You probably think you’re pretty smart right? Most of us do. When it comes to estimating our own intelligence we tend to overestimate it significantly. But when it comes to estimating the intelligence of others, we tend to underestimate it significantly. So when it comes to trivia questions, how good do you think you are? And these aren’t just pop culture questions either. These are questions from a wide variety of subjects ranging from geography and movies to science and business.
The one thing that most of these questions have in common though, is that most people don’t know them. People think they know them. But they don’t. For example, which one is farther north, Rome or New York City? New York City right? Wrong. It’s Rome. Just check a map. Rome is at 41.9 degrees north, while New York City is at 40.7 degrees north. You probably didn’t expect that did you? Most people wouldn’t. It’s interesting how our preconceived notions regarding the world around us can be so wrong. Today though, we’re going to tackle them head on and maybe even learn a thing or two along the way. These are 25 Tricky Trivia Questions That Many People Get Wrong!
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With what country is France's longest land border?
Brazil, because of French Guiana.
How many provinces does Holland have?
It doesn’t have any. It used to be a province, but today it is split into North Holland and South Holland. The country as a whole is the Netherlands, and Dutch people who don’t live in either North or South Holland tend to dislike referring to the country by that name. It would be like referring to the US as New York.
Where is the world's largest desert?
Which of these is a dinosaur: a chicken, or a pterodactyl?
A chicken. It may be hard to believe, but birds are more closely related to some dinosaurs then the dinosaurs were even related to each other. For example, the T-Rex has more in common biologically and genetically with a chicken than it does with the stegosaurus. Moreover, the T-Rexes lived much closer to present day than they did to the time of the stegosaurus.
Note: birds are not descended from dinosaurs. They are dinosaurs. Pterodactyls, however, were not dinosaurs.
Where are Bugatti cars made?
France. Yes, the founder was Italian, but it has always been in France.