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March 25 12:00 AM ET

The BBook of Geek Science Quiz

By Brian Briggs

This is the sixth of eight quizzes taken from the 8 pillars of geekdom (software, TV, literature, gaming, movies, science, hardware, Internet) found in The BBook of Geek. In the BBook, there are six facts listed for each of the 128 topics. Of those facts, only two are real. For the quiz, I've made it easier. You only have to tell if one fact is true or false. Answer carefully, your geekiness is at stake.

  1. Archimedes - He ran through the steets naked shouting 'Eureka!'
        True
        False

  2. Pi - There is a sequence of six 9s in a row in the first 1000 digits of pi.
        True
        False

  3. Galileo - Galileo is often referred to as the father of modern physics, and also the uncle of voyeurism.
        True
        False

  4. Leonardo da Vinci - Created the earliest drawings of what would become the Rubik's Cube.
        True
        False

  5. Isaac Newton - Many think Newton's quote about standing on the shoulders of giants was an attack on a hunchback.
        True
        False

  6. Charles Darwin - Darwin evolved a third middle finger so he could give creationists the bird three times over.
        True
        False

  7. Nikola Tesla - Would only stay in hotel rooms with numbers divisible by three.
        True
        False

  8. Albert Einstein - Help the allies on D-Day by using miniature black holes to warp space-time around Nazi machine gun nests.
        True
        False

  9. Periodic Table - When read backwards the element symbols form satanic messages.
        True
        False

  10. Marie Curie - Her cookbook is kept in a lead-lined box and is considered dangerous to handle without protective clothing.
        True
        False

  11. Alan Turing - There is still much debate to whether Turing was a human or an advanced cybernetic being.
        True
        False

  12. Carl Sagan - He thought setting grad students on fire with a giant telescope lens was funny.
        True
        False

  13. Stephen Hawking - Played himself on a Red Dwarf anniversary special.
        True
        False

  14. The Big Bang - The International Academy of Science voted for 'the big bang' narrowly defeating the alternate suggested name for the theory of 'Bruckheimer's Bodacious Boom.'
        True
        False

  15. The Speed of Light - Light takes about 1.25 seconds to reach the Earth from the Moon.
        True
        False

  16. Nanotech - Nanobots were used in the torture of inmates at Guantanamo.
        True
        False

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