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'Everyone Says It So It Must Be True': The Pseudoscience Quiz
by Staff
We have an astonishing capacity to accept scientific-sounding concepts if we hear them repeatedly. Test your ability to differentiate between real science and “common knowledge” falsehoods.

True or false: Scientists have proven that childhood vaccines cause autism.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Non-avian dinosaurs and humans lived on Earth at the same time.

  • true
  • false

True or false: You lose most of your body heat through your head.

  • true
  • false

True or false: A scientific theory is really just speculation without hard evidence.

  • true
  • false

As Christopher Columbus left to sail the ocean blue, did everyone believe the world was flat?

  • yes
  • no

Does lightning ever strike in the same place twice?

  • yes, often
  • no
  • rarely

What color is your brain?

  • gray
  • pink
  • multiple colors

What color is the blood inside your veins?

  • red
  • blue
  • green

Should you throw away food that you drop on the floor?

  • not if it has a high sugar or salt content
  • yes, always
  • not if you pick it up in less than five seconds

Can brain cells regenerate?

  • no
  • yes

What is the difference between a hypothesis and a theory?

  • A hypothesis is a random guess. A theory is an educated guess.
  • A hypothesis is a potential explanation for how something works. A theory is already well-supported by evidence.

Did humans evolve from the ape species we have today?

  • yes
  • no
  • depends on the human

True or false: If an experiment has an error in it, that means it's worthless.

  • true
  • false

Is the Great Wall of China visible from space?

  • yes, always
  • not usually

If a penny dropped from the top of the Empire State Building hit a person on the ground, what would happen?

  • He or she would die instantly.
  • He or she would feel a sting from the impact but would live.
  • Nothing. The penny would burn up on the way down.

True or false: Astronauts are weightless when they orbit Earth.

  • false
  • true

After hair is shaved, what happens when it grows back?

  • It grows back thicker.
  • It grows back faster.
  • It’s the same as it was before.

When a tornado is coming, what should you do to your house?

  • Open the windows to reduce the air pressure.
  • Keep the windows closed.
  • Open windows only on one side of the house.

Was the ancient Maya civilization destroyed by climate change?

  • yes
  • no
  • It was one of several factors.

What is the Many Worlds Interpretation?

  • There is one universe, but life exists on many planets.
  • There are parallel universes.
  • An entire world exists underground that no one has discovered yet.

True or false: A gluten-free diet is more nutritious.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Humans burning fossil fuels doesn’t actually increase the amount of carbon on Earth.

  • true
  • false

If you're standing at the equator, do you move faster or slower than someone to the north or south?

  • faster
  • slower
  • same speed

Stars twinkle because:

  • They're dying.
  • They're far away.
  • Their light is traveling through turbulence.

What is the brightest star in the sky?

  • North Star
  • Orion
  • Sirius

What causes the seasons?

  • the Earth's tilt
  • the Earth's distance from the Sun
  • the Earth's rotation

Diamonds are formed from what substance?

  • Coal
  • Emeralds
  • Graphite

What percent of your brain do you actually use?

  • Virtually all of it
  • 10 percent
  • 25 percent

Antarctica's ice sheet is changing in what way?

  • It's expanding.
  • It's decreasing.
  • It is staying the same.

When plastic trash is thrown into the ocean, what happens to it?

  • It gradually dissolves.
  • It forms a giant soup of floating garbage.
  • It melts.

What influences the direction of a toilet flushing?

  • The shape and design of the toilet.
  • The spinning of the Earth.

True or false: The Moon has a dark side.

  • true
  • false

True or false: The hole in the ozone and global warming are two completely different things.

  • True
  • False

Your intelligence is a factor of brain weight.

  • true
  • false

In a fusion reaction, what do hydrogen atoms combine to form?

  • plutonium
  • helium
  • strontium