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Mind-Blowing Trivia Questions That Only a Genius Can Get Right

Some facts are just so strange that they don’t even sound real!

For instance, I read the other day that there are an estimated 3 trillion trees on Earth — which is more than the number of stars in the Milky Way. Sounds fake, right? I mean, there are a lot of stars out there. But it’s true! There are an estimated 100 to 400 billion stars in our galaxy, which pales in comparison to the number of trees our planet boasts.

I love wild, almost unbelievable trivia. I spent a lot of time as a kid soaking up as many facts and tidbits as I could. Hey, they make great conversation starters… and later in life, that habit also won me plenty of rounds of trivia.

If you also enjoy strange and bizarre facts that are almost too crazy to believe, I’ve got just the quiz for you. Go ahead and test your random knowledge with these crazy-but-true trivia questions — I bet you can’t get all of them right!

  • Which U.S. state is the closest to Africa?

    closeup of a US map
    • Maine
    • Florida
    • North Carolina
    • Hawaii
  • The dot over an “i” has a name. What is it?

    • Tittle
    • Umlaut
    • Acute
    • Circumflex
  • In the timeline of history, which happened first: the Egyptians finishing the Great Pyramids of Giza, or woolly mammoths going extinct?

    woolly mammoth
    • Woolly mammoths going extinct
    • The Egyptians finishing the Great Pyramids of Giza
  • Humans only have one heart, but other creatures can have more. Which has more hearts: an octopus, or an earthworm?

    • Earthworm
    • Octopus
  • Many countries around the world have adopted the metric system for measurements. How many have not?

    closeup of a globe
    • Three
    • Fifteen
    • One
    • Eleven
  • It’s been a long time since the Tyrannosaurus rex roamed the earth. But did the T. rex live here closer to the time of the Stegosaurus, or closer to the time of humans today?

    stegosaurus
    • Closer to humans today
    • Closer to the Stegosaurus
  • The milk of a hippopotamus is not white. What color is it?

    • Pink
    • Grey
    • Blue
    • Orange
  • True or false: Cambridge University is older than the Aztec Empire.

    Cambridge University
    • True
    • False
  • In the U.S., are there more public libraries or McDonald’s?

    McDonald's fries
    • Public libraries
    • McDonald’s
  • Finland and North Korea are surprisingly only separated by one other country. Can you guess which one?

    • Russia
    • Ukraine
    • Turkey
    • China
  • Which is older: Betty White, or sliced bread?

    sliced sandwich bread
    • Betty White
    • Sliced bread
  • True or False: France stopped executing people with a guillotine only 10 years before Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) was in movie theaters.

    medieval town recreation with a guillotine
    • True
    • False
  • Which one of these is actually a nut?

    different kinds of nuts in wooden bowls
    • Hazelnut
    • Peanut
    • Cashew
    • Pine nut
  • There is one edible item in your pantry that will never spoil, even after opening it. What is it?

    • Honey
    • Flour
    • Sugar
    • Baking soda
  • Human fingerprints are indistinguishable from those of what other animal?

    taking a person's fingerprints
    • Koala
    • Gorilla
    • Chimpanzee
    • Sloth
  • Which is the largest continent?

    closeup of a globe
    • Asia
    • Africa
    • North America
    • Europe
    • South America
    • Australia
    • Antarctica
  • We know and love Nintendo for video games these days, but the company originally produced another product before video games existed. What was it?

    • Playing cards
    • Microwaves
    • Books
    • Lighting
  • Which one of these fruits is actually a berry?

    blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries
    • Blueberry
    • Strawberry
    • Raspberry
    • Blackberry
  • Scotland chose a very unusual national animal, especially considering none live in the country. What is it?

    • Unicorn
    • European beaver
    • Brown bear
    • Golden eagle

Kate Singer

Kate Singer is a regular contributor to Polling Pig and enjoys making trivia, polls and personality quizzes.

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