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Answers for Dec. 3, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: In 2021, 84 percent of the Christmas trees displayed in the U.S. were real while 16 percent were artificial.

False. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, in 2021, 84 percent of the Christmas trees displayed in the U.S. were artificial while 16 percent were real.

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2. What day of the week is said to have the most challenging New York Times crossword puzzle?

  • Monday
  • Wednesday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Each day of the week, from Monday onward, The New York Times crossword puzzle becomes more difficult, culminating in the most challenging of all: Saturday's crossword.

Explore More: 5 Tips for Solving The New York Times Crossword Puzzle

3. "Say 'hello' to my little friend" is from which mobster movie?

  • “The Godfather”
  • “Scarface”
  • “Dirty Harry”
  • “Goodfellas”

"Say 'hello' to my little friend" is from “Scarface" which was loosely based on the life of Al Capone, but this line was famously delivered by another famous Al — Pacino.

Learn More: Guess the Movie From Its Famous Line

4. True or False: There are 5 different colors of sounds.

True. Scientists recognize black, brown, pink, blue and white noise. Some people find pink noise or brown noise better for sleep than white noise.

Read More: You Know White Noise, But What's Pink Noise and Brown Noise?

5. Which movie below passes the Bechdel Test?

  • "Casablanca"
  • "Jackie Brown"
  • "Lawrence of Arabia"
  • “Mean Girls”

"Mean Girls" passes the Bechdel Test because it has at least one scene in which two female characters have a conversation about something other than a man.

Read More: What the Bechdel Test Says About Women in Film

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November 26, 2022

Answers for Nov. 26, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: Yams and sweet potatoes are the same food.

False. Yams and sweet potatoes are quite different. In fact, they're not even part of the same genus. But, due to how the names are used interchangeably, you might believe they are the same.

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Read More: What's the Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams?

2. What is one of the safest forms of investment?

  • Property
  • Treasury bills
  • Stocks
  • Precious metals

Treasury bills are one of the safest forms of investment in the world because they are backed by the U.S. government. They are considered risk-free. They are also used by many other governments throughout the world.

Read More: How Treasury Bills Work

3. When was green bean casserole, the beloved Thanksgiving side, developed?

  • 1880
  • 1955
  • 1967
  • 1980

Green bean casserole was developed by the late Dorcas Reilly back in 1955 when she was a Campbell Soup Company test kitchen manager. Her green bean casserole has made a name for itself as a go-to Thanksgiving side for more than 60 years.

Read More: Dishing It Up: History of the Green Bean Casserole

4. True or false: Up until the late 19th century, people regularly ate breakfast pie, including flavors like pumpkin and apple.

True. Breakfast pie was on hotel and restaurant menus and held a regular spot on the breakfast menus in the homes of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Read More: The Humble History of Pumpkin Pie

5. What scientific tool is used to measure the severity of a snowstorm?

  • Fujita Scale
  • Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale
  • Richter Scale
  • Saffir-Simpson Scale

To assess the severity of a snowstorm, we can use several metrics beyond the volume of snow. The Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS) was created in 2004 to characterize snowstorms in the Northeastern U.S., similar to the way the Fujita Scale rates tornadoes and the Saffir-Simpson Scale classifies hurricanes.

Read More: 10 Biggest Snowstorms of All Time

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November 19, 2022

Answers for Nov. 19, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: Jimmy Carter served as the United States’ 39th president.

True. Jimmy Carter is the 39th American to hold the title of President of the United States. The presidency was only the beginning of his lifelong effort to make the world a better place.

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Read More: A Portrait of Jimmy Carter, America's Oldest Living President Ever

2. What is the all-time best-selling book?

  • "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ"
  • "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
  • "The Little Prince"
  • "Xinhua Zidian"

"Xinhua Zidian" was first published in 1953 and became the standard dictionary among Chinese schoolchildren. Its widespread use in the most populous nation in the world (1.4 billion people as of 2022) gives this book the top spot on our list.

Read More: The 22 Best-selling Books of All Time

3. What is graupel?

  • A mix of snow crystals and ice
  • Sleet
  • Snow
  • Rain

Graupel is actually an interesting mix of snow crystals and ice. It should not be confused with sleet, which is sturdier and more frozen; graupel occurs when a snow pellet falls and is encapsulated by ice. Sounds like hail, right? Well, it’s not quite hail either.

Read More: Graupel Isn't Snow, Nor Sleet, Nor Hail, So What the Heck Is It?

4. True or false: Flash droughts typically result from a combination of higher-than-normal precipitation and lower temperatures.

False. Flash droughts typically result from a combination of lower-than-normal precipitation and higher temperatures.

Read More: What Is a Flash Drought? An Earth Scientist Explains

5. What is the vocation of the oldest living woman?

  • Chef
  • Lawyer
  • Nun
  • Maid

Lucile Randon, aka Sister André, is the world's oldest living person. She was born Feb. 11, 1904, in France. She's also the oldest known living person in Europe, and the world's oldest living nun.

Read More: Who Is the Oldest Person to Ever Live?

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November 12, 2022

Answers for Nov. 12, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: An axolotl can regenerate almost any part of its body.

True. An axolotl can regenerate new limbs, heart tissue, eyes and even its spinal cord and parts of its brain. Scientists study axolotls in the hopes of one day applying their miraculous limb-regeneration abilities to the human body.

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Read More: The Super-cute Axolotl Is Also a Ruthless Carnivore

2. Why does Earth's shadow cast a red hue on the moon during a lunar eclipse?

  • Climate change
  • Earth’s atmosphere
  • Earth’s shadow is red
  • Reflection from the stars

During a total eclipse, the only sunlight reaching the moon is passing through Earth's atmosphere. As rays of the sun's light pass through the atmosphere and bend around Earth, they pick up a reddish color. This is why the moon appears red during a blood moon, also known as a lunar eclipse.

Read More: What's the Difference Between a Blood Moon and a Lunar Eclipse?

3. What will mess up a car’s engine if added to the fuel?

  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Water

If you add water to fuel, the water gets into the engine and, if there's enough water in the cylinders, the fuel does not combust. The engine is dead in the water, you might say.

Read More: What if I Put Sugar in Someone's Gas Tank?

4. True or false: Graphene is considered one of the softest materials in the world.

False. Graphene is considered one of the strongest — and thinnest — materials in the world. The composition of graphene is similar to the graphite used in pencils, but when graphene is used as a temporary tattoo, it provides a waterproof way to measure the skin's electrical currents and the body's response to changes in blood volume.

Read More: How the Graphene Blood Pressure Tattoo Will Change Monitoring

5. How often should you wash your car?

  • Every week
  • Every 2 weeks
  • Every month
  • Every 2 months

Most experts recommend washing your car every two weeks or so throughout the year as a general rule.

Read More: How Often Should You Wash Your Car?

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November 5, 2022

Answers for Nov. 5, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: Tsundoku is the art of buying books you can't possibly read.

True. Tsundoku comes from the root words "tsumu," which means "to pile up," and "doku," which means "reading."

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Read More: Tsundoku: The Art of Buying Books You Can't Possibly Read

2. What car brand can attribute some of its success to international spy, James Bond?

  • Aston Martin
  • Ferrari
  • Jaguar
  • Porsche

The Aston Martin DB5 became an international sensation when it played a starring role in the James Bond spy thriller "Goldfinger." Aston Martin can attribute some of its success to this franchise.

Read More: The Aston Martin: From the DB1 to DB7

3. How many Nancy Drew books are there in the classic series?

  • 43
  • 56
  • 123
  • 157

Although there are currently over 175 Nancy Drew books including several spinoffs, the classic series had 56 books.

Read More: 5 Secrets You Didn't Know About Nancy Drew

4. True or false: Netflix says it uses credit card information to determine if your device is within a subscriber household or not.

False. Netflix uses IP addresses, device IDs and account activity to determine if your device is within a subscriber household or not. If a device is outside of the subscriber household then you will have to verify the device to watch on it.

Read More: How Netflix's Password Crackdown Will Stop Moochers

5. "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." Which book opens with this line?

  • "A Clockwork Orange"
  • "Jane Eyre"
  • "1984"
  • "The Bell Jar"

"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen" is the opening line of George Orwell's "1984," which is considered one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.

