by Matthew Cobb
A science journalist friend of mine is getting married this summer. She sent me this mail, which I thought I’d pass on to you:
I’m writing a little science-themed pub quiz – a friendly bit of entertainment for my wedding this August. Could you suggest any nice multiple choice science questions for a lay audience? The quirkier the better.
A pub quiz, in case you don’t know, takes place in a pub (amazing, no?) and generally involves teams. The questions are generally a mixture of general knowledge and obscure facts, and are often divided up into several sections. Getting the answers/giving the marks (generally done by swapping answer sheets between teams) is often a raucous affair.
So, please post in the comments below your favourite questions. Don’t bother with the answers for the moment – that will be part of the fun: if you think you know the answer to a question, post it as a reply, NB I haven’t given her name so we won’t be making it easy for any of the invitees. And don’t forget – general science questions, not just biology, and for a non-specialist audience.
Here’s my question:
How many smells can the human nose detect?
e) Over 1,000,000,000,000