A Mayan site that has been referred to as a megalopolis has been found buried beneath a jungle in Guatemala. The images suggest that tens of thousands of pyramids and palaces were built on this very site. It is a major step in the exploration of this ancient civilization.
With the power of laser technology, a team was able to dig deep into northern Peten, an area that is not too far from other Mayan locations such as Tikal. The team realized that the area was much more intricate than previously anticipated.
It also implies that the Central American civilization, which existed over 1,500 years ago, was actually more advanced than other cultures found in Ancient China and Greece. Estimations show that potentially 15 million people lived there.
Another fascinating detail is the many walls and fortresses, implying that war was common during the era. “I think this is one of the greatest advances in over 150 years of Maya archaeology,” Brown University’s Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology, Stephen Houston said.
“I know it sounds hyperbolic but when I saw the [Lidar] imagery, it did bring tears to my eyes.” Lidar is a technology that basically detects light to create 3D maps of the original surfaces.
As a result, the team was able to produce what they believe were original Mayan cities that, over time, were buried by natural causes. Nowadays, jungles are what can be seen instead of the original structures.
Over 810 square miles of the Peten jungle, which is located on the border of Mexico and Belize, was explored by the team. In the last two years alone, over 60,000 structures have been discovered.
In 1,000 B.C., the first Mayan cities were created, and the civilization came to an end around 900 A.D. The main countries that were the original settings for the Mayan people were southern Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Belize.
For some reason, so many of us love showing off how much we know and in as many different topics as possible. With so many game shows and online quizzes dedicated to general knowledge, we thought we’d make our very own to test just how much you know. From celebrities and science to history and food, here are some trivia questions that are bound to get you thinking. Don’t cheat — we have provided the answers below each image.
What Is Brad Pitt’s Real First Name?
So many iconic Hollywood stars have a stage name. Why? Because they believe that their birth name won’t be memorable enough to put them on the map as an actor. One person who fits this description is Brad Pitt, of all people. Yeah, that’s right — Brad isn’t actually his real first name. So, what is it?
Answer — The Fight Club star was actually born William Bradley Pitt and is the son of a man whose name is also William!
What Is the Capital of Chile?
Geography novices will recognize Chile as the long, thin strip of land on the west coast of South America. But, this country is made up of many diverse cultures and climates. At the center of the Andean country lies its bustling capital. But, what is its name?
Answer — the capital of Chile is Santiago. One of the largest cities in all of South America, Santiago has a population of seven million and was found in 1541 by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia.
What Is the Name of Kim Kardashian’s Eldest Child?
Over the last decade, Kim Kardashian has settled down with none other than Kanye West, and together, the power couple has built a big family together. In just seven years, Kimye has had four kids, with some pretty unorthodox names, to boot. But, which one was her first-born?
Answer — Kim Kardashian’s eldest child is named North West. According to Kris Jenner, Kim named her first-born North West because it means “highest power.” Her other kids are named Saint, Chicago, and Psalm.
What Is the Highest Mountain in Britain?
There are many countries out there that are blessed with many mountain ranges and impressive peaks. While Great Britain doesn’t really have any ranges on par with the Alps or the Himalayas, it does have some tall mountains. But, which one is the highest?
Answer — Ben Nevis. There are three significantly big mountains in Great Britain. These are England’s Scafell Pike, Wales’ Snowdon, and Scotland’s Ben Nevis. At 4,413 feet, the latter is the highest of the three.
How Many Oscars Has Leonardo DiCaprio Won?
There is no denying that Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the greatest actors of his generation. While he still might be best known for his role as Jack in the epic Titanic, he has gone on to receive numerous Academy Award nominations for some truly scene-stealing roles. But, how many Oscars has he won?
Answer — One! In his illustrious career, Leo has been nominated for a whopping six Academy Awards. However, the actor finally won an Oscar in 2016 for his role in The Revenant.
‘Dog,’ ‘Ice,’ and ‘Out’ Can All Precede Which 5-Letter Word?
You might be thinking to yourself, what do the words “dog,” “ice,” and “out” have in common? Well, it’s pretty simple actually. All three words can precede the same five-letter word. But, what is it?
Answer — House. Think about it. A dog house is a house for a dog. An icehouse was a building that stored ice throughout the year prior to the invention of the refrigerator. And an outhouse was usually a shed that one would use to do their “business.”
What Is Elton’s John’s Real Name?
If you have seen the recent biopic, you will have learned that iconic pop star Elton John has gone by a stage name his entire career. In the movie, it is suggested that the “Rocketman” combined a bandmate’s first name and John Lennon’s. But, what is his real name?
