Answers for Mar. 25, 2023, Quiz
1. True or false: The occipital lobe is the gatekeeper of human fear.
False. The amygdala has been referred to as “the gatekeeper of human fear” because it is associated with memory storage and the processing of emotions like anger, pleasure and fear.
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2. What is the deepest lake in the world?
- Crater Lake
- Lake Baikal
- Lake Como
- Lake Vostok
Lake Baikal, located in Siberia, is the deepest lake in the world, clocking in at 5,387 feet. It is also the world's oldest lake, and its largest lake by volume of water.
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3. Which is not a common trigger of trypophobia?
- insect eyes
- sea sponges
Trypophobia is a fear or disgust of closely packed holes. A few common triggers of trypophobia include: insect eyes, pomegranates and sea sponges.
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4. True or false: The University of Connecticut has the most successful women's college basketball team in the U.S.
True. The University of Connecticut has won the women's NCAA championship 11 times, including four times in a row between 2013 and 2016.
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5. What species is Hyperion, the world’s tallest tree?
- coast redwood
- weeping willow
The world’s tallest tree, Hyperion, is a coast redwood located in Redwood National Park. This tree is an average height of 360 feet (116 meters) tall, and its trunk is just over 16 feet (4.94 meters) in diameter. That’s as tall as a 35-story building.
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Answers for Mar. 18, 2023, Quiz
1. True or false: Hedy Lamarr never received a penny for her "secret communications system" even though she had a patent for the invention.
True. Lamarr never received a penny for her invention because her patent had expired by the time the U.S. Navy implemented the system nearly two decades later.
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2. Which fruit is known as the "Queen of Fruit?"
Popular in southeast Asia, mangosteen fruit is purple on the inside with a thick rind. It’s known for a light, citrusy flavor, as well as high levels of vitamin C.
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3. What type of cipher did Mary, Queen of Scots use to encrypt her letters?
Mary, Queen of Scots used a substitution cipher that replaced each word with a unique symbol.
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4. True or false: In the northern hemisphere, the stars of the Big Dipper are always visible.
True. All the stars of the Big Dipper are visible no matter the time of night or time of year, as long as you have a clear northern horizon.
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5. What is not an ingredient in potting soil?
- earthworm castings
There's no actual dirt in potting soil. Potting soil usually contains a combination of Canadian sphagnum peat moss, composted or aged bark, compost, earthworm castings, horticultural grade perlite, pumice or cinders and controlled-release fertilizer.
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Answers for Mar. 11, 2023, Quiz
1. True or false: Martha Jane Canary earned the nickname “Calamity Jane” around 1875, during the Newton-Jenney expedition.
True. Canary earned the nickname “Calamity Jane” during the Newton-Jenney expedition, which was intended to determine the quality and quantity of gold in the Black Hills. An expert said, "She had wandered off one day and the soldiers thought it would be a 'calamity' if she were captured or killed."
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2. What is the longest motorway in the world?
- China National Highway 318
- Interstate 90/\r\n/
- Pan-American Highway/\r\n/
- U.S. Route 6/\r\n/
According to the Guinness World Records, the Pan-American Highway is the longest motorway in the world, covering almost 19,000 miles.
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3. Which part of the brain is involved in synthesizing different kinds of information to create memories?
- pituitary gland/\r\n/
The hippocampus helps synthesize different kinds of information to create memories.
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4. True or false: "Doc" Holliday practiced dentistry./\r\n/
True. Holliday attended Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery and later practiced dentistry in stops that included St. Louis, Atlanta and Dallas.
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5. How did Wyatt Earp die?
- gunfight at the O.K. Corral
- natural causes/\r\n/
Wyatt Earp, who never was wounded in a gunfight, died at age 80 of natural causes.
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Answers for Mar. 4, 2023, Quiz
1. True or false: The Instant Pot offers more control than a pressure cooker.
True. While both the Instant Pot and pressure cookers are still used widely, there's no denying that the level of control you get from an Instant Pot is second to none. The Instant Pot allows users to have more control over what they cook.
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2. Which country made the “shoey” popular?
- United States
"Shoey" is Australian slang for having a celebratory drink out of a shoe. As a cultural phenomenon, the shoey represents overcoming adversity — literally drinking out of the vessels that got you over the line. Australians have claimed the shoey, but they're not the only ones to partake in the practice.
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3. Which is not a requirement to serve on a jury?
- being over 21
- being a U.S. citizen
- having sufficient knowledge of English to understand the proceedings
- being a resident of the county where the trial is taking place
Being over 21 years of age is not a requirement to serve on a jury. The required age to serve on a jury is 18.
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4. True or false: In 2031, NASA plans to plunge the International Space Station into the waters of Point Nemo.
True. After more than 30 years of service, NASA plans to plunge the International Space Station into the waters of Point Nemo in 2031. NASA expects the ISS to be able to operate safely through 2030.
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5. Which kitchen device is derivative of the European dumbwaiter?
- food processor
- lazy Susan
- napkin holder
The lazy Susan may be derivative of the European dumbwaiter, which was a piece of furniture situated near the hostess at a dinner table. It was used to store things such as desserts, cheeses, silver and extra plates — anything the hostess might need to access quickly.
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