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Whose 1988 book, "A Brief History of Time", sold 729,000 copies,
about 728,000 of which were probably never read?
a. Richard Feynman
b. Carl Sagan
c. Stephen Hawking
d. Albert Einstein
What is the only even prime number?
In 1989, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann claimed to have
produced what frigid phenomenon?
a. A solution to Fermat's Theorem
c. Cold fusion
Although the Askesian Society was best known for sniffing laughing
gas, it was here that English pharmacist Luke Howard presented his scheme for dividing what meteorological
phenomenon into stratus, cumulus and cirrus?
What letters do you add to the name of an Austrian geneticist to
get the name of the Russian chemist who designed the periodic table?
You know astronauts and cosmonauts. But what country was the third in space when it launched its
Sagittarius is aiming at the constellation that killed Orion. That
constellation's brightest star is a red supergiant called Antares. What is it?
b. Ursa Major
Alchemist Henning Brandt is the first person known to have
discovered an element. And he found it because he was fascinated with human urine. What is it?
If you were being electrocuted, what exactly would kill you?
a. The amperes
b. The coulombs
c. The ohms
d. The volts
Imagine that it's midnight on December 31 and that the entire Earth
was created just one year ago. On this time scale, how long have humans been on earth?
a. 2 weeks
b. 3 days
c. 11 minutes
d. Four months
What French mathematician and amateur theologian is said to have
invented the roulette wheel en route to the perpetual motion machine?
a. Blaise Pascal
b. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
d. Antoine Lavoisier
Which of the following isn't true of organic sulfur compounds
called thiols or mercaptans?
a. Responsible for the smell of skunk spray
b. Part of the aroma of garlic and coffee
c. Active ingredient in marijuana
d. Used so you can smell natural gas
Who says astronomers can't have a sense of humor? Massive
astrophysical compact halo objects and weakly interacting massive particles may sound dull, but MACHOs and
WIMPs may explain which intergalactic mystery?
a. The source of dark matter
b. The fate of black holes
c. The edge of the universe
d. Whether particle physicists or astrophysicists are more manly
Two people filed patents for the same invention on the same
Valentine's Day in 1876. Who beat Elisha Gray by just hours?
a. George Westinghouse
b. Alexander Graham Bell
c. Thomas Edison
d. Robert Fulton
The constellation Sagittarius might have use for a constellation
called Sagitta. What is Sagitta?
a. An arrow
b. A chariot
c. A target
d. A shield
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