Welcome to Trivia Thursday, Expat Living’s weekly quiz where you get the chance to test your grey matter! How about challenging a friend or family member to see who gets the most questions right? You can get together with them over Zoom, Houseparty or Google Hangouts.
Each week, we’ll put together a new quiz of 20 questions covering trivia topics relating to pop culture, geography, history, language and more. This one is all about science!
#1 Name six human body parts that have only three letters. (There are at least ten.)
#2 Which is the only metal that is a liquid at room temperature?
#3 The name of which common disease comes from the Italian words for “bad air”?
#4 In a popular “home experiment”, adding confectionary A to a bottle of carbonated beverage B catalyses the release of gas from the beverage, creating an eruption (or “geyser”) that quickly pushes the liquid out of the bottle. What are A and B?
#5 What do you call the muscles found at the front of the thighs?
#6 Which planet is orbited by 27 known moons (most of them named after characters from Shakespeare)?
#7 What type of rock floats in water?
#8 What “wonder drug” was discovered in 1928?
#9 What is the second most common eye colour in the world? (It’s estimated that 8 to 10 percent of people have this colour.)
#10 Place these five scientists in chronological order of their birth: Einstein, Copernicus, Hawking, Darwin, Aristotle.
#11 What do you call a meteor after it has hit the ground?
#12 Does sound move faster or slower in water?
#13 One type of adult human tooth is the premolar. What are the other three types?
#14 Nimbostratus is a type of what?
#15 Produced between 1982 and 1994, what is considered the best selling personal computer of all time?
#16 What, starting with “T”, do you call a treeless plain of frozen soil found in polar regions?
#17 Approximately how many kilometres would you need to travel upwards from sea level to reach space: 100, 280 or 1010?
#18 What famous structure in Europe is estimated to be around 15cm taller in summer on account of the thermal expansion of its metal?
#19 The Beaufort scale is used to measure what?
#20 To spell “Singapore” using chemical symbols, you would need to use Nitrogen, Gallium, Polonium, Rhenium and what other element?
BONUS: What science-fiction film am I?
(If you can answer correctly after the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require to identify the person.)
I was released in 2015. (10)
I’m based on a book by Andy Weir. (9)
I grossed almost US$600 million worldwide. (8)
I was nominated for seven Academy Awards, but didn’t win any. (7)
My main character is an astronaut. (6)
My cast includes Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels and Kristen Wiig. (5)
I was directed by Ridley Scott. (4)
My main character, Mark Watney, is played by Matt Damon. (3)
I am set on Mars. (2)
I am The _____? (1)
All the answers (no cheating!)
#1 Eye, Hip, Leg, Jaw, Lip, Rib, Ear, Toe, Gum, Arm
#4 Mentos and Diet Coke (it works with variations on these, but they are the best known)
#10 Aristotle, Copernicus, Darwin, Einstein, Hawking
#13 Molar, incisor and canine
#15 Commodore 64
#18 Eiffel Tower
#19 Wind speed
BONUS: The Martian
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