What Metal Is This Common Object Made Of?

By: Amanda Monell
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What Metal Is This Common Object Made Of?
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About This Quiz

On the periodic table, metals dominate it, with six of the eight families occupying it.  Some of the families include the transition metals, which include silver and gold: the poor metals, which has lead and tin in its family: and the alkali metals, where potassium, sodium and lithium reside.  From consumer products to the human body, metals are hidden everywhere.  

In the human body, metals play a pivotal role in our survival.  Zinc, one of the poor metals, helps promote cell growth and cell division.  What does that have to do with the body?  With the proper amount of zinc, those two activities can help create enough blood cells to help repair wounds.  In addition to this, zinc is used to aid in the senses of smell and taste.  Iron, one of the transition metals, is essential in the creation of hemoglobin, which is pivotal in transporting oxygen from the lungs to the heart.  

When it comes to jewelry, metals are one of the essential materials in creating the masterpieces that can shape relationships.  For the most part, wedding bands were traditionally created from gold. However, as time passed, demand for a tougher material resulted from folks who were rough on their jewelry.  As a result, platinum has become one of the more popular metals in matrimonial jewelry.

We're going to try to stump your metallic know-how in this quiz. We'll show you everyday objects, and it will be your job to discern what they are.  Good luck!

nails Nails are a toolbox essential that includes the types common, box and masonry. What are they made out of?
Nickel
Steel
Nails come in various lengths and sizes and each has its own purpose. If you're looking to attach some molding to your walls, you'd use a finishing nail whereas if you want to hang a picture on the wall, you'd use a common nail.
Copper
Aluminum

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screws If you are looking to attach drywall to wood, you're going to need some screws. What are they made of?
Carbon steel
In addition to types of uses, screws have several different head types. The most common head types are a Phillips (which is shaped like an x) and slotted (which has a single line running across the top of its head).
Silver
Gold
Copper

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Shears In addition to being a cutting implement, scissors are used to describe a type of kick that is commonly used while performing a sidestroke. What are they made of?
Silver
Carbon steel
When using certain types of scissors, you should make sure that you use the proper material that is associated with them. If you were to use pinking shears on anything besides material, you may run into a bind: The blades could end up becoming dull.
Gold
Brass

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fork If you want to eat Chinese food in a hurry, you may want to use a fork. What are they made of?
Stainless steel
The first use of a fork as an eating utensil happened in both Spain and Italy at the same time. France followed suit a century later.
Silver
Aluminum
Iron

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wok A wok, a cooking implement that is commonly used in Asian cooking is used to heat entrees, is made out of what metal?
Silver
Brass
Iron
if you want to make an omelette quickly, try using a wok. It has thinner metal than a typical skillet, which means it that it heats quicker and will make scrambling your eggs a breeze.
Titanium

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machete What is a machete, the type of weapon Jason Voorhees wielded in the Friday the 13th franchise, made out of?
Cobalt
Iron
Carbon steel
Traditionally, a machete is a multi-purpose tool. The top of the blade is used to chop through brush in jungles as well as harvesting fruits and vegetables, and the rest of the blade could be used to carve meat or to cut open fruits like coconuts.
Barium

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muffin tins What are muffin tins, a kitchen implement pivotal in baking cupcakes and muffins, made of?
Copper
Aluminum
If you want to keep your muffin tins clean, you can use muffin tin liners. They come in various colors and sizes, which can aid in adding a small detail to your party decor.
Barium
Platinum

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katanas Katanas, a weapon used by cosplayers and ninjas, are made out of what material?
Platinum
Silver
Stainless steel
Iron
In World War II, many of the Japanese soldiers fought with swords passed down through many family generations. Tragically, after they were captured by U.S. forces, the katanas were taken because they are weapons. Many have been returned.

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paper clips What are paper clips, which are commonly used to hold papers together, constructed of?
Steel
In addition to the standard paper clip, coated paper clips help to protect paperwork from scratches. There have also been clips bent into different shapes including cats, cars and other objects.
Brass
Nickel
Barium

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cuticle trimmer What is a cuticle trimmer, which is used to help remove pesky cuticles made of?
Stainless steel
There are two reasons why you should consider using a cuticle trimmer. The first is that it will help you apply your nail polish evenly, and the second is that it helps keep your nails clean.
Brass
Iron
Copper

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Straight Razor A straight razor, the type of weapon Sweeney Todd used on his victims, is made out of what?
Titanium
Carbon steel
How did Sweeney Todd get rid of his victims? He would provide them to his landlord, Mrs. Lovett, who used them as meat in her pies. To make things even more grotesque, many patrons liked her meat pies, which earned her bakery a distinguished status.
Stainless steel
Platinum

