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2601. post - 2011.03.11. 18:05:55
What happened to Jupiter in early 2010 that baffled scientists?
It lost one of its ‘stripes’ *
It got pulled into a black hole
It started to shrink
It started to turn from a gas giant into a terrestrial planet

This did not baffle any scientists, it happens every 10 or 15 years so why should they be baffled? What is unknown is the mechanism that causes this to happen.

But I guess since it's a common misconceptions that it was the disappearing that is surprising, I guess we'll just have to live with it.
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2602. post - 2011.03.12. 11:15:41 (Reply to post #2601 of MartinBV.)
Quote: MartinBV - 2011.03.11. 18:05:55
I guess we'll just have to live with it.


I feel, for some of us, that this has become our motto!

Such a shame we have not been invited to help keep the questions accurate and apt!
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2603. post - 2011.03.12. 15:26:08
About how large is the population of Earth?
5.3 billion
4 billion
6.8 billion <- marked as correct (current estimate as I write this post is 6.9-7.1 billion depending on who does the estimate)
7.8 billion

This question needs a date as the Earth's population is growing rapidly.
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2604. post - 2011.03.12. 18:40:51
Which of the great mathematicians built foundations of the differential calculus?
Isaac Newton <- marked as correct
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Leonard Euler
Niels Henrik Abel

Actually Newton did not build the foundations for the differential calculus, but built on the foundations to create one of the first breakthroughs leading to the development of differential calculus.


What was the name of the sound technology developed by Phil Spector?
Wall of Sound <- marked as correct
Barrier of Brass
Maison de la Musique
Fence of Frequency

It's a technique not a technology.
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2605. post - 2011.03.14. 04:58:12
Which of these is more expensive?
Silver
Cotton
Iron
Gold

question is ambiguous. are we to assume equal amounts? equal by weight? by volume? total in existence? context? an iron bridge is worth more than a gold ring.
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2606. post - 2011.03.14. 11:08:18
What's the worlds most popular Non Alcoholic Drink?
Lemonade
Hot Chocolate
Coffee
Tea

Fail! There are a number of possibles here but the favourite would appear to be water. Of course, it depends on your definition of 'popular'. Does it mean 'most widely' or 'favourite'? Please clean up this question!

OMG! Having googled it and written the above, I used the answer I found from those available and it was 'Tea'. Imagine my delight when the "correct" answer given is 'coffee'!
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2607. post - 2011.03.14. 11:12:33
What was the name of the main character in the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie "Total Recall"?
James T. Kirk
Dougles Quaid
Leroy Jenkins
Alan Preficious

Spelling: Douglas (with an 'a', not an 'e').

Apart from that, Quaid is really called Hauser!
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2608. post - 2011.03.14. 15:08:58
According to the U.S. census the most common town name is ?
Madison
Franklin
Washington
Jackson

Surely specific? Regardless, it should say the most common town name in USA.
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2609. post - 2011.03.15. 12:48:33
What does R.I.P. on a grave stone stand for?

Rust In Pieces
Rock Is Pop
Rest In Peace
Rotting Is Pleasure

R.I.P. stands for "Requiescat In Pace" (which means pretty much the same as "Rest in peace", but it's still something different).

Also the hoplite question is wrong. It's not about their shields, but I don't have the exact question.
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2610. post - 2011.03.15. 14:53:06 (Reply to post #1 of Miklos.)
Quiz question: "Gamma Librae is the name for what?"

The correct answer is listed as "a star".

The name of the star cluster is actually "Gamma Lyrae".
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2611. post - 2011.03.15. 17:35:27 (Reply to post #2610 of Paladian.)
Quote: Paladian - 2011.03.15. 14:53:06
Quiz question: "Gamma Librae is the name for what?"

The correct answer is listed as "a star".

The name of the star cluster is actually "Gamma Lyrae".
Gamma Librae is a star in the constellation Libra.
Gamma Lyrae is a star in the constellation Lyra.

There are many star names starting with Gamma as all stars in constellations are named Alpha, Beta, Gamma, etc. followed by the name of the constellation. They might have other names as well, for instance the star named Vega is also named Alpha Lyrae. (or α Lyr)
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2612. post - 2011.03.16. 10:23:35
What type of soldier was used in Persia before anyone else?
Archer Cavalry
War Elephant <--- marked as correct
Chariots
Phalanx

Can anyone give me a link to the evidence for this please?
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2613. post - 2011.03.16. 15:29:12
The question: What is thassophobia the fear of?

The correct answer is: Sitting Idle

However, the phobia is incorrectly spelled. The actual term is "thaasaphobia".
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2614. post - 2011.03.16. 15:30:24 (Reply to post #2611 of MartinBV.)
Thank you for that clarification.
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2615. post - 2011.03.16. 23:59:46
What it is the biggest country in America?

ambiguous: by land mass or by population?

(additionally, i've never heard of the TWO continents, north and south america, refered to in the singular.)
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2616. post - 2011.03.17. 00:05:57
Friendlycheese, here's a wikipedia entry, although it says india came before persia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_elephant
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2617. post - 2011.03.17. 04:36:18
the otto engine, really? don't you think that knowledge is a wee bit specialized?
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2618. post - 2011.03.17. 05:03:46
which of these bands is not english? rammstein (german) is listed as correct, but kiss (american) is also a correct answer. if "english" is supposed to refer to language rather than nationality, then that's not clear from the question.
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2619. post - 2011.03.17. 05:52:40
Which is not a color of the rainbow?
Violet
Red
Aqua
Yellow

correct answer is marked as aqua, but as previously stated, rainbows are a spectrum, and aqua is part of that spectrum.
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2620. post - 2011.03.17. 10:44:04 (Reply to post #2616 of manunkind.)
Thanks! That was the only one I noticed that spoke of the origins and, as you say, it states India comes first!
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