by: Janessa Irene Amoncio-Diacosta & Janette Sacote
A diamond will not dissolve in acid. The only thing that can destroy it is intense heat.
A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.
Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be molded with the hands. An ounce of gold can be stretched into a wire 50 miles long.
Colored diamonds are caused by impurities such as nitrogen (yellow), boron (blue). With red diamonds being due to deformities in the structure of the stone, and green ones being the result of irradiation. Diamond is the hardest naturally occurring substance, and is also one of the most valuable natural substances. Diamonds are crystals formed almost entirely of carbon. Because of its hardness, the diamond is the most enduring of all gemstones. They are among the most costly jewels in the world, partly because they are rare, Only four important diamond fields have been found - in Africa, South America, India, and the Soviet Union. In 1957, the Shipping port Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, the first nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States, went on line. (It was taken out of service in 1982.)
In 1982, in the first operation of its kind, doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Dr. Barney Clark, who lived 112 days with the device.
Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature.
Mineral deposits in caves: The ones growing upward are stalagmites, the ones growing downward are stalactites.
Natural gas has no odor. The smell is added artificially so that leaks can be detected.
Prussic acid, in a crystalline powder called Zyklon B, was used to kill in Germany's gas chambers. The gas would paralyze the victim's lungs, causing them to suffocate.
Sea water, loaded with mineral salts, weighs about a pound and a half more per cubit foot than fresh water at the same temperature.
Ten per cent of the salt mined in the world each year is used to de-ice the roads in America.
The air we breathe is 78% nitrogen, 21.5% oxygen, .5% argon and other gases.
The Chinese were using aluminum to make things as early as 300 AD Western civilization didn't rediscover aluminum until 1827.
The Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality diamond ever discovered. Found in 1905, the original 3,100 carats were cut to make jewels for the British Crown Jewels and the British Royal family's collection.
The largest gold nugget ever found weighed 172 lbs., 13 oz.
The largest hailstone ever recorded was 17.5 inches in diameter - bigger than a basketball.
The most abundant metal in the Earth's crust is aluminum.
The only rock that floats in water is pumice.
The three most common elements in the universe are 1) hydrogen; 2) helium; 3) oxygen.
The United States government keeps its supply of silver at the US Military Academy at West Point, NY.
by: Jacob Abarico & Jocelyn Seroy
What famous document begins: "When in the course of human events..."?
A: The Declaration of Independence.
What current branch of the U.S. military was a corps of only 50 soldiers when World War I broke out?
A: The U.S. Air Force.
Who said: "I'm the president of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli"?
A: George Bush.
What so-called "war" spawned the dueling slogans "Better Dead Than RED" and "Better Red Than Dead" in the 1950's?
A: The Cold War.
What president was shot while walking to California Governor Jerry Brown' office?
A: Gerald Ford.
Who earned infamy for noting: "A billion dollars isn't worth what it used to be"?
A: J. Paul Getty.
What ethnic group was largely responsible for building most of the early railways in the U.S. West?
A: The Chinese.
What former speaker of the U.S. House has a chair in peace studies named for him at the University of Ulster?
A: Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill.
What was a gladiator armed with, in addition to a dagger and spear?
A: A net.
What future Soviet dictator was training to be a priest when he got turned on to Marxism?
A: Joseph Stalin.
What election year saw bumper stickers reading "Wallace, Wallace, Uber Alles"?
What 20th-century conflict was dubbed the "forgotten war" despite 54,246 U.S. deaths?
A: The Korean War.
What single name is more commonly applied to Holy Roman Emperor Charles the Great?
Who was the last president of the Soviet Union?
A: Mikhail Gorbachev.
What had Pliny the Younger seen erupt when he wrote: "We were terrified to see everything changed, buried in ashes like snowdrifts"?
A: Mount Vesuvius.
Who saw the turtleneck he wore at cease-fire talks in Bosnia fetch $5,000 at auction?
A: Jimmy Carter.
What Alabama city saw state troopers attack Civil Rights marchers on Edmund Pettis Bridge?
What Texan ended up with one delegate after spending $12 million of his own money running for president in 1980?
