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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?
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?
In the popular folk song "Alouette," what type of bird is being prepared for a meal?
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?
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?
With over 20% of the world's forests, what nation has more forest land than any other?
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?
A religious group known for its woodwork, the Shakers have dwindled in number to one active community in what U.S. state?
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?
Which of these spices is made by grinding the red membrane that covers the nutmeg seed?
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?
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?
In Pamplona's Running of the Bulls festival, how many bulls run the streets every day?
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?
The Master Clock, which keeps the official time for the US is maintained by what branch of the military?
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?
A person who suffers from gamophobia has an exaggerated fear of what?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
What landlocked state's official bird is the sea gull?
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?
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?
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?
Vonetta Flowers, the first African-American gold medalist at the Winter Olympics, competes in what sport?
How many different U.S. states have hosted either a summer or winter Olympics?
In the American version of the game Bingo, the numbers traditionally range from 1 to what?
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?
An 18-karat gold bracelet is what percent gold?
In 1864, a Civil War sea battle between the CSS Alabama and the USS Kearsage occurred off the coast of what country?
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?
A National Hockey League puck is how many inches in diameter?
What famous building was once used to store gunpowder, resulting in a 1687 explosion that destroyed its roof?
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?
On the television series "Gilligan's Island," what is Mrs. "Lovey" Howell's first name?
Which of these nutritional supplements is not a type of Vitamin B?
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?
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?
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?
The first thirteen games of the ancient Olympics featured what sole event?
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?
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?
What gem, named for a Greek word meaning "not intoxicating," was once thought to prevent drunkenness?
Often viewed as the fifth taste detected by the human tongue, "umami" is usually associated with food made with what?
The Taliban, a fundamentalist Islamic regime, gets its name from an Arabic word meaning what?
According to his birth certificate, what is Martin Luther King Jr.'s first name?
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?
A landmark 1843 case in England held Daniel M'Naghten not guilty of murder thanks to what defense?
In Akira Kurosawa's classic 1950 film "Rashomon," Rashomon is the name of a what?
In "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure," which of these is not one of the historical "dudes" encountered by Bill and Ted?
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?
What starring television role did Bing Crosby turn down, reportedly because it would interfere with his golf?
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?
The U.S. Postal Service still uses mules to deliver mail to a remote Indian reservation in what state?
Which of these words is never used in the U.S. Constitution or any of its amendments?
At school, what country's children regularly recite, "Seremos como el Che," meaning, "We will be like Che."
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?
Martin Luther King's historic march on Washington took place during what month of 1963?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
To stem illegal immigration, the U.S. border patrol was established in 1924 under what U.S. Department?
In a traditional military flag folding ceremony, the U.S. flag is folded a total of how many times until it becomes a triangle?
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?
What natural phenomenon is usually not visible when the sun is more than 43 degrees above the Earth's horizon?
The Hotel des Milles Collines, featured in a 2004 movie starring Don Cheadle, is located in what country?
In the U.S. Senate, how many members are necessary to achieve a quorum?
In NASCAR racing, how many cars traditionally start in each race?
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
In the 1986 movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," Ferris performs at a parade honoring what historical figure?
Friedrich von Steuben
What breed of dog was bred by Hubert, a 7th-century monk who later became the patron saint of hunters?
Until he retired in 1834, John Jacob Astor was America's most successful businessman in what industry?
Dalmatia, the namesake of a popular dog breed, is a historic coastal region in which of these countries?
Western Sahara is a disputed African region that is claimed by what neighboring country?
Speaking for over 24 hours against a famous civil rights bill, who holds the record for the longest speech in Senate history?
Strom Thurmond
With a handicap of 1.1, who did Golf Digest list as Hollywood's top celebrity golfer in 2005?
Dennis Quaid
The word "gossip" comes from an Old English word meaning what?
Snuppy, the dog that what successfully produced by cloning in 2005, is what breed?
Afghan hound
Dating back to the 11th century, "The Tale of Genji" is widely recognized as the world's first what?
