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2,392 quizzes and 33,488 trivia questions.
1.
  A Few Musicians Went To A Concert   top quiz  
Fun Fill-It
 21 Qns
Hypothetically, (note well), a few musical celebrities got together to give a Christmas concert. They were all having a chat backstage in the green room before the concert. Incredibly, their dialogue consisted of song titles of their own songs.
Average, 21 Qns, 1nn1, Dec 20 23
Average
1nn1 gold member
Dec 20 23
173 plays
2.
  Sludge Around Quizzyland editor best quiz   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Whosoever loves life must also love sludge, for sludge is the stuff that life is made of! Here are 20 questions about sludge - one from each Quizzyland category.
Difficult, 20 Qns, stuthehistoryguy, Feb 01 22
Difficult
stuthehistoryguy gold member
Feb 01 22
74562 plays
3.
  Flagging Down   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Sound the alarm and wave the red flag. Flag this quiz if you know what's good for you and solve all ten questions! Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Feb 01 22
Average
kyleisalive editor
Feb 01 22
53673 plays
4.
  Trivial Job Interview editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You really need this new job, but could trivia be your ultimate downfall during the interview? See if you can make things right, pick the right answer, and get hired. Good luck!
Tough, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Sep 30 23
Tough
kyleisalive editor
Sep 30 23
32357 plays
5.
Hand It To Me
  Hand It To Me!   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Didn't you hear me? I don't care what it is-- just pass the object I describe. It's right over there. Thanks!
Easier, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Feb 04 22
Easier
kyleisalive editor
Feb 04 22
11735 plays
6.
Pub Signs Can Be Educational
  Pub Signs Can Be Educational   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
You can learn a lot from pub signs, with some well-chosen photographs and a little imagination!
Average, 10 Qns, stedman, Aug 26 17
Average
stedman editor
Aug 26 17
11095 plays
7.
What Would I Do With THAT
  What Would I Do With THAT?!   top quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Simply put, tell me the function of the items in the quiz. I shouldn't need to tell you what to do with that Play button. Good luck!
Easier, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Jul 08 17
Easier
kyleisalive editor
10000 plays
8.
  Are You Smart and Fashionable? editor best quiz   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
We need people with fashion sensibility and brains for this quiz. Do you have both? Then be my guest and proceed.
Average, 20 Qns, rebapitt, Aug 18 23
Average
rebapitt
Aug 18 23
25025 plays
9.
5 Items or More You Might Not Know
  5 Items or More, You Might Not Know editor best quiz   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
This is a quiz about some objects which are still used today, while others are hardly ever seen anymore. How many of these things will you recognize?
Easier, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Feb 04 22
Easier
dcpddc478
Feb 04 22
6873 plays
10.
  For Couch Potatoes editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Here are some questions based on my favorite sport: channel surfing! You and your trusty remote control will take a tour of some of the channels on your cable box, hopefully learning something along the way.
Tough, 15 Qns, fdgla, Apr 21 24
Tough
fdgla
Apr 21 24
25729 plays
trivia question Quick Question
What is the original overseas title of the "Resident Evil" series?

From Quiz "Are You Smart and Fashionable?"




