35 Nearly Impossible Trivia Questions and Answers

Are you a total brainbox who is ready to put your IQ to the test? This random and nearly impossible trivia quiz will surely get those brain muscles pumping! 

This trivia is not for the faint-hearted. We are going to cover topics of all eras and genres, plus the difficulty level is set to high, so be prepared for a challenge!

Do you rank yourself in the same league as Stephen Hawking? Can you solve theorems like Andrew Wiles? Do you really belong in the Mega Society with brains like John Sununu?

This is your time to shine amongst your peers and prove just how much knowledge you have stored in that squidgy head organ of yours! 

Are you feeling confident?

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General Nearly Impossible Trivia Questions 

This first round is a random mix of questions to really get you thinking.

There is no structure to this round, and there are no trick questions, just a concoction of general knowledge that requires a sharper mind and the most well-rounded of intellects to answer.

As Einstein once said, “It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer”. In other words, take your time and concentrate. 

Are you ready?

1: How many chapters are in Leo Tolstoy’s novel War and Peace?
361 chapters.
2: According to Guinness World Records, what is the biggest-selling single of all time?
White Christmas performed by Bing Crosby.
3: Which humanitarian organization won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1917, 1944, and 1963?
The International Committee of the Red Cross.
4: It’s common knowledge that Avatar is the highest-grossing movie of all time, what is the second?
Avengers: Endgame.
5: How many vertices does a cube have?
6: Which three United States presidents have won a Grammy?
Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
7: What species of snake was accidentally brought into U.S. territory via military transport from Papua New Guinea following World War II, which went on to wipe out ten species of native bird in Guam?
The brown tree snake (scientific name Boiga irregularis).
8: How many gold medals did Jesse Owens win at the 1939 Beijing Olympics, which he was famously not congratulated for at the White House because he was black?
9: Which American polymath once said ”Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”?
Benjamin Franklin.
10: On average, how long can a sloth hold its breath underwater?
Forty minutes.
11: What was the British Royal family's family house name before being changed to Windsor in 1917?
12: What is a flock of ravens called?
An unkindness.
13: How many hearts does an octopus have?
14: What red flower did President William McKinley always wear as a good luck charm?
A Red Carnation.
15: What letter does not appear in any U.S. state?

Historical Nearly Impossible Trivia Questions 

Historical Nearly Impossible Trivia

Nothing is more intelligent than the ability to understand the moments in time that have molded our world into what it is today.

This round will put your knowledge to the test with a few challenging questions that only true history buffs will remember.

So if you’ve truly soaked up those history books, get ready to show off your skills!

Let’s go! 

1: In What year did Jeanette Rankin become the first woman to hold federal office in the United States?
2: In what year was the final pension payment to a veteran dependent of the Civil War paid? 1865, 1999, or 2020?
3: What breed of dog won the Blue Cross Medal during World War II for extinguishing a bomb by urinating on it? Fun fact, her name was Juliana.
Great Dane.
4: During the Salem witch trials, how many of the nineteen accused witches who were executed by hanging were male?
5: In what year was Adolf Hitler ironically nominated by a Swedish politician for a Nobel Peace Prize? Note, the nomination was swiftly withdrawn.
6: What name was given to a female gladiator in ancient Rome?
7: What animal was put on trial and executed in France after being found guilty of murder in 1386?
A Pig.
8: What year was The University of Oxford opened in England?
9: What tropical fruit would the higher classes in England carry around with them in the 18th century to signify their wealth?
A Pineapple.
10: What pet did Lord Byron keep in his Cambridge dormitory during his time there in the 1800s?
A Tame Bear.

Geographical Nearly Impossible Trivia Questions

Geographical Nearly Impossible Trivia

Our final round is all about the people, the places, and the traditions celebrated around the globe.

Geography is so important and is one of those topics that is getting much easier to learn about thanks to television shows, social media, and people’s general interest in travel.

Do you travel frequently, or are you simply interested in learning about the customs and traditions of other countries?

It’s time to find out just how good your world knowledge is. 

Let’s start. 

1: What is the name of the private island owned by Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands?
Necker Island.
2: Which U.S. state is the oldest tree in history located?
3: In which Washington building did the failed assassination attempt on President Andrew Jackson happen in 1835?
United States Capitol Rotunda.
4: Which European city was the Eiffel Tower originally intended to be built in? The city rejected the structure after finding the design ugly.
5: Which village in Spain was the site of a B-52 bomber crash in 1966, resulting in the release of plutonium that contaminated the area and led to cancer among soldiers who participated in the cleanup efforts?
6: Which American state has the only Shell garage in the world that is actually shaped like a shell?
North Carolina.
7: What four states can be seen from the top of the Chicago Willis Tower?
Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.
8: What is the name of the largest National park in the world?
Northeast Greenland National Park.
9: Which independent city-state is known to be the smallest country in the world?
Vatican City.
10: How many Disney theme parks are there worldwide?

More Nearly Impossible Trivia Fun – Video Quiz

Congratulations on finishing our nearly impossible trivia! Have you been crowned as the reigning champion and the ‘smartest in your group’? If not, why not check out another trivia and continue the challenge with some more specialized topics? 

We hope you had a great time playing this nearly impossible trivia and it hasn’t left you with too much brain-ache! 


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