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We Bet You Can't Answer These Super Basic Questions

You might be surprised by how much you don't know.

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    This way!
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    No, this way!
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    It's been going that way for a long time!

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    Air expands as it rises which means the molecules have room to slow down. Slower particles mean less kinetic energy — the same thing as heat.

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    Earth and the Moon have received a comparable number of impacts, but Earth’s dynamic crust erases evidence of most impacts over time.

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    When you cut an onion it releases a series of enzymes that produce unstable sulfur-based gases. These gases react with the water in your eye to form sulfuric acid. Your body defends itself by diluting the acid in your eye with tears.

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    Ice is actually less dense than water because the crystal structure in ice formed by hydrogen bonding allows more space between molecules than when it lacks those bonds in liquid form.

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    Water is denser than air so the closer proximity of molecules means sound waves can propagate more easily.

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    Strong updrafts from storms carry water droplets into cooler, freezing air, where they freeze, fall and lift again. They do this until they get so heavy that gravity overcomes the updraft and ice pellets (hailstones) fall to Earth.

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    The reflection of all wavelengths results in the perception of white.

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    Animals and other organisms take in minerals to build structures like shells and bones, which removes them from the water.

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    Asparagusic acid is a chemical found only in asparagus (as far as we know). It breaks down in your urine, forming a series of sulfur-based compounds that smell.

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    Earth’s tilt results in some parts of Earth receiving direct sunlight during the span of a day at different times during the year.

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    Because snowflakes don’t fit together perfectly (no two are alike, after all!), they contain a whole lot of air when piled on the ground. These air pockets dampen sound.

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