Can You Finish This General Knowledge Quiz Without Using More Than 5 Hints?
By: Jonnathan Chadwick
The Mississippi River is the longest in the country. How many states does it touch?
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The Mississippi River begins at Lake Itasca in Minnesota and runs all the way through Louisiana and into the Gulf of Mexico. It touches eight other states on its path and is commonly recognized as the longest river in America.
Some of the most popular people in the world are fictional characters like Harry Potter, who was created by which of these authors?
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J.K. Rowling couldn't have predicted Harry Potter would take the world by storm the way he did. She first thought of the character in the early 1990s and spent the better part of the decade crafting his story.
What element is atomic no. 1 on the Periodic Table of Elements?
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Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe but not the most abundant element on Earth. It's so light that Earth's gravitational pull can't keep it on the planet, but when it's able to bond to oxygen, it creates water, which covers about 75% of the planet.
Earth has withstood at least five mass extinctions since its creation. When did the dinosaurs die?
The dinosaurs went extinct in one of the worst mass extinctions the Earth has ever seen. About 75% of all species went extinct, including all species of land dinosaurs. It was the last mass extinction on Earth.
Some of the most famous people in the world are inventors like Albert Einstein, who was born in what year?
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The smartest minds in math and science have always tried to explain the most complex topics in the most absurdly simple terms. Newton explained the force of gravity with three letters, and Einstein explained nuclear fusion with "E = mc2," which is probably the most famous equation in the world.
What team did Kobe Bryant play for?
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Kobe Bryant is one of just two NBA players to have played at least 20 NBA seasons with the same team. He spent his entire career in LA. The only other player to do so is Dirk Nowitzki, who spent his whole career with the Dallas Mavericks.
Can you name this artist known for his songs "One Love" and "Jamming"?
Bob Marley was one of the most famous musicians of all time and was undoubtedly the most famous reggae musician in the world. His song "One Love" was named the "Song of the Millennium" by the BBC, and he's one of the highest-earning artists of all time.
Do you know this movie about a shark that terrorizes a New England Beach town?
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Steven Spielberg burst onto the scene with this horror epic that was revolutionary for its mechanical shark in the pre-CGI days of film. It was just his second feature film not made for TV, and he followed it up with classics like "E.T." and "Indiana Jones."
We see thousands of advertisements every day. Do you know this brand logo?
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With billions of accounts around the world, Facebook is one of the most influential companies on the planet. The social networking giant also owns Instagram and WhatsApp and is even creating its own digital currency.
Everybody can name their favorite cartoon character. Do you know who created Mickey Mouse?
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Mickey Mouse is one of the first characters Walt Disney created back in 1928. Today Mickey serves as the mascot of the Walt Disney Company, and he's one of the most famous fictional characters in the world.
What's the chemical formula for water?
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One thing that stops hydrogen from escaping Earth's gravity is oxygen. Hydrogen that's escaping Earth can bind to an oxygen molecule and get stuck, and when two of them bind to one oxygen molecule, it creates water, which is H2O.
One of the most famous disasters of the 20th century was the sinking of the Titanic. What year did it happen?
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The Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 1912. It then spent the next two hours sinking and was at the bottom of the ocean on April 15, 1912. More than 2,200 people were aboard the ship and 1,500 people died when it sank.
Four U.S. presidents have been assassinated when in office. What day was President JFK assassinated?
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John F. Kennedy was the last U.S. president to be assassinated in office, but the fourth overall. Five years after his assassination, his brother, Robert, and Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated. The decade ended with Americans walking on the moon.
Can you name this guy who won six NBA championships in the 1990s?
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Michael Jordan is considered the greatest basketball player of all time and deservedly so. He three-peated twice, and he very possibly would've won eight NBA championships in a row if he didn't retire and play baseball.
Who is this mega star who has sold 300 million albums worldwide?
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Madonna burst onto the music scene in the '80s and is the best selling female musician of all time. She was known for her provocative image, and she consistently bucked the status quo throughout her career.
What's the name of this WWII romance set between France and Morocco?
Even if you've never seen a black and white movie in your life, you've probably heard of this movie about Rick Blaine, his little bar in Casablanca, the piano player named Sam and that one time he spent in Paris.
There is no food on Earth like American fast food. Do you know what fast-food joint uses this logo?
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The McDonald's golden arches are recognized around the world and are one of the greatest logos ever. They're frequently constructed high above highways and roads to be seen for miles and pull in drivers from all directions.
Superman is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Do you know when he was invented?
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Superman first appeared in "Action Comics" No. 1 in 1938, and he was written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Joe Shuster. A mint-condition copy of the comic sold for more than $3 million in an eBay auction in 2014.
What is the Earth's atmosphere mostly made of?
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Earth's atmosphere is almost 80% nitrogen and about 20% oxygen with trace amounts of a few other elements. Scientists have spent years trying to figure out where nitrogen on Earth comes from, but we do know it's different than nitrogen that comes from the Sun or comets.
Today's astronauts are like 15th-century explorers. When did man first walk on the moon?
