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# 27 and Other Odd Cubes Trivia Quiz

### This quiz is in response to kyleisalive's Quiz Commission IV - "By the Numbers". I hope you enjoy!

A multiple-choice quiz by LadyCaitriona. Estimated time: 6 mins.

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Dec 03 21
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Question 1 of 10
1. In algebra, the third power of a number is called its "cube". For example, 27 is the cube of 3, because 3 x 3 x 3 = 27. Usually cubes are denoted with a superscript 3 following the number to indicate an exponential of 3, but some media are not capable of displaying superscripts. In these cases, a symbol is used to represent the exponent. Which of the following represents 3 to the 3rd power? Hint

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Question 2 of 10
2. In 1832, Swiss crystallographer Louis Albert Necker invented an optical illusion called the Necker Cube. This is a drawing of a cube which can be viewed as having either of two faces forefront as the intersecting lines give no clue as to which crosses over top of which. If the perspective is forced by drawing the overlapping lines in such a way as to be incongruous with each other, the result is what type of cube? Hint

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Question 3 of 10
3. Ah, a prankster's trip down memory lane! Pepper gum, squirting boutonnieres, buzzing shock rings... truly the pranksters were kings among men! And what could be funnier than fake dog droppings unless it was this, encased in a fake ice cube..? Hint

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Question 4 of 10
4. Membership in the "27 Club" is a dubious honour granted to influential musicians who have died at the age of 27. The Club, which is also referred to in popular culture as the "Forever 27 Club", began in response to the deaths of four musicians between July 3, 1969 and the same date in 1971. Whose death was first? Hint

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Question 5 of 10
5. Two of my favourite comic strip characters are Bill Watterson's imaginative six-year-old Calvin and his sometimes-real, sometimes-stuffed tiger companion, Hobbes. In one anthology Calvin "builds" a Duplicator out of an old cardboard box and uses it to make clones of himself. When he gets tired of being punished for his clones' bad behaviour, Calvin turns the box upside down, thus re-establishing it as his earlier invention, the Transmogrifier, and turns them all into worms. According to the title of this "Calvin & Hobbes" anthology, scientific progress does what? Hint

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Question 6 of 10
6. In 2008 Katherine Heigl starred as Jane Nichols, a woman who embodies the cliché of "always a bridesmaid, never a bride". Jane's love interest in the movie is Kevin Doyle (James Marsden), a writer for the "New York Journal" who uses Jane to further his career--although, like in any good romantic comedy, he later falls in love with her and regrets his indiscretion. What is hidden in Jane's closet that is also the title of this movie?

Answer: (One Number, One Word)

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Question 7 of 10
7. Some of the "oddest" cubes on television were filled with celebrities! "The Hollywood Squares" was a game show that debuted in the 1960s. Contestants on the show tried to win a game of tic-tac-toe (noughts and crosses) by either agreeing or disagreeing with the celebrities' answers to trivia questions. When it was revived in 1998, which famous actress/comedienne became both a co-producer of the show and its permanent centre-square celebrity? Hint

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Question 8 of 10
8. Many of us are familiar with the modern Greek alphabet (alpha, beta, gamma, delta, etc.) which is comprised of 24 letters. The classical Greek alphabet, however, contained three additional letters that are no longer in use today (for a total of 27 letters). Which of the following is not an obsolete Greek letter? Hint

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Question 9 of 10
9. Popular in casinos worldwide, the game of craps is played with two dice where one player is the shooter and any number of other players may place bets. The first roll of the dice by any shooter is called the come-out roll, where the shooter tries to establish his point. Rolling a Seven Out (7) or a Yo-leven (11) on the come-out roll is called a "natural" and is a win for pass-line bets. Rolling which of the following points on the come-out roll will result in a win for don't-pass-line bets? Hint

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Question 10 of 10
10. A gedanken (thought) experiment is a proposal for an experiment that could be used to test a hypothesis. Some thought experiments are purely illustrative as clearly they could never be realistically tested -- Maxwell's Demon (1867), for example, requires one to assume the existence of a supernatural being. In Erwin Schrödinger's famous thought experiment (1935) what type of animal, placed in a sealed box, is simultaneously both alive and dead? Hint

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. In algebra, the third power of a number is called its "cube". For example, 27 is the cube of 3, because 3 x 3 x 3 = 27. Usually cubes are denoted with a superscript 3 following the number to indicate an exponential of 3, but some media are not capable of displaying superscripts. In these cases, a symbol is used to represent the exponent. Which of the following represents 3 to the 3rd power?

