Are You a Master of Everyday Trivia?

EDUCATION

Olivia Seitz

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

It can be hard to find someone who doesn't know simple facts about the world, but when it happens, boy is it surprising! It's the same feeling of astonishment when you find out that someone doesn't like ice cream. Or when you find out that you grew up with a movie star for a friend. Disbelief is an understandable feeling when someone hasn't heard about events or facts that are considered common knowledge. This quiz will test your mastery of common knowledge to see how much you really know!

From elementary school to now, you have collected millions of facts about the world, life, and everything else. While you might not remember your favorite teacher in Kindergarten, we bet you remember your favorite class project from school. Your brain is really amazing when it comes to remembering facts, and everyday, common knowledge facts are the kinds of facts that stick in your memory the best!

Do you remember who invented the lightbulb? Or where to find the Golden Gate Bridge? How about the colors of the rainbow? Now is your time to shine! Take this quiz to test your brain power and prove you're a master of common knowledge facts about the world! 

Which of these colors isn't in the rainbow?

White light is actually a composite of the colors on the visible light spectrum. When these colors are separated individually, you see the colors that appear in the rainbow!

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A baguette is a kind of bread originally from which country?

The baguette is a long, crispy loaf of bread, favored in France. In fact, the French each eat an average of half a baguette per day, which is lower than the full loaf per person it used to be.

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Where is the Golden Gate Bridge located?

The Golden Gate Bridge was completed in 1937, after years of planning, overcoming regulatory hurdles, and securing voter approval and funding. In the first 80 years, nearly two billion people have crossed the bridge.

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During the Revolutionary War, which country did America fight?

The Revolutionary War was fought by colonists tired of British rule. Spain assisted indirectly, and France eventually aided the fledgling USA.

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Which "Peanuts" character is famous for hauling around his blanket?

Linus is the blankie-hugging character who delivers the famous lines of the Peanuts Christmas Speech. Schroeder happily plays the piano, Lucy delights in torturing Charlie Brown with a football, and Charlie Brown is, well, Charlie Brown.

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What is the head of an orchestra called?

The conductor makes sure a band or an orchestra is in time and working cohesively to produce beautiful music. During stage performances accompanied by music, you can sometimes just see the conductor's head rising above the orchestral pit.

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Which author wrote "Pride and Prejudice," "Sense and Sensibility" and other romantic classics?

Jane Austen wrote many beloved books and is studied with great interest to this day. Most of her works have been adapted to the screen by the BBC, and some have been made into major motion pictures as well.

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Which major world religion holds the cow as sacred?

To Hindus, the cow is a sacred animal, in part because of its gentle nature. In India, killing and consuming a cow is a punishable offense.

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Who is commonly credited with inventing the light bulb?

Edison is usually the first name that comes to mind when people think about who created the light bulb. In reality, the light bulb was the result of many scientists' work; while Edison certainly made contributions to the science, he is remembered more because he was successful in promoting and selling the light bulb as such.

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Which of these classic movies is a Christmas tale about how one man really can make a difference in the world?

"It's a Wonderful Life" is a favorite Christmas movie in many households for its portrayal of George Bailey - his disappointments, his joys, his failures and his successes. Always remember: "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings."

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What do you call plants that grow back each year on their own?

A perennial is a plant that grows back for a period of time each year; annuals die and have to be replaced yearly. Some flowers can be either annual or perennial, depending on the climate where they're planted.

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Finish the phrase: "Red sky at night, sailors' ______; red sky in the morning, sailors take ______."

The saying means that a red sunset portends good weather, while a bright red sunrise could mean trouble on the seas. For sailors who don't travel too far south or north, this saying is actually fairly accurate, due to the behavior of pressure systems.

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What is the speed limit on Germany's famous Autobahn?

The Autobahn has a minimum speed limit of about 60 km/hr, but many stretches have no maximum speed. Signs post suggested max speeds and speed limits are only enforced in congested areas or areas with poor visibility.

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In musical notation, what is the name of the clef used for most higher notes?

The treble clef is denoted by a swirling symbol that looks similar to a fancy cursive "S." The bass clef, denoted by a "C"-shaped figure, is for lower notes.

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Who is famous for saying, "Veni, Vidi, Vici"?

The phrase "Veni, Vidi, Vici," which is Latin for "I came, I saw, I conquered," is commonly attributed to Julius Caesar. It's not hard to believe he said that or something like it, given his great success in battle.

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