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Test For People Who Know Everything

This is a good test, with some tantalising and challenging questions. You should be able to get at least three, but you have to be a genius to get 12/14.

14 Test questions "For People Who Know Everything."
  1. There's one "sport" in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends. What is it?

  2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

  3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables? (Biennials don't count.)

  4. Name the only sport in which the ball is always in possession of the team on defence, and the offensive team can score without touching the ball?

  5. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

  6. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

  7. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters "dw." They are all common. Name two of them.

  8. There are fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name half of them?

  9. Where are the lakes that are referred to in the "Los Angeles Lakers?"

  10. For English readers, What is the Vale referred to in Vale Park.

  11. There are seven ways a baseball player can legally reach first base without getting a hit. Being designated a pinch-runner is one way. Name the other six.

  12. For readers in cricket playing countries there are 10 ways of being out in Cricket. Hit the ball twice is one. Can you name the other 9.

  13. It's the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh. What is it?

  14. Name six (or more) things that you can wear on your feet that begin with the letter "S."

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** Answers - Simple, Right?! **
  1. Boxing. (Possibly Ice Skating)

  2. Niagara Falls. The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.

  3. Asparagus and rhubarb.

  4. Baseball.

  5. Strawberry and cashew nut.

  6. The pear grew inside the bottle. The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the whole growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.

  7. Dwarf, dwell, and dwindle.

  8. Period (full stop), comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.

  9. In Minnesota. The team was originally known as the Minneapolis Lakers and kept the name when they moved west.

  10. Port Vale Football club play at Vale Park.

  11. Batter hit by a pitch; passed ball; catcher interference; catcher drops third strike; fielder's choice; and being 'Walked' by the pitcher.

  12. Cricket: Bowled, Stumped, LBW, Run Out, Caught, Hit ball twice, Hit wicket, Handled ball, Obstructing the fielder, and the one everyone forgets - Out of time.

  13. Lettuce.

  14. Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, snowshoes, stockings.
Well, now you know the answers!  Feel any smarter?

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