15 Pop Culture Trivia Questions People Always Get Wrong
Who created Mickey Mouse? What’s Paul McCartney’s middle name? Think long and hard before answering these tricky pop culture trivia questions.
Which Stars Wars movie does the line “Luke, I am your father” come from?
None! That line never appeared in any Star Wars movie. The actual quote is “No, I am your father,” which was said in Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back.
Who was the first Disney princess?
Persephone. That’s right, pop culture trivia fans. It’s not Snow White. In 1937, Walt Disney released a Silly Symphonies short called “The Goddess of Spring” that starred Persephone, the daughter of Zeus (and thus, a princess). It’s based on the Greek myth that Persephone, the goddess of agriculture, was kidnapped by Hades to be queen of the underworld and later agreed to spend half of the year with him, which is why we have winter.
In what movie did Irving Berlin’s song “White Christmas” make its debut?
Holiday Inn, which was released in 1942. The film White Christmas came out in 1954. Berlin originally thought “Be Careful, It’s My Heart” would be the hit song from Holiday Inn, but “White Christmas” spent 11 weeks on the top of the Billboard charts in 1942 alone. It’s believed to have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. Check out our countdown of the best Christmas movies of all time!
Who was the first actor to portray James Bond on screen?
Barry Nelson. He appeared in the 1954 made-for-TV movie adaptation of “Casino Royale.” Sean Connery was the first actor to play 007 on film in the 1962 movie Dr. No.
Who created Mickey Mouse?
It wasn’t solely Walt Disney. The famed mouse was co-created by Disney and Ub Iwerks, Disney’s long-time friend and fellow animator. Disney came up with the idea, and Iwerks “refined and further developed” the character. Pop culture trivia isn’t as simple as you might think, now is it?
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What is the name of the first Harry Potter book?
This is an easy one for Canadians, who have always known the first Harry Potter book by its original title, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. J. K. Rowling’s debut novel and her first of seven Harry Potter books was first published in 1997. The next year, it was published in the U.S. as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
What TV program aired the first interracial kiss?
“You in Your Small Corner.” This televised play aired in the U.K. in 1962 and shows a black man and a white woman kissing. Star Trek is famously credited with the first interracial kiss on American TV between Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura, but that episode aired in 1968. Here are 22 more lessons your history teacher lied to you about.
Who originally sang the song “I Love Rock ‘N Roll”?
The British band Arrows. Pop culture trivia fanatics and music buffs should know that the well-known version by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is a cover. (Here are 12 more songs that are guaranteed to get everyone dancing at your wedding.)
Who wrote the Nancy Drew book series?
There were 13 ghostwriters who wrote various books in the series, all under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Mildred Wirt Benson wrote 23 of the original 30 books and is credited as the series’ primary writer under than pen name.
What is Paul McCartney’s middle name?
Paul. His real name is James Paul McCartney.
Who wrote the McDonald’s jingle, “I’m Lovin’ It?”
You can thank American rapper Pusha T for getting an endless refrain of “Ba da ba ba ba” stuck in your head, Rolling Stone reports. The jingle debuted in 2003 and turned into McDonald’s longest-running marketing campaign. Here’s a bonus bit of pop culture trivia: Justin Timberlake originally sang the tune, and he and Pharrell Williams often get credit for writing it as well.
In which of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle works did Sherlock Holmes say, “Elementary, my dear Watson?”
Tricked you again! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never wrote that line. Here’s the real, often misquoted quote from Doyle’s short story, “The Crooked Man”: “Excellent!” I cried. “Elementary,” said he.
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What does the Evil Queen say to her mirror in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?
If you began your answer with “Mirror, mirror,” you’d be wrong. The line is actually “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” But to be fair, the English translation of the original Brothers Grimm story does actually say, “Mirror, mirror,” not “Magic mirror.”
What colour was Elvis Presley’s hair?
Blonde. According to his former hair stylist, the King had it dyed black every two to three weeks with a L’Oreal formula.
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Which film won the first Oscar for best picture?
You Can’t Take It with You in 1939. Although the first Academy Awards were held in 1929, the gold statuettes weren’t officially called Oscars until ten years later. For the record, the first film to receive an Academy Award of Merit for best picture (then called Outstanding Production) was Wings.
Originally published as 15 Pop Culture Trivia Questions People Always Get Wrong on ReadersDigest.com.