Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Thursday Quiz LVII

The Thursday Quiz!

The Thursday Quiz is an "Is It or Isn't It" game. From the list of twelve items, your job is to determine whether each IS or ISN'T a true example of the week's category.

Remember always the enduring values:

No research, Googling, Wikiing, or use of reference books. The Thursday Quiz is a POP quiz. Violators will emerge almost entirely intact at the bottom of a glacier, centuries hence.
This Week's Category will seem like it lasts forever!

Periods of Geologic Time

Some of the following are genuine periods of time recognized by geologists and other brainy science types everywhere. Others I just made up. Which is which?

1. Saurian. 720 to 542 million years ago

2. Cambrian. 542 to 288 million years ago

3. Silurian. 444 to 416 million years ago

4. Essexian. 416 to 360 million years ago

5. Carboniferous. 360 to 300 million years ago

6. Triassic. 250 to 200 million years ago

7. Jurassic. 200 to 145 million years ago

8. Cretaceous. 145 to 65 million years ago

9. Paleogene. 65 to 23 million years ago

10. Verdinian. 23 to 12 million years ago

11. Oleolithic. 12 to 2.6 million years ago

12. Quaternary. 2.6 million years ago to right now

Post your answers in the comments.

22 comments:

fingerstothebone said...

Hmmm. I don't know if any of the dates match up with the names, but at least some of those names sound familiar.

1. No
2. Yes
3. No
4. No
5. Eh...I'll say no.
6. Yes.
7. Yes.
8. Yes.
9. Yes.
10. No.
11. No
12. Eh...I'll say yes.

Nichim said...

Good one! I know nothing, but great pick.

MJ said...

hahaha, finally a really difficult quiz! ok, now... are the years supposed to be always correct? or if a name is correct and the date is wrong, does that mean that the answer should be "isn't"?
anyway, that won't make much of a difference in my answers. Here are my numbers:
1. no
2. yes
3. no
4. no
5. no
6. yes
7. yes
8. yes
9. no
10. no
11. no
12. yes

Cartophiliac said...

Bleh! I knew I should have gone out to see Carboniferous Park!

1. isn't
2. is
3. is
4. isn't
5. isn't
6. is
7. is
8. is
9. isn't
10. is
11. isn't
12. is

La Gringissima said...

1. no
2. yes
3. yes
4. no
5. yes
6. yes
7. yes
8. yes
9. no
10. no
11. no
12. yes

There used to be a band called Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. I loved that name!

d said...

1n, 2y, 3y, 4n, 5n, 6y, 7y, 8y, 9n, 10n, 11y, 12y

gS49 said...

1 false
2 true
3 true
4 false
5 true
6 true
7 true
8 true
9 false
10 false
11 false, but funny
12 true

Karmasartre said...

1 / no
2 / yes
3 / no
4 / no
5 / yes
6 / yes
7 / yes (someone left the cake out in the rain)
8 / no
9 / yes
10 / yes
11 / no
12 / yes

Elizabeth said...

I'm going to fail horribly at this, and then forward the quiz to geologist Mom, who will uphold the honor of the family name.

1. No.
2. Yes.
3. Yes.
4. No.
5. No.
6. Yes.
7. Yes.
8. Yes.
9. No.
10. No.
11. No.
12. Yes.

Caveat - did that by names only, not paying attention to dates. I always hated date memorization.

mrs.5000 said...

1 no
2 yes
3 yes?
4 um, no
5 yes
6 yes
7 yes
8 yes
9 no
10 no
11 no
12 no

Anonymous said...

E asked me to take this - of course, there are lots of epochs that I've never heard of, and some are used in other countries that are not used in the US, but here goes...
1. No
2. Yes
3. Yes
4. No
5. Yes
6. Yes
7. Yes
8. Yes
9. Yes
10. No, but it actually sounds familiar...
11. No
12. Yes

Critical Bill said...

1. No
2. Yes
3. Yes
4. No
5. No
6. Yes
7. Yes
8. Yes
9. No
10. No
11. No
12. No.

Rex Parker said...

2,3,6,7,9,12 = yes

rp

Ben said...

1. no
2. yes
3. no
4. no
5. yes
6. yes
7. yes
8. yes
9. no
10. no
11. no
12. no

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

That's wicked hard. When was the tittyrific period?

Business or Leisure? said...

Ah, the tittyriffic (two f's Mr. Noisewater) was sandwiched between the Cartlagimous and Forthrimic periods-- there were many a didactomorph roaming in those times, around 7566 AM, incidentally.

A good addition to this fine list. I think he deserves a bonus point, 5K.

Morgan said...

1. Isn't
2. Is
3. Isn't
4. Isn't
5. Is
6. Is
7. Is
8. Is
9. Isn't
10. Isn't
11. Isn't
12. Is

Michael5000 said...

OK, first of all: WHEN HAVE I EVER BEEN TRICKSY WITH DATES? Never, that's when. You wound me.

Anyway, here's the damage:

1. Saurian. Made it up.

2. Cambrian. YES

3. Silurian. YES

4. Essexian. No, that's Devonian.

5. Carboniferous. YES, despite all you doubters.

6. Triassic. YES

7. Jurassic. YES

8. Cretaceous. YES

9. Paleogene. YES, despite more doubters

10. Verdinian. Made it up.

11. Oleolithic. Made it up.

12. Quaternary. YES

Michael5000 said...

High family drama this week! The TQLVII Gold Star goes to Elizabeth's Mom, who registered the only perfect score! Had she not posted, not only would Elizabeth herself scored a Star this week, but Elizabeth's nephew -- yes, Elizabeth's Mom's beloved grandson -- would have scored HIS first Star. Oh! The cruel irony!

It is, of course, Elizabeth's Mom's first prize in L&TM5K competition, the 57th person to so distinguish herself.

The Silver goes to la gringissima, her third.

The Blue goes to gs49, his second.

Well done to all competitors!

Rebel said...

No no no no no!!!! I posted to this one! And I got them all right! (maybe) Oh well... reminder to self to double check posts before navigating away from your rebel-post eating blog. =/

Elizabeth said...

Yes, well, it's all in the dorky family. We'll bask in the reflected glow.

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