue in which the US open tennis tournament is held, and what city is it in?
Answer: Flushing Meadow, New York City.
- Question: In phonetics, what is a sound that is characterized by an open configuration of the vocal tract so that there is no build-up of air pressure above the glottis?
Answer: A vowel.
- Question: What is the approximate area of Texas in square miles?
Answer: 268, 597 square miles.
- Question: Sardines are the young of which fish?
- Question: Which animal has the most tastebuds, coming in at over 27,000?
- Question: What is another name for Musca Domestica?
Answer: Common Housefly.
- Question: What are the only four musicals that won eight or more Academy Awards in the 20th century?
Answer: Cabaret, Gigi, My Fair Lady, West Side Story.
- Question: This lilicaea plant is the world’s most used food item. What is it?
Answer: An onion, or allium cepa.
- Question: What was introduced to supermarket packaging in the 1970s?
Answer: Bar codes.
50 Best Movies and Music Trivia Questions
If you’re on the hunt for the best movie and music-related trivia questions out there, look no further. These questions are rather niche—in other words, they’re geared towards the most informed music and film buffs. So, grab some popcorn, put on your headphones, and try these questions on for size!
- Question: Name the film with this line: “But I don’t want a better man, Sebastian. I just want you.” Bonus points if you can name the year that the film was released!
Answer: Escape Me Never (1947).
- Question: Name the film that features an iconic musical number containing this epic line: “So I said, ‘if you pop that gum one more time…’ and he did! So, I took the shotgun off the wall and I fired two warning shots… into his head!”
- Question: Henry Winkler and Susan Dey both turned down leading roles in the 1978 film version of a Broadway play that went on to become a huge success – both at the box office and for the people who ultimately took the parts. What was the film called, and who got the roles?
Answer: Grease starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
- Question: What was the name of the killer whale movie made in 1977 in an attempt to cash in on the popularity of the killer shark shocker Jaws?
- Question: In the 1983 film The Man With Two Brains, what actress provided the voice of the brain that Steve Martin loves and wants to transplant into his wife’s body?
Answer: Sissy Spacek.
- Question: What film was Brandon Lee, AKA Bruce Lee’s son, filming when he was shot and killed with a prop gun that had a live bullet by mistake?
Answer: The Crow.
- Question: Name the film that features the following line “ Look, son, being a good shot, being quick with a pistol, that don’t do no harm, but it don’t mean much next to being cool-headed. It ain’t so easy to shoot a man anyhow, especially if the son of a bitch is shootin’ back at you.”
- Question: Which character in The Wizard of Oz does Dorothy say she’ll miss ‘most of all’ when she leaves Oz? Is it the Wizard, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, or the Cowardly Lion?
Answer: The Scarecrow.
- Question: Elizabeth Taylor is known for her many marriages. She starred in ten filmed with her husband Richard Burton. How many films did she appear in with another husband, Eddie Fisher? Bonus points if you know what the film is and when it was released.
Answer: One. Butterfield Eight, in 1960 – for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress.
- Question: What famous American singer-songwriter played the part of slick, name-dropping record-industry promoter Tony Lacey in Woody Allen’s 1977 movie hit, Annie Hall?
Answer: Paul Simon.
- Question: What music group is comprised of Julia Volkova and Lena Katina?
- Question: Name the artist who sang these lyrics and the song they come from: “I resolve to call her up a thousand times a day and ask her if she’d marry me some old fashioned way.”
Answer: “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” by the Police.
- Question: Which music group pleases Rhonda for help in a 1965 hit song?
Answer: The Beach Boys.
- Question: Which is the only song to have been number 1 in the charts for 4 different artists in 4 separate decades?
Answer: “Unchained Melody” by Jimmy Young, Righteous Brothers, Robson and Jerome, and Gareth Gates.
- Question: Which Shania Twain recording became the best-selling country music album ever by a female artist in 1996?
Answer: The Woman in Me.
- Question: Name the five original members of the British boy band One Direction.
Answer: Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Harry Styles.
- Question: Which American jazz singer, known as the First Lady of Song, is best known for her interpretations of songs by George Gershwin and Cole Porter?
Answer: Ella Fitzgerald.
- Question: Which famous classic movie actor, born in 1904, went on scholarship to Fairfield Secondary School in Somerset and later toured with Barnum and Bailey’s Circus in the 1920s?
