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Wheel - IP Australia was awarded an Ig Nobel Prize in 2001 for granting this patent as one of the world's oldest known inventions.In 2001, a physicist named John Keogh used a loophole in Australian law to patent a "circular transportation facilitation device". By what name is this device usually known?

       a. Perpetual motion machine
       b. Wheel
       c. Bicycle
       d. Running shoes

Orville - Wilbur won a coin toss and made a three-second flight attempt on December 14, 1903.Which Wright brother was actually at the controls when their plane first flew?

       a. Wilbur
       b. Orville
       c. Cecil
       d. Douglas

Archimedes - Archimedes was a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer.Who reportedly shouted "Eureka!" when his bath revealed the secret to finding an object's density?

       a. Pythagoras
       b. Euclid
       c. Archimedes
       d. Socrates

Benjamin Franklin - Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.Which American became famous for conducting an insane 1752 experiment with a kite and a key in a thunderstorm to prove that atmospheric electricity causes lightning?

       a. Thomas Edison
       b. John James Audubon
       c. Benjamin Franklin
       d. James Whistler

Richard Nixon - On August 9, 1974, Nixon resigned in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office.All 12 people who walked on the Moon did so in whose presidency?

       a. Lyndon Johnson
       b. John Kennedy
       c. Richard Nixon
       d. Gerald Ford

Luigi Galvani - The experiment was one of the first forays into the study of bioelectricity, a field that still today studies the electrical patterns and signals of the nervous system.By applying electric current to dead frogs' legs, I got the legs to twitch, and became convinced that this "animal electricity" was its life force. Who am I?

       a. Antoine Lavoissier
       b. Alessandro Volta
       c. Luigi Galvani
       d. Benjamin Franklin

Michael Faraday - Historians of science refer to Faraday as having been the best experimentalist in the history of science.This bookbinder's apprentice had no formal education, but picked up enough science to get a job as Humphry Davy's assistant and then went on to revolutionize electromagnetic theory. Who was he?

       a. Michael Faraday
       b. Isaac Newton
       c. William Gilbert
       d. James Clerk Maxwell

Literature - Bertrand was a well-known anti-war activist and went to prison for his pacifism during World War I.Mathematician Bertrand Russell won a Nobel Prize, even though there is no Nobel Prize for Mathematics. In what field?

       a. Peace
       b. Literature
       c. Economics
       d. Square Dancing

Aries - Aries is the first astrological sign in the Zodiac.To a meteorologist, March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. But if you're an astrologer, March comes in like a Pisces and out like what sign?

       a. Aries
       b. Aquarius
       c. Taurus
       d. Gemini

384,403 kilometers (238,857 miles) - The Moon is the fifth largest satellite in the Solar System and the only natural satellite of the Earth.If Ralph Kramden even did manage to send Alice "to the Moon", how far would she have had to travel?

       a. 384,403 kilometers (238,857 miles)
       b. 3,844 kilometers (238,857 miles)
       c. 38,440 kilometers (238,857 miles)
       d. 3,843,033 kilometers (238,857 miles)

Neil Armstrong - Neil Armstrong was in the United States Navy and he also served in the Korean War.The first astronauts were military test pilots. Who was the first US civilian in space?

       a. Neil Armstrong
       b. Jake Garn
       c. Christa McAuliffe
       d. Harrison Schmitt

It has no pilot - DarkStar made its first flight on March 29, 1996.Aside from the fact that it's a flying saucer, what else is unusual about a spy plane called the DarkStar?

       a. It is used exclusively by civilians
       b. It can become invisible at night
       c. It has no pilot
       d. It can reach the Moon and back

A duck, rooster and sheep - The flight covered 1.2 miles and lasted 10 minutes.When the Montgolfier brothers launched their first balloon, whom or what was it carrying?

       a. A duck, rooster and sheep
       b. France's crown prince
       c. The brothers themselves
       d. Weather instruments

A horse-drawn carriage - Crossing a busy street in the rain, he slipped and fell under a heavy horse drawn cart, which ran over his head killing him instantly.Shortly after winning the Nobel Prize, Pierre Curie died. What killed him?

       a. Radiation poisoning
       b. A bad egg
       c. A horse-drawn carriage
       d. Marie Curie's gun

Light bulb - Edison was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and teamwork to the process of invention.Arguably, Germany's Heinrich Gobel, Britain's Joseph Swan and Canada's Henry Woodward all beat Thomas Edison to which of his inventions?

       a. Light bulb
       b. Motion pictures
       c. Phonograph
       d. Radio

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