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Store electrical charge - Capacitors are often used in electronic circuits for blocking direct current while allowing alternating current to pass.If in Back to the Future, Marty McFly replaced his flux capacitor with a plain old everyday capacitor, what would it do?

       a. Send electricity to the gears
       b. Store electrical charge
       c. Prevent electrical shorts
       d. Measure electrical current


Six - Milgram's experiment came from a desire to learn more about the probability that two randomly selected people would know each other.In the Kevin Bacon game, as well as in Stanley Milgram's Small World Experiment, how many degrees of separation supposedly separate you from anybody else on Earth?

       a. Twenty-five
       b. Twelve
       c. Six
       d. Ninety-nine


Alcohol - Other solvents sometimes used include vinegar, glycerol, ether and propylene glycol.If Sabrina the Teenage Witch needs to make a tincture of something, what will that something be dissolved into?

       a. Blood
       b. Saltwater
       c. Alcohol
       d. Acid


Quarks - A quark is an elementary particle and a fundamental constituent of matter.What do gluons "glue" together within hadrons?

       a. Quasars
       b. Quarks
       c. Quirks
       d. Quickies


Time - Special relativity shows that time behaves surprisingly like the three spatial dimensions.3D is height, width and breadth. Under Einstein's general theory of relativity, what is the fourth dimension?

       a. Gravity
       b. Light
       c. Time
       d. That "Age of Aquarius" band


Ammonia - Household ammonia ranges in concentration from 5 to 10 weight percent ammonia.When you pass gas, the gases are a combination of nitrogen, carbon dioxide and methane. If an aristocratic nobleman were to only pass noble gases, which of these gases would not be in the recipe?

       a. Helium
       b. Neon
       c. Ammonia
       d. Argon


Ford Pinto - The Ford Pinto was discontinued in 1980.The Mizar was a flying car, made in the early 1970s by adding the rear portion of a Cessna Skymaster to what Ford car, whose fuel tank was prone to explosions if messed with from behind?

       a. Ford Escort
       b. Ford Pinto
       c. Ford Corsair
       d. Ford Focus


Leonardo da Vinci - Responsible for many designs, few were constructed or even feasible during his lifetime.What famous painter also designed a bat-like flying device that never got off the ground?

       a. Leonardo da Vinci
       b. Michelangelo
       c. Samuel Morse
       d. James Whistler


They died in the same plane crash - On takeoff, the plane's engine failed and the aircraft uncontrollably nose dived into a lagoon.Why is it unusual that Oklahoma City's two airports are named for Will Rogers and Wiley Post?

       a. They died in the same plane crash
       b. They famously were afraid to fly
       c. They co-wrote, "Man Will Never Fly"
       d. They hated Oklahoma and opposed building the airports


Ransom Eli Olds - The band REO Speedwagon took their name from the REO manufactured REO Speed Wagon light delivery truck.For whom were the Oldsmobile and the Reo Speedwagon named?

       a. Richard Evert Oldman
       b. Ransom Eli Olds
       c. O Henry Reo
       d. Old Man Reo Ford


A good sized room - Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au and atomic number 79.If Auric Goldfinger had all the gold ever extracted in a typical year, what would he need to store it all in?

       a. A football stadium
       b. One of the Great Lakes
       c. A good sized room
       d. The Empire State Building


2125 - Quasiquicentennial relates to a period of 125 years.In 2000, I founded the Justin Timberlake Fans4Ever Club. When will my club celebrate its quasiquicentennial?

       a. 2250
       b. 2500
       c. 2125
       d. 2050


Sn - The symbol Sn represents tin.What is the chemical symbol of the element with the shortest English name?

       a. Cu
       b. Sn
       c. Pb
       d. Fe


Orion - Orion is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world.Mintaka is the Arabic word for "belt". Mintaka, Alnilam and Alnitak are the stars that keep what constellation's pants from falling down?

       a. Orion
       b. Aquarius
       c. Cassiopeia
       d. Sagittarius



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