Answer: Cary Grant.
- Question: Which controversial documentary film won the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2004?
Answer: Fahrenheit 9/11.
- Question: British actors Colin Firth and Hugh Grant first appeared together in the film Bridget Jones’s Diary in 2001. When did they next appear in a film together, and what was the movie’s title?
Answer: 2003, Love Actually.
- Question: In Monsters, Inc. how do the monsters generate their electricity?
Answer: They generate electricity by scaring children.
- Question: Gone with the Wind, Stagecoach, and The Wizard of Oz all competed for Best Picture at the Academy Awards of which year? (Bonus: which film won the award?)
Answer: 1940, Gone with the Wind.
- Question: Name the Savage Garden song that contains the lyrics “I am taken to a place where your crystal mind and magenta feelings take shelter in the base of my spine, sweet like a chica cherry cola.”
Answer: “I Want You.”
- Question: In 2020, Phoebe Bridgers founded a record label as an imprint of Dead Oceans. What’s the label’s punny name?
Answer: Saddest Factory Records.
- Question: Which alternative pop/rock group, led by Ryan Tedder, has produced hits including “Apologize” and “Counting Stars”?
- Question: Which U.S. country band is known for their political activism, particulary in their critiques of George W. Bush before the 2003 invasion of Iraq?
Answer: The Chicks.
- Question: Which English-born singer and songwriter is known for her electropop work, including albums How I’m Feeling Now and Crash and mixtapes Pop 2 and Number 1 Angel?
Answer: Charli XCX.
- Question: Who does Benedict Cumberbatch play in the Marvel Universe?
Answer: Doctor Stephen Strange.
- Question: Who is the lead vocalist for the band Dexys Midnight Runners, famous for “Come On Eileen”?
Answer: Kevin Rowland.
- Question: Name the singer who sang these words, and the song they’re from: “I’m the bolt, the lightning, the thunder, the kind of girl who’s gonna make you wonder who you are and who you’ve been.”
Answer: Lana Del Rey, “Mariners Apartment Complex.”
- Question: In Terminator 2, how many people does the Terminator, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, kill?
- Question: Who was the first Hollywood actress to demand and receive payment of one million dollars for a single film role?
Answer: Elizabeth Taylor.
- Question: Which American record producer has collaborated with St. Vincent, Lorde, and Clairo, all while serving as the songwriter and vocalist for his own band, Bleachers?
Answer: Jack Antonoff.
- Question: In what film does Robert DeNiro play a character called Travis Bickle?
Answer: Taxi Driver.
- Question: Name the film that contains the following famous line and the year it was released: “Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: ‘with great power comes great responsibility.’ This is my curse. Who am I?”
Answer: Spider-Man, 2002.
- Question: Which power ballad from the album Escape is the most downloaded song from the 20th century on iTunes?
Answer: “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.
- Question: What Canadian musician, known for her sci-fi feminist hit songs including “Oblivion” and “Kill V. Maim”, has two children with Elon Musk?
- Question: Which of the following is not a film directed by Wes Anderson: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Everything Everywhere All At Once, or The Moonlighter? Bonus: who is the outlier directed by?
Answer: Everything Everywhere All At Once, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
- Question: Which transgender hyperpop pioneer tragically died in Athens, Greece in January 2021?
- Question: Which band had a UK number one hit in 1979 called “Video Killed the Radio Star”?
Answer: The Buggles.
- Question: Who is starring in the upcoming Barbie movie directed by Greta Gerwig?
Answer: Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken.
- Question: Which soul singer’s hits include “You Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Cruisin’,” and “I Second That Emotion”?
Answer: Smokey Robinson
- Question: Which popular Christmas song contain the following line: “the rising of the sun and the running of the deer”?
Answer: “The Holly and the Ivy.”
- Question: What famous female animal character of both television and film was played by a male when she was first introduced to the screen in 1943?
- Question: Which top Hollywood actor directed Stayin’ Alive, the sequal to Saturday Night Fever?
Answer: Sylvester Stallone.
- Question: What movie features J.K. Simmons as an abusive music teacher?
- Question: Which Nashville-based record label did Taylor Swift originally record her first six albums with?
Answer: Big Machine Records.
- Question: What was the first U.K. number one hit song that featured a full sentence question as its title?
