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
Trivia 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?
April 26, 2022
Trivia Q. What do you call a scientist dedicated to the study of earthworms?
Trivia A. Oligochaetologist
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
February 15, 2022
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
Trivia 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
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
Trivia 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 Dylan, The 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?
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
Trivia Q. What is the space between your eyebrows called?
Trivia A. Glabella.
March 30, 2021
Trivia Q. Where was Hawaiian pizza invented?
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?
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?
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?
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.