Read More: Quiz: Guess the Book From Its Opening Line

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October 29, 2022

Answers for Oct. 29, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: Albert Einstein famously called the phenomenon of quantum entanglement "spooky action at a distance."

True. Albert Einstein famously called it "spooky action at a distance," even though he had some doubts about the phenomenon.

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Read More: Quantum Entanglement Is the Strangest Phenomenon in Physics, But What Is It?

2. British prime minister Liz Truss recently resigned. How many days did Truss last as prime minister?

  • 21
  • 30
  • 44
  • 60

British prime minister Liz Truss resigned after only 44 days, making Truss go down in history as the U.K. prime minister with the shortest term.

Read More: British Prime Minister Liz Truss Resigns After Only 44 Days

3. How many emergency drawdowns of crude oil have there been since the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) was established?

  • 3
  • 4
  • 6
  • 10

Since the SPR has been established, there have been three emergency drawdowns: one after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, one during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and the most recent in 2011 when President Barack Obama released 30 million barrels of oil onto the world market in response to production disruptions in Libya.

Read More: How Long Will the U.S. Oil Reserves Last?

4. True or false: A buyer must disclose to the seller that their house is haunted.

False. According to a state-by-state analysis by Zillow, there are no states that require home sellers to voluntarily disclose alleged ghostly activities on the property before a sale.

Read More: Do You Have to Tell Buyers Your House Is Haunted?

5. When did candy corn first become associated with Halloween?

  • At the beginning of the Civil War
  • During the Great Depression
  • After World War II
  • During the Cold War

Oct. 30 is National Candy Corn Day. However, candy corn didn't become associated with Halloween until after World War II, when trick-or-treating became popular.

Read More: What Is Candy Corn and How Is It Made?

Answers for Oct. 22, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: The Oakland County child killer better known as "The Babysitter," was captured in 2000 and sentenced to life in prison.

False. Despite a few promising leads, including the discovery of a blue AMC Gremlin suspected of having been the killer's car, the case remains open.

Read More: 10 Serial Killers Who Have Never Been Caught

2. At what age does a girl celebrate her quinceañera?

  • 16
  • 15
  • 20
  • 10

Celebrating your quinceañera or "Sweet 15" is a milestone for many Latin American girls and American girls of Hispanic heritage.

Read More: How Quinceañeras Work

3. What is considered to be one of the oldest fairy tales?

  • "Rumpelstiltskin"
  • "Sleeping Beauty"
  • "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
  • "Hansel and Gretel"

"Rumpelstiltskin" and "Beauty and the Beast" are two of the oldest fairy tales ever written. They're said to be around 4,000 years old.

Read More: 10 Fairy Tales That Are Way Darker Than You Realized as a Kid

4. True or false: Travis Gienger set a new North American record for heaviest pumpkin early in October with a massive 2,560-pound (1161-kilogram) pumpkin.

True. At this year's 49th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, Gienger of Anoka, Minnesota, broke the current record for heaviest pumpkin with his giant pumpkin named Maverick.

Read More: How Do You Grow a 2,000-pound Pumpkin?

5. How many people was Jeffrey Dahmer convicted of killing?

  • 100
  • 15
  • 17
  • 35

Serial killer and sex offender Jeffrey Dahmer was convicted of murdering 15 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Dahmer was sentenced to 15 terms of life imprisonment, though he was killed by another inmate in 1994.

Read More: FBI Files Provide Chilling Look Into the Mind of Jeffrey Dahmer

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October 15, 2022

Answers for Oct. 15, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: Multi-factor authentication is a security measure that requires you to provide three or more proofs of identity to gain access to digital services.

False. Multi-factor authentication is a security measure that requires you to provide two or more proofs of identity to gain access to digital services. It's also known as two-step verification or two-step authentication.

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Read More: What Is Multi-factor Authentication and Should You Use It?

2. What is the earthy aroma we smell after it rains known as?

  • after-rain odor
  • petrichor
  • Earth's musk
  • percheron

The scientific name for that after-rain smell is petrichor. It is caused by bacteria, specifically actinomycetes, a type of filamentous bacteria, that grows in soil when conditions are damp and warm.

Read More: What Causes Petrichor, the Earthy Smell After Rain?

3. What should you never use to clean your glasses?

  • acetone
  • microfiber cloth
  • soap
  • water

You should never use acetone, like nail polish remover, to cut through the smudges, because it's far too harsh for glasses. You should use only soap and water, and dry them with a clean microfiber cloth.

Read More: How to Best Clean Your Glasses, for Real

4. True or false: Polio can be spread through person-to-person contact via the stool of an infected person or the droplets of a sneeze or cough.

True. Polio spreads through person-to-person contact via the stool of an infected person or the droplets of a sneeze or cough. Most people who contract poliovirus have no symptoms. About a quarter of them have mild, flu-like symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, upset stomach and body aches. Most people may not be aware they have polio.

Read More: Is Polio Back? Here's What You Need to Know

5. What causes "old person" smell?

  • bacteria
  • old skin
  • 2-nonenal
  • potassium

"Old person" smell is caused by the breakdown of 2-nonenal. Researchers discovered that 2-nonenal, an unsaturated compound with an unpleasant greasy and grassy smell, is the only odor present in humans that becomes stronger as we age.

Read More: What Causes 'Old Person' Smell?

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October 8, 2022

Answers for Oct. 8, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: Jimmy Carter is the oldest living U.S. president.

True. Jimmy Carter is America's oldest living president at 98 years old. He was born Oct. 1, 1924.

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Read More: A Portrait of Jimmy Carter, America's Oldest Living President Ever

2. When was the phrase "in a pickle" first used?

  • 1562
  • 1900
  • 1692
  • 1711

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the earliest-known written instance of this phrase is from 1562.

Read More: Why Do We Say We're 'In a Pickle'?

3. What is the phrase "bullwhip effect" used to describe?

  • the sound of a cowboy's whip
  • the car and computer chip shortage
  • an exercise move
  • the popularity of whips, thanks to the Indiana Jones franchise

The "bullwhip effect" is an economic term coined by MIT computer scientist Jay Forrester that describes what happens when fluctuations in demand reverberate and amplify throughout the supply chain, leading to worsening problems and shortages.

Read More: Store Shelves Still Empty? Blame the 'Bullwhip Effect'

4. True or false: Big dog breeds live longer than small dogs.

False. Small dog breeds usually live longer than big dogs. The average lifespan for a big dog is around 7 or 8 years, while a tiny dog can reliably live, variables aside, to the ripe old age of 14 or 15.

Read More: The Longest-living Dog Breeds Are Tiny, But Why?

5. Which state recently legalized human composting as another option for burial?

  • Maine
  • Texas
  • Alabama
  • California

In mid-September 2022, California became the fifth state to legalize human composting. California follows the states of Colorado, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, which allow human composting.

Read More: Is Human Composting the Greenest Burial Option?

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October 1, 2022

Answers for Oct. 1, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: NASA recently crashed a spaceship into an asteroid, on purpose.

True. NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) robotic spacecraft successfully crashed into Dimorphos, a small asteroid that orbits a second, larger space rock, Didymos, Monday, Sept. 26.

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Read More: NASA's DART Crashed Into an Asteroid, On Purpose

2. What is grape waste called?

  • waste
  • raisins
  • pomace
  • grape Juice

Grape waste, aka pomace, is what's left over after the grapes are pressed during wine production. Some wineries use it as a fertilizing compost, while others are selling it to biogas companies for use as a renewable energy source.

Read More: What Do Winemakers Do With Grape Waste?

3. Where is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world located?

  • Florida
  • Dubai
  • Denmark
  • China

The tallest Ferris wheel in the world is the Ain Dubai, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, specifically Dubai Marina. Also known as the Dubai Eye, the attraction opened in 2021.

Read More: Have You Ridden Any of the 10 Tallest Ferris Wheels in the World?

4. True or false: Joseph Marion Hernández was the first Hispanic to serve in Congress.

True. Joseph Marion Hernández was sworn into duty in 1823 as the first Hispanic to serve in Congress. He helped smooth the transfer of the territory of Florida into U.S. rule. He also served in the House of Representatives.

Read More: 5 Events in Hispanic History You Never Learned in School

5. About how many dogs did Camberley Kate rescue throughout her lifetime?

  • 20
  • 40
  • 150
  • 600

Camberley Kate single-handedly took in and cared for at least 600 dogs (and several cats) from 1943 until her death Aug. 4, 1979, at age 84. She may well have been the U.K.'s first dog rescuer.

