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100+ of the Best General Knowledge Quiz Questions

Not counting the Earth, which is the only planet whose largest moon is named after a female figure? Which country has coastlines on the Caspian Sea, the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf? See how you fare against these trivia questions!

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Trivia Question

BBC sports commentator Andrew Cotter has made popular home videos featuring contests between whom?

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Andrew Cotter's dogs, Olive and MabelPhoto: via YouTube.com

Answer: His two dogs, Olive and Mabel

The videos, which went viral during the COVID-19 lockdown, have amassed more than 50 million views on YouTube!

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The 2020 winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary (Short Subject) features Afghan girls performing what sport?

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SkateistanPhoto: Facebook.com/Skateistan

Answer: Skateboarding

The Oscar-winning doc is titled Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl).

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Trivia Question

What geographic features does IKEA usually name its bathroom products after?

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Lake in SwedenPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Scandinavian bodies of water

Take a sneak peek at IKEA’s new LEGO collection!

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According to a 2013 survey, what demographic asks nearly 300 questions per day?

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Answer: Young children

Here are the Canadian women you didn’t learn about in school!

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Name the board gamePhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What board game is purportedly not played by the British royal family because it makes the players too vicious?

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Answer: Monopoly

Take a look at Prince Philip’s life in 50 photos!

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Trivia Question

The international cosmetics retailer Lush sells “naked” products, which don’t include what?

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Lush storePhoto: Min Jing/Shutterstock

Answer: Packaging

Thirty-five per cent of Lush’s products are package-free! “Naked” items include solid shampoo bars, conditioners and bath oils.

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After a hiatus in gospel, who returned to rock ’n’ roll in the early 1960s, with The Beatles as his opening act?

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Little Richard in concert in 2007Photo: Anna Bleker/Wikimedia Commons

Answer: Little Richard

During this time, Richard reportedly taught Beatles frontman Paul McCartney his distinctive singing style.

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Name the province or territoryPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

Which Canadian province or territory has the highest proportion of elected female legislators?

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Yellowknife, Northwest TerritoriesPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: The Northwest Territories

Discover the strangest fact about every Canadian province and territory.

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South Korea sends 10,000 face masks to...Photo: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

Where did South Korea recently send coronavirus-protection gear, out of gratitude to Korean War veterans?

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Navajo veterans of the Korean WarPhoto: Lev Radin/Shutterstock

Answer: The Navajo Nation

The U.S. supported South Korea during the Korean War—members of the Navajo Nation used their language as an unbreakable code for radio messages.

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Name the historical figurePhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

Who said: “A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true”?

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Martin Luther King Jr.Photo: Rowland Scherman/Wikimedia Commons

Answer: Martin Luther King Jr.

Read up on these powerful quotes on racism from history’s most inspiring activists.

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Name the cityPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

In which city can you ski down the sloped roof of an electricity-producing incinerator?

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CopenHill in Copenhagen, DenmarkPhoto: Oliver Foerstner/Shutterstock

Answer: Copenhagen

First conceived in 2011, the CopenHill boasts an impressive 450-metre ski slope.

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Name the planetPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

NASA has tested equipment in Chile’s Atacama Desert, because it’s similar to which planet?

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Atacama Desert, ChilePhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Mars

Fun fact: the Atacama is 50 times more arid than California’s Death Valley!

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Name the threatPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

Which poses a greater threat to undersea fibre-optic cables: sharks or fishing boats?

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Name the countryPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

Which country called its 2019 national budget “The Wellbeing Budget” because it focused on areas such as mental health?

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Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New ZealandPhoto: photocosmos1/Shutterstock

Answer: New Zealand

The budget has also committed billions to tackling child poverty and family violence.

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Name the cartoon characterPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What cartoon character drew inspiration from Charlie Chaplin and turns 92 this November?

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Answer: Mickey Mouse

Add these classic movies on Netflix Canada to your watch list!

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Name the phenomenonPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

Moraines, eskers and drumlins are all landforms that were created by what phenomenon?

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View of glaciers from dronePhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Retreating glaciers

Fun fact: Antarctica’s Lambert glacier is the largest in the world. It measures 96 kilometres wide and 434 kilometres long.

