Free Trivia Questions From Fun Trivia
Question: What is the heaviest snake?
Interesting Fact: There is a lot of controversy over which snake holds the world’s record for enormous size. The dimensions that have earned the anaconda the title of king is its total body mass or weight. While the Asiatic Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus) holds the world’s record for length of a snake, with the longest ever measured at 33 feet, the girth of the anaconda is far bigger. Anacondas in the jungles of South America can grow as big around as a grown man!
Question: Who first patented chewing gum?
Answer: Amos Tyler
Interesting Fact: On July 27, 1869, Amos Tyler received the first patent in the United States for chewing gum. Although chewing gum had existed for thousands of years, Tyler, a resident of Toledo, Ohio, was the first person to patent it in the United States. Tyler’s gum consisted of white rosin and olive oil, which he heated and mixed thoroughly. After the combination cooled, it had a white color. Then, Tyler cut his product into sticks and packaged each strip individually. There is no evidence that Tyler ever sold his gum commercially, although he probably at the minimum had a local market for it in Toledo.
Question: When did the Peanuts comic strip first include Snoopy?
Answer: Oct. 4, 1950
Interesting Fact: Originally a minor figure, Snoopy grew to become the strip’s best-known character. His quirks were famous: sleeping on top of his doghouse, pretending he was a WWI airplane pilot or Foreign Legionnaire (in costume), showing the ropes to his bird friend, Woodstock, and already playing shortstop on Charlie Brown’s sandlot baseball team.
Question: Who discovered aspirin?
Answer: Edmund Stone
Interesting Fact: The compound from which the active ingredient in aspirin was first derived, salicylic acid, was found in the bark of a willow tree in 1763 by Reverend Edmund Stone of Chipping-Norton, England. (The bark from the willow tree-Salix Alba-contains high levels of salicin, the glycoside of salicylic acid.) Earlier accounts indicate that Hippocrates of ancient Greece used willow leaves for the same purpose-to reduce fever and relieve the aches of a variety of illnesses.
Question: How did junk email come to be known as Spam?
Answer: Monty Python “spam” skit
Interesting Fact: Yes, Monty Python and not that mysterious meat product we usually associate with that information. In this popular skit by the British comedy troupe Monty Python, a group of Vikings dining in a restaurant sing “Spam, spam, spam” repeatedly, bothersome the other patrons and making conversation difficult. Gee, surprise what that has in shared with junk email?
Question: How long is a Giant Anteater’s tongue?
Answer: 23 inches
Interesting Fact: The great anteater, or ant bear (Myrmecophaga), has an elongated, almost cylindrical head and snout, a long sticky tongue, a rough-haired body about 4 feet long, and a long, general tail. The large, sharp claws on the forefeet are weapons of defense and are used to open the hard earth mounds of termites and ants, which are then picked up on the saliva-coated tongue. The tongue extends to a length of nearly 2 feet.