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Why do we say “close but no cigar”?

Why do we say “close but no cigar”?

What do they call French toast in France?

What do they call French toast in France?

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

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

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?

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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 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?

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’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?

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

Why are non-drinkers called teetotalers?

Why are non-drinkers called teetotalers?

Why isn’t it the Toronto Maple Leaves?

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?

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Do non-human animals get cavities?

What is a ‘fatberg’?

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?

In how many films did Michael Douglas play Batman?

What are close encounters of the first and second kind?

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 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?

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

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

What’s the difference between obliged and obligated?

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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?

How long is a “moment”?

Why do we call successful movies blockbusters?

Why do we call successful movies blockbusters?

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

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

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

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

What is “eye of newt”?

What is “eye of newt”?

How ‘deep’ is 20,000 leagues?

How ‘deep’ is 20,000 leagues?

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

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

Was Rolling Stone magazine named after The Rolling Stones?

Was Rolling Stone magazine named after The Rolling Stones?

What is a semordnilap?

Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?

Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?

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

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

What is the horsepower of one horse?

What is the horsepower of one horse?

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Where is Old Zealand?

Where is Old Zealand?

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?

When was the longest year in history?

When was the longest year in history?

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

Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

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

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

Do sharks die if they stop moving?

Do sharks die if they stop moving?

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

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

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

Why do we say “Bob’s your uncle?”

Why do we say “Bob’s your uncle?”

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

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

Why is there no E grade?

Why is there no E grade?

Is there such a thing as a single shenanigan?

Is there such a thing as a single shenanigan?

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What was the last letter added to the alphabet?

Who’s older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan?

Who’s older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan?

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

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?

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

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

On which continent would you find Hawaii?

On which continent would you find Hawaii?

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

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

What is the name of Frankenstein’s monster?

What is the name of Frankenstein’s monster?

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?

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 an “REO Speedwagon”?

What is an “REO Speedwagon”?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

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

Which came first – chess or checkers?

Does the medical symbol have one snake or two?

Does the medical symbol have one snake or two?

Why isn’t ATM an acronym?

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

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

Which came first, flammable or inflammable?

Which came first, flammable or inflammable?

Why does February have 28 days?

How much is a butt-load?

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

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

What US states are Gotham and Metropolis in?

What US states are Gotham and Metropolis in?

Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?

Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?

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”?

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

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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?

How did Def Leppard get their name?

How did Def Leppard get their name?

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 is a fatal dose of bananas?

What is a fatal dose of bananas?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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Was Sputnik the first man-made object in space?

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

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?

Why do bullfighters use red capes?

Why do bullfighters use red capes?

What is a quokka?

What is a quokka?

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”?

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

What is a poop deck?

What is a poop deck?

Are there any areas of unclaimed land left on earth?

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

Is it “The” Ukraine or just Ukraine?

Is it “The” Ukraine or just Ukraine?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

What is an LA “Dodger”?

What is an LA “Dodger”?

How did people open cans before can openers were invented?

How did people open cans before can openers were invented?

Why is Kansas City located in Missouri?

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

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

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

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

What is a wisdom biscuit?

What are the Seven Seas?

What is a camelopard?

What is a camelopard?

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

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

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

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

How did Lynyrd Skynyrd get their name?

How did Lynyrd Skynyrd get their name?

What is a nibling?

What is a nibling?

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?

What do they call Danish pastries in Denmark?

Do partridges live in pear trees?

Do partridges live in pear trees?

Which came first – American or Canadian Thanksgiving?

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Is “combobulated” a word?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

How big is a cubit?

How big is a cubit?

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”?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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 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?

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?

What is a single strand of spaghetti called?