How much do you know about pop culture? Take our quiz to find out!

Like it or not, pop culture – the mass-media driven herd of sounds and images that stampede endlessly through your stream of consciousness – helps shape who you are. Your stance toward pop culture, be it one of embrace, alienation, ambivalence, or indifference, will help determine your social groups, your hairstyle and attire, the cadence of your speech, and your overall feeling of how you fit in with the rest of society.

How pop culturally literate are you? This quiz tests your knowledge of popular culture – including music, books, movies, toys, and TV – from the 1960s to the present day.

The United States edition of the first book of the Harry Potter series was titled "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." What was the title of the original British edition?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Teapot

 

Harry Potter and the Half-Full Chamberpot

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

 

Harry Potter and the Dodgy Crumpets

 

In the "Back to the Future" films, what speed does the DeLorean time machine need to reach before the flux capacitor activates?

55 miles per hour

 

65 miles per hour

 

88 miles per hour

 

100 miles per hour

 

Created by and starring Lena Dunham, the HBO series "Girls" is produced by a film and television company founded by what filmmaker, who also produced the films "Anchorman," the "40-Year-Old Virgin," and "Pineapple Express"?

Seth Rogen

 

Judd Apatow

 

Steve Carell

 

Lorne Michaels

 

What is a 'Brony'?

A fanboy of Sony's PlayStation video game platform

 

An adult male fan of the TV show "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic"

 

A fraternity brother who helped with the viral spread of the short film "Kony 2012"

 

A portmanteau of "bro" and "crony"

 

In the first episode of the AMC television drama "Mad Men," Don Draper is tasked with coming up with a new advertising slogan for what brand of cigarettes?

Marlboro

 

Camel

 

Lucky Strike

 

American Spirit

 

What alt-country songwriter, perhaps best known for the 2001 song "New York, New York," reportedly threw a fan out of a Nashville venue in 2002 for requesting "Summer of '69"?

Ryan Adams

 

Son Volt

 

Jeff Tweedy

 

Steve Earle

 

What short-lived soft drink, produced in 1992 and 1993, was marketed with the tagline, "You've never seen a taste like this"?

Surge

 

Crystal Pepsi

 

OK Soda

 

Mandarin Orange Slice

 

In a poll conducted by Rolling Stone, what 2005 pop rap song, which samples from a song called "I Need a Freak," was ranked first in the magazine's list of the 20 Most Annoying Songs?

"My Humps," Black Eyed Peas

 

"Candy Shop," 50 Cent

 

"Hollaback Girl," Gwen Stefani

 

"Gold Digger," Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx

 

In what 1990 movie did Arnold Schwarzenegger deliver the line, "It's not a tumor"?

Total Recall

 

Kindergarten Cop

 

Last Action Hero

 

Twins

 

How does the video for "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen end?

Jepsen gets the phone number of the man to whom she is singing

 

Jepsen rides off on a motorcycle

 

The man to whom Jepsen is singing starts to flirt with another guy

 

Jepsen wakes up

 

What compound fruit does SpongeBob SquarePants call home?

Raspberry

 

Osage-orange

 

Pineapple

 

Common fig

 

What Canadian rock band, best known for their hits "How You Remind Me" and "Someday," briefly lost a Facebook popularity contest against a pickle?

Arcade Fire

 

New Pornographers

 

Nickelback

 

Silverstein

 

What singer, known for the hits "A Moment Like This" and "Since U Been Gone," won the first season of "American Idol"?

Carrie Underwood

 

Taylor Hicks

 

Kelly Clarkson

 

Ruben Studdard

 

After losing 60 pounds to play the emaciated lead role in the 2004 psychological thriller, "The Machinist," what actor had to gain 100 pounds in six months to play a superhero?

Toby McGuire

 

Brandon Routh

 

Hugh Jackman

 

Christian Bale

 

In April 2013, NBC announced that what television personality would replace Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show in 2014?

