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  Have Fun or Aisle be Upset   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz looks at ten different wedding traditions throughout the world. How many do you know?
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Dec 05 17
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Dec 05 17
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  Grin and Bare It!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Laugh or cringe, streaking has been a part of western culture for decades. Here's some streaking history just for a laugh.
Average, 10 Qns, spambo5, Dec 25 09
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  Guildmade Maidens   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Married women have left legacies in their own right. The Quiz Makers Guild pays homage to 10 unmarried maidens who, based solely on their own resources, impacted the culture(s) of their time. We offer for your consideration these ten worthy maidens.
Difficult, 10 Qns, socalmiguel, Oct 20 08
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  Fantastic Fa'a Samoa!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In this quiz we'll continue our quizzical journey to that earthly paradise called the islands of Samoa, and introduce you to the people and customs of that beautiful land.
Average, 10 Qns, Flamis, May 16 19
May 16 19
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  Last Rites   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz on some of the cultural traditions and language associated with death and dying. Some you may know and some you may not.
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Aug 07 20
Aug 07 20
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  Justa Word in Spanish   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a look at some cultural differences in the Spanish-speaking world.
Average, 10 Qns, biblioholik, Aug 20 12
2276 plays
  LGBT Signs and Symbols    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This quiz deals with key aspects of the popular culture of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community, especially its various symbols, emblems, flags and signs. Good Luck!
Difficult, 15 Qns, KatieK54, Feb 14 18
KatieK54 gold member
Feb 14 18
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  Anglo-American Cultures    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A mixed bag of trivia from both sides of the pond!
Average, 10 Qns, tiger99, Jun 09 14
3783 plays
  Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Most people associate Oceania with Australia and New Zealand, but the island groups of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia also have intriguing and varied histories. My quiz is about them.
Average, 10 Qns, Oidioid32123, Jun 11 14
428 plays
  Australian-American Culture    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Coincidences, differences, cross-cultural influences, and history.
Difficult, 15 Qns, ironikinit, Jan 25 23
Jan 25 23
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trivia question Quick Question
The Mayans were keen observors of the heavens. Which planet did they revere as a God?

From Quiz "Mayans in the Yucatan"

Cultures Trivia Questions

1. In the Christian world, who was at one time most likely to be buried in an upside down position with the head below the feet?

From Quiz
Last Rites

Answer: Suicides

An upside-down burial position is not common in any culture. In Christian societies they would sometimes bury suicides and assassins in this position. It was done as post-mortem punishment and to inhibit the body from the activities of the dead.

2. In which traditional wedding ceremony does the groom step on an empty glass?

From Quiz Have Fun or Aisle be Upset

Answer: Jewish

A traditional Jewish wedding sees the couple being married under a canopy of some kind to symbolise their new home together as husband and wife, but before that begins, they both sign a marriage contract to formally state the husband's obligations to his wife, and the process to follow should a divorce occur. That of course originated long ago in the times where the wife was a home maker, and the husband brought home the income. Following a variety of blessings and vows, the couple then sip from a glass of wine together, after which the groom crushes the glass with his right foot. This symbolises the destruction and loss of Jerusalem's second Holy Temple which was destroyed by the Romans, circa 70 CE.

3. The discovery of what food in Polynesia has led some scholars to believe that Native Americans could have contacted Polynesians in pre-Columbian times?

From Quiz Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia

Answer: Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are indigenous in the Americas, yet carbon dating has proved that they have been in the Cook Islands as early as 1000 AD. They were widespread throughout Polynesia by the time Europeans reached it. The Maori word for sweet potato, Kumara, is similar to Native American words for it: the Quechua and Aymara languages call it a k'umar or k'umara.

4. How will you most likely be greeted when you arrive in Samoa?

From Quiz Fantastic Fa'a Samoa!

Answer: Talofa!

"Talofa!" is "Welcome" in Samoan. The word "alofa" means "love", and "ta" means "to hit", so this greeting is somewhat similar to the Hawaiian "Aloha!". "Malo e Lelei!" is a Tongan greeting, "Kia Orana!" is from the Cook Islands, and "Bula!" is Fijian.

5. The verb, 'soñar', means to dream. Which preposition does it require?

From Quiz Justa Word in Spanish

Answer: con

La semana pasada, yo soñé con ella. I dreamed about her last week.

6. This Greek letter is associated with the more militant factions of the gay and lesbian community, and it was first used in the 1970s by the New York City Gay Activists' Alliance. Which is it?

From Quiz LGBT Signs and Symbols

Answer: Lambda

Used in the title of the Lambda Legal Defense Fund, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and those with HIV, through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

7. Samuel Perkins Lord, from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, claimed have introduced which American cultural icon to Australia in 1853?

