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?





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"?



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




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?







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






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"?









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?









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

Janet Jackson




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?





San Francisco




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






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




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?









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









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?







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!




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.






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




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"?









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








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?



Will & Grace






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