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Posted on 12/10/2011 7:19:01 PM PST by chessplayer

You may have an opinion on climate change, evolution education, stem-cell research, and science funding. But do you have the facts to back up your opinion? This quiz will test your basic scientific literacy.

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To: MarkL
I'll be honest... I had to count on my fingers to figure out CH4. Quadtane would have given it away. I guess that's why they use greek.

/johnny

51 posted on 12/10/2011 8:53:06 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: chessplayer

45 out of 50. I’ll take that; especially since it’s been 40 years since my last science classes. Still read alot, though.


52 posted on 12/10/2011 8:53:23 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: dsrtsage

Similar. 43, but several were hunches and a few I should have gotten but didn’t think clearly.


53 posted on 12/10/2011 8:55:15 PM PST by gitmo (Hatred of those who think differently is the left's unifying principle.-Ralph Peters NY Post)
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To: rawcatslyentist
Unless you’re admitting to closet philatelism.

I've done lots of wrong things in my life.... But that's not one of my sins.

But I do have a BIL that's infatuated with stamps.

I just hope he washes his hands afterwards. ;)

/johnny

54 posted on 12/10/2011 8:56:33 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: chessplayer

31 and I actually got the Finnegan question right.


55 posted on 12/10/2011 8:57:35 PM PST by redangus
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To: rawcatslyentist
What hath past postal stamp issuage to do with literacy?

Nothing, but I do recall reading an article when I was little about how the "brontosaurus" meant "thunder lizard" and had been discredited, and the animal renamed. I was little, and little kids liked dinosaurs back then. I even had a little plastic brontosaurus from a Sinclair station.

Mark

56 posted on 12/10/2011 8:59:46 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MarkL

I was able to get all the ones I wasn’t sure of down to two and then guessed wrong on almost all of them. Da*n.


57 posted on 12/10/2011 9:03:46 PM PST by redangus
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To: coloradan
Some famous physicist, I think it might have been Rutherford, famously said... [[snip]] but in any case it isn’t physics, the only “real science” (was his dismissive implication).

I'm pretty sure it was Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

Mark

58 posted on 12/10/2011 9:04:46 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: chessplayer

68% missed 16.. I admit I guessed a few right heh.


59 posted on 12/10/2011 9:05:57 PM PST by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: chessplayer

Mine is 94%. Is it good or bad? Sorry CSM, there are nothing of scientific literacy but a general knowledge to me.


60 posted on 12/10/2011 9:06:52 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: chessplayer

42 of 50, including the Finnegan’s Wake question (which was easy.)


61 posted on 12/10/2011 9:08:20 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
I was thinking alcohols... methanol, ethanol, propanol... I screwed up.

Mark

62 posted on 12/10/2011 9:08:53 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: chessplayer

I missed 4.

The question about cell division, the question about cloud types/nomenclature, the coefficient of friction, and the one about the object beyond Pluto.


63 posted on 12/10/2011 9:08:58 PM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: Paradox

Schucks!! I’m downright humbled!!

Good job.


64 posted on 12/10/2011 9:11:48 PM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: MarkL

I have never read Finnegan’s Wake, but I have read descriptions of Gell Mann’s choice of the word from a quote, “three quarks for muster mark,” which is the only line in the book that I know. But it’s enough for the question.


65 posted on 12/10/2011 9:12:06 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: coloradan

Joyce’s book is strictly experimental literature. It is an unreadable slog, deliberately so.


66 posted on 12/10/2011 9:14:59 PM PST by bvw
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To: ozaukeemom

My process of elimination elimated me. :-(


67 posted on 12/10/2011 9:14:59 PM PST by Rannug ("God has given it to me, let him who touches it beware.")
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To: MarkL

40/50. Although I missed the friction coefficient. I thought it was nu, not mu.


68 posted on 12/10/2011 9:15:43 PM PST by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: chessplayer

I quit after 4 questions.

ADD kicking in?


69 posted on 12/10/2011 9:19:13 PM PST by Former War Criminal (...and proud Hobbit.)
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To: boop
I missed the friction coefficient.

I didn't know the answer, but I knew what all the other things were. And they weren't it.

So I did learn something tonight.

I just wish things stuck longer like they did when I was in 4th grade.