11.
Its in the Fine Print
  It's in the Fine Print!   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I bought a packet of peanuts once, and was relieved to have seen the warning "May contain nuts" on the packet before I ate them. Phew, glad I saw that before the anaphylactic shock set in. Here are some potentially life-saving 'fine print' tips!
Easier, 10 Qns, dopple44, Sep 07 20
Easier
dopple44
Sep 07 20
7964 plays
12.
Watchamacallits and Thingamyjigs
  Watchamacallits and Thingamyjigs!   top quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Here is a mixed quiz about a variety of objects whose names you may or may not know. Just look at the photo and choose the correct name among the four options offered.
Easier, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Jul 08 17
Easier
dcpddc478
5546 plays
13.
More Educational Pub Signs
  More Educational Pub Signs   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
For your enjoyment, I will show you ten more British pub signs, with some general knowledge questions inspired by them.
Tough, 10 Qns, stedman, Aug 26 17
Tough
stedman editor
Aug 26 17
6793 plays
14.
When Oops Just Doesnt Quite Cover It
  When Oops Just Doesn't Quite Cover It... editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
People make mistakes. But there are mistakes and MISTAKES. Sometimes people make a mistake so huge, so monumental, that we can only shake our heads. This quiz relates to some of 'em.
Average, 15 Qns, Correspondguy, Feb 01 22
Average
Correspondguy
Feb 01 22
9491 plays
15.
This is Not America
  This is Not America editor best quiz   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
I have taken ten things synonymous with America and turned them on their head to create a quiz which has nothing to do with America. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, Plodd, Feb 04 22
Average
Plodd
Feb 04 22
1969 plays
16.
  My Hamsters Ate My Grandfather   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
When my hamsters devoured the only existing photograph of my deceased grandfather, I got to thinking of loss and how that relates to Quizzyland. See if you can answer one question about loss for each FunTrivia category.
Easier, 20 Qns, looney_tunes, Aug 26 17
Easier
looney_tunes editor
Aug 26 17
5124 plays
17.
  Party Hard   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
There's a party on - are you ready to join? First you'll need to work out what kind of party I am planning.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Jul 06 20
Very Easy
looney_tunes editor
Jul 06 20
6244 plays
18.
Amazing Things Done With Lines
  Amazing Things Done With Lines   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
And now, another foray into my artistic capabilities to analyze some rather interesting lines on cue cards. Oh, and if you loved my stick figures, you'll love my lines.
Average, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Oct 22 22
Average
kyleisalive editor
Oct 22 22
5011 plays
19.
  This Quiz Stinks! editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Of all my quizzes, this one is certainly the most rancid, fetid, noisome of the bunch! Each of the questions in this quiz deals with something stinky...very stinky! Plug your nose and give it a try!
Tough, 15 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Dec 27 22
Tough
thejazzkickazz gold member
Dec 27 22
17089 plays
20.
Zing Went the Strings of My Heart
  "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Ten things about zings for you. Enjoy the quiz.
Easier, 10 Qns, Creedy, Jan 09 24
Easier
Creedy gold member
Jan 09 24
2025 plays
21.
  Well, Doc, I've Got This Friend... editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Who is this person talking to? I'll provide a monologue and you select the doctor to which it refers. Have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, Squisher, Feb 04 22
Average
Squisher
Feb 04 22
8576 plays
22.
  Pirate Treasure Hunt   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ahoy me hearties, I've found me directions to a chest of pirate treasure. Answer the questions right and the treasure's all yours. Just remember to count yer paces well after each question.
Average, 10 Qns, cricky, Aug 26 17
Average
cricky
Aug 26 17
11457 plays
23.
The Worst Deal I Ever Made
  The Worst Deal I Ever Made   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Not all deals are well made - someone often loses out. Here's a quiz about some of the most famous, but arguably worst, deals ever made! Pictures provide clues to the answers.
Easier, 10 Qns, suzidunc, Jun 17 21
Easier
suzidunc
Jun 17 21
642 plays
24.
  I Think, Therefore I Get Confused editor best quiz   best quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
I am fairly sure that these guys are philosophers, but maybe I am getting them mixed up with people with whom they share a name.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, 480154st, Feb 04 22
Very Easy
480154st gold member
Feb 04 22
866 plays
25.
  Famous Eyesores   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Sometimes, something is known for having some sort of deformity, thus making it an eyesore. Do you know these ten famous eyesores?
Average, 10 Qns, salami_swami, Oct 16 22
Average
salami_swami gold member
Oct 16 22
5966 plays
26.
  Our Schedule for the Future editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Greetings, Funtrivians of the future! Before you send me any "this didn't actually happen" correction notices, keep in mind that these are predictions of what is expected to happen in the future. I won't respond to any correction notices in 10,000 CE!
Average, 10 Qns, adams627, May 14 22
Average
adams627
May 14 22
3547 plays
27.
  Outgrowing My Inner Child   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
I was given this title for Commission 67 and immediately knew I was in trouble. Why? Because I have never really grown up. Here is a hodge-podge of things that I loved or was fascinated by as a child, and still love many, many years later.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, leith90, Dec 29 21
Very Easy
leith90 gold member
Dec 29 21
616 plays
28.
One Persons Weed Is Another Persons Wildflower A single word to one person can mean a flower, but to another person it can be anything but a flower.
Easier, 10 Qns, 480154st, Apr 08 20
Easier
480154st gold member
Apr 08 20
591 plays
29.
The Old Witch and her Crooked House
  The Old Witch and her Crooked House   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
A day in the life of Old Madge... what could possibly go wrong?
Easier, 10 Qns, AcrylicInk, Jan 04 19
Easier
AcrylicInk gold member
Jan 04 19
437 plays
30.
  Rapping Christmas Gifts editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I am so sorry to the real rappers I offend in doing this. See if you can decipher my rapping and find out what gifts are being passed around on Christmas in this hiz-ouse. Shizzle the quizzle, y'all.