The ^ character (called a caret) can be used to mean an exponent, and will often display on calculators that permit you to type in an equation before calculating.

In mathematics, the character / represents division, and ! represents a factorial. # in North America is called the number sign or pound sign as it can be used to denote a number (#1, or "number one") or a weight (6#, or "six pounds"). In the UK # is called a hash sign and refers to a number only.

So how is 27 an "odd" cube? Well, odd numbers are ones that are not divisible evenly by 2. 27/2 = 13.5, making 27 an "odd cube"!
2. In 1832, Swiss crystallographer Louis Albert Necker invented an optical illusion called the Necker Cube. This is a drawing of a cube which can be viewed as having either of two faces forefront as the intersecting lines give no clue as to which crosses over top of which. If the perspective is forced by drawing the overlapping lines in such a way as to be incongruous with each other, the result is what type of cube?

An impossible object (or impossible figure) is a two-dimensional drawing of an object that the mind perceives as representing a three-dimensional object; however, the object is drawn in such a way that it could not possibly exist in three dimensions. Other examples of impossible objects are the Penrose Triangle, and the Devil's Tuning Fork.

A drawing (like the Necker Cube) that has two interpretations where perception can shift back and forth is called a reversible figure.
3. Ah, a prankster's trip down memory lane! Pepper gum, squirting boutonnieres, buzzing shock rings... truly the pranksters were kings among men! And what could be funnier than fake dog droppings unless it was this, encased in a fake ice cube..?

Rabies ice cubes would definitely NOT be funny! Urban legends are rife with stories of people finding foreign objects (and animals) in their food and drink, especially in meals served from Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs or "fast food" restaurants). It is something that we find truly revolting and so of course it tops the list of all-time popular pranks! And if your cousins are anything like mine, you might have got your fake fly in a dribble cup. Yeah... that was REAL funny, Scott!
4. Membership in the "27 Club" is a dubious honour granted to influential musicians who have died at the age of 27. The Club, which is also referred to in popular culture as the "Forever 27 Club", began in response to the deaths of four musicians between July 3, 1969 and the same date in 1971. Whose death was first?

An unlucky two years for fans of rock and roll! Brian Jones (of the Rolling Stones) died on July 3rd, 1969; Jim Morrison died on the same date in 1971. Jimi Hendrix left us on September 18, 1970 and less than a month later, on October 4, Janis Joplin passed away.

While these four rock and roll musicians are considered to be Club 27's "founders", between 1969 and 2009, a period of only 40 years, the list has expanded to include 41 rock and blues musicians, culminating with the death of Zambian musician Lily Tembo in September 2009. Of the more widely-known musicians, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's suicide in April of 1994 earned him membership in the Club.
5. Two of my favourite comic strip characters are Bill Watterson's imaginative six-year-old Calvin and his sometimes-real, sometimes-stuffed tiger companion, Hobbes. In one anthology Calvin "builds" a Duplicator out of an old cardboard box and uses it to make clones of himself. When he gets tired of being punished for his clones' bad behaviour, Calvin turns the box upside down, thus re-establishing it as his earlier invention, the Transmogrifier, and turns them all into worms. According to the title of this "Calvin & Hobbes" anthology, scientific progress does what?

"Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink'" is the ninth "Calvin & Hobbes" anthology, published in 1991 and containing strips published between September 1980 and July 1990. Watterson began drawing Calvin and his stuffed tiger in 1985 and quickly established his success as a cartoonist.

