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Quiz: How much do you know about electricity?

Buzzzz.

WITH COVID RESTRICTIONS easing off we didn’t have enough on our plate, so an energy crisis has come along.

While it looks like blackouts are less likely to be a feature of our winter, it’s almost certain that we’ll have higher energy costs.

And, on top of it all, this weekend is when the rescheduled Electric Picnic was due to go ahead.

Let’s test your knowledge of that all-important physical phenomena.

Who invented electricity?
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Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Edison

Michael Faraday
Either no one or a god of some description, depending on your own personal belief
Are electric eels real or just a myth?
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Real
Myth
When did Dylan go electric?
1955
1965

1975
1980
How many gigawatts of electricity did the DeLorean time machine in Back To The Future require?
Technically none as flux capacitors do not require an external power source
1.21GW

0.1GW, so really 1000MW
"At most" 100GW
What did Eddy Grant propose we do once we rock down to Electric Avenue?
Find a lighter
Be for hire

Take it higher
Kiss
What unit is used to measure electrical current?
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Ampere
Volt

Ohm
Watts
Why did Benjamin Franklin allegedly (it's not clear if he himself performed the experiment) fly a kite with a key attached to the end of its string?
To investigate if lightning storms were electrical in nature
For a dare (but he later realised it had scientific potential as an experiment)

To investigate if it could be used as a more humane method of execution
He thought it would be funny (it wasn't)
The very first Electric Picnic was a one-day festival held in 2004. Who headlined?
RollingNews.ie
Arcade Fire
2ManyDJs

Franz Ferinand
Scissor Sisters
What is used to generate the majority of Ireland's electricity?
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Renewables
Gas

Peat
Begrudgery
Which of these locations is NOT mentioned as where a fire is in Electric Six's High Voltage?
The bedroom
Gates of Hell

Taco Bell
The disco
When was the Rural Electric Scheme rolled out in Ireland?
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1931
1946

1966
2019
Who invented the electric light?
Thomas Edison
Nikola Tesla

Alexander Graham Bell
Humphry Davy
What is Catatumbo lightning?
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A type of lightning that occurs in completely dry, cloudless conditions.
Lightning that fizzles out before it hits the ground.

A phenomenon that causes frequent, intense lightning storms on most nights of the year in one particular part of Venezuela.
All lightning is technically Catatumbo lightning.
When was Poolbeg Generation Station decommissioned?
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2010
1999

1989
It's still in use today
Does it hurt your head a little to think about electricity and... you know, what even is it? And how we've built a society around this almost intangible element that we figured out how to extract from rocks and or even just the wind?
Yes
No

Stop
I really couldn't care less

I can't really think about that right now
Answer all the questions to see your result!
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You scored out of !
You're an electric eel
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You scored out of !
You're an electric ray
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You scored out of !
You're an electric catfish
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You scored out of !
You are an electric stargazer fish
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You scored out of !
You are MGMT's 2008 single Electric Feel
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