Average, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Aug 26 17
Average
kyleisalive editor
Aug 26 17
3458 plays
31.
  Double Trouble   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Impostors! Doppelgängers! Evil Twins! This quiz might give you double-vision since it's all about people who could be playing uncanny double roles. It's doubly pressing that you get all of these right!
Average, 20 Qns, kyleisalive, Dec 05 19
Average
kyleisalive editor
Dec 05 19
1094 plays
32.
  Awww, You Brought Me A Present!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Gifts are for giving, and sometimes the gifts are given to me. You're quite the generous person, so perhaps you know a little bit about these ten gifts you've decided to bestow. Tell me something about them and you'll get the gift of a high score!
Average, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Dec 16 21
Average
kyleisalive editor
Dec 16 21
747 plays
33.
  No One Shall Steal My Steel    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
An alloy of iron and carbon, steel is a very versatile material. Identify the steel object by its brief description.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, tiye, Jul 05 21
Very Easy
tiye gold member
Jul 05 21
706 plays
34.
  Things I've Stepped In editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You're innocently walking along, when suddenly you feel that tell-tale squelch, slip, or crunch. We've all stepped in gum, or poop, or dead things, but here are some more unusual things various people have stepped in, and they're not even all gross!
Average, 10 Qns, ing, Aug 26 17
Average
ing
Aug 26 17
3674 plays
35.
  Good Golly - It's Holly!   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
There's more to holly than a festive seasonal accessory, so jump on your Holly Davidson and match the names with the clues.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Mistigris, Dec 24 21
Very Easy
Mistigris
Dec 24 21
436 plays
36.
  A Sprinkling of Herbs   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Ten general knowledge questions will lead you to scenting out ten herb names. Try and get the mixture right but watch out for any answers that may fit more than one clue.
Easier, 10 Qns, Plodd, Jul 08 17
Easier
Plodd
895 plays
37.
  Pass, Word, Door, Code   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
All of the answers have one of the words CODE, DOOR, WORD or PASS in them. All you have to do is identify the correct word.
Easier, 10 Qns, ozzz2002, Aug 26 17
Easier
ozzz2002 gold member
Aug 26 17
3035 plays
38.
  Words of Relaxation    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Tough year with Covid, world in flames, political upheaval? Breathe deeply, relax, control what you can...your own peace of mind. Experience numbers 1-9 through #10; an untimed match quiz. Multiple choices may fit #6, but one makes the rest fit.
Average, 10 Qns, Nealzineatser, Nov 23 21
Average
Nealzineatser gold member
Nov 23 21
599 plays
39.
happily ever after The End
  ...happily ever after. The End.    
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Every question or answer in this quiz contains the word "end." Several of the major Funtrivia categories are included. Sometimes the images are clues and sometimes they're just decorative. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, PootyPootwell, Jun 16 23
Average
PootyPootwell gold member
Jun 16 23
511 plays
40.
  What Moves the World   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Variations on the Theme of Movement. This quiz explores all kinds of motion - from micro to macro - in science, philosophy, art, sport, literature, and more.
Average, 15 Qns, Arlesienne, Aug 26 17
Average
Arlesienne
Aug 26 17
2356 plays
41.
  Sharper Sticks Than Yours   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In honour of a certain team bunny who wields a sharp stick, this Llama team quiz takes a look at ten other sharp sticks. Get the point?
Average, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Jul 08 17
Average
kyleisalive editor
843 plays
42.
  Where I've Been editor best quiz   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Follow the clues and you will know where I've been and how I remember it as a child, teenager, and young adult.
Easier, 10 Qns, Rehaberpro, Jun 10 23
Easier
Rehaberpro
Jun 10 23
1175 plays
43.
  A Very Merry Un-Christmas    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Many customs and ideas are very important to the celebration of Christmas. However these same practices are also important to other celebrations in various countries and religions. Match the Christmas tradition to its counterpart, using the clues.
Average, 10 Qns, skunkee, Dec 23 21
Average
skunkee editor
Dec 23 21
478 plays
44.
  On the Commode Again   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Every year, you waste hours sitting on the commode. No more! Take this quiz and learn how you can use that "unproductive time" to make yourself into a billionaire celebrity athlete scientist genius musician. No money-back guarantees.
Average, 10 Qns, adams627, Aug 26 17
Average
adams627
Aug 26 17
966 plays
45.
  A Bunch of Banana Sticker Questions   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Not many items we purchase seem more trivial than the stickers that are stuck to bananas... yes, we pay for those stickers, so let's start paying attention to those colorful little things! You may find this multiple-choice quiz rather a-peel-ing.
Tough, 10 Qns, Kapuskasing, Jul 10 17
Tough
Kapuskasing
3724 plays
46.
  Look What I Found!    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
In my travels (reading that is), I found many interesting items. Can you find the location of each item listed?
Easier, 10 Qns, pennie1478, Jan 03 22
Easier
pennie1478 gold member
Jan 03 22
301 plays
47.
  Rocks in your Head editor best quiz    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some of these questions might make you rack your brain, but most of them are from what we all learned in high school. I've also added a few 'gimmees' for those of you who might not be rock hounds. Have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, bilingualpoet, Feb 04 22
Average
bilingualpoet
Feb 04 22
14687 plays
48.
  The Truth is in Here editor best quiz    
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
What is the truth? It is many things to many people. But among the truths out there, some are in this quiz.
Tough, 25 Qns, parrotman2006, Jul 25 21
Tough
parrotman2006 gold member
Jul 25 21
509 plays
49.
  Joliette Masquerade editor best quiz   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The annual Joliette get together is planned as a masquerade party. You have been invited - but are you up to the challenges which various Joliettes will set you while you're there?
Average, 10 Qns, MaggieG, Aug 26 17
Average
MaggieG gold member
Aug 26 17
1970 plays