/johnny

70 posted on 12/10/2011 9:19:52 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: chessplayer

FWIW Funny you would say that about the fairness of the question regarding the term “quark” coming from “Finnegan’s Wake,” by James Joyce. I have never read that book, and until last night I would have agreed with you. But, last night I started a book called “Stephen Hawking’s Universe,” by John Boslough.
On page nine, Boslough writes about Murray Gell-Mann’s reference to Joyce’s book in naming quarks. The specific line in “Finnegan’s Wake” was “Three quarks for Muster Mark.”
I did not know that, and the fact that I read it last night and I read your comment tonight seems mighty coincidental, even a little odd.
I thought the test was very difficult, probably because I did know many answers (ha) - I got 35 right and guessed on about 20% of those.


71 posted on 12/10/2011 9:23:55 PM PST by BIV (typical white person)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I got quite a few because I memorized the order do most of the elements in the Periodis Table. Still remembered me mnemonic from 40 years ago.


72 posted on 12/10/2011 9:24:31 PM PST by gitmo (Hatred of those who think differently is the left's unifying principle.-Ralph Peters NY Post)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I got quite a few because I memorized the order do most of the elements in the Periodis Table. Still remembered me mnemonic from 40 years ago.


73 posted on 12/10/2011 9:24:31 PM PST by gitmo (Hatred of those who think differently is the left's unifying principle.-Ralph Peters NY Post)
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To: chessplayer

Missed nimbus and Planck’s constant.


74 posted on 12/10/2011 9:27:15 PM PST by heartwood
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To: chessplayer

BFL


75 posted on 12/10/2011 9:27:38 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: gitmo
because I memorized the order do most of the elements

I was busy studying practical biology when that class was going on. Sigh... (Mary Sue) And that was just the begining of the troubles... If I had to raise me, I'd send me to VMI for school. And keep me away from girls until I was 20. Because they were VERY distracting in 7th/8th grade... up through age 40.

/johnny

76 posted on 12/10/2011 9:38:35 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: BIV

In my last sentence, I should have written “did not know many answers.” I need to study the science of proofreading - or maybe it’s the Warsteiner (a tasty German beer). Yeah, that’s it.


77 posted on 12/10/2011 9:41:04 PM PST by BIV (typical white person)
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To: chessplayer

Ugh. 43/50. Oh,well.
Not so bad since I NEVER took a biology class.
Been since 1989 since I graduated.


78 posted on 12/10/2011 9:43:21 PM PST by dadgum (Overjoyed to be the Pariah.)
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To: heartwood
Planck’s constant.

I got that one right. I knew it was less than 2.somethingorother or e.

And it's greater than 1.

That left one choice.

K. for a cook, I have weird knowledge. I read a lot of sci-fi.

/johnny

79 posted on 12/10/2011 9:46:37 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: chessplayer

78% - not bad for an English major. My engineer husband did help with a couple of questions though.


80 posted on 12/10/2011 9:49:09 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (I have a job; therefore I am in the 1%.)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

I think I could have gotten a couple more right if I took time to figure them, like F(net)=ma, but I was too lazy. And some I didn’t actually “know” but reasoned out, like the question on horsepower. I know scientists have egos, but they’d never name a unit of power after themselves. (”Watt” was obviously wrong by my thinking). And the question on catalytic converters threw me. I thought palladium at first, but since it is a valuable metal, and I haven’t heard much in the way of CC thefts, I reasoned it had to be something else. Wrong! (But don’t tell the thieves out there!)


81 posted on 12/10/2011 9:56:12 PM PST by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Dude! Planck’s constant is h, not e. They fooled me because they said which German physicist is it named after and one of the choices was Heisenberg. Don’t you think they should call it p?

(h = 6.626176 x 10 exp 34 joule-seconds)


82 posted on 12/10/2011 9:59:26 PM PST by heartwood
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To: heartwood
Re-read. I said it was less than e.

/johnny

83 posted on 12/10/2011 10:01:01 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: chessplayer

I got 48 out of 50. Missed #38 on cell division ( I thought that was a lot harder than most of them, ) and then #47 on “nimbus”. That one shocked me. The answer is right in the dictionary ( as indeed is the answer to #38, for that matter, ) but I guess I just never knew the actual definition.

