Learning the answers to trivia questions is a fun way to strengthen your mind. Young people find it much easier, in general, to retain the things they learn. Age makes it much more difficult than it once was to remember minutiae.
Below are some is a very large list of useless but amazing “general knowledge questions and answers” (can also be considered facts) that you can quiz yourself, your partner or others on a wide variety of subjects to help you increase your foundation of general knowledge.
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General Questions and Answers About Animals and Insects
Q: How do dolphins sleep?
A: With one eye open!
Q: What do worms do when they can’t find food?
A: They eat themselves.
Q: How do lizards communicate?
A: By doing push-ups. (They must be strong.)
Q: Why are flamingos pink?
A: Because they eat shrimp.
Q: What percentage of a Jellyfish is water?
Q: What makes cows make more milk?
A: Listening to music.
Q: How many eyelids does a camel have?
Q: What percent does of a pandas diet is bamboo?
Q: What is the only mammal that cannot jump?
Q: How many hours a day does an elephant sleep?
A: 2-4 hours.
Q: Were does a snail breath through?
Q: How long can snails last sleeping?
A: For up to three years!
Q: How does a giraffe clean its ears?
A: With its 21-inch tongue!
Q: What color is a polar bear’s skin?
Q: How many eyes does a bee have?
Q: What is the only animal that never sleeps?
A: The bullfrog.
Q: How many times can a flee jump without stopping?
A: About 30,000 times.
Q: How many teeth do mosquitos have?
Q: How many legs does a dragon fly have?
A: 6 (but can’t walk.)
General Questions and Answers About The Human Body
Q: How many times a day does your hear beat?
A: Over 100,000 times a day.
Q: For how long did Charles Osborne have the hiccups?
A: 69 years!
Q: How many times on average does a human blink per year?
A: About 10,000,000 (Women blink twice as Men)
Q:What is the fastest healing part in the body?
A: The Tongue
Q: At what speed does a sneeze travel out of your nose?
A: About 100 miles per hour
Q: On average, how long does a human last kissing in his/her lifetime?
A: 2 Weeks
Q: What are the dust particles in your house mostly made of?
A: Dead skin.
Q: About how many times do your ribs move every year?
A: About 5 million times (by inspiration and expiration).
Q: What are the most sensitive parts of the body?
A: The fingertips and the mouth.
Q: How many times a day does the average person laugh?
A: 10 times per day.
Q: How faster does finger nails grown in compared to toe nails?
A:2-4 times faster.
Q: What percent of the human population is left handed?
A: About 10-20%
General Questions and Answers About History
Q: How old is the worlds oldest piece of chewing gum?
A: 5,000 years old (Yummy).
Q: How many left-handed US Presidents have there been?
A: Eight. Garfield, Hoover, Truman, Ford, Reagan, Bush (1), Clinton and Obama.
Q: What was the motto of the first penny?
A: “Mind your own business.”
Q: Why was Percy LeBaron Spencer credited with inventing the microwave?
A: He was standing in front of a magnetron when a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
Q: What was the first captial of the United States?
A: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Q:How did basketball ball start?
A: It was first played using two peach baskets and a soccer ball.
Q: What were Karl Marx’s last words?
A: “Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.”
General Questions and Answers About Language
Q: Which letter of the alphabet does not appear in any name of the United States?
Q: What word in the english language has the most definitions?
Q: What is the the longest one syllable word?
Q: What is the longest word in the english language without a vowel?
Q: What word in the english language does not rhyme with any other word?
Q:What was the last letter added to the english alphabet?
General Questions and Answers About Geography
Q: How many island is New York City made out of?
Q: How many earths would fit the size of the sun?
Q: What does the “zip” in “zip code”stand for?
A: Zone Improvement Plan.
Q: What is New York County better known as?
Q: Which state is known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes?
Q: What is the name of the worlds largest lake?
A: Lake superior.
Q: During what part of the day can a rainbow be seen?
A: In the morning or late afternoon.
Q: What does Thailand mean?
A: “Land of the free”
Q: How long is the deepest place in the ocean?
A: About 7 miles deep.
Q: What city are the properties of the board game Monopoly named after?
A: Atlantic City
General Questions and Answers About Science
Q: What is the only food that does not spoil?
A: Honey (honey found in Egyptian tombs has been tasted by archaeologists)
Q: What color will coca-cola be if it did not have coloring in it?
Q: What bounces higher: A ball of rubber, or a ball of glass?
A: A ball of glass.
Q: What is Googol number?
A: 1 followed by 100 zeros
General Questions and Answers About Fixing Common Problems
Q: How can you remove crayon marks from walls?
A: By using a hairdryer to heat the wax.
Q: How can you fix a button that is about to fall off?
A: By wiping a bit of clear nail polish over the threads so it can hold on.
Q: How can you make a zipper slide up and down more smoothly?
A: By rubbing a bar of soap over the teeth.
Q: What is one of the best ways to wipe a foggy windshield?
A: Using a chalkboard eraser.
True or False General Questions and Answers
Q: Fish cough.
A: True, True
Q: It is impossible to kiss your elbow.
Q: Oysters can change genders back and forth.
Q: Cows have upper teeth.
A: False (see for yourself.)
Q: Placing pretzels in bags in Philadelphia is against the law.
