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    Default A Short Quiz You Are Guaranteed to Fail

    1. How many clouds are in the sky?
    2. How high does the sycamore grow?
    3. How many molecules are in a piece of toast?
    4. How many moles are in 100 m2 of dirt?
    5. What were the middle names of every soldier in the American Civil War?
    6. Do you know the Muffin Man??
    7. What is the terminal velocity of an unladen swallow?
    8. What did the 5th. most beautiful woman in the 17th. largest tribe in Western Europe dream on the night of April 17, 5000 BCE?
    9. Why is a raven like a writing desk?
    10. How many Republicans could fit on the island of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean?

    Extra Credit: How many philosophers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    Proof that science doesn't have all the answers.

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    You'll fail because the questions do not have definitive answers.
    "The only time I'm wrong is when I'm questioning myself."
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    1. 1
    2. However high it wishes to. It's like a wizard.
    3. More than 1, less than infinity.
    4. Depends on which 100 m2 you are looking at. I shall endeavor to guess that this plot of ground is in antarctica so: zero.
    5. Male.
    6. Who doesn't.
    7. Whatever it takes.
    8. Trick question because April hadn't been invented yet.
    9. Neither have been in my kitchen before.
    10. It depends on whether they are trying to fit on this island during high or low tide.

    Extra Credit: None, because the light bulb is a lie.

    Proof that I have all the answers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Haight View Post
    You'll fail because the questions do not have definitive answers.
    Exactly!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saturned View Post
    1. 1
    2. However high it wishes to. It's like a wizard.
    3. More than 1, less than infinity.
    4. Depends on which 100 m2 you are looking at. I shall endeavor to guess that this plot of ground is in antarctica so: zero.
    5. Male.
    6. Who doesn't.
    7. Whatever it takes.
    8. Trick question because April hadn't been invented yet.
    9. Neither have been in my kitchen before.
    10. It depends on whether they are trying to fit on this island during high or low tide.

    Extra Credit: None, because the light bulb is a lie.

    Proof that I have all the answers.

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    1. How many clouds are in the sky?
    None, when you're on the moon.

    2. How high does the sycamore grow?
    As high as itself.

    3. How many molecules are in a piece of toast?
    The number of molecules in the universe minus the ones that aren't in the toast.

    4. How many moles are in 100 m2 of dirt?
    I'm sure there's a few.

    5. What were the middle names of every soldier in the American Civil War?
    They were additional names to differentiate between those that share given names or surnames.

    6. Do you know the Muffin Man??
    Yes.

    7. What is the terminal velocity of an unladen swallow?
    African or European?

    8. What did the 5th. most beautiful woman in the 17th. largest tribe in Western Europe dream on the night of April 17, 5000 BCE?
    In what universe?

    9. Why is a raven like a writing desk?
    They typically aren't inside out.

    10. How many Republicans could fit on the island of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean?
    Depends how much you can carve off a Republican and still call it a Republican.

    Extra Credit: How many philosophers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    I don't know. But I do know how many mathematicians it takes to screw in a light bulb: 0.999....

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    The Muffin Man?
    "Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"

    “Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    The Muffin Man?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprinkles View Post
    The Muffin Man... *ponders*

    I think I saw him chowing down on a Big Kahuna Burger in some diner...
    "Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"

    “Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenfairy View Post
    1. How many clouds are in the sky?
    Question far too vague. Physically define "sky" as a certain airspace over a certain surface at a fix point of time and it's doable

    2. How high does the sycamore grow?
    Question too vague. The name "sycamore" refers to several different types of trees. Some of them averaging about 20 meters, others growing up to 50 meters. Phrase the question in a more precise manner and you'll get an answer. If you are referring to a specific sycamore tree, that can easily be measured.

    3. How many molecules are in a piece of toast?
    Question too vague. You'd have to give a precise amount of bread and say what kind of bread. I did find this however:

    Let's guess that a crumb of toast weighs a hundredth of a gram, that is 0.00001 kg. Let's also assume that, being organic, toast is mostly made of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, with an average atomic weight of about 8. (C=12, O=16, H=2, but there are more hydrogen atoms than carbon or oxygen). So let's simplify our toast by pretending that it's made up of atoms with atomic weight 8. By definition, one mol of anything weight as much in kg as the atomic weight of the things, so a mol of toast atoms weighs 8 kg; and one mol is a number of things equal to Avogadro's constant, which is 6 x 10^23, or 600,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. But we don't want 8 kg of toast, we only want 0.00001 kg, so we divide that number by 8 and multiply by 0.00001 and we get a rough answer: 750,000,000,000,000,000 atoms, or 750 quadrillion.
    http://www.askabiologist.org.uk/answ...ic.php?id=1871
    4. How many moles are in 100 m2 of dirt?
    Question too vague. "Dirt" is extremely unspecific, what is that dirt supposed to consist of? How thick is the space we are talking about, since you only gave twodimensional data?


    5. What were the middle names of every soldier in the American Civil War?
    There should be registers. Are you including medical personal, music corps, etc?

    6. Do you know the Muffin Man??
    Yes, I know the muffin man,
    The muffin man, the muffin man,
    Yes, I know the muffin man,
    Who lives in Drury Lane

    7. What is the terminal velocity of an unladen swallow?
    Would that be an African or a European swallow?

    http://style.org/unladenswallow/

    8. What did the 5th. most beautiful woman in the 17th. largest tribe in Western Europe dream on the night of April 17, 5000 BCE?
    Vague question, 5th most beautiful by what criteria? That was a long night, at what point in time exactly? If you follow the weird theories of Julian Jaynes, nothing at all, because he claims consciousness wasn't fully developed back then. The answer might be difficult to research (no writing system to record the dream, maybe she painted it at a wall but didn't date it?) but with time travel and a brain scanner it should be possible to tell at least roughly what is going on in her mind.

    9. Why is a raven like a writing desk?
    Both consist of organic matter, i.e. mainly carbon? Otherwise I'd ask you to prove that a ravenn is indeed like a writing desk and then I would look into the why (but you would have done much of the work for me).

    10. How many Republicans could fit on the island of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean?
    Proably none. That "island" is not a real island or raft but rather an elevated desity of floating trash, mostly suspended particles. You can't stand or sit on it. Estimates of size range from 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) to more than 15,000,000 square kilometres (5,800,000 sq mi). So you would have to give me a specific point in time and define the borders of that area. Then you take the average surface occupied by an adult white middle class North American male and do the math.

    Alternative answer: All of them. All registered Republicans would easily fit on that surface, since it is probably twice the size of the continental USA.

    Extra Credit: How many philosophers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    Those philosophers I have personally met would not screw it in themselves but get somebody else to do it, so none. That is, however, only anecdotal evidence, furthr studies are needed.


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