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Name the foodPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What vegetarian product is known for “bleeding” meat-like juices?

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Answer: The Impossible Burger

The Impossible Burger first launched in 2016.

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Name the showPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

David Tennant and Michael Sheen starred in what recent TV release about the antics of demons and angels?

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Good Omens on Amazon Prime VideoPhoto: Amazon Prime Video

Answer: Good Omens

Here are more underrated shows on Amazon Prime Canada worth binge-watching!

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Name the organizationPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

Henry Dunant shared the first Nobel Peace Prize, in 1901, for founding what life-saving organization?

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International Committee of the Red CrossPhoto: Janossy Gergely/Shutterstock

Answer: The International Committee of the Red Cross

Dunant shared the prize with Frédéric Passy, a French economist and founding member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

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Name the lunar eventPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What lunar event promises to make 2020’s Halloween especially spooky?

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Full moonPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: A full moon

Don’t miss these fascinating facts about the moon!

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Name the prizePhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What prize is so revered by hockey fans that it has its own “keeper,” responsible for safeguarding it wherever it goes?

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Stanley CupPhoto: Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock

Answer: The Stanley Cup

New to hockey? Consider this guide to Canadian hockey slang essential reading.

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Trivia Question

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Han van Meegeren was a Dutch art forger. One of his successes, The Supper at Emmaus, was proclaimed by scholars to be a masterpiece by whom?

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Hans van MeegerenPhoto: Wikimedia Commons

Answer: Johannes Vermeer

It’s estimated that van Meegeren (pictured above) duped buyers out of more than US $30 million in 1967’s money.

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Name the objectsPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

As late as the 1930s, what unwelcome objects were sometimes found in toilet paper?

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Answer: Splinters

Check out these funny photos of grocery store items no one wants to panic-buy.

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Michael Myers’s mask from Halloween is based on the face of what Canadian actor of Star Trek fame?

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Answer: William Shatner

Learn the real reason why you hate scary movies.

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Trivia Question

Misère versions of games such as nim, sprouts and poker have what in common?

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Answer: The players try to lose

Lowball, for example, is a type of poker in which one’s lowest-scoring hand wins.

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Name the paintingPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What did the graffiti artist Banksy paint on his own bathroom walls during the COVID-19 lockdown?

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Installation by BanksyPhoto: Instagram.com/Banksy

Answer: Rats

These hilarious pranks made headlines around the world!

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Name the lightPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

The glow called St. Elmo’s Fire appears when electrical voltage affects gases in the sky. What do we call it when we purposely make the same thing happen inside glass tubes?

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Neon lightsPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Neon lights

The first neon lights were made in 1911 by French chemist Georges Claude.

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Name the bookPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

A childhood candy-tasting job inspired what book by Roald Dahl?

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Classic movies on Netflix - Willy Wonka & The Chocolate FactoryPhoto: Facebook.com/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory

Answer: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

There are two film versions of Dahl’s novel: the first released in 1971 (starring Gene Wilder), and the second released in 2005 (starring Johnny Depp).

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Trivia Question

Hawaii has a statute called the Aloha Spirit law, which encourages public officials to contemplate which character traits?

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Hawaii beachfrontPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Kindness, unity, agreeableness, humility and patience

Here are the 50 things you won’t believe are banned in the United States.

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Name the vegetablePhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What were the original jack-o’-lanterns carved from in Ireland and Scotland, before those places started importing pumpkins?

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Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is a very sturdy plastic. That’s why it hurts to step on what Danish-designed ABS toys?

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Trivia Question

You may know her better as a nurse, but who became the first female member of the U.K.’s Royal Statistical Society in 1858?

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Florence NightingalePhoto: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Answer: Florence Nightingale

Other famous members included English polymath Charles Babbage and Belgian astronomer Adolphe Quetelet.

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Trivia Question

Who described Simon Bolivar as “the dastardly, most miserable and meanest of blackguards”?

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Karl MarxPhoto: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Answer: Karl Marx

Read up on the historical figures you didn’t know were related.

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Name the movie starPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What movie star’s first claim to fame was being part of a hip-hop duo called DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince?