From Quiz Australian-American Culture

Answer: baseball

Obviously, he wasn't very successful. "The first recorded Australian baseball match was here on 21 February 1857. The account tells of the 'Melbourne Base Ball Club' having a series of three matches between Collingwood and Richmond. The scores were astronomical - with Collingwood winning the ssecond [sic] match 350 - 230! These early Australian baseball players were probably playing a variation of rounders and the New York Game."-- Joe Clark.

8. The city of Boston in the USA is also a town in England. In which county is Boston, England?

From Quiz Anglo-American Cultures

Answer: Lincolnshire

I think they still have tea parties!

9. What do the Aboriginal peoples of Australia do after a loved ones death?

From Quiz Last Rites

Answer: Hold a smoking ceremony

The Northern Territory Australian Aboriginals smoke out the deceased persons home. This smoking ceremony is done in order to expel the deceased person's spirit from the home. The body is then covered in leaves and left on a platform to decompose.

10. In which religion is polygyny permissible, though seldom carried out in practice?

From Quiz Have Fun or Aisle be Upset

Answer: Islam

A Muslim couple must always marry publicly and never in secret. The actual ceremony itself varies from culture to culture throughout the Muslim world. Apart from the romantic side of acting as each other's comforter and protector and the belief that they are meant for each other, a Muslim wedding is also viewed as a legal contract between the couple. Neither couple can be forced or tricked into marriage, and although polygyny is allowed under the practice of Islam - with definite restrictions in place - the vast majority of Muslims in our modern world do not practice this. One wife is enough for any man to handle it would seem, a thought that is just a tiny bit amusing.

11. Melanesians have developed many languages throughout their history. Which country, also the largest country in Melanesia, has developed more languages than any other single nation in the world?

From Quiz Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia

Answer: Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea has more than 800 languages still in use. This is due to the fact that many tribes in Papua New Guinea are still uncontacted and have not assimilated with the rest of the world yet.

12. Whether for tradition, as a protest, or an alcohol fuelled dare, streaking became a worldwide phenomenon in the 1970s. In 1974 a world record was set by Georgia University students including how many streaking students?

From Quiz Grin and Bare It!

Answer: 1543

Running about naked literally streaked through the 1970s and naked people were stripping off at any opportunity. At its peak, impromptu streaking was rife. Whether sky-diving, skiing or conga-lines, it was seen as a harmless bit of fun but is now frowned upon by faculty leaders. It still happens as an annual event on many campuses but not with the same gusto because of strict rules and repercussions.

13. What is the most widely-spoken indigenous language of South America?

From Quiz Justa Word in Spanish

Answer: Quechua

This language has some 13 million speakers in the Andean region. Its first grammar was compiled by a missionary in 1560 and it was used by the Catholic Church to help convert the population. Condor and puma are derived from this language. Guaraní is widely spoken in Paraguay and Brazil; Nahuatl, in Mexico; and Navajo, in the U.S. Southwest.

14. This planet (named after a character in Roman mythology) is used as a symbol of pride by transgender persons. It is also supposed to represent the balance of male and female within the human body and person. Which is it?

From Quiz LGBT Signs and Symbols

Answer: Mercury

In Greek mythology, Hermes (whose Roman equivalent is Mercury) and Aphrodite had a child named Hermaphroditus. When a nymph named Salmacis was upset that he hadn't fallen in love with her, she prayed to the gods for them to be together forever. Her prayer was answered and two were fused together into a single being with both male and female characteristics.

15. Brisbane's Australian Football League club shares its nickname with what American city's National Football League club?

From Quiz Australian-American Culture

Answer: Detroit

Considering that Detroit hasn't made the play-offs since 1999, I'd say Brisbane's team is currently the more successful of the two. Of course, the Brisbane Lions' history is relatively short, as the club was formed in 1996 from the merger of the Brisbane Bears and Fitzroy Lions clubs. It didn't take the merged club very long to win its first league premiership in 2001.

16. Which US state has the British flag as part of its state flag?

From Quiz Anglo-American Cultures

Answer: Hawaii

Hawaii used to be called the Sandwich Islands and were at one time claimed by Britain.

17. What is the practice of immurement?

From Quiz Last Rites

Answer: Being buried alive

Immurement is the punishment of being buried alive, and is usually done as a particularly cruel means of execution. This was often done by bricking up the victim in the walls of a building. Death usually occurred from dehydration, asphyxiation or starvation. Examples of immurement can be found in cultures all over the world.