General Knowledge Thematic Fun Trivia Questions

1. In the "Austin Powers" films, main villain Dr. Evil had a clone made of himself. However there was no possibility of mistaking the clone for the original. Why?

From Quiz
Double Trouble

Answer: The clone was 1/8 natural size

Dr. Evil's diminutive clone was aptly named Mini-Me. He first appeared in "The Spy Who Shagged Me" and then again in "Goldmember". He is merely one eighth of Dr. Evil's size, although the sometimes very crude humor of the films contains several allusions that this size difference does not apply to a certain part of his anatomy. Interestingly, Mini-Me is not played by Mike Myers, who plays both Austin Powers and Dr. Evil, but rather by Verne Troyer and Danny DeVito. (Thanks to WesleyCrusher for this question!)

2. The common name for Bufo bufo, a charged electrode in a battery, a vein of ore, and the final part of a Greek play all have synonyms that rhyme with one of the key words, but which one?

From Quiz Pass, Word, Door, Code

Answer: Code

The words are toad, anode, lode, and exode. A toad is the common name for Bufo bufo; an anode is a charged electrode in a battery; a lode is a vein of ore and exode is the final part of a Greek play.

3. Erik, the "Phantom of the Opera", was well known for wearing a mask to hide his hideousness. The author of the original novel claims that Erik was actually a real person. Who was the author of the original "Phantom of the Opera" novel?

From Quiz Famous Eyesores

Answer: Gaston Leroux

Gaston Leroux wrote "The Phantom of the Opera" in 1909. It was first published in French, and was published in English in 1911. The novel is about Erik, a man who was so hideous that not even his mother would look at him. His face was concealed with a mask, so as to hide the ugly. He falls in love with an opera singer, Christine. He does not want her to see his face, because once she does, she would become afraid.

4. Animals: Sometimes things aren't really lost after all. A living specimen of which animal, thought to have been extinct for over sixty million years, was discovered off the east coast of South Africa in 1938?