A: John Connally.
What congressional award was Dr. Mary Edwards Walker the first woman to receive?
A: Medal of Honor.
What modern vehicle was invented to circumvent trench warfare?
A: The Tank
What California city did the last Pony Express ride end in?
Who was the first U.S. president to adopt the informal version of his first name?
A: Jimmy Carter.
What civil rights leader did Dorothy Parker leave the bulk of her estate to?
A: Martin Luther King Jr.
What did Republicans call the platform they hyped in the 1994 Congressional elections?
A: The Contract With America.
What brave-hearted Scottish patriot led soldiers to a defeat of the English at the Battle of Cambuskenneth in 1297?
A: William Wallace.
What nation issued the five-dollar bill found in Abraham Lincoln's pocket when he was shot?
A: The Confederate States of America.
What political system was gradually dismantled in South Africa, starting in 1989?
What was 11th-century Spanish military leader Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar better know as?
A: El Cid.
by: Richard Limocon & Anamera Napalan
What is the only domesticated animal not mentioned in the Bible?
A: A Cat.
What word appears exactly 773,692 times in the King James Bible?
What follows mass as the most popular activity in U.S. Catholic churches?
What Arab nation has the highest percentage of Christians?
What symbol did St. Patrick use to explain his theory of the Holy Trinity?
A: The Shamrock.
What political movement got its name from the hill in Jerusalem boasting the Temple of Solomon?
What country boasts the largest number of Catholics?
What name has been shared by the most popes?
Which two wicked cities were destroyed by God in Genesis?
A: Sodom and Gomorrah.
What two countries claim two-thirds of the world's 2,000-plus registered saints?
A: Italy and France.
What fruit is depicted in Leonardo's Last Supper, even though it did not arrive in the Holy Land until long after Jesus' death?
A: The Orange.
What former church lady got $75,000 to let "A Current Affair" televise her wedding in 1993?
A: Tammy Faye Bakker.
What religious movement began with Martin Luther's attack on the sale of indulgences?
A: The Reformation.
What Saudi Arabian city was the birthplace of the prophet Muhammad?
What storied city on the Euphrates River was 55 miles south of Baghdad?
What biblical place name means "pleasure"?
What city did Napoleon occupy in 1798, sending Pope Pius VI to the south of France?
What church raised millions sellig members "electropsychometer" lie detectors?
A: The Church of Scientology.
What nation has 1,000 permanent inhabitants and produces no export goods?
A: Vatican City.
What was the world's principal Christian city before it fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453?
What nation's Catholics saw the Pope make a triumphant homecoming visit in 1980?
What animal is mentioned most frequently in both the New and Old Testaments?
A: The Sheep.
What's the only 100 percent Christian nation on Earth?
A: Vatican City.
What biblical epic was the top-grossing movie of the 1950's?
A: The Ten Commandments.
Who was the first pope?
A: St. Peter.
What does an ecclesiophobic evangelist fear?
What book did Christians often place on their foreheads to cure insomnia in medieval times?
A: The Bible.
How much time did Jonah spend in the belly of the whale?
A: Three days and three nights.
According to the Bible, what substance was used to caulk Noah's ark and to seal the basket in which the infant Moses was set adrift on the Nile?
A: Pitch, or natural asphalt.
What language is Jesus believed to have spoken?
According to the Bible, what weapons was the Philistine giant Goliath carrying when he was slain by David?
A: A sword and a spear, according to I Samuel 17:45.
According to the Bible, how many pearly gates are there?
A: 12 (Revelation 21:12-21).
What were the names of the three wise men?
A: Balthazar, Caspar and Melchior, all from Southern Mesopotamia known now as IRAQ.
Who were the parents of King Solomon?
A: David and Bathsheba.
How many books of the Bible are named for women?
A: Two - Ruth and Esther.
In the Old Testament, who was Jezebel's husband?
A: Ahab, King of Israel.
Q: What mathematical symbol did math whiz Ferdinand von Lindemann determine to be a transcendental number in 1882?
Q: What do you call an angle more than 90 degrees and less than 180 degrees?