In 2005, fears of a disease called brucellosis prompted Montana officials to issue licenses to hunt what animal?
On their historic 1964 "Ed Sullivan Show" debut, the Beatles performed a song from what musical?
The Music Man
A distinctive grasshopper-shaped weathervane sits atop what historic American building?
Faneuil Hall
Solo, Sunrise and Maradol are three popular varieties of what fruit?
Ferdinand Magellan's famous trip around the world ended prematurely when he was killed by natives of what present-day country?
Kurdistan is an Asian region that extends into all of these countries except what?
Which of these presidential appointees does not require confirmation by the U.S. Senate?
National Security Advisor
If Prince Charles becomes King of England, what will his new royal name be?
King Charles III
The only national flag that features a single color is the solid flag of what country?
In the epic poem "Beowulf," Grendel terrorizes the countryside of what land?
A gelotologist is a person who studies the effects of what on the human body?
Bill Clinton's presidential library, which opened in 2004, was designed to resemble what type of structure?
The word "tabloid" was originally trademarked in 1884 as the brand name for a new type of what?
In 1947, what designer debuted an extravagantly feminine style of women's clothing called the New Look?
Christian Dior
Originally made in Canada, canola is a vegetable oil made from what crop?
The lambada is a spirited ballroom dance that originated in what country?
The "O" in Irish names such as "O'Neill" and "O'Casey comes from "ua," an Irish word meaning what?
What singer's clothing line has been pulled from Denmark because its logo resembles the royal family's monogram?
Missy Elliott
In 1964, the British protectorate Northern Rhodesia gained its independence to become what country?
Which of these countries' people usually eat with fork and spoon, only using chopsticks for noodles?
In an attempt to get support form unions, what president declared Labor Day a federal holiday?
Grover Cleveland
Confirmed in 2005, Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez is the former CEO of what food giant?
The first "Dear Abby" column appeared in 1956 in what newspaper?
San Francisco Chronicle
Since 1997, what actor has provided the voice for MasterCard's well-known "Priceless" ad campaign?
Billy Crudup
On a classic "Seinfeld" episode, what future "desperate housewife" declared "They're real, and they're spectacular"?
Teri Hatcher
Which of the following is not one of the twelve years represented in the Chinese calendar?
Year of the Swan
The Secret Service uses what code names to refer to First Daughters Jenna and Barbara Bush?
Twinkie and Turquoise
How many U.S. states were admitted into the Union in the 20th century?
Now referring to a tactic used to delay legislation, the word "filibuster" was originally used to refer to what outlaws?
On TV's "The Muppet Show," what is the name of the character who is fond of throwing boomerang fish?
Lew Zealand
What state's name was a code name for one of the beaches stormed by U.S. forces during the D-Day invasion?
The Federation Internationale de Natation is the governing body for what sport?
After abolishing its army in 1958, what nation became known as the "Switzerland of Central America"?
Costa Rica
Brewer Anheuser-Busch is the nation's largest purchaser of which of these crops?
Due to its immense popularity with the Chinese, what U.S. state opened its own tourism office in China in 2004?
Children normally develop a total of how many baby teeth?
Because it is produced by the body, which of these vitamins is classified as a hormone?
Vitamin D
Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade mysteries are set in the seamy underside of what U.S. City?
San Francisco
In the 2004 election, who was the leading vote-getter among all U.S. Senate candidates?
Barbara Boxer
Featured in the expression "the whole shebang," the word "shebang" originally referred to a what?
Small hut
In the night sky, the constellation Orion appears to be fighting against what other familiar constellation?
Brought back to Europe by explorers, tomatoes were originally native to what continent?
South America
Besides John McCain and John Kerry, who is the only other current U.S. Senator who served in the Vietnam war?
Chuck Hagel
Giacomo, the surprise 2005 Kentucky Derby winner, was named after the son of what rock star?
On Sept 2, 1945 Japan formally surrendered to the US on the deck of what battleship?
