This online quiz is all about separating fact from fiction. The quiz presents you with something which may or may not be true, and all you have to do is choose from one of the two options. With only two options for each question, you may think this quiz will be easy, but even the best quizzers struggle to keep up the pace.
You will be faced with some of the most unbelievable and astonishing facts across the natural world and history. However, don’t let the fiction trip you up as you try and achieve a perfect score. How many can you get right in this fun online quiz? Find out below.
The U.S. Mint actually loses money from making penny and nickel coins.
This is correct. It is estimated that in 2013, taxpayers lost more than $100 million through making these coins. The cost of minting a penny cent is estimated to be around 1.8 cents. Meanwhile, a nickel cost around 9.4 cents to make! Interestingly, a nickel was estimated to cost twice as much as a dime to mint, with a dime having an estimated minting cost of 4.6 cents.
Blowing out birthday candles helps reduce bacteria on the cake, as the heat helps eradicate the bacteria.
Unfortunately, this is fiction. Blowing out birthday candles does actually significantly increase the number of bacteria on a cake. It is estimated that blowing out birthday candles can lead to around an 1,400% increase in the number of bacteria on a birthday cake.
During the second world war, a British submarine had a reindeer on board as a pet.
During the second world war, the HMS trident kept a reindeer named Pollyanna on their submarine for around six weeks. This reindeer was actually a gift from the Russians, who of course were allies with both the British and the Americans during this war.
San Francisco held a referendum on whether a ventriloquist dummy could ride on duty with a policeman.
Back in 1993, there was an actual referendum held in San Francisco over whether a ventriloquist dummy named Brendan O’Smarty was eligible to ride on patrol with a police officer. Bob Geary, the police officer in question, won the referendum, and the right to ride with his best friend Brendan whilst keeping the streets safe!
There is evidence matches were invented by the ancient Egyptians.
In the scope of history, the match is actually a relatively recent invention. The modern match was invented in 1826. The invention is credited to John Walker of England. Remarkably, this invention is actually three years later than the invention of the modern lighter, which was invented in 1823.
Vatican City is the only place in the world where there are no recorded incidents of drunkenness.
Although Vatican City is of course deeply rooted in religion, the country does allow alcohol consumption, unlike some other countries across the world where drinking is seen as socially unacceptable or even outlawed. In fact, Vatican City is top of the list when it comes to most wine drank per person!
Nicholas Cage once bought an octopus to keep as a pet.
Nicholas Cage reportedly bought the octopus to help him improve his acting skills! The octopus was a very rare animal, and costed the actor over 100 thousand dollars. Nicholas Cage has a history of similar purchases, and has also reportedly bought snakes for over the $100 thousand mark too.
Captain Morgan, the pirate on the bottle of the rum brand, was a real person.
Captain Harri Morgan was a Welshman born in South Wales, who went on to purchase three large sugar plantations in Jamaica. He went on to become Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica, although he would not live to taste his namesake drink, as this was first brought to market centuries after his death.
The first living thing to fly in a hot air balloon was Queen Victoria of England.
The first hot air balloon flight was not actually completed by the Queen of England. In fact, the first living thing to fly in a hot air balloon was not a human at all! The first passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster. These three passengers were in the air for approximately fifteen minutes, when this flight took place in 1783.
David Hasslehoff’s nickname was actually on the table during his divorce settlement.
As part of David Hasslehoff’s previous divorce settlement, he reportedly kept his nickname ‘the hoff’ as well as his catchphrase ‘don’t hassle the Hoff’.
Snails are the only living thing which does not need to sleep to survive.
Snails do need sleep to survive. They have relatively unique sleep patterns in comparison to humans, as snail sleep patterns usually stretch over three-day periods rather than the 24-hour periods that we know as humans. Snails also hibernate to conserve energy, and are able to stay asleep and hibernate for up to three years!
Disney World is the second largest purchaser of explosives in the USA.
Disney World is the second largest purchaser of explosive devices in the USA, coming second behind the US military. There is no bad intention behind these purchases, as they are of course used for the firework displays with which Disney World has famously become associated.
The moon is actually getting closer to the earth every year.
The moon is in fact getting further away from us. The moon is being pushed away from the Earth through gravitational forces to the tune of around 1.6 inches per year. Although this might not sound like much, scientists have suggested this could have a large impact on our planet in the millennia to come.
Thanks to climate change, the amount of ants on earth dropped to an estimated 1 billion, the lowest ever recorded, in 2019.
Ants still very much beat humans when it comes to populations. There are an estimated 10 trillion ants on the planet today, in comparison to the 7 billion mark for humans. To put this into context, all the ants on the planet would weight an estimated 40 billion kilograms, even though they weigh an estimated 4mg each!
Abraham Lincoln had a dog, who was also assassinated.
Abraham Lincoln had a dog named Fido, who was tragically killed by a drunken man around a year after the assassination of the former US president Abraham Lincoln. Interestingly, the dog is also recognised as one of the reasons for the popularity of the dog name ‘Fido’, which has since become a widely used pet name across the USA.
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