U.S. Common Items Quiz

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 18 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

Quinn sent this link to me this morning, from the 2+2 Foums:

  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 torch?
  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
  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
  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 digits?
  24. How many curves are there in the standard paper clip?
  25. Does a merry-go-round turn counter or clockwise?

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  1. Bottom
  2. 50
  3. Right
  4. Blue, red, white, yellow, black, &gold
  5. 1, 0
  6. Right
  7. 20
  8. Red
  9. 87.7
  10. Clockwise (north of the equator)
  11. Towards bottom right
  12. 12 (no number 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. *, pound
  24. 3
  25. Counter

I missed #4 (red, white, gold, black, silver, bronze), #7 (24), #10 (counterclockwise), #11 (top right to bottom left), #13 (right), #14 (counter clockwise), #19 (“don’t care”), #21 (joker), and #22 (right).

I would argue:

  • 7. How many matches are in a standard pack?
  • They don’t define what a standard pack is. The kind from Safeway? The kind in a box?
  • 9. What is the lowest number on the FM dial?
    • Many cars now have 87.9 as the lowest setting