Chris, Andrew, Elmer discussed on The Naked Scientists


It can put on up to 15 kilograms every day. It's almost all water though, I think, right? I'm gonna go with your knowledge as well, Chris at this point. Having carved a few with my door over the last decade, it's pretty mushy when you get in there. And that would be an absolute whopper to put on the doorstep. You must be able to make a house out of that. A feature in various nursing rhymes, doesn't it? You know, that you've got people living in pumpkins. I'm sure there's one or two. There is something there. Yeah, it rings a bell of a child story for sure. Question two, so this is still on the theme of pumpkins. We're all used to carving them, especially Chris at Halloween, but this tradition started with another vegetable. Elmer, Andrew. What is it? Is it a a Swede? B, a turnip, or C, sugar beat. So I'm from the Isle of Man. And so we actually we don't celebrate how we celebrate hop Jean a, and traditionally, now I'm going to get lynched if I get this wrong, but I think traditionally, it's a turnip, but we don't do it. I tried that before, and it was really hard, so we tend to avoid that and go down the pumpkin thing. Andrew, I feel like your hands might be tied here, and there's come in very strong there. I feel like it's probably not the sugar beat. That might be a good sort of trick or treat thing, but I think I'm gonna go with that Allen says. She sounds like she's coming from a place of confidence and slight nervousness. The answer is B it is turnip. Wow. What goes on in the Isle of Man then with this festival that's not Halloween. What do you do? Well, did the tradition is actually quite dark as most traditions are. And the idea is that you carve it out and you put a candle in it and you have to go from door to door. But then if it blows out, then someone you know is going to die in the next year, which is pretty dark. So you've got to make sure it doesn't blow out. It's a friendly, happy tradition. But quite small holes in it just like I'm sure there's nothing well-being of your relatively Friends. Exactly. Well, the tricky thing is that it's a tradeoff. You want the smaller horn as possible to stop this thing from blowing out. But at the same time, you want the biggest possible, so you get oxygen. And so it's a tricky balance. It's a tricky balance. The whole pumpkin thing is just a lot easier, really. Sounds very, very stressful. Yeah, yeah, especially trying to cover a turnip. They're really, really hard. Wow. Fantastic stuff. So at the end of round two, we're looking at one a piece with perhaps a bonus point going in favor of the Sherlock Holmes. That's to be discussed later on, depending on how competitive Gareth and Chris get obviously. Round three, this is the last round, so it's possibly all a piece. I'm not really sure, but it's trick or treat. Question one, this is coming back to garrison, Chris. Here we go. Consider this scenario where an unknown alien species is trying to pull a prank on the whole of humanity in one go. By doing the old classic of TP ing the earth, assuming that one roll of toilet paper has a total surface area of 94 centimeters squared, how many rolls of toilet paper would be needed to cover the entire surface of the earth? Is it 5.4 times ten to the ten rolls of toilet paper? Is it B 5.4 times ten to the 14? Or is it C 5.4 times ten to the 28 rolls of toilet paper? Crikey. I'm glad I'm not you, boys at the moment. More than a mole of Lou roles. Yes, avocado. Eat your heart out. What do you think? How big is the earth? Well, I was just wondering, would it be enough to wrap around one of your pumpkins really? So you say, the earth is we'll have to do pie R squared on this one because isn't the diameter of the earth about 24,000 miles or something? Oh, thank you. And what's a volume of a sphere? Is it pi four, four pi R three? Yeah, is that right? Anybody? The volume is four thirds pi are keep the surface area, which is what you're looking for is four pi R squared. Don't help him. What are you doing? Do we sort of get some of the points? I think you get liked by the audience is what happens? You do. Listen to this mass nerd, let's all love him. Well, I mean, I can't be bothered to work this out frankly. Should we just go for somewhere? In the middle. In the mid range, the 1410 to the 28 there's such big numbers, it's hard to know what's different about them. And I didn't really write the numbers down first time actually. I've got an excuse. Ten to the 28 so if that's a lot, ten to the 14 feels more and more comfortable with that. Earth's not that big. All right, yes, that's completely correct. Team two to stay in the runnings. Here comes the question. Another in common ingredient in Halloween suites is palm oil. You might have heard of this, it's been linked to deforestation, particularly in Southeast Asia. But what percentage of the items that you find in the supermarket contains palm oil is it a 30% B 50% or C 70%? That's a really good question. I think it's going to be scarily high, but I feel like 70% is really high. Because I know you're having like shampoo and soap and stuff, it's not just in. Yeah, but you get it in a lot of foods like a lot a lot of foods. And when it says like the number of items in the supermarket, when I think about going down to the mega supermarket near ice, they've got loads of stuff in there, like, it's not in the toys are the high 5s, is it? And the toys. In the toilet roll, maybe. No, because I reckon that he wouldn't have put all of the answers as the middle, because that would be too easy. Palm oil food science and more psychology to answer this question. Let's go with 17. Let's do it. Okay, let's get started. You sure you don't want to go for the middle? Yeah. Definitely going to go all in. Okay, Owen. It's not in those Hi-Fi systems. So the answer is 50%. 57 items in the supermarket. I've unredeemed myself. You're right. It's not just sweets. It's included in many toiletries. So look out for the next time you're in the supermarket. You might say they're going by a few different names. But we're going to go on to a tie breaker. So this one's called the monster bat. Yes, bats are a favorite feature of many Halloween parties, but one type of bat you are less likely to encounter around this time of year is the cricket bat. Yep, after the infamous monster bat incident of 1771 when a cricket player called Thomas white used a bat as wide as the wicket, the rules were modified to introduce a maximum width for said instruments on the pitch. To the nearest millimeter, what is the maximum width of a cricket bat? As defined by the official rules, the official.

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