Friday, July 18, 2014

An Animal Quiz Just For You

This one’s for you. Look, I know each time you try to answer a question on one of these quizzes you almost always get it wrong. Time and time again, your score is even worse than what you’d get from simple random guessing. Why, it’s uncanny how bad you are at this.

But hey, you’re human too, if only just barely. So how about if I make a quiz where the goal is to pick the wrong answer? You’d like that, wouldn’t you? Sure you would.  And what if I made it about animals? You like animals, don’t you? Sure you do.

Below you’ll find the names of ten animals, each followed by four statements. Three of these are correct and one is just plain wrong. All you have to do is pick out the wrong answer. You know, just like you always do.

1. Elephants...
a. There are over 400,000 elephants in Africa
b. A group of elephants is called a herd.
c. Nearly half of elephant births are twins.
d. There are two species of elephants.

2. Polar bears…
a. A polar bear’s favorite foods are seals and penguins.
b. Polar bears play games.
c. Polar bears in zoos sometimes turn green.
d. Polar bears have mated, and reproduced, with grizzly bears.

3. Parrots
a. Parrots can live over eighty years.
b. A parrot’s beak is hollow.
c. Parrots are the only bird that can lift food to its mouth with its feet.
d. Almost all parrot species are threatened with extinction.

4 Snakes…
a. Some snakes can grow to over 28 feet in length.
b. Snakes are found on every continent in the world.
c. Snakes do not have eyelids.
d. Snakes smell with their tongue.

5. Cats…
a. Cat sleep up to ten hours a day.
b. A group of cats is called a clowder.
c. The heaviest domestic cat on record was nearly 47 pounds.
d. There are half a billion domestic cats in the world.

6. Hippopotamuses…
a. Wild hippos are found only in Africa.
b. The word hippopotamus means river horse.
c. The hippo’s closest relatives are whales and dolphins.
d. A hippo has about the same lifespan as a human.

7. Gorillas…
a. Gorillas sometimes eat small animals.
b. Gorillas have fingerprints like humans.
c. A main cause of gorilla death is cardiovascular disease.
d. About 10% of gorillas have blue eyes.

8. Turtles…
a. Most turtle species have five toes on each limb.
b. Turtles date back about 20 million years.
c. The largest known turtle was about 2,000 pounds.
d. Turtles have good eyesight.

9. Whales…
a. The blue whale is the largest animal that ever existed.
b. Whales inhale and exhale through their blowhole.
c. Whales can swim up to 60 miles per hour.
d. Whales never fall asleep completely.

10. Ants…
a. Some ants are green.
b. Some ants raise ants of other species to be slaves.
c. Some ants are blue.
d. The largest ant colony ever discovered was 100 miles long.


1. While elephants do on occasion give birth to twins, it is actually quite rare.
2. Polar bears live in the Arctic. Penguins live in the Antarctic. In fact, the word arctic is derived from the Greek word for bear, and so Antarctic means without bear.
3. There are over 360 species of parrots, and only about 100 are endangered. Maybe “only” isn’t the right word.
4. Snakes are found on every continent in the world…except Antarctica! (No bears either, remember?)
5. On average, cats sleep 13 – 14 hours a day. In fact, there’s one loudly snoring at my feet as I write this.
6. Hippos live only about 45 years.
7. All gorillas have brown eyes.
8. Turtles go back over 200 million years! They originally had teeth and couldn’t retract their head. Modern humans (or “noobs” as the turtles call us) by comparison only go back about half a million years.
9. The top speed for a whale is about 30 miles per hour.
10. Actually, the largest ant colony ever discovered was over 3600 miles long. It stretched from Italy to Spain, and was home to billions of ants! 


At 9:19 AM, Anonymous FUNGUS!!!! said...

So Latin was actually spread by ants instead of the Romans!!!

Did those ants assist in the development of the great foods in that pat of the world???

Some snakes are kind of tasty too!!!

Turtles make good soup!!!

Whales were hunted almost to extinction for their blubber and meat!!!

Ugh....I haven't had breakfast yet....does it show???

Excuse me for awhile!!!

At 10:06 AM, Blogger she said...

"Even when I'm wrong, I'm write!". I love how this works to my perpetual advantage..

QUEEN of the Animal Kingdom Quiz!

And reminds me so much of my sister... Wait. I should explain before that gets taken out of context..

She was playing keno at some restaurant.. All sad/disappointed she says out loud,

"I didn't even get 1 number out of all those.."

Waitress over hears her and says, "not one number? YOU WIN!"

And I forget how much money it was.. But isn't that beautiful..

When guessing wrong is write. So, "thank you!" Quiz-maker master..

I reign and shine!

Happy weekend. -s.c.

At 10:14 AM, Blogger Leonard Stegmann said...

Great story, but now I want to know how much your sister won! Ask her. Or make something up.

At 5:07 PM, Blogger Karin Harrison-Montgomery said...

I won $750.00!!! For being a complete loser and not picking one right number on the keno card. Out of 100 numbers.
One happy rich loser:)
" She's " sister

At 5:53 PM, Blogger Leonard Stegmann said...

Wow, that makes the story even better! I thought it would be five or ten bucks or something. Congratulations, Karin! Don't you wish the world always worked this way?

At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've been called a loser by my ex-wife and a few others!!!

but I think i'm a winner because those idiots are out of my life!!!

funny how being a loser can be a good thing!!!

At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

....and all my money is now MINE!!!!


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