Q: What's the top number of a fraction called?
A: The numerator.
Q: What Greek math whiz noticed that the morning star and evening star were one and the same, in 530 B.C.?
Q: What's a polygon with four unequal sides called?
A: A quadrilateral.
Q: What's a flat image that can be displayed in three dimensions?
A: A hologram.
Q: What number does "giga" stand for?
A: One billion.
Q: What digit did Arab mathematician al-Khwarizmi give to the West around 800 B/B.?
Q: What word describes a number system with a base of two?
Q: How many equal sides does an icosahedron have?
Q: What do mathematicians call a regular polygon with eight sides?
A: An octagon.
Q: What T-word is defined in geometry as "a straight line that touches a curve but continues on with crossing it"?
Q: What geometrical shape forms the hole that fits and allen wrench?
A: The hexagon.
Q: What number is an improper fraction always greater than?
Q: What two letters are both symbols for 1,000?
A: K and M.
Q: What's short for "binary digit"?
Q: What century did mathematicians first use plus and minus signs?
A: The sixteenth.
Q: What number, a one followed by 100 zeros, was first used by nine-year-old Milton Sirotta in 1940?
Q: What handy mathematical instrument's days were numbered when the pocket calculator made the scene in the 1970s?
A: The Slide rule's.
Q: How many of Carl Lewis' Olympic gold medals were won in long jump competitions?
Q: What legendary strongman laid out the 600-foot race course for the only event in the earl years of the ancient Olympics?
Q: What U.S. athlete was "about a week" pregnant when she broke the world 200-meter record at the 1984 Olympics?
A: Evelyn Ashford
Q: What woman was the only U.S. athlete to win a gold medal at the 1968 Winter Olympics?
A: Peggy Fleming.
Q: What former IOC president wanted to eliminate team sports and the Winter Games?
A: Avery Brundage.
Q: What U.S. team did 59 percent of American viewers root against during the 1996 Olympics, according to an ESPN poll?
A: The Dream Team.
Q: What grueling Olympic event saw Josia Thugwane become the first black man from South Africa to win a gold medal, in 1996?
A: The Marathon.
Q: What sport did Margaret Abbott play to become the first U.S. woman to win Olympic gold, in 1900?
Q: What future screen star was the first person to swim 100 meters in under a minute, in 1922?
A: Johnny Weissmuller.
Q: What Olympic champ played an HIV-infected chorus boy in the play "Jeffery" in 1993?
A: Greg Louganis.
Q: What did members of the Canadian swim team swear to give u during the 1996 Olympics?
Q: What alpine city hosted the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976?
Q: What country had a swim team that swore off drinking and Big Macs for the 1996 Olympics?
A: The U.S..
Q: What L.A. Laker star's height was listed as two meters in 1996 Olympic programs?
A: Shaquille O'Neals's.
Q: What Soviet gymnast performed the first back somersault on a balance beam?
A: Olga Korbut.
Q: What 37-year-old middle distance runner qualified for her fourth Olympic team in 1996?
A: Mary Slaney.
Q: What sport is played with stones and brooms?
Q: What contest of team strength was an official Olympic event from 1900 to 1920?
A: Tug of War.
Q: What Olympic aquatic event includes such positions as the Flamingo, crane and fishtail?
A: Synchronized swimming
Q: How many athletes competed for Israel in the 1994 Winter Olympics?
Q: What 1960 Olympic champion lit the torch to start Atlanta's 1996 Olympic festivities?
A: Muhammad Ali.
Q: What apparatus do male gymnasts refer to as "the pig"?
A: The pommel horse.
Q: What event earned Norway's Johann Olay Koss three golds at the 1994 Winter Olympics?
A: Speed skating.
Q: What new women's team sport was played on sand at the 1996 summer Olympics?
A: Beach Volleyball.
Q: Who passed Eric Heiden to become the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian ever?
A: Bonnie Blair.
Q: What was the only thing Brianna Scurry wore during her Gold Medal celebration lap through the late night streets of Atlanta?
A: Her gold medal.
Q: What decathlon champ was the first black student body president at UCLA?
A: Rafer Johnson