Jimmy Kimmel

 

Conan O'Brien

 

Jimmy Fallon

 

Craig Ferguson

 

Actors Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell portrayed transformations of a character played by Heath Ledger, who died one-third of the way through the filming of what 2009 movie?

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

 

‪Lords of Dogtown‬

 

The Dark Knight

 

‪I'm Not There‬

 

When he was six years old, "Weird Al" Yankovic's parents signed him up for lessons in what musical instrument, which Yankovic later said they were convinced "would revolutionize rock"?

Bagpipes

 

Accordion

 

Tuba

 

Theremin

 

Before it was surpassed in 2010 by Super Bowl XLIV, the final episode of what television show held the record for the most watched television broadcast in American history?

M*A*S*H*

 

Cheers

 

Seinfeld

 

Friends

 

In 1990, what American pop singer appeared in a video with a rapping cartoon feline named MC Skat Cat?

Janet Jackson

 

Madonna

 

Paula Abdul

 

Mariah Carey

 

The novels "Catching Fire," and "Mockingjay," are sequels to what popular 2008 science fiction novel?

"Twilight," by Stephanie Meyer

 

"The Hunger Games," by Suzanne Collins

 

"Cloud Atlas," by David Mitchell

 

"Anathem," by Neal Stephenson

 

The TV shows "Dexter," "Burn Notice," and the first four seasons of "Nip/Tuck" are all set in what US city?

Chicago

 

Miami

 

San Francisco

 

Seattle

 

According to the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," what is the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have?

A copy of the Hitchhiker's Guide

 

A digital watch

 

A Kill-o-Zap blaster pistol

 

A towel

 

For what 2006 film did actor Will Smith solve a Rubik's Cube in under two minutes?

The Pursuit of Happyness

 

I Am Legend

 

Hitch

 

Hancock

 

The law firm of Dewey, Cheetham & Howe represents what NPR show, which ran from 1977 to 2012?

 

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

 

Car Talk

 

All Things Considered

 

Talk of the Nation

 

What song, famously recorded in 1963 by the Kingsmen, led to a 31-month FBI investigation into possible obscenities hidden in its lyrics?

Puff, the Magic Dragon

 

Louie Louie

 

Wooly Bully

 

Under the Boardwalk

 

What alternative band recorded the theme songs for "Malcolm in the Middle," "Higglytown Heroes," and "The Daily Show"?

Belle And Sebastian

 

Weezer

 

They Might Be Giants

 

The Flaming Lips

 

Rappers Snoop Dogg, Spider Loc, and the late Easy-E have all claimed affiliation with what international street gang, founded in Los Angeles in 1971? Members wear the color blue.

The Vice Lords

 

The Gangster Disciples

 

The Crips

 

The Bloods

 

A long-running gag on Late Night with Conan O'Brien was that Conan resembled the fair-skinned, redhead Tarja Halonen, who served as president of what country from 2000 to 2012?

Ireland

 

Sweden

 

Finland

 

Germany

 

In 1964, Mattel introduced Barbie's younger sister. What is her name?

Millicent

 

Skipper

 

Buffy

 

Audrey

 

What future "Friends" cast member danced on stage with Bruce Springsteen at the end of the 1984 music video for his song "Dancing in the Dark"?

Jennifer Anniston

 

Courteney Cox

 

Lisa Kudrow

 

Matt LeBlanc

 

Spaceman Spiff, Stupendous Man, and Tracer Bullet are three alter egos of what comic strip character, whose strip ran from 1985 to 1995?

Jason from "FoxTrot"

 

Milo from "Bloom County"

 

Calvin from "Calvin and Hobbes"

 

Ludwig from "Arlo and Janis"

 

What 1992 graphic novel remains the only graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize?

"Watchmen," by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

 

"Maus: A Survivor's Tale," by Art Spiegelman"

 

Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth," by Chris Ware

 

"The Sandman: Dream Country," by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess

 

In 1977, a 33-year-old future talk show host Jerry Springer was elected mayor of what city?

