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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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  1. 1.

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    This way!
    This way!
    No, this way!
    No, this way!
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's been going that way for a long time!

  2. 2.

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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.

  3. 3.

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

  4. 4.

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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.

  5. 5.

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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.

  6. 6.

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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.

  8. 8.

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

  10. 10.

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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.

  11. 11.

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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.

We Bet You Can't Answer These Super Basic Questions

You have an obscene amount of knowledge!

Truly impressive! You have really taken the time to fully understand this world. You must spend your days pondering all questions in life — big and small. Is that statue “The Thinker” based on you?

You have an obscene amount of knowledge!
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You have just the right amount of knowledge!

Nice! You know just enough to be a respectable member of society but not so much that you are some sort of pedant who uses words like pedant with reckless abandon.

You have just the right amount of knowledge!
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What is knowledge, anyway?

Does man really have the ability to “know” anything? Is it not an ultimate mark of hubris to claim a detailed understanding of our place in the world? Good for you for not becoming a major player in this Sophoclean tragedy we call life.

What is knowledge, anyway?
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