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Dr. Seuss's children's books, including 'The Cat in the Hat,' are most commonly written in what type of verse?
Anapestic tetrameter
The phrase "warts and all" comes from what British leader's directions on how to paint his portrait?
Oliver Cromwell
Who is the only U. S. astronaut to have flown on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions?
Wally Schirra
What breed of dog has won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show a record 13 times?
Wire fox terrier
The world's first nuclear reactor was built in 1942 in what unusual location on the University of Chicago campus?
Squash court
In the movie, "The Wizard of Oz," what is the name of the Kansas farmhand who later becomes the Tin Man?
Hickory
Which of these pairs of actors were never costars on the silver screen?
Debbie Reynolds & Woody Harrelson
On his tendency to play bad guys, who explained "I'm the only actor who ever killed John Wayne"?
Bruce Dern
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" made its national debut on September 8, 1986 with an episode about what?
Marrying the right person
Which of these singers is known to have fathered at least one child in each of the decades from the 1950s to the 1990s?
Willie Nelson
Which of these stars is not among the select few who have won a Tony, Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy?
Julie Andrews
What was the real name of the Greek philosopher Plato?
Aristocles
In the 1950s, Teflon pioneer Marc Gregoire first made use of the nonstick substance on what?
Fishing tackle
Bluetooth, a wireless technology used to link mobile devices, is named for a former king of what country?
Denmark
What element, like water, has an unusual physical property that causes it to expand when it freezes?
Bismuth
What weather term was coined in a 1939 dissertation by Antarctic explorer Paul Siple?
Wind chill
A light nanosecond, the distance light travels in a billionth of a second, is about how long?
One foot
What sea creatures migrate for hundreds of miles to reach their spawning grounds in the Atlantic's Sargasso Sea?
Eels
Robert Beckwith, who died in Virginia at the age of 81, was the last direct descendant of what famous American?
Abraham Lincoln
The first transatlantic telegraph cable message was exchanged between Queen Victoria and what U.S. president?
James Buchanan
"Yankee Doodle" is the official song of what U.S. state?
Connecticut
The brownish grey color taupe gets its name from the Latin word for what animal?
Mole
What state capital's name is believed to come from a Native American phrase meaning "a good place to dig potatoes"?
Topeka
Upon his death, what singer was buried with a bottle of whiskey, cigarettes, a lighter and ten dimes?
Frank Sinatra
The Statue of Freedom, which sits atop the U.S. Capitol Building dome, depicts what?
Woman wearing helmet
What U.S. colony ratified the Constitution in 1790 only under the threat of being declared a foreign nation?
Rhode Island
What is the only U.S. state that requires employers by law to offer health insurance to full-time workers?
Hawaii
A series of five letters between Pierre de Fermat and Blaise Plascal is credited with establishing what branch of modern mathematics?
Probability
During her fateful trip around the world in 1937 Amelia Earhart was last seen taking off from what Pacific Island?
New Guinea
When founded in 1947 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was focused primarily on what disease?
Malaria
What country is named after a nearly-extinct tree that was once the source of a valuable red dye?
Brazil
To end the Cuban missile crisis, the U.S. agreed to remove its nuclear missiles from what country?
Turkey
Thought to be the world's largest single source of dust, the Bodele Depression is located in what country?
Chad
Starting with the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, what company is the longest continuously serving Olympics sponsor?
Coca-Cola
Nostradamus's reputation as a prophet comes from his 16th-century book of prophecies titled what?
Centuries
The nation's first "Adopt-a-Highway" program was launched in 1985 by what state's Department of Transportation?
Texas
Tatanka-lyotanka, the famous head chief of the Lakota nation, is better known by what name?
Sitting Bull
In 1951, the first UNIVAC computer was used to help what U.S. agency process information?
Census Bureau
The phrase "eating humble pie" originally referred to a dish made from the innards of what animal?
Deer
To prevent counterfeiting, security threads in new $20 bills glow what color when held up to ultraviolet light?
Green
According to tradition, what dish has been served daily at the restaurant of the U.S. Senate since the early 1900s?
