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Common Sense Test - Part 16 of General Knowledge Quiz

  1. The African Baobab tree’s circumference can reach 180 feet. If the trunk is hollow, 20 people would be able to fit inside of it.
  2. On average, the Pentagon uses 666 rolls of toilet paper in one day.
  3. The USS Abraham Lincoln has five gymnasiums on ship and a basketball league with 22 teams.
  4. Found in Argentina, the ornate horned frog can eat an entire mouse with one swallow.
  5. Great Britain was the first country to issue postage stamps in 1840.
  6. During World War II, there was not enough sugar in the U.S. to make candy as it was sent to the troops overseas. At this time, popcorn was consumed three times more than its usual amount.
  7. The most famous movie theatre is the "Chinese Theatre" located in Los Angeles, USA.
  8. In the U.S., the sport that causes the most injuries among the age group of 15-24 is basketball.
  9. Oscar Wilde and his friends came up with the word "dude." It came from the words "duds" and "attitude.".
  10. By weight, the sun is 70% hydrogen, 28% helium, 1.5% carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen, and 0.5% all other elements.
  11. Melba toast is named after an Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba.
  12. Astronomers once believed a planet named Vulcan existed between Mercury and the Sun.
  13. Talc was used by cavemen 15,000 years ago as an ingredient added to make paint.
  14. Ants do not sleep.
  15. The only married couple to fly together in space were Jan Davis and Mark Lee, who flew aboard the Endeavor space shuttle from Sept 12-20, 1992.
  16. Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to enter space. She spent three days in space and completed forty-eight orbits of Earth.
  17. More than 3000 years ago children played with circular hoops made with grape vines. This toy was swung around the waist. Years later this toy was made by a company called Wham-O and the Hula-Hoop was invented in 1958.
  18. The first subway system in America was built in Boston, Massachusetts in 1897.
  19. Owls swallow their prey whole because they have no teeth. After approximately 12 hours they cough up the feathers, bones, and fur in a shape of a football pellet.
  20. Sharks have survived on earth for about 400 million years.
  21. Ukrainian monk, Dionysius Exiguus, created the modern-day Christian calendar.
  22. The revenue that is generated from gambling is more than the revenue that comes from movies, cruise ships, recorded music, theme parks, and spectator sports combined.
  23. Every 30 seconds a house fire doubles in size.
  24. An alligator has about 80 teeth in its mouth at one time. An alligator can go through 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.
  25. A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.
  26. The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was written in 1939 for a store promotion by an advertising employee of the department store Montgomery Ward.
  27. Actor Charlie Chaplin made 81 movies over a career that spanned 50 years.
  28. The music group Simply Red got its name from band member Mick Hucknall, who has red hair.
  29. Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
  30. The lifespan of a rhinoceros is generally 50 years.
  31. 41% of women apply body or hand moisturizer a minimum of three times a day.
  32. The largest ice cream sundae was made with 4,667 gallons of ice cream, was 12 feet high, and had 7000 pounds of toppings on it. This was made in Anaheim, California in 1985.
  33. The name of the award given to honor the best sites on the Internet is called "The Webby Award.".
  34. The United States Mint once considered producing donut-shaped coins.
  35. A Hungarian named Ladislo Biro invented the first ballpoint pen in 1938.
  36. Adolf Hitler loved chocolate cake.
  37. Many years ago, a fish was caught that was 33 inches long and seemed to be heavier than it should have. When they cut the fish, fishermen found a full of a bottle of ale inside it.
  38. George Washington grew hemp in his garden.
  39. In New York City, approximately 1,600 people are bitten by other humans annually.
  40. In 1980, Saddam Hussein received a key to the city of Detroit.
  41. The song "Strawberry Fields Forever" sung by the Beatles refers to an orphanage located in Liverpool.
  42. False Bay, on the southern tip of Africa and close to Cape Town, South Africa, is a breeding ground for great white sharks, which feed off the thousands of seals in the bay. However, it is the only area in the known world in which these sharks are known to breach - they attack the seals by coming up vertically, often leaping clear of the water with their prey in their mouths.
  43. In 1952, the first TV toy commercial aired. It was for Mr. Potato Head.
  44. In the United States, approximately seven billion pounds of chocolate and candy are manufactured each year.
  45. Mules have one horse and one donkey for a parent.
  46. On average, 350 squirts are needed from milking a cow to make a gallon of milk.
  47. On average, a baby in the United States will eat fifteen pounds of cereal in their first year of life.
  48. The name Hasbro was invented by the name of the founders: HASsenfeld BROthers.
  49. Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%. Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%.
