Chris's Quiz!Ver. 3.1 01-01-00
1) Outer space is very:
Outer space is a vacuum, it isn't hot, isn't cold, isn't anything. It is the complete absence of anything. The question is sort of like asking the name of the dog you don't have.
A lot of people think of space as "cold." They remember in the Apollo 13 story in which the Astronauts almost froze when they turned their heaters off to save power. Now it is true that any object in space loses heat, radiates it off. But this has nothing to do with space, the space is not cold, is not cooling it off. Instead, anything above absolute zero is always radiating heat, in air, in space, under water, anytime. So anything inert in space, like a rock or a cheeseburger, will get colder and colder as it radiates off its heat till it hits absolute zero.
In the case of Apollo 13, the craft radiated off more heat energy than they could replace, so it got colder and colder. But the Mir space station has the opposite problem. They make so much heat inside it, they have to use big radiators in space to lose even more heat or they would cook. They would think space is hot.
If you get too hot in space, you can't just open a window. We are really spoiled on Earth having all this air around us to cool us off whenever we want.
2) American scientists stayed in the Russian Mir Space station for many months and did experiments. We delivered and picked them up with the shuttle and brought the Russians some extra supplies.
3) The murder rate in our country goes down almost every year. This is thought to be the result of:
"The second factor keeping the murder rate from being any
worse is medical technology. According to the U.S. Army
Medical Service Corps, a wound that would have killed nine out
of ten soldiers in World War II, nine out of ten could have
survived in Vietnam. Thus, by a very conservative estimate, if
we had 1940-level medical technology today, the murder rate
would be ten times higher than it is. The magnitude of the
problem has been held down by the development of
sophisticated lifesaving skills and techniques, such as helicopter
medevacs, 911 operators, paramedics, cpr, trauma centers,
and medicines. " Trained To Kill -- David Grossman
4) A standard roll of US quarters is worth $10 US:
5) Who were these three brothers?: Jerome Horwitz, Moses Horwitz, and Samuel Horwitz.
They were the original Three Stooges: Jerome Horwitz (Curly Howard), Moses Horwitz (Moe Howard), and Samuel Horwitz (Shemp Howard).
6) On average. how often is there a flash of lightning on Earth?
Mooring Mast: A dirigible mast, now the base of the TV tower, was part of the original construction of the Building. One attempt to moor a privately owned blimp was successful for three minutes. But during a second attempt, in September 1931, a Navy Blimp was almost upended and nearly swept away celebrities attending the historic affair, while the water ballast drenched pedestrians several blocks away. The mooring mast idea was ultimately abandoned. -- http://www.esbnyc.com/html/facts.html
8) There is more sea than earth?
Another red Herring.
10) Classify the following by US Government standards:
|Tomatoes||Fruit||Vegetable||Neither||It really is a fruit|
|Ketchup||Fruit||Vegetable||Neither||Declared a Vegetable for use in school lunch vegetable standards|
|Peanuts||Fruit||Vegetable||Neither||It is a member of the bean family|
12) How many times does "United States" appear on the new $20 bill?
13) If all 1 billion people in China all jumped up in the air at the same time, what would happen to the Earth?
Re: Does the population of the Earth affect the mass of the Earth?
The earth's mass is about 6 x 10^21 metric tons, or 6 x 10^24 kilograms. If we assume the earth's human population is about 6 billion people, and the average person weighs about 70 kilograms (about 150 pounds), then the total human population's mass is about 420 billion kilograms - 4.2 x 10^11 kilograms. So, the human population constitutes only about 0.000000000007% of the earth's total mass.
14) George Lucas named the lead character "Indiana Jones" in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. So then Steven Spielburg got to name the female lead in the second Indiana Jones movie "Willie Scott". They both named the characters after:
15) If the Earth was shrunk down to the size of a billiard ball, would you be able to feel the mountains and valleys?
A pocket billiard ball is 2.25" in diameter. Since the Earth is 7,900 miles in diameter, this would make Mt. Everest at 29,000 ft. only 0.00156" high on the ball, too small to feel.
And a Bonus Question just for the Holiday Season!
16) Why is Santa Claus's suit Red in color?
ABC World News Tonight 12/23/99
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