Trivia From Your Library

Fill your brain with random trivia! We feature a new trivia question in each edition of the library email newsletter.

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June 21, 2022

Trivia Q. What is the white sand on beautiful beaches?

Trivia A. Parrotfish poop. The fish bite and scrape algae off of rocks and dead corals with their parrot-like beaks, grind up the inedible calcium-carbonate reef material (made mostly of coral skeletons) in their guts, and then excrete it as sand.

June 7, 2022

Trivia Q. How many thunderstorms occur in the U.S. each year?

Trivia A. According to the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory approximately 100,000 thunderstorms occur in the U.S. every year and the majority of those happen during the spring and summer.

May 24, 2022

Big orange octopus swimming near the reef in Indian oceanTrivia Q. How many hearts to octopuses have?

Trivia A.  Three. Learn more about octopuses in the book Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea, the video Octopus: Making Contact or the book Octopuses: Clever Ocean Creatures. These are just a few of many books and videos we have on octopuses.

May 10, 2022

Trivia Q. What is the most in-demand natural element in the world?

Trivia A. Sand – Learn more in the book The World in a Grain by Vince Beisner.

April 26, 2022

Trivia Q. What do you call a scientist dedicated to the study of earthworms?

Trivia A. Oligochaetologist

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April 12, 2022

Trivia Q. What do you call a group of resting sea otters?

Trivia A. A raft.

March 29, 2022

Trivia Q. In what country was the Caesar salad invented?

Trivia A. Mexico by chef Caesar Cardini (probably). There is some debate whether the origin is Mexico or Italy, but a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico, definitely played a role in the salad’s popularity.

March 15, 2022

Trivia Q. The first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1762 didn’t take place in Ireland. Where did it take place?

Trivia A. The United States

March 1, 2022

Trivia Q. What is a single spaghetti noodle called?

Trivia A. A spaghetto

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February 15, 2022

heart-shaped box of chocolates

Trivia Q. Who invented the first heart-shaped candy box?

Trivia A. Richard Cadbury. Read about the history of Cadburys and chocolate in Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury.

February 1, 2022

German Chocolate Cake with a Coconut IcingTrivia Q. In what country was German chocolate cake invented?

Trivia A. United States

January 18, 2022

Trivia Q. How fast is a hummingbird’s heart beat?

Trivia A. According to the National Park Service their hearts can beat as fast as 1,260 beats per minute, which is the rate measured in a Blue-throated Hummingbird, or as slow as 50-180 beats per minute on a cold night when they experience torpor, a hibernation-like state.

January 4, 2022

Trivia Q. What is Mrs. Butterworth’s first name?

Trivia A. Joy

December 14, 2021

Trivia Q. Which actor was a bodyguard for Howard Hughes?

Trivia A. Wilford Brimley

November 30, 2021

Trivia Q. What was the original purpose of bubble wrap?

Trivia A. 3D wallpaper

November 9, 2021

Trivia Q. What is Cookie Monster’s first name?

Trivia A. Sid

October 26, 2021

Bowl of Halloween candy corns with jack o' lanterns and spider decoration on rustic wood table.Trivia Q. What was Candy Corn originally called?

Trivia A. Chicken Feed

October 12, 2021

Trivia Q. What is the official sport of Maryland?

Trivia A. Jousting

September 28, 2021

Trivia Q. In 1927, Time Magazine named it’s first Man of the Year (now known as Person of the Year): Charles Lindbergh.  The following year, the honor went which prominent businessman, who was born in Wamego, Kansas?

Trivia A. Walter Chrysler

September 14, 2021

Blue Panther chameleon isolated on white backgroundTrivia Q. How long is a chameleon’s tongue in relation to it’s body?

Trivia A. A chameleon’s tongue is roughly twice the length of it’s body.

August 31, 2021

Trivia Q. What U.S. city has three professional sports teams that all have the same colors?

Trivia A. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the only city whose professional sports teams all have the same colors. Black and gold are the colors for the Steelers (NFL), the Penguins (NHL) and the Pirates (MLB).

August 17, 2021

Trivia Q. When was the first TV commercial aired in the U.S.?

Trivia A. On July 1, 1941, the L.A. Dodgers were playing the Philadelphia Phillies in New York at Ebbets Field. Those watching at home on the NBC-owned WNBT (now WNBC) saw the very first TV commercial shown in the United States.

August 3, 2021

Trivia Q. What country has the most visitors based on 2017 data?

