Tricky 'true or false' quiz challenges your knowledge of obscure facts

Tricky true or false quiz challenges your knowledge of obscure facts from around the world – from the longest place name to the number of viruses in the ocean

  • This fiendish quiz challenges your knowledge of random facts about the world 
  • It was created by quizmaster Tal Garner for the US-based trivia website Playbuzz
  • Can you tell which facts are true and which others are total fabrications?  

A fiendishly difficult quiz challenges your knowledge of obscure facts from around the world. 

Created by Tal Garner for the US-based trivia platform Playbuzz, this ‘true or false’ test will leave you scratching your head. 

From time zones to sign language, do you have what it takes to achieve a perfect score of 12 out of 12? 

Try your luck with the questions below and scroll down to take a peek at the answers – but no cheating! 

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Can you answer all these 12 questions correctly? Quiz challenges you to tell which of these random facts are true and which are false (stock picture)

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Answer sheet 

 1. True: TAUMATAWHAKATANGIHANGAKOAUAUOTAMATEATURIPUKAKAPIKI-MAUNGAHORONUKUPOKAIWHENUAKITNATAHU holds the world record for being the longest place name on the entire planet, at the length of 85 characters.

2. False: In 2016, the world recorded 4.3 births per second

3. False: Only Dominica and Nicaragua have purple in their flags

4. True

5. True: Due to some countries having half hour time zones, there are more than 24 times zones in the world

6. True: Sweden counts 267,570 islands, most of them uninhabited

7. False: It’s nine percent, or 348 million hectare

8. True: Harvard University professor Edward O Wilson, and the German biologist Bert Hoelldobler made the claim in their 1994 book Journey To The Ants.

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10. False: The world’s oceans count 200,000 viruses

11. False: 1.8 people die per second in the world. 

12. False:  41 countries recognise sign language as their official language.

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