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3281. post - 2011.12.18. 21:55:45
Which is the highest mountain in Europe?

Correct answer is given as Mt Blanc - this is plain wrong. The correct answer (which isn't even given as an option) is Mount Elbrus.
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3282. post - 2011.12.21. 15:11:28
Except from fire, acid or other similar chemicals what else can cause a burn?
Extreme cold
Polarized light
Expired milk products
Intense wind

Intense wind can also cause burns, known (surprisingly) as windburn. E.g. "Windburn is a condition caused by exposure to strong and frequently cold winds for extended periods of time. ". This one really should have been rejected as ambiguous, or change the last answer to something else.
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3283. post - 2011.12.21. 16:40:26 (Reply to post #3282 of Johannes Buckbeak.)
Quote: Johannes Buckbeak - 2011.12.21. 15:11:28
Except from fire, acid or other similar chemicals what else can cause a burn?
Extreme cold
Polarized light
Expired milk products
Intense wind

Intense wind can also cause burns, known (surprisingly) as windburn. E.g. "Windburn is a condition caused by exposure to strong and frequently cold winds for extended periods of time. ". This one really should have been rejected as ambiguous, or change the last answer to something else.


"here is the quote from wiki: "Windburn is a common term for sunburn accelerated by the effects of wind removing the UV-filtering thin layer of lipids from the skin and irritation caused by the wind. Although colloquially named 'windburn', scientists discovered that the condition is, in fact, the result of sun exposure, and not simply the result of exposure to the wind"

See post 3224, and 3226 of this thread for discussion.
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3284. post - 2011.12.22. 02:20:47 (Reply to post #3283 of Sbart.)
What about expired milk? Every time I drink some, my stomach always burns

Cruel.
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3285. post - 2011.12.26. 13:54:42
Why can't anything travel faster than the speed of light?
The faster it travels the greater its mass becomes. At the speed of light the mass is infinite.
The question is false, something is possible to travel faster than the light
Becase there is not enough energy in the universe to accelarate something to that speed.
Because there wasn't enough time (during universe life) to accelarate something to that speed.

It seems that this question is no longer true.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/nov/18/neutrinos-still-faster-than-light

Or have I missed the latest news considering this subject?
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3286. post - 2011.12.26. 17:42:24
"From 1955, Princeton Hospital pathologist Thomas Harvey kept whose brain in a cardboard box behind a beer cooler?"

Alfred Einstein is marked as correct.
unless he is Albert's evil twin brother, i'm going to have to call this one incorrect.
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3287. post - 2011.12.27. 14:49:32
which auto company makes a mustang?
chevy
ford
toyota
saturn

A few capitals would look good here...
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3288. post - 2012.01.03. 12:40:38
On my first workday in 2012 I corrected most of the quiz question problems of the last weeks.


I wish you a Happy and Successful New Year!
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3289. post - 2012.01.03. 23:18:47
"Besides making food taste good, salt is also a..."

preservative is a correct answer. antibiotic, marked incorrect, is also a correct answer.
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3290. post - 2012.01.05. 14:43:08
What do the initials VSOP stand for in reference to Brandy?
Virtually the Same as Old Port
Very Smooth Over the Palate
Very Special Old Pale <-- Marked correct
Very Seldom Over Proofed

These sources lists VSOP as an abbreviation for Very Superior Old Pale
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Very_Superior_Old_Pale#Grades
http://www.alcoholreviews.com/SPIRITS/courvoisier.shtml

While this source agrees with question as stated
http://blog.cognac-expert.com/vs-vsop-xo-what-does-mean-napoleon-grade-blending/

The Free dictionary (http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/VSOP) states that the Special is less common than the Superior meaning.

