Answer These Science Questions and We'll Guess If You Want to Be Cryogenically Frozen

By: Zoe Samuel

Answer These Science Questions and We'll Guess If You Want to Be Cryogenically Frozen
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About This Quiz

Humanity has always had an unusual relationship with death. Our cultures have come up with innumerable traditions about death. Many of these traditions are really for the benefit of the living, who must cope with the loss of a loved one. Some exist purely for scriptural reasons and are intended as a tradition that both binds a culture together and ensures all the dead will be interred in the same physical place. Some traditions exist to prevent the dead from spreading illnesses to the living or to prevent animals from disturbing the dead. In the age of European exploration, sailors would be buried at sea, and officers' remains would be prepared so that only their bones remained to be returned to their family ossuary.

The 20th century gave us a new method of preservation of the body: cryogenic freezing. The idea behind it is that one day, science will be able to extend life for the person who died, and so their bodies are frozen and kept frozen so that when that day comes, those frozen people can be cured of whatever they died from and resurrected. The science around this is dodgy at best, but because we don't know what the future holds, it could work, and many people opt for it. We think that we can tell if you're one of those people by asking you some questions. Are you up for it?

Why wouldn't you want a piece of potassium in your pocket when you go for a jog?
I might lose it.
If I spit on it, it'll fizz painfully.
I would have had a banana for breakfast, which is all the potassium I need.
People would find me weird.

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Where do you keep your lab?
In my shed
In my basement
Off to the side, in my bedroom
At the university

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In what product is NaPCA probably found?
Nappies
Naphtha
Napkins
Nap time

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How often do you dry clean your labcoat?
Once a week
Once a month
When I remember
I don't

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What does every magnet have?
Metal
Red tips
The ability to ruin a hard drive
A sort of magical stickiness

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How long will your retirement funds last?
Centuries
Many decades
50 years or so
30 years

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Which of these best fits as a description for fire?
Man's oldest tool
Energy
Pretty flamey goodness
Wibbly-wobbly lights

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Everyone needs a hand sometimes. Who is your lab assistant?
My minion, Igor
My roommate
My cousin
A scarecrow

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What kind of not-at-all electromagnetic waves would your fantasy cellphone produce to communicate?
Wind waves
Tidal waves
Royal waves
Breakers

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Which STEM field interests you the most?
Brain science
Computer programming
Astrophysics
Genetic science

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What do you call something when it defies all statistics?
The freak
Chaos
Super werid
Mom

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The name of the study of differential risk resulting from ancestry is Admixture Mapping. What would the people in this field call themselves if you were the boss?
Gene queens
Levi genes
Jean-eticists
Genies

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How do you feel about the periodic table?
It doesn't measure any useful periods.
I love it!
You can only put drinks on it some of the time
I do not like how it says all the weights of the elements, as this is bullying.

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What element is your favorite?
Hydrogen
Carbon
Helium
Oxygen

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Which element burns with the most interesting flame?
Magnesium - it's bright white.
Sulfur - it's yellow.
Copper - it's so green.
Potassium - it's mauve.

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What material are your lab gloves made of?
Latex
Leather
Lace
Metal

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Why do you have lightning rods on your house?
Decoration!
To transmit lightning to the ground, obviously
They were there when I moved in.
I thought they were holding it together.

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Which is the best unit relating to electricity?
Amp
Ohm
Volt
Watt

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It takes four fundamental forces to make the universe work. Which one could people really go without, as far as you are concerned?
Gravitational
Electromagnetic
Strong
Weak

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Which of these really big numbers do you name-drop to impress people?
Googol
Skewes' Number
Avogadro's Number
Graham's Number

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If you had to achieve escape velocity wearing nothing but a jetpack, who would you want to help you?
Doctor Octopus from "Spider-Man"
Doc Brown from "Back to the Future"
Peter Venkman from "Ghostbusters"
Victor Frankenstein from "Frankenstein"

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Have you ever freaked out because you got a volatile reaction from mixing cleaning chemicals?
Yep, many times
Once and I ran out of the house!
A couple of times but it was really small quantities.
No, never.

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When is it appropriate to mention the first law of thermodynamics?
I mention it at dinner parties.
I teach it to students.
When someone is trying to build a perpetual motion machine, I bring it up to warn them that this is not possible.
If you were arresting someone for trying to break it, you would have to mention it.

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Which of these museums is your favorite?
The American Museum of Natural History
Boston Museum of Science
Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

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Which law of physics did you understand the most easily?
Hooke's Law
Boyle's Law
Bernoulli's Principle
Coulomb's Law

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If you were collecting specimens for study, which of the following would be the ickiest to you?
Old bones
Insects
Blood samples
Meconium

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Do you know how many calories are in your food?
Of course! Down to the nearest five calories
I have some idea.
I'm vaguely aware that some things have more calories than others.
I don't want to know.

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Which is the best device for looking at things in a suitably scientific way?
Electron microscope
Magnifying glass
Telescope
Camera

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Who is the scientist you would most like to emulate?
Rosalind Franklin, discoverer of DNA
Ada Lovelace, inventor of computer programming
Jocelyn Bell Burnell, discoverer of pulsars
Hedy Lamarr, inventor of Wi-Fi

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If cryogenic freezing became compulsory, in which position would you like to be frozen in order to cheer up your grieving relatives when they look at you?
Mooning them while wearing a $4,000 suit
Standing up, giving the thumbs up.
Crouching like I'm ready to pounce
I'd have my arms out so they could hug me.

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