Answer — Elton John was actually born Reginald Kenneth Dwight. It turns out that Reggie actually took inspiration from two members of his first band Bluesology: saxophonist Elton Dean and frontman Long John Baldry.
Who Was Henry VIII’s Last Wife?
The six wives of Henry VIII is arguably one of the most discussed topics in all of British history. With each wife having their own unique fate, we want to know what the name was of the Tudor monarch’s last wife.
Answer — Catherine Parr was the sixth and final wife in Henry VIII’s life. While all of the other wives met less fortunate fates, Parr was the only one who managed to outlive the King, but only by a year.
Why Is Kopi Luwak the World’s Most Infamous Coffee?
The production of coffee around the world has plenty of problems associated with it. Are the people who grow and harvest the coffee beans paid fairly? With that said, Kopi Luwak might be the most controversial coffee of them all. But, why?
Answer — Kopi Luwak includes partially digested coffee cherries that have “passed through” palm civets, which are small nocturnal mammals that live in the tropics of Indonesia. For this reason, it’s also known as civet coffee.
Which James Bond Movie Starred George Lazenby?
There have been many great actors over the years who have played the iconic spy James Bond. Some of the more iconic iterations of 007 have been played by the likes of Sean Connery and Roger Moore. But, George Lazenby also played Bond in one movie. Which one was it?
Answer — George Lazenby famously played James Bond in one movie, and it was called On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Amazingly, Lazenby announced during the filming of the movie that he’d only play 007 once.
How Long Do Goldfish Memories Last?
A common misconception is that goldfish have memories that last about seven seconds. However, that’s not actually the case. These fish can actually remember for this long…
Answer — It turns out that goldfish actually have memories that last for a couple of months. Scientists have proven this with a handful of studies. One saw researchers put a lever into a fish tank that gave out food, which the goldfish eventually learned to use when they were hungry.
Before Marrying Harry, Why Was Meghan Markle Famous?
In the last few years, Meghan Markle has become one of the most recognizable names in the world. This is mainly due to the fact that she joined the British Royal Family. But, Markle was already famous before marrying Prince Harry. Do you know why?
Answer — Not everyone is aware of this, but before marrying into the Royal Family, Meghan Markle was making a name for herself as a talented actress. She played Rachel Zane in the hit series Suits.
Lima Beans Are Named So Due to What Factor?
What is the meaning behind the “lima” in lima beans? You might assume that they are named this way because they taste like limes. Or, maybe they are named due to their properties that help those with Lyme disease? If you thought either of these options were correct, then think again…
Answer — Despite the way people pronounce the word, it turns out that lima beans actually originate from Peru, which makes sense because the capital of this South American country is Lima.
What Did Harrison Ford Do Before Acting?
Harrison Ford has portrayed some of the most iconic characters in the history of cinema. However, before his days as Han Solo and Indiana Jones, Ford was busy doing something completely different. But, what?
Answer — He was a roadie for The Doors. That’s right, Harrison Ford assisted Jim Morrison and his band members during their time on the road. “I thought it was cool, I thought it was hip,” Ford said. “But, I couldn’t keep up with those guys. It was too much.”
What Is the Largest Planet in Our Solar System?
The idea that there are other planets out there with potential life on them is fascinating, to say the very least. More planets seem to be discovered as time goes on and they’re all different sizes and colors. This begs the question — which planet is the largest of them all?
Answer — the largest planet in the solar system is Jupiter, and by far. Its mass is over 300 times the mass of Earth’s and its diameter is 11 times more than the planet Earth, at 140,000 km.
How Long Did They Know Each Other Before Marrying?
Back in the ’90s, Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee were the talk of the town, and even by their standards, fans couldn’t believe that they would end up getting married. But, how long did they actually know each other before tying the knot?
Answer — Four days. During this short period of time, sparks flew between Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee and they quickly decided to have a spontaneous ceremony. The wedding ended with the Motley Crüe rockstar throwing his new wife into the ocean.
Bobotie Is the National Dish of Which Country?
Every country has its own national dish and Bobotie happens to be one of those dishes. Usually consisting of spiced minced meat and an egg topping. It can trace its origins back to Roman times. Which country is it the national dish of?
Answer — Bobotie is the national dish of South Africa. Having first appeared in a Dutch cookbook in 1609, Bobotie was brought to South Africa and the Cape Malay community adopted it as their own.
In Which Modern Day Country Was Marie Curie Born?
Marie Curie was, of course, a physicist/chemist who was a pioneer in the field of radioactivity. Many fans associate Curie with the country she was a naturalized citizen in — France. But, what country was the first Nobel Prize winner born in?
