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How ‘deep’ is 20,000 leagues?

How ‘deep’ is 20,000 leagues?

How did Def Leppard get their name?

How did Def Leppard get their name?

What is the name of Frankenstein’s monster?

What is the name of Frankenstein’s monster?

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

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

What is “eye of newt”?

What is “eye of newt”?

How did people open cans before can openers were invented?

How did people open cans before can openers were invented?

Was Rolling Stone magazine named after The Rolling Stones?

Was Rolling Stone magazine named after The Rolling Stones?

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

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

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How did Lynyrd Skynyrd get their name?

How did Lynyrd Skynyrd get their name?

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

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

Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

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

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

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

What was the last letter added to the alphabet?

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

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 air pressure inside a commercial aircraft?

What’s the air pressure inside a commercial aircraft?

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

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

What is a fatal dose of bananas?

What is a fatal dose of bananas?

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

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

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

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

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

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Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

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

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

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 do they call Danish pastries in Denmark?

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

How much is a butt-load?

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

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

Who’s older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan?

Who’s older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan?

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

Do partridges live in pear trees?

Do partridges live in pear trees?

Why is there no E grade?

Why is there no E grade?

Which came first – chess or checkers?

How long is an eon?

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 of matter is Jell-O in?

What state of matter is Jell-O in?

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What is the horsepower of one horse?

What is the horsepower of one horse?

What are close encounters of the first and second kind?

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 semordnilap?

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 an “REO Speedwagon”?

What is an “REO Speedwagon”?

What is the highest-scoring Scrabble word?

What is the highest-scoring Scrabble word?

What is the origin of the word defenestration?

What is the origin of the word defenestration?

Why do bullfighters use red capes?

Why do bullfighters use red capes?

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?

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

Why does Tim Hortons restaurant have no apostrophe?

Why does Tim Hortons restaurant have no apostrophe?

What was the name of The Beatles’ white album?

When and where was the fastest recorded temperature change?

When and where was the fastest recorded temperature change?

On which continent would you find Hawaii?

On which continent would you find Hawaii?

Why do we call successful movies blockbusters?

Why do we call successful movies blockbusters?

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Where is Old Zealand?

Where is Old Zealand?

What US states are Gotham and Metropolis in?

What US states are Gotham and Metropolis in?

What is brimstone?

What is brimstone?

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

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

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 we go to hell “in a handbasket”?

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

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

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

What colour is neon light?

What colour is neon light?

Which came first – American or Canadian Thanksgiving?

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

Why is the fall season also called autumn?

Why is the fall season also called autumn?

Does the medical symbol have one snake or two?

Does the medical symbol have one snake or two?

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is there such a thing as a single shenanigan?

Is there such a thing as a single shenanigan?

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

What was the longest war in history?

What was the longest war in history?

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

What is a wisdom biscuit?

What do they call French toast in France?

What do they call French toast in France?

What’s up with tennis’s scoring system?

What’s up with tennis’s scoring system?

Which planet was originally known as “George”?

Why “polka” dots?

Why “polka” dots?

What are the Seven Seas?

What is the tallest mountain on earth?

What is the tallest mountain on earth?

Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?

Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?

Why isn’t ATM an acronym?

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

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Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

Which came first, flammable or inflammable?

Which came first, flammable or inflammable?

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

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

Why do some refer to Toronto as the 6ix?

Why do some refer to Toronto as the 6ix?

What is Yule?

What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

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?

Do sharks die if they stop moving?

Do sharks die if they stop moving?

Why do we get wisdom teeth?

Why do we get wisdom teeth?

Why do we say “Bob’s your uncle?”

Why do we say “Bob’s your uncle?”

What is a nibling?

What is a nibling?

Why is a big purple vegetable called an eggplant?

Why is a big purple vegetable called an eggplant?

How big is a cubit?

How big is a cubit?

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What is a quokka?

What is a quokka?

Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?

Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?

Why are non-drinkers called teetotalers?

Why are non-drinkers called teetotalers?

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?

How long is a “moment”?

What is Wi-Fi short for?

What is Wi-Fi short for?

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?

In how many films did Michael Douglas play Batman?

In how many films did Michael Douglas play Batman?

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

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

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

What state is home to Springfield from The Simpsons?

What state is home to Springfield from The Simpsons?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

Why does February have 28 days?

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What’s the difference between obliged and obligated?

What is a camelopard?

What is a camelopard?

When was the first known use of OMG?

When was the first known use of OMG?

On which film is Airplane! based?

On which film is Airplane! based?

Are there any areas of unclaimed land left on earth?

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

What does “Auld Lang Syne” mean?

What is Michael J. Fox’s middle name?

What is Michael J. Fox’s middle name?

Why isn’t it the Toronto Maple Leaves?

Why isn’t it the Toronto Maple Leaves?

How many senses do humans have?

How many senses do humans have?

What is a ‘fatberg’?

What is a poop deck?

What is a poop deck?

How many volumes would Wikipedia fill in print?

How many volumes would Wikipedia fill in print?

How does an exception prove a rule?

Why did a Peppa Pig episode get banned in Australia?

Why did a Peppa Pig episode get banned in Australia?

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

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

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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?

How do viruses jump from animals to humans?

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

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

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?

Is there “zero-gravity” in space?

Is there “zero-gravity” in space?

When to use palate, palette, and pallet?

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?

Was Colonel Sanders a real colonel?

Was Colonel Sanders a real colonel?

What does a blobfish look like?

What does a blobfish look like?

Is a scientific theory less certain than a scientific law?

When does “literally” really mean “figuratively”?

When is a word opposite of itself?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

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An interrobang‽ What the what‽

An interrobang‽ What the what‽

What’s the difference between persons and people?

What’s the difference between persons and people?

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 non-human animals get cavities?

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

Do you have an idea for a Wisdom Biscuit?

Do you have an idea for a Wisdom Biscuit?

Where did the song Mahna Mahna make its debut?

Where did the song Mahna Mahna make its debut?

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

Where does the word quarantine come from?

Why are poppies the symbol of Remembrance Day!

Why are poppies the symbol of Remembrance Day!

Is “combobulated” a word?

Why is Kansas City located in Missouri?

Who was Jethro Tull?

Who was Jethro Tull?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is a single strand of spaghetti called?

Are redheads going extinct?

What’s the difference between poison and venom?

What’s the difference between poison and venom?

What is the origin of Groundhog Day?

What is the origin of Groundhog Day?

What is a Pittsburgh Pirate?

What is a Pittsburgh Pirate?

Was Sputnik the first man-made object in space?