At the very least this makes the question Ambiguous.
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3291. post - 2012.01.05. 19:12:52
Which national team never wins FIFA World Cup?
England
France
Uruguay
Netherlands <- Marked correct

Grammar. The question states that a team will never win, when it should ask "Which national team have never won the FIFA world cup (until 2011)?" or something similar.
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3292. post - 2012.01.10. 14:20:03
What island in British Columbia is the capital city of Victoria located?
Victoria Island
Kodiac Island
Queen Charlotte Island
Vancouver Island

Grammar. Isn't there an "on" missing in the end of the question?
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3293. post - 2012.01.10. 22:31:45
^ technically, it belongs at the beginning (so as to avoid the dreaded dangling preposition).
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3294. post - 2012.01.13. 16:56:04
Had a question about a territory not belonging to any one country and the correct answer was given as
"Marie Byrd Land".

My problem was that the way I interpret the question, the answer Arctic is also correct- it is claimed by several countries and therefore does not belong to any one country. Also the given answer appers to be only part right based on Wiki's section:

most of Marie Byrd Land (the portion east of 150°W) has not been claimed by any sovereign nation
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3295. post - 2012.01.19. 18:21:31
What was Richard Pryor profession?

he was also a writer, which is marked incorrect. blazing saddles, anyone?
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3296. post - 2012.01.24. 13:14:42
Birds have how many toes?
3
4 <--Marked correct
6
8

The following sources states 3 on each foot (6 in total)
http://www.blurtit.com/q840571.html
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_toes_does_a_bird_have

This source actually states (or shows) 4 on each foot, so that would be 8 in total
http://www.stanford.edu/group/stanfordbirds/text/essays/Feet.html
http://www.fernbank.edu/Birding/bird_feet.htm
http://www.backyardnature.net/birdfeet.htm

Most probably the question is just worded wrong, since it looks like it is about how many toes a bird have on each foot.

How does questions like this go through?
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everyone's favoriteMesanagrenosMale

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3297. post - 2012.01.28. 21:19:05
How many radians are there in a circle?
1
2 <---marked as correct
180
360

A full circle has 2π (2pie) radians not 2
This post was modified by Mesanagrenos at 2012.01.28. 21:21:07
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3298. post - 2012.01.28. 21:32:36 (Reply to post #3285 of Wtfakkeltje.)
[quote author=Wtfakkeltje date=1324904082]Why can't anything travel faster than the speed of light?
[u] The faster it travels the greater its mass becomes. At the speed of light the mass is infinite.[/u]
The question is false, something is possible to travel faster than the light
Becase there is not enough energy in the universe to accelarate something to that speed.
Because there wasn't enough time (during universe life) to accelarate something to that speed.

It seems that this question is no longer true.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/nov/18/neutrinos-still-faster-than-light

Or have I missed the latest news considering this subject?[/quote]

That was my question. I was fully aware that in an experiment the results suggested that neutrinos travel faster than the light, BUT until several other experiments prove this suggestion true the theory won't change. It's an extremely difficult experiment and a lot can go wrong, besides, even if it was an easy one, scientist would still have to check and double check it. They have to be sure that all parameters were considered during the execution.
Btw I see that I have some spelling mistakes in this one, sorry about that.
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3299. post - 2012.01.28. 21:52:44
What is a grand slam in baseball?

a grand slam is a type of homerun, but the homerun answer is marked incorrect. the question should be changed to BEST answer or homerun should be removed from options.
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3300. post - 2012.02.01. 07:33:08
I tried this question:
[quote]In which actual country took place the assassinate of archduke Franz Ferdinand, thus starting the first world war?

Serbia
Croatia
[b]Bosnia and Herzegovina[/b]
Slovenia
[/quote]
But it was evaluated as:
[quote]The question is valued as "Bad, incorrect question"!
Spelling mistakes in question or answers.[/quote]
Well, this assassinate took in Sarajevo, at that time in Serbia, but this city is now the capital of [b]Bosnia and Herzegovina[/b]. My question was in what [b]actual[/b] country is [b]now[/b] this city, not in what country [b]was[/b] in 1914... Or what spelling mistake I made? And this is not something that only professional historians should know...
This post was modified by TheNo1Odor at 2012.02.01. 07:33:27
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