Return to insights

KCP Thanksgiving Quiz 2021

  • It’s time for my 17th annual Thanksgiving Quiz.
  • The usual Google honesty-policy is in operation.
  • You can submit answers either as a team or as an individual, the 2 winners will be announced in Saturday's Attention Span.
  • If you want the answers, please send me yours first!* (
*All my answers are absolutely final, however contentious and factually incorrect they eventually prove to me.


  1. What was the name of the ship that blocked the Suez Canal in 2021?

  2. The Bullet Ant, Tarantula Hawk and Warrior Wasp are the top 3 on the Schmidt Index. What does it measure?

  3. According to Wikipedia, this story by Carlo Collodi is the 4th most translated book in the world. The main character’s name comes from the Italian for “Pine” and “Eye”.

  4. Thanksgiving is a big travel day in America, but this annual event is the world’s largest human migration, involving an estimated 415 million people in 2019.

  5. What non-gaming app hit 3 billion global downloads in July, joining WhatsApp, Messenger, Facebook and Instagram?

  6. What’s unusual about the following movie protagonists: Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy, Edward Norton in Fight Club, Daniel Craig in Layer Cake, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, Ryan Gosling in Drive and David Washington in Tenet?

  7. About two thirds of the highest-paid state employees in every US state have this job, with the highest-earning individual based in South Carolina. What is the job?

  8. Before the pandemic paused his record streak, this Long Island musical legend had sold out Madison Square Garden for 73 consecutive shows. Who?

  9. The two highest rated miniseries of all time on The Internet Movie Database are about a man-made disaster from the 1980s and World War II (point for each).

  10. The largest-known example in the universe, Ton 618, has a mass 66 billion times that of the Sun. What is it?

  11. What does SCUBA stand for?

  12. This 1995 James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan shares its name with Ian Fleming’s Jamaican bungalow. What film?

  13. In one of the biggest dollar gains in financial markets ever, this company added $400bn in market cap in just 12 trading days after October 20th of this year. What company?

  14. Afghanistan has two official languages. Name either of them (1 point).

  15. Fireworks night on November the 5th in the UK is commonly named for this conspirator who tried to blow up the House of Lords in 1605.

  16. What’s the common factor in the origin of these words: Chipmunk, Squash, Skunk, Moose and Toboggan?

  17. In 1991 an iconic album cover showed a baby in a swimming pool. In 2021 this band was sued by the man shown as the baby. Band and album please (1 point).

  18. At one point this year, someone had [allegedly] turned an $8,000 stake into $5.7 billion in this cryptocurrency. Name the cryptocurrency.

  19. What empire of the 13th and 14th centuries was the largest contiguous land empire in history and the second largest empire by landmass, second only to the British Empire?

  20. This legendary 80s action movie set in a jungle starred: the future governor of Minnesota, the future governor of California and another actor who ran for governor and senator in Kentucky. What movie?

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families from everyone here at KCP!

Sign up for updates