The Coffee Break Hard Trivia Quiz – A challenging selection of General Engineering Trivia questions and answers -
sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know, but you’re sure that you did know or that you should know and when you see the answers you know that once upon a time you probably did know !

Challenge your colleagues – can they answer more than you ?


The chemical element Mercury is also known as Quicksilver – True or False

What is the name of the mechanical device, which is typically used to store and release energy, to absorb shock, or to maintain a force between contacting surfaces. It is manufactured from an elastic material and formed into the shape of a helix which returns to its natural length when unloaded...

In geology, Permafrost or Permafrost Soil is the name given to soil at or below the freezing point of water for two or more years – True or False

Lines of Longitude is the name is given to the imaginary horizontal lines shown on maps – True or False

Lines of Latitude are the horizontal lines – Lines of Longitude are the vertical lines

A woodworking tool typically used to hollow out an area on the face of a piece of wood is called a...

Derived from Old French, what name is given to a cylindrical protrusion used as a mounting and/or pivoting point...

The number of waves passing through a point in a period of time is called Frequency – True or False

Toyoda Automatic Loom Works was the forerunner of which Japanese automobile company...

Ethanol (C2H5OH) is also known as Grain Alcohol – True or False

The Bar, which is a metric unit of pressure was created and named following a series of experiments measuring the deflection in a horizontal rod or bar at various distances relative to sea level - True or False

The bar (and the millibar) was introduced by the Norwegian meteorologist Vilhelm Bjerknes, a pioneer of modern weather forecasting


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