It took me over two hours to plug through it because of my browser, I guess. They way it was set up, it repainted the page, along with all the ads and so on, twice for each question. Evidently it was caching all this stuff, as it got slower and slower as the quiz went on. Then at the end when I clicked “How does your score compare” I couldn’t see anything except the big recap of my answers. Tried it twice.


84 posted on 12/10/2011 10:01:04 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Rannug

lol
I think I did ok. Did not go to college and graduated hs in 1979. I worked for a company called Nimbus, so I would have been upset with myself if I had erred on that one! I did not like science much at all.


85 posted on 12/10/2011 10:04:19 PM PST by ozaukeemom (Is it 2012 yet?)
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To: boop
haven’t heard much in the way of CC thefts

We have them around here. Our thieves must be smarter than yours.

I don't know if I should feel sorry for you, or for me...

/johnny

86 posted on 12/10/2011 10:04:25 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: MarkL
I also found myself yelling "NO!" when I clicked on next after selecting "carbon" to have an atomic weight of 8, when I realized it was 12...

The hint was "What element, whose atomic number is 8 ..."

87 posted on 12/10/2011 10:05:43 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: JRandomFreeper
Brontolare is Italian for 'to snore'. That's how I got that one. You're right about the look here hand wave.


88 posted on 12/10/2011 10:05:44 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal (Nov. 6, 2012 - And the correct answer is no one is entitled to a bailout.)
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To: definitelynotaliberal
Brontolare is Italian for 'to snore'.

Assuming that you are not pulling a joke on me... I learned a new italian word. :)

I have to add the caveat, because sometimes folks teach you words that don't mean exactly what you think they do. I've been on both sides of that equation.

/johnny

89 posted on 12/10/2011 10:10:36 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: heartwood

Psst .... you’re off by a factor of 10^64. Might wanna check your answer.


90 posted on 12/10/2011 10:10:49 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: coloradan

err, 10^68.


91 posted on 12/10/2011 10:12:17 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

No, I’m not pulling one over on you. Actually, I don’t know why I said to snore. It actually means to rumble.


92 posted on 12/10/2011 10:12:48 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal (Nov. 6, 2012 - And the correct answer is no one is entitled to a bailout.)
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To: definitelynotaliberal

Wow. Good guess. I got that one because when I was a kid, you used to be able to buy these little plastic dinosaurs at I think it was Ben Franklin for a dime each, or something like that.

I did guess at the heaviest noble gas question, but I had remembered that it’s the heaviest elements that are radioactive, and they blame lung cancer on this element, so I got that right.

Paleolithic and Pleistocene was another I was unsure but the phrasing of the question itself is the clue to the answer.


93 posted on 12/10/2011 10:14:05 PM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: chessplayer
36/50

I felt a little better when they expressed that as 72% but there were at least three I should have just thought a little harder on. The web page was quite annoying with the constantly moving drop-downs and other distractions. I guess that substitutes for the pressure of a stern-faced proctor pacing back and forth regularly checking his watch.

94 posted on 12/10/2011 10:16:47 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: coloradan

I’d like to buy a minus sign for my exponent.


95 posted on 12/10/2011 10:16:47 PM PST by heartwood
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To: djf

There was a fair bit of guessing in this quiz on my part and I suppose on the parts of several others as well. However, the fact remains that I’m happily intimidated that most of the respondents here did better than I did. I have always known that I was in good company here.


96 posted on 12/10/2011 10:17:38 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal (Nov. 6, 2012 - And the correct answer is no one is entitled to a bailout.)
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To: definitelynotaliberal
No harm, no foul. I'm a suspicious barstid.

And I'll check it out later to verify. ;)

Having taught english to a Vietnamese refugee when our only common language was French.

She figured out my game pretty quickly. Did someone say incorrigible? That's my other middle name.

/johnny

97 posted on 12/10/2011 10:19:04 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: chessplayer

I got 78% right. For a liberal arts major, I think that’s pretty darn good.


98 posted on 12/10/2011 10:22:59 PM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: heartwood
LOL!

Seriously, like scaring the catz out of the room and the lights coming on over at the neighbor's.

LOL!

/johnny

99 posted on 12/10/2011 10:23:51 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: chessplayer

I am embarassed that I got two wrong, that I should have gotten correct.


100 posted on 12/10/2011 10:24:12 PM PST by reg45 (I'm not angry that Lincoln freed the slaves. I'm angry that Franklin Roosevelt bought them back.)
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