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American astronauts left for the moon on July 16, 1969, and landed on July 24, 1969. It was seven years after President JFK gave his "We Choose to Go to the Moon" speech. The first human-made object landed on the moon 10 years earlier.
What year did Joan of Arc die?
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Joan of Arc was famously accused of heresy and cross-dressing and burnt at the stake in 1431. After she was executed, she was burnt again and then again, but her legacy has lived on. Today she is one of the most well-known figures from medieval times.
Can you name this footballer who is the most followed person on Instagram?
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Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo are the only three non-Americans in the top 10 most followed Instagram users. The most-followed account is Instagram itself, but after that, it's Ronaldo. Messi and Neymar round out the top 10.
Do you know this rapper from Michigan who is the best selling rapper of all time?
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Eminem has sold more than 220 million albums across the world, making him the best selling rapper by far. Kanye sits in second place with a bit more than 130 million albums sold, and legends like Jay-Z and Tupac barely break 100 million sold.
Can you name this horror classic where a family becomes snowbound in a haunted hotel?
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Stephen King wasn't too happy with Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of this horror classic, but the movie has gone down in history as a classic. Kubrick was insistent on changing minor details in an attempt to make the story his and King didn't take too fondly to that.
What brand uses this logo?
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Everybody agrees that Steve Jobs came up with the name "Apple," but how exactly he thought of it is anyone's guess. According to him, he was on a fruit diet and liked apples. Nevertheless, the company and the logo is one of the most famous around the world.
Do you know the American author who created Atticus Finch?
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"To Kill a Mockingbird" sits at the pinnacle of school literature in America. It is middle school literary canon. It was written by Harper Lee, and the character of Atticus Finch was introduced to the country in 1960.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was U.S. president during WWII. Who was president during WWI?
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Everyone can remember FDR dropped an atomic bomb during WWII, but nobody remembers what the U.S. did during WWI. The country was led by Woodrow Wilson and remained neutral until 1917 when it declared war on Germany.
More than 10,000 battles were fought during the American Civil War. Do you know when the war started?
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The first battle of the Civil War took place in 1861 at the Battle of Fort Sumter. Fort Sumter had been a hotbed for activity for the entire year. On April 12, 1861, Confederate forces spent about 30 hours bombarding Union forces, forcing them to eventually surrender and the Confederates took over the area, starting the war.
When was Helen Keller born?
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Helen Keller was born in 1880, and despite the illness that left her blind and deaf, she lived until the age of 88. Most people learned of her struggle and triumph from her autobiography. The story went on to become the award-winning play and film, "The Miracle Worker."
Can you name this Olympian who has 28 gold medals?
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Michael Phelps has more medals than any other Olympic athlete. He has 23 gold medals, three silvers and two bronzes. His first Olympic games were the Millennial Games in Sydney, but he didn't win his first medal until four years later in Athens.
Do you know this singer and actress who amassed more than 400 awards in her career?
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Whitney Houston was known for being able to hit some of the highest notes in all of the music industry, and she's famous for several stand-alone performances like her rendition of the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXV in 1991.
What's the name of this film that is one of just three to sweep the Academy Awards?
Only three films have won Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and this is one of them. The most recent to do so was "Silence of the Lambs" in 1992, and the first one was "It Happened One Night" in 1935.
Who knows what the world would look like without this global company. Can you match the brand to the logo?
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AT&T is the largest telecommunications company in the world and deservedly so. It started back in 1885 and was founded by the guy who invented the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell. In today's digital world, AT&T is one of the world's most influential companies.
Before James Bond graced the Silver Screen, he was a character in a novel. Who created him?
James Bond is one of the world's most popular fictional characters, and he was created in 1952 by Ian Fleming, who worked as a spy in real life. Fleming spent more than a decade writing 14 novels which have been adapted countless times.
What day is Martin Luther King Day?
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Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15th, and the earliest day that the third Monday of January can fall on is the 15th. The latest is the 21st. MLK Day happens every year sometime between January 15th and 21st; the third Monday of January.
What was the last battle of the American Revolution?
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American soldiers surrounded British troops at Yorktown for weeks before they finally surrendered. General Lord Cornwallis led British troops, and he surrendered on October 19, 1781, ultimately ending the war.
It is American custom to tip at least 15% at restaurants. What is 15% of $50?
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To find 15% of any number, it's easiest to find 10%, split it in half and then add the two products. To find 15% of $50, just find 10%, which is $5, and then split $5 in half ($2.50) and add them together ($5 + $2.50 = $7.50).
Do you know this tennis superstar who has 23 grand slam titles?
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Serena Williams is just one grand slam title away from tying the record for most grand slams by a tennis player, which is held by Margaret Court. Serena has finished runner-up nine times and is still playing at the top of her game.
Which of the following was never a member of the Fab Four?
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Once upon a time, there were a couple of fifth members of the Beatles named Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe. They played together in Germany under a different name, but the Beatles we know of have always been a fab four.
Do you know this guy who taught the world that life was like a box of chocolates?
The character of Forrest Gump was created by author Winston Groom in the 1986 novel "Forrest Gump," but Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg brought the character to life. His "box of chocolates" quote is one of the famous in cinema history.
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