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# This one's for the trivia buffs...

Wed 27 Oct, 2004 09:44 am
Our school is participating in the State of Jefferson Scavenger Hunt, and we have to answer numerous questions. Here they are:

I. OUR DEDICATEE

Dedicated to a military veteran. His face horribly disfigured by war, he gave the world some of its most beautiful mathematics while still convalescing. The title of his masterpiece states a basic mathematical process which has been used to study financial markets and the growth of crystals.

Q1. Who is our dedicatee?

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Q2. What is the title of his masterpiece?

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Q3. What is this basic mathematical process?

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II. PRINT-BASED QUESTIONS

Q1. The great American novelist Joyce Carol Oates has been writing for nearly 50 years. If she could trade vocations with anyone on earth for a day, what would she be, and how would she spend her day?

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Q2. What disease did Monkey CO99 contract and why did he die?

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Q3. In what mythical land lies Lake Elnor?

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Q4. How many domesticated crops account for 99 percent of the world's agricultural production?

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Q5. How did an introduced species destroy an Oregon town in 24 hours?

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Q6. Which presidential candidates won the most votes in Oregon yet failed to win the presidency in that election?

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Q7. In 2004, the French government adopted a law prohibiting the wearing of religious symbols in the public schools. Has the state of Oregon ever considered such a ban?

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Q8. These "blueberries" turned up in an outlandish place in 2004. What are they and what is their significance?

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Q9. In 1932, campaign posters for incumbent Republican President Herbert Hoover showed Uncle Sam astride an elephant, declining an offer of a ride from a willing donkey. The caption read: "Vote for Hoover Don't Change Now." What in the poster prompted Uncle Sam to decline?

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Q10. A given rational fraction x/y, y_0 may be written as a finite decimal if and only if y is the product of the powers of two numbers. What are those two numbers?

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Q11. Which of the three pedals in a Model T was the accelerator?

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Q12. Jumpoff Joe Creek is a curiously named site along Interstate 5. For whom was it most likely named?

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Q13. This beauty came to America to act and was granted a patent on a secret military guidance system. Decades later, her innovation lets millions phone home from just about anywhere.

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Q14. Where in the world would you go to see an entire church made of salt?

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Q15. What Spanish city is known for the intricate geometric patterns molded into the stucco of its buildings?

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Q16. Better known for his work in front of the camera, this actor was most influential for creating a new way to produce TV series using several sets built side by side, in which shows could be shot before live audiences, using the same cameras and crew. Who was the actor? What is the industry term for this innovation? When was it first used?

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Q17. The Vietnam War lasted twice as long as WWII, and three times the tonnage of munitions were dropped by the US. How many aircraft did the US Air Force lose?

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Q18. You are seated in Row H of the Elizabethan Stage of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Your rowdy friends have invaded. One sits next to you, grabs your keys, and tosses them three rows down to his friend in Row E. That fellow throws them to yet another fellow six rows back. Just before you all get thrown out, the last fellow sets them down on the floor, sits down and pretends nothing was going on. Assuming the keys didn't slide or get kicked, what row are they in? Why?

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Q19. Two Earth orbiting spaceships are linked by a long tether. The spaceship in the lower orbit is slowed. The spaceship in the higher orbit is accelerated. What is the effect on their respective occupants?

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Q20. Gray wolf B45 made the news in 1999 when she became the first of her kind to cross into Eastern Oregon from Idaho since wolves were exterminated throughout the West. Why was she in the news again in September?

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III. Internet-Based Questions

Q3. The colonials are in desperate straits. In a bold move, General Washington plans a dangerous night crossing of the Delaware to surprise the sleeping Hessians, putting the enemy on the defensive and capturing many prisoners and arms. Your team must provide the General with all pertinent astronomical data for his plans: lunar phase, sun and moon risings, settings and transits. Do not fail.

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Q4. Trial lawyers have come under criticism during the current election. When were the first laws passed governing product liability?

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Q5. Originally a subway safety slogan, what phrase has become the watchword of citizens in what major city, and has inspired a TV show among other things?

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Q6. What revolutionary new football play was legalized the year the Ducks went undefeated?

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Q7. What revolutionary new football play was declared illegal after the Beavs used it twice in one year, including once to stop No. 1 ranked USC?

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kalira austin

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Wed 27 Oct, 2004 10:48 am
Lake Elnor
About that Lake Elnor question.....I believe the answer is in the Middle Earth Atlas. Good luck!
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mac11

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Wed 27 Oct, 2004 10:57 am
Q18. The keys are in Row L. There is no row I in that theatre.