Read More: England's Eccentric 'Camberley Kate' Never Turned Away a Stray

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September 24, 2022

Answers for Sept. 24, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: Smith is the most popular last name in the world.

False. The most popular surname in the world is Wang. More than 106 million people have the last name Wang, which is a Mandarin term for prince or king.

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Read More: What Are the Most Common Last Names in the World?

2. Where is the oldest tree in the world?

  • California
  • Sweden
  • Chile
  • Scotland

According to carbon dating, Old Tjikko, a spruce tree on Fulu Mountain in Sweden, sprouted around 7542 B.C.E., making it older than written history. It's considered the oldest tree in the world.

More Details: What Is the Oldest Tree in the World?

3. What does it mean when a planet is "at opposition?"

  • Its orbit is out of position.
  • It's opposite the position of the sun.
  • It's opposite the moon's orbit.
  • It's no longer considered a planet.

Planetary opposition is when a planet's orbit brings it between the sun and another planet. That means a planet at opposition is 180 degrees from the sun in the sky.

Read More: Neptune Is at Opposition, But What Does That Mean?

4. True or false: In a recent Gallup poll, the majority of Hispanic respondents said they prefer "Latinx" as their racial or ethnic identity.

False. Just 5 percent of Hispanics prefer the term Latinx. Instead, an overwhelming 94 percent said they prefer either Hispanic or Latino.

Keep Reading: The 'X' Factor: Why Some Advocates Prefer 'Latine' to 'Latinx'

5. How do birds know where to migrate south in the winter?

  • They all fly to the same location.
  • Scientists still don't have a definitive answer.
  • They use GPS.
  • They track the scent of food.

Scientists still have no answer to this question, but they have some theories, including they have internal maps and compasses; they use the sun, stars and constellations to find their way; and some might actually learn landmarks to help guide them on their paths.

More Details: How Do Birds Know When to Fly South and Where to Go?

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September 17, 2022

Answers for Sept. 17, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: In the 19th century, one of Paris' best-known attractions was the morgue.

True. Today people flock to the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées. In the 19th-century, everyone congregated at the morgue.

Read More: In 19th-century Paris, the Morgue Was the Best Show in Town

2. How many objects have astronauts left behind on the moon?

  • about 250
  • about 470
  • about 500
  • about 800

There's estimated to be about 800 items still on the lunar surface, including lots of geological tools, cameras and several lunar rovers.

More Details: Can You See Objects Astronauts Left Behind on the Moon?

3. How many phases does the moon have in every lunar cycle?

  • 4
  • 6
  • 8
  • 10

The moon has eight phases in each lunar cycle: four primary phases and four secondary phases.

Keep Reading: What Are the 8 Phases of the Moon, in Order?

4. True or false: A rainy summer means we will have an exceptionally beautiful fall.

False. It's actually the very late-summer, early-autumn weather that affects leaves' appearance. What leaves really need for a colorful fall display is clear sun in the day, with nights that are a bit chilly, but not freezing.

Read More: Does a Wet Summer Mean a Brilliant Fall?

5. How many steps do you have to climb to reach the top of Jacob's Ladder on St. Helena Island?

  • 235
  • 122
  • 699
  • 355

There are 699 steps in all. Some people think there were originally 700, but that the bottom step was buried or destroyed. Those who reach the top of this steep staircase are rewarded with a certificate from the Museum of Saint Helena.

More Details: Climbing Jacob's Ladder in St. Helena Is Not for the Faint of Heart

September 10, 2022

Answers for Sept. 10, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: The green anaconda is the biggest snake in the world.

True. At more than 16.4 feet (5 meters) in length, the green anaconda (Eunectes murinus) grabs the title of biggest snake in the world.

Read More: What Is the Biggest Snake in the World?

2 . Who is the most famous political or historical figure in the world?

  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Martin Luther King Jr.

In terms of impact and sheer numbers of people, Mahatma Gandhi is perhaps the most famous political or historical figure in the world. India's current population is 1.4 billion, and though not every citizen may know who he is, between the numbers who do and the rest of the world who knows him, that would be billions of people.

Keeping Reading: Who Is the Most Famous Person in the World?

3 . True or false: It is considered unlucky to wish upon a striped stone.

False. Wishing upon a smooth pebble that has a single, uninterrupted white stripe all the way around it is considered lucky. These stones are rare so when you find one, make a wish.

Read More: When You Wish Upon a Stone ... Make It a Striped One

4 . What are attendees of the popular art and music festival, Burning Man, usually referred to as?

  • Dreamers
  • Artists
  • Burning Men and Women
  • Burners

Attendees of Burning Man are referred to as Burners. Burners flock to Black Rock City, Nevada each year, to experience radical inclusion, one of Burning Man's 10 Principles. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Burning Man returned this year.

Read More: How Burning Man Works

5 . True or false: William Gaines and Harvey Kurtzman created "Mad Magazine."

True. "Mad Magazine" was the brainchild of William Gaines and Harvey Kurtzman at EC Comics, a low-brow publishing house that specialized in gory horror titles that drove parents nuts in the 1950s, like "Tales from the Crypt."

Keep Reading: 'What, Me Worry?' Celebrating 70 Years of Mad Magazine

September 3, 2022

Answers for Sept. 3, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: Green coffee beans are the best beans to roast at home so you can have the best cuppa joe.

True. All coffee beans are green before they are roasted to be brewed into that perfect cup of coffee.

Read More: Want a Perfect Cuppa Joe? Roast Your Own Coffee Beans

2. Which country is building a 106-mile (170-kilometer), one-building city?

  • United States
  • Egypt
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Norway

The government of Saudi Arabia unveiled plans in 2021 for the city of Neom, which will include a megastructure called The Line, a 106-mile, one-building city in the Saudi Arabian desert.

Keep Reading: Meet The Line, Saudi Arabia's Future 106-mile, One-building City

3. True or false: Napoleon really was short.

False. Napoleon wasn't exactly tall, but he wasn't short, either. At the time of his death, he measured 5 foot 2 inches in French units, the equivalent of 5 foot 6.5 inches (169 centimeters) in modern measurement units.

Read More: Was Napoleon Really Short?

4. Out of the eight main blood types in the world, which is the rarest?

  • AB Negative
  • Negative
  • AB Positive
  • B Positive

The short answer: AB negative is the rarest of the eight main blood types. Less than 1 percent of American donors are AB negative, according to the American Red Cross.

More Info: What Is the Rarest Blood Type in the World?

5. How much did it cost in today's money to build the Cathedral of Notre Dame?

  • $300,000
  • $1 million
  • $25 billion
  • $1 billion

Maurice de Sully, Bishop of Paris from 1160 until 1196, convinced the crown to invest an astronomical amount of money in the project — almost $1 billion in today's figures.

Read More: Notre Dame Cathedral: What It Took to Build Her

August 27, 2022

Answers for Aug. 27, 2022, Quiz

1. Which state in the United States has the largest population of death row inmates?

  • Texas
  • Florida
  • California
  • North Carolina

The oldest prison in California, San Quentin, was home to its only death row facility and its more than 700 death row inmates. But in early 2022, the state began the process of closing death row and relocating the inmates, three years after California Governor Gavin Newsom ended executions in the state.

Read More: 10 of the Worst Prisons in the World

2. True or false: Americans drink more coffee than any other beverage — even water.

True. As of spring 2022, 66 percent of Americans drink coffee daily, more than any other beverage — even water.

Read About What to Do With All Those Coffee Filters: 11 Great Uses for Coffee Filters

3. John Harrison is credited with saving the lives of more than 2 million Australian babies because of his blood donations. How often did he donate blood plasma?

  • Every two weeks
  • Once a month
  • Every two months
  • Twice a year

Australian John Harrison, donated blood plasma roughly every two weeks for decades and singlehandedly created a steady supply of anti-D, a rare antibody that can help pregnant women and their babies.

Read How He Did It: The Man Whose Blood Saved More Than 2 Million Babies

4. True or false: The Republican Party once had a live elephant at one of its conventions.

False. The Republican Party has never had a live elephant at one of its conventions. However, when the Democratic Party gathered for its 2008 convention in Denver, Colorado, a live donkey named Mordecai was there to serve as the first official live mascot in the history of the Democratic Party.

