Quick, for $200, how do mermaids poop? Ah, not quick enough to win that fictional money. Should’ve brushed up on your mermaid trivia. (It’s through their belly buttons, by the way. Also, mermaids aren’t real, get a grip!!!!)Even though that was a truly ridiculous question, we bet that, at least for a second, you were racking your brain to see if you had the answer floating around in there. And who could blame you? We store A TON of useless information inside our minds, and we’re constantly learning even more useless stuff every dang day.Seeing as though every single person on the planet does this, there must be some logical reason why we do it, right? Why are humans curious anyway?

Silly Questions Ain’t So Silly After All

Turns out, when ancient humans were coming into their own and trading in their primitive skills for more ~intellectual~ ones, there was an internal force that was driving them to continue learning. It’s called neoteny, and it’s the phenomenon of retaining childlike traits as adults. You know how when you take a 5-year-old kid literally anywhere, they’re constantly asking, “What’s that?” and “Who are you?” and “Why?” at least a million times? That’s the same curiosity that sticks with us well after we’ve gone through puberty — we’ve just developed less annoying ways to express it.This trait serves a pretty unique purpose, too. Once we abandoned our apelike strength, humans began utilizing their curiosity to learn about their environment and themselves in order to stay alive. Ever heard of a little thing called FIRE? Yeah, without a general sense of inquisitiveness, cave-people may have never discovered it, which would’ve been a real bummer because the chances of our species’ survival would’ve gone wayyyyy down. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but without it, humans may have never survived!

But What Do YOU Want To Know?

Now that our big ol’ human brains are fully formed and we have a pretty solid grasp on how to not die, we’ve moved on from learning about super necessary things like fire, water, food, etc. etc., and have started collecting completely random facts and seemingly useless tidbits, too. We’ve even put trivia on a sort of pedestal, since those who know a lot of this junk tend to win a buttload of money on TV game shows.However, we’re all weird unique in our own, beautiful ways, and different kinds of trivia might entice us more than others. Some of us might be buffs about boating, while others are whizzes when it comes to weasels. It’s what makes the world go ‘round!Maybe you’re not even sure of what you are most curious about yet, and that’s A-okay! We’re here to help. How’s about we explore a couple of popular trivia categories together?

Food Questions for Hungry Minds

Let’s start off with a universally beloved topic: FOOOOOOOOOOOD. Here are some questions people have asked about edible thangs.

  1. Do bees like the taste of honey?
  2. Is Monterey Jack a cheese AND a person?
  3. What exactly are “tapas”?
  4. Can you dye hair with tea?
  5. Why does whiskey help with colds?
  6. Which countries love eating crickets?
  7. How does someone keep kosher?
  8. What is the only food that never spoils?
  9. How many apples does it take to make 1L of apple juice?
  10. What is the “gator” part of Gatorade?
  11. Which fruit was popular among the pirate crowd?
  12. What happens when you put a rotten egg in water?
  13. Are “hush puppies” made from real dogs?
  14. Which entertainment company created the cereal called “Booty O’s”?
  15. In what decade was McDonald’s founded?
  16. Where did kiwis originally come from?
  17. What animal is used to make red food coloring?
  18. What’s the proper name for someone who makes pizza?
  19. Which rapper made “gin and juice” popular?
  20. When did s’mores become a thing?
  21. Is garlic a vegetable?
  22. Why are eggs different colors?
  23. Are there benefits to a coffee scrub?
  24. Which candy is a staple during Halloween?
  25. Who is the celebrity co-owner of Casamigos Tequila?

Go Down In History With Strange Historical Questions

Wars, inventions, and scandals, oh my! Perhaps history is more up your alley. Don’t worry, there are only thousands of history questions that’ll keep you guessing forever.

  1. Where is the world’s oldest zoo?
  2. What was the name of the first monkey in space?
  3. The Roman emperor Claudius legalized what at banquets?
  4. What was the first country to recognize Mexico’s independence?
  5. Why can’t the city of La Paz in Bolivia ever catch on fire?
  6. What is it illegal to duel with in Massachusetts?
  7. When did the first American TV station go on air?
  8. What became an official religion in the UK in 2000?
  9. Who has sold the most acapella albums of all time?
  10. What peoples name means “eaters of raw flesh”?
  11. When did cannabis become legal in Holland?
  12. What bloody side gig did President Grover Cleveland once have?
  13. Who invented scissors?
  14. What is banned in Japanese restaurants?
  15. Why are there 8 nights of Hanukkah?
  16. Which state caused drama in the 2000 U.S. presidential election?
  17. Who participated in the War of 1812?
  18. What are the 7 wonders of the world?
  19. Why isn’t the mail delivered on Sundays?
  20. When was the permanent marker invented?
  21. How many patents does Benjamin Franklin hold?
  22. Why is the Super Bowl on a Sunday?
  23. What was the shortest war in history?
  24. Who shot at Ronald Reagan?
  25. How many federal holidays are there in the U.S.?

Weird Questions Make Smarter People

We’re not sure if that’s actually true, but weird questions definitely make life more fun. Why not ask yourself a couple right now?

  1. Do teachers get paid in the summer?
  2. What is “jumping the broom”?
  3. How do squids reproduce?
  4. What would happen if you took your helmet off in space?
  5. Do plants feel pain?
  6. Jell-O contains what animal product?
  7. How many germs live on a human foot?
  8. What continent has the fewest flowering plants?
  9. What element begins with the letter “K”?
  10. What was the first planet to be discovered using the telescope?
  11. How many days does a cat usually stay in heat?
  12. What’s the ballet term for a 360-degree turn on one foot?
  13. What model appeared topless on the cover of his own novel?
  14. What color is Absinth?
  15. What was Elton John’s first #1 album?
  16. What explorer introduced pigs to North America?
  17. What is the minimum number of musicians a band must have to be considered a “big band”?
  18. What’s the largest and densest of the four rocky planets?
  19. Who was Johnny Carson’s sidekick on The Tonight Show?
  20. What did ancient Romans use to dye their hair?
  21. Who played The Penguin in “Batman Returns”?
  22. What was thrown at the bride and groom during the Middle Ages?
  23. “Mr. Cat Poop” is the Chinese movie title for what Jack Nicholson movie?
  24. What do you call a group of donkeys?
  25. What is the most common type of gas?

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