Answers for July 1998

I was away for most of July so the “July” questions will continue for August. Just after I wrote up the June answers this really good set came in – worth an Honorable Mention in their own right. So my Belated Winner (actually Advanced Winner) for JULY, from delightful Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA is –

Andrew White

Question 1

Who said this? “If it disagrees with experiment, it’s wrong. In that simple statement is the key to science. It doesn’t matter how beautiful the theory is, how smart you are, or what your name is – if it disagrees with experiment, it’s wrong.”


Why, of course it was Dr. Richard P. Feynman, nobel laureate (1965) and noted quantum physicist. However, my theory that everyone is out to get me still rings true despite several experiments which exhibit contradictory findings.

Question 2

Did Alexander the Great have dandruff?


  • Alexander the Great was a fearless leader.
  • Fearless leaders are larger than life.
  • Life is a dirty business.
  • Dirtiness comes from not washing frequently.
  • Not washing frequently causes dandruff.
  • Therefore, Alexander the Great had dandruff.

Question 3

What sex were the first computers?


The first computers were female! Everyone knows they were power-hungry, finicky, and they were always breaking down.

Question 4

What (of significance) happened in Iceland on 4 June 1844?


4 June 1844 was, naturally, the first day that the world was able to enjoy itself without the noisome presence of the species of flightless bird known as the “Great Auk”, thanks to some adventurous bird hunters in Iceland on June 3, 1844. [Touché – Dr Bob]

Question 5

What is the longest normal English word you can type using only the top row of a typewriter (qwertyuiop) ?


“Rupturewort” — (also known as “burstwort”). Note also that the word “typewriter” is typed only using this top row as well! [30-love]