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Common Sense Test - Part 18 of General Knowledge Quiz

  1. The biggest candy eaters are the Dutch, who average 65 pounds of candy per person in a year.
  2. 55,700 people in the US are injured by jewelry each year.
  3. The first owner of the Marlboro Company, Wayne McLaren, died of lung cancer.
  4. American President Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929) used to like Vaseline being rubbed on his head while he ate breakfast in bed.
  5. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.
  6. There was a 19th-century Native American tribal chief who went under the name, "Not Able to Fornicate.".
  7. 98% of brown bears in the United States are in Alaska.
  8. In 1657, the first chocolate house was opened in London, England.
  9. The Xerox Company was initially called the Haloid Company.
  10. On average, Americans spend 33% of their life sleeping.
  11. One out of every five births in the United States is delivered by Cesarean section.
  12. In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die.
  13. Studies indicate that surgeons who listen to music while they operate improve their performance.
  14. Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark.
  15. Thailand used to be called Siam.
  16. A sneeze can travel as fast as one hundred miles per hour.
  17. The Pentagon cost $49,600,000 to build in 1941.
  18. Desert snails can stay in their shell for up to three years.
  19. In the 19th century, it was common practice for Japanese woman to dye their teeth black. They believed that this enhanced sex appeal and maintained healthier teeth.
  20. The revolving door was invented in 1888, by Theophilus Van Kannel.
  21. The Lion King is the top-grossing Disney movie of all time with a domestic gross intake of $312 million.
  22. The state that grows the most cranberries is Wisconsin. More than 300 million pounds of cranberries are grown in Wisconsin.
  23. The smallest frog is the "Brazilian baby frog", which is smaller than a dime.
  24. The idea of Christmas cards was invented by Englishman Henry Cole in 1843.
  25. Air is passed through the nose at a speed of 100 miles per hour when a person sneezes.
  26. A baby octopus is about the size of a flea when it is born.
  27. Britons eat over 22,000 tonnes of French fries a week.
  28. People from the United States eat the most chicken per person than anywhere else in the world.
  29. Sanskrit is considered the mother of all higher languages. This is because it is the most precise and therefore suitable language for computer software.
  30. The origin of the soldier term "G.I." is an abbreviation for "Government Issue," which was stamped on all government kits supplied to recruits in the US Army during World War II.
  31. Watermelons are a popular gift to bring to a host in China or Japan.
  32. Beethoven used to take hay baths to remedy the swelling he used to get in his legs.
  33. On average, Americans spend 18% of their income on transportation.
  34. Of all the words Dr. Seuss made up in his storybooks, only one has stuck in the English vocabulary: Grinch, which is refers to a killjoy - and it took more than 20 years.
  35. Montreal has an underground city, which has over 2,000 shops and 26 kilometers of walkways. This is the largest underground network for any city.
  36. The official state mammal of Texas is the armadillo.
  37. The word Himalayas means the "home of snow.".
  38. A man filed a lawsuit against his doctor because he survived longer than the doctor had predicted.
  39. One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition. It is not chemically addictive as is nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine.
  40. It took approximately 2.5 million blocks to build the Pyramid of Giza, which is one of the Great Pyramids.
  41. The platypus uses its bill to find animals that it feeds on. Its bill can sense the tiny electric fields that their preys emit.
  42. Central Park located in New York has 125 drinking fountains.
  43. The largest school in the world is City Montessori School in India which has over 25,000 students in grade levels ranging from kindergarten to college.
  44. Washing machines use anywhere from 40 to 200 liters of water per load.
  45. Australia has had stamps that actually look like gems. In 1995 and 1996 they used special technology to make the stamps look like diamonds and opals.
  46. There are only four words in the English language which end in.
  47. Hummingbirds are the only animal that can fly backward.
  48. In only eight minutes, the Space Shuttle can accelerate to a speed of 27,000 kilometers per hour.
  49. In a study conducted regarding toilet paper usage, Americans are said to use the most toilet paper per trip to the bathroom, which was seven sheets of toilet paper per trip.
