Do your friends, family, and coworkers accuse you of being a repository of useless information? (Mine do.) Here's your chance to test your knowledge of obscure but interesting tidbits...
- In a large glass bowl over medium heat, mix distilled water, gastric acid, and lye, taking care that it doesn't get out of the bowl. Balance the amounts of the acid and the lye so that the pH is precisely neutral, then boil away all the water. What's left?
- sodium hydroxide
- calcium perchlorate
- table salt
- sneezing powder
- What was the name of Julius Caesar's wife?
- all of the above
- The English words
sluiceall come from the same source language. Which language is that?
- Old German
- When the priest Hilkiah found a long-lost copy of the book of the law while cleaning the temple, he gave it to a secretary, who read it, then took it to King Josiah and read it to him. What was the secretary's name?
- Shaphan son of Azaliah
- Joah son of Asaph
- Benaiah son of Jehoiada
- For most of the twentieth century, the Poincaire Conjecture was widely considered to be the most important open problem in mathematics. Today it is widely considered solved, due mostly to the work of one man. What is his nationality?
- American (of mixed European descent)
- Han Chinese
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