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Questions:  1-100  101-200  201-300  301-400  401-500  501-600  601-700  701-800

 

Questions 1-100

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1. What is the Holy Grail?

2. Can air injected into the bloodstream really kill you?

3. How dangerous are Tasers?

4. Does it matter if you sign a contract with a name that's not your own?

5. Are pit bulls really all that dangerous?

6. What's more likely to cause cancer, smoking or tanning?

7. How did World War I fighter planes keep from shooting off their own propellers?

8. My buddies and I want to be blimp pilots. What do we do?

9. Who or what is the Flying Dutchman?

10. Can playing the bongos make you piss blood?

11. Are Americans dumber than Europeans?

12. Who was the first person to be hit by a car? Why was it decided that cars ought to be registered?

13. Can hermaphrodites get themselves pregnant?

14. Were Christians really thrown to the lions?

15. Do lobsters feel pain when they're boiled alive?

16. How would I go about laundering money?

17. How does ejaculation work?

18. Is Yellowstone Park sitting on a supervolcano that's about to blow?

19. Is anybody in charge of keeping satellites from colliding?

20. How did Tchaikovsky really die?

21. Can animals sense earthquakes?

22. Could I survive on nothing but potatoes and milk?

23. How do female astronauts menstruate in space?

24. Was Captain Bligh really the jerk he's been made out to be?

25. Were "concrete shoes" a favored technique of mob hitmen?

26. Did Mel Blanc hate carrots?

27. Is it safer not to sign the back of your credit cards?

28. What's the difference between sociopaths, psychopaths, serial killers, etc?

29. Will pumping out all that oil cause the earth to cave in?

30. Could samurai swords slice through three bodies at a stroke?

31. What are the chances I'm going to regret this tattoo?

32. What's the difference between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims?

33. If a man has a sex change, can he compete in the Olympics as a woman?

34. Did somebody beat the Wright brothers to the world's first powered flight?

35. In prostitution, who's committing the crime, the woman or the man?

36. Does the US President have an official food taster?

37. What was the actual cause of death by crucifixion?

38. Do "green" vehicles really save energy? Is a Prius worse for the environment than a Hummer?

39. Why is Greenland considered an island but not Eurasia?

40. Does giving sweets to kids produce a "sugar rush?"

41. Does the Mayan calendar predict the end of the world in 2012?

42. Would life insurance be paid out on someone executed for a crime? Can death row inmates get life insurance?

43. Do mice fear the scent of a cat? Do mice really love cheese? Why isn't there mouse flavour cat food?

44. Would a gun work in space?

45. Did a peaceful matriarchy once rule the earth?

46. What causes double rainbows? Why is the order of the colors reversed?

47. Did Victorian era doctors use vibrators to treat hysteric female patients with orgasm therapy?

48. Where does that "1492/ocean blue" thing about Columbus come from? And what was Columbus's deal, anyway?

49. Is ethanol derived from cellulose a truly viable energy source?

50. If dogs can get a dose of bug repellent that lasts a whole month, why can't humans?

51. Is there a correlation between vasectomy and dementia? Can men with vasectomies have wet dreams?

52. Why is "six feet under" the standard depth for burial?

53. How did the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud end, anyway?

54. What's the story on the curse of Macbeth?

55. Why are pirates depicted with a parrot on their shoulder? What's the origin of the skull and crossbones pirate flag?

56. Did anyone really ever get tied to railroad tracks?

57. Did pirates bury their treasure? Did pirates really make maps where "X marks the spot?

58. Is strength of will in fighting illness a factor in whether you live or die?

59. Are there deposits of methane under the sea? Will global warming release the methane to the atmosphere?

60. Is sea salt better for you than regular salt? Why does salt enhance the flavor of almost all food? Why add salt to water for boiling pasta?

61. Hair today, more tomorrow? How effective are treatments for baldness?

62. What's the fastest-acting, most lethal poison?

63. Is higher faster? Does time pass more quickly when gravity is reduced?

64. How do snowflakes grow symmetrically? What causes patterns in frost?

65. Is breast-feeding really better for babies than formula?

66. IgNobel: Has the Nobel prize ever been awarded in error?

67. Can urinating on your feet in the shower cure athlete's foot?

68. Can someone be literally scared to death?

69. Electrifying: Is living under power lines harmful to your health?

70. Did ancient conquerors punish their enemies by sowing captured fields with salt?

71. Why is the alphabet in alphabetical order?

72. Is it better to fill your tires with nitrogen instead of air?

73. Is fluoride in water a good thing or a danger?

74. Are the earth's magnetic poles shifting?

75. How come if you dig down far enough, you hit water? Where does that water come from?

76. Did native Americans learn scalping from Europeans?

77. Are titanium batteries really better than alkaline? Are lithium batteries subject to "charge memory?"

78. Designated drunk: Can you get intoxicated without actually drinking alcohol?

79. Did the ancient Romans use a natural herb for birth control?

80. How is the market price established for crude oil?

81. Hold it! What happens if you don't urinate?

82. Do unborn babies urinate/defecate in the womb? Plus: Was "here be dragons" ever really inscribed on maps?

83. How long are dams like Hoover Dam engineered to last? What's the largest dam ever to fail?

84. How does glue work?

85. How much money do beggars make?

86. Is consuming vinegar to excess dangerous?

87. Does a refrigerator cool more efficiently when full?

88. What happens when someone "legally dead" shows up alive?

89. Why are red lights used in darkened control rooms and other low-light situations?

90. Who invented tampons?

91. In international waters, are you beyond the reach of the law?

92. Did oil really come from dinosaurs?

93. What accounts for the smell of crushed ants?

94. How easy is it to knock someone out with a smack to the back of the head? What causes a person to lose consciousness?

95. Do cemetery plots have expiration dates?

96. Are ants disease-carriers?

97. Still smokin': What are the long-term effects of marijuana?

98. How was ice made and sold in pre-industrial times?

99. Can animal (including human) manure be used as fuel?

100. Did the ancient Greeks routinely practice incest as well as homosexuality?

 

Questions:  1-100  101-200  201-300  301-400  401-500  501-600  601-700  701-800

 

 

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