  50. German cockroaches can survive for up to one month without food and two weeks without water.
  51. George Washington had teeth made out of hippopotamus ivory.
  52. Americans write approximately 50 billion checks a year making it the second most frequent payment method used after cash.
  53. The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
  54. The amount of aluminum that Americans throw out in three months is enough to rebuild all American commercial planes.
  55. Humans breathe in and out approximately one liter of air in ten seconds.
  56. The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
  57. British scientists have found evidence that heart attacks increase significantly for people who watch soccer penalty shoot-outs.
  58. Fine-grained volcanic ash can be found as an ingredient in some toothpaste.
  59. The most disliked vegetable by Americans is Brussels sprouts.
  60. The first ice hotel was built in Swedish Lapland.
  61. A myrmecologist studies ants.
  62. Rice is thrown at weddings as a symbol of fertility.
  63. More than 90% of shark attack victims survive.
  64. The average temperature on Earth is 15 degrees Celsius.
  65. To produce a dozen eggs, a hen has to eat about four pounds of feed.
  66. Pollsters say that 40 percent of dog and cat owners carry pictures of their pets in their wallets.
  67. When Coca-Cola began to be sold in China, they used characters that would sound like "Coca-Cola" when spoken. Unfortunately, what they turned out to mean was "Bite the wax tadpole". It did not sell well.
  68. In the United States, 80% of households have oatmeal in their kitchen.
  69. A cockroach can change directions up to 25 times in a second.
  70. In 1825, the first toilet was installed in the White House.
  71. Cricket chirping can tell the temperature outside. Counting how many times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds and then adding 40 to that number will approximately tell you what the temperature is in Fahrenheit.
  72. Every year, 50,000,000 automobiles are produced in the world.
  73. Pikeville, Kentucky consumes the most Pepsi per capita than any other American city.
  74. After the death of the genius, Albert Einstein, his brain was removed by a pathologist and put in a jar for future study.
  75. Cubic Zirconia is 55% heavier than real diamonds.
  76. The fastest speed a raindrop had reached when falling is seven miles per hour.
  77. Battle Creek, Michigan is referred to as the "Cereal Bowl of America." The city produces the most breakfast cereals than any other city in the world.
  78. The stringy thing that is seen in egg whites is called "chalazae.".
  79. The city of Argentina which is located on Newfoundland’s southwest coast is Canada’s most fog-bound community. It has 206 days of fog each year.
  80. Seven percent of a human’s body weight is made up of blood.
  81. Most snails are hermaphrodites, meaning they have both female and male reproductive organs.
  82. Dogs can be trained to detect an upcoming epileptic seizure.
  83. American women, on average, spend 55 minutes per day getting showered, dressed, and groomed.
  84. Germany produces more than 5,000 varieties of beer and has about 1,300 breweries in the country.
  85. In some parts of the Atacama Desert, it has never rained.
  86. In 1681, the last dodo bird died.
  87. Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
  88. It is common in Israel and Egypt to eat watermelon with feta cheese.
  89. The most popular recipient of Valentine's cards is school teachers.
  90. The average stay for a prisoner on Alcatraz, when it was used as a prison, was five years.
  91. Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.
  92. Bird droppings are the chief export of Nauru, an island nation in the Western Pacific.
  93. About twenty-five percent of people sneeze when they are exposed to light.
  94. In Japan, tipping at restaurants is not a norm. However, some restaurants might add a 5 - 10 % service charge to the bill.
  95. The first automobile racetrack in America was the ’Indianapolis Motor Speedway,’ which had 3 million cobblestones.
  96. A cow has four compartments in its stomach.
  97. The most popular place to burn candles in the house is the living room.
  98. In Japan, by the time man reaches the age of 60, he is commemorated with a special ceremony. This ceremony features the man wearing a red kimono, which denotes that he no longer has the responsibilities of being a mature adult.
  99. Men are four times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.
  100. The all-time most nominated Grammy artist with 77 nominations is Quincy Jones.

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