  50. Due to sugar shortages to make candy during World War II, movie theatre owners turned to popcorn, which is now the best-selling snack at movie theatres today.
  51. A group of whales is called a pod or gam.
  52. Even though a polar bear's fur looks white it is actually colorless and is made with hollow tubes. The reason the bear looks white is that the rough inner surface of the tubes makes light scatter and reflect at many different angles which give the white appearance.
  53. There is a type of coffin made that can be used as a wine rack or picnic table before its final use.
  54. One gallon of used motor oil can ruin approximately one million gallons of fresh water.
  55. After the Eiffel Tower was built, one person was killed during the installation of the lifts. No one was killed during the actual construction of the tower.
  56. Approximately 87% of dog owners say that when they watch T.V. their dog curls up beside them or at their feet.
  57. Bernd Eilts, a German artist, turns dried cow manure into wall clocks and small sculptures. He is now expanding his business to include cow dung wrist watches.
  58. People who meet their calcium need reduce their risk of developing kidney stones.
  59. In every episode of Seinfeld, there is a Superman somewhere.
  60. The human heart weighs less than a pound.
  61. The first Life Saver flavor, which was peppermint, was invented in 1912 and it was called Pep-O-Mint.
  62. The average life span of a peasant during the medieval ages was 25 years.
  63. Before 1859, baseball umpires were seated in padded chairs behind home plate.
  64. On February 10, 1964, the first self-adhesive stamps were issued.
  65. The ocean sunfish can produce thirty million eggs at once.
  66. The highest point in France is Mont Blanc, located in the Alps.
  67. The American Automobile Association was formed in 1905 for the sole purpose of warning motorists of police speed traps.
  68. Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.
  69. In England, a cigarette is referred to as a fag.
  70. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make a change for a dollar.
  71. In 1980, there was only one country in the world with no telephones - Bhutan.
  72. Moscow was founded in 1147 by Yury Dolgoruky.
  73. In 1976, fourteen banks merged to form a bank credit card called "Mastercharge." This was later renamed what is now known as "Mastercard.".
  74. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first-class.
  75. There are over 500 different types of bananas.
  76. In 1848, the first American pasta factory opened in Brooklyn, New York. The name of the man that opened it was Antoine Zerega.
  77. Albert Einstein was cremated and his ashes were spread over a river located in New Jersey.
  78. Your right lung takes in more air than your left one does.
  79. Men are four times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.
  80. The longest acceptance speech in the history of the Oscars was by Greer Garson in 1942. She received an Oscar for Best Actress for the movie Mrs. Miniver, and her speech was five minutes and 30 seconds long.
  81. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
  82. Octopi change colors when they become frightened. Normally they are a brownish color but can change to green or blue when fear sets in.
  83. A "gelotologist" is a person who studies laughter.
  84. A 13-year-old boy in India produced winged beetles in his urine after hatching the eggs in his body.
  85. Fat is important for the development of children and normal growth.
  86. The state of California has more 7-Eleven stores than any other state. There are approximately 1,200 stores.
  87. The deepest underwater penguin dive is 1,772 feet by an Emperor Penguin.
  88. 38% of Americans eat breakfast every day.
  89. There are over 100 styles of BluBlocker sunglasses available on the market.
  90. When a predator is chasing an impala, a type of antelope, it runs in a zig-zag formation jumping as high as three meters.
  91. David Rice Atchinson was President of the United States for exactly one day. This happened due to a glitch in American law at the time. new.
  92. To make one glass of orange juice, 50 glasses of water are needed to grow enough oranges to make the juice.
  93. Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.
  94. Tomatina is the legendary Spanish tomato-throwing festival held in Bunol, Spain.
  95. Pigs have no sweat glands, which is why they stay in water or mud to keep cool.
  96. There is no element on Mendeleev’s (the current) periodic table of elements abbreviated, either partially, or fully, with the letter J.
  97. One of the Bond girls in the James Bond movie, "For Your Eyes Only," used to be a man.
  98. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  99. In February 1878, the first telephone book was published in New Haven, Connecticut. The book was one page long and had fifty names in it.
  100. Only President to win a Pulitzer: John F. Kennedy for "Profiles in Courage".

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