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Mind Over Matter
Thematic 10Q Easy
"Wouldn't it be nice to have a superpower? Sometimes, being able to exert the power of our mind over nearby matter could prove especially useful! Join me as I attempt to gain the power of telekinesis, by hook or by crook."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
I'll start by finding out just what exactly telekinesis is. It is defined as, "causing of an object to move by psychic, rather than physical, force," courtesy of my Webster's dictionary. Well, I don't want to be psychic, but I wouldn't mind if a visiting alien endowed me with telekinetic ability. What language gave us the word "telekinesis," as well as "euphoria" and "acropolis"?
Time to hit the books. Comic books, that is! Jean Grey - member of the "X-Men," and a very powerful mutant with telepathic and telekinetic abilities - shall be my role model for the day. What name was chosen by Jean's alter ego in the comic books and associated movies, indicating a fiery rebirth and subsequent rising from the ashes?
Okay, watch this: with the power of my mind, I will switch on that lamp over there. *ahem* Voila! Unfortunately, you (being the observant type) noticed something that makes my "telekinetic" feat much less impressive. I activated a small device, faddishly popular in the '80s, that is plugged into a nearby wall outlet. How?
Winking with my left eye
Clicking my heels together
Clapping my hands
Whistling a happy tune
Hmm, maybe I can simulate telekinesis through photography - like 19th century photographer Edouard Isidore Buguet! Or maybe not like Buguet, he ended up in prison for his attempted hoaxes. But... if I were to alter a photograph in a more modern way, which of these computer programs would prove most helpful?
Dungeons and Dragons
After a "Star Wars" movie marathon - yep, 13 hours and 22 minutes - I'd hoped to be a bit closer to accessing "The Force." I can get out my toy light saber and wave it around, but I don't think I've got the midichlorians (yet...) to move it telekinetically. What two factions of "Star Wars" use the energy field called the Force for telekinesis and more?
Talaxian and Ocampa
Skywalkers and Solos
Rebels and Imperials
Jedi and Sith
I'm going to imagine that it's the 1950s, I'm watching television, and I want to change the channel. Call me lazy, but I think that, if anything could, the frustration of having no remote control would drive any modern couch potato to develop telekinesis. What company produced the first TV remote control (you might say that's when they hit their "apex")?
"There is no fork...there is no fork...there is no fork." It worked in "The Matrix" (a 1999 science fiction movie), but it's not working for me! Oh, wait - I think I've got the wrong utensil. To be in true "Matrix" style, what implement should I be trying to bend?
I've been reading about this really fast train in Shanghai, China - maybe I can pick up a few tricks here to help with my "telekinetic" powers. The train has no wheels, no engine, and it actually levitates above the track! How does it accomplish this impressive feat?
A mystical energy field
An invisible monorail
If I could travel into the future and enter the "Star Trek" world, there are many aliens with exceptional mental powers that could aid me in my endeavors. Which "Star Trek" character is telepathic, and could best help me learn to control my hypothetical powers (and emotions, while we're at it)?
Kira Nerys (Bajoran)
I've got it! My candy bar is floating in front of me - no strings attached, I promise! (yours truly hops madly through the air trying to catch the candy bar, as it drifts away from her) All right, so the chocolaty nougat is just so light and fluffy it defies gravity all on its own. Sharing its name with an Alexandre Dumas novel, what is my chocolate bar called in the U.S.?
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Compiled Jun 28 12