100 Trivia Questions Only Geniuses Will Get Right
From pop culture to geography, see how you fare against these challenging trivia questions.
Trivia Question #1
What geothermal Icelandic site has the same name as a 1980 movie?
B. The Shining
C. Heaven’s Gate
D. The Blue Lagoon
Answer: D. The Blue Lagoon
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Trivia Question #2
Which European country technically shares a border with Brazil, because one of its “overseas departments” does?
D. Great Britain
Answer: C. France, because of French Guiana
Fun fact: Cayenne pepper is named after Cayenne, the capital of French Guiana.
Answer: B. KFC
The polish came in two colours—original and hot & spicy—and was exclusively available in Hong Kong.
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Trivia Question #4
In printing, it’s the colour black. In chemistry, it’s potassium. In baseball, it’s a strikeout. Which letter is it?
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Trivia Question #5
Samuel Tilden, Grover Cleveland, Al Gore and Hillary Clinton share what distinction among U.S. presidential candidates?
Answer: They won the popular vote but lost the electoral-college vote
Can you guess the only president Queen Elizabeth II didn’t meet with during her reign?
Answer: B. Robert Burns
The two influential poems were titled “Comin’ Through the Rye” and “To a Mouse,” respectively.
Trivia Question #7
What Indian mausoleum was called a “teardrop… on the cheek of time” by Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Rabindranath Tagore?
A. Tomb of Cyrus
B. The Taj Mahal
C. Tomb of Jahangir
B. Humayun’s Tomb
Answer: B. The Taj Mahal
A mind-boggling 20,000 artisans and 1,000 elephants were involved in the construction of the Taj Mahal.
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Trivia Question #8
Which letter is omitted from the names of a prominent GBTQ+ dating app, a website that hosts over 465 million blogs, and many other tech brands?
Answer: E (Grindr and Tumblr)
Other examples include Flickr and Scribd.
Answer: B. Red
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Trivia Question #10
What actor said, “If you had been a public figure since the time you were a toddler… maybe you too would value privacy above all else”?
A. Leonardo DiCaprio
B. Jodie Foster
C. Shirley Temple
D. Daniel Radcliffe
Answer: B. Jodie Foster
The two-time Academy Award winner made her acting debut in 1968 on the television show Mayberry R.F.D. While studying at Yale University, she was stalked by John W. Hinckley Jr., who would later try to assassinate then-President Ronald Reagan in 1981 in an effort to “impress” Foster.
Trivia Question #11
Which has more landmass: Antarctica or Canada?
Antarctica has an area of more than 14 million km², 98 per cent of which is covered by the Antarctic ice sheet.
Answer: C. Jasmine
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Trivia Question #13
In Swedish, a skvader is a rabbit with what unusual feature?
D. Giant Hands
Trivia Question #14
Makeup artist Joanna Balkin says she needed 40 bottles of sunscreen per month to protect what 1990s TV show’s cast from sunburns?
A. Law & Order
B. Beverly Hills, 90210
C. Dawson’s Creek
Answer: D. Baywatch
According to cast member Alexandra Paul, contracts for all of the actors on Baywatch stipulated that nobody could gain weight! (Yes, this rule applied for the men as well.)
Trivia Question #15
In 2017, the site Bachtrack.com determined the 10 most performed ballets in the world. What composer gave us three of them, including the first?
A. Léo Delibes
B. Sergei Prokofiev
C. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
D. Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer
Answer: C. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Number one was The Nutcracker)
The other two ballets were Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty!
Trivia Question #16
The three actors who starred as Magneto, Iron Man and Doctor Strange have all played what other character?
A. James Bond
B. Basil Fawlty
C. Ebenezer Scrooge
D. Sherlock Holmes
Answer: D. Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes is one of the most-filmed fictional characters of all time. According to IMDb, Holmes has appeared in a mind-boggling 226 films!
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Trivia Question #17
So far, which has been the only FIFA World Cup host not to make it out of the group stage?
C. United States
D. South Africa
Answer: D. South Africa (in 2010)
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Answer: A. The kidney
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Trivia Question #19
What city elected Sadiq Khan, its first mayor from an ethnic minority, in 2016?
A. Liverpool, England
B. Greater London, England
C. Birmingham, England
D. Manchester, England
Answer: B. Greater London, England
Khan is also the first Muslim mayor of a major Western capital city.
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Trivia Question #20
The “Tina” in Tina Fey is short for what name?
Answer: D. Stamatina
Stamatina is a Greek name—Fey’s mother, who is Greek, was born in Piraeus, Greece.