Read Why Democrats Are Donkeys and Republicans Are Elephants

5. Which General Mills cereal is being brought back for the first time in nearly a decade?

  • Franken Berry
  • Frute Brute
  • Count Chocula
  • Boo-Berry

Frute Brute (originally Fruit Brute) hit shelves for the first time in 1974 but was sent back to the General Mills vault in 1982. The cereal is making an appearance for the first time since 2013 and will round out this year's seasonal spooky cereals.

Get the Details: General Mills Resurrects 4 Classic Monster Cereals

August 20, 2022

Answers for Aug. 20, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: Fast-growing wages are a sign of a looming recession.

True. When unemployment levels are low, that leads to a scarcity of qualified workers on the job market, which forces employers to offer higher and higher pay. Fast-growing wages are often a sign of a coming recession.

Read More: 7 Warning Signs of a Looming Recession

2. True or false: iPhones can shoot raw photos right in their native camera app.

False. Current Android operating systems can shoot raw photos right in their native camera app, while iPhones require a third-party app like Manual Cam to do the job.

Learn More: What's the Difference Between Raw and JPEG Files?

3. How did Catherine the Great die?

  • A stroke
  • While having sex with a horse
  • She was murdered

One of the most notorious rumors to follow Catherine has been the one regarding her cause of death. Catherine did not die while having sex with a horse. She died of a stroke at the age of 67.

Keep Reading: 7 Reasons Catherine the Great Was So Great

4. True or false: Scientists do not know why we dream.

Scientists and sleep experts know when we normally dream, but researchers don't know why we dream in the first place.

Get More Info: 10 Questions That Science Can't Answer Yet

5. King William I is better known as William the Conqueror. What was his other nickname?

  • William the Brutal
  • William the Bastard
  • William the Handsome

William I ruled England from 1066 to 1087, and was the illegitimate son of Robert the Devil, Duke of Normandy — hence the "bastard" designation. He defeated King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings in his bid for the throne, which he said was promised him by his second cousin, Harold's predecessor.

Take Our Kings and Queens Quiz: All Hail the Kings and Queens Quiz

August 13, 2022

Answers for Aug. 13, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: New York City's nickname the "Big Apple" came from horse racing.

True. In the 1920s, John Fitz Gerald, a reporter for The Morning Telegraph who covered horse racing, overheard stable hands referring to the races in New York and their prestige and prize money as the "big apple of horse racing." Fitz Gerald found the term apt and started using it regularly in his columns.

Read More: Why Is New York City Called the 'Big Apple'?

2. How many people are allowed to visit The Wave in Arizona each day?

  • 64
  • 152
  • 814
  • No one is allowed to visit

A maximum of 64 people is allowed each day, whether as individuals or part of a group. Forty-eight of those people are awarded access through the advanced online lottery system. Another 16 people are allowed to enter through a daily lottery.

More Details: Bring Water and a Permit to Catch 'The Wave' in Arizona

3. True or false: Your cat licking you is never a sign of affection.

False. "Cats lick us as a sign of closeness, bonding and affection," says Anita Kelsey, cat behaviorist.

Keep Reading: Why Does My Cat Lick Me?

4. True or false: "The Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence dropped out of school while in the eighth grade.

True. Jennifer Lawrence's parents allowed her to drop out of school while in eighth grade to pursue acting in New York City.

Read More: 20 Notable People Who Dropped Out of School

5. Which famous female actress did not stay at New York's Barbizon Hotel?

  • Grace Kelly
  • Liza Minelli
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Candice Bergen

The Barbizon Hotel was a glamorous, women-only residential hotel in New York City that catered to up-and-coming stars. Grace Kelly, Liza Minelli and Candice Bergen all called it home. Elizabeth Taylor did not.

More Info: Why Every Woman Wanted to Stay at the Barbizon Hotel

Answers for Aug. 6, 2022, Quiz

1. How old is the youngest mother in recorded history?

  • 5
  • 8
  • 11

On May 14, 1939, Lina Medina delivered a healthy, 6-pound (3-kilogram) baby boy via cesarean section. At the time she was exactly 5 years, 7 months and 21 days old, making her the youngest mother in recorded history.

Read More: The Shocking Story of Lina Medina, Who Gave Birth at Age 5

2. True or false: Mowing your grass at the right time of the day will help your lawn stay green.

True. Don't mow in the morning when the grass is wet. Wait until the lawn dries. Once dry, mow in the late afternoon and early evening. For one thing, it's excessively hot at noontime for such work. Not only can mowing in the heat of the day stress you out, but it can also stress your lawn.

Read Tips: 10 Things You Should Never Do to Your Lawn

3. True or false: There is no longer a ban on gooseberries in the U.S.

False. Maine, Delaware, New Hampshire and a handful of other states maintain the ban on the gooseberry and its cousin black currant because some species aid and abet a tree-killing disease known as white pine blister rust.

Read More: Banned in the U.S.A: 8 Foods You Can't Eat in America

4. The extinct Thylacoleo carnifex, a lion-sized marsupial, killed its prey in which strange way?

  • Repeatedly charging at their prey
  • Using mimicry to lure its prey
  • Scratching their prey to death

This ancient predator had a long, deadly-looking retractable "dew claw" on each semi-opposable thumb. Thylacoleo used its jaws to hold an animal and then used its giant claws to slash or disembowel its prey.

Learn More: Extinct Marsupial Lions Killed Prey in a Really Weird Way

5. True or false: Buc-ee's, a chain of giant convenience stores in the U.S., pays its employees about double the minimum wage.

True. Buc-ee's pays its employees about double the minimum wage.

Learn More: Why People Are Nuts for Buc-ee's

July 30, 2022

Answers for July 30, 2022, Quiz

1 . How does the parasitic isopod Cymothoa exigua affect its host?

  • the parasite forces its host to raise its babies
  • the parasite uses its host for locomotion
  • the parasite replaces its host's tongue
  • the parasite controls the minds and actions of its host

Cymothoa exigua attaches to a fish's tongue, sucks blood from it until it falls off, and then replaces it by gripping onto the tongue stump and acting as a prosthetic for the rest of its life.

Read More: Why No Fish Wants a Tongue-eating Parasitic Louse in its Mouth

2. True or false: When you purchase a movie on a streaming service, the movie can be canceled at any time.

True. When you purchase a movie on a streaming service, you're basically putting yourself at the service's mercy. That's because the digital purchase grants you only a temporary license to the movie — you don't own it. The license can be revoked at any time, due to things like rights ownership changes and music licensing issues.

More Info Here: Think You Own That Online Video Game You Bought? Think Again

3. What is the job of a lexicographer?

  • describing and mapping geographic regions
  • writing and editing dictionaries
  • converting messages from a code to plain text
  • writing glossaries

The culling of dictionary words is left to lexicographers, who not only decide which words to remove, but also what new words to add, definitions to update and pronunciations to improve.

Read More: How Are Words Removed From a Dictionary?

4. True or false: Non-climacteric fruits — like apples — continue to ripen after they've been plucked.

False. There are two classifications of fruit in the ripening realm — climacteric and non-climacteric. Climacteric fruits produce ethylene gas and continue to ripen after they've been plucked, while non-climacteric fruits do not and thus should only be picked when fully ripe.

Get the Details: Does Fruit Really Ripen Faster in a Brown Paper Bag?

5. True or false: Muriatic acid is a diluted version of hydrochloric acid, therefore it doesn't need to be diluted with water before you use it.

False. Despite that muriatic acid is made for cleaning, you still need to dilute it with water before use. How much you weaken it will depend on what job you're tackling. A good formula is one-part muriatic acid to 10 parts water.

Read More: What Is Muriatic Acid and Is It Safe For Home Cleaning?

July 23, 2022

Answers for July 23, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: Using cruise control on road trips increases your gas usage.

Using cruise control to maintain constant speed can decrease how much gas has to go in your car's tank.

Read more: How Much Gas Will You Use on Your Road Trip?

2. Why were gooseberries once banned in the United States?

  • They are poisonous to consume
  • They can cause skin irritations
  • They can kill trees

Gooseberries once banned in the United States because the fruits serve as an intermediary host for the destructive white pine blister rust. This tree-killing disease would decimate white pine-reliant economies, like those that depend on lumber.

