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School: ________________________



The Great Computer Challenge 2014
Internet Scavenger Hunt
Level II

Instructions:

Solve all ten problems as completely as possible. Partial answers will be accepted. Note that only the final URLs are required.

This form must be completed for the judges.

Keep these points in mind:


    1. The URLs are required. Even if you know the answer, you must find the information on the Internet and list the URL where you found the answer.




    1. Some of the problems may have more than one question.




    1. Put your school name on each page.




    1. This document is available on media in Microsoft WORD format. You may use it to copy and paste your answers from the browser to the document. You do not have to use the document. If you prefer, you may use the printed copy and write your answers in the spaces provided.




    1. You must turn in a printed version of your completed form for judging – again, you may have written on the form, or you may have used the computer version. Either is fine, but make sure you have a paper document to hand in at the end of the competition.



  1. What is the tenth closest solar system to ours?

Final URL(s):

Epsilon Eridani - http://space.about.com/od/stars/tp/closeststars.htm


Ross 248 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nearest_stars_and_brown_dwarfs

Answer(s):

Epsilon Eridani


Also accepted Ross 248



  1. If the player with the longest wingspan in NBA history were to stretch out, how many of him would it take to reach The Empire State Building from The Washington Monument?

Final URL(s):

    1. Longest wingspan: Manute Bol – 8’6” - http://nbagiants.webs.com/

    2. Distance between: 206.8039 miles - http://www.mappedometer.com/

Answer(s):

~128,456 Manute Bol’s

Also accepted answers ~ 140,650 if participants measured the driving route instead of straight line.




  1. If you wanted to actually dig a hole straight down and reach mainland china, what countries could you start from?

Final URL(s):

http://www.ubasics.com/dighole

Answer(s):

Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, or Uruguay





  1. Which numbers show up six times in a row in the first million digits of pi. ‘000000’, ‘111111’, etc.

Final URL(s):
http://www.exploratorium.edu/pi/pi_archive/Pi10-6.html

Answer was found by searching (Ctrl + F ) for ‘000000’ , ‘111111’, etc. on the listed page



Answer(s):

1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 9.





  1. What was the name of the first computer mouse to use a scroll wheel?

Final URL(s):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scroll_wheel

Answer(s):

KYE Systems Genius EasyScroll (also known as ProAgio)

Also accepted Mighty Mouse. The Mighty Mouse was the first developed, the EasyScroll was the first that was commercially available. < Same Url >




  1. How tall is the tallest single story building in the world? Where is it?

Final URL(s):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_Assembly_Building

Answer(s):

The Vehicle (originally Vertical) Assembly Building, or VAB, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC)





  1. Who was president when the inventor of the telephone was born?

Final URL(s):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Graham_Bell

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_K._Polk

Answer(s):

  1. James K. Polk



  1. What is the word count of the longest English novel? What is the title?

Final URL(s):

Mission Earth L. Ron Hubbard: 1.2 Million words


http://listverse.com/2009/06/06/top-10-longest-novels-in-the-english-language/

Blah story http://voices.yahoo.com/what-longest-book-world-7326730.html



Answer(s):

Mission Earth L. Ron Hubbard: 1.2 Million words

Also accepted the Blah story, which is basically a novel with the word ‘blah’ written over and over again, but a novel published in English nonetheless. 11 Million words.




  1. How much longer did it take the last place finisher of the 1912 Stockholm Marathon to finish than the first place finisher?

Final URL(s):

  1. First place finisher - 2:36:54.8 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athletics_at_the_1912_Summer_Olympics_%E2%80%93_Men's_marathon

  2. Last place finisher - 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 20.379 seconds - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shizo_Kanakuri

Answer(s):

54 years 8 months 6 days 1 hour 55 minutes and 26 seconds





  1. If you had to drive from California to New York, what route would you take to enter the least amount of states, while staying in the United States?

Final URL(s):

http://maps.google.com

  1. California > Arizona > Colorado > Kansas > Missouri > Kentucky > West Virginia > Pennsylvania > New York

  2. California > Arizona > New Mexico > Oklahoma > Missouri > Kentucky > West Virginia > Pennsylvania > New York

Answer(s):

9 borders crossed



  1. California > Arizona > Colorado > Kansas > Missouri > Kentucky > West Virginia > Pennsylvania > New York

  2. California > Arizona > New Mexico > Oklahoma > Missouri > Kentucky > West Virginia > Pennsylvania > New York

Also accepted answers that gave the routes (some participants impressively wrote out which major highways they would take). If that route was close to either of the routes above, participants received credit.



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Great Computer Challenge, 2014




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