Happy Friday. Have you ever partied a little too hard and came away with an interesting story? Perhaps your tale is memorable enough to be included in a Croatian university student’s all-new Museum of the Hangover, featuring exhibits that include a “beer goggles” reflex-testing room and a collection of unusual items people found after a night of drinking.
It’s trivia time! Today’s DONUT will feature ten of the top Dose of Knowledge questions of 2019 – scroll all the way to the bottom for the answer key. The normal DONUT will be back in your inbox on Monday.
“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
– Babe Ruth
Year in Review: Dose of Knowledge Quiz
Population Zip (Aug. 22)
How many zip codes are there in the US?
A) 121,643 B) 41,701 C) 64,953 D) 76,015
Way Shrew Fast (Aug. 27)
The American pygmy shrew has the fastest heartbeat of any living creature. How many times do their hearts beat per minute?
A) 350 B) 140 C) 1,200 D) 700
Horsin’ Around (Aug. 29)
What’s the maximum amount of horsepower that one horse can generate?
A) 1 B) 15 C) 23 D) 7
Man’s best friend(s) (Sept. 20)
What is the most common pet in the United States?
A) Fish B) Dog C) Bird D) Cat
Taking the cake (Sept. 26)
In honor of National Pancake Day, which of the following delicious endeavors is an official Guinness World Record?
A) Most pancakes eaten in space B) Fastest marathon while flipping a pancake C) Largest successfully flipped pancake D) Most pancakes eaten in a day
Listen to the Music (Oct. 25)
What is the best-selling album of all time?
A) Thriller – Michael Jackson B) Their Greatest Hits (1971 – 1975) – The Eagles C) Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin D) The Wall – Pink Floyd
Deadliest Catch (Nov. 7)
What is the deadliest disease in human history?
A) Bubonic plague B) Malaria C) Influenza D) Smallpox
To the letter (Nov. 13)
What was the last letter added to the English alphabet?
A) J B) X C) Z D) Q
By the Pound (Nov. 18)
How much is a pound (1 lb) of one dollar bills worth?
A) $360 B) $454 C) $713 D) $1,000
The Gift of Giving (Dec. 16)
Between 2010 and 2018, about how much money in gift cards went unredeemed in the United States?
A) $11 billion B) $4.5 billion C) $8.7 billion D) $27 billion
What We’re Reading Today
Earthquake swarm shakes across California for Christmas
American pygmy shrews have to eat three times their body weight daily. This translates to eating every 15-30 minutes – if the creatures go without food for an hour they literally die.
Horsin’ Around (Aug. 29):
James Watt, the one who coined the term, used it to refer to the amount of power a horse could generate throughout the course of a workday as a ploy to make his steam engines more appealing.
Man’s best friend(s) (Sept. 20):
There are about 183 million fish in the United States, compared to 93.6 million cats and 79.5 million dogs (and 321 million people).
Taking the cake (Sept. 26):
B) Fastest marathon while flipping a pancake
The Guinness World Record for fastest marathon while flipping a pancake is 3 hr 2 min 27 sec, held by Mike Cuzzacrea (USA).
Listen to the Music (Oct. 25):
B) Their Greatest Hits (1971 – 1975) – The Eagles
The Eagles actually hold two of the top three spots: “Their Greatest Hits” comes in #1 with 36 million copies sold and “Hotel California” comes in third with 26 million sold, while “Thriller” is sandwiched in-between the two with 33 million copies sold.
Deadliest Catch (Nov. 7):
Researchers have theorized that malaria is responsible for half of all human deaths since the Stone Age. Malaria still infects 300 million people each year and is responsible for one million deaths annually.
To the letter (Nov. 13):
In the Roman alphabet, the letter J was interchangeable with I. It wasn’t until 1524 that an Italian grammarian wrote an essay identifying J and I as two separate letters.
By the Pound (Nov. 18):
According to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, all U.S. bills weigh the same – one gram. There are 454 grams in one pound, so a pound of dollar bills is worth $454.
The Gift of Giving (Dec. 16):
D) $27 billion
American shoppers spent a whopping $1.12 trillion on gift cards over the same time period, with the unredeemed $27 billion representing 2.4 percent of that total.