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There are 25 questions about things we see every day or have known about all our lives. How many can you get right?

These little simple questions are harder than you think-- it just shows you how little we pay attention to the commonplace things of life.

Put your thinking caps on. No cheating! No looking around! No getting

out of your chair! No using anything on or in your desk or computer!

Can you beat 20?? (The average is 7) Write down your answers as you go.

Check answers (on the bottom) AFTER completing all the questions.


If not, just have fun!

Here we go!

1. On a standard traffic light, is the green

on the top or bottom?

2. How many states are there in the USA?

(Don't laugh, some people don't know)

3. In which hand is the Statue of Liberty's


4. What six colors are on the classic Campbell's soup label?

5. What two numbers on the telephone dial don't have letters by them?

6. When you walk does your left arm swing with your right or left leg?

(Don't you dare get up to see!)

7. How many matches are in a standard pack?

8. On the United States flag is the top stripe red or white?

9. What is the lowest number on the FM dial?

10. Which way does water go down the drain, counter or clockwise?

11. Which way does a "no smoking" sign's slash run?

12. How many channels on a VHF TV dial?

13 . On which side of a women's blouse are the buttons?

14. Which way do fans rotate?

15 How many sides does a stop sign have?

16. Do books have even-numbered pages on the right or left side?

17. How many lug nuts are on a standard car wheel?

18. How many sides are there on a standard pencil?

19. Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey, Doc. Who's missing?

20. How many hot dog buns are in a standard package?

21. On which playing card is the card maker's trademark?

22. On which side of a Venetian blind is the cord that adjusts the

opening between the slats?

23. There are 12 buttons on a touch tone phone.What 2 symbols bear no


24. How many curves are there in the standard paper clip?

25. Does a merry-go-round turn counter or clockwise?



1. Bottom

2. 50

3. Right

4. Blue, red, white, yellow, black, & gold

5. 1, 0

6. Right

7. 20

8. Red

9. 88

10. Clockwise (north of the equator)

11. Towards bottom right

12. 12 (no #1)

13. Left

14. Clockwise as you look at it

15. 8

16. Left

17. 5

18. 6

19. Bashful

20. 8

21. Ace of spades

22. Left

23. *, #

24. 3

25. Counter

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I also think number 10 is disputable. Theoretically the earth's rotation should effect drain water that way, but it's actually random on such a small scale. The "coriolis effect" really applies to things as large as hurricanes. However, that's an awesome list that I'll show people. I can't tell you how many tires I've changed, and yet I just had no idea how many lugnuts there were...great list.

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I got 20. Missed one color in #4, too many matches in my answer to #7, #9 was wrong, #14 and #25. Guess I'm bad with circles....

The direction of the carousel: American carousels usually run in a counterclockwise direction to facilitate grabbing the brass ring (which is now mostly gone) with the right hand. English carousels usually ran clockwise. This apparently was to enable the rider to mount his horse "properly" from the left side.
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I got 18 too. Missed #4 - two colors on the Campbell's soup can, #7-the matches (hey, I used a lighter. Whaddaya want from me? :wink: ), #9...I listen to FM, #17 - what do I know from lug nuts and why AREN'T there 6 - a nice even number?, #20 - I still say some hot dog buns are in packs of 10, two more than the 8 pack of hot dogs, #21 - should know...but thought it was the Joker, and #22 - because some of the newer blinds DO have it on the right (as it did out in the house we just stayed in, in Oregon!)

Not bad for a women who just had her head in the toaster, eh? :wink:

I love tests like this...and the rad onc people keep telling me it's really good to test my brain. I had trouble w/ the crossword puzzle this morning...so feel I've sort of "redeemed" myself here. :roll: Thanks, Ann.

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