Trivia A. France has the most visitors according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

July 20, 2021

Trivia Q. Which came first Rolling Stone magazine, the Bob Dylan hit Like a Rolling Stone or The Temptations song Papa was a Rolling Stone?

Trivia A. The Dylan song came out in 1965, two years before the magazine and seven years before The Temptations song. You can check out Dylan albums, books about DylanThe Temptations music, Mark Ribowsky’s book about The Temptations and the magazine from the library.

July 6, 2021

Trivia Q. What are the only 2 countries that begin with “The”?

Trivia A. The Gambia and The Bahamas formally include “The” in their names.

June 22, 2021

Trivia Q. What is the most widely spoken language in the world?

Trivia A. With around 950 million native speakers and an additional 200 million people speaking Mandarin Chinese as a second language, it’s the most widely spoken language in the world.

June 8, 2021

Trivia Q. What children’s nature magazine has been published by the National Wildlife Federation since 1967?

Trivia A. Ranger Rick. You can check out Ranger Rick as a printed magazine or digitally with your library card. We also have the print version of Ranger Rick Jr.

May 25, 2021

Trivia Q. What are the Canary Islands named after?

Trivia A. Dogs. Although it’s off the coast of northwestern Africa, the archipelago is actually part of Spain. In Spanish, the area’s name is Islas Canarias, which comes from the Latin phrase Canariae Insulae for “island of dogs.”

May 11, 2021

Trivia Q. Where is the best place in the world to see rainbows?

Trivia A. Hawaii is the best place to see rainbows according to a study published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

April 27, 2021

Trivia Q. What do you call the luminous ring that is sometimes visible around the moon?

Trivia A. Broch

April 13, 2021

man with raised eyebrows Trivia Q. What is the space between your eyebrows called?

Trivia A. Glabella.

March 30, 2021

 Hawaiian Pizza Close up on black backgroundTrivia Q. Where was Hawaiian pizza invented?

Trivia A. Ontario, Canada Check out one of our many pizza cookbooks to make your own delicious pizza.

March 16, 2021

Trivia Q. Which state capital has the smallest population?

Trivia A. Montpelier, Vermont has a population of 7,500.

March 9, 2021

Trivia Q. Why is Chicago called the Windy City?

Trivia A. 19th century journalists gave the city that name because its residents were “windbags” and “full of hot air.” We have lots of information on Chicago if you want to learn more or visit.

March 2, 2021

Trivia Q. What country is hit with the most tornadoes per square mile?

Trivia A. England. Between 1980 and 2012, England experienced 2.2 tornadoes per year per 10,000 square kilometers (3,861 square miles), which equates to one per every 4,545 square kilometers (1,754 square miles) annually. By comparison, the entire U.S. (including the non-contiguous states of Alaska and Hawaii) experienced 1.3 tornadoes annually per the same area – or one per 7,693 square kilometers (2,970 square miles).

February 23, 2021

Trivia Q. How do beavers see underwater?

Trivia A. Beavers have transparent eyelids to allow them to see underwater.We have several books you can check out to learn more strange animal facts.

February 16, 2021

Trivia Q. What is the name of the patient in the game Operation?

Trivia A. Cavity Sam

February 9, 2021

Trivia Q. Where to the majority of polar bears live?

Trivia A. The WWF estimates that 60-80 percent of polar bears live in Canada. 

February 2, 2021

Trivia Q. Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are was originally a story about what animal?

Trivia A. The story was originally about a boy in a land of wild horses. However, Sendak was also the story’s illustrator and he couldn’t draw horses. He could draw wild things so he changed the story.

January 26, 2021

Trivia Q. How do armadillos stay afloat when swimming?

Trivia A. Armadillos swallow air to make themselves buoyant. They can hold their breath for six minutes or more. Learn more about armadillos.

January 19, 2021

Trivia Q. What are the only two countries that have purple in their flag?

Trivia A. Dominica and Nicaragua are the only two countries with purple in their flags. Dominica uses purple in the flag’s sisserou parrot and Nicaragua includes a purple stripe in a rainbow on the national coat of arms.

January 12, 2021

Trivia Q. What was the bet that encouraged Dr. Seuss to write Green Eggs and Ham?

Trivia A. Dr. Seuss’s publisher, Bennett Cerf, bet him that he couldn’t write a book using 50 words or less. Green Eggs and Ham uses exactly 50 words.

January 5, 2021

Trivia Q. Where does the name for “Tic Tac” mints come from?

Trivia A. According to the company, the mints are named for the sound when the little Tic Tac container is opened and closed.