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Why do we say “close but no cigar”?

Why do we say “close but no cigar”?

Why is October the 10th month of the year not the 8th?

Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?

Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?

Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

Kramer's name on Seinfeld wasn't originally Kramer. What was it?

Kessler

Kramer’s name on Seinfeld wasn’t originally Kramer. What was it?

Kramer’s name on Seinfeld wasn’t originally Kramer. What was it?

What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Why do we say “beforehand” but not “afterhand”?

Is the name Xmas a secular creation?

Is the name Xmas a secular creation?

What is Yule?

Why are non-drinkers called teetotalers?

Why are non-drinkers called teetotalers?

Why does Tim Hortons restaurant have no apostrophe?

Quebec language laws.

Why does Tim Hortons restaurant have no apostrophe?

Why does Tim Hortons restaurant have no apostrophe?

Where is Old Zealand?

Where is Old Zealand?

What’s the difference between a possum and an opossum?

What’s the difference between a possum and an opossum?

Why do kids “trick or treat” on Halloween?

Why do kids “trick or treat” on Halloween?

What is a nibling?

What is a nibling?

Why do we go to hell “in a handbasket”?

Why do we go to hell “in a handbasket”?

An interrobang‽ What the what‽

An interrobang‽ What the what‽

How many volumes would Wikipedia fill in print?

How many volumes would Wikipedia fill in print?

Why isn’t there a cartoon “sailor man” in Popeyes restaurant marketing?

Why isn’t there a cartoon “sailor man” in Popeyes restaurant marketing?

Why does February have 28 days?

What’s the difference between obliged and obligated?

What is a semordnilap?

What is the origin of the word defenestration?

What is the origin of the word defenestration?

Why can’t you own a single Guinea Pig in Switzerland?

Who was Jethro Tull?

Who was Jethro Tull?

If you buy 1 million Lotto Max tickets, what are your odds of winning?

3% or about 1 in 33.

If you buy 1 million Lotto Max tickets, what are your odds of winning?

If you buy 1 million Lotto Max tickets, what are your odds of winning?

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

You do now!

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

What is the tallest mountain on earth?

What is the tallest mountain on earth?

Why isn’t it the Toronto Maple Leaves?

What was the longest war in history?

What was the longest war in history?

If you skydive in the rain, which side of you gets wet?

If you skydive in the rain, which side of you gets wet?

What does a blobfish look like?

What does a blobfish look like?

What is a wisdom biscuit?

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

Do non-human animals get cavities?

What’s the difference between a ship and a boat?

What’s the difference between a ship and a boat?

In how many films did Michael Douglas play Batman?

Two… Sort of.

In how many films did Michael Douglas play Batman?

In how many films did Michael Douglas play Batman?

What is Wi-Fi short for?

What is Wi-Fi short for?

Where does the word quarantine come from?

How big is a cubit?

How big is a cubit?

What is “eye of newt”?

What is “eye of newt”?

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

Which is correct – “octopuses”, “octopi” or something else?

Which is correct – “octopuses”, “octopi” or something else?

Why did Gene Roddenberry write lyrics to the Star Trek theme then not use them?

Why did Gene Roddenberry write lyrics to the Star Trek theme then not use them?

Why does the CDC want you to hum Happy Birthday – twice?

Why does the CDC want you to hum Happy Birthday – twice?

Are redheads going extinct?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

Why is the same side of the moon always facing earth?

Why is the same side of the moon always facing earth?

How many senses do humans have?

How many senses do humans have?

What state is home to Springfield from The Simpsons?

What state is home to Springfield from The Simpsons?

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

When is a word opposite of itself?

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Yes

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

What Canadian political party famously vowed to repeal the law of gravity?

What Canadian political party famously vowed to repeal the law of gravity?

When was the longest year in history?

When was the longest year in history?

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

Hindi.

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

How does an exception prove a rule?

What was the last letter added to the alphabet?

J

What was the last letter added to the alphabet?

Why do we say “big brown dog” instead of “brown big dog”?

Why are poppies the symbol of Remembrance Day!

Why are poppies the symbol of Remembrance Day!

Was Colonel Sanders a real colonel?

Was Colonel Sanders a real colonel?

What is an “REO Speedwagon”?

What is an “REO Speedwagon”?

What’s the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard?

What does “Auld Lang Syne” mean?

What percentage of the human body is made up of other organisms?

Which is correct, down the pike or down the pipe?

Down the pike.

Which is correct, down the pike or down the pipe?

Why isn’t ATM an acronym?

Which came first, flammable or inflammable?

Which came first, flammable or inflammable?

On which film is Airplane! based?

Zero Hour!

On which film is Airplane! based?

On which film is Airplane! based?

What do they call Danish pastries in Denmark?

