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12 Science Trivia Questions People Always Get Wrong

If you can answer 50 percent of these science trivia questions correctly, you may be a genius.

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What weighs more, a pound of gold or a pound of feathers?

You might think that this is a trick science trivia question. But, if you guessed that they weigh the same, you’re wrong. A pound of feathers weighs more. Why? Gold is weighed in the troy measurement system. Therefore, when you convert them both to a uniform system, a pound of gold weighs approximately 373.24 grams and a pound of feathers approximately 453.59 grams. Like this brain challenge? Check out these history questions that people always get wrong.

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What mountain peak is farthest from the center of the Earth?

Many may think the answer to this science trivia question is Mount Everest. However, the peak of Chimborazo in Ecuador is the farthest from the center of the earth. Why? The earth actually bulges at the equator because it’s constantly spinning. Since Chimborazo sits on top of the equator and right on this bulge, its peak is the furthest from the earth’s core. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain if you measure it from base to peak, but its peak is not the furthest from the center of the earth.

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At one time, did people believe that the earth was flat?

Humans have known that the earth is round since the time of Ancient Greece. Many believe that it was in the early Middle Ages that some people said the world was flat. But like these other science “facts” that have been proven wrong, they eventually learned otherwise.

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How long is the memory of a goldfish?

Most people would say that goldfish only have a three-second memory, however, their memories actually last for several days. Goldfish have a classical conditioning learning procedure, meaning that when they are given food in association with another object they remember the two together—and that memory can last for days.

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How many senses do humans have?

You actually don’t just have five senses—many neurologists identify nine or more senses. Yes, there are the basic five: touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing, but there are also multiple senses within each of the five as well as some others. For example, touch is actually made up of several “somatic” senses, including the perception of heat, pain, and pressure. Another is the organic sense, which is the sense of your internal condition such as hunger or thirst. Want to learn more? Check out these trivia questions and these incredible facts about basically everything.

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Can sharks get cancer?

The answer to this science trivia fact is yes, sharks can get cancer. And no, they cannot cure cancer. Unfortunately, many still believe that shark cartilage can cure cancer, leading to the killing of sharks. That’s false, and scientists now have proof that there are sharks with tumors.

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What color is your blood when it’s inside your body?

If you look down at your veins, you’ll most likely answer blue to this question. Well, that’s wrong. It’s actually dark red. Many people think that blood is blue inside the body, but once it is exposed to oxygen outside of the body it turns red. However, even when deoxygenated, blood contains hemoglobin, which is a red protein. Therefore, the blood inside of your body is red. Your veins just look blue because of the way they reflect light. Don’t miss these other mind-blowing science facts you never learned in school.

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Can lightning strike the same place twice?

If you answered no to this science trivia question, you’re wrong. It is actually very likely that lightning will strike the same place twice. Lightning strikes the earth over 1.5 billion times a year. Many places that are susceptible to getting struck by lightning, such as tall buildings, utility poles, or trees, get struck multiple times a year. One example is the Empire State Building in New York City that gets struck dozens of times every year.

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Where does the majority of your body heat escape?

This is a tricky science trivia question. The answer isn’t your head even though that’s what most people think. You lose heat evenly throughout your body. In the winter, most of your body heat probably does escape through your head though, because it’s the only part not covered by clothing. So, still wear a hat to keep warm.

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Why do chameleons change colors?

Nope, it’s not to blend into their background. There are actually multiple reasons why a male chameleon will change colors, but camouflage is not one of them—mood and temperature play a big role. If the chameleon is happy and trying to mate with a female chameleon, he will change colors or if the temperature cools down, that might cause him to change colors as well.

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Can humans see the Great Wall of China from space?

Many people think that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made object that can be seen from space. This is actually a myth—unless you’re in low orbit “under a specific set of weather and lighting conditions,” according to Scientific American. Unfortunately, the Great Wall’s composition of clay and stone simply blends in too much to the surrounding landscape for anyone to make it out with an unaided eye from orbit.

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Is Pluto a planet?

It’s understandable why many people get this science trivia question wrong. Pluto used to be identified as a planet in our solar system, but it is now classified as a dwarf planet. See more facts that you’ve always believed are actually false.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Senior Production Editor at Trusted Media Brands. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She works with our Production Coordinators to keep content moving and make sure that things are working well behind the scenes for all our digital sites. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.

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