Read more: The Once-banned Gooseberry Has Made a Comeback in the U.S.

3. True or false: Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only public diamond mining site in America.

Crater of Diamonds State Park, which opened to visitors in 1972, is the only public diamond mining site in America. The park allows visitors to search for their own diamonds. And if you find one, you get to keep it!

Read more: Arkansas State Park Lets You Dig for Diamonds

4. According to FlightAware, how many flights were canceled in and out of the U.S. on July 14?

  • 1,400
  • 3,500
  • 5,200
  • 6,800

On July 14 alone, more than 6,800 flights were canceled in and out of the U.S., and 23,000-plus were delayed according to FlightAware, which tracks these stats in real time.

Read more: Traveling This Summer? 12 Tips to Navigate Flight Cancellations

5. Which variable increases the sour factor of cucamelons?

  • Leaving them on the vine longer
  • The climate where they're grown
  • Picking them too early

The longer a cucamelon (aka a Mexican sour gherkin) stays on the vine, the more sour it becomes. To avoid excessive sourness, pick them when they're about 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) long.

Take our exotic fruits quiz: Pretty Cool Produce: The Exotic Fruits and Veggies Quiz

July 16, 2022

Answers for July 16, 2022, Quiz

1. Typical Florida snails average between 1 and 1.5 inches (2.5 and 3.8 centimeters) in length. How long can giant African land snails grow to be?

  • 3 inches (7.6 centimeters)
  • 5 inches (12.7 centimeters)
  • 8 inches (20.3 centimeters)
  • 11 inches (27.9 centimeters)

These massive mollusks dwarf all others — in Florida and anywhere else on Earth. Their shells are usually light to dark brown with vertical stripes, and they can grow up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) long. Compare that to other typical Florida snails, which average between 1 and 1.5 inches (2.5 and 3.8 centimeters) in length.

Read More: Giant African Land Snails Invade South Florida Again

2. True or false: Space is odorless.

False. It turns out space does smell, and our solar system has a very particular scent. It's been described by astronauts as similar to the smell of something cooking on a charcoal grill.

Read More: What Does Space Smell Like?

3. What does the 1930s slang term "skivvies" mean?

  • men's underwear
  • gossip
  • the best
  • legs

The term "skivvies" means men's underwear and is just one of the funny terms used in the 1930s.

Read More: 67 Slang Terms by Decade

4. True or false: When the Gulf corvina fish mates, it's so loud it can deafen other marine animals.

True. In what might be among the loudest wildlife events on Earth, the chorus of mating Gulf corvina (Cynoscion othonopterus) fish can deafen other marine animals. The chattering sound the males make as they call the females to spawn is like a machine gun and it's the loudest sound made by any fish, anywhere.

Read More: Who Knew Fish Sex Could Be So Loud?

5. True or false: Betta fish don't require a lot of space.

False. Perhaps the most popular myth is that bettas can live in small bowls. The opposite is true: Betta fish need a tank that's at least 5 gallons (19 liters), and 10 gallons (38 liters) is better.

Read More: 5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Betta Fish

July 9, 2022

Answers for July 9, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: The Declaration of Independence was approved and signed July 4, 1776.

​​False. One of the most enduring misconceptions about Independence Day is that the Declaration of Independence was approved and signed July 4, 1776. In fact, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve the resolution to legally separate from Great Britain on July 2, two days earlier. The approved Declaration of Independence was first printed on July 4, so that's the date on the document.

14 More Facts About the Fourth of July

2. Jyoti Amge holds the overall Guinness title of "world's shortest person (mobile)." How tall is she?

  • 1 foot
  • 1.5 feet
  • 2 feet
  • 3 feet

The overall Guinness title of "world's shortest person (mobile)" belongs to Jyoti Amge, who measured just over 2 feet (24.7 inches or 62.8 centimeters to be exact) when she took over the record in December 2011. She also holds the title of "shortest woman living (mobile)."

Read More: How Short Is the World's Smallest Person?

3. True or false: According to the United Nations, Scotland is not considered a country.

True. The Republic of Ireland is a country, but Northern Ireland is not. Northern Ireland, along with Scotland, Wales and even England are part of the United Kingdom.

Learn More: How Many Countries Are There in the World?

4. How many grams of sugar does 1 cup of mango contain?

  • 8 grams
  • 12 grams
  • 17 grams
  • 23 grams

These tropical beauties pack about 23 grams of sugar per 1 cup (236 milliliter) serving! Instead, opt for the equally exotic papaya, which has only 8.3 grams of sugar for the same serving size.

Munch on More: 6 Fruits Loaded With Sugar

5. True or false: A Dunkin' Donuts blueberry muffin is worse for your health than a Dunkin' Donuts frosted chocolate donut.

True. Although somewhat lower in saturated fat than a comparable doughnut, the blueberry muffin comes totally undone thanks to a huge sugar content.

Read More: Bagel, Muffin or Doughnut: Which Is the Best and Worst, Healthwise?

July 2, 2022

Answers for July 2, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: Bubbles pop more quickly on a cool day than on a warmer one.

False. One reason a bubble pops is because its water evaporates. Water evaporates faster when the air temperature is higher, so bubbles pop more quickly on a warm day than on a cooler one.

Learn More: Why Do Bubbles Pop?

2. Where did the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral actually take place?

  • A vacant lot
  • On Main Street in the city of Tombstone
  • In a corral

The famous gunfight took place in a vacant lot next to a boarding house and a photo studio, and not in a corral as Hollywood would have you believe.

Take Our Wild West Quiz!

3. True or false: The South Pole is the remotest spot on Earth.

False. South Pole is not the remotest spot on Earth. In reality, it's not even the remotest spot in Antarctica. That distinction belongs to a spot called the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility, about 546 miles (878 kilometers) away from the South Pole, an ice-covered patch of earth that happens to be the most distant spot from the Southern Ocean on the Antarctic continent.

Read More: The World's 'Poles of Inaccessibility' Are, Well, Pretty Inaccessible

4. True or false: Calamity Jane worked on Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show performing sharpshooting tricks.

True. In 1895, Calamity Jane realized she could use her shooting skills to support her family and joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, performing sharpshooting tricks. Her drinking antics, however, cost her the job, and she was fired after touring Minneapolis, Chicago St. Louis, and Kansas City.

Read More: Calamity Jane Rode Hard, Drank Even Harder and Became a Wild West Legend

5. Of the 3.5 billion women in the world who have monthly periods, nearly _____ percent do not have reliable access to pads, tampons or other feminine hygiene products.

  • 5
  • 15
  • 25

Of the 3.5 billion women in the world who have monthly periods, nearly 25 percent — more than 500 million — do not have reliable access to pads, tampons or other feminine hygiene products, and one of the primary reasons is cost.

Read More: Menstrual Leave: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

June 25, 2022

1. Which is the most dangerous place for shark attacks?

  • Volusia County, Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Queensland, Australia
  • South Africa

Volusia County, Florida, has had 337 attacks since 1882, according to the International Shark Attack File. That's not only the highest number of shark attacks recorded in Florida, but it's more than South Africa, whose attacks occurred over 2,798 miles (4,503 kilometers) of coastline, as opposed to a single county.

Read More: 10 Most Dangerous Places for Shark Attacks

2. True or false: Dyson fans use a lot of electricity and have higher consumption ratings than regular fans.

False. Dyson fans are extremely energy efficient, so they'll keep you comfortable without increasing your electricity bill.

Learn More: How the Dyson Bladeless Fan Works

3. What did a woman named Mary Toft allegedly give birth to in 1700s England?

  • Bunnies
  • An egg
  • A demon child

Toft and her husband hid baby bunny rabbits under the sheets and pretended that she was giving birth to them. She was apparently very distressed, having suffered a miscarriage only the month before.

Take Our Hoax Quiz

4. Which plant would not do well with the addition of diluted coffee in its soil?

  • Hydrangeas
  • Roses
  • Lily of the valley
  • Azaleas

Coffee and coffee grounds are acidic and, while there are some plants that love an alkaline soil and won't do well with the addition of coffee, such as lily of the valley, lavender and honeysuckle, some plants absolutely thrive in an acidic soil.