Cincinnati

 

Milwaukee

 

Pittsburgh

 

St. Louis

 

What 1992 film, starring Sylvester Stallone and Estelle Getty, did Stallone call "one of the worst films in the entire solar system," adding that "a flatworm could write a better script"?

Demolition Man

 

Judge Dredd

 

Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!

 

Oscar

 

Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest guitarists named Jimi Hendrix as the greatest rock guitarist of all time. What guitarist known for playing a Fender Stratocaster named "Blackie" and a Gibson SG named "The Fool," did the magazine list as the second greatest?

Eric Clapton

 

Jimmy Page

 

B.B. King

 

Keith Richards

 

The logo for the AMC television drama Breaking Bad contains the chemical symbols for what two elements?

berkelium and boron

 

beryllium and bismuth

 

bromine and barium

 

bohrium and methamphetamine

 

Which of the following cities has NOT hosted a season of "The Real World"?

Las Vegas

 

Portland, Ore.

 

Seattle

 

Atlanta

 

Royal Blue Peanut, Wingless Quackers, and Maple the Bear are all rare versions of what collectible?

Beanie Babies

 

Hummel figurines

 

Cabbage Patch Kids

 

Lladró figurines

 

An episode in the final season of "Seinfeld"reveals that decades earlier ‪George Costanza‬ was awarded the all-time high score on what classic arcade game?

Ms. Pac-Man

 

Frogger

 

Dig Dug

 

Donkey Kong Junior

 

In 2010, who became the first person ever to have won a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress and an Academy Award for Best Actress in the same weekend? She won the awards for two different roles.

Natalie Portman

 

Penélope Cruz

 

Sandra Bullock

 

Anne Hathaway

 

The 1985 platformer Super Mario Bros. was the bestselling video game of all time, until 2009, when it was surpassed by what game that was released by Nintendo three years earlier?

Metroid Prime

 

Mario Speedwagon

 

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

 

Wii Sports

 

Only two film directors have won the Showbiz Award Grand Slam, winning at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. One of these is director Mike Nichols, who won a Best Director Oscar for "The Graduate." Who is the other one, who won an Emmy in 1967, an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1968, a Grammy in 1998, and three Tonys in 2001?

 

Alan Arkin

 

Sally Field

 

Martin Scorsese

 

Mel Brooks

 

What news tabloid, published in the United States from 1979 to 2007, was the first to break the story of Bat Boy, the half-bat, half-boy superhero.

The Weekly World News

 

The National Enquirer

 

The National Examiner

 

The Economist

 

Humorist Dave Barry famously noted that if you were to throw a guitar off a cliff, as it bounces off rocks on the way down, you would hear it playing what 1964 three-chord rock classic?

"Bang A Gong (Get It On)," by T. Rex

 

"Sweet Home Alabama," by Lynyrd Skynyrd

 

"Gloria," by Them

 

"TNT," by AC/DC

 

In the GI Joe line of toys, what villainous arms dealer, whose real name is James McCullen, is better known by a word that, in Italian means both "right-handed" and "skillful"?

Zartan

 

Serpentor

 

Destro

 

Skeletor

 

What model and actress was engaged to magician David Copperfield from 1994 until 1999?

Heidi Klum

 

Naomi Campbell

 

Claudia Schiffer

 

Linda Evangelista

 

Before his election to the presidency on "The West Wing," Josiah Bartlett was governor of what US state?

New Hampshire

 

Kansas

 

California

 

Iowa

 

The 75th Academy Awards was the first such ceremony in which a rap song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. For what film did it win?

8 Mile

 

Hustle & Flow

 

Mystic River

 

Gangs of New York

 

Café Nervosa was the name of the coffeehouse on what NBC Thursday night "Must See TV" sitcom?

Friends

 

Will & Grace

 

Frasier

 

Seinfeld

 

Partly animated by Nick Park, who went on to create "Wallace & Gromit," what animated video is the most played video ever in the history of MTV?

"Sledgehammer," by Peter Gabriel

 

"Money for Nothing," by Dire Straits

 

"Land of Confusion," by Genesis

 

"Take on Me," by ah-ha