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Welcome to the Greenwood.Net Curiosity Corner

Quiz Time

Nov 25, 2020

Curiosity Corner
Dr. Jerry D. Wilson,
Emeritus Professor of Physics
Lander University

I hope you took time to study over your Thanksgiving break. Here are fourteen trivia questions for you. See how many you know. The answer key is below. No cheating!

1. How many states have “x” in their names?
2. What does BMW (as in the automobile) stand for?
3. What type of doctor was Doc Holiday (as in OK corral frame)?
4. How many pedals and keys does a grand piano have?
5. What was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution?
6. How many seats are there in a 747 jumbo jet?
7. Why is the phrase “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” used to check a typewriter?
8. Where are the Islands of Langerhans located?
9. What was Billy the Kid’s real name?
10. What is a quire?
11. European geography: How many countries border Germany?
12. African geography: Africa has how many countries?
13. What is triskaidekaphobia?
14. How many states do not have Lieutenant Governors?

1. Texas and New Mexico.
2. Bayerische Motoren Werke (English translation: Bavarian Motor Works).
3. Dentist.
4. Three pedals, 88 keys.
5. Delaware. It’s even on their license plates: First State.
6. 420
7. It is a pangram, which means it contains every letter in the alphabet at least once.
8. In the human body (in the pancreas).
9. Henry McCarty
10. 25 sheets of paper, 1/20 of a ream (500 sheets).
11. Nine. Starting north, and moving clockwise are: Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and The Netherlands.
12. 54, but some have disputed recognition.
13. A fear of the number 13. (The corresponding question number was a big hint.) Triskaidekaphobia (from Greek tris meaning "3," kai meaning "and," and deka meaning "10" and phobia, fear).
14. Five. Arizona, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon and Wyoming.

C.P.S. (Curious Postscript): “I was young and foolish then; now I’m older and foolisher.” -Mark Twain

Curious about something? Send your questions to Dr. Jerry D. Wilson, College of Science and Mathematics, Lander University, Greenwood, SC, 29649, or email jerry@curiosity-corner.net. Selected questions will appear in the Curiosity Corner. For Curiosity Corner background, go to www.curiosity-corner.net.

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