Explore More: Don't Toss That Joe! Use Diluted Coffee to Fertilize Plants

5. True or false: Using ammonia is a safe method for keeping your dog out of your garden.

False. Do not use ammonia as a dog repellent. While ammonia will keep dogs away from almost anything because the smell irritates their noses, it can cause damage to their throats and stomachs if consumed. Always check with your vet before using any chemical or substance around your pets.

Read More: How to Make Homemade Dog Repellent

June 18, 2022

1. EGOT is the acronym for those who have won each of the major entertainment awards, as in an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Who has not achieved EGOT status?

  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Elton John
  • John Legend
  • Whoopi Goldberg

Surprisingly, Elton John has not achieved EGOT status because he has not yet achieved an Emmy.

Learn Which 17 Talented People Have Achieved EGOT Status.

2. True or false: In 1938, thousands and thousands of Americans believed that Martians had landed in New Jersey and were preparing to attack.

True. On Oct. 30, 1938, thousands and thousands of Americans believed Martians were invading the United States. They'd been listening to the radio, when the program was interrupted by a news bulletin that Martians had landed in New Jersey and were preparing to attack. Panic ensued, as people tried to figure out whether, and where, to flee, and how to protect themselves from the poisonous gas the Martians were said to be releasing in New Jersey.

Dive Into These 13 Crazy Hoaxes That Duped the World.

3. How much were contestants on "America's Next Top Model" reportedly paid?

  • $20,000 for the entire season
  • $500 per day
  • $40 per day

Showrunner Tyra Banks got some pretty bad press when it came out that each contestant made only $40 per day, plus a small stipend. They also had to foot the bill for their own food!

Take Our "Secrets of Reality Shows" Quiz.

4. What is the main automotive problem that would cause your steering wheel to shake only when the brakes are applied?

  • A busted motor mount
  • Bad CV joints
  • A problem with the rotors
  • Loose lug nuts

When you apply the brakes, the rotors are exposed to intense heat that must be dissipated evenly across its surface for a smooth stop. Rotors tend to wear down over time. As this happens, the metal may become thinned out or warped in certain spots. When the brake pads grip the rotor at high speeds, these imperfections cause a rumbling in the brake pedal that's then transmitted to the steering wheel.

Additional Info: Why Does Your Steering Wheel Shake When Braking?

5. True or false: If your car is overheating, you cannot put water alone in the radiator to cool it down.

False. While it's best to use a mix of coolant and water in your radiator, water alone will do in a pinch. But it's important to add it properly.

Learn More: How to Put Water in a Car Radiator

June 11, 2022

1. True or false: Before the modern baby bottle, children in France would often suck directly from an animal's teat.

True. Before the modern baby bottle was properly fine-tuned, children in France (and likely other areas) would often suck directly from an animal's teat.

Further Reading: What Did People Do Before Infant Formula Was Invented?

2. Tarsiers are among the smallest known primates. They are also the planet's only primate species that is _____________.

  • Entirely carnivorous
  • Nocturnal
  • Native to Australia

Tarsiers are the planet's only primate species that is entirely carnivorous. They eat the best that the Southeast Asian forests offer, including insects, lizards and even snakes.

Learn More: The Tarsier Is One Weird Primate, and Yes, We're Related

3. How many states does the Appalachian Trail pass through?

  • 6
  • 11
  • 14
  • 17

The Appalachian Trail passes through these 14 states: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Step Into More: Meet All 11 of America's National Scenic Trails

4. True or false: All humans have belly buttons.

False. All placental mammals have belly buttons. That includes cats and dogs and beluga whales, although it's often harder to see them on animals. Yet oddly enough, not all humans have belly buttons.

Read More About Belly Buttons

5. Everyone has a philtrum. Where is it?

  • The space between the eyebrows
  • The groove above the upper lip
  • The curve of the upper ear

Also known as the medial cleft, the philtrum probably helped with sense of smell back in the day. Now, it's pretty much irrelevant, as people rely more on sight than smell to get by.

Take Our Body Parts Quiz!

June 4, 2022

1. True or false: Tiger sharks, bull sharks and great white sharks are responsible for 99 percent of all shark attacks.

True. Tiger sharks, bull sharks and great white sharks are responsible for 99 percent of all shark attacks, according to the International Shark Attack File.

Bite Into More: The 10 Most Dangerous Sharks

2. Leopard seals are pagophilic. What does this mean?

  • They live mostly on ice packs.
  • They only eat krill.
  • They live on their own for most of their lives.

Leopard seals are pagophilic, meaning they mostly live on ice packs, and they're primarily found in Antarctica, though they have been sighted off Australia, South America, New Zealand and South Africa.

Further Reading: Leopard Seals Are Apex Predators of the Antarctic

3. True or false: Subtitles and closed captioning are the same thing.

False. There are two ways that viewers can read what's going on in their favorite videos: subtitles and closed captions. Though the terms are used interchangeably, there is a notable difference between the two.

Learn More: What's the Difference Between Closed Captioning and Subtitles?

4. A bite from the lone star tick can trigger an allergic reaction to the consumption of _________.

  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Red meat

A bite from the lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) can trigger an allergic reaction to the consumption of red meat.

Read More: Alpha-gal Syndrome: The Meat Allergy Caused by a Tick

5. Which state uses the most area codes in America?

  • Texas
  • California
  • New York
  • Montana

Today the U.S. has more than 325 area codes in use. Most are assigned to a specific geographic area, though some are not. California currently uses 36 area codes, the most of any state.

Dial Up More: What Do Digits in Phone Numbers Mean?

May 28, 2022

1. The "Viking Age" (as it's popularly known) lasted from about ____________.

  • 800 to 1050 C.E.
  • 1350 to 1503 C.E.
  • 105 to 55 B.C.E.

The "Viking Age" stretched from about 800 to 1050 C.E. Throughout this period, Scandinavian sailors invaded, colonized and/or explored much of Europe and the North Atlantic.

Take Our Viking Quiz

2. How many years of growth are required before jabuticaba trees begin to bear fruit?

  • 1 to 2 years
  • 4 to 6 years
  • 6 to 8 years
  • 10 to 11 years

Jabuticaba trees require six to eight years of growth before they begin to bear fruit, and seed-grown trees can take up to 20 years before they begin to produce the small, four-petal white blooms that are the precursor to jabuticaba berries.

Taste More: Jabuticaba: The Superfruit That's Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

3. True or false: Around one in 10 Americans will have a kidney stone at some point in their life.

True. Every year, half a million people visit the emergency rooms in the United States with kidney stones, and around one in 10 Americans will have a kidney stone at some point in their life.

Read More: Kidney Stones Are Excruciating, But the Source of Pain Is Surprising

4. Which of the following statements about the country of Andorra is true?

  • It only has two fast-food joints.
  • It's ruled by co-princes from different countries.
  • Its residents live underground.
  • It's the smallest country in the world.

Andorra is the only co-principality in the world. Rather than being ruled by a single person, there are two chiefs of state in Andorra, each coming from one of Andorra's neighbors. The current president of France and the bishop of La Seu d'Urgell, Spain, serve as the two princes of Andorra.

Read five other facts about Andorra.

5. True or false: The U.S. has had control over the island Saipan since the Spanish-American War.

False. Although the U.S. took control over Saipan after the Spanish-American War, it eventually fell under German control from 1899 to 1914. It was then taken by Japan during WWI. During WWII, the U.S. and Allied forces invaded, and the Japanese lost the nearly monthlong Battle of Saipan. The U.S. occupied the island and installed a military air base there, which became a turning point in WWII.

Explore More: Saipan Is the Most Beautiful U.S. Island You May Not Know

May 21, 2022

1. Which common garden plant can be eaten?

  • Hydrangeas
  • Daffodils
  • Hostas
  • Lily of the valley

Hostas are actually edible. Hostas are a delicacy that can be harvested and prepared without much fuss, adding both a healthy dose of interest and a spate of vitamins and minerals to the dinner table.

Taste More: Did You Know You Can Eat Hostas?

2. True or false: Trypophobia is a persistent, intense fear of large, deep bodies of water.

False. Trypophobia is a fear or disgust of closely packed holes.Thalassophobia is a persistent, intense fear of large, deep bodies of water.

Read More About These Phobias: Thalassophobia: Do You Fear the Deep Ocean?, Why Are People With Trypophobia Horrified By Holes?

