Trivia And Other Diversions
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NEW AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAM by NW7US The new amateur radio test is here. A few changes have been made. The new test has been designed so that the same test can be given for all license classes. To qualify for the higher classes of license, all you have to do is score better on the test. This makes things so much simpler for VEs. ==================================================================== Please PRINT (that means no squiggly lines) YOUR NAME (what they call you) __________________________________________ ADDRESS (where you live) _______________________________________________ BIRTH DATE (when you were born) ________________________________ EXAM INSTRUCTIONS: Make a circle (one of these round things O ) around the letter of the best answer! This is so we know what your answer to the question is! 1. You TALK into a microphone with your _______. A. Hands B. Feet C. Toes D. Mouth E. Armpits 2. When you talk into a microphone, you talk into _______. A. the front B. the back C. the top D. the bottom E. the wire 3. "HEADPHONES" are worn over the ___________. A. Knees B. Eyes C. Toes D. Ears E. Lips 4. What do you do with the AC line cord coming out of a power supply? A. Hold it in the air to pick up signals B. Pull on it to start the motor C. Talk into the plug to get real "skip DX" D. Hook it to your antenna E. Insert the plug into a source of power 5. A "two meter" radio is: A. twice as strong as a one-meter radio B. two one-meter radios in series C. a CB with two meters on the front panel D. a good doorstop E. a monoband radio 6. A "ten-foot mast" is how long? A. Three meters B. Ten pounds C. Two meters D. Tree-top tall E. Same length as basketball hoop is high 7. A "Triband antenna" is made to work on how many bands? A. 1 B. 2 C. 3 D. 4 E. 10 8. The "Marconi" antenna is named after: A. Marconi B. Mantovani C. macaroni D. Dean Martin E. martini 9. What colors of DIODES can you buy at a Radio Shack store? A. Red, blue and black B. Red, yellow and green C. Orange and brown D. I am color blind so this is a discriminatory question and I should automatically get a waiver on this question. E. I have no intention of ever using DIODES, so don't care what color they are. 10. What color of SLURPEE can you buy at 7-11? A. Red, blue and black B. Red, yellow and green C. Orange and brown D. I am color blind so this is a discriminatory question and I should get another waiver on this question. I now have two questions right. E. All the above 11. You have just installed your new mobile rig in your vehicle and you are still parked at the curb, you need to pull out into traffic and you are talking to another station? A. You put down the mic long enough to signal that you intend to pull away from the curb B. You keep on talking and just pull out in traffic C. You open your left rear door to signal that you want to pull out in traffic, while calling CQ DX on the repeater D. You install a light bulb at the top of your antenna so that it will flash when you are talking on the radio and people will then know to let you out END OF EXAM. YOUR SIGNATURE (slap yo tag here) _________________________________________ ==================================================================== SCORING: Get FOUR correct and you get an EXTRA!!!! Get THREE right and you get an ADVANCED!!!! Get TWO right and you get a GENERAL!!! Get ONE right and you get a TECHNICIAN!!! Get None right. Go back out in parking lot and study another five minutes. When you are done, come back in and try again.
came home from work, sat down in his favorite chair, turned on the TV, and said
to his wife, "Quick, bring me a beer before it starts."
She looked a little puzzled, but brought him a beer. When he finished it, he said, "Quick, bring me another beer. It's gonna start."
This time she looked a little angry, but brought him a beer. When it was gone, he said, "Quick, another beer before it starts."
"That's it!" She blows her top! "You bastard! You waltz in here, flop your fat ass down, don't even say 'hello' to me, and then expect me to run around like your slave. Don't you realize that I cook and clean and wash and iron all day long?"
The husband sighed, "Ah, oh. It's started..."
1961 was the most recent year that could be written upside-down and right side-up and appear the same. The next year that this will be possible will be 6009.
A baby eel is called an elver. A baby oyster is called a spat. A group of crows is called a murder. A group of officers is called a mess.
A hamlet is a village without a church and a town is not a city until it has a cathedral.
A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox car can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.
Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.
A necropsy is an autopsy on animals.
According to Genesis 1:20-22, the chicken came before the egg.
It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the "honey month" or what we know today as the "honeymoon."
In English public houses (pubs), ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's where we get the phrase "mind your Ps and Qs."
Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.
In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. That's where the phrase, "good night, sleep tight" came from. (Yeah, but what about that bedbugs thing?)
The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the alphabet. (Developed by Western Union to test TELEX/TWX communications)
The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
The only English word with three consecutive repeated letters is "bookkeeper."
When opossums are playing 'possum, they're not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror.
The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WW II fighter pilots in the Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50-caliber machine gun ammunition belts measured exactly 27 feet before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."
The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
The name jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "general purpose" vehicle--G.P.
The cruise liner Queen Elizabeth II moves only 6 inches for each gallon of diesel fuel that it burns.
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously. (Wonder which now dead flower child found out that little ditty)
The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver."
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
In Cleveland, Ohio, it's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.
It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.
Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
There is an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald's Big Mac bun.
The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1.
The three most recognizable brand names on earth are Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
When Heinz ketchup leaves the bottle, it travels at a rate of 25 miles per year. (Anticipation..)
Ten percent of the Russian government's income comes from the sale of vodka.
On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point pens every year. (100 incredibly stoopid people)
In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined. (Is that before or after the SALT treaty?)
By counting the number of chirps a cricket makes in 14 seconds and adding 40 to that number, you can find the correct temperature. Scientists claim that tests show it is possible to get the correct temperature within one degree 75 percent of the time and within two degrees 90 percent of the time.
In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere. (Usually on Jerry's bookshelf)
Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
In the 1940s, the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to the mobile radio service, but did not re-number the other channel assignments. That's why American TV set has channels 2 and up, but no channel 1.
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