Ever hear of the Dunning-Kruger effect? This phenomenon, named for a psychological study and the professor and graduate student who devised it, essentially says that everyone thinks they're above average. We're all above-average drivers, above-average cooks, above-average at math. And a lot of us, let's face it, probably have this feeling about our knowledge base. Hey, we're no dummies; we know a good bit about geography, about science, about history. It's only when we're put to the test that we see where the gaps are.
In what Latin American country is the capital city of Belmopan? Which musical instrument used to be called a sackbut? How many prefectures does Japan have? Okay, we're not going to ask you questions quite as hard as those, but we've designed a quiz that'll test you on a little bit of everything: movies, history, geography, astronomy and more. Granted, a lot of these facts aren't going to be useful in everyday life. But, hey, we're overdue for a big, prime time quiz show like "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Admit it - it'd be pretty cool to be up there competing your fellow trivia buffs. Or maybe you just want to excel at pub trivia.
Whichever the case, get ready to put your trivia chops to the test.( And if you're curious, the answers to the questions above are Belize, the trombone, and 47!)
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