The word trivia means 'something of very little importance'; that, however, doesn't necessarily mean it is not interesting. Trivia questions are becoming more and more popular among various age groups, and the fact that these not-so-important questions take you by surprise -- in most of the cases, at least -- has a crucial role to play in their popularity. We enjoy trying to figure out the answers to these questions, regardless of whether they are meant for kids or adults. If the recent trend of mushrooming trivia-questions-based game shows is something to go by, you get an apt picture of the popularity of these "trivial" questions.
Trivia Questions and Answers for Adults
Did you know that a spine-tailed swift can fly at the speed of 220 miles per hour, or that the thickest part of the human skin is located at the palms and soles? The list of trivia facts is quite lengthy, and the topics covered range from culture and environment to sports and entertainment. The list would, in fact, be much longer than we can imagine with so many subjects to cover, and the compilation of interesting trivia questions given below is just a small part of the same.
Which was the first nation to give women the right to vote?
On September 19, 1893, New Zealand became the first nation to give its women citizens the right to vote, and the womenfolk of the island nation voted for the first time on November 28, 1893.
Which ocean goes to the deepest depths?
Source: U.S. NHHC Photograph
The Pacific Ocean is the deepest ocean in the world; its deepest point, the Challenger Deep of the Mariana Trench, has a depth of around 35,768 - 35,814 ft. (Image: Bathyscaphe Trieste used by Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh to reach the record depths of the Challenger Deep on January 23, 1960.)
Which is northernmost point of land on the Earth?
Source: Library of Congress/via Wikimedia Commons
The Kaffeklubben Island or The Coffee Club Island, which lies off the northern coast of Greenland, is considered the northernmost point of land on the planet. (Image: Robert Peary, the American explorer who became the first person to sight this island in 1900.)
Which is the largest aquarium in the United States of America?
Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ruben Perez
The Georgia Aquarium, in Atlanta, Georgia, is the largest aquarium in the United States, with a capacity of 8.5-million-US-gallons.
Which country has not fought a war since 1814?
Sweden has not fought in a war since 1814 (the Napoleonic Wars), and thus, can be considered the oldest neutral country in the world.
What drupaceous fruit were Hawaiian women once forbidden to eat by the law?
Bizarre as it may sound, the "Kapu" or sacred laws of Hawaii prohibited womenfolk from eating coconuts until as recently as 1819; the punishment for breaking this law was death at the hands of Mu -- the official executioners.
What's the most common non-contagious disease in the world?
It may come as a surprise for many people, but tooth decay is considered the most common non-contagious disease in the world.
What does VSOP stand for on a bottle of Brandy?
VSOP, on a bottle of brandy, stands for 'Very Superior Old Pale,' and not 'Very Special Old Pale' as many people assume.
Which country would you be in if you were to ski in the Dolomites?
If you were skiing in the Dolomites, you would be in Italy. The mountain range in northeastern Italy was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in August 2009.
Who was the first U.S. President to adopt the informal version of his first name?
Source: Central Intelligence Agency (US)
The 39th President of the United States, James Earl Carter Jr., popularly known as Jimmy Carter, was the first President to adopt the informal version of his name. Unlike Theodore Roosevelt, Carter used the informal version of his first name officially.
Which country owns the island of Bermuda?
Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory under the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom (Britain); its status is well-depicted by the Union Flag in the upper left corner of its flag.
Which was the first daily comic strip published in the United States?
Source: Wikimedia Commons (PD)
Mutt and Jeff by H. C. (Bud) Fisher, which debuted in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1907, is widely regarded as the first comic strip in America. (Image: Mutt and Jeff in Dog Gone, 1926.)
The term "Siamese twins" originated with the birth of two brothers joined together at the chest. What were their names?
Source: LOC, Prints & Photographs Division [No: LC-USZ62-3928]
The origins of the widely-used term 'Siamese twins' can be traced to the birth of Chang Bunker and Eng Bunker, the conjoined twins who were born on May 11, 1811, in Siam (present-day Thailand).
What was John Lennon's middle name?
John Lennon was named John 'Winston' Lennon at birth, after his grandfather, John 'Jack' Lennon, and the then-Prime Minister of UK, Winston Churchill.
Which weapon did German gunsmith August Kotter unload on the world in 1520?
The German gunsmith, August Kotter, is credited with the invention of the rifle, a feat which he is believed to have achieved in 1520.
Which animal is the official symbol of the World Wildlife Fund?
The giant panda has been a symbol of the World Wildlife Fund since it was founded in 1961, and the credit for the same goes to Chi Chi, a giant panda at the London Zoo, who served as an inspiration.
Which colors do colorblind people have trouble distinguishing?
There exist several different forms of color blindness, but the most common form is the one wherein the person finds it difficult to distinguish between the colors red and green.
Which bird is used as the sign of peace?
A dove holding an olive branch is often used as a sign of peace, and is widely seen at events promoting peace and pacifism.
What is the highest possible break in a game of snooker?
The 'maximum break' or highest possible break in snooker, in normal circumstances, is 147 points, which can be achieved by potting all reds with blacks for 120 points, and following it up by all six colors to score the next 27 points.
Who was the gymnast who scored a perfect score of 10 in the 1976 Montreal Olympics?
On July 18, 1976, Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comaneci, scored a perfect 10 in the Uneven Bars event at the Montreal Olympics, and became the first gymnast to do what was deemed impossible until then.
Which is the only country in the world which sports the Bible on its national flag?
The Dominican Republic is the only country in the world which has a Bible on its national flag.
Which is the largest country in Central America?
The largest country in Central America is Nicaragua with a total area of 50,193 sq mi.
In which year did England abolish the death penalty for murder?
In England, the death penalty for murder was abolished with the House voting 343 to 185 (a majority of 158) in favor of permanent abolition in 1969. However, the same for crimes, like piracy with violence and treason, was not abolished until 1998.
Who has been the only bachelor President of the United States?
Credit: George Peter Alexander Healy (artist)/via Wikimedia Commons (PD)
James Buchanan, Jr. has been the only bachelor president in the American history. During his tenure as the president from 1857 to 1861, his niece, Harriet Lane, acted as First Lady of the United States. (Image: Portrait of James Buchanan)
Who was the second person to set foot on the Moon?
Lunar module pilot Edwin Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr., popularly known as Buzz Aldrin, was the second person to set foot on the Moon.
All these questions are not really as difficult as our lack of interest in general knowledge and our inability to think logically makes them. Having said that, going through such trivia questions and answers is perhaps the best way to gain knowledge, whilst having some fun -- for kids and adults alike.