Answer: “How Much is That Doggy in the Window?”
- Question: What event does Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture commemorate?
Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow
- Question: Who composed two original songs, “Mystery of Love” and “Visions of Gideon”, for Call Me By Your Name starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer?
Answer: Sufjan Stevens.
Best Difficult Jeopardy Questions
All of the questions listed below were pulled from real Jeopardy! episodes from its inception to today. We at Trivia Bliss believe these are some of Jeopardy!’s best questions because each one was a triple stumper, AKA a question that stumped all three of the contestants featured on that night’s episode. Try your hand at these and see if you could have bested the contestants!
Question: To give the illusion of shade or texture in a drawing, artists create a mesh-like pattern of lines in a technique called this.
Question: Rene Lalique gained fame as a glassmaker as well as one of these people who are never out of the “loupe.”
Question: The Colorado Belle in this Nevada town is a riverboat-shaped casino on the banks of the Colorado River.
Question: The more than 6,000 entries in the “Food Lover’s Companion” include this dish made by stirring hot stock into sauteed rice.
Question: This ex-Beatle: “You know it don’t come easy, you don’t have to shout or leap about, you can even play them easy”.
Answer: Ringo Starr.
Question: All U.S. subs with nuclear weapons are of this class named for a state whose capital is named for a 15th c. sailor.
Question: These lesser apes have 5 toes on each foot just like us, but the big toe is opposable.
Question: A child prodigy, Meyerbeer came from a rich banking family & is best known for composing these.
Question: A “push cut” helps when carving intricate shapes in this activity whose name comes from the Middle English for “knife”.
Question: A story set in this city says Santa Ana winds make “wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks.”
Answer: Los Angeles, California.
Question: In the firefighting acronym P.A.S.S., pull the pin, aim at the fire’s base, squeeze the lever, then do this until the fire is out.
Question: Escoffier was once the chef of this elegant French-named hotel at Fifth Avenue & 61st Street.
Answer: The Pierre Hotel.
Question: The cheery first “Masterpiece Theatre” season included “Jude the Obscure” & this Russian’s “The Possessed”.
Answer: Fyodor Doestoevsky.
Question: This largest species of salmon, Oregon’s state fish, shares its name with an Indian tribe & may grow to 3 feet.
Answer: The Chinook salmon.
Question: On Feb. 1, 1960 4 students held a historic sit-in at a lunch counter in this N.C. city in protest over segregation.
Question: Recently damaged in the civil war, this city had been its nation’s business capital & was once the end of the Silk Road.
Question: George Langelaan wrote the Playboy magazine short story that inspired this film in which Seth Brundle transforms.
Answer: “The Fly.”
Question: The day before leaving office, he asked that this former president be restored to the retired Army list.
Answer: Ulysses S. Grant.
Question: In 1997, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum opened its new permanent home under the leadership of Buck O’Neill, who had been a star for this Kansas City Negro Leagues team, as had greats like Satchel Paige & Jackie Robinson.
Answer: The Monarchs.
Question: His “Spoon River Anthology” was considered scandalous, which helped make it a bestseller.
Answer: Edgar Lee Masters.
Question: Carthaginians, Romans, Goths, Byzantines & Arabs have all occupied this ancient Sicilian port city that gives its name to an important Mediterranean strait.
Question: Because it took the life of Portugal’s king and his heir apparent, a February 1908 assassination is known as the “Lisbon” this.
Question: C.P.A. is the abbreviation for this job that can be a very taxing profession in April.
Answer: A certified public accountant.
Question: Warren Buffett once revealed to me that as a young boy he served as a waterboy for this NFL team for 2 games & that the team’s Hall of Fame quaterback Sammy Baugh was his hero.
Answer: The Washington Redskins.
Question: Stretching for a forehand, Boris Becker hyper-extended this joint aka the carpus & had to withdraw from Wimbledon.
Answer: His wrist.
Question: This lowest part of the brainstem helps maintain normal blood pressure, among other activities.
Answer: The medulla.
Question: In 2000 this man was the host of a No. 1 rated network show & a No. 2 rated syndicated talk show.
Answer: Regis Philbin.
Question: This endocrine gland controls the rate at which cells burn food & produce energy.
Answer: The thyroid gland.
