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How did Def Leppard get their name?

How did Def Leppard get their name?

How ‘deep’ is 20,000 leagues?

How ‘deep’ is 20,000 leagues?

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

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

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

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

How much is a butt-load?

What is the name of Frankenstein’s monster?

What is the name of Frankenstein’s monster?

Was Rolling Stone magazine named after The Rolling Stones?

Was Rolling Stone magazine named after The Rolling Stones?

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Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

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

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

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

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

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

What’s the air pressure inside a commercial aircraft?

What’s the air pressure inside a commercial aircraft?

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

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?

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

What is “eye of newt”?

What is “eye of newt”?

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

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 was the last letter added to the alphabet?

Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

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What two parts make up the word helicopter?

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

How did Lynyrd Skynyrd get their name?

How did Lynyrd Skynyrd get their name?

Which came first – chess or checkers?

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

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

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

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

What do they call Danish pastries in Denmark?

How did people open cans before can openers were invented?

How did people open cans before can openers were invented?

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

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 do they call turkey in Turkey?

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

How long is an eon?

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

Who’s older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan?

Who’s older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan?

What is the origin of the word defenestration?

What is the origin of the word defenestration?

What state of matter is Jell-O in?

What state of matter is Jell-O in?

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

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

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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 “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 horsepower of one horse?

What is the horsepower of one horse?

Why does Tim Hortons restaurant have no apostrophe?

Why does Tim Hortons restaurant have no apostrophe?

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

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

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

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?

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 an “REO Speedwagon”?

What is an “REO Speedwagon”?

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”?

What was the name of The Beatles’ white album?

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

Why “polka” dots?

Why “polka” dots?

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Why do bullfighters use red capes?

Why do bullfighters use red capes?

What are close encounters of the first and second kind?

Where did the song Mahna Mahna make its debut?

Where did the song Mahna Mahna make its debut?

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?

Where is Old Zealand?

Where is Old Zealand?

Does the medical symbol have one snake or two?

Does the medical symbol have one snake or two?

What are the Seven Seas?

What is a semordnilap?

What is the highest-scoring Scrabble word?

What is the highest-scoring Scrabble word?

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

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

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

Which came first – American or Canadian Thanksgiving?

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

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

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

How long is a “moment”?

Why do we call successful movies blockbusters?

Why do we call successful movies blockbusters?

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What US states are Gotham and Metropolis in?

What US states are Gotham and Metropolis in?

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

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

On which continent would you find Hawaii?

On which continent would you find Hawaii?

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

What is a camelopard?

What is a camelopard?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

Why do some refer to Toronto as the 6ix?

Why do some refer to Toronto as the 6ix?

What was the longest war in history?

What was the longest war in history?

Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?

Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?

Why do we say “Bob’s your uncle?”

Why do we say “Bob’s your uncle?”

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

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

Why is the fall season also called autumn?

Why is the fall season also called autumn?

Do partridges live in pear trees?

Do partridges live in pear trees?

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?

How many senses do humans have?

How many senses do humans have?

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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 does the acronym Taser stand for?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

What is the tallest mountain on earth?

What is the tallest mountain on earth?

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

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

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

What state is home to Springfield from The Simpsons?

What state is home to Springfield from The Simpsons?

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

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

When was the first known use of OMG?

When was the first known use of OMG?

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 do kids “trick or treat” on Halloween?

Why do kids “trick or treat” on Halloween?

Why isn’t ATM an acronym?

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

On which film is Airplane! based?

On which film is Airplane! based?

Why are poppies the symbol of Remembrance Day!

Why are poppies the symbol of Remembrance Day!

Why does February have 28 days?

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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 is Yule?

When was the longest year in history?

When was the longest year in history?

Do sharks die if they stop moving?

Do sharks die if they stop moving?

What do they call French toast in France?

What do they call French toast in France?

Who was Chef Boyardee?

Who was Chef Boyardee?

Why is Kansas City located in Missouri?

What is zero to the power of zero?

What is zero to the power of zero?

What’s up with tennis’s scoring system?

What’s up with tennis’s scoring system?

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 meteor and an asteroid?

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

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

How many volumes would Wikipedia fill in print?

How many volumes would Wikipedia fill in print?

In how many films did Michael Douglas play Batman?

In how many films did Michael Douglas play Batman?

Do you have an idea for a Wisdom Biscuit?

Do you have an idea for a Wisdom Biscuit?

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What does a blobfish look like?

What does a blobfish look like?

What is a nibling?

What is a nibling?

What is a Pittsburgh Pirate?

What is a Pittsburgh Pirate?

What is a quokka?

What is a quokka?

What is a single strand of spaghetti called?

What is a wisdom biscuit?

What is Wi-Fi short for?

What is Wi-Fi short for?

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

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 quarantine and isolation?

Where does the word quarantine come from?

Which planet was originally known as “George”?

Why are Wham-o flying discs called Frisbees?

Why are Wham-o flying discs called Frisbees?

Why is a big purple vegetable called an eggplant?

Why is a big purple vegetable called an eggplant?

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, flammable or inflammable?

Which came first, flammable or inflammable?

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An interrobang‽ What the what‽

An interrobang‽ What the what‽

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

What is a poop deck?

What is a poop deck?

How do viruses jump from animals to humans?

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

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

When is a word opposite of itself?

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

Why isn’t it the Toronto Maple Leaves?

Why isn’t it the Toronto Maple Leaves?

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

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

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

What does “Auld Lang Syne” mean?

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

What is an LA “Dodger”?

What is an LA “Dodger”?

Was Colonel Sanders a real colonel?

Was Colonel Sanders a real colonel?

What colour is neon light?

What colour is neon light?

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Who was Jethro Tull?

Who was Jethro Tull?

Why do we say “close but no cigar”?

Why do we say “close but no cigar”?

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

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

Are there any areas of unclaimed land left on earth?

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

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

What is Michael J. Fox’s middle name?

What is Michael J. Fox’s middle name?

What’s the difference between persons and people?

What’s the difference between persons and people?

Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?

Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?

When to use palate, palette, and pallet?

Why do we get wisdom teeth?

Why do we get wisdom teeth?

What is the origin of Groundhog Day?

What is the origin of Groundhog Day?

What’s the difference between poison and venom?

What’s the difference between poison and venom?

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?

Is the name Xmas a secular creation?

Is the name Xmas a secular creation?

Do non-human animals get cavities?

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Is a scientific theory less certain than a scientific law?

How does an exception prove a rule?

Are redheads going extinct?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

What’s the difference between obliged and obligated?

Is “combobulated” a word?

When does “literally” really mean “figuratively”?

What is a ‘fatberg’?

Was Sputnik the first man-made object in space?

Is there “zero-gravity” in space?

Is there “zero-gravity” in space?