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Will Smith at the Cannes Film FestivalPhoto: Andrea Raffin/Shutterstock

Answer: Will Smith

The duo’s most successful single was 1991’s “Summertime,” which peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Check out the most popular songs from the year you were born!

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Name the colourPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

According to peer-­reviewed research, wearing what colour might give an advantage to boxers?

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Red boxing glovesPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Red

These mind-blowing facts will have you rethinking everything!

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Besides his most famous portrait, what artist also painted others that included Lady With an Ermine and Ginevra de’ Benci?

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Illustration of Leonardo da VinciPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Leonardo da Vinci

If you share this one trait with Leonardo da Vinci, you might be a genius.

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Trivia Question

Greta Thunberg’s mother, Malena Ernman, represented Sweden at what event in 2009?

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Malena Ernman at EurovisionPhoto: Wikimedia Commons/Daniel Kruczynski

Answer: The Eurovision Song Contest

Her song, “La Voix,” was the first Swedish entry to contain lyrics in French.

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Trivia Question

What former German chancellor gave Angela Merkel her first cabinet position—and the rather patronizing nickname “mein Mädchen” (my girl)?

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Helmut KohlPhoto: Wikimedia Commons/Christian Lambiotte/European Communities, 1996 – EC

Answer: Helmut Kohl

Kohl served as Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998.

These funny political insults are guaranteed to make you laugh!

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Name the toppingPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

Not counting cheese or tomato sauce, what is by far the most popular pizza topping among Americans?

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Answer: Pepperoni

You won’t believe some of the stuff you’ve been swallowing! Read these food facts from our experts before you take another bite.

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Trivia Question

Omura’s whale, the Lord Howe stick insect and the New Zealand storm petrel are all examples of what kind of animal?

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New Zealand Storm PetrelPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: They’re “Lazarus animals”

Meaning, they were thought to be extinct only to be rediscovered.

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Name the TV showPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

Although Bea Arthur hated cheesecake, what TV show’s cast ate some 100 of them on camera?

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The Golden GirlsPhoto: Facebook.com/GoldenGirls

Answer: The Golden Girls

In 2014, the Writers Guild of America ranked The Golden Girls at number 69 on their list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time.”

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Trivia Question

Which Disney character’s family name is Fa, even though it was Hua in the source material?

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MulanPhoto: Facebook.com/WaltDisneyMulan

Answer: Mulan

Here are the best shows on Disney+ Canada right now.

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Trivia Question

By what name is the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences better known?

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Economics Joseph E. StiglitzPhoto: Wikimedia Commons/Jérémy Barande/Ecole polytechnique Université Paris-Saclay

Answer: The Nobel Prize for Economics

American economist Joseph E. Stiglitz (pictured above) was awarded the prize in 2001.

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Trivia Question

In early 2020 in Hong Kong, armed men stole 600 of what coveted item?

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Man holding several rolls of toilet paperPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Rolls of toilet paper

Find out what people used before toilet paper existed.

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Trivia Question

Who’s won two Grammys for comedy recordings and three for playing the banjo?

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Steve Martin performing in concertPhoto: Jo Crebbin/Shutterstock

Answer: Steve Martin

These funny song titles may not have appeared on any top 40 hit list, but they’re sure to put a smile on your face!

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Name the languagePhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What’s the only Semitic language that’s also an official European Union language?

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Street in MaltaPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Maltese

Test your knowledge of these English words of Arabic origin.

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Name the actorPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What actor has played friends to Ford Prefect, Gandalf, Sherlock Holmes and the Black Panther?

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Martin FreemanPhoto: Jaguar PS/Shutterstock

Answer: Martin Freeman

Freeman first became known to audiences while starring in the UK version of The Office.

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Trivia Question

During the Second World War, double agent Juan Pujol García was nicknamed after what Swede?

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Greta GarboPhoto: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Answer: Greta Garbo

The reason? Because he could give a convincing performance.

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Trivia Question

What novel did James Patterson write about a detective named Jamie Patterson, who tries to solve the murder of a horror writer?

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Stephen KingPhoto: George Koroneos/Shutterstock

Answer: The Murder of Stephen King

Patterson ultimately decided not to publish it.