Question: This racy monthly which promoted 1892 Corbett-Sullivan fight was a barbershop favorite
Answer: Police Gazette.
Question: PM of Great Britain from 1957 to 1963, this father of 4 was nicknamed both “Supermac” and “Mac the Knife”.
Answer: Harold MacMillan.
Question: Last name of Glasgow’s Sir Thomas, who made a company with the notion that poorer folks should be able to enjoy tea.
Question: That duetted with fellow country star Kenny Chesney on “Feel Like a Rock Star.”
Answer: Tim McGraw.
Question: Daniel Tompkins, his vice president during the Era of Good Feelings, was very often absent from his duties.
Answer: James Monroe.
Question: Voyager in the Delta Quadrant is trying to get back to this quadrant, its home.
Answer: The Alpha Quadrant.
Question: The 100th episode of Star Trek: Voyager was directed by this man, Geordi La Forge on “The Next Generation.”
Answer: LeVar Burton.
Question: The Black Eyed Peas have a male singer/producer whose stage name ends with the symbols of these 2 elements.
Answer: Iodine and Americium.
Question: Nancy was the first name of this “Lady”, who in 1929 tried to form a women’s party in the British House of Commons.
Answer: Lady Nancy Astor.
Question: Capturing the frothy essence of the Rococo style, “The Swing” by this painter is seen here.
Answer: Jean-Honoré Fragonard.
Question: The naval monument in this British territory at the entrance to the Mediterranean is known as the American Steps.
Question: A 1634 Spanish decree declared it the “key to the New World and the bulwark of the West Indies”.
Question: The ceremonial mace kept in the House of Reps. is a copy of the one destroyed when the Brits invaded D.C. in this year.
Question: “I hate lawyers!” “…Me too; but they make wonderful patients. They have excellent health insurance & they never get better”
Question: This Kafka guy awakes to find he has an armor-plated back, a domelike brown belly & numerous legs.
Answer: Gregor Samsa.
Question: Appropriately, this type of public building in Grand Rapids is named after astronaut Roger B. Chaffee.
Answer: A planetarium.
Question: Film in which a kid in a Welsh coal-mining family like totally falls for a 1980s Southern California chick.
Answer: How Green Was My Valley Girl.
Question: One job of a Broadway stage manager is rehearsing understudies for their big break; this understudy got hers in 1954.
Answer: Shirley MacLaine.
Question: This union that began with a 1935 meeting at King Vidor’s house, covers Hollywood stage managers like our very own Jimmy McGuire.
Answer: The DGA (The Directors’ Guild of America).
Question: From the Latin for “boundary”, it’s the technical name for the stone crosspieces atop Stonehenge’s pillars.
Question: This “ism” that once dominated New England gets its name from being based on self-rule by small groups.
Question: This country’s secret intelligence service ASIS was founded in 1952; its existence was only acknowledged in Parliament in 1975.
25 Best Wordplay and Riddle Questions
Many of these questions either feature an answer as a pun or have fun wordplay used in the way that they’re written. Others require the use of logic to solve them. Enjoy!
- Question: What “O” pertains to midwifery?
- Question: Which drink can be sweet, dry, or rough?
- Question: What so-called war spawned the dueling slogans “Better Dead Than Red” and “Better Red Than Dead” in the 1950s?
Answer: The Cold War.
- Question: In 1603, a drunken James VI of Scotland on his way to take the throne of England reputedly knighted a piece of meat. This allegedly gave rise to what punny name?
- Question: What song name is formed by the name of the largest city in Kansas, a continuous straight length, and a gender?
Answer: “Wichita Lineman.”
- Question: Mash up the names of a retired Speaker of the House of Representatives and an actor who plays a jazz musician in La La Land to make one name.
Answer: Paul Ryan Gosling.
- Question: Which author considered the names Little Larry, Puny Pete, and Small Sam for a famous character of theirs? Bonus: what did the character’s name end up as, and which story are they from?
Answer: Charles Dickens; Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol.
- Question: What is the title of a PBS television show that, when read incorrectly, indicates that nuns are doing their thing downtown?
Answer: Downton Abbey.
- Question: The formula “birthplace of Elvis” plus “sweet term of endearment” equals what Van Morrison hit song?
Answer: “Tupelo Honey”
- Question: Mash up the names of a hit Billie Eilish single from her debut album and something the Queen of England only wears on special occasions.