From Quiz My Hamsters Ate My Grandfather

Answer: Coelacanth

Sometimes known as the Living Fossil, the coelacanth is a fish that has a number of unusual structural features which provide evidence to support theories about some interesting evolutionary relationships. Coelacanths were well known to scientists in fossil form, but were thought extinct until 1938 when one was caught in a shark gill net by fishermen near the mouth of the Chalumna River on the east coast of South Africa. The fishermen notified a local museum of their find and the 'lost' became 'found'.

5. We're all sittin' 'round the tree on Christmas mornin' For all of you opposed to rapping this is my fair warnin'. I hope my Dad won't take my gift, return it to sender, Because he can liquefy and puree with his new...?

From Quiz Rapping Christmas Gifts

Answer: Blender

Typically, the blender is an appliance with many features. The one my Dad just opened is able to liquefy all the foods he needs and puree as well (pureeing occurs when vegetables or fruits are blended into a thick liquid). A spinning, high-powered blade inside the machine can dice anything placed inside to a perfect consistency, and with newer blenders, this can be made even more precise. One popular idea is to put ice inside, crush it down to a consistency, add fruit and milk, and make a cold smoothie. Food processors typically do the same thing with larger vegetables and the like, but they're normally used for more menial tasks such as chopping or slicing.

6. Two forces "move the world", wrote German poet and philosopher Friedrich von Schiller, and the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, based his theories of human sexuality on the same two motivations. What are they?

From Quiz What Moves the World

Answer: Hunger and Love

"Hunger and love are what move the world", wrote Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805) in his poem "The Philosophers", and Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) quoted him to postulate his theory of two major drives in human sexuality. The Austrian psychiatrist first mentioned the concept of hunger and love in "The Interpretation of Dreams", the ground-breaking work he published in 1899. Hunger - the drive for self-preservation - he claimed to be synonymous with the libido or sexual need of the individual, whereas love represented the impulse of conservation of species, with the focus on the search for satisfaction and pleasure rather than on an act of reproduction.

7. What is the process of using flags to communicate (usually between land and sea)?

From Quiz Flagging Down

Answer: Semaphore

In use for over two centuries, the Semaphore system is a method with which flags can be used to send messages between ships at sea and land. In order to do this, two sets of two flags are used, placed into different distinct positions to denote certain letters and numbers to form messages. The method is one of many which can be used to achieve the same purpose. Heliography, for example, is a method of using light to produce morse code messages across a distance without being connected via cables.

8. The Chiquita banana sticker was developed in the early 1960s to build "brand awareness" among consumers. By 2006, how were Chiquita's stickers stuck to the bananas?

From Quiz A Bunch of Banana Sticker Questions

Answer: One at a time, by people

Although capuchin monkeys are native to Central and South America, where many bananas are grown, they don't get to do this task. The Chiquita website states, "...we still carefully place each sticker on by hand. Machines are just too rough and can bruise the delicate fruit."

9. What colours be the pirate flag "The Jolly Roger"?

From Quiz Pirate Treasure Hunt

Answer: Black and white (1 pace)

The Jolly Roger is the name generally given to the white on black skull and crossbones design flag. It is thought the name is a corruption of the French "joli rouge" referring to earlier red pirate flags.

10. The first channel you stop at is The Food Network. There is a discussion there about the biggest selling restaurant foods. What food is the most frequently sold item in U.S. restaurants?

From Quiz For Couch Potatoes

Answer: French Fries

Each citizen of the U.S. eats more than 16 pounds of fries every year. That works out to about 2 million tons of taters!

11. The 'Titan Arum' could very well emit the most repugnant smell of any plant known to humankind. What is the nickname of this putrid flower?

From Quiz This Quiz Stinks!

Answer: Corpse flower

The corpse flower, also known by its scientific name 'Amorphophallus titanium' (a very suggestive Latin name, I must say!), is found on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Aside from being the world's stinkiest flower, it is also in competition as the world's largest flower species, sometimes growing up to 7 feet high. The suffocating smell it produces is meant to attract flies and beetles, which will then carry its pollen to distant areas, spreading the species.

12. 'Scree' is one of those words that sounds like a small, furry critter squealing in pain However, what does this term signify to geologists?