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Name the treatPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

Sometimes called a “good luck sweet cookie” in China, what treat was likely invented in the U.S.?

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Fortune cookiesPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer:  The fortune cookie

Speaking of sweets, find out how other countries enjoy ice cream!

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Name the planetPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

Not counting the earth, which is the only planet whose largest moon is named after a female figure?

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UranusPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer:  Uranus

The moon is named for the Shakespearean character Titania.

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Trivia Question

Golfer Annika Sörenstam hails from what Nordic country?

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Golfer Annika SorenstamPhoto: Wikimedia Commons/Keith Allison

Answer: Sweden

These hilarious golf jokes are better than a hole-in-one!

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Name the inventorPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

Whose unsolved 1913 death prompted headlines such as “Murdered by Agents From Big Oil Trusts,” because he’d invented a more fuel-­efficient engine?

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Diesel fuelPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Rudolf Diesel

Are you a classic car expert? Guess these vintage cars.

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Trivia Question

Who supplied the music for the musical-­theatre version of the film Waitress?

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Answer: Sara Bareilles

Her 2007 hit single, “Love Song,” reached fourth on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Name the countryPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What African kingdom lists Coca-Cola concentrate among its main exports?

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EswatiniPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Eswatini

With a total land area of just 17,364 square kilometres, Eswatini is the seventh smallest country in Africa.

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Trivia Question

In 2010, the last panel of what long-­running comic strip saw the title character kidnapped by a war criminal?

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Little Orphan AnniePhoto: Wikimedia Commons/Nash Gordon

Answer:  Little Orphan Annie

Created by cartoonist Harold Gray, the comic made its debut on August 5, 1924.

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Trivia Question

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Who is the highest grossing female actor of all time?

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Scarlett JohanssonPhoto: Silvi Photo/Shutterstock

Answer:  Scarlett Johansson

Check out the biggest box-office hit from the year you were born.

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Name the languagePhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

W and Z are worth a lot in many versions of Scrabble, but in which language are they worth only a single point each?

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Scrabble tilesPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Polish

Memorize the best Scrabble words for a competitive edge at your next game night.

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Name the board gamePhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

Klaus Teuber was a dental technician until he created which blockbuster board game?

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The Settlers of CatanPhoto: Wikimedia Commons/Yongkohim

Answer: The Settlers of Catan

First published in 1995, the multiplayer game had sold more than 22 million copies by 2015.

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Trivia Question

Historical pirates often buried their treasure. True or false?

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Ancient mapPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: False

Here are more history questions people always get wrong.

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Trivia Question

While her brothers were inventing the airplane, Katharine kept their bicycle shop afloat. What was their surname?

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Wright brothers flightPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Wright

A graduate of Oberlin College, Katharine also taught Latin in high school.

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Trivia Question

Which layer of the earth, normally found between the crust and core, occasionally pushes up to the surface?

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Earth's mantlePhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: The mantle

These eye-opening Canadian geography facts will have you seeing our country’s landscapes in a new light.

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Trivia Question

Who starred in Thomas Edison’s 1894 short film, The “Little Sure Shot of the ‘Wild West.” Exhibition of Rifle Shooting at Glass Balls, etc.?

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Annie OakleyPhoto: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Answer: Annie Oakley

Can you guess in which decade these iconic photos were taken?

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Trivia Question

In Louise Fitzhugh’s classic 1964 novel, who was the titular spy?

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Name the cityPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What city’s historic Imperial Hotel is on its Ringstrasse (ring road)?

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Bird's eye view of ViennaPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Vienna

Have you heard of these little-known natural wonders?

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Trivia Question

Which country’s flag used to include an orange stripe, for the House of Orange?

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Amsterdam, NetherlandsPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: The Netherlands

These are the best places to visit, according to your zodiac sign.

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Trivia Question

The title character in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou was likely modelled on what real French oceanographer?

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Jacques CousteauPhoto: Wikimedia Commons/Hans Peters

Answer:  Jacques Cousteau

Read up on the creepiest things you can find at the bottom of the ocean.

