# What does "konichiwa" mean?

The Japanese word "konichiwa" is used in casual conversation as a greeting like "hello," but depending on context, it could mean "good afternoon" or "good day." It literally translates to "today," but is regularly used as a greeting.

# Professional athletes are some of the most famous people in the world. What country does Cristiano Ronaldo play football for?

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese footballer who has played for Italian club Juventus, Spanish club Real Madrid and U.K. club Manchester United, where the world was introduced to his ridiculous talent. He plays world competitions for Portugal.

# The Sistine Chapel is located in one of the most visited cities on the planet. Where is it?

The Sistine Chapel is located in Vatican City, which is the smallest and least populous country in the world with less than 1,000 citizens. The country is located within Rome's city limits and is home to the pope. The Sistine Chapel is the official residence of the pope.

# Someone born between 1981 and 1996 is known as a what?

Millennials are the generation of people who came of age during the turn of the millennium and are commonly specified as those born between 1981 and 1996. The generation born before Millennials is known as Generation X, and those born after are members of Generation Z.

# There are more than 4 billion Internet users on the planet. What is the No. 1 search engine in the world?

According to the Alexa Global Rankings, Google is not only the most trafficked search engine in the world but also the most trafficked website in the world. The second most trafficked website in the world is YouTube, which is also owned by Google.

# How much money does one quarter, two dimes, three nickels and four pennies equal?

A quarter is worth 25 cents, a dime is 10 cents, a nickel is five cents and a penny is one cent, so to solve this problem you need to add 25 + 20 + 15 + 4, which equals 64. If you have this array of coins in your pocket, you have \$0.64.

# Complete the famous quote: "To be, or not to be, ________"

This famous line comes from Shakespeare's "Hamlet," wherein Prince Hamlet delivers one of the most famous soliloquies in literature. In the scene, the prince contemplates life, unfairness, death and suicide.

# There are at least 195 countries on Earth. What is the largest country in the world?

The five largest countries on the planet are Russia, Canada, China, America and Brazil. Russia spans two continents and accounts for more than 10% of all of Earth's land mass. Its European portion would be the largest country in Europe, and its Asian portion would be the largest country in Asia.

# Which of these governing documents was written first?

The Magna Carta was published in Latin in 1215 and was one of the earliest governing documents of the common era. The charter was agreed upon by the King of England in an attempt to make peace with popular rebels.

# Earth is filled with thousands of languages. How do you say "goodbye" in Spanish?

Please, thank you, hello and goodbye are some of the first words you should learn when visiting a foreign country or learning a new language, and the Spanish word for goodbye is adios. The Italian word is addio, and the French phrase is au revoir.

# Heads of state vary from country to country and time period to time period. What were Ancient Egyptian rulers called?

Ancient Egyptian pharaohs ruled Egypt for about 3,000 years from 3000 BC to 30 BC when Ancient Romans conquered the area. Ramses II is commonly regarded as the most successful Ancient Egyptian pharaoh and ruled for 66 years.

# Facebook changed the world when it was created in 2004. Who is the founder of Facebook?

Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in his Harvard dorm room in 2004, but the social network was only available to Harvard students at the time. It eventually opened up to other Ivy League schools, then to other schools, then took over the world.

# The 250th anniversary of America is right around the corner. What was the first permanent settlement in America?

Jamestown, Virginia was settled in 1607 and became the first permanent establishment in America. Roanoke Island was settled 20 years earlier in 1585, but the settlement didn't last and completely vanished after just a few years.

# What is the name of the square piece of fabric men carry around to blow their nose or wipe their face?

A kerchief is a piece of cloth that resembles a bandanna and is used as a head wrap or scarf. A handkerchief is a smaller version that can be thinly folded and carried in hand or pocket and is usually used these days as a style statement.

# Apple is known for popular products like the iPad, the iMac and iTunes. What year was the Apple iPhone released?

Steve Jobs dedicated his life to designing and launching the iPhone, and in 2007 his dream came to fruition. The smartphone was about a decade ahead of its time and revolutionized the industry. More than 1 billion iPhones have been sold since its release.

# In what state do the New England Patriots play?

The New England Patriots represent the six states of New England and have fans all over the region, but the team plays out of Foxborough, Massachusetts where its stadium is located. The team has been to 11 Super Bowls, which is more than any other team.

# It is a good idea to ________ down after a long day of work.

People lie down. People lay things down. The words "lie" and "lay" are two of the most commonly mixed-up words in the English language. The word "lay" requires a direct object and the word "lie" doesn't.

# Halle Berry became the first African American woman to win the Best Actress Oscar for what movie?

Halle Berry became the first and only African American woman to win the Best Actress Oscar in 2001 for her work in "Monster's Ball." The award was introduced in 1929 and has been given to 76 actors since.

# What is the day after today called?

The day after today is called tomorrow, and tomorrow is one of the most misspelled words in English. The word "morrow" actually means "the following day," so if you just split "tomorrow" into "to" and "morrow," you might remember the spelling.

# It is American custom to tip food servers at least 15% of a food bill. What is 15% of 160?

If you want to find 15% of 160 you should first find 10%, which is 16, and then find 5%, which is half of 16. Then take 5% (8) and add it to 10% (16) and you'll find 15% of any number your heart desires. In this case, 15% of 160 is 24.