Answer: “You Should See Me in a Crown” jewels.
- Question: If I was your age ten years before you were born and I’m 50 years old now, how old are you?
Answer: 20 years old.
- Question: When did New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day last fall in the same year?
Answer: This happens every year, the first day of the year is New Year’s Day and the last day is always New Year’s Eve.
- Question: 49% of Americans go out to dinner on what day?
Answer: Their own birthday.
- Question: You’re digging holes in your yard. How much dirt is in a hole that’s 7 feet deep and 3 feet wide?
Answer: There is no dirt in these holes; you’re removing dirt from the ground, so the holes themselves have no dirt in them.
- Question: Oedipus’s mother, Jocasta, approved of his choice of a wife. Who was his wife?
Answer: His mother, Jocasta.
- Question: What word often directly proceeds “Hulk” or “edible egg”?
- Question: Which Italian name plays a big part in two recent Pixar releases, coming after the words “silenzio” or “we don’t talk about”? Bonus: what are the two Pixar films?
Answer: Bruno; Luca and Encanto.
- Question: A music streaming service and well-known jeweler share a name pulled from Greek mythology. What name do they share?
- Question: Which English gardener, originally named Lancelot, and American cartoon character share their initials, as well as a last name?
Answer: Capability Brown and Charlie Brown.
- Question: Which star of the movie Grease has a name that rhymes with trivia?
Answer: Olivia Newton-John.
- Question: When birds form a V shape while flying, why is one side of the V sometimes longer than the other?
Answer: Because there are more birds flying in that line.
- Question: If you can recite several words with similar definitions, what are you on?
Answer: A synonym roll.
- Question: What common ballet exercise sounds like pleading with the dancers when uttered by a rehearsal director?
- Question: Which popular band chares a name with a dish commonly eaten on New Year’s Day?
Answer: The Black-Eyed Peas.
- Question: Why might you struggle to find a missing clock?
Answer: Because you can’t find the time.
25 of the Best Funky and Weird Questions
No matter how you slice it, these questions are a little funny. And not always “haha” funny… funny weird. That being said, they’re sure to catch the attention of the crowd at any pub night.
- Question: What unfortunate bodily function do many fruit flies die of?
- Question: Which English town ironically contains the home base for the U.K.’s Dyslexia Research Trust?
- Question: How many uteruses does each female kangaroo have?
- Question: In Singapore, what innocuous mouth-related act can get you into legal trouble?
Answer: Chewing gum.
- Question: How many times does an average person pee in one day?
Answer: Six to eight times.
- Question: What unlikely item is most likely the germiest thing in your household?
Answer: A kitchen sponge.
- Question: In 1836, a building holding an important patent burned down. What was the patent for?
Answer: The fire hydrant.
- Question: Who wrote Barry Manilow’s 1976 hit, “I Write the Songs”?
Answer: Bruce Johnson.
- Question: Which publication has made a name for themselves through their notoriously hard crossword puzzles, despite harshly criticizing them in the early 20th century?
Answer: The New York Times.
- Question: UFO more commonly refers to an unidentified flying object, but what does it mean in needlework?
Answer: Unfinished object.
- Question: If I tell you I have three pink ladies and a May queen in my fridge, don’t be alarmed. They aren’t really people—what are they?
Answer: Types of apples.
- Question: What temperature are puffin hearts served at, and how are they traditionally cooked?
Answer: Warm, and they are uncooked—they’re warm because of how fresh they are.
- Question: What musical note do most toilet flushes sound like?
Answer: E Flat.
- Question: Which band followed up their first hit single with an album that apologized for it? Bonus: what was the name of the single and the following album?
Answer: LMFAO; “Party Rock Anthem” and Sorry For Party Rocking.
- Question: What is the strange vegetal mascot of Delta State University?
Answer: The Fighting Okra.
- Question: What chewy candy shares a name with a well-known Dustin Hoffman film?
Answer: Tootsie Rolls/ Tootsie.
- Question: Which water-loving mammal sleeps with one eye open?
- Question: Who suffers from boanthropy, in general?
Answer: People who believe that they are actually cows.
- Question: What is the full name of Sonic the Hedgehog?
Answer: Olgivie Maurice Hedgehog.