3. Which element is one of the three elements known to exist during the Big Bang?

  • Lithium
  • Oxygen
  • Nitrogen

The element with atomic number 3 is also one of the three elements known to exist during the Big Bang.

Explore More: Everyone's on the Hunt for the Element Lithium

4, True or false: Following the north indicated by your compass will take you to true north (the North Pole).

False. To get to the North Pole, or true north, just following your compass needle won't work. Since Earth's magnet isn't perfectly aligned with the geographical poles, there is a difference between true north on a map and the north indicated by your compass.

Navigate More: How to Find True North

5. Which of the following is not an example of gothic architecture?

  • Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris
  • Pantheon, Rome
  • Westminster Abbey, London
  • Duomo of Milan

Gothic architecture originated in the Middle Ages in France and expanded throughout Europe through the 12th and 16th centuries, where today you can see magnificent, detailed towering buildings that take center stage. A few famous examples include the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the Duomo in Milan and London's Westminster Abbey.

Read More: The 5 Key Characteristics of Gothic Architecture

May 14, 2022

1. The hamsa symbol, which often appears to consist of three fingers with two thumbs, is traditionally believed to provide:

  • Defense against disease
  • Eternal life
  • Defense against the evil eye
  • Inner peace

It's an image recognized and used as a sign of protection at many times and in many cultures throughout history, traditionally believed to provide defense against the evil eye, a powerful notion in many of those cultures.

Read More: The Hamsa Symbol Is Found in Many Cultures, But What Does It Mean?

2. True or false: Mangrove trees sequester carbon better than the rainforest.

True. Mangrove trees sequester carbon even better than the rainforest, with the world's mangrove forests taking in more than 6 billion tons (5.44 billion metric tons) of carbon each year.

Explore More: How Mangrove Forests Are Great for the Planet

3. True or false: It is likely that the planets will align at least once in your lifetime.

False. While there are certainly headlines about it from time to time, planetary alignment is virtually impossible. Even seeing all the planets on the same side of the sun in the sky is incredibly uncommon.

Related Reading: How Often Will the Planets Literally Align for You?

4. How long are most lightning bolts?

  • 2 to 3 miles (3.2 to 4.8 kilometers)
  • 5 to 6 miles (8 to 9.7 kilometers)
  • 8 to 9 miles (12.9 to 14.5 kilometers)
  • 12 to 13 miles (19.3 to 20.9 kilometers)

While most lightning bolts are 2 to 3 miles (3.2 to 4.8 kilometers) long, the world record flash was observed to stretch 477.2 miles (768 kilometers) across three U.S. states — Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas — in 2020.

Read More: How Lightning Works

5. True or false: Rhubarb is legally classified as a fruit, even though it's actually a vegetable.

True. In 1947, a U.S. Customs court in Buffalo, New York, deemed rhubarb to be a fruit, because cooks primarily use it that way. By legally classifying rhubarb as a fruit, the court made it so that rhubarb could be taxed with smaller import fees — even though rhubarb wasn't really a fruit. Yep, despite the legal classification, rhubarb is actually a vegetable in botanical terms.

Rhubarb Reading: The Poisonous Veggie You Can Totally Eat

May 7, 2022

1. What defense mechanism do hagfish use to protect themselves against predators?

  • They secrete slime.
  • They wrap around their predators to strangle them.
  • They use their strong jaw.

"Hagfish their slime as a defense against gill-breathing predators, like sharks," explains Salisbury University physiologist Noah Bressman. "When a bites down on a hagfish, the hagfish contracts muscles surrounding their slime glands, causing them to secrete their slime exudate into the water. This concentration then rapidly expands into the fish's mouth, attaching to the gill arches. With the gills clogged, the fish may choke and suffocate from the slime, causing them to release the hagfish."

Read More: This Eel-like Slime Machine Is a Predator's Nightmare

2. True or false: All Scottish families have their own unique tartan.

False. Just because you have a Scottish surname or can trace your genealogy back to Scotland, that doesn't mean that your family has its very own unique tartan. That's because those types of family tartans are only associated with certain Highland clans and not everybody's Scottish heritage traces back to the Scottish Highlands.

Learn More: Do All Scottish Families Have a Tartan?

3. True or false: About one-third of people do not get goosebumps.

True. According to Mitchell Colver, an instructor of special topics at Utah State University, about two-thirds of people get goosebumps and the remaining one-third do not. One possible explanation is their personalities. Colver has found that people who are classified as being "open to experience" — one of the Big Five Personality Traits — are more likely to get goosebumps than people who are less open to experience. The reason? They're more apt to have a more deeply emotional reaction to new experiences.

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4. Why is haggis, Scotland's national dish, banned in the U.S.?

  • It contains horse meat.
  • Making the dish requires the use of unpasteurized milk which is illegal in the U.S.
  • Livestock lungs cannot be used as food for humans in the U.S.
  • Haggis production involves inhumane treatment of animals.

The authentic version of haggis has been banned from import in the U.S. since 1971. This is because the U.S. Department of Agriculture decreed that livestock lungs cannot be used as food for humans because they can contain stomach fluid, which is a serious foodborne illness risk. (You can buy haggis in the U.S., albeit one made without the all-important sheep's lungs.)

Get a Taste: What's So 'Offal' About Haggis and Why's It Banned in the U.S.?

5. True or false: There is an organization that oversees the authenticity of tomato varieties that claim to be heirlooms.

False. There's no heirloom tomato certification or "tomato police" overseeing the authenticity of the varieties that claim to be heirlooms.

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April 30, 2022

Answers for April 30, 2022, Quiz

1. True or false: Espresso refers to a type of coffee bean.

False. If you think espresso refers to a type of coffee bean, think again. It's actually a coffee preparation method, and it was first developed in Italy in the 19th century.

Read More: Why Italian Is the International Language of Coffee

2. Who did Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson quote at the White House after her recent Supreme Court confirmation when she said "I am the dream and the hope of the slave"?

  • Alice Walker
  • Rosa Parks
  • Malcolm X
  • Maya Angelou

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson quoted Angelou at the White House after her recent Supreme Court confirmation. "I am the dream and the hope of the slave," said Jackson, referencing a line in Angelou's poem "Still I Rise."

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3. Which mountain is the tallest in the solar system?

  • Mount Everest
  • Olympus Mons
  • Mauna Kea
  • Mount Chimborazo

The tallest mountain in the solar system is Olympus Mons on Mars. It's hard to conceive, but this giant stratovolcano rises 16 miles or 84,480 feet (25 kilometers) above the surface of the red planet – and is one of a dozen huge volcanoes on Mars. For comparison, the tallest volcano on Earth, Mauna Kea, is just 6 miles (10 kilometers) high, and only 2.6 miles (4.1 kilometers) can be seen above sea level.

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4. True or false: As a result of the Watergate scandal, Martha Mitchell earned herself a psychological term. The Martha Mitchell effect is defined as "a misinterpretation of a person's justified belief as a delusion."

True. Martha Mitchell became a punchline of the Watergate era, cast as a boozed-up gossip hound instead of a political whistleblower. Not only was she a victim of gaslighting, she even earned her own psychological term, the Martha Mitchell effect, defined as "a misinterpretation of a person's justified belief as a delusion."

Delve Into More: Martha Mitchell: The Woman Who Knew Too Much About Watergate

5. Which is known as the world's oldest method of brewing coffee?

  • Vietnamese egg coffee
  • French press
  • Turkish coffee
  • Filter coffee

The oldest method of preparing a cup of joe is Turkish coffee. By boiling a mix of water, coffee that's been ground so fine it could pass as cocoa powder and a bit of sugar, you get an unfiltered brew that brings clarity to the famous Turkish proverb: "Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death and sweet as love."

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April 23, 2022

1. Casu marzu is an illegal cheese made only on the island of Sardinia. Which live creature is in this cheese?

  • Termites
  • Baby wasps
  • Maggots
  • Caterpillars

Casu marzu, as we said, is a cheese made only on the island of Sardinia. The cheese starts out as a typical pecorino and when aged, cracks form, allowing for a special ingredient to enter the wheel — cheese skipper flies (Piophila casei). "While it ages in the open air, the cheese naturally dries out and cracks, which allows for a particular type of 'cheese fly' to climb in and lay eggs," Julia Birnbaum, cheese expert and founder of Philly Cheese School, says via email. When the eggs hatch, maggots squirm and wiggle in the cheese.

