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Quiz about Aint No Sunshine
Quiz about Aint No Sunshine

Ain't No Sunshine Trivia Quiz


This is not about the Bill Withers song, but a mixed bag of questions about a lack of sunshine. This is part of Commission 51 in the Quiz Authors' Lounge.

A multiple-choice quiz by darksplash. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
darksplash
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
391,993
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
1523
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
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1. Imagine, if you will, living in a small village where you don't see sunlight for half of the year. Where would you find such a place? Hint

Rjukan (Norway)
Vladivostok (Russia)
Yuma (USA)
La Paz (Bolivia)

2. Arlo Guthrie wrote and sang "In My Darkest Hour". Just when is the darkest time of the night? Hint

2am
Midnight
3am
Just before dawn

3. Which ancient peoples recorded the earliest solar eclipse? Hint

Mayan
Aztec
Babylonian
Inca

4. "Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy", or so sang John Denver. By the converse, a lack of sunshine can make many people unhappy. What is the medical term for it? Hint

Early Darkness Syndrome (EDS)
Low Sun Deficiency (LSD)
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Solar Infraction Disease (SID)

5. If you were going for a hike in the countryside, in which of these places would you find the least exposure to sunshine? Hint

The Grand Canyon
Amazonian rain forest
The Dead Sea
Atlas Mountains

6. In 1815, a volcano erupted and scattered debris into the air that blocked the sun for almost a year. Where did it occur? Hint

Tambora, Indonesia
Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland
Mount St Helens, USA
Mount Vesuvius, Italy

7. Who's afraid of the dark? If our sun suddenly switched itself off, how long would we on earth take to notice? Hint

Four days and 12 hours
Two months, three weeks, 21 days and 16 hours
Six weeks and three days
Eight minutes and 20 seconds

8. "Hello darkness, my old friend", sang Simon & Garfunkel, although many animals have much better vision than humans when there is no sunlight. In fact, cats and dogs are among the animals that can see in pitch darkness.

True
False

9. Early in World War Two, the British Royal Air Force had an advantage over their Luftwaffe opponents because of radar. It enabled them to detect enemy aircraft at night. How did they explain their apparent ability to see in the dark to their enemies? Hint

Eating blueberries
Eating potatoes
Eating carrots
Eating strawberries

10. Don't let the sunshine fool ya: Just because some days have 24 hours of sunshine it does not mean there is no price to be paid. Where on earth could you be in darkness 24 hours a day? Hint

Santa Claus, Indiana
The South Pole
Drama, Greece
Eromanga, Australia


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Imagine, if you will, living in a small village where you don't see sunlight for half of the year. Where would you find such a place?

Answer: Rjukan (Norway)

Situated 170km from Oslo, Rjukan does not receive a single ray of sunlight for six months of the year. From September to March the mountains make it impossible for rays of sunshine to reach the valley floor.

To alleviate this, in 2013 three heliostat mirrors were installed to capture the sunlight and reflect it downwards to the main square.

Meanwhile, according to the World Meteorological Organization, Yuma (Arizona) is the sunniest place on earth.

Its total of 11 hours of sunlight in winter and up to 13 in summer means Yuma experiences an average of 4,015 hours of sunshine per year.
2. Arlo Guthrie wrote and sang "In My Darkest Hour". Just when is the darkest time of the night?

Answer: Midnight

Okay, so that old folk song is wrong when it says "Though it's darkest before the dawn..."

Midnight is the point halfway between dusk and dawn when the sun is at 180 degrees to the observer's position.

There are, though, factors that may affect brightness, such as the phase of the moon.

The phrase "darkest before the dawn" comes from the theologian Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) who said: 'It is always darkest just before the day dawneth".

This phrase is often wrongly attributed to the Bible.
3. Which ancient peoples recorded the earliest solar eclipse?

Answer: Babylonian

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between our sun - Sol - and earth. Its shadow casts darkness on a large part of the earth.

The earliest known Babylonian record is of the eclipse that took place on May 3, 1375 BCE.

