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Why do we say “close but no cigar”?

Why do we say “close but no cigar”?

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

What do they call French toast in France?

What do they call French toast in France?

Why do kids “trick or treat” on Halloween?

Why do kids “trick or treat” on Halloween?

How many senses do humans have?

How many senses do humans have?

Why does Tim Hortons restaurant have no apostrophe?

Why does Tim Hortons restaurant have no apostrophe?

Who was Chef Boyardee?

Who was Chef Boyardee?

What’s the difference between persons and people?

What’s the difference between persons and people?

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

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

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What is the origin of Groundhog Day?

What is the origin of Groundhog Day?

Is the name Xmas a secular creation?

Is the name Xmas a secular creation?

What is Yule?

What was the longest war in history?

What was the longest war in history?

Where did the song Mahna Mahna make its debut?

Where did the song Mahna Mahna make its debut?

Is a dog’s mouth cleaner than a human’s?

Is a dog’s mouth cleaner than a human’s?

What are close encounters of the first and second kind?

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

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

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

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

Are redheads going extinct?

Why “polka” dots?

Why “polka” dots?

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

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

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

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

How long is a “moment”?

What’s the difference between a frog and a toad?

What’s the difference between a frog and a toad?

Why are non-drinkers called teetotalers?

Why are non-drinkers called teetotalers?

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Do non-human animals get cavities?

What is a ‘fatberg’?

In how many films did Michael Douglas play Batman?

In how many films did Michael Douglas play Batman?

Where does the word quarantine come from?

What is a Pittsburgh Pirate?

What is a Pittsburgh Pirate?

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

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

When to use palate, palette, and pallet?

What is the highest-scoring Scrabble word?

What is the highest-scoring Scrabble word?

What’s the difference between an outlaw, a bandit, and a crook?

What’s the difference between an outlaw, a bandit, and a crook?

What state is home to Springfield from The Simpsons?

What state is home to Springfield from The Simpsons?

When is a word opposite of itself?

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?

What’s the difference between obliged and obligated?

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

Why do we call successful movies blockbusters?

Why do we call successful movies blockbusters?

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Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

What is a single strand of spaghetti called?

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

How ‘deep’ is 20,000 leagues?

How ‘deep’ is 20,000 leagues?

What is “eye of newt”?

What is “eye of newt”?

Was Rolling Stone magazine named after The Rolling Stones?

Was Rolling Stone magazine named after The Rolling Stones?

How did people open cans before can openers were invented?

How did people open cans before can openers were invented?

What is a semordnilap?

Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

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

Where is Old Zealand?

Where is Old Zealand?

How did Def Leppard get their name?

How did Def Leppard get their name?

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

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

Why don’t printers use the primary colours, red, blue, and yellow?

Why don’t printers use the primary colours, red, blue, and yellow?

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Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

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

What is the name of Frankenstein’s monster?

What is the name of Frankenstein’s monster?

What is the horsepower of one horse?

What is the horsepower of one horse?

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

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

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

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?

Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?

How did Lynyrd Skynyrd get their name?

How did Lynyrd Skynyrd get their name?

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?

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

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?

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

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

Does the medical symbol have one snake or two?

Does the medical symbol have one snake or two?

Why do dump trucks say “do not push” on the back?

Why do dump trucks say “do not push” on the back?

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Who’s older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan?

Who’s older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan?

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

Why do we say “Bob’s your uncle?”

Why do we say “Bob’s your uncle?”

Do sharks die if they stop moving?

Do sharks die if they stop moving?

Why is there no E grade?

Why is there no E grade?

How much is a butt-load?

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

What was the last letter added to the alphabet?

What is an “REO Speedwagon”?

What is an “REO Speedwagon”?

Why is the fall season also called autumn?

Why is the fall season also called autumn?

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

When and where was the fastest recorded temperature change?

When and where was the fastest recorded temperature change?

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

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?

How does an exception prove a rule?

Is there such a thing as a single shenanigan?

Is there such a thing as a single shenanigan?

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Which came first – American or Canadian Thanksgiving?

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

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

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

What is a fatal dose of bananas?

What is a fatal dose of bananas?

Which came first – chess or checkers?

What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Which “duck” came first: The action or the aquatic bird?

Which “duck” came first: The action or the aquatic bird?

Is it “chomping at the bit” or “champing at the bit”?

Is it “chomping at the bit” or “champing at the bit”?

On which film is Airplane! based?

On which film is Airplane! based?

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

What does a blobfish look like?

What does a blobfish look like?

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 Chevy Chase’s real name?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

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

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

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Why isn’t ATM an acronym?

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

Which came first, flammable or inflammable?

Which came first, flammable or inflammable?

What is the origin of the word defenestration?

What is the origin of the word defenestration?

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

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

What US states are Gotham and Metropolis in?

What US states are Gotham and Metropolis in?

Why isn’t it the Toronto Maple Leaves?

Why isn’t it the Toronto Maple Leaves?

Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?

Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?

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 is Wi-Fi short for?

What is Wi-Fi short for?

Why is a big purple vegetable called an eggplant?

Why is a big purple vegetable called an eggplant?

When does “literally” really mean “figuratively”?

Was Sputnik the first man-made object in space?

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

Why did a Peppa Pig episode get banned in Australia?

Why did a Peppa Pig episode get banned in Australia?

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

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

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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?

Why do bullfighters use red capes?

Why do bullfighters use red capes?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

What is a quokka?

What is a quokka?

What state of matter is Jell-O in?

What state of matter is Jell-O in?

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

What is the tallest mountain on earth?

What is the tallest mountain on earth?

When was the first known use of OMG?

When was the first known use of OMG?

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

What is an LA “Dodger”?

What is an LA “Dodger”?

What is zero to the power of zero?

What is zero to the power of zero?

Why do we get wisdom teeth?

Why do we get wisdom teeth?

Why are Wham-o flying discs called Frisbees?

Why are Wham-o flying discs called Frisbees?

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

What was the name of The Beatles’ white album?

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

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

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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 is a poop deck?

What is a poop deck?

Are there any areas of unclaimed land left on earth?

Is it “The” Ukraine or just Ukraine?

Is it “The” Ukraine or just Ukraine?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

Why is Kansas City located in Missouri?

What’s the difference between an idiot, an imbecile, and a moron?

What’s the difference between an idiot, an imbecile, and a moron?

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

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

On which continent would you find Hawaii?

On which continent would you find Hawaii?

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

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

Why does February have 28 days?

Do partridges live in pear trees?

Do partridges live in pear trees?

What does “Auld Lang Syne” mean?

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 is a wisdom biscuit?

What are the Seven Seas?

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What is a camelopard?

What is a camelopard?

What is a nibling?

What is a nibling?

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

What do they call Danish pastries in Denmark?

Is “combobulated” a word?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

What is Michael J. Fox’s middle name?

What is Michael J. Fox’s middle name?

What’s the difference between poison and venom?

What’s the difference between poison and venom?

Who was Jethro Tull?

Who was Jethro Tull?

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

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

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

Which planet was originally known as “George”?

How big is a cubit?

How big is a cubit?

Is there “zero-gravity” in space?

Is there “zero-gravity” in space?

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

Do you have an idea for a Wisdom Biscuit?

Do you have an idea for a Wisdom Biscuit?

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

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

How do viruses jump from animals to humans?

Is a scientific theory less certain than a scientific law?

What is brimstone?

What is brimstone?

How long is an eon?

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?

What’s the air pressure inside a commercial aircraft?

What’s the air pressure inside a commercial aircraft?

What’s up with tennis’s scoring system?

What’s up with tennis’s scoring system?

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