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brackett
24757.  Sat Sep 24, 2005 4:42 pm Reply with quote

QUESTION

Who gave the "planet" Pluto its name?

needs better question.

ANSWER

An eleven-year-old girl from Oxford.

INFO

Her name is Venetia Burney.One morning, soon after it's discovery in 1930, Venetia's Grandfather who worked in the Bodleian Library was reading about the discovery of the "planet" in the Times.He asked Venetia what she thought might be a good name for it and she suggested Pluto, because it was so far away and cold it should be name after the Roman God of the Underworld.
The Grandfather, Falconer Madan then fowarded the name to Astronomer Herbert Hall Turner, who cabled his collegues in America with the suggestion and soon after it was decided Pluto was the right name.

ADDITIONAL INFO

Other names proposed were:

Cronus and Minerva (proposed by the New York Times) Artemis, Athene, Atlas, Cosmos, Hera, Hercules, Icarus, Idana, Odin, Pax, Persephone, Perseus, Prometheus, Tantalus, Vulcan, Zymal and Zeus.

S: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluto_(planet)

 
eggshaped
24872.  Mon Sep 26, 2005 6:37 am Reply with quote

Well done Simonp, pupil is of course correct.

(though the answer was already there, in white)

 
brackett
25647.  Sun Oct 02, 2005 6:30 am Reply with quote

The next QI quiz is the 18th of October.

 
simonp
26410.  Sun Oct 09, 2005 1:50 pm Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
Well done Simonp, pupil is of course correct.

(though the answer was already there, in white)


oops, now i feel silly, [feels silly, silly tells simonp to leave her alone, she's busy]

 
brackett
26414.  Sun Oct 09, 2005 2:48 pm Reply with quote

Thanks Eggshaped, great question.

I had better get going on these questions if I am going to have a set for the 18th.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 
Gray
26425.  Sun Oct 09, 2005 4:07 pm Reply with quote

I'll put the date on the QI Events page if that'll help you work harder, knowing you can't pull out.

No no, my pleasure.

 
Powder_Tester
26434.  Sun Oct 09, 2005 4:26 pm Reply with quote

The pupils of his eyes or his nose (depends on the lies he told to get aroused ;))

 
brackett
27169.  Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:18 pm Reply with quote

hmm, its the 18th tomorrow. Quiz night.

Better fill this thread up with questions for tomorrow.

If anyone can think of any, just pop them in - as rough as you like- and I'll fix them up.

 
brackett
27174.  Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:27 pm Reply with quote

QUESTION

How might a dalmation help you out for you are being tested for drugs?

ANSWER

Urine. Dalmations and humans are the only two mammals that produce uric acid. And are therefore so similar it would be very hard to tell them apart.

Other animals that include uric acid include birds, snakes, lizards and snakes.

 
Flash
27176.  Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:30 pm Reply with quote

Is that true? It doesn't make any kind of sense to this non-biologist.

 
brackett
27177.  Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:33 pm Reply with quote

Yeah its probably not.. I'm just getting desperate

It is true that they are the only two mammels that produce uric acid...possibly an ape or two as well....

And the not being able to tell which is which is probably also quite untrue.

But hey, I mean, what are we trying to do on this website?

Validate and check our findings?

haha, I don't think so.

 
brackett
27179.  Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:34 pm Reply with quote

Right so scrap the dalmation question...moving on.

 
brackett
27181.  Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:45 pm Reply with quote

Ah, flash has come to the rescue and sent me a quiz nights worth of questions.

We can all sit back and relax.

 
Flash
27190.  Mon Oct 17, 2005 6:23 pm Reply with quote

Except for me, it seems.

 
Caradoc
27212.  Mon Oct 17, 2005 7:39 pm Reply with quote

brackett wrote:
QUESTION

How might a dalmation help you out for you are being tested for drugs?

ANSWER

Urine. Dalmations and humans are the only two mammals that produce uric acid. And are therefore so similar it would be very hard to tell them apart.

Other animals that include uric acid include birds, snakes, lizards and snakes.


Dingo's Kidneys.
A quote
Quote:
Most mammals have an enzyme uricase for breaking uric acid down into a soluble product. However, during the evolution of great apes and humans, the gene encoding uricase became inactive. A predisposition to gout is our legacy.

from here
here

If Dalmations produced uric acid then all dogs would

 

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