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How ‘deep’ is 20,000 leagues?

How ‘deep’ is 20,000 leagues?

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

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

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

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?

Was Rolling Stone magazine named after The Rolling Stones?

Was Rolling Stone magazine named after The Rolling Stones?

What is the name of Frankenstein’s monster?

What is the name of Frankenstein’s monster?

What is “eye of newt”?

What is “eye of newt”?

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

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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?

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?

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 the horsepower of one horse?

What is the horsepower of one horse?

Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

How much is a butt-load?

What is a semordnilap?

What is a nibling?

What is a nibling?

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

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

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

Who’s older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan?

Who’s older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan?

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

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

What state of matter is Jell-O in?

What state of matter is Jell-O in?

Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

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

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

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

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

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

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

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

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 – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

How did Lynyrd Skynyrd get their name?

How did Lynyrd Skynyrd get their name?

Which came first – chess or checkers?

What do they call Danish pastries in Denmark?

What are close encounters of the first and second kind?

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

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

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

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

On which continent would you find Hawaii?

On which continent would you find Hawaii?

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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”?

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

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

What are the Seven Seas?

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 and where was the fastest recorded temperature change?

When and where was the fastest recorded temperature change?

What was the last letter added to the alphabet?

Why is there no E grade?

Why is there no E grade?

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 is an “REO Speedwagon”?

What is an “REO Speedwagon”?

Do sharks die if they stop moving?

Do sharks die if they stop moving?

Where did the song Mahna Mahna make its debut?

Where did the song Mahna Mahna make its debut?

Why isn’t it the Toronto Maple Leaves?

Why isn’t it the Toronto Maple Leaves?

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

Where is Old Zealand?

Where is Old Zealand?

What is a fatal dose of bananas?

What is a fatal dose of bananas?

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

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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?

Why do bullfighters use red capes?

Why do bullfighters use red capes?

How long is an eon?

What is brimstone?

What is brimstone?

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

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

What is a camelopard?

What is a camelopard?

What is the tallest mountain on earth?

What is the tallest mountain on earth?

What is Wi-Fi short for?

What is Wi-Fi short for?

What US states are Gotham and Metropolis in?

What US states are Gotham and Metropolis in?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

What is the origin of the word defenestration?

What is the origin of the word defenestration?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

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

Why do we call successful movies blockbusters?

Why do we call successful movies blockbusters?

What do they call French toast in France?

What do they call French toast in France?

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

When was the first known use of OMG?

When was the first known use of OMG?

Does the medical symbol have one snake or two?

Does the medical symbol have one snake or two?

What colour is neon light?

What colour is neon light?

Why does Tim Hortons restaurant have no apostrophe?

Why does Tim Hortons restaurant have no apostrophe?

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

Why is the fall season also called autumn?

Why is the fall season also called autumn?

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

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

How long is a “moment”?

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

What is Yule?

Is there such a thing as a single shenanigan?

Is there such a thing as a single shenanigan?

An interrobang‽ What the what‽

An interrobang‽ What the what‽

On which film is Airplane! based?

On which film is Airplane! based?

What is the highest-scoring Scrabble word?

What is the highest-scoring Scrabble word?

What was the longest war in history?

What was the longest war in history?

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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 are non-drinkers called teetotalers?

Why are non-drinkers called teetotalers?

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 volume of a “ten gallon” hat?

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

In how many films did Michael Douglas play Batman?

In how many films did Michael Douglas play Batman?

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

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

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

Why does February have 28 days?

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

Which planet was originally known as “George”?

Why do we say “Bob’s your uncle?”

Why do we say “Bob’s your uncle?”

Why is a big purple vegetable called an eggplant?

Why is a big purple vegetable called an eggplant?

What is a quokka?

What is a quokka?

What’s the air pressure inside a commercial aircraft?

What’s the air pressure inside a commercial aircraft?

Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?

Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?

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

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

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

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

Do partridges live in pear trees?

Do partridges live in pear trees?

What is a wisdom biscuit?

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?

Which came first, flammable or inflammable?

Which came first, flammable or inflammable?

What’s up with tennis’s scoring system?

What’s up with tennis’s scoring system?

Do non-human animals get cavities?

Who was Jethro Tull?

Who was Jethro Tull?

How big is a cubit?

How big is a cubit?

Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?

Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?

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

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

How do viruses jump from animals to humans?

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

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

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

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

What’s the difference between poison and venom?

What’s the difference between poison and venom?

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

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

Who was Chef Boyardee?

Who was Chef Boyardee?

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

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

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

Why do we get wisdom teeth?

Why do we get wisdom teeth?

How many senses do humans have?

How many senses do humans have?

When was the longest year in history?

When was the longest year in history?

Is it “The” Ukraine or just Ukraine?

Is it “The” Ukraine or just Ukraine?

Why did a Peppa Pig episode get banned in Australia?

Why did a Peppa Pig episode get banned in Australia?

Why do we say “close but no cigar”?

Why do we say “close but no cigar”?

Why are Wham-o flying discs called Frisbees?

Why are Wham-o flying discs called Frisbees?

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

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

Why isn’t ATM an acronym?

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

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

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

What is zero to the power of zero?

What is zero to the power of zero?

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What was the name of The Beatles’ white album?

What does a blobfish look like?

What does a blobfish look like?

What state is home to Springfield from The Simpsons?

What state is home to Springfield from The Simpsons?

What’s the difference between persons and people?

What’s the difference between persons and people?

Are there any areas of unclaimed land left on earth?

What does “Auld Lang Syne” mean?

Why are poppies the symbol of Remembrance Day!

Why are poppies the symbol of Remembrance Day!

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

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

What is a single strand of spaghetti called?

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

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

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

Was Colonel Sanders a real colonel?

Was Colonel Sanders a real colonel?

Why do some refer to Toronto as the 6ix?

Why do some refer to Toronto as the 6ix?

What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?

When is a word opposite of itself?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

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Who was Rube Goldberg?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

What’s the difference between obliged and obligated?

Which came first – American or Canadian Thanksgiving?

Is “combobulated” a word?

What is a ‘fatberg’?

What is a Pittsburgh Pirate?

What is a Pittsburgh Pirate?

How many volumes would Wikipedia fill in print?

How many volumes would Wikipedia fill in print?

How does an exception prove a rule?

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

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

What is an LA “Dodger”?

What is an LA “Dodger”?

Is there “zero-gravity” in space?

Is there “zero-gravity” in space?

Are redheads going extinct?

Is a scientific theory less certain than a scientific law?

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?

Do you have an idea for a Wisdom Biscuit?

Do you have an idea for a Wisdom Biscuit?

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

What is Michael J. Fox’s middle name?

What is Michael J. Fox’s middle name?

Why “polka” dots?

Why “polka” dots?

Where does the word quarantine come from?

Why is Kansas City located in Missouri?

What is a poop deck?

What is a poop deck?

Was Sputnik the first man-made object in space?

When to use palate, palette, and pallet?

When does “literally” really mean “figuratively”?

What is the origin of Groundhog Day?

What is the origin of Groundhog Day?