Answers, additional detail and congratulations.
Thank you so much to everyone who left a comment on the post below. The correct answers are in italics below and Marcus has kindly provided some additional detail in his answers for the questions that seemed to cause the most confusion.
1) If all the empty space were squeezed out of matter, the human race could fit in:
a) Wembley Stadium?
b) The area of the Isle of Wight?
c) The volume of a sugar cube?
2) The faster you travel:
a) The taller you get
b) The slimmer you get
c) The lighter you get
This is a consequence of Einstein’s special theory of relativity of 1905. It’s called Lorentz contraction.
3) Einstein’s mathematics professor called him a:
a) lazy possum
b) lazy dingo
c) lazy dog
Thankfully, Hermann Minkowski – who was guilty of the physics equivalent of turning down the Beatles – later atoned for his mistake.
4) Today’s sunlight was made:
a) 30,000 years ago
b) 300 minutes ago
c) 3 seconds ago
Yes, today’s sunlight is about 30,000 years old, which means it was made at the height of the last ice age. For all but 8 minutes of those 30,000 years (8 minutes it spent flying through space to the earth), it was zig-zagging it’s way out through the sun, bouncing from electron to electron and never travelling more than a centimetre in a straight line before ricocheting in a new direction. Think of the most contorted drunkard’s progress you could imagine. That’s the sort of path light takes as it works its way out of the sun. If it could fly from the centre to the surface in a straight line it would take 2 seconds. In fact, it takes about 30,000 years!
5) The scientists who won the Nobel prize for detecting the faint “afterglow” of the big bang thought they had found:
a) the glow of pigeon droppings
b) the glow of street lights
c) the glow of glow worms
You can also see the afterglow of the big bang fireball by tuning your TV between the stations. About 1 per cent of the static on your screen has come straight from the big bang. Before being picked up by your TV aerial the last thing it touched was the blisteringly hot fireball of the big bang.
A big congratulations to The Goth who answered all five questions correctly. The Goth is the editor of Asperger United. (To find out more about this magazine click on the highlighted title)