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Trivia Question

Since 2016, the letters A, B and O are sometimes missing from various signs and company logos around the world. Why?

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Answer: To promote blood donation

Many Canadians don’t know their blood type—here are eight reasons you should.

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Trivia Question

What rocker revealed in January 2020 that he has Parkinson’s?

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Answer: Ozzy Osbourne

Speaking of Ozzy Osbourne, here are the scariest songs of all time.

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Trivia Question

Conch, helix, tragus and rook are all ways of piercing which body part?

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Trivia Question

What person’s last words, uttered on August 31, 1997, were purportedly, “My God, what’s happened?”

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Princess DianaPhoto: Wikimedia Commons/John Matthew Smith

Answer: Princess Diana

Learn about the mysteries surrounding Princess Diana’s death.

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Trivia Question

Fujian, Taiwan and Guangdong are all known for what product, whose name means “black dragon”?

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Trivia Question

The Cervantes Prize is awarded to people writing in what language?

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Cervantes Prize ceremony in SpainPhoto: Wikimedia Commons/Minister of the Presidency, Government of Spain

Answer: Spanish

Visiting a Spanish-speaking country anytime soon? Or just want to bone up on your Español? These are the everyday Spanish phrases to master.

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Trivia Question

Which country has been experiencing a tourism boom because of the Frozen movies?

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NorwayPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Norway

Learn about the coldest day in Canadian history!

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Trivia Question

In 1972, the Inter­national Tennis Feder­ation authorized what TV-friendly colour for tennis balls?

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Answer: Yellow

According to Tennis365, the switch to yellow tennis balls was the idea of David Attenborough, who was a controller at BBC2 in the 1960s.

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Trivia Question

Kannada is a language with at least 43 million native speakers, most of whom live in which Asian country?

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Answer: India

Discover the secrets of India’s royal palaces.

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Trivia Question

Now very rare, thanks to vaccines, what infectious disease is the reason why Spain remembers 1613 as “the year of the strangulations”?

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Trivia Question

Before humans risked flying in a hot-air balloon themselves, they sent up which three animals?

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Hot air balloon ridePhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: A sheep, a rooster and a duck

Good news: they landed safely!

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Trivia Question

Late blight, the plant disease that caused Ireland’s Great Famine, no longer threatens potato crops. True or false?

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Answer: False

Read the fascinating story about the year Canada didn’t have a summer.

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Trivia Question

On average, Danes cycle 1.6 kilometres per day. Roughly what percentage of them own a bike?

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Vintage bicycle in Copenhagen, DenmarkPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: 90 per cent

According to the Cycling Embassy of Denmark, approximately half of all children aged 11 to 15 also cycle to school.

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Trivia Question

What actor topped the 2019 Forbes list of the most influential Chinese celebrities?

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Actor Wu JingPhoto: Zhangjin_Net/Shutterstock

Answer: Actor Wu Jing

Wu starred in the 2019 film The Wandering Earth—China’s third highest-grossing film ever.

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Trivia Question

In what resort can one race in a Star Wars-themed half marathon?

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Trivia Question

Who wrote the following? “Is there meaning to music? … Yes. And can you state in so many words what the meaning is? … No.”

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Aaron CoplandPhoto: Wikimedia Commons/CBS Television/Public Domain

Answer: The composer Aaron Copland

Born in Brooklyn, New York on November 14, 1900, Copland was referred to as “the Dean of American Composers” during his lifetime.

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Trivia Question

How old was Greta Thunberg when she first became an activist?

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The record for the fastest non-tornado wind gust was set during trop­ical cyclone Olivia in which country?

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Sydney, AustraliaPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Australia

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Trivia Question

In 2019, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan taped what item of fruit to a wall and sold it for US$120,000?

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Banana duct taped to a white wallPhoto: Wikimedia Commons

Answer: A banana

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What kills more people worldwide: road accidents or homicide (including war and cap­ital punishment)?

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Car collisionPhoto: ShutterStock

Answer: Road accidents

Road accidents are to blame for around one in 40 human deaths.

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The person who was born Princess Anne-­Marie of Denmark would now be the queen of which country had it not abolished its monarchy in 1973?

