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March 4, 2022
What is the regolith?
A) Craters on the Moon
B) The powdery top layer of the Moon
C) Remains of things that crash into the Moon
D) Water ice
February 25, 2022
About how many American households have at least one pet?
A) 50 million
B) 70 million
C) 90 million
D) 115 million
Answer: C. From the story How the presence of pets builds trust among people
February 18, 2022
When was “Yokohama, California,” the first book of fiction to be published by a Japanese American, published?
February 11, 2022
Pure water will not freeze until it is cooled to about what temperature?
A) -40 F
B) -5 F
C) 0 F
D) 32 F
February 4, 2022
About how many countries permit return-free filing, in which the government notifies taxpayers of taxes owed or a refund?
January 28, 2022
About how many cooperative observers send weather data to the National Weather Service?
January 21, 2022
About how many COVID-19 tests in the U.S. have been performed by medical laboratory professionals as of January 2022?
A) 320 million
B) 520 million
C) 860 million
D) 1 billion
January 14, 2022
The brain requires what percent of the human body’s energy needs to perform all of its functions?
January 7, 2022
True or false: You taste different flavors on different parts of your tongue?
December 17, 2021
American mistletoe is in the genus Phoradendron, which translates to which of the following in Greek?
A) thief of the tree
B) witches’ broom
C) kissing plant
D) plant strangler
December 10, 2021
What year was the first image of Santa Claus produced?
December 3, 2021
Muscle mass makes up what percentage of body mass in most mammals?
November 26, 2021
How long has Thanksgiving been called “Turkey Day?” At least since:
November 19, 2021
In what year did the Surgeon General officially identify tobacco products as addictive?
November 12, 2021
How many songs did Paul McCartney reveal the origin of in his new book?
November 5, 2021
In the U.S., what percentage of atheist scientists say they are culturally religious?
October 29, 2021
Which of the following substances produces yellow hues in leaves during the fall?
October 22, 2021
What year did the pentagram – a five-pointed star associated with Wicca – become a permitted symbol for military gravestones?
October 21, 2021
What is the most-read article in the history of The Conversation U.S. to date?
Answer: A, but the wrong answers are all in the Top 10.
October 15, 2021
In what year did the first known reference to vampires appear in a manuscript?
Answer: B. From More ‘disease’ than ‘Dracula’ – how the vampire myth was born
October 8, 2021
What year did Syukuro Manabe and his colleague, Richard Wetherald, use a simplified version of their climate model to perform the first quantitative study of the effects of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?
October 1, 2021
How many tattoos does Ötzi the Iceman have?
September 24, 2021
As of September 2021, how many known near-Earth asteroids are there?
A) More than 7,000
B) More than 11,000
C) More than 26,000
D) More than 42,000
September 17, 2021
How many Muslims live in Latin America?
C) 1 million
D) 1.7 million
Answer: D. From Chile has a growing Muslim community – but few know about it
September 10, 2021
As of 2021, what percentage of Wikipedia biographies in English are about women?
September 3, 2021
When did Wicca come to America?
Answer: C. From What is Wicca? An expert on modern witchcraft explains.
August 27, 2021
Poisons made up what percentage of drugs in the Chinese pharmacopeia in the imperial era?
August 20, 2021
According to the Health Nutritional Index, eating one hot dog costs a person how many minutes of “healthy” life?
August 18, 2021
When you sneeze, what’s the top speed of mucus particles expelled from your nose?
A. 20 mph
B. 40 mph
C. 60 mph
D. 100 mph
Answer: D. From A pediatric nurse explains the science of sneezing
June 24, 2021
How many calories does a top Tour de France cyclist burn on a day of mountain racing?
Answer: C. From Tour de France: How many calories will the winner burn?