It’s been a while since we’ve done a mental aerobics. So let’s see just how well rounded your knowledge of the world is. Take the test below on a variety of different topics and see how many correct answers you can get. Some are intriguing, others arcane, but they’re all interesting.
Remember you’ll have to scroll fast over the comments before you post your answers if you don’t want to see the answers from others. And no cheating by looking online! Whoever gets the most correct answers will receive worldwide fame and adulation and maybe a guest appearance on Oprah. Or maybe not.
If you guys don’t get all the answers, I’ll post them here on Monday. So sharpen your pencil, don’t look at your neighbor’s paper, and begin now.
1) What famous scientist began with developing a process to sterilize wine?
2) What is a group of apes called?
3) Over 270 waterfalls converge at this spot. What is it?
4) What land animal spends most of its time in water, and
actually suckles their young underwater?
5) Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of what famous novel?
6) What reptile feasts on snails, slugs and caterpillars, and
has smooth overlapping scales which contain small plates of bone?
7) What was the title on the first movie featuring Bond…James Bond?
8) What was used commercially for the last time in March, 1995 in Chesapeake, Maryland?
9) What was unique about Olympic gymnast medalist George Eyser?
10) What Greek philosopher born in 469 BC was later convicted of crimes and forced to drink hemlock?
11) In what sport would you perform a Randolph?
12) What animal fights charging each other, and the female have been known to combat for over 25 hours?
13) A decibel is 1/10 of what?
14) Who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953?
15) What small animal roams the open plains of South Africa and South Angola, and can kill snakes with a well-placed bite to their neck? (Yet is often kept as a house pet in South Africa!)
16) Who wrote the theme song for the Pink Panther?
17) What is a Ringelmann Chart used for measuring?
18) What country is the city of Godthab in?
19) What herb did Siberian citizens paid their taxes with in
the 17th and 18th centuries?
20) What is arctophily more commonly referred to as?
21) What piece of music nearly caused a riot at its debut in
Paris in 1913?
22) Who said “Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast?”
23) What famous humanitarian was born in Skopje, Yugoslavia (Now Macedonia)? Her birth name was Agnus.
24) What was the title of the first “talkie” feature film?
25) “Tug of War” was an Olympic sport between 1900 and 1920. True or false?
26) What spiritual leader’s name translated means “oceans of wisdom?”
27) Does that question mark on #26 go inside the quotation marks or outside?
28) Which opera – that today is one of the most beloved in all the world – opened to horrible reviews and the composer died of a heart attack within weeks, thinking it was a abject failure?
29) What is the only airline to offer a shower on its airplanes?
30) Who were the three vocalists in the group Three Dog Night?
31) What is the correct term for a baby bat?
32) What was the only record to reach number one on the charts for Johnny Rivers?
33) What planet did Luke Skywalker travel to when he first met Yoda, the Jedi Master who instructed me?
34) How do the official rules of baseball define a check swing?
35) In the hit television series “Welcome Back Kotter,” who played the role of Vinnie Barbarino?