# Who was the 16th President of the United States?

Abraham Lincoln became President of the United States in 1861 and the Confederate States seceded from the Union almost immediately after. The Civil War lasted the entirety of his presidency from 1861 - 1865, and he was assassinated at the start of his second term.

# More Americans died in the American Civil War than almost all other conflicts combined. What year did the American Civil War end?

The American Civil War ended on April 9, 1865, when commander of the Confederate forces Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union general Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia. The country entered the period of Reconstruction shortly after.

# The two major number systems in the world are Arabic and Roman numerals. What is the Roman numeral for 27?

The Roman numeral system only has seven characters, and the most common ones are 1 (I), 5 (V) and 10 (X). All numbers under 50 can be represented with those three characters, and the expression for 27 is XXVII. The Roman numeral for 50 is L, and the numeral for 100 is C.

# The 2000 U.S. Presidential Election came down to 537 votes. Who did George W. Bush defeat to become the 43rd President?

The 2000 Presidential Election was held in November, but the votes weren't finally tallied until the second week of December. The U.S. Supreme Court was forced to get involved and stop recounting efforts. George W. Bush won Florida by just 537 votes.

# What is another word for graveyard?

This is a tricky word to spell because it seems like there should be a letter a in there somewhere, but there isn't. The easiest way to remember the spelling of this word is to remember it is spelled with three e's and a c.

# What state is home to the Golden State Warriors, San Diego Padres and Oakland Raiders?

North America is home to countless professional sports teams, and California is flooded with them. The NBA alone hosts the LA Clippers, the LA Lakers, the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors in the state. The Padres play baseball and the Raiders play in the NFL.

# In 2006, Pluto got downgraded and left just eight planets in our solar system. What is the largest planet in the solar system?

Jupiter is gigantic and is more than double the size of all the other planets combined and has 79 known moons. It takes more than 11 Earth years for Jupiter to orbit the Sun, but it takes less than 10 hours for the planet to complete one rotation on its axis, whereas Earth takes 24 hours.

# What is the name of the fictional girl who followed a white rabbit to Wonderland?

"Alice in Wonderland" was written by Lewis Carroll and published in 1865. The adventure follows a little girl named Alice who chases a white rabbit down a rabbit hole and ends up in the mysterious world of Wonderland.

# What is the capital of South Africa?

South Africa is a country on the southern tip of Africa and has a population of 57 million citizens. There are 11 official languages in the country and three capitals. Cape Town is the legislative capital, but Pretoria is the executive capital.

# There are more than 6,500 languages spoken on Earth. What does "arrivederci" mean?

Arrivederci roughly translates to "until we meet again" and is used as an Italian farewell to say "see you later." It is more common to say "ciao," which can be used as a greeting and a farewell in the language, but if you want to try something different, this can work.

# In what region of the Americas are the Bahamas, Cuba and Jamaica located?

More than 43 million people live across 30 territories scattered across the Caribbean Sea. The easiest way to remember the spelling of Caribbean is to break it down into two words: Carib and bean and remember it is spelled with one letter r.

# The 21st century saw an explosion in digital property and e-commerce. Who is the founder of Amazon?

Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994 and the website originally specialized in book sales. Its inventory eventually grew to include everything and today it is one of the largest retailers in the world. Bezos is worth \$150 billion.

# The NBA was founded in New York City in 1946. What team did Kobe and Shaq win three championships with?

Kobe was drafted directly out of high school 13th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft and played his entire 20-year career with the LA Lakers. Shaq and Kobe won three championships from 2000 to 2002 under head coach Phil Jackson.

# What year did George Washington become the first president of the United States?

George Washington was the first president of the United States and he assumed office from 1789 to 1797. Although term limits weren't defined in the U.S. Constitution until 1951, he chose not to pursue a third term. He also established the practice of creating a Presidential Cabinet.

# The planet is covered with all types of geographical features. What is the longest river in the world?

The Nile River runs north for more than 4,100 miles from Tanzania to northern Egypt. It is the main source of water for Egypt and Sudan and is commonly recognized as the longest river in the world, although Brazilian officials say the Amazon River is longer.

# There are 23 official languages in the European Union. How do you say "good day" in French?

The French greeting for good day is bonjour, which can also be used to say hello. It's a general greeting that is recognized almost everywhere in the world. It can also be used to say hello, good morning, good afternoon or good evening, but never goodbye.

# The polar regions of Earth are the coldest areas on the planet. What is the northernmost region of Earth called?

The Arctic and Antarctic are polar opposites of Earth. The Arctic is at the top and the Antarctic is at the bottom. The Antarctic contains the continent Antarctica and the Arctic is a region that consists of the Arctic Ocean and surrounding areas.

# It takes just seconds to send a message around the world. What is the most popular messaging app in the world?

More than 1.6 billion people access WhatsApp on a monthly basis, and the second most used messaging app is Facebook Messenger with about 1.3 billion users. Both apps are owned by Facebook. Skype and Snapchat count about 300 million monthly users each.

# Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947 when he started at first base for what team?

Jackie Robinson played for The Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1956 and was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1962. In 1997 the MLB retired his number (42) league-wide, and in 2004 April 15th was designated Jackie Robinson Day. Every player playing that day wears the No. 42 jersey.

# In what decade did "The Great Gatsby" take place?

F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic tale about Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan and Nick Carraway took place in the summer of 1922 in a fictional Long Island town. Although the novel is considered literary canon today, it didn't initially sell and garnered mediocre reviews upon its release.

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