He is well known for his radical views on comic syndication and his refusal to "sell out" his creations in the form of official merchandise.
6. In 2008 Katherine Heigl starred as Jane Nichols, a woman who embodies the cliché of "always a bridesmaid, never a bride". Jane's love interest in the movie is Kevin Doyle (James Marsden), a writer for the "New York Journal" who uses Jane to further his career--although, like in any good romantic comedy, he later falls in love with her and regrets his indiscretion. What is hidden in Jane's closet that is also the title of this movie?

Jane has been a bridesmaid in twenty-seven of her friends' weddings on the night that she meets Kevin. Soon Jane is invited to help plan a wedding that breaks her heart--her sister Tess's wedding to George, Jane's boss for whom she has harboured a secret affection for several years. "27 Dresses" won four awards, including the People's Choice Award for Best Movie Comedy, and the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor in a Comedy (James Marsden).
7. Some of the "oddest" cubes on television were filled with celebrities! "The Hollywood Squares" was a game show that debuted in the 1960s. Contestants on the show tried to win a game of tic-tac-toe (noughts and crosses) by either agreeing or disagreeing with the celebrities' answers to trivia questions. When it was revived in 1998, which famous actress/comedienne became both a co-producer of the show and its permanent centre-square celebrity?

While the game-play was real, the show's main focus was actually the repartee provided by the comedians before settling on an answer. Many A-list celebrities have been featured as the show's centre square, including Joan Rivers, Burt Reynolds, Gloria Estefan, Dom DeLuise, Dick Clark, Ted Danson and Reba McEntire.
8. Many of us are familiar with the modern Greek alphabet (alpha, beta, gamma, delta, etc.) which is comprised of 24 letters. The classical Greek alphabet, however, contained three additional letters that are no longer in use today (for a total of 27 letters). Which of the following is not an obsolete Greek letter?

While pi, phi and psi are all letters in both classical and modern Greek, pho never was. Qoppa, like kappa, represented a "k" sound that was used in the Greek language when placed before certain vowels, but its redundancy led to its disuse after the fifth century BCE. Likewise, the pronunciations of san and sampi were so close to sigma and xi (respectively) that they were dropped from the Greek alphabet as well.

Some dialects of classical Greek also included a 28th letter, digamma, although it was used primarily as a numeral.
9. Popular in casinos worldwide, the game of craps is played with two dice where one player is the shooter and any number of other players may place bets. The first roll of the dice by any shooter is called the come-out roll, where the shooter tries to establish his point. Rolling a Seven Out (7) or a Yo-leven (11) on the come-out roll is called a "natural" and is a win for pass-line bets. Rolling which of the following points on the come-out roll will result in a win for don't-pass-line bets?

Answer: Ace Deuce (3)

The correct answer is, of course, the only odd number among the choices that can be rolled with these particular cubes: the highest point you can roll in craps is Boxcars (12) - double sixes. Don't-pass-line bets win when Snakes Eyes (2) or Ace Deuce (3) are thrown on the come-out roll.

In casino craps the house covers bets made by all players, but the game is also popular outside of organized gaming establishments in a form called street or private craps. A "floating" game of street craps (i.e. one that moves from place to place to avoid detection by the police) is featured in the musical "Guys and Dolls".
10. A gedanken (thought) experiment is a proposal for an experiment that could be used to test a hypothesis. Some thought experiments are purely illustrative as clearly they could never be realistically tested -- Maxwell's Demon (1867), for example, requires one to assume the existence of a supernatural being. In Erwin Schrödinger's famous thought experiment (1935) what type of animal, placed in a sealed box, is simultaneously both alive and dead?

In the Schrödinger's Cat thought experiment, a cat is placed in a sealed box containing an amount of radioactive substance and a container of hydrocyanic acid. Left to its own devices for the period of one hour, there is a 50/50 chance that the radioactive material will decay. If it does, a hammer will break the container of acid which will in turn poison the cat. According to the thought experiment, at the end of the hour the cat exists in equal parts alive and dead until the box is opened and the cat's state is evaluated by the observer.

If this seems ridiculous, it was meant to be! Schrödinger proposed this experiment to invite discussion on what is called the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, in which a particle exists in all possible states until it is measured.

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