the Great American History Quiz: Modern Marvels

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9780446676854: the Great American History Quiz: Modern Marvels

THINK YOU KNOW YOUR MODERN MARVELS? WITH THIS BOOK, YOU WILL!

The Great American History Quiz is the popular show on The History Channel that's also a great, entertaining way to learn about our country's history. Filled with celebrities, it tests viewers on facts from the basic to the arcane -- and sometimes both at once! Now, based on this national treasure of a quiz show, comes a book that's just as fun, challenging, and quirky. Featuring questions on America's inventions and ideas, big and small, this edition of THE GREAT AMERICAN HISTORY QUIZ will have you burning those gray cells and wishing learning had been this much fun in school!

TRY THESE CONUNDRUMS ON FOR SIZE:

1. Which is longer: the length of Hoover Dam or the height of the Empire State Building?

2. How much did Radarange, the first commercial microwave oven, introduced in 1947, cost? (a) $30, (b) $300, or (c) $3,000.

3. Did the following come from NASA technology or not? (a) Teflon, (b) the Dustbuster vacuum, (c) Tang orange drink, (d) quartz watches.

The answer may not be what you think. Guess away!

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Five Questions from GAHQ 2: MODERN MARVELS

1. Although most New Yorkers would be loath to admit it, the Empire State Building is no longer the world's tallest building. What building holds that claim to fame? a) The Sears Tower, Chicago; b) The World Trade Center, New York City; c) The Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; d) Jin Mao Building, Shanghai, China.

Answer: Although it's still a title that's hotly contested, The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur is currently regarded as the world's tallest structure at a whopping 1,483 feet.

2. It's true what they say: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. What ingenious toy was invented by the son of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright? a) Lincoln Logs; b) Lego; c) The Erector Set; d) Waffle Blocks.

Answer: a) John Wright got the idea for inventing Lincoln Logs by watching his father work on the Imperial hotel in Tokyo.

3. The first public telegraph message between two cities occurred on May 24, 1844. Morse sent a message from the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. to the Mount Clair train station in Baltimore. What was message was sent? a)Can you hear me, brother?; b) What Hath God Wrought?; c) America, the Beautiful; d) Please send money.

Answer: b) The first public telegraph message was selected from The Bible by the daughter of the commissioner of patents.

4. One of the earliest pioneers of the computer revolution, she developed the computer language COBOL, the first user friendly business software program, and was, in fact, the first person who enabled computers to "understand" commands given in the English language. Who is she? A) Grace Murray Hopper; b) Frances Gabe; c) Mae Jennison; d) Gertrude Elion

Answer: a) Grace Murray Hopper. She also reported as having coined the term "Computer Bug" when a moth flew into a computer processor and jammed its operation.

5. Which famous Washington, DC memorial was designed by a 21-year old architecture student? A) The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial; b) The Korean War Memorial; c) The Lincoln Memorial; d) The Washington Monument

Answer: a) Maya Ling Yin was only 21 when her design for the Vietnam Memorial was selected from over 1400 different entries.

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