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Temperature Trivia


  1. Which novel by American writer Ray Bradbury is named after the temperature at which book paper catches fire?
  2. Where is colder, the South or North Pole?
  3. What is the specific duty of a hot walker?

  4. What is the average human body temperature in degrees Celsius?
  5. In physics, what name is given to the production and behaviour of materials at very low temperatures?
  6. Which is the hottest planet in our solar system?
  7. Name the only two elements that are liquid at room temperature?
  8. At what temperature are Celsius and Fahrenheit the same?
  9. Which city is the coldest capital in the world?
  10. Which temperature scale is an absolute thermodynamic temperature scale using absolute zero as its null point?
  11. Which 1932 comic novel by Stella Gibbons parodies accounts of rural life?
  12. What was the Celsius scale previously known as?
  13. Scoville Heat Units are used to measure what?
  14. "Hot Stuff" is a song by which American singer?
  15. By the end of the 20th century, which major country was the only one in the world that used Fahrenheit and not Celsius as its official temperature scale?
  16. On the Fahrenheit scale, what is the boiling point of water?
  17. 'Caliditis' is the translation of the word temperature in which language?
  18. In thermodynamics, what name is given to the point where the temperature and pressure of the gas, liquid, and solid phases of a substance coexist in thermodynamic equilibrium?
  19. At the end of World War II, which English writer was the first to use the term 'cold war', in his essay "You and the Atomic Bomb"?
  20. In which country was a temperature 33 million times hotter than that of the Sun’s core achieved in 2012?


  1. Fahrenheit 451
  2. South Pole
  3. Walks horses (a groom or stable worker who walks hot, sweaty horses after a workout)
  4. 37 degrees Celsius (36.6 degrees Celsius)
  5. Cryogenics
  6. Venus
  7. Mercury and Bromine
  8. Minus 40 degrees
  9. Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
  10. The Kelvin Scale
  11. Cold Comfort Farm
  12. The centigrade scale
  13. The spiciness or heat of peppers and other spicy foods
  14. Donna Summer
  15. USA (also the Bahamas, Belize, Liberia and the Cayman Islands)
  16. 212 degrees Fahrenheit
  17. Latin
  18. Triple point
  19. George Orwell
  20. Switzerland (at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider)

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