From Quiz Rocks in your Head

Answer: steep mass of pebble and debris

A Scandinavian word from 'skritha'.

13. The 1993 movie "Doppelganger" was set up to be about a woman whose evil twin followed her from New York to L.A. in order to cause her misfortune. What was the twist ending?

From Quiz Double Trouble

Answer: She had a split-personality

The movie starred Drew Barrymore as Holly Gooding. In the movie, Gooding was plagued by a series of misfortunes, apparently caused by her evil twin. By the end of the movie, viewers learned that Gooding had a split-personality and it was her secondary identity that did most of the things to her; other events were set up and caused by her therapist, who used prosthetics to look like her client at times. The therapist, played by Dennis Christopher, had convinced the second identity to kill Gooding's mother and then continued his gaslighting of her life. (Thanks to Shadowmyst2004 for this question!)

14. What late night talk show host earned a "Word of the Year" award in 2005 for coining the word "truthiness"?

From Quiz The Truth is in Here

Answer: Stephen Colbert

"Truthiness" was created by Stephen Colbert on the pilot episode of his Comedy Central Show "The Colbert Report" (2005-2014). The word refers to the belief that a statement is true based on intuition or perception rather than any objective measure of reality. Colbert used the word to describe many of the actions and statements of the George W Bush administration. "Truthiness" was chosen as their "Word of the Year" by the American Dialect Society, a group of academic linguists based in New York City.

15. For awhile I lived in a small town. The name of it was the same as the element in the periodic table represented by the single letter 'C'.

From Quiz Where I've Been

Answer: Carbon

Carbon is the basis for organic chemistry. In this instance carbon is the primary element found in coal. A now forgotten Carbon Coal Company gave the village of Carbon Indiana its name. In 1910 it had its highest population of nearly a thousand but since 1970 has remained under 400. My Aunt Lena lived there with my Uncle Roy. Uncle Roy was an entrepreneurs. He owned several farms and bought and sold cattle and hogs. He also invested in small businesses. One those was a tavern in Carbon. He had too many irons in the fire to personally run it. We were going through some tough economic times and Aunt Lena encouraged Roy to hire my dad as manager. The job also included living upstairs in their home. The upstairs consisted of three rooms. One Aunt Lena had set aside for personal storage and her canning projects. There was one larger room that doubled as a bedroom and front room and the other a kitchen. I slept on a cot at top of the stairs. There was also a hand-cranked Victrola with old records. My favorite was by the original Jimmie Rodgers called "Big Rock Candy Mountain". I attended school at a little two room facility a block away from where we lived. One room had grades one to four and the other had five through eight. I was in the second grade but when the teacher thought that I had better reading skills, she moved my desk over to the third grade row. My father and Uncle Roy were ill matched. Roy was a staunch Republican and my father an urban Democrat. After about a year we moved back to Terre Haute but I still spent much of the summer and weekends and holidays in Carbon. Years later my father confided with me "With what Roy was paying me, I had to hustle pool with the customers to put food on the table."

16. Here is one British monarch who might have wished for some protection in the presence of small pointy objects. Who, allegedly, met his end with a red hot poker inside him?

From Quiz Sharper Sticks Than Yours

Answer: Edward II

Or did he? The official chronicles describe his murder at Berkeley Castle in 1327. This was supposedly ordered by his wife, Isabella, and her lover, but there is plenty of room for doubt. Some accounts suggest that he escaped from his imprisonment and melted into obscurity. What is certain is that, prior to these events, he was forced to abdicate and his son, Edward III, assumed the throne. Glendathecat thinks it's a pretty extreme way to get a king to abdicate but they didn't have American divorcees in those days.

17. Deciding that I'd be rather good at DIY, I then bought a 'Carpenters' drill. The fine print was a bit of a 'mouthful', but what did it tell me, that sadly meant the drill didn't have the dual purpose I thought it would?

From Quiz It's in the Fine Print!

Answer: "This product not intended for use as a dental drill"

We all dislike visiting the dentist, but here is the proof that the dentist does indeed have the monopoly on all drilling of teeth. Sorry. For clarification, a 'Carpenter's' Drill is "An implement with cutting edges, or a pointed end, for boring holes in hard materials, usually by a rotating abrasion or repeated blow". I'll be honest, it DOES sound frighteningly similar to going to the dentist. Maybe they have a good point.

