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Harley Earl designed chrome trim, two-tone paint, hardtops,
wrap-around windshields and (especially) tailfins for what company?
a. General Motors
General Motors - He worked for GM from 1927 until 1959.
Happily, it only eats teeny tiny food like plankton. At up to
60 feet, what is the largest known fish?
b. Whale shark
c. Giant catfish
d. Jumbo shrimp
Whale shark - The whale shark gets to more than 65 feet long and has the thickest skin of any animal, at
up to 4 inches.
Originally, a gram was defined as how much pure water, at the
temperature of melting ice?
a. 1 teaspoon
b. 1 cc
c. 1 cup
d. 1 tablespoon
1 cc - A gram is now defined as one one-thousandth of a kilogram.
What distinctive feature of the Stegosaurus was named the
thagomizer, a term that originally appeared in a Far Side comic strip about the late Thag Simmons?
a. A turtle-like shell
c. Two horns and a bony facial frill
d. Double row of kite-shaped plates on its back
Double row of kite-shaped plates on its back - In a 1982 Far Side strip, cavemen attend a lecture in
which the speaker points to an image of the spikes, saying that it was called a thagomizer in honor of 'the
late Thag Simmons'.
No, this drug was never used as an appetite suppressant or as a
stimulant for the military, but Merck did hope it would stop abnormal bleeding. What?
a. Angel dust (PCP)
b. Cannabis (THC)
c. Acid (LSD)
d. Ecstasy (MDMA)
Ecstasy (MDMA) - It was patented by Merck on Christmas Eve 1914. It was mostly forgotten until it
started to be used for fun in the 1970s.
When would a gerontologist take an interest in you?
a. When you grow old
b. When you exercise
c. When you enjoy a hobby
d. When you study your ancestry
When you grow old - Gerontology is the study of the psychological, social and biological aspects of
The largest single living animal cell on Earth is the yolk
found in what animal's egg, which in turn is the largest egg in the world?
b. Komodo dragon
d. Blue whale
Ostrich - But for birds, it's the smallest egg in relation to body size.
Supersonic is at least Mach 1, roughly. What word is used for
Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound?
Hypersonic - NASA defines 'high' hypersonic as any Mach number from 10 to 25.
In 1919, while flying the Lame Duck, Albert "Putty" Reed and
his crew became the first people to fly across which ocean?
Atlantic - The Lame Duck was an NC-4 navy patrol bomber they flew from Long Island to Plymouth with
stops in Newfoundland, the Azores and Lisbon under the watchful eye of 50 destroyers.
Although the agouti gene is responsible for bay-colored horses
and the stripes on a tabby, what is an agouti itself?
a. A North American wildcat
b. A South American rodent
c. An African antelope
d. An Asian primate
A South American rodent - It is one of the few animals that can break into Brazil nuts.
Henrietta Lacks, who lived in a segregated community, died of
cervical cancer in 1951, but she's still saving lives today. How so?
a. Her body was used to model the CPR dummy
b. Her death led to tighter meat packing standards
c. Her cells are still being used in medical research
d. She appeared in one of the first anti-smoking videos
Her cells are still being used in medical research - Although she never knew her biopsied tissue was
being used this way, the HeLa cell lines have been instrumental in research on cancer, AIDS, polio and much
If you're converting from metric, how many inches are there to
39.37 - Only Burma, Liberia and the United States have not officially adopted the metric system.
The appendix hangs off the cecum. Where would you find the
a. Large intestine
c. Small intestine
Large intestine - The large intestine consists of the cecum, rectum and the anal canal.
The male deep-sea angler only feeds when it bites the larger
female and sucks her blood, giving him even more incentive to do something. What?
Mate - However, he eventually gets, literally, absorbed into her body.
1930 saw the introduction of a Disney character and the
discovery of a planet, both of which had the same name. Which one?
Pluto - Although originally classified as a planet, Pluto is now considered a dwarf-planet.
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