Thursday, May 07, 2009

[science and technology] five questions for you

1. Mrs. Thomas Smith of Ryde, NSW, Australia, produced a new variety of fruit in 1868. What is it called?

2. Name anything that happened in Britain on September 3rd, 1752.

3. The prefix mega- is a millionfold in the SI units and giga- is a billion. Tera is a trillion but what is the quadrillionfold (10 to the power of 15) prefix?

4. Truth, beauty, strange, charm, up and down are types of what?

5. If the camel with one hump is called a dromedary, what’s the other type called?


The Granny Smith apple; nothing happened - after September 2, the next day was September 14, due to the change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, peta, quarks, bactrian


jams o donnell said...

4/5 I couldn't remember thatpeta was the next one up. The first one was a guess based on the apple pic

CherryPie said...

I was allowing myself to get confused with the apple pic too.

dearieme said...

Draw the B of Bactrian on its side - two humps. Draw the D of Dromedary.....

Oh what fun.

CherryPie said...

That is a very clever tip Dearieme!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Couldn't do any of those.


And of course, I knew them all! :)

dearieme said...

CherryPie - memorable but not, alas, original.

James Higham said...

Red-faced, I must confess I wasn't aware of that one of Dearieme's and perhaps I'm of that era too.

dearieme said...

Of that era too? Oh, you mean

The sexual life of the camel
Is stranger than anyone thinks
In the height of the mating season
He attempts to bugger the Sphinx
But the Sphinx's posterior orifice....

You finish it, James.

Steve Hayes said...

Whatever happened to milliards?

10^9 milliard
10^12 billion
10^15 trillion

or at least that's what we were told by our Metrication Board when we adopted SI units back in 1971.

As for what happened on 3 September 1752, that would depend on where you were, wouldn't it? 3 September 1752 in Russia was 14 September 1752 in Britain, for example. 3 September in Denmark was 23 August in Britain and Russia.