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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Impossible Quiz

1. Which of these words is misspelled?
 a. Antidisestablishmentarianism
 b. Honorificabilitudinitatibus
 c. Floccinaucinihilipilification
 d. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanociniosis

2. Which of these is the closest to the true value of Pi?
 a. 3.1415926535897932384626433
 b. 3.1415926535897932384626436
 c. 3.1415926535897932384626423
 d. 3.1415926535897932384526433

3. How many inches is it (approximately) from the Earth to the Moon?
 a. 1.2 quadrillion
 b. 6.7 trillion
 c. 15 billion
 d. 197 million

4. How many times does the word "want" appear in the standard King James translation of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible?
 a. 20
 b. 0
 c. 10
 d. 30

5. Assuming a rate of 1/2 inch a month, how fast does human hair grow in miles per hour?
 a. .00000011 mph
 b. .000000011 mph
 c. .0000000011 mph
 d. .00000000011 mph

6. If you were to open a regulation Major League baseball and unwind all the yarn inside, how many feet of yarn would you have?
 a. 1,587 feet
 b. 1,107 feet
 c. 902 feet
 d. 2,166 feet

7. Including signatures, how many words are in the United States Declaration of Independence?
 a. 1,323
 b. 1,092
 c. 1,262
 d. 1,458

8. How do you say "hairdryer" in Uzbek?
 a. dahshatli inson
 b. neft chiroq
 c. soch quritgich
 d. iflos paypoq

9. Which of the following people was left-handed?
 a. Helen Keller
 b. Eleanor Roosevelt
 c. Joan of Arc
 d. Halle Berry

10. In 2004, the Boston Red Sox broke the curse and won the World Series. During those World Series games, how many pitches were thrown by Red Sox pitchers?
 a. 661
 b. 551
 c. 561
 d. 651

Picard kidding me


1. The correct answer was Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanociniosis

It's actually spelled "Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis". It is a lung disease also known as silicosis, which is much easier to spell. Floccinaucinihilipilification means the action or habit of estimating something as worthless. Antidisestablishmentarianism relates to a really boring dispute about the Church of England. Honorificabilitudinitatibus is the longest word in Shakespeare's works, appearing in "Love's Labour's Lost". It's the dative and ablative plural of the Medieval Latin word honorificabilitudinitas, but you already knew that.

2. The correct answer was 3.1415926535897932384626433

You would have got this right if you had watched The Count from "Sesame Street" recite Pi to the 1000th place in a mashup someone with too much time on their hands produced. In 2005, the world record for memorizing Pi was held by Chao Lu, who recited it from memory to 67,890 places over a period of over 24 hours. I can't even remember my cell phone number.

3. The correct answer was 15 billion

The average distance is some 239,000 miles, give or take. Using math, one can determine that at 5280 feet to a mile times 12 inches per foot times 239,000, it comes out to 15 billionish. We actually sent humans all that way, once upon a time.

4. The correct answer was 30

Probably the best known usage is the beginning of Psalm 23, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want". Less well known is Judges 19:19: "Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man which is with thy servants: there is no want of anything". It really makes you think.

5. The correct answer was .000000011 mph

An average head has about 100,000 hairs on it. The world record for longest hair was held by Xie Qiuping at 8 feet, 5.54 inches. There is also a record for longest arm hair, but I didn't feel like looking at that picture.

6. The correct answer was  1,107 feet

Four different kinds of yarn are used in making a baseball. The cowhide covering is sewn together with 88 inches of waxed red thread, resulting in 108 stitches. I once gave a foul ball to a little kid at a Toledo Mudhens game. I hope he didn't unwind it.

7. The correct answer was 1,458

Thomas Jefferson wrote the document. It took him 18 days in June of 1776.

8. The correct answer was soch quritgich

Neft chiroq means oil lamp, iflos paypoq means dirty sock, and dahshatli inson means terrible human being. My Uzbek is a little rusty, so I have depended on Google for some of the more nuanced translations. Any feedback is appreciated.

9. The correct answer was Helen Keller

Helen Keller's middle name was Adams. Alexander Graham Bell (yes, that one) led the family to the Perkins Institute for the Blind, where Anne Sullivan met Helen. One in four Apollo astronauts were left-handed, 250% greater than the standard deviation would expect.

10. The correct answer was 561
Manny Ramirez was voted most valuable player. Tears were shed, many, many tears. Not by me of course, I'm a big strong he-man. So there.

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