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    (Original post by Josb)
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    I noticed that whites and males systematically get better answers than women and blacks and Hispanics. :creep:
    Whitey only did better because their ancestors culturally appropriated all the scientific knowledge from black people. They wuz Kangs, don't you know?
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    (Original post by justinawe)
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    got the boiling water and vaccine ones wrong. i knew the vaccine one wouldn't be newton or einstein and i've never heard of salk or whatever his name was so i went with marie curie lol.
    Got the boiling one wrong too. Surprised at you tho. You're a physicist
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    Nice title easy way to get people to answer a survey lol
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    (Original post by Kvothe the Arcane)
    Got the boiling one wrong too. Surprised at you tho. You're a physicist
    dunno, guess i just didn't really take the time to think about that one that's more on the physical chemistry side though, isn't it? taking a couple physics classes doesn't make me a physicist anyway.
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    12/12 only got the Stalk one because I've had it on a different quiz but ah well, if you know then you know, doesn't matter how you know
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    americans are dumb lol 12/12
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    Twelve. Lemme just climb up on that high horse of mine.

    Also why the hell is there a question about astrology?

    For those confused about boiling points and whatnot:
    - Forget what you learned in school, boiling point is only 100 degrees Celsius at sea level.
    - Energy is used to boil water. It breaks bonds between water molecules.
    - Water only boils once the pressure of this internal vapour equals atmospheric pressure.
    - Higher altitudes = lower air pressure.
    - So less energy is needed to bring water to the boiling point at lower air pressures.
    - It therefore takes longer to cook food at higher altitudes because the temperature of the water is lower.
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    (Original post by Nadile)
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    Seriously though, a question about ASTROLOGY in a science quiz? You've got to be kidding me. Plus knowing the names of scientists doesn't make you good at science. Hell, I got that question right only because I knew it wasn't the other 3 who did it. All these questions were so random and meaningless.
    I think the astrology one was fair, because it was a test of being able to distinguish it from a true science like astronomy.
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    11/12, who the hell is Jonas Salk I guess I know now
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    (Original post by elen90)
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    Alternatively just know PV = kT where K is a constant and go from there
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    (Original post by Aristotle's' Disciple)
    11/12, who the hell is Jonas Salk I guess I know now
    The alternatives (Einstein, Curie, Newton) were ridiculous so you didn't need to know him tbh.
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    11/12, somehow managed to mess up the hottest part of the Earth question. The boiling water one I remember from an episode of QI, and the Polio vaccine was just a process of elimination.
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    10/12 yaaas. Had no clue about the boiling water one but the Polio vaccine was one of the questions I was 100% certain about. Polio has two different vaccines (Salk and Sabin), the Salk one being named after the inventor :P
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    12/12 im gassed
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    11/12 - I got the magnifying glass one wrong.

    I noticed two problems with the title here; firstly it's Americans only, and secondly it says in the article only 6% of Americans got 12/12, which is not surprising given the TSR answers. The title makes it look as if only 6% of Americans got any of the questions right, but this is not the case.

    The questions could just as easily have been;

    1. What is 1 + 1?

    2. What is 1 + 2?

    3. What is 2 - 1?

    4. What is 2 x 2?

    5. What is 2 / 2?

    6. What is 0 x 1?

    7. What is 2 + 2?

    8. What is 1 + 4?

    9. What is 1 x 10?

    10. What is 3 - 0?

    11. Is the Pope a Catholic?

    12. What is the molecular structure of Codeine?


    ...and you would have got a similar statistic, regardless of whether you asked American children, TSR users, or Cambridge mathematicians.
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    (Original post by Sisuphos)
    The alternatives (Einstein, Curie, Newton) were ridiculous so you didn't need to know him tbh.
    I went with Curie since I was sure she died creating something but I couldn't remember what it was
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    10/12 LOOOL I got 2 physics questions wrong (I knew it!! Physics again!!) :hide:
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    (Original post by Aristotle's' Disciple)
    I went with Curie since I was sure she died creating something but I couldn't remember what it was
    Fair, she was involved in the first research involving radiaton therapy for cancer (or something like that). I was ignorant of that and thought of her exclusively as a physicist. Had I known that she was involved in medical research, I'd have picked her too.
 
 
 
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