Bean soup
What automobile's name is a word that means "modern" in its home country?
Hyundai
The 8-year-old recipient of the famous reply “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” had what last name?
O’Hanlon
The nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill" has a second verse in which Jack tries to mend his head with what?
Vinegar and brown paper
What US president's wife, Abigail, was once his schoolteacher?
Millard Fillmore
Which of these bodies of water lies above an enormous meteorite crater formed 35 million years ago?
Chesapeake Bay
The name of the notorious WWI spy Mata Hari is a Malay phrase that literally means what?
Eye of the day
The dog that played Toto in the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz" was what kind of terrier?
Cairn
Originally reading "Hollywoodland," the world-famous "Hollywood" sign was built as a giant advertisement for what?
Housing development
In 2005, scientists in Australia began harvesting what animal's blood after finding its strong immune system kills the HIV virus?
Crocodile
Originally practiced by Hindus, yoga takes its name from a Sanskrit word meaning what?
Union
In 1966, what U.S. state became the last to repeal its statewide Prohibition laws?
Mississippi
Contrary to his nickname, Thomas "Tennessee" Williams was born in what U.S. state?
Mississippi
DaVinciÕs Mona Lisa is painted on a 30-by-21 inch panel made from the wood of what tree?
Poplar
Of these famous children's book authors, who was the only one to have had children?
Roald Dahl
According to the famous Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, Hiawatha belongs to what Native American tribe?
Chippewa
The original design of the White House was inspired by what country's current parliament building?
Ireland
In 2004, the fossils of Homo floresiensis, a "hobbit-sized" human species, were discovered in what country?
Indonesia
What Shakespeare play is famous for the unusual stage direction "Exit, pursued by a bear"?
The Winter's Tale
What word, meaning "an embellishing musical note," was the winning word in the 2005 National Spelling Bee?
Appoggiatura
In the 1982 film "Diner," one supporting character compulsively quotes lines from what classic movie?
Sweet Smell of Success
In the 1997 movie "Titanic," Jack wins passage onto the doomed vessel with what poker hand?
Full House
In the 1941 movie "Citizen Kane," what is the name of the sled that replaces Kane's beloved sled Rosebud?
The Crusader
Which of these Motown classics is not featured on the original soundtrack to the 1983 movie "The Big Chill"?
I Can't Help Myself
What is the only movie from 1995 or later that made the AFI's "100 Greatest American Movies of All Time" list?
Fargo
Elvis Presley's last feature film was a 1969 movie titled what?
Change of Habit
Which of the following is an example of a literary device called "pathetic fallacy"?
Cruel wind
In 1939, what two teams played in the first baseball game broadcast on television?
Princeton and Columbia
By definition, eustatic change is a worldwide alteration in what?
Sea level
In the Edgar Rice Burroughs book "Tarzan of the Apes," the name "Tarzan" means what in ape language?
White skin
In 1974, what product became the first to be scanned by a retailer using the UPC bar code?
Wrigley's gum
What famous Romantic poet drowned in 1826 while sailing in Italy's Gulf of Spezia?
Percy Bysshe Shelley
On May 20, 1937, Amelia Earhart began her ill-fated attempt to fly around the world from what U.S. city?
Oakland
Now used to refer to a snooty person, the word "snob" originally referred to a person with what job?
Shoemaker
Rubies are red primarily because they contain trace amounts of what metal?
Chromium
What scientist's lesser-known achievements include developing a vaccine for rabies?
Louis Pasteur
In 1990, who appeared on the cover of the first issue of Entertainment Weekly?
k.d. lang
The TS Eliot poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," begins with a quote from what literary work?
The Divine Comedy
The phrase "slush fund" was once a nautical term that referred to what?
Animal fat
Outside of honorary awards, what famous singer's three Grammys were all in gospel music categories?
Elvis Presley
Before switching career paths, which of these prominent Americans studied clarinet performances at Juilliard?
Alan Greenspan
A self-professed "train nerd," what rocker became a part-owner of the Lionel toy train company in 1995?
