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

What do they call French toast in France?

What do they call French toast in France?

How many senses do humans have?

How many senses do humans have?

What is the origin of Groundhog Day?

What is the origin of Groundhog Day?

Why do kids “trick or treat” on Halloween?

Why do kids “trick or treat” on Halloween?

Is the name Xmas a secular creation?

Is the name Xmas a secular creation?

Who was Chef Boyardee?

Who was Chef Boyardee?

Where did the song Mahna Mahna make its debut?

Where did the song Mahna Mahna make its debut?

Why does Tim Hortons restaurant have no apostrophe?

Why does Tim Hortons restaurant have no apostrophe?

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

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

What is Yule?

What’s the difference between persons and people?

What’s the difference between persons and people?

What is the highest-scoring Scrabble word?

What is the highest-scoring Scrabble word?

How many volumes would Wikipedia fill in print?

How many volumes would Wikipedia fill in print?

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

What are close encounters of the first and second kind?

What is a single strand of spaghetti called?

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?

Why are non-drinkers called teetotalers?

Why are non-drinkers called teetotalers?

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

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

When is a word opposite of itself?

Do non-human animals get cavities?

Are redheads going extinct?

Why “polka” dots?

Why “polka” dots?

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Why do we call successful movies blockbusters?

Why do we call successful movies blockbusters?

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

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

What is a Pittsburgh Pirate?

What is a Pittsburgh Pirate?

An interrobang‽ What the what‽

An interrobang‽ What the what‽

In how many films did Michael Douglas play Batman?

In how many films did Michael Douglas play Batman?

What state is home to Springfield from The Simpsons?

What state is home to Springfield from The Simpsons?

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

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

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

What’s the difference between obliged and obligated?

When to use palate, palette, and pallet?

What is a ‘fatberg’?

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 Def Leppard get their name?

How did Def Leppard get their name?

How did people open cans before can openers were invented?

How did people open cans before can openers were invented?

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From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

What is a semordnilap?

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

Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

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

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

What is the name of Frankenstein’s monster?

What is the name of Frankenstein’s monster?

Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

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

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

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

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

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

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

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

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

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

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

Where is Old Zealand?

Where is Old Zealand?

Why do we say “close but no cigar”?

Why do we say “close but no cigar”?

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How much is a butt-load?

What is the horsepower of one horse?

What is the horsepower of one horse?

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

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

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

What was the last letter added to the alphabet?

When was the longest year in history?

When was the longest year in history?

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?

What is an “REO Speedwagon”?

What is an “REO Speedwagon”?

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?

Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?

Who’s older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan?

Who’s older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan?

Does the medical symbol have one snake or two?

Does the medical symbol have one snake or two?

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 do they call turkey in Turkey?

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

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

Why do we say “Bob’s your uncle?”

Why do we say “Bob’s your uncle?”

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

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

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?

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

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

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 material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

Which came first – chess or checkers?

Do sharks die if they stop moving?

Do sharks die if they stop moving?

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

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

Is there such a thing as a single shenanigan?

Is there such a thing as a single shenanigan?

What is brimstone?

What is brimstone?

What is the origin of the word defenestration?

What is the origin of the word defenestration?

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

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

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What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?

When and where was the fastest recorded temperature change?

When and where was the fastest recorded temperature change?

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

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

How does an exception prove a rule?

What was the longest war in history?

What was the longest war in history?

Why do bullfighters use red capes?

Why do bullfighters use red capes?

Why is the fall season also called autumn?

Why is the fall season also called autumn?

How long is an eon?

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

What is a camelopard?

What is a camelopard?

What is the tallest mountain on earth?

What is the tallest mountain on earth?

Why are poppies the symbol of Remembrance Day!

Why are poppies the symbol of Remembrance Day!

Which came first – American or Canadian Thanksgiving?

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”?

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

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

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

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

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

What does a blobfish look like?

What does a blobfish look like?

What is a quokka?

What is a quokka?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

When was the first known use of OMG?

When was the first known use of OMG?

Which came first, flammable or inflammable?

Which came first, flammable or inflammable?

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

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

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

Why isn’t ATM an acronym?

Why isn’t it the Toronto Maple Leaves?

Why isn’t it the Toronto Maple Leaves?

What’s the air pressure inside a commercial aircraft?

What’s the air pressure inside a commercial aircraft?

Was Colonel Sanders a real colonel?

Was Colonel Sanders a real colonel?

Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?

Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?

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

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

Why do we get wisdom teeth?

Why do we get wisdom teeth?

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What US states are Gotham and Metropolis in?

What US states are Gotham and Metropolis in?

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

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 Wi-Fi short for?

What is Wi-Fi short for?

What state of matter is Jell-O in?

What state of matter is Jell-O in?

Where does the word quarantine come from?

Why is a big purple vegetable called an eggplant?

Why is a big purple vegetable called an eggplant?

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

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

What is an LA “Dodger”?

What is an LA “Dodger”?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

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

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

What is zero to the power of zero?

What is zero to the power of zero?

When does “literally” really mean “figuratively”?

Was Sputnik the first man-made object in space?

Why are Wham-o flying discs called Frisbees?

Why are Wham-o flying discs called Frisbees?

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What is a poop deck?

What is a poop deck?

Is it “The” Ukraine or just Ukraine?

Is it “The” Ukraine or just Ukraine?

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?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

Are there any areas of unclaimed land left on earth?

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

Why is there no E grade?

Why is there no E grade?

What is a fatal dose of bananas?

What is a fatal dose of bananas?

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

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

Why is Kansas City located in Missouri?

Do partridges live in pear trees?

Do partridges live in pear trees?

What do they call Danish pastries in Denmark?

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?

On which film is Airplane! based?

On which film is Airplane! based?

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Which planet was originally known as “George”?

Why does February have 28 days?

How big is a cubit?

How big is a cubit?

Why did a Peppa Pig episode get banned in Australia?

Why did a Peppa Pig episode get banned in Australia?

What does “Auld Lang Syne” mean?

What are the Seven Seas?

What is a nibling?

What is a nibling?

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Is “combobulated” a word?

How long is a “moment”?

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

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 is Michael J. Fox’s middle name?

What is Michael J. Fox’s middle name?

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

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

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What was the best thing before sliced bread?

Why do some refer to Toronto as the 6ix?

Why do some refer to Toronto as the 6ix?

What’s up with tennis’s scoring system?

What’s up with tennis’s scoring system?

What is a wisdom biscuit?

Is there “zero-gravity” in space?

Is there “zero-gravity” in space?

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 colour is neon light?

What colour is neon light?