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GreecePhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Greece

Here’s why you should thank the ancient Greeks for your birthday cake.

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Name the sportPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What sport, invented in Amsterdam in 1901, requires four men and four women on each team?

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KorfballPhoto: KeremGogus/Shutterstock

Answer: Korfball

These captivating sports documentaries will satisfy your sports fix.

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Name the insectPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

The ancient Egyptian god Khepri was portrayed as what insect, or sometimes as a man with that insect for a head?

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Scarab beetlePhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: A scarab beetle

Can you spot the animals camouflaged in these photos?

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Name the plantPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What plant is a symbol of nuclear disarmament because it can absorb radioactive cesium?

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Sunflower fieldPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: The sunflower

Fun fact: sunflowers were planted at the sites of the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear disasters to help absorb radiation from the soil.

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Name the Canadian singerPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

In 2019, what Can­adian singer released her first Billboard No. 1 album in more than 17 years?

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Celine Dion performing livePhoto: JStone/Shutterstock

Answer: Céline Dion

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Name the two statesPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

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Which two independ­ent states are entirely surrounded by Italy?

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San Marino is the least visited country in EuropePhoto: ShutterStock

Answer: San Marino and Vatican City

From island paradises to little lands tucked away in Europe, these tiny countries are big on scenery and culture.

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Name the Peanuts characterPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

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In Peanuts, what character was fiercely dedicated to Beethoven?

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Schroeder from Peanuts cartoonPhoto: Facebook.com/Snoopy
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Name the countryPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

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Which is the only country to have won both the women’s and the men’s FIFA World Cups?

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German team winning at the 2014 World CupPhoto: Jefferson Bernardes/Shutterstock
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Name the painterPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What Dutch master produced more than 142 paintings while he was staying at a psychi­atric hospital?

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Vincent van Gogh self-portraitPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Vincent van Gogh

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Name the Nicole Kidman filmPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

Which “timely” Nicole Kidman film was based on the novel that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction?

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Nicole Kidman in The HoursPhoto: Facebook.com/TheHoursMovie

Answer: The Hours

These romantic movies on Netflix Canada should be viewed with a box of tissues nearby.

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Name the Disney moviePhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What Disney movie features a castle inspired by the Chateau de Chambord in France?

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Beauty and the Beast (2019)Photo: Facebook.com/DisneyBeautyAndTheBeast

Answer: Beauty and the Beast

Can you guess the Disney villain by their last words?

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Name the mathematicianPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

The square root of two is a constant named after what mathematician and philosopher?

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Statue of PythagorasPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer: Pythagoras

It takes a genius to solve these tricky math riddles—are you up to the challenge?

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Trivia Question

Japan’s southernmost prefecture is the birthplace of karate and is called what?

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House in Okinawa, JapanPhoto: PixHound/Shutterstock

Answer: Okinawa

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Name the actorPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

What American actor goes by the stage name “Childish Gambino” when he’s performing music?

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Donald GloverPhoto: DFree/Shutterstock

Answer: Donald Glover

Glover also created and stars in the Emmy Award-winning comedy-drama, Atlanta.

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Name the countryPhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

Which country has coastlines on the Caspian Sea, the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf?

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Tehran skylinePhoto: Vanchai Tan/Shutterstock

Answer: Iran

Iran is the second-largest country in the Middle East, after Saudi Arabia.

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Name the classic moviePhoto: readersdigest.ca/Shutterstock

Trivia Question

Until he passed away at age 98 in 2018, Jerry Maren was the last surviv­or of the 124 actors who played Munchkins in what movie?

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The Wizard of OzPhoto: Facebook.com/TheWizardOfOzMovie

Answer: The Wizard of Oz

Add these classic movies on Netflix Canada to your viewing list!

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Trivia Question

According to Nigella Lawson, what’s the “best meal in the world”?

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Nigella LawsonPhoto: Kai Hecker/Shutterstock

Answer: Bread and cheese

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Trivia Question

Golf returned to the Olympics in 2016. Who won the first men’s gold medal in 112 years and hit the first Olympic hole in one?

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Justin Rose, golferPhoto: Marco Iacobucci Epp/Shutterstock

Answer: Justin Rose

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