Neil Young
The 1990 movie "Pretty Woman" prominently features what famous opera with a similar plot?
La Traviata
What historical figure died of appendicitis in 1926, days after being punched in the stomach by an overeager fan?
Harry Houdini
True to his word, General Douglas MacArthur returned to what country in 1944 to liberate it from the Japanese?
Philippines
Taking place in 1981, Muhammed Ali's final professional fight was nicknamed what?
Drama in the Bahamas
What explorer, who landed on the Australian coast in 1770, was the first to record the word "kangaroo"?
James Cook
What White House official's initials are also an abbreviation for his job title?
Alberto Gonzales
The word "nerd" first appeared in print as a character's name in a work by what author?
Dr. Suess
Which of the following is not a character in Madeleine L'Engle's classic childrens' book "A Wrinkle in Time"?
Mrs. Whynot
Which of these presidents was not born before President John F. Kennedy?
Jimmy Carter
What literary heroine, upon her death, is buried in three coffins, "one oak, one mahogany, one lead"?
Emma Bovary
What tradition is said to have begun in 1477 with the union of Archduke Maximillian of Austria and Mary of Burgundy?
Diamond engagement ring
Used to measure astronomical distances, a light-year is equal to approximately how many miles?
6 trillion
Which of these popular sayings is believed to come from the O. Henry story "Schools and Schools"?
Curiosity killed the cat
Due to its nutritional punch, what variety of orange does Sunkist market as "The Power Orange"?
Cara Cara
After arriving in the U.S. the famous conjoined twins Chang and Eng adopted what Western last name?
Bunker
The Dalai Lama's followers often refer to him as "Kundun," a Tibetan word meaning what?
The Presence
Calligrapher Jacob Shallus was paid $30 to pen what historic document?
U.S. Constitution
In the 1600s, philosopher Blaise Pascal devised a famous "wager" concerning what issue?
Belief in God
Once called the "gateway to the west," the historic Cumberland Gap passes through all but which of these states?
North Carolina
Before he became House majority leader, Tom DeLay had a successful career as a what?
Bug exterminator
According to the Bible, which of the following was made out of gopher wood?
Noah's Ark
Which of these classic novels begins and ends with the title character's name?
Lolita
In the 1926 book "Winnie-the-Pooh," what is the first thing that Pooh says to himself in the morning?
What's for breakfast?
David Letterman's sidekick, Paul Shaffer, co-wrote which of these disco hits?
It's Raining Men
Since 2004, over a million blue wristbands have been given out in the British government's campaign against what?
Bullying
In the popular folk song "Alouette," what type of bird is being prepared for a meal?
Lark
Who was the last U.S. President to not father any daughters?
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Which of these terms refers to the chirping sound a cricket makes when it rubs its wings together?
Stridulation
After separating from his first wife in the 1980's, John Kerry made the gossip pages by dating which of these actresses?
Morgan Fairchild
Measuring 7" X 3 5/8" X 1 3/4" a standard gold bar weighs approximately how many pounds?
27.5
With over 20% of the world's forests, what nation has more forest land than any other?
Russia
In 2000 the International Hydrographic Organization demarcated the limits of a fifth world ocean named what?
Southern Ocean
Borborygmi is the technical name for a bodily condition more commonly referred to as what?
Growling in the stomach
Which of these famous fictional characters is a habitual user of cocaine?
Sherlock Holmes
How is the "S.O.S" distress code expressed in Morse code?
3 dots, 3 dashes, 3 dots
A prominent insurgent leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is from what neighboring country?
Jordan
A religious group known for its woodwork, the Shakers have dwindled in number to one active community in what U.S. state?
Maine
What famous story begins with the line "One dollar and eighty-seven cents"?
The Gift of the Magi
"Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio" is from an influential 1798 essay by whom?
Thomas Malthus
In 1977, what unlikely matchmaker introduced Arnold Schwarzenegger to future spouse Maria Shriver?
Tom Brokaw
Of the four most populous U.S. states, how may currently have Republican governors?
