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What is “eye of newt”?

What is “eye of newt”?

How ‘deep’ is 20,000 leagues?

How ‘deep’ is 20,000 leagues?

What is a semordnilap?

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

How did Def Leppard get their name?

How did Def Leppard get their name?

Was Rolling Stone magazine named after The Rolling Stones?

Was Rolling Stone magazine named after The Rolling Stones?

How did Lynyrd Skynyrd get their name?

How did Lynyrd Skynyrd get their name?

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

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What is the name of Frankenstein’s monster?

What is the name of Frankenstein’s monster?

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

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

Which came first – American or Canadian Thanksgiving?

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

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

How did people open cans before can openers were invented?

How did people open cans before can openers were invented?

Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

How much is a butt-load?

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

What state of matter is Jell-O in?

What state of matter is Jell-O in?

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 way do helicopter blades rotate?

Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

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

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

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What is a fatal dose of bananas?

What is a fatal dose of bananas?

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

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

What is the horsepower of one horse?

What is the horsepower of one horse?

What do they call Danish pastries in Denmark?

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

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

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

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

Who’s older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan?

Who’s older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan?

Why is there no E grade?

Why is there no E grade?

What are close encounters of the first and second kind?

What was the last letter added to the alphabet?

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

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

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”?

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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’s the air pressure inside a commercial aircraft?

What’s the air pressure inside a commercial aircraft?

What is an “REO Speedwagon”?

What is an “REO Speedwagon”?

Why is the fall season also called autumn?

Why is the fall season also called autumn?

On which continent would you find Hawaii?

On which continent would you find Hawaii?

Which came first – chess or checkers?

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

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?

What is the origin of the word defenestration?

What is the origin of the word defenestration?

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

Does the medical symbol have one snake or two?

Does the medical symbol have one snake or two?

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

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

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

Why are Wham-o flying discs called Frisbees?

Why are Wham-o flying discs called Frisbees?

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

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

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Why do bullfighters use red capes?

Why do bullfighters use red capes?

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?

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?

What is brimstone?

What is brimstone?

When and where was the fastest recorded temperature change?

When and where was the fastest recorded temperature change?

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

What is the highest-scoring Scrabble word?

What is the highest-scoring Scrabble word?

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

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

Why do we call successful movies blockbusters?

Why do we call successful movies blockbusters?

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?

Where did the song Mahna Mahna make its debut?

Where did the song Mahna Mahna make its debut?

What was the longest war in history?

What was the longest war in history?

Why did a Peppa Pig episode get banned in Australia?

Why did a Peppa Pig episode get banned in Australia?

How long is a “moment”?

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

What is a camelopard?

What is a camelopard?

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

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?

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

What US states are Gotham and Metropolis in?

What US states are Gotham and Metropolis in?

Do sharks die if they stop moving?

Do sharks die if they stop moving?

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

Why isn’t it the Toronto Maple Leaves?

Why isn’t it the Toronto Maple Leaves?

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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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 are the Seven Seas?

How does an exception prove a rule?

Why are non-drinkers called teetotalers?

Why are non-drinkers called teetotalers?

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

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

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?

Why do some refer to Toronto as the 6ix?

Why do some refer to Toronto as the 6ix?

What state is home to Springfield from The Simpsons?

What state is home to Springfield from The Simpsons?

Is there such a thing as a single shenanigan?

Is there such a thing as a single shenanigan?

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

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

Why does February have 28 days?

Which planet was originally known as “George”?

Why do we say “Bob’s your uncle?”

Why do we say “Bob’s your uncle?”

What is a nibling?

What is a nibling?

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What is a quokka?

What is a quokka?

What is the tallest mountain on earth?

What is the tallest mountain on earth?

Why do we say “close but no cigar”?

Why do we say “close but no cigar”?

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?

Why isn’t ATM an acronym?

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

What was the name of The Beatles’ white album?

What is Yule?

What do they call French toast in France?

What do they call French toast in France?

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

What’s up with tennis’s scoring system?

What’s up with tennis’s scoring system?

Do non-human animals get cavities?

Who was Chef Boyardee?

Who was Chef Boyardee?

When was the first known use of OMG?

When was the first known use of OMG?

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On which film is Airplane! based?

On which film is Airplane! based?

What is Michael J. Fox’s middle name?

What is Michael J. Fox’s middle name?

Why is a big purple vegetable called an eggplant?

Why is a big purple vegetable called an eggplant?

Who was Jethro Tull?

Who was Jethro Tull?

When was the longest year in history?

When was the longest year in history?

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

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

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 is the volume of a “ten gallon” hat?

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

What is a single strand of spaghetti called?

What is zero to the power of zero?

What is zero to the power of zero?

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

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

What does a blobfish look like?

What does a blobfish look like?

What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

An interrobang‽ What the what‽

An interrobang‽ What the what‽

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

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

Do you have an idea for a Wisdom Biscuit?

Do you have an idea for a Wisdom Biscuit?

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

Why do we get wisdom teeth?

Why do we get wisdom teeth?

How many senses do humans have?

How many senses do humans have?

Why is Kansas City located in Missouri?

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 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 meteor and an asteroid?

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

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

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

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

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

What is Wi-Fi short for?

What is Wi-Fi short for?

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

What is an LA “Dodger”?

What is an LA “Dodger”?

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Are redheads going extinct?

When to use palate, palette, and pallet?

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?

Was Colonel Sanders a real colonel?

Was Colonel Sanders a real colonel?

When does “literally” really mean “figuratively”?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

What’s the difference between persons and people?

What’s the difference between persons and people?

What’s the difference between obliged and obligated?

Are there any areas of unclaimed land left on earth?

What does “Auld Lang Syne” mean?

Why “polka” dots?

Why “polka” dots?

Why are poppies the symbol of Remembrance Day!

Why are poppies the symbol of Remembrance Day!

Is “combobulated” a word?

What is a ‘fatberg’?

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Is it “The” Ukraine or just Ukraine?

Is it “The” Ukraine or just Ukraine?

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

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

Is there “zero-gravity” in space?

Is there “zero-gravity” in space?

What’s the difference between poison and venom?

What’s the difference between poison and venom?

Is a scientific theory less certain than a scientific law?

When is a word opposite of itself?

Where does the word quarantine come from?

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?