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It’s our 2019 megaquiz!

By David, 2 January 2019 Quiz

Get into 2019 with this brain work out! This megaquiz will test your knowledge of all the quizzes we wrote in 2018. The questions are randomly selected, so if you want more questions, you can just reload the page!

Results

Congratulations! you are a real science whiz!

Oh dear! Maybe you should reload the page and try a new quiz!

#1. If an animal is melanistic, what’s special about it?

A melanistic animal has a lot of the dark pigment melanin, which makes it appear black or darkly coloured.

#2. Which of these lizards does not live in Australia?

Green iguanas live in the Americas, not Australia.

#3. Portland cement is typically made from which rock?

Portland cement is typically made by roasting limestone, with a small amount of other ingredients, such as gypsum or clay.

#4. How many bones are there in a typical human head?

There are 29 bones in the human head – eight in the cranium, 14 in the face, one in the neck and three in each ear!

#5. Why does plutonium have the symbol Pu and not Pl?

Glenn Seaborg (one of the discoverers of plutonium) used the symbol Pu rather than Pl because, when said out loud, it sounds like “PEE-YEW”, which is what a child might say when something smells bad!

#6. If you put a 20 cent coin flat on a table, how many 20 cent coins can you place flat on the table around the edge of the original coin?

Circles of the same size fit together tightest in a hexagonal pattern, with six circles around each circle.

#7. Which of these is NOT a type of cloud?

Canopus is the name of a star, not a cloud.

#8. Ignoring the ankle and foot, how many bones are there in a typical human leg?

There is one thigh bone (femur), a shin bone (tibia) and a bone running behind it called the fibula or calf bone, and a kneecap (patella).

#9. During the time of the dinosaurs, was the Sun brighter, dimmer or the same as now?

Millions of years ago, when dinosaurs roamed Earth, the Sun was slightly less bright.

#10. How many kilometres can a light beam travel in an hour?

Light travels at about one billion kilometres per hour.

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4 comments

  1. Question 10: I think you should specify that said triangle is on a flat plane, since it’s possible to have more than one right angle on different planar geometries.

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  2. Oh, I didn’t realise the questions change on each reload – my previous comment was in regards to the maximum number of right angles that a triangle can have.

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  3. Yup, on a sphere you can have three right angles – on the Earth, Singapore, Kinshasa and the South Pole makes a triangle with three almost-right angles!

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  4. Great quiz!??

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