When was the first known use of OMG?

1917 in a letter to Winston Churchill

When was the first known use of OMG?

When was the first known use of OMG?

Why is a big purple vegetable called an eggplant?

Why is a big purple vegetable called an eggplant?

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

What’s the difference between cream, lotion, and ointment?

What’s the difference between cream, lotion, and ointment?

What average speed is required in order to go Around the World in 80 Days?

21 kph (13 mph)

What average speed is required in order to go Around the World in 80 Days?

What average speed is required in order to go Around the World in 80 Days?

What’s the difference between jail, prison, and penitentiary?

What’s the difference between jail, prison, and penitentiary?

Which orange was named first, the fruit or the colour?

Fruit was first.

Which orange was named first, the fruit or the colour?

Which orange was named first, the fruit or the colour?

Do sharks die if they stop moving?

Do sharks die if they stop moving?

What is the horsepower of one horse?

As much as 15 HP

What is the horsepower of one horse?

What is the horsepower of one horse?

On which continent would you find Hawaii?

On which continent would you find Hawaii?

What is a quokka?

What is a quokka?

Which was named first, Pluto the dog or Pluto the planet?

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

When and where was the fastest recorded temperature change?

When and where was the fastest recorded temperature change?

Which came first – the Chicken McNugget or the Egg McMuffin?

Which came first – the Chicken McNugget or the Egg McMuffin?

Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

Are there any areas of unclaimed land left on earth?

Which came first – the electric car or the gasoline car?

Why do we say soccer instead of football in North America?

Is it "The" Ukraine or just Ukraine?

Just Ukraine.

Is it “The” Ukraine or just Ukraine?

Is it “The” Ukraine or just Ukraine?

What is an LA “Dodger”?

What is an LA “Dodger”?

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

He’s named after a 19th century German composer.

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

Which came first – American or Canadian Thanksgiving?

Is “combobulated” a word?

Why are Wham-o flying discs called Frisbees?

Why are Wham-o flying discs called Frisbees?

What are the Seven Seas?

What is a camelopard?

What is a camelopard?

What is a fatal dose of bananas?

What is a fatal dose of bananas?

Which came first – chess or checkers?

What was the name of The Beatles’ white album?

Who’s idea was it to put pineapple on pizza?

Who’s idea was it to put pineapple on pizza?

Which planet was originally known as "George"?

Uranus

Which planet was originally known as “George”?

How ‘deep’ is 20,000 leagues?

How ‘deep’ is 20,000 leagues?

Do partridges live in pear trees?

Do partridges live in pear trees?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

How much is a butt-load?

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

How deep would the dimples be if the earth was a golf ball?

How deep would the dimples be if the earth was a golf ball?

What connects Stanley Kubrick, JRR Tolkien, and The Beatles?

What is the origin of Groundhog Day?

What is the origin of Groundhog Day?

What state of matter is Jell-O in?

What state of matter is Jell-O in?

What’s the air pressure inside a commercial aircraft?

What’s the air pressure inside a commercial aircraft?

How far was Willie Mays from home plate when he made “The Catch”?

How far was Willie Mays from home plate when he made “The Catch”?

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

What is a poop deck?

What is a poop deck?

Which “second” came first, the unit of time or the place following first?

What is a single strand of spaghetti called?

A spaghetto

What is a single strand of spaghetti called?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

What’s the difference between a meteor and an asteroid?

What’s the difference between a meteor and an asteroid?

Do you have an idea for a Wisdom Biscuit?

Do you have an idea for a Wisdom Biscuit?

What is the volume of a “ten gallon” hat?

What is the volume of a “ten gallon” hat?

Where did the song Mahna Mahna make its debut?

Where did the song Mahna Mahna make its debut?

How do viruses jump from animals to humans?

What are close encounters of the first and second kind?

Is a scientific theory less certain than a scientific law?

What is a Pittsburgh Pirate?

What is a Pittsburgh Pirate?

What is brimstone?

Sulphur

What is brimstone?

What is brimstone?

Why did a Peppa Pig episode get banned in Australia?

Why did a Peppa Pig episode get banned in Australia?

Which came first, the word “crap” or Thomas Crapper’s toilet innovations?

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

What is the highest-scoring Scrabble word?

What is the highest-scoring Scrabble word?

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

They can’t.

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

Is Sodium Pentothal real and is it actually a truth serum?

Is Sodium Pentothal real and is it actually a truth serum?

Why drop a ball at midnight on New Year’s Eve?

Why drop a ball at midnight on New Year’s Eve?

How long is an eon?

What’s the difference between poison and venom?

What’s the difference between poison and venom?

Why do some refer to Toronto as the 6ix?

Why do some refer to Toronto as the 6ix?

What colour is neon light?

What colour is neon light?