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April 22 12:00 AM ET

The BBook of Geek Hardware Quiz

By Brian Briggs

This is the last 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. ARPANET - Most concepts of the Internet were in a series of memos by Licklider of BBN about the Intergalactic Computer Network.
        True
        False

  2. email - Madagascar is the only country in the world without email.
        True
        False

  3. Bulletin Board Systems - Many ASCII porn stars of the BBS era, lost work after graphical systems were developed. Much like the actors in the era when talkies replaced silent movies.
        True
        False

  4. SETI@home - For the release of Men in Black II, several false alien signals were inserted into the data packets causing much excitment.
        True
        False

  5. Tim Berners-Lee - Holds the rank of Knight Commander.
        True
        False

  6. Nigerian Spam - A Brazilian bank head transferred hundreds of millions of US dollars to a Nigerian scammer.
        True
        False

  7. Kevin Mitnick - Can log in to AOL by whistling into the phone, then steal your credit card information with a series of arm farts.
        True
        False

  8. Slashdot - In... Soviet... Russia... Stephen... King... is dead.
        True
        False

  9. Geek Speak - The term Christmas Kiddie was a precursor to the term n00b.
        True
        False

  10. Google - Google's chef prepared meals for the Grateful Dead.
        True
        False

  11. Wikipedia - Stephen Colbert used his power to triple the elephant population (according to Wikipedia anyway).
        True
        False

  12. Craig's List - The Web site Graig's List is a wiki about former New York Yankees third basement Graig Nettles, and receives more traffic than Craig's List due to typos in URLs.
        True
        False

  13. RIAA and MPAA - The MPAA once sued a mailbox for receiving blank DVDs.
        True
        False

  14. Wil Wheaton - Wil can bust an excellent shellfish rhyme.
        True
        False

  15. Jonathan Coulton - Trimmings from his beard are considered an aphrodisiac in China.
        True
        False

  16. EFF - Successfully defended O. J. Simpson after he was sued by the RIAA for downloading songs by Rick James.
        True
        False

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