The details were recorded on clay tablets found at Ugarit in what is now Syria.

Incidentally, the solar eclipse expected on July 16, 2186 will be the longest for thousands of years. You may wish to put that in your diaries now.
4. "Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy", or so sang John Denver. By the converse, a lack of sunshine can make many people unhappy. What is the medical term for it?

Answer: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that has a seasonal pattern.

It is sometimes known as "winter depression" because the symptoms are more apparent and more severe during the winter.

Symptoms can include a persistent low mood; the loss of pleasure or interest in everyday activities; feelings of despair; a lack of energy; sleepiness during the day; sleeping for longer than normal at night; and finding it hard to get up in the morning.
5. If you were going for a hike in the countryside, in which of these places would you find the least exposure to sunshine?

Answer: Amazonian rain forest

Very little natural light penetrates to the floor of the Amazonian rain forest as up to 95 per cent of natural daylight is screened out by higher levels of trees.

As a result, there is relatively little vegetation on the rainforest floor.
6. In 1815, a volcano erupted and scattered debris into the air that blocked the sun for almost a year. Where did it occur?

Answer: Tambora, Indonesia

More than 60,000 people died as a result of the eruption. The volcano ejected sulphurous gas that generated sulphate particles in the atmosphere and blocked out the sun's life-giving rays.

The eruption created a year without a summer that led to food shortages and hardship throughout Europe and eastern North America.

Nothing can grow on earth without sunlight, even if some plants can exist with very low levels.
7. Who's afraid of the dark? If our sun suddenly switched itself off, how long would we on earth take to notice?

Answer: Eight minutes and 20 seconds

Earth orbits the Sun at a distance of about 150 million km. Light, meanwhile, travels at 300,000 kilometres/second.

So, it takes sunlight 500 seconds, or 8 minutes and 20 seconds, to travel from the sun to earth.

These timings are an average. They vary, according to the earth's elliptical orbit, from 490 seconds to 507 seconds.

Best keep your winter woolies handy just in case you are around when it happens sometime about five billion years from now.
8. "Hello darkness, my old friend", sang Simon & Garfunkel, although many animals have much better vision than humans when there is no sunlight. In fact, cats and dogs are among the animals that can see in pitch darkness.

Answer: False

It is true that cats and dogs can see better in low light than humans, but they cannot see in the pitch dark: they need some light.

Meanwhile, the Tarsier, a tiny primate in Southeast Asia, has incredibly good night vision. The animals are only about four inches long, but their eyes are about half an inch wide, meaning they have have the biggest eye-to-body-size ratio known in the animal kingdom. They are nocturnal predators that hunt for insects and small lizards or birds when there is little or no light available.

Nocturnal creatures, such as cats and owls have eyes that pick up very low light levels to enable them to "see in the dark".
9. Early in World War Two, the British Royal Air Force had an advantage over their Luftwaffe opponents because of radar. It enabled them to detect enemy aircraft at night. How did they explain their apparent ability to see in the dark to their enemies?

Answer: Eating carrots

Britain was the first nation to use radar effectively. However, the government did not want to give any secrets away so spun the story that eating carrots gave RAF pilots an ability to see in the pitch black.

Ironically, the German Army was using infra-red night vision devices on their tanks from 1939.

In the USA, the M1 and M3 infrared night sighting devices, also known as the "sniperscope" or "snooperscope", were introduced in World War II.

Oh and if you want to improve your own low light vision, blueberries have been shown to be a helpful food.
10. Don't let the sunshine fool ya: Just because some days have 24 hours of sunshine it does not mean there is no price to be paid. Where on earth could you be in darkness 24 hours a day?

Answer: The South Pole

If you travel to the South Pole you will find the sun is always above the horizon in summer, and below it in winter.

The sun rises and sets only twice every 12 months at the South Pole - if you can find it, that is, because it is constantly on the move.

A similar set of circumstances exists at the North Pole.
Source: Author darksplash

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