Q: You can kill yourself by holding your breath.
Q: Mosquitos feel attraction to people who recently eat bannanas.
Q: Peeling onions while chewing gum prevents you from crying.
Q: A “jiffy” is actually 1/100 (0.001) of a second.
A: True (“I’ll be there in a jiffy”)
Q: A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off.
Q: Fish don’t have eyelids.
Q: For every human in the world, there are 1 million ants.
Q: An ant’s smell is stronger than a dog’s.
Q: Frogs cannot swallow with their eyes open.
Q: Humans can sneeze with their eyes open.
Q: No only child has been a U.S. President.
Q: Horseback riding can improve your posture.
Q: Cauliflower and broccoli are the only vegetables that are also a flowers.
Q: A ducks quack echos.
Q: Shrimp can swim forward.
A: False (only backwards.)
Q: Kangaroos can walk backwards.
Q: Ultrasound can be heard by cats.
Q: Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.
Q: Wasps taste like pine nuts, beetles like apples, and worms like fried bacon.
Q: Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Q: Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
Q: Is an ostrich’s brain is smaller that its eye.
Q: Any piece of paper can be folded more then seven times.
Q: Beavers were once the size of bears.
Q: Fish can’t drown.
A: False (they can drown when their is water with no oxygen)
Q: You burn 20 calories an hour chewing gum.
Q: Frogs never drink.
Q: A duck can’t walk without bobbing its head.
Q: Pennsylvania is spelled correctly on the Liberty Bell.
Q: Ketchup was once sold as a medicine.
Q: Cold water weighs more than hot water.
Q: Goats pupils are circular.
A: False (rectangular)
Q: Sound travels quicker in water than in air.
Q: Polar bear fur is white.
A: False (transparent)
Q: U.S. paper currency is made of paper.
A: False (It is by a blend of cotton and linen.)
Q: You can make knots come out easier by sprinkling talcum powder on them.
Still want more? Below are a couple more General knowledge questions and answers on a more random subjects so you can continue your learning.
Random General Questions and Answers
What is the only element that begins with the letter “K”? Krypton
Who was believed to be God Lono when he anchored off Hawaii in 1779? Captain James Cook
Tromoso, Norway is sunset-free for how many months per year? Three
What was the last #1 hit of the 1960’s? “Someday We’ll be Together”
What’s Bo Derek’s real name? Cathleen Collins
What unit of measurement is derived from the Latin word “uncia”? The inch
Who was the founder of the Coca Cola Company? Asa Chandler
Ohio” is a song by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. What horrific event does it reference? The Kent State Massacre. Four students died and an additional nine were wounded, leaving one of them paralyzed. They were peacefully
protesting the US invasion of Cambodia.
Who played Sally Field’s daughter in “Steel Magnolias”? Julia Roberts
What were the first names of “Rowan & Martin” on Laugh In? Dan & Dick
How many wives did King Henry the VIII of England have? Six
How did Cleopatra die? She made an Egyptian cobra bite her.
How many cups are in a gallon? Sixteen
What was the first video aired on MTV? “Video Killed the Radio Star” by Buggles
What is ‘starboard’? It’s to the right of a person who is facing the front of a ship.
What did Louis Henry Sullivan do for a living? He was an architect
What basketball team has played in the finals most often, since 1947? The Lakers
How do you define ‘constellation’? A constellation is a group of stars which, when seen from Earth, appear to form a pattern.
When the New York City Opera revived Sound of Music in 1990, who played Maria? Debby Boone
Whose alter-ego was Clem Kadiddlehopper? Red Skelton
What is Bob Geldof’s oldest daughter’s name? Fifi Trixibelle
When Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe wed, what was the Variety headline?“Egghead Weds Hourglass.”
What physicist once said “God is subtle, but he is not malicious?” Albert Einstein
What mollusk shares it’s name with the world’s first waterproof watch? The oyster
Where does 2/3 of the world’s vanilla come from? Madagascar
On “90210”, where was the Walsh family from? Wayzata, Minnesota. For a bit of trivia within the trivia, native Minnesotans were probably the only ones who knew that Brenda mispronounced it. It’s actually pronounced “Why-ZET-ah”. Her pronunciation was phonetically correct, but laughably erroneous.
Where did the word ‘skinflint’ originate? In the era when the word was coined, fires were started using flint and stone. The flint would eventually wear down. It was said that “skinflints” would continue to use the flint until it was as thin as skin, in order to save money.
What NFL team debuted the first professional cheerleaders in 1970? The Dallas Cowboys
What was Louie Armstrong’s jazz band named? The All Stars
In 1990, what was the world’s most lethal infectious disease? Pneumonia
What was the first bird ever domesticated by man? A goose
When Ronald Reagan became old enough, who did he cast his vote for?Franklin D. Roosevelt
What song did Alannah Myles take to #1 in 1990? Black Velvet
What do Jean Plaidy, Phillipa Carr and Victoria Holt have in common? They’re all the same author.
Why did the Animal Crackers box have a string handle? It was a novelty, introduced in time for Christmas in 1902. The handle was so that the boxes could be hung from the Christmas tree.
Phew! Now thats a lot of questions and answers. Feel free to comment below and add your own questions and answers to contribute to this page.