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Answer: C. David Bowie
“Golden Years” was released on November 21, 1975, the first single from Bowie’s 10th studio album, Station to Station.
Trivia Question #22
Who’s the only athlete who ever lit the cauldron for an Olympics and then won a gold medal at those same games?
A. Midori Ito
B. Cathy Freeman
C. Wayne Gretzky
D. Usain Bolt
Trivia Question #23
What French entertainer, activist and secret agent had a pet cheetah named Chiquita?
A. Jacques Tati
B. Josephine Baker
C. Maurice Chevalier
D. Edith Piaf
Answer: B. Josephine Baker
Baker received both the Croix de Guerre (a first for an American woman) and the Medal of the Resistance in 1946, for her work as a secret agent during WWII.
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Answer: D. Mexico
The flag’s eagle relates to the founding of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital.
Trivia Question #25
In 1986, a U.S. court of appeals ruled that what magic-practising movement qualifies as a religion?
C. Nation of Yahweh
D. Iglesia Maradoniana
Answer: A. Wicca
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Trivia Question #26
Russia is the world’s largest country (by area), and its largest city (by population) is its capital. What’s the next largest country for which this is the case?
Answer: D. Argentina; its capital is Buenos Aires
Argentina is bordered by Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Answer: B. Copernicus
Copernicus championed the idea that the Sun—not the Earth—was at the centre of the universe.
Trivia Question #28
Who dedicated Atlas Shrugged to both her husband and her boyfriend?
A. Flannery O’Connor
B. Virginia Woolf
C. Ayn Rand
D. Margaret Atwood
Trivia Question #29
The kiwi fruit is native to New Zealand. True or false?
Answer: False—it’s native to China
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Answer: D. Kilimanjaro
The pizza took three days to reach its destination, and was delivered at a whopping 19,347-foot peak!
Trivia Question #31
What international retail chain got its start in Älmhult, Sweden, and runs a museum dedicated to its history there?
Answer: C. IKEA
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Trivia Question #32
Which event has the longer-distance world record: men’s discus throw or women’s discus throw?
Answer: Women’s discus throw, which uses a lighter disc
This track-and-field event can be traced all the way back to the original Olympic Games of Ancient Greece.
Answer: D. William Shakespeare
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Trivia Question #34
What singer was born in Havana in 1957, the daughter of a bodyguard employed by dictator Fulgencio Batista?
A. Gloria Estefan
B. Celia Cruz
C. Jennifer Lopez
Answer: A. Gloria Estefan
When Fidel Castro rose to power in Cuba, Estefan, still a toddler, fled to the United States with her family. The rest, as they say, is history.
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Trivia Question #35
Although it freed itself from the United States in 1946, what nation’s Independence Day celebrates its declaration of independence from Spain in 1898?
B. The Philippines
Answer: B. The Philippines
The Philippines is home to about 7,500 islands, only 2,000 of which are inhabited!
Answer: D. Alien
Said Cartwright in an old issue of Empire: “They have four cameras going. You see this thing start to come out, so we all get sucked in, we lean forward to check it out. They shout, “Cut!” They cut John’s T-shirt a little more because it wasn’t going to burst through. Then they said, “Let’s start again.” We all start leaning forward again and all of a sudden it comes out. I tell you, none of us expected it. It came out and twisted round.”
Trivia Question #37
If you order “murgh” from the menu at an Indian restaurant, what meat will you get?
Trivia Question #38
In 2016, who used his own namesake manoeuvre when he saw that a woman at his retirement home was choking?
A. Dr. Henry Harryhausen
B. Dr. Henry Heimlich
C. Dr. Henry Howard
D. Dr. Henry Hamm
Answer: Dr. Henry Heimlich
Dr. Heimlich first wrote about the manoeuvre in 1974. He passed away on December 17, 2016 at the age of 96.
Answer: A. Malaysia
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Trivia Question #40
Gioachino Rossini’s last opera was produced in 1829, complete with Swiss alphorns. What was it?
A. The Marriage of Figaro
B. Don Giovanni
C. The Barber of Seville
D. William Tell
Trivia Question #41
Which of the following is not a sub-atomic particle?
Answer: D. Scion
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Answer: B. Mammoth
Mammoths went extinct approximately 10,000 years ago, and are closely related to today’s Asian elephants.
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Trivia Question #43
Who became famous for painting New Mexico landscapes from her Model A Ford?