USS Missouri
Before a symphony concert, the orchestra traditionally tunes itself to a note played by what instrument?
As of 2005, what is the approximate population of planet Earth?
6.5 billion
Scientists believe that bubbles collapsing in synovial fluid result in the sound that occurs when you do what?
Crack your knuckles
What African nation's name comes from the Portuguese word for "shrimp"?
In 2005, newly released transcripts of Marilyn Monroe’s therapy sessions revealed that she once had a tryst with what actress?
Joan Crawford
"Annulary" is a fancy word for what body part?
Ring finger
A June 2005 Time magazine report revealed that Guantanamo Bay officials had whose music as an interrogation aid?
Christina Aguilera
According to the U.S. Postal Service, approximately what percentage of Americans move each year?
What city's main airport is named for Antonio Carlos Jobim, a famous bossa nova musician?
Rio de Janeiro
What type of bakeware skyrocketed in popularity when the "Tunnel of Fudge" recipe won 2nd at the 1966 Pillsbury Bake-Off?
Bundt pan
What two dance names are represented in the international radio alphabet that begins "Alpha, Bravo, Charlie"?
Foxtrot and Tango
Making a comeback in the U.S., the blood-sucking "Cimex lectularius" is an insect better known by what name?
After reading the 2004 memoirs of his mom, Gloira Vanderbilt, what TV newsman lamented that her sex life was more interesting that his?
Anderson Cooper
Methane in Neptune’s atmosphere makes the plant appear what color when viewed through a telescope?
The famous Woodstock music festival was staged in 1969 in what small New York town?
In 1981, President Reagan was shot minutes after delivering an address to members of what well-known organization?
Known for their comfy sandals, the Birkenstock family started making footwear in 1774 in what country?
What TV personality's interviews end with questions borrowed from French talk show host Bernard Pivot?
James Lipton
Written in 1877 the children’s piano piece Chopsticks usually classified as what type of dance?
What was the outcome of the historic 1804 duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton?
Hamilton was killed
Endurance athletes load up on carbs before a race primarily so their muscles can store up what?
Which of these countries borders a total of five seas: the Adriatic, Ionian, Ligurian, Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean?
Developed by Dr. Richard Ferber, "Ferberizing" is a popular albeit controversial method for teaching babies to do what?
Go to sleep
With United flight 869, US commercial flights resumed to what country in 2004 after a break of 29 years?
In the movie "Steel Magnolias," what are the two official colors of Shelby's very pink wedding?
Blush and bashful
The island of Elba, where Napoleon Bonaparte went into exile, has belonged to what nation since 1861?
Once known as the "Tears of St. Lawrence," the Perseid meteor shower is visible from Earth during which of these months?
Who was emperor of Rome when the year turned from 1 BC to 1 AD?
Saying it would be "the biggest flop" in history, Gary Cooper turned down a lead role in what movie?
Gone With The Wind
The seam-like joints between the bones of the skull are called what?
Identified in 2005 as "Deep Throat," W. Mark Felt was formerly the second-in-command at what U.S. agency?
Which of the following is not the name of an island nation located in the Caribbean Sea?
Suriname and Guyana
In 2003, what U.S. state allowed a couple to marry by video link because the groom, an astronaut, was in space?
What famous novel takes place over the course of a single day, June 16,1904?
According to her website which of these novels is Oprah’s favorite of all time?
To Kill a Mockingbird
In 2005, Martha Stewart’s house arrest was extended after reports of her participation in what taboo activity?
Attending yoga class
The alamo, which lends its name to the famous San Antonio battle site, is what type of tree?
The vestibular system, which sends impulses to the brain, primarily controls a human's sense of what?
What southern capital, once known as "Terminus," was built on one end of the Western and Atlantic Railroad?
In 2005, Britain's Prince William graduated from prestigious St. Andrews University with a degree in what subject?
On a kitchen knife, what is the term for the point at which the blade meets the handle?
Which of these states has only one member in the House of Representatives?

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