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How ‘deep’ is 20,000 leagues?

How ‘deep’ is 20,000 leagues?

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

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

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

What is the horsepower of one horse?

As much as 15 HP

What is the horsepower of one horse?

What is the horsepower of one horse?

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

Kessler

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 “close but no cigar”?

Why do we say “close but no cigar”?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

What’s special about Agloe, NY?

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

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

Which came first – Burger King or Dairy Queen?

What is a camelopard?

What is a camelopard?

What was the longest war in history?

What was the longest war in history?

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

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

Hindi.

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

What do they call turkey in Turkey?

What was the last letter added to the alphabet?

J

What was the last letter added to the alphabet?

What is “eye of newt”?

What is “eye of newt”?

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

Which came first – field hockey or ice hockey?

Why are Wham-o flying discs called Frisbees?

Why are Wham-o flying discs called Frisbees?

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

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

What two parts make up the word helicopter?

How long is an eon?

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

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

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

What material was Mr. Potato Head originally made from?

What is an “REO Speedwagon”?

What is an “REO Speedwagon”?

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

If you buy 1 million Lotto Max tickets, what are your odds of winning?

3% or about 1 in 33.

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 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 does Tim Hortons restaurant have no apostrophe?

Quebec language laws.

Why does Tim Hortons restaurant have no apostrophe?

Why does Tim Hortons restaurant have no apostrophe?

Who was Jethro Tull?

Who was Jethro Tull?

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

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

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

Was Colonel Sanders a real colonel?

Was Colonel Sanders a real colonel?

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

He’s named after a 19th century German composer.

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

From where did Engelbert Humperdinck get his name?

Where did the song Mahna Mahna make its debut?

Where did the song Mahna Mahna make its debut?

Which came first – chess or checkers?

Why isn’t ATM an acronym?

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

Did Coca-Cola originally contain cocaine?

Where is Old Zealand?

Where is Old Zealand?

What do they call Danish pastries in Denmark?

What is a wisdom biscuit?

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

What is Yule?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

What does the acronym Taser stand for?

Why does February have 28 days?

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?

What colour is neon light?

What colour is neon light?

What is a nibling?

What is a nibling?

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 is correct, down the pike or down the pipe?

Down the pike.

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

Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

Which way do helicopter blades rotate?

When was the longest year in history?

When was the longest year in history?

How does an exception prove a rule?

How much is a butt-load?

What is the tallest mountain on earth?

What is the tallest mountain on earth?

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 difference between a meteor and an asteroid?

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is a single strand of spaghetti called?

A spaghetto

What is a single strand of spaghetti called?

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 Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Yes

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

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

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

Do partridges live in pear trees?

Do partridges live in pear trees?

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 – the match or the lighter?

Which came first – the match or the lighter?

What was the name of The Beatles’ white album?

Why do some refer to Toronto as the 6ix?

Why do some refer to Toronto as the 6ix?

What does a blobfish look like?

What does a blobfish look like?

What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?

What is brimstone?

Sulphur

What is brimstone?

What is brimstone?

When is a word opposite of itself?

When and where was the fastest recorded temperature change?

When and where was the fastest recorded temperature change?

An interrobang‽ What the what‽

An interrobang‽ What the what‽

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

What is a “Foo Fighter”?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

What is Chevy Chase’s real name?

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

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

On which continent would you find Hawaii?

On which continent would you find Hawaii?

What state of matter is Jell-O in?

What state of matter is Jell-O in?

On which film is Airplane! based?

Zero Hour!

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 does “Auld Lang Syne” mean?

What is a fatal dose of bananas?

What is a fatal dose of bananas?

Which planet was originally known as "George"?

Uranus

Which planet was originally known as “George”?

What are close encounters of the first and second kind?

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

Where does the word quarantine come from?

What is the origin of Groundhog Day?

What is the origin of Groundhog Day?

Which came first – American or Canadian Thanksgiving?

What are the Seven Seas?

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?

What average speed is required in order to go Around the World in 80 Days?

21 kph (13 mph)

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 did a Peppa Pig episode get banned in Australia?

Why did a Peppa Pig episode get banned in Australia?

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

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

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

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

What is a semordnilap?

How do viruses jump from animals to humans?

Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?

Why don’t woodchucks chuck wood?

What is Wi-Fi short for?

What is Wi-Fi short for?

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

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

What is an LA “Dodger”?

What is an LA “Dodger”?

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

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

Are redheads going extinct?

In how many films did Michael Douglas play Batman?

Two… Sort of.

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?

What’s the difference between poison and venom?

What’s the difference between poison and venom?

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?

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

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

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

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

Is a tarantula hawk an arachnid or a bird?

Is a scientific theory less certain than a scientific law?

What state is home to Springfield from The Simpsons?

What state is home to Springfield from The Simpsons?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

Who was Rube Goldberg?

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’s the difference between obliged and obligated?

Do non-human animals get cavities?

When was the first known use of OMG?

1917 in a letter to Winston Churchill

When was the first known use of OMG?

When was the first known use of OMG?

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

They can’t.

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

How far can porcupines shoot their quills?

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

Fruit was first.

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

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

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

Are there any areas of unclaimed land left on earth?

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?

You do now!

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

Did you know you can get Wisdom Biscuits by email?

Why isn’t it the Toronto Maple Leaves?

Why are poppies the symbol of Remembrance Day!

Why are poppies the symbol of Remembrance Day!

How many senses do humans have?

How many senses do humans have?

Is “combobulated” a word?

What is a Pittsburgh Pirate?

What is a Pittsburgh Pirate?

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?

What is the origin of the word defenestration?

What is the origin of the word defenestration?

Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

Which came first, M&Ms or Smarties?

What is a quokka?

What is a quokka?

Is it "The" Ukraine or just Ukraine?

Just Ukraine.

Is it “The” Ukraine or just Ukraine?

Is it “The” Ukraine or just Ukraine?

Why are non-drinkers called teetotalers?

Why are non-drinkers called teetotalers?

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

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

What’s the air pressure inside a commercial aircraft?

What’s the air pressure inside a commercial aircraft?