4
Which of these spices is made by grinding the red membrane that covers the nutmeg seed?
Mace
Founded by merchant Marshall Field, Chicago's Field Museum is a world-famous museum of what?
Natural history
The melody for the wedding song known as “Here Comes the Bride” is from what Wagner opera?
Lohengrin
In 1994, what TV show broke ground when it depicted a gay marriage between innkeepers Ron and Erick?
Northern Exposure
In what country is it customary for brides to place lumps of sugar in their gloves to ensure a "sweet" life?
Greece
In Pamplona's Running of the Bulls festival, how many bulls run the streets every day?
6
Which of these novelty items makes use of a technological process called microencapsulation?
Scratch and sniff sticker
Seventeen miles from Mount Rushmore lies a giant granite carved monument to what Native American?
Crazy Horse
According to the World Tourism Organization, what nation is the world's top tourist destination, with over 70 million visitors per year?
France
The Master Clock, which keeps the official time for the US is maintained by what branch of the military?
Navy
Overruled in 1954, the Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson upheld a state law imposing segregation where?
Passenger trains
A friendly "ghost-story" competition initiated by poet Lord Byron resulted in the creation of what fictional character?
Frankenstein's monster
Known for its ubiquitous signs and free ice water, Wall Drug is a famously kitschy tourist trap in what state?
South Dakota
The wheel used on the popular game show "Wheel of Fortune" consists of how many individual spaces?
24
A person who suffers from gamophobia has an exaggerated fear of what?
Marriage
What is the birthday of author J. K. Rowling as well as her most famous creation, Harry Potter?
July 31st
Discovered in Indonesia and measuring almost 33 feet, the longest snake ever recorded was what type of snake?
Python
In July 2004, over 1,000 radio stations simultaneously played what Elvis song to mark 50 years of rock and roll?
That's All Right
Which of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was built first?
Pyramids at Giza
Often made out of two thermometers, a psychrometer is an instrument used to measure what?
Humidity
Ernest Hemingway's repeated efforts to join the army were rejected because of what physical malady?
Faulty eye
Because two states joined the union in 1912, there has never been an official U.S. flag with how many stars on it?
47
Due to his objections to awards in general, which of these writers declined to accept his Nobel prize for literature?
Jean-Paul Sartre
Featuring large floating eyes, the dream sequence in Hitchcock’s “Spellbound” was designed by whom?
Salvador Dali
In 1911, what explorer beat a rival by five weeks to become the first man to reach the South Pole?
Roald Amundsen
In November 2004, who became the first female singer to have an album certified 20 times platinum?
Shania Twain
What is the only type of fish fin that is featured on a Pepperidge Farm Goldfish cracker?
Caudal fin
What hit Carpenters song was originally written as background for a TV bank commercial?
We've Only Just Begun
In 1975, what daytime soap opera became the first to begin broadcasting hour long episodes?
Another World
In geology, which of these periods of time is the shortest in duration?
Epoch
Which of these politicians was the losing candidate in three different Presidential elections?
William Jennings Bryan
What country has the oldest written constitution that is still in effect?
United States
In 1974, T.G.I. Friday's became the first restaurant chain to serve what tasty appetizer?
Potato skins
Usually considered to be the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia is located in what country?
Argentina
The melody from which of these children's songs comes from the French song, "Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman"?
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Referring to the plastic they are made from, recyclable soda and water bottles often have what acronym on their labels?
PETE
What landlocked state's official bird is the sea gull?
Utah
Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress, was a U.S. Representative from what state?
New York
What Dow Jones Industrial Average company traditionally issues its quarterly earning reports first?
Alcoa
In 2004, what former world leader's son was arrested for allegedly aiding a coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea?
Margaret Thatcher
Who is the longest consecutively-serving member of the U.S. Senate?
Robert Byrd
In the 1998 movie "Saving Private Ryan," what is the title character's first name?
James
In a famous 1951 cartoon called "Duck and Cover," what animal tells American kids what to do in case of a nuclear attack?