- Question: How many times does Pitbull say the word “baby” in his single “Fireball”?
Answer: 24 times.
- Question: What does the witch doctor say, according to the Cartoons’ song?
Answer: “Ooh, eeh, ooh ah ah, ting tang, walla walla bing bang.”
- Question: What’s the name of the Maine island bought by the creators of Cards Against Humanity?
Answer: Hawaii 2.
- Question: Which office supply brand came under fire in the 2010s for releasing a line of pens “for her”?
- Question: What strange craving is totally normal for new parents?
Answer: The urge to eat your baby.
- Question: Which country has the highest concentration of redheads?
50 Historical Questions
Each of these questions features a vital historical fact you should know or a very niche one that only a serious history trivia buff could answer correctly. Either way, this category is sure to please anyone who loves to read up on important people and events from yesteryear (or yestercentury).
- Question: While on a trip to Russia in the early 1970s, North American hockey stars including Phil Esposito removed what they thought was an electronic bugging device from the floor of their Moscow hotel room. What did they actually remove?
Answer: They detached the chandelier’s post from the room below theirs, causing it to fall and break.
- Question: Which Athenian statesman started the construction of the Acropolis during the Golden Age of Athens (460–430 BC)?
- Question: Who was the first president to wear long trousers rather than knee breeches to his inauguration, and when was he inaugurated?
Answer: John Quincy Adams in 1825.
- Question: How many beds were listed in the palace inventories of France’s King Louis XIV?
Answer: 413 beds.
- Question: What British industry was nationalized on New Year’s Day in 1947?
Answer: The coal industry.
- Question: Which political term was popularized by Winston Churchill’s ‘Sinews of Peace’ address in 1946 when he said, “from Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an ______ has descended across the Continent”?
Answer: Iron curtain.
- Question: Who designed the Geodesic Dome in the US Pavilion at the 1967 Montreal’s World’s Fair exhibition?
Answer: Buckminster Fuller.
- Question: What twentieth-century American president was so obsessed with secrecy that he often wrote “burn this” on personal letters?
Answer: Lyndon B. Johnson.
- Question: Which city hosted the World Cup in 1986 after being devastated by an earthquake just a year prior?
- Question: Who was Oliver North’s immediate boss who admitted authorizing funding the Contra rebels in Nicaragua?
Answer: John Poindexter.
- Question: What twentieth-century American general had a grandfather who was a confederate brigadier general in the Civil War, and a great -great-great-grandfather who was a general in the Revolutionary War?
Answer: George S. Patton.
- Question: What American billionaire tried to airlift 28 tons of medicine and Christmas gifts to American POWs in North Vietnam in 1969?
Answer: Ross Perot.
- Question: In 1868 impeachment proceedings were initiated against President Andrew Johnson for his opposition to black rights and Congress’ Reconstruction efforts. By what margin did he escape conviction?
Answer: By one vote.
- Question: Who was the only U.S. president not to use the word “I” in his inaugural address?
Answer: Theodore Roosevelt.
- Question: Gertrude Margarita Zeller was shot for Espionage during the First World War, how was she better known?
Answer: Mata Hari.
- Question: In 1954 the Pennsylvania coal mining communities of Maunch Chunk and East Maunch Chunk merged and adopted a new name in honor of a famous athlete. What was it?
Answer: Jim Thorpe.
- Question: Which economic theory that was the dominant school of thought throughout the early modern period holds that the prosperity of a nation is dependent upon its supply of capital and that the global volume of international trade is unchangeable?
- Question: What was the name of the gangster who offered a reward of $10,000 when the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped?
Answer: Al Capone.
- Question: According to poetic legend, Lizzie Borden used her ax to give her stepmother 40 whacks and her father 41. How many whacks did the police actually accuse her of delivering?
Answer: 10 to her father, 19 to her stepmother. However, she was acquitted.
- Question: According to legend, who rode naked through the streets of Coventry to gain a remission of the oppressive toll imposed by her husband?
Answer: Lady Godiva.
- Question: How long did it take Napoleon to send a message from Rome to Paris – almost 700 miles – using a semaphore system to signal from mountaintop to mountaintop?
Answer: 4 hours.
- Question: What kind of car did Communist leader Nikolai Lenin equip with skis and half-tracks in order to overcome Russia’s heavy snows?
