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Seriously Nitpicky Pedantry Quiz
by Staff
You know the type: Every time you say something they feel the need to offer a slight correction, which usually begins, "well, actually ..." Brace yourself — our quiz definitely sweats the small stuff, but we'll try not to be too annoying about it.

How many senses do humans have?

  • five
  • 10
  • 20

Why do bulls run at matadors?

  • They hate red.
  • They react to the movement of the cloth.
  • They don't like men.

What do bananas grow on?

  • herbs
  • ferns
  • trees

Which did George Washington Carver do?

  • invented peanut butter
  • improved the peanut butter production process
  • discovered hundreds of uses for peanuts

What is a black hole?

  • a literal hole in the fabric of space
  • an extremely dense region in space
  • a toiletlike swirl found around a comet

Evolution is a "theory," which means …

  • It's a generally accepted explanation that's stood up to extensive scientific testing.
  • There's very little evidence to support it.
  • It's a wild guess.

According to the Bible, how many wise men visited baby Jesus?

  • three
  • seven
  • It doesn't say.

Napoleon's height was …

  • short
  • average
  • tall

True or false: Jesus was born on Dec. 25.

  • true
  • false

Who codified the rules of baseball?

  • Yogi Berra
  • Abner Doubleday
  • Alexander Joy Cartwright

Who was the first European to step foot in North America?

  • Leif Eriksson
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Amerigo Vespucci

George Washington's teeth were made of …

  • wood
  • ivory
  • rocks

On what day did the United States Continental Congress vote for independence from Britain?

  • July 2, 1776
  • July 4, 1776
  • Aug. 2, 1776

True or false: There is a red telephone for urgent communication between Washington and Moscow.

  • true
  • false

What is the main source of heat when an object re-enters Earth's atmosphere?

  • compression of the atmosphere in front of the object
  • friction
  • chemical reactions between the object and the atmosphere

What happens when you cut an earthworm in half?

  • This is a death sentence for all species.
  • In some species the front half will survive.
  • Both halves survive.

Shaving can cause hair to grow back …

  • thicker
  • wider
  • darker

What effect does vitamin C have on a cold?

  • cures the cold
  • lessens the severity of the cold
  • shorten the duration of the cold

What causes tetanus?

  • metal
  • bacteria
  • rust

Which did Thomas Edison do?

  • invent the first practical light bulb
  • invent the light bulb
  • perfect the light bulb

True or false: Earth revolves around the sun.

  • true
  • false

Which did Al Gore do?

  • invent the internet
  • drafted legislation to encourage the development of the internet
  • founded an internet company

What color is the sun?

  • orange
  • yellow
  • white

Who was the first person to circumnavigate the globe by boat?

  • Juan Sebastian Elcano
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Ferdinand Magellan

How long is a year?

  • 364 days
  • 365 days
  • 365.256 days

Which is the tallest mountain from base to peak?

  • Mount Everest
  • Mauna Kea
  • Chimborazo

How would you classify a string bean?

  • vegetable
  • fruit
  • legume

How would you classify a peanut?

  • legume
  • seed
  • nut

What is coffee made from?

  • bean
  • nut
  • seed

Which did Henry Ford do?

  • invent the automobile
  • invent the assembly line
  • improve the assembly line