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spoons In addition to The Tick's battle cry, spoons are often used to eat ice cream. What are they made of?
Cobalt
Stainless steel
The Tick, a satirical comic created in the late 1980s, featured the overly enthusiastic Tick and an accountant named Arthur as his sidekick. There have been three adaptations of this intelligent comic including a live-action version featuring Patrick Warburton, who is best known as Puddy on "Seinfeld."
Lead
Iron

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Bike Handlebars What are a bicycle's handlebars made of?
Carbon steel
Aluminum alloy
In the 1980s, one of the most popular bikes to have were the 10-speed bicycle. These bikes featured handlebars called drop handlebars, which brought the rider closer to the bicycle, making them more aerodynamic. That was great, however, riding a bike like that for too long is bad for the back.
Platinum
Silver

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tire jack A tire jack, which is used when you blow out a tire on the open road, is made of what metal if you drive a small car?
Aluminum
If you ever get a flat tire, you definitely need a jack, which helps elevate the car while removing and replacing the tire with a spare. Depending on the model of your car, a jack is usually supplied.
Titanium
Platinum
Iron

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spokes The spokes, which are part of a bicycle's wheel that consists of small metal rods, are made out of which metal?
Platinum
Steel
Even though they are small, the spokes serve a great purpose when it comes to tires. They give the wheel rim structure and reinforcement, helping it stay round.
Silver
Titanium

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 fan blades If you work in an industrial building, you will learn to love the fans that cool you over the summer. What are their blades made out of?
Zinc
Silver
Aluminum
When you're working in somewhere like a warehouse, industrial fans have many purposes aside from cooling the area down. They are also used to help circulate the air and to remove odors.
Manganese

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pocket watch A pocket watch was one of the first portable keepers of time. What is one of the metals that they are constructed of?
Gold
During the 17th century, you could just check out a man's pockets to see what class they were in. If they were in the upper class, they would get their pocket watches as heirlooms.
Mercury
Tin
Aluminum

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Mattress Springs Springs, which help keep your matress firm, are made out of what metal?
Platinum
Steel
Springs play a functional role in the world of pens as well as in beds. When you use a clicker pen, a spring gets compressed and the tip comes out. When you are done and click it shut, the spring pulls it back.
Iron
Lead

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Handcuffs Handcuffs, also known as silver bracelets, are made of what metal?
Lead
Aluminum
Silver
Carbon steel
If a police officer has to arrest a suspect, they will more than likely use a set of handcuffs. However, if there is a riot and several offending parties need to be held, they will use nylon zip ties.

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bangle bracelets In addition to being the name of an 1980s band, bangle bracelets are made out many different materials. What is one of the metals used in making those bracelets?
Barium
Platinum
Bangle bracelets were a must have for any lady of the '80s. They would be constructed out of various materials, however one of the most popular bangles were ones made of gummy. This plastic was flexible and could be used to make bigger bracelets.
Mercury
Aluminum

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stud earrings When you're wearing stud earrings, backs are essential for keeping them on. What is it?
Brass
Silver
If you're ever in an earring jam and misplace a backing, take heart: these items are universal and one backing can usually be used on many different earrings. If you lose your backing at the office, you can take a small pencil eraser and use it to hold the earring in place.
Lead
Tin

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Traffic Lights Traffic lights feature three colors of lights and are made out of what material?
Platinum
Silver
Aluminum
Be careful when rushing a yellow light: Many traffic lights are now equipped with cameras to catch you speeding through intersections. A few weeks later, you get a present: a moving violation.
Iron

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construction barriers When driving down the highway, Jersey barriers help safeguard your car. What are one of the materials that they're constructed of?
Lead
Tin
Titanium
Steel
Jersey barriers may not look like they have metal in them, but it is one of the many construction items made with rebar. These small metal rods are used in a couple of different ways. The first is to add additional support to streets and barriers, the second is to hang temporary fencing.

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street lights What are street lights made out of?
Cobalt
Titanium
Galvanized steel
In addition to changing power sources, street lights have gone under a face lift in the last few years. Some cities have started to outfit them with slip bases. These bases give a safety feature that others don't: When hit with a car, they break off in a fashion that makes damage and injuries minimal.
Silver

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cooling racks What are cooling racks made out of?
Stainless steel
Coated steel
If you're not sure what a cooling rack is, perhaps you know it by its other name; a wire rack. This tool is unique to baking: because of its slotted surface, it helps provide cooling from over and under the cookie or cake. This helps prevent sogginess from developing on the bottom of your baked goods due to condensation.
Silver
Aluminum