Answer: A Rolls-Royce.
- Question: What U.S. state was named after Queen Elizabeth I?
- Question: What type of protective equipment was issued to all of the citizens in Britain in 1939?
Answer: Gas masks.
- Question: During the 20th Century, which last name did the British Prime Minister and American President share? Bonus: what were their first names?
Answer: Wilson, Woodrow and Harold
- Question: Sanssouci Palace, which is located just outside Berlin, is the former summer home of which ruler?
Answer: Frederick the Great, King of Prussia.
- Question: What nation’s military attached dynamite packs to Dobermans before sending them into Palestinian guerrilla hideouts?
- Question: When Queen Victoria was buried, she was placed next to a plaster cast of a body part of her husband, Prince Albert. What body part was it?
Answer: Prince Albert’s hand.
- Question: What article of clothing were women required to wear on the beach at New Jersey’s Atlantic City until 1907 – along with their standard attire of long bathing dresses, bathing shoes and straw hats?
Answer: Stockings or tights.
- Question: When Elizabeth Cochrane traveled around the world in less than 80 days in 1890, she used another name to conceal her identity. What was it?
Answer: Nelly Bly.
- Question: The city of DeKalb, Illinois is credited as the first manufacturing site of what ‘restraining’ invention that revolutionized ranching in the US?
Answer: Barbed wire.
- Question: Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, which country was renamed in 1984 by its president Thomas Sankara to mean ‘the land of upright people’?
Answer: Burkina Faso.
- Question: What city’s worker-student protests of 1968 resulted in a 33 percent rise in the national minimum wage?
- Question: It is well known that Germany re-unified in 1990. In the same year, which two Middle Eastern nations, North X and South X formally united as the Republic of ___?
- Question: In which Irish city did soldiers of the British Army shoot at unarmed civil-rights protesters (killing thirteen) on January 30th, 1972 in what has come to be known as ‘Bloody Sunday’?
- Question: Which city in central Spain was renowned throughout the Middle Ages as an important center for the production of swords and other bladed instruments?
- Question: Which great ruler was named Sophie Friederike Auguste at birth?
Answer: Catherine the Great.
- Question: In 1973, Libya went to war with which country to claim control of the Aouzou strip which was claimed to be rich with uranium deposits?
- Question: What institution in New Jersey, best known as the academic home of Albert Einstein and John von Neumann, was established to foster research without the complications of teaching or funding or sponsorship? Bonus: when was it established?
Answer: The Institute for Advanced Study, 1930.
- Question: What was the name of the suffragette who was killed by the king’s horse in the 1913 Derby?
Answer: Emily Davidson.
- Question: Which American Indian leader of the Sioux Wars was born along Rapid Creek in 1842 and died in 1877 from a bayonet wound?
Answer: Crazy Horse.
- Question: What future vice presidential candidate co-chaired the U.S. Senate investigation that resulted in the video game ratings system?
Answer: Joseph Lieberman.
- Question: In 1976, the PFLP (Popular front for the liberation of Palestine) and Baader-Meinhof terrorists hijacked an Air France plane and landed at an airport. The hostages were later freed in an astounding raid by Israeli forces. Which airport?
- Question: The Doumus Aurea complex that was designed to take advantage of new spaces after a fire was built in the period of 64-68 AD by which ruler?
Answer: Emperor Nero.
- Question: During World War 2, what clothing item were women encouraged to turn in for use in making parachutes? Bonus: how was this clothing item used in the parachute-making process?
Answer: Nylon stockings; melted down to make into new fabric.
- Question: On which ship was the Japanese declaration of surrender signed in World War II?
Answer: The USS Missouri.
- Question: What expression that means a choice between two equally unpleasant alternatives originates from a policy of tax collection devised by John X, Lord Chancellor of England in 1487?
Answer: A Morton’s Fork.
- Question: According to Hunkpapa Lakota leader Sitting Bull, which famous marksman’s nickname was “Little Sure Shot”? Bonus: what was this marksman’s given name?
Answer: Annie Oakley, Phoebe Ann Moses.
- Question: The Trưng Sisters, who successfully rebelled against the Chinese Han-Dynasty in the 1st century AD, are regarded as national heroines in which country?
- Question: The Roman emperor Julian the Apostate abandoned Christianity later in life in favor of a different belief system. What was it?
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