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The Stuff of Genius Fan Quiz
by Staff
Stuff of Genius fans, here's your chance to show how big of a fan you are! Take this quiz and test your memory of episodes from the Stuff of Genius podcast.

Mikkel Frandsen took his family's uniform manufacturing company in a new direction by making:

  • the Frandsen Recorder
  • the LifeStraw
  • modern kites
  • billboards

Aloysius Lilius's invention displaced Julius Caesar's version of:

  • the chariot
  • the calendar
  • the drinking fountain
  • the ship's wheel

In 1977, the governor of Maine declared the first Saturday of every December "Chester Greenwood Day" in honor of the inventor of:

  • hydroponic lettuce
  • roller skates
  • Vaseline
  • earmuffs

Earle Dickson's invention was a response to his wife's mishaps in the kitchen. He invented:

  • Band-Aids
  • fire extinguisher
  • smoke detector
  • antacids

Solid-body electric guitar inventor Les Paul also invented:

  • synthetic guitar strings
  • multi-track recording
  • cardioid microphones
  • acoustic panels

The invention of sliced bread was a sales boon for this invention:

  • sliced cheese
  • the toaster
  • peanut butter
  • food storage bags

WD-40 stands for _______.

  • water displacement, 40th attempt
  • Walter Dandrige, age 40
  • Wilmington, Delaware, 1940
  • winter disaster, 40 Lakeview Lane

George Crum is known as the inventor of ______.

  • sliced bread
  • sliced yam chunks
  • potato chips
  • the hamburger

Jacques Brandenberger invented cellophane while trying to make:

  • a tent
  • waterproof fabric
  • lightweight windows
  • a windmill

Josephine Cochrane's grandfather invented the steamboat. She invented:

  • the rubella vaccine
  • voice activation technology
  • the dishwasher
  • the Stirling engine

Momofuku Ando's idea that "Peace will come to the world when the people have enough to eat" inspired him to create:

  • microwave ovens
  • meals ready to eat (MREs)
  • instant noodles
  • Meals on Wheels

Stephanie Kwolek, a polymer chemist, stumbled upon this invention while trying to develop flame-resistant fibers:

  • dietary fiber
  • Kevlar
  • polyester
  • super glue

His creation of dwarf wheat is credited with saving over 1 billion lives:

  • Norman Borlaug
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Clarence Birdseye
  • Conal Byrne

Chaz Holder, inventor of the modern prosthetic limb, was once a:

  • Ferrari mechanic
  • circus acrobat
  • telephone repairman
  • ship captain

Nils Bohlin, inventor of the seatbelt, worked for what automotive company?

  • Ford
  • Chevrolet
  • BMW
  • Volvo