When bored sitting at your desk with nothing much to do, trivia questions and facts can make things interesting for you. Here’s a compilation of some intriguing questions, which are bound to fascinate you and help you keep the boredom at bay.
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.
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.)
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.)
The Georgia Aquarium, in Atlanta, Georgia, is the largest aquarium in the United States, with a capacity of 8.5-million-US-gallons.
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.
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 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).
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)
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.