Answer — Poland. Maria Salomea Skłodowska was born in Warsaw in what was the Kingdom of Poland and part of the Russian Empire at the time. At 24, she moved to Paris, where she went to make most of her biggest scientific achievements.
What Is the Capital of Australia?
Some of us think that we know all of the capital cities around the world. However, some are trickier than others. One of those examples is in Australia.
Answer — Canberra. It is a common misconception that Sydney is the capital of “Down Under.” The first city that the British built in Aussie was Sydney. However, Melbourne wanted to be the capital as it became the largest city at one point. A compromise was eventually made and Canberra was built, which is located 100 miles away from Sydney.
Harry Houdini Was Born in Which City?
While his name makes it sound like he was Italian, it turns out that Harry Houdini was from somewhere else entirely. The master of illusions and escape acts wowed audiences with his awesome stunts and his name will always be associated with the art. But, where was he from exactly?
Answer — Harry Houdini was actually born in Budapest. Born Erik Weisz, Houdini spent his early years in the Hungarian capital before moving to the US to further his reputation.
In Which City Is Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper?
Even though Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa might supersede The Last Supper in terms of recognizability, the sight of Jesus Christ sitting with his disciples one last time has been recreated millions of times. But, where is this classic painting?
Answer — The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is located in Milan, Italy. More surprisingly, the painting isn’t in a typical museum. It can be found in the convent Santa Maria Delle Grazie.
Who Was the Third Astronaut in Apollo 11?
It was a giant leap for mankind on July 20th, 1979, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on the Moon, the first time humans had ever achieved such a feat. But, who was the third astronaut in the American crew?
Answer — Michael Collins. This command module pilot flew the Command Module Columbia by himself while Armstrong and Aldrin spent close to a full day on the moon’s surface. He is still alive today.
What Is a Baby Elephant Called?
No matter how we feel about certain species, it seems like every single baby version of an animal is absolutely adorable. These include baby elephants. While they might be large, even from birth, they look extremely huggable. But, what are they actually called?
Answer — Like cows, a baby elephant is known as a calf. When a new calf is born, the entire herd will love and care for it. Like most babies (human babies being a rare exception, ironically), an elephant calf will struggle to walk for the first few days.
Cheers Star Rhea Perlman Is Married to Which Actor?
One of the most memorable characters of the hit sitcom Cheers was undoubtedly played by the feisty Rhea Perlman. One of the only actors to have starred in every single episode, Perlman will always be remembered for her scenes “where everybody knows your name.” Who was the actress married to?
Answer — Rhea Perlman has been married to Danny DeVito for many years. Despite separating in 2017, the two actors remain close friends and are still technically married.
Which Marx Brother Never Spoke?
If you were a fan of vaudeville and Broadway during the early 20th century, then you probably would have enjoyed the Marx Brothers. These larger than life characters were famous for their slapstick comedy and ability to light up any room they were in. But, which Marx Brother was the one that would never speak?
Answer — Harpo Marx (far right) was the brother who would never speak during performances. However, he would whistle or blow a horn in order to communicate with his brothers.
Which US State Was The Blair Witch Project Set In?
At the time, The Blair Witch Project was a revolutionary film as it created the illusion that the events that were unfolding were actually real and being documented through a camcorder. What American state was the movie supposed to take place in?
Answer — The Blair Witch Project depicts three students traveling through the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland as they do research about a local legend called the Blair Witch.
What Do Invertebrates Lack?
When you studied about animals at school, you probably remember that all species are either vertebrates or invertebrates. However, depending on when you were last in school, you may have forgotten exactly what these means. What is it that invertebrates lack?
Answer — a spine. Invertebrates are animals that don’t have a backbone. Examples of invertebrates include insects, arachnids, crustaceans, squids, jellyfish, and many other species. In fact, about 97% of all animals are invertebrates, which is hard to believe!
In Which City Would You Find the Hermitage Museum?
When you think of iconic art museums, you think of the Louvre and the Guggenheim, and also the Hermitage Museum. This institute boasts work by some of the greatest artists of all time, such as Rembrandt, Matisse, and Degas, to name a few. But, which city is it located in?
Answer — The Hermitage Museum can be found in St. Peterburg, Russia. It is the second-largest art museum in the world and attracts more than five million visitors every year.
Who Played Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a promising return to a galaxy far, far Away, and saw many of the beloved characters from the original trilogy alongside a plethora of exciting new characters. One of the latter was the alien pirate Maz Kanata. But, who played her?
Answer — it was Lupita Nyong’o who played the motion capture performance for Maz Kanata, the head of the pirate cove in Takodana. Maz appears also in The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.
These Country Capitals All Begin With Which Same Letter?