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2. True or false: To prevent your jeans from fading in the washing machine, you can freeze your jeans to kill bacteria and odor.

False. Levi's used to recommend freezing jeans to kill bacteria and odor, something that was later proven to be a myth.

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3. Which statement about budgies is true?

  • All budgies are parakeets, but not all parakeets are budgies.
  • All parakeets are budgies, but not all budgies are parakeets.
  • Budgies and parakeets are not related.

While some people refer to budgies by their full name, budgerigars, some call them parakeets. An easy way to remember the difference is that all budgies are parakeets, but not all parakeets are budgies.

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4. True or false: El Camino de Santiago is a narrow walkway that was once the world's most dangerous hiking trail.

False. Don't confuse el Caminito del Rey with el Camino de Santiago. El Camino is Spain's most famous walking path, an ancient pilgrimage trail to Santiago de Compostela, a city in northwestern Spain. El Caminito del Rey is a unique pathway about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of Málaga in southern Spain.

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5. What percentage of the retail gas price is determined by the actual cost of crude oil?

  • 36.2 percent
  • 53.6 percent
  • 61.5 percent
  • 68.7 percent

The U.S. Energy Information Administration breaks down on its website what percentage of the retail fuel price is determined by each of the four main components in the gas price: The cost of crude oil (53.6 percent), taxes (16.4 percent), distribution and marketing costs (15.6 percent) and refining costs and profits (14.4 percent).

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April 16, 2022

1. True or false: Polaris, also known as the North Star, is the brightest star in the sky.

False. Its looming presence leads some people to think of it, mistakenly, as the brightest star in the sky (it's actually the 48th brightest).

More Starry Knowledge: Why Is the North Star So Stellarly Important?

2. What is the technical term for the twinkling of stars?

  • Celestial pulsations
  • Astronomical scintillation
  • Celestial emissions
  • Astronomical fibrillation

At night, the atmosphere makes some heavenly bodies appear to flicker and shimmer. The technical term for this phenomenon is "astronomical scintillation." You probably know it by a different name: twinkling.

Learn More: Why Do Stars Twinkle?

3. Approximately how many new stars does the Milky Way create each year?

  • 2
  • 7
  • 15
  • 33

While the creation of new stars has slowed, it's never completely stopped, according to this Clemson news release. The Milky Way, for example, creates about seven new stars each year.

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4. True or false: Thousands of years ago Vega was our North Pole star and will be again in the future.

True. Vega used to be the North Pole star around 12000 B.C.E. and will be again around the year 13727.

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5. The process by which a star produces energy from hydrogen and other elements is called ______.

  • Combustion
  • Nuclear fission
  • Nuclear fusion

Stars produce energy by way of nuclear fusion. Smaller atomic nuclei fuse to produce larger nuclei, which not only release energy but also create different chemical elements. Most commonly, stars fuse hydrogen to produce helium, but the larger the star and the more its hydrogen is consumed, the more helium is fused into still heavier elements.

Take Our Stars Quiz!

April 9, 2022

1. What's the difference between a castle and a palace?

  • Palaces were built for protection; castles were meant for showing off.
  • Castles were built for protection; palaces were meant for showing off.
  • There is no difference between a castle and a palace.

Castles were built throughout Europe and the Middle East primarily for protection of the king and his people. Palaces, on the other hand, have no defensive purposes. They're meant for showing off — big time.

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2. True or false: When the design for the Louvre Pyramid was initially presented, it was called an "architectural joke."

True. When the design was initially presented, the pyramid "sparked much media controversy and unleashed passions on both aesthetic and technical grounds," according to a press statement from the Louvre.

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3. True or false: The Parthenon is located in Rome, Italy.

False. The Parthenon and the Pantheon are often confused as being the same thing because the names are super similar. But the two are very different; they're not even located in the same country. The Parthenon, for instance, is in Athens, Greece, and the Pantheon is in Rome, Italy.

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4. Who built the world's biggest dome at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence?

  • Michelangelo
  • Andrea Branzi
  • Filippo Brunelleschi
  • Giulio Romano

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5. True or false: The St. Louis Arch is as wide as it is tall.

True. It may not look like it, but the arch is actually as wide as it is tall (630 feet [192 meters] in both directions). The reason it appears longer from top to bottom is thanks to an optical illusion — since you rarely look at the arch straight on, your eyes perceive it to be significantly taller than it is wide.

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April 2, 2022

1. Tournai used to be the capital of France. Which country is it now in?

  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • Andorra
  • Italy

The borders of France have changed over the centuries, so long ago Tournai was within the nation's limits and was the capital. Now it is part of Belgium.

Take Our European Capitals Quiz

2. True or false: Roughly 5 percent of the general population has at least one bad dream per week.

True. About 5 percent of the general population has at least one bad dream per week, says clinical psychologist and sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus in an email interview. "Nightmares typically happen during REM sleep, during the middle and later portions of the night," he explains.

Read More: What Causes Nightmares, and How Can You Lessen Them?

3. Which period of British history is Netflix's hit show "Bridgerton" set in?

  • Tudor
  • Georgian
  • Regency
  • Victorian

The visually decadent hit show "Bridgerton" is back for its second season, after scoring Netflix a massive hit in 2020. Set in 1813 London during the oh-so-romantic Regency period, "Bridgerton" quickly wrecked previous Netflix viewership records, with 82 million households worldwide tuning in during its first four weeks of release.

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4. Sherbet, that combo of frozen fruit and dairy, is pronounced:

  • SHER-but
  • SHER-BERT
  • sor-BAY

Sherbet is pronounced SHER-but. Contrary to popular opinion, there is only one "r" in "sherbet" — and it's not in the second half of the word. Sorbet (pronounced sor-BAY) is similar to sherbet, but it has no dairy in it.

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5. True or false: There are three kinds of bourgeois.

True. According to Camille Chevalier-Karfis, a native Parisian who teaches classes on French language and culture, there are three kinds of bourgeois: Parisian bourgeois who are the "crème de la crème," close to nobility and rich; bourgeois de province, who are the middle-class lawyers and doctors, etc; and the petite bourgeois who are "self-employed people like shopkeepers and artisans who also want their share of it all." All three categories, she assures us, follow the same codes of the bourgeois.

Read More: How Did 'Bourgeoisie' Become a Bad Word?

March 26, 2022

1. True or false: The juice of maqui berries has an antioxidant content between two and six times higher than juices of other superfruits.

True. The juice of maqui berries has an antioxidant content between two and six times higher than juices of other superfruits, including pomegranate, blueberry, açai and cranberry. The berries are also particularly rich in anthocyanins, which is what gives them the deep purple color and may be responsible for so many of the health benefits.

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2. What is the world's smallest country?

  • Liechtenstein
  • Vatican City
  • Monaco
  • St. Lucia

Vatican City is a mere 0.2 square mile (0.52 square kilometer), which is smaller than New York City's Central Park. Nevertheless, it has its own post office, telephone system, radio station, banking system and even its own currency, the Vatican euro. About 800 people live here, 75 percent of whom are members of the clergy.

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3. Ohio's Serpent Mound belongs to a class of structures called effigy mounds, which were commonly built in the shape of animals like bear, lynx, bison or birds. What purpose did they often serve?

  • Place for meditation
  • Playground for children
  • Burial site for ancient people
  • Defense mechanism against enemies

Serpent Mound belongs to a class of structures called effigy mounds, which were commonly built in the shape of animals like bear, lynx, bison or birds, and often served as burial sites for ancient people. Although no human remains or artifacts have been found in the sinuous, grassy hillock that is Serpent Mound, some graves and burial mounds stand nearby, probably built by the Adena culture — the Fort Ancient people's predecessors in the area — around 500 C.E.

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4. True or false: Dogs can distinguish more colors than the average human.

False. Dogs can distinguish fewer colors than the average human. Like most other mammals, dogs are dichromats, which means they have only two types of cones in their eyes. However, even with just two types of cones, dogs can see somewhere around 10,000 different shades.

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5. What is the formula for hydrogen peroxide?

  • H2S
  • NaHCO3
  • HCl
  • H2O2

Hydrogen peroxide (formula H2O2) is a chemical compound that's a combination of hydrogen and water. The clear liquid acts as a mild antiseptic and comes in various potencies depending on its purpose.

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Originally Published: Nov 19, 2020

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