Bert the Turtle
According to the U.S. Census, what state had the highest turnout in the 2004 election, with 79% of eligible voters going to the polls?
Minnesota
Vonetta Flowers, the first African-American gold medalist at the Winter Olympics, competes in what sport?
Bobsled
How many different U.S. states have hosted either a summer or winter Olympics?
5
In the American version of the game Bingo, the numbers traditionally range from 1 to what?
75
When Jay Leno took over as host of The Tonight Show on May 25, 1992, who was his first guest?
Billy Crystal
Of the original members of the musical group The Jackson 5, which Jackson brother is the oldest?
Jackie
An 18-karat gold bracelet is what percent gold?
75%
In 1864, a Civil War sea battle between the CSS Alabama and the USS Kearsage occurred off the coast of what country?
France
The planet Venus is surrounded by a thick layer of clouds composed of what concentrated substance?
Sulfuric acid
Pearl Jam's 1991 album "Ten" was named after the uniform number of what NBA player?
Mookie Blaylock
In the racy French phrase “menage a trios,” the word “menage” literally means what?
Household
A National Hockey League puck is how many inches in diameter?
Three
What famous building was once used to store gunpowder, resulting in a 1687 explosion that destroyed its roof?
Parthenon
What literary wit is credited with observing "A true friend stabs you in the front"?
Oscar Wilde
What musical instrument around 1700 was a modification of a reed pipe called the chalumeau?
Clarinet
On the television series "Gilligan's Island," what is Mrs. "Lovey" Howell's first name?
Eunice
Which of these nutritional supplements is not a type of Vitamin B?
Lysine
Invented in the 18th century, an orrery is a mechanical model that demonstrates what phenomenon?
Orbit of the planets
The century-old march “Entry of the Gladiators” is traditionally heard in what setting?
Circus
In reference to its famous chile peppers, what state has adopted as its official question “Red or green?”
New Mexico
Charlotte Cooper, the first woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal, won in 1900 in what sport?
Tennis
What is the age difference between Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, who tied the knot in a private ceremony in 2005?
15 years
The reflective surface of a CD usually consists of an extremely thin layer of what metal?
Aluminum
The first thirteen games of the ancient Olympics featured what sole event?
Footrace
Bitterballen, deep-fried meatballs served with mustard, are a tasty traditional treat of what European nation?
The Netherlands
In the popcorn industry, what term is used to refer to kernels that fail to pop?
Old maids
At the time he was "discovered" by music executives in 1954, Elvis Presley was working as a what?
Truck driver
The highest vehicular tunnel in the world, the Eisenhower Tunnel crosses the Continental Divide in what U.S. state?
Colorado
The Montgomery Bus Boycott, which started the day Rosa Parks was put on trial, lasted approximately how long?
One year
When first introduced to the public in 1908, Ford's Model T car was offered at what retail price?
$850
What gem, named for a Greek word meaning "not intoxicating," was once thought to prevent drunkenness?
Amethyst
Often viewed as the fifth taste detected by the human tongue, "umami" is usually associated with food made with what?
MSG
The Taliban, a fundamentalist Islamic regime, gets its name from an Arabic word meaning what?
Student
According to his birth certificate, what is Martin Luther King Jr.'s first name?
Michael
On the TV series "Mister Ed," what is the name of the horse who played Mister Ed?
Bamboo Harvester
Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church, believed that the Garden of Eden was located in what state?
Missouri
A landmark 1843 case in England held Daniel M'Naghten not guilty of murder thanks to what defense?
Insanity
In Akira Kurosawa's classic 1950 film "Rashomon," Rashomon is the name of a what?
Gate
In "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure," which of these is not one of the historical "dudes" encountered by Bill and Ted?
Galileo
Bill Paxton plays a character who is either injured or killed in all of the following movie series except what?
Jurassic Park
An overlook at what national park provides the name and a setting for Michelangelo Antonioni's 1970 movie Zabriskie Point?
Death Valley
In "Silence of the Lambs," Hannibal Lecter recounts a meal of fava beans, chianti, and the liver of what unfortunate visitor?
