What weighs more, a pound of gold or a pound of feathers?
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What weighs more, a pound of gold or a pound of feathers? You might think that this is a trick science trivia question. But, if you guessed that they weigh the same, you’re wrong. A pound of feathers weighs more. Why? Gold is weighed in the troy measurement system. Therefore, when you convert them both to a uniform system, a pound of gold weighs approximately 373.24 grams and a pound of feathers approximately 453.59 grams.
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What mountain peak is farthest from the centre of the earth?
Many may think the answer to this science trivia question is Mount Everest. However, the peak of Chimborazo in Ecuador is the farthest from the centre of the earth. Why? The earth actually bulges at the equator because it’s constantly spinning. Since Chimborazo sits on top of the equator and right on this bulge, its peak is the furthest from the earth’s core. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain if you measure it from base to peak, but its peak is not the furthest from the centre of the earth.
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At one time, did people believe that the earth was flat?
Humans have known that the earth is round since the time of Ancient Greece. Many believe that it was in the early Middle Ages that some people said the world was flat. But like these other “facts” that have been proven wrong, they eventually learned otherwise.