Tuesday Trivia Answer – for October 30, 2018

Just a reminder of last week’s post:

  1. Carving pumpkins is part of many modern Halloween traditions; however, carvings weren’t originally performed with pumpkins. Which vegetables were originally used for carving?
  2. Halloween parties have their origins with the American settlers who used to gather to celebrate the annual _______(fill in the blank)________
  3. The earliest costumes were worn to protect people against ____(fill in the blank)_____
  4. What is the most popular Halloween candy?

a.  Hershey’s candy bars
b.  Skittles
c.  Reese’s peanut butter cups
d.  Snickers

Answers:

  1. Turnips and potatoes
  2. Harvest
  3. Evil Spirits
  4. Skittles

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Tuesday Trivia – October 30, 2018

On the eve of Halloween, I find myself reminiscing about how I celebrated the holiday as a child. I remember the excitement of getting dressed up as my favorite animal or TV character, and bringing home a sack full of candy after a successful night of trick or treating. I also remember doing fun activities like making glow in the dark slime or ghost rockets.

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Tuesday Trivia – Answer for October 16, 2018

During National Chemistry Week, we’re continuing our trivia with an “Out of this World” focus.

Just a reminder of last week’s post:

An interesting study at the University of Georgia revealed the major component of interstellar clouds to be:

(a) Hydrogen and helium atoms
(b) Mothballs
(c) My dreams
(d) Ammonia
(e) Carbon Monoxide

Answer: mothballs

A handful of researchers measured infrared emission from some interstellar clouds and found a measurable concentration of gas-phase naphthalene, which is the main compound in mothballs. Just to clarify, naphthalene is pretty flammable so modern day mothballs are primarily composed of 1,4-dichlorobenzene, but older mothballs contained lots of naphthalene.

It’s only the third day of National Chemistry Week so you have 4 more days to celebrate the fact that chemistry is out of this world!

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