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Tea infusers Tea infusers, the item that you'd use to steep loose leaf tea, are made of what material?
Galvanized steel
Stainless steel
If you're a tea drinker and you're looking to keep an eye on your checkbook, you should eliminate the bags and get some loose leaf tea and an infuser. Many sellers will cut the price of their tea because there is no additional labor used to package the tea.
Iron
Lead

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Baseball Bat In baseball, there are two different types of bats. What metal is one of the choices?
Steel
Aluminum
Wooden bats are found in pro baseball and most college leagues. Aluminum bats are the province of Little League and softball teams.
Titanium
Platinum

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Bobby pins Bobby pins, a tool used to tame flyaway hairs in ponytails, are made of what material?
Mercury
Barium
Carbon steel
Many times, flyaway hairs are produced by ponytails. The tighter and higher the ponytail, the more likely that the strands of hair will break.
Stainless steel

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safety pins Before disposable diapers, many mothers used safety pins to hold cloth diapers in place. What are they made of?
Tin
Lead
Cobalt
Spring steel
In addition to securing diapers, safety pins functioned in fashion. Punks would often make bracelets, pierce their bodies and wear safety pins on their clothing.

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half dollar A half-dollar has John F. Kennedy's profile on it. What is one of the materials that it is made out of?
Cobalt
Lead
Silver
In addition to JFK, Liberty appears on the half dollar. The Walking Liberty coin was printed from 1916 until 1947, making a high quality coin very valuable.
Zinc

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U.S. dollar coin The U.S. dollar coin has Native American guide Sacagawea on it. What is one of the materials that they are made of?
Manganese-brass
Sacagawea was known for helping explorers Lewis and Clark on their journey to the west coast. In addition to Sacagawea, her son is depicted on the coin. She had met her future husband while on the expedition.
Nickel
Iron
Lead

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aersol cans What material are aersol cans made of?
Silver
Aluminum
During the 1980s, a hole was discovered in the ozone layer. Why? Because of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), a component in the contents of every aerosol can. This chemical when combined with UV rays caused a reaction that caused the breakup of the CFC molecule, producing chlorine. This chlorine attacks the ozone layer, which caused the hole.
Steel
Lead

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hook When used with a plastic worm, a hook can make an awesome fishing lure. What is one of the metals that it is made out of?
Platinum
Vanadium
Compared to live bait, fishing lures can be quite expensive, however, in the case of fly fishing, it is a must. When fly fishing, lures are flung into the water, mimicking flies landing on the water. If live bait were used, the weight distribution may prove to be difficult. Plus ... no one wants live bait flung on them!
Gold
Lead

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belt buckle A belt buckle is a common prize at rodeos. What is one of the metals that they are made of?
Cobalt
Barium
Zinc
If a cowboy or cowgirl is looking to strut their stuff, wearing their belt buckle trophy may do the trick. It will show the other competitors how good they are and because of this, they may acquire new fans.
Calcium

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Zippers Zippers have many uses including closing purses and sealing pants. What is one material used to make zipper teeth?
Tin
Silver
Brass
There are many different ways to get a stuck zipper unstuck, most of which involve adding a lubricant onto the teeth of it. Using lubricants (such as Vaseline, lip balm, and graphite from a pencil) helps aid in getting things moving.
Zinc

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doorknobs What is one of the materials used in making doorknobs?
Silver
Brass
When it comes to new construction, there are mandates in place. Since the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) was enacted in 1990, push lever doorknobs became the norm in office buildings and push-button door openers were put into place at malls, hospitals and other facilities.
Lead
Tin

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locks When it comes to home security, locks are a must-have in your home. What is one of the materials that they are made out of?
Zinc
If you own home insurance, one of the first questions a claims adjuster will ask is whether the door was locked when a robbery occurred. If the answer was no, then your claim could be denied.
Gold
Lead
Silver

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oven An oven, something you'd use would to make a roast, is made out of what metal?
Galvanized steel
Why would you want to use galvanized steel inside of your oven? Kitchen accidents, of course! If you were to prepare something and it somehow scratched the inside of the oven, the protective coat on the steel would take the damage and not the steel itself.
Aluminum
Tin
Lead

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kitchen sinks What are most kitchen sinks constructed of?
Zinc
Stainless steel
When it comes to kitchen sinks, many of the industrial standards are stainless steel. Why? Stainless steel is relatively cheap to construct, easy to mold and easy to keep clean.
Silver
Tungsten

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locket A locket, a piece of jewelry you would use to keep your loved ones close to your heart, is made of what material?
Gold
Lockets are sentimental pieces of jewelry that are not much in fashion anymore. The idea is to put something inside the locket as a keepsake, be it a small picture, a lock of hair or other memento.
Radium
Lead
Mercury

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