18. In which traditional Asian wedding does the bride hope to meet a gold chicken on the way to the ceremony?

From Quiz Have Fun or Aisle be Upset

Answer: Chinese

In a traditional Chinese marriage ceremony, the bride is escorted to her wedding by a "Good Luck Woman" who carries a red umbrella over the bride's head. This woman is chosen on the grounds that her own marriage was a fruitful and happy one, and this is seen as a good omen for the young couple entering into married life. The family and friends of the bride also scatter seeds and beans in front of the bride as she makes her way to the ceremony. If these attract a gold chicken along the way, this is considered to be an extra good omen for the marriage.

19. This is a double-edged hatchet/axe that was generally used as a harvesting implement and a weapon in matriarchal societies. It is a symbol of strength and perseverance in the lesbian community. What is it called?

From Quiz LGBT Signs and Symbols

Answer: Labrys

In mythology, Demeter, the Goddess of the Earth, was known for using a labrys as her scepter in the many religious ceremonies she held, many of which are thought to have included 'lesbian' elements.

20. While we're in Queensland, with which U.S. state does QLD share a nickname?

From Quiz Australian-American Culture

Answer: Florida

Both are Sunshine States.

21. Which material was patented in New York and London at the same time?

From Quiz Anglo-American Cultures

Answer: Nylon

It has been retrospectively claimed that the word "nylon" is derived from NY(New York)+ LON(London), but this is apocryphal. The "on" part is from the ending of cotton and rayon, with "nyl" being invented.

22. What is a caisson?

From Quiz Last Rites

Answer: A funeral cart

A caisson is a two wheeled cart used for carrying a coffin to the cemetery. It originated in Britain as an artillery cart but became a funerary cart around the 17th century.

23. A handfasting ceremony was a legal contract between a couple prior to an official church wedding one month later - in which country of monarchs?

From Quiz Have Fun or Aisle be Upset

Answer: England

An English handfasting was not actually a wedding ceremony at all as many believe, but was looked on more as a type of engagement period before the union of a couple became permanent in a follow up church wedding. In pagan ceremonies this period lasted for a year and a day and was also called a handfasting, but in normal English society the handfasting only lasted for a month before the wedding. This ceremony existed from the 12th to the 17th century in England, and it was considered legally binding, only to be dissolved on the death of either partner. It was also known as a troth-plight. Part of the ritual of such a ceremony consisted of wrapping a red ribbon around the joined hands of the couple and tying it with a knot. This is where we get the expression "to tie the knot" today when referring to a wedding.

24. The Rapa Nui people of Polynesia made the incredible journey 1500 years ago almost all the way across the Pacific Ocean to settle what tiny island, today owned by Chile?

From Quiz Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia

Answer: Easter Island

Easter Island is one of the remote islands in the world. It is almost 1300 miles away from the nearest piece of inhabited land, which is the Pitcairn Islands, a British Dependency. Easter Island is also known for its carved head statures, called Moai.

25. What are the most widely used (symbolic) colors of the bisexual community?

From Quiz LGBT Signs and Symbols

Answer: Purple, pink, blue

The bisexual pride flag has three stripes in these colors. In the triangle symbols there is usually a pink triangle overlapping a blue to create a smaller purple triangle in the center.

26. Which American giant is the parent company for Holden Ltd?

From Quiz Australian-American Culture

Answer: General Motors

The Holden was launched in 1948. You can see some images of those early models on the company's website at

27. Which British Prime Minister had the same surname as a US President?

From Quiz Anglo-American Cultures

Answer: Wilson

Both were in power in the 20th century.

28. What is the definition of excarnation?

From Quiz Last Rites

Answer: Removing the flesh and organs before burial

Excarnation is removal of the flesh and organs before burial. This can be done either by the person preparing the corpse for burial, or by leaving the body in the open air to decompose and be eaten by animals.

29. In a Korean wedding, what does the expression "sokdowebaan" ("speeding over the limit") signify?

From Quiz Have Fun or Aisle be Upset

Answer: Pregnancy preceded the marriage

The English spelling for this Korean expression is "Sokdowebaan". It translates to "speeding over the limit" and refers to a bride's pregnancy preceding her marriage. Korea's nearby neighbour, China, refers to conception preceding a wedding as "Married by order of the child" ("Fengzichengun"). This suggests that the marriage was approved by imperial edict. Because the increasing percentage of pre-wedding pregnancies is on the rise in that nation - and is somewhat frowned upon - the hint of official approval gives it an acceptable quality instead.

30. The triangles originate from the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps before and during World War II. What color were the gay men's and lesbian's triangles?

From Quiz LGBT Signs and Symbols

Answer: Pink and Black

The pink triangle is the most widely known. It was used to identify homosexual males, while the less known black triangle was used to denote lesbians and those with so-called "anti-social" personalities. (This merely reflected Nazi notions of "anti-social" and has nothing to do with what is often referred to by psychologists as "anti-social personality disorder").

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