18. What in the world did I wrap for my Grandma? You know that she'll be happy with her patterned, new pajamas. I thought about a children's show, I guess I took the plunge, But what shape are the pants of that incessant, yellow sponge?

From Quiz Rapping Christmas Gifts

Answer: Square

Grandma seems to like the Nickelodeon TV show "Spongebob Squarepants". First airing in 1999, the show took off as a hit for all age groups, and soon the obnoxious sponge from under the sea (who lives in a pineapple, we know) became part of popular culture. Being the star of his own show, numerous video games, books, and more (I mean, he has his own CD release...listen to the "Best Day Ever"). "TIME Magazine" actually deemed it one of the greatest shows ever released, solidifying its legitimizing its place in TV history. Spongebob is voiced by Tom Kenny, also known for his roles in various Cartoon Network shows such as "Dexter's Laboratory" and "The Powerpuff Girls".

19. What kind of flag signals the winner of a NASCAR race?

From Quiz Flagging Down

Answer: Checkered flag

The Checkered Flag is synonymous with completion of a race, regardless of type. In this case, the flag is an alternation of black and white squares in a checkerboard pattern. In the case of NASCAR, the Green Flag is primarily used to denote the start of a race or the fact that a pit is open. Adversely, Red Flags are used to denote a stop or a closing. Striped Flags, for example a Red and Yellow Striped Flag, is used to denote debris on the track and is mainly used in case of warning. The White Flag, in auto racing, is used to denote the final lap.

20. Brain Teasers: What is this "fractured" word? Spelling counts! (Fractured words are brain teasers where a string of words form a sound-a-like to a well-known word or phrase.) Kay Mick Al Waist

From Quiz Sludge Around Quizzyland

Answer: chemical waste

After it has settled into sludge, there are many strategies for dealing with chemical waste. Chlorinated solvents can be burned at high temperatures to prevent the formation of dioxins, whereas wastes with high concentrations of toxic chemicals too dangerous for burning must be recycled or contained securely. As the residents of Love Canal found out, "contained securely" can be a problem.

21. What is the stylized logo shown on Chiquita banana stickers?

From Quiz A Bunch of Banana Sticker Questions

Answer: Miss Chiquita

More nifty notes from www.chiquita.com: "It all started in 1944 when Miss Chiquita was created to put a face on one of the world's first brands of bananas. She was drawn by artist Dik Browne who also drew her cousins the Campbell Soup 'kids' and 'Hagar the Horrible.'" (Wow, would you have guessed that the alluring Miss Chiquita is related to Hagar's stout wife Helga?) There is no Chiquita Parrot logo.

22. The macaw be the parrot most often associated with pirates. Where would ye find a macaw in the wild?

From Quiz Pirate Treasure Hunt

Answer: South America (6 paces)

There are 17 different species of macaw native to South America, Central America and some Caribbean Islands.

23. Wanting to escape from the upcoming segment on Ethiopian cuisine, you flip to C-SPAN2, which is in the twelfth hour of a filibuster, a long-winded attempt to delay voting on a bill. Next there is a call to end this madness. What has just been filed?

From Quiz For Couch Potatoes

Answer: A cloture motion

According to U.S. law, if sixty senators sign the cloture motion, the debate must end. Cloture is a French word which means 'closing'. The record for the longest filibuster in U.S. history is held by Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who went on for over 24 hours.

24. Wow! You got me a Turbo-Man action figure? He's so much better than Booster, but virtually impossible to get your hands on, in which 1996 Christmas film?

From Quiz Awww, You Brought Me A Present!

Answer: Jingle All the Way

Released in theatres in 1996, this Arnold Schwarzenegger holiday movie showed up just in time for the Christmas season and featured the action lead making bold attempts to get a Turbo-Man action figure for his son, Jamie. What followed was a mad dash around the city of Minneapolis as he waited at malls, broke into radio stations, stormed Santa's workshop (or a counterfeit toy racket, really) and posed as Turbo-Man himself in an effort to do good by his boy. The movie made over $120,000,000 in the box office despite low review scores.

25. What meteorological term completes the name of Red ___ Cloud, an African-American man who passed himself off as a Native Indian for most of his life?