There isn’t really much that connects the countries Afghanistan, Nepal, and Uganda. None of them are particularly close to one another and they all have very unique cultures and languages. However, their capital cities all begin with the same letter. Which one is it?
Answer — the letter beginning each of these countries’ capital cities is “K.” Go ahead, we’ll even prove it for you. Afghanistan’s capital is Kabul, Nepal’s is Kathmandu, and Uganda’s is Kampala.
What Is the Heaviest Internal Organ in the Human Body?
The human body is a truly majestic thing. It has so many vital organs needed to make it work to its full potential, and some of them are very big and heavy. These include the lungs, the heart, the stomach, amongst others. But, which one is the heaviest of them all?
Answer — The liver. Usually, a human liver weighs about 3.3 lbs, with a width of approximately six inches. However, size and weight vary considerably between men and women, and even between individuals.
What Was Bing Crosby Dreaming of in His Hit Single?
There is no denying that Bing Crosby was a jack of all trades. A talented comedian, actor, and singer in equal measures, there seemed to be nothing that this crooner from the ’50s couldn’t do. But, what was he “dreaming of” in his iconic hit single?
Answer — Bing Crosby was dreaming of a “White Christmas” in the song of the same name. It was Crosby’s version, which sold more than 50 million copies, becoming the best-selling single in the world at the time.
What Year Were These Three Movies Released?
While the following three movies are all different genres and suitable for different audiences, they all came out in the same year. Goodfellas, Home Alone, and Total Recall were all critically and/or commercially successful. But, what year were they all released?
Answer — These three movies all came out in 1990. Interestingly enough, Joe Pesci starred in two out of the three movies, these being Goodfellas and Home Alone. 1990 was certainly a good year for movies and Joe Pesci.
Gumbo and Jambalaya Are From Which U.S. State?
There are some foods that can trace their origins back to one specific place and the following two are prime examples: Gumbo and Jambalaya. The former is a stocky, meaty soup while the latter is a rice dish that often includes sausage and shellfish. But, where are they from?
Answer — Gumbo and Jambalaya can trace their origins back to the state of Louisiana. The latter specifically was invented in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Which Harry Potter Character Had a “Wild, Tangled Beard?”
Many diehard Harry Potter fans still believe that the books are better than the movies and to be fair, they do have a point. The novels are rich and full of detail about the characters and the world of Hogwarts. Which character is described as having a “wild, tangled beard?”
Answer — Hagrid. Truth be told, there are a couple of characters that could have fit this description. Of course, Albus Dumbledore also had a beard that was pretty wild and tangled.
Where Was Napoleon Born?
While he was a polarizing figure, to say the very least, there is no denying that Napoleon Bonaparte is one of the most important figures in French history. This military leader became the Emperor of France between 1804 and 1814. But, where exactly was he born?
Answer — Corsica. Funnily enough, Napoleon wasn’t actually born in mainland France. His birthplace was Ajaccio, a city in the Meditteranean, French-speaking island of Corsica. In the photo can be seen a monument that was erected in Napoleon’s hometown in his memory.
What Are the Two Common Names of This Fruit?
There is no denying that the following fruit has an extremely unique look to it. With its leather-like skin and scaly spikes, it has developed two commonly used names over the years. But, what are they?
Answer — In Central America, this fruit is widely known as a pitaya. However, since around 1963, consumers in various parts of the world have referred to it as a dragon fruit due to its resemblance to the mythological creature.
Bowhead Whales Have the Longest “What” of All Mammals?
The Bowhead Whale is certainly a majestic creature. However, there is one thing about them that is officially the longest out of all the mammals on the planet. What is it?
Answer — Lifespan. While the human lifespan seems like it’s increasing all the time because of medical advances and a better quality of life in general, it is the bowhead whale who apparently has the longest lifespan of all mammals. Some reports estimate that these incredible sea creatures have lived up to 211 years of age.
What’s Julius Caesar’s Assassination Date Commonly Referred to As?
The assassination of Julius Caesar is an important moment in Ancient Roman history, so much so that it was even transformed into a play by William Shakespeare. While the historical event happened on March 15th, 44 BC, what is it often referred to as?
Answer — The Ides of March. This date is the 74th day in the Roman calendar and was considered to be the deadline for settling debts. Caesar’s assassination occurred on the Ides of March in 44 BC.
Which Letter Is Silent in the Word “Head?”
If you have a half-decent command of the English language, you are probably aware that some words have letters that are “silent.” With that in mind, let’s focus on the word “head,” which is a prime example of a word that consists of silent letters. But, which one is it?
Answer — Because “H”, “E”, and “D”can be heard when you say you say the word “head,” it is easy to deduce that the silent letter is, in fact, “A.”