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Old 10-22-2013, 04:11 PM   #1
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trivia 10/22

trivia 10/22
Did you know...
IF YOU NAMED YOUR CAT TIGER, YOU’RE NOT ALONE—IT’S THE MOST
POPULAR CAT NAME IN THE U.S.


1. Of the foreign cities listed, which is most visited by Americans ?
a. - Niagara Falls, Canada
b. - Tijuana, Mexico
c. - London, England
d. - Paris, France
2. In cooking, what is Ghee ?
3. What percentage of all animal species are insects ?
4. What two land masses are separated by the Bering Strait ?
5. What town served as the backdrop for the film, The Music Man ?
(Bonus; what State was it in ?)
6. Who's the best-known pugilist to come out of the fictional Resurrection Athletic Club ?
7. Which Liverpool club was associated with the early days of The Beatles?
8. Fill in the blanks;
Earth's water is ______% salt water, _____% frozen water, and _____% fresh water.
TRUTH OR CRAP !!
The "Ig-Noble" Prize Awards recognize relatively trivial achievements.
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1. - b
2. CLARIFIED BUTTER
3. - 80 %
4. ALASKA AND SIBERIA
5. RIVER CITY (IOWA )
6. ROCKY BALBOA
7. THE CAVERN CLUB
8. 97% -2%-1%
TRUTH !!
Since 1991, Ig Nobel Prize Awards-which are not affiliated with the Nobel Prizes-have
been given to those whose work "first makes people laugh, then makes them think."
Award categories vary annually and have included Literature, Economics, Peace,
Biology, Art, Nutrition and others.
The 2001 Physics award went to David Schmidt for his "partial solution to the question
of why shower curtains billow inwards," the 1999 Literature award went to the British
Standards Institution for its "six-page specification of the proper way to make a cup of
tea".
a sample of 2013 winners follows;
Archeology: Brian Crandall and Peter Stahl, for parboiling a dead shrew, and then swallowing the shrew without chewing, and then carefully examining everything excreted during subsequent days — all so they could see which bones would dissolve inside the human digestive system, and which bones would not.[170]
Biology/Astronomy: Marie Dacke, Emily Baird, Marcus Byrne, Clarke Scholtz, and Eric Warrant, for discovering that when dung beetles get lost, they can navigate their way home by looking at the Milky Way.[171]
Chemistry: Shinsuke Imai, Nobuaki Tsuge, Muneaki Tomotake, Yoshiaki Nagatome, Toshiyuki Nagata, and Hidehiko Kumagai, for discovering that the biochemical process by which onions make people cry is even more complicated than scientists previously realized.[172]
Medicine: Masateru Uchiyama, Xiangyuan Jin, Qi Zhang, Toshihito Hirai, Atsushi Amano, Hisashi Bashuda and Masanori Niimi, for assessing the effect of listening to opera, on mice which have had heart transplant operations.[173]
Peace: Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, for making it illegal to applaud in public, AND to the Belarus State Police, for arresting a one-armed man for applauding.[174]
Probability: Bert Tolkamp, Marie Haskell, Fritha Langford, David Roberts, and Colin Morgan, for making two related discoveries: First, that the longer a cow has been lying down, the more likely that cow will soon stand up; and Second, that once a cow stands up, you cannot easily predict how soon that cow will lie down again.[175]
Physics: Alberto Minetti, Yuri Ivanenko, Germana Cappellini, Nadia Dominici, and Francesco Lacquaniti, for discovering that some people would be physically capable of running across the surface of a pond — if those people and that pond were on the moon.[176]
Psychology: Laurent Bègue, Brad Bushman, Oulmann Zerhouni, Baptiste Subra, and Medhi Ourabah, for confirming, by experiment, that people who think they are drunk also think they are attractive.[177]
Public Health: Kasian Bhanganada, Tu Chayavatana, Chumporn Pongnumkul, Anunt Tonmukayakul, Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, Krit Komaratal, and Henry Wilde, for the medical techniques described in their report "Surgical Management of an Epidemic of Penile Amputations in Siam" — techniques which they recommend, except in cases where the amputated penis had been partially eaten by a duck.[178]
Safety Engineering: The late Gustano Pizzo, for inventing an electro-mechanical system to trap airplane hijackers — the system drops a hijacker through trap doors, seals him into a package, then drops the encapsulated hijacker through the airplane's specially-installed bomb bay doors, whence he parachutes to earth, where police, having been alerted by radio, await his arrival. (U.S. Patent 3,811,643)



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