From Quiz Double Trouble

Answer: Thunder

Born in Rhode Island in 1919 Red had a number of jobs before beginning a correspondence with an anthropology professor at the University of Pennsylvania named Frank Speck. He convinced Speck that he was of the Catawba Indian tribe, which led to the start of projects that involved the collection of folklore and other cultural data of his purported group of people. That work extended into the study of other tribes, such as the Montauk, Shinnecock, and Mashpee. Beyond this there didn't appear to be any gain for Red Thunder Cloud and, as to why he ventured down this path, is not known. Upon his death his name was revealed to be Carlos Westez. This too was questionable, as by his sister, who administered his will, announced his name as Cromwell Ashbie Hawkins West. (Thanks to pollucci19 for this question!)

26. What professional wrestling star began using the nickname "The Truth" in 2002?

From Quiz The Truth is in Here

Answer: Ron Killings

Ron Killings has competed in both WWE and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. It was during his time with Nonstop that Killings began using the nickname "The Truth". Killings is also known as "R-Truth." Killings was the World Heavyweight Champion when he was with TNAW. Killings has generally played the bad guy during most of his wrestling career. Gerdelman competed as "Frankie Kazarian", "Kaz" and "Suicide." Steve Borden's ring name is "Sting". Brigham Doane performs as "Masada".

27. Seeking opportunity, we moved to the capital and largest city in Indiana. What city was this?

From Quiz Where I've Been

Answer: Indianapolis

Indianapolis occupies most of Marion County with an estimated 855,164 population. Indianapolis has finance, manufacturing, a business center, and has developed niche markets in amateur sports and auto racing. Every year the Indianapolis 500 takes place - arguably the most famous car race in the world. While we were there, John Gunther, a famed journalist of the time, published his 974 page book "Inside USA". In his research he visited over 300 communities in the United States. Even though he was given a warm welcome in Indianapolis, he later wrote that Indianapolis was the dirtiest city in the nation and that the city was the most racially segregated north of the Mason-Dickson line. Indiana was the northern center for the Ku Klux Klan with an estimated 40% adult males affiliated. This certainly true of our street--Elder. From Michigan Avenue for about two blocks it was all white family residences. But when you reached the machine shop and a vacant lot, all were black families. Once I was returning on the trolley after my swimming lesson at the YMCA, there were only about three adults seated. At a stop, five black kids got on. I was surprised that one of them sat next to me, two sat right behind me, and the other two stood and continued their conversations in a fun but not inappropriate manner but they did not speak to me nor did they even acknowledge my presence when I exited. It dawned on me later that I had perhaps been a part of a demonstration of what it was like to be alone and systematically isolated.

28. There is a phrase that refers to a degree of 'deadness' that involves, of all things, a nail. What type of nail is it?

From Quiz Pass, Word, Door, Code

Answer: Door

Not surprisingly, a doornail is used to nail doors. Why a doornail, as opposed to any other type if nail, should be singled out for death comparisons is a mystery. Suffice to say that two literary giants named Shakespeare and Dickens have used the saying in their works, lending it with more than enough credence for this humble quiz author.

29. The Elephant Man was a man who suffered from an unknown combination of diseases that greatly deformed his face and body. He was so ashamed of the way he looked that he would wear a cap and hood to conceal himself. What was his real name?

From Quiz Famous Eyesores

Answer: Joseph Merrick

Joseph Merrick was born in 1862, and due to his diseases, died in 1890 at the relatively young age of 27. He became famous due to his bizarre facial and body deformities, and a movie was made about him in 1980. He was given the nickname "The Elephant Man". The definitive cause for his deformities is unknown, however there is speculation that it could have been a combination of many diseases that cause deformity such as Proteus syndrome and neurofibromatosis type I.

30. Celebrities: Which Hungarian-born actress, socialite and beauty queen lost her temper in 1989 and slapped a police officer when she was pulled over for speeding?

From Quiz My Hamsters Ate My Grandfather

Answer: Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor rose to stardom in film and television during the 1950s and is also infamous for her many marriages (nine weddings, seven divorces and one annulment). Her only child is Francesca, born in 1947 during Zsa Zsa's marriage to Conrad Hilton.

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