Easy General Knowledge Quiz

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Did you know seventy five percent of all countries are North of the Equator and Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola than the USA per capita?

  1. 1. What do Americans call a torch? A flashlight
  2. 2. What is the name of the BBC Teletext system? Ceefax
  3. 3. What would an American call a baby's nappy? Diaper
  4. 4. Which word can go before, meat, dog and roll? Sausage
  5. 5. Who is the oldest of the Seven Dwarfs? Doc
  6. 6. What is the name of Mickey Mouse's pet dog? Pluto
  7. 7. What colour do you add to blue to make it green? Yellow
  8. 8. What colour are Harrods's shopping bags? Green
  9. 9. What is the next highest prime number after 31? 37
  10. 10. How much is three cubed? 27
  11. 11. How many consonants are there in the English alphabet? 21
  12. 12. At the start of a game of chess, who moves first? White
  13. 13. What is a nautical mile per hour usually called? Knot
  14. 14. What creatures body does the Sphinx have? Lion
  15. 15. How many legs does every true insect have? 6
  16. 16. What kind of nut grows on an oak tree? Acorn
  17. 17. How many milligrams are in one gram? 1000
  18. 18. Which fabric is made by worms? Silk
  19. 19. Which side of a ship is starboard? Right
  20. 20. What colour were ET's eyes? Blue
Easy Quiz Questions

The Knot

As we all know the knot is a nautical term used to measure the speed of a vessel travelling through water, but why the name and how is it measured?

It helps to know the difference between a mile and a nautical mile, a nautical mile is 1.15 miles, so if you're travelling at 1 knot you are travelling at 1.15 miles per hour. Back in the old days of sailing sailors had to use what they had onboard and so a system was devised for measuring your speed by counting the knots on a rope over a set period time. Knots were tied to a rope at predefined distances along it's length, one end of this long piece rope is tied to a block of wood which is then thrown over the stern of the ship which then drags the rope. The idea is to let the rope feed through your hands so you can count the knots as they pass through. An hours glass is turned over when the end of the rope hits the water, it contains enough sand to last 28 seconds, when the time is up the sailor would then count how many knots had passed through his hands up until that point which gives him the speed in knots.

The short video below goes into more detail about what the knot is and how it's measured. There are more easy general knowledge quiz questions and fun facts here: Easy Trivia Questions and Answers.

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