Census taker
Home to Bank of America and Wachovia, what city is considered the U.S.'s second largest banking center?
Charlotte, NC
Inventor Elisha Gray lost the race to secure a patent for what invention by a matter of hours?
Telephone
What starring television role did Bing Crosby turn down, reportedly because it would interfere with his golf?
Columbo
According to legend, what Russian built a series of fake villages to impress his touring lover, Catherine the Great?
Grigori Potemkin
In 2004, what athlete became the first person besides Colonel Sanders to appear on a KFC bucket?
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Because its orbit is highly elliptical, what planet's distance from the sun can range from 2.8 to 4.5 billion miles?
Pluto
The U.S. Postal Service still uses mules to deliver mail to a remote Indian reservation in what state?
Arizona
Which of these words is never used in the U.S. Constitution or any of its amendments?
Privacy
At school, what country's children regularly recite, "Seremos como el Che," meaning, "We will be like Che."
Cuba
The bikini takes its name from Bikini Atoll, a coral formation located in what Pacific island group?
Marshall Islands
Named for a British scientist who suffered from it, "Daltonism" is another word for what condition?
Color blindness
Which of these world landmarks is the tallest?
Washington Monument
Takraw, a volleyball-like game that is played with the head and feet, is a traditional sport in what part of the world?
Southeast Asia
In 2004, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Americans have an average one-way commute time of what?
24.4 minutes
What country is the world's largest producer of wool?
Australia
Martin Luther King's historic march on Washington took place during what month of 1963?
August
Philip Pirrip is the full name of the hero in what Charles Dickens novel?
Great Expectations
During the Civil War, what was the last U.S. state to secede from the Union and the first to rejoin it?
Tennessee
Hemingway's classic novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls" takes its title from a sermon by what poet?
John Donne
Approximately how long is each side of a square plot of land that measures one acre in area?
209 feet
Which of these countries does not have an element on the periodic table named after it?
Italy
Located on the plains of New Mexico, the Very Large Array is what type of government-run technical facility?
Radio observatory
Official rules of conduct forbid US senators from accepting gifts from lobbyists that exceed what value?
$50
Who was the only U.S. president to appear on a U.S. Mint-issued coin while in office?
Calvin Coolidge
What Las Vegas Strip casino was built by famed mobster Bugsy Siegel in the 1940s?
Flamingo
In a 2005 poll conducted by AOL and Discovery Channel, what president was voted the "Greatest American" of all time?
Ronald Reagan
What futuristic novel takes place in London, a city in the nightmarish "superstate" Oceania?
1984
Whose offices are located in the East Wing of the White House?
First Lady
A 2005 U.S. census study concluded that what state has the lowest median age for first time married couples?
Utah
To stem illegal immigration, the U.S. border patrol was established in 1924 under what U.S. Department?
Labor
In a traditional military flag folding ceremony, the U.S. flag is folded a total of how many times until it becomes a triangle?
12
What U.S. state capital was originally known as Pig's Eye after an early settler named Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant?
St. Paul, MN
Enacted in 1714, the English Riot Act required groups that were read the Riot Act to do what?
Disperse within an hour
After the Wright Brothers' historic first flight, how long did it take for man to walk on the moon?
66 years
What U.S. department is nicknamed "Foggy Bottom," after vapors that once rose from the swamp on which its offices sit?
State
What natural phenomenon is usually not visible when the sun is more than 43 degrees above the Earth's horizon?
Rainbow
The Hotel des Milles Collines, featured in a 2004 movie starring Don Cheadle, is located in what country?
Rwanda
In the U.S. Senate, how many members are necessary to achieve a quorum?
51
In NASCAR racing, how many cars traditionally start in each race?
43
Which of the following is the more formal name for "baby teeth"?
Deciduous teeth
On the TV series "My Name is Earl," Earl learns about the concept of karma from what TV personality?
Carson Daly
In physics, which of the following is normally measured as 32 feet per second per second?
Acceleration of gravity

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