A. Frida Kahlo
B. Georgia O’Keeffe
C. Helen Frankenthaler
D. Tamara de Lempicka
Trivia Question #44
Surprisingly, whose team lost a Christmas-decorating contest when she was an inmate at Alderson, a West Virginia women’s prison?
A. Paris Hilton
B. Martha Stewart
C. Lindsay Lohan
D. Michelle Rodriguez
Answer: B. Martha Stewart
Stewart was found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and lying to federal investigators in 2004—all the charges were related to a stock trading case.
Answer: A. Australia
The platypus is endemic to eastern Australia.
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Trivia Question #46
To raise money for charities, who handwrote an 800-word prequel to her bestselling book series?
A. E.L. James
B. J.K. Rowling
C. Suzanne Collins
D. Stephanie Meyer
Answer: B. J.K. Rowling
Rowling’s manuscript, which sold for £25,000 in 2008, was later stolen in 2017.
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Trivia Question #47
According to its former minister of tourism, which country is known abroad for its three Rs: reggae, romance and running?
C. The Bahamas
Answer: D. Jamaica
This well-known island nation attracted an impressive 4.3 million visitors in 2017.
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Answer: D. The sun
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Trivia Question #49
Razzie awards are meant to go to bad movies, but who got nominated for directing the now widely respected film Scarface?
A. Francis Ford Coppola
B. Martin Scorsese
C. Brian De Palma
D. Sidney Lumet
Answer: C. Brian De Palma
Here’s the original 1983 review published in the New York Daily News: “The original “Scarface” ran a brisk 90 minutes, but De Palma drags out the bloodshed for nearly three hours, adding phony church music to give a more serious tone to the movie.” Ouch!
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Trivia Question #50
Mauritius is the only African country where the most commonly practised religion is what?
Answer: B. Hinduism
Forty-nine per cent of the Mauritian population are Hindu.
Answer: B. The Eiffel Tower
Quirky fact: taking photos of the Eiffel Tower at night is actually illegal!
Trivia Question #52
What movie star uses his middle initial, B, for “Bakari,” to avoid confusion with a retired basketball star?
A. Allen B. Iverson
B. Larry B. Bird
C. Walt B. Frazier
D. Michael B. Jordan
Answer: D. Michael B. Jordan
“We had the same name and I always got teased about not being the real Michael Jordan,” the actor said on Good Morning America in 2018. “Honestly [it] gave me a competitive chip on my shoulder and made me wanted to compete at anything I did.”
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Trivia Question #53
Which country’s late monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, got a patent for a rainmaking technology?
Answer: C. Thailand
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Answer: A. Scandal
Scandal (2012-2018) was created by Shonda Rhimes and starred Kerry Washington as a Washington, D.C.-based crisis manager.
Trivia Question #55
Kersti Kaljulaid was 46 years old when she became the youngest president ever elected to lead which country?
Answer: D. Estonia
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Trivia Question #56
Queen Mary Tudor of England is better known to history by what name?
A. Crazy Mary
B. Screaming Mary
C. Bloody Mary
D. Crying Mary
Answer: C. Bloody Mary
Queen Mary more than earned her nickname, too! (She had hundreds of Protestants burnt at the stake during English Reformation.)
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Answer: B. Trading Places
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Trivia Question #58
What two Renaissance artists were commissioned to paint rivalling frescoes at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence?
A. Donatello and Botticelli
B. Raphael and Caravaggio
C. Titian and Masaccio
D. Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo
Answer: D. Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo
As unbelievable as it sounds, da Vinci and Michelangelo really did paint in the same room once, according to historians. These mysteries of the art world are equally as mind-boggling.
Trivia Question #59
What flightless bird, now extinct, was last seen on an island off the coast of Iceland?
A. Saint Helena hoopoe
B. Amsterdam wigeon
C. The great auk (Pinguinus impennis)
D. Jamaican caracara
Answer: C. The great auk (Pinguinus impennis)
The great auk is believed to have become extinct in the mid-19th century.
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Trivia Question #60
The first time someone bought real-world goods with bitcoins, 10,000 of them (worth over US$90 million today) were exchanged for what?
A. Two pizzas
B. A novelty calendar
D. A hardcover of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Answer: A. Two pizzas
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Trivia Question #61
Arancini is an Italian delicacy. Its name means “little orange” but it’s actually made mostly of what?
Answer: B. Rice
Arancini are said to have originated in Sicily during the 10th century.
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Trivia Question #62
Among land animals, what species has the largest eyes?
Answer: D. The ostrich (Struthio camelus)
The ostrich eye is five times larger than the human eye!
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