Source: http://www.osfashland.org/tickets/theatres.html
(you can click on the chart to get a close-up of the rows and seat numbers)
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caramel

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Thu 28 Oct, 2004 06:49 pm
Re: This one's for the trivia buffs...
Prismatic_Light wrote:

Q13. This beauty came to America to act and was granted a patent on a secret military guidance system. Decades later, her innovation lets millions phone home from just about anywhere.

Hedy Lamarr she patented a frequency-switching system for torpedo guidance.

http://www.inventions.org/culture/female/lamarr.html

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Instigate

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Fri 29 Oct, 2004 05:33 am
Section 2. Q19.

My opinion is that the faster ship would jerk the slower ship when the tether was stretched to the max. This would cause the ship to collide with the free floating astronauts inside. they would all be smaked up against a wall of the spaceship. Kinda like a fish being swept up in a net.

Centripital force seems viable, one ship would swing around another, but two forces moving in the same direction cannot magically redirect their inertia. They can only cancel out the whole of the smaller force, and part of the larger force. When the smaller force is gone, the difference in the larger force remains, causing the ship to jerk and collide with the astronauts.
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Joe Nation

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Fri 29 Oct, 2004 06:42 am
Q16 Just some clues for you, mostly because I'm not exactly sure, but three come to mind. Milton Berle's Show of Shows was very innovative in the early days of tv, Desi Arnes sticks in my head as the creator of the three-camera set and while Jackie Gleason hated to rehearse, he was extremely hands-on in terms of the production of his shows. I'd start with Berle.
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Joe Nation

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Fri 29 Oct, 2004 07:01 am
Q2 Monkey CO99, who was renamed Harper, contracted smallpox during an CDC experiment, he survived, but was later put down as a necessary precaution to prevent any spread of the disease. July 2001

Source The Demon in the Freezer, Richard Preston, pages 154-158
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Einherjar

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Fri 29 Oct, 2004 09:36 am
Re: This one's for the trivia buffs...
Prismatic_Light wrote:
Q19. Two Earth orbiting spaceships are linked by a long tether. The spaceship in the lower orbit is slowed. The spaceship in the higher orbit is accelerated. What is the effect on their respective occupants?

Objects in higher orbit move slower than objects in low orbit. If the two objects were to be linkel by a tether thay would have to orbit the earth in the same time, which means the low object would have to move slower than would be required to maintain its orbit. For the object in high orbit the opposite would be true. The object in low orbit would be suspended from the object in high orbit.

The people in the lower orbit spacecraft would experience earth gravity as centrifugal force would not completely cancel out the gravitational pull from the earth. The people in the high orbit spacecraft would experience a slight centrifugal force away from the earth, as the erth's gravitational pull would fail to cancel out all of the centrifugel force.

Short answer: The spacecrafts would experience "artificial" gravity away from each other.
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caramel

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Fri 29 Oct, 2004 07:49 pm
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Q8. These "blueberries" turned up in an outlandish place in 2004. What are they and what is their significance?

Thousands of unusual gray spherules, made of iron and rock but dubbed blueberries, were found embedded in and surrounding rocks near the landing site of the robot Opportunity rover on Mars. To help investigate their origin, Opportunity found a surface dubbed the Berry Bowl with an indentation that was rich in the Martian orbs. The Berry Bowl is pictured above, imaged during rover's 48th Sol on Mars. The average diameter of a blueberry is only about 4 millimeters. By analyzing a circular patch in the rock surface to the left of the densest patch of spherules, Opportunity obtained data showing that the underlying rock has a much different composition than the hematite rich blueberries. This information contributes to the growing consensus is that these small, strange, gray orbs were slowly deposited from a bath of dirty water.

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap040405.html

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Ceili

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Fri 29 Oct, 2004 07:59 pm
The salt church is in Zpaquira, Columbia
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boomerang

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Fri 29 Oct, 2004 08:02 pm
Q5. How did an introduced species destroy an Oregon town in 24 hours?

....in 1936, the town of Bandon, Oregon would be destroyed and eleven citizens killed by a fire propagated by gorse, a highly flammable plant introduced, seventy years earlier, from Europe...

http://www.gcrio.org/CONSEQUENCES/vol2no2/article2.html
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heavykev1

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Thu 10 Jan, 2013 12:52 am
@Prismatic Light,
This violates the policy of not crowdsourcing an answer. David - please remove this post if you can and please do not access any answers on it. Any other posters who might like to replay to this please don't as it would ruin our scavenger hunt. THANKS!!! - The hunt leader
Region Philbis

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Thu 10 Jan, 2013 05:12 am
@heavykev1,

you do realize you are answering an 8-year old post?
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