Trivia

Hard

In The 1960s The US Army Released Millions Of What Into The New York City Subway?

Fleas
Poisoned Roaches
Ping Pong Balls
Bacteria

Answer: Bacteria

In the 1950s and 1960s, the U.S. government was extremely worried about the impact of biological attacks on urban centers in the United States. In order to assess how widespread the damage of attacks on such sensitive and population-dense areas would be, they went to great lengths to conduct classified studies on large population centers.

In 1966, the U.S. Army released enormous amounts of aerosolized (but harmless) Bacillus globigii (also known as Bacillus subtilis) into the New York City subway system. Bacillus globigii is a gram-positive, catalase-positive bacteria commonly found in soil samples and, outside of cases where a patient has a severely compromised immune system, is completely harmless. After each release in the test, agents from the Army would study the subway platforms at set intervals to determine how long the bacteria survived, how long the area remained contaminated, and how many people would have been affected if the released substance was deadly.

The subway experiments were repeated in Chicago and were only one of over 200 different studies conducted across the U.S. during that time period.

Trivia

Hard

In China An Unauthorized Harry Potter Sequel Was Revealed To Be A Rewrite Of?

Trivia

Easy

Movie Trailers Are Called Such Because They Were Originally?

Trivia

Hard

The Only People To Have Won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize Both Happen To Be?

Trivia

Hard

NASA Carefully Timed Space Shuttle Flights To Avoid What?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Cartoon Characters Started Life In An Educational Comic?

Trivia

Easy

Which Astronomical Phenomenon Did Mark Twain Predict Would Coincide With His Death?

Trivia

Very Hard

Many Xbox 360 Owners, Desperate To Fix The “Red Ring Of Death” Failure, Resorted To Wrapping Them In?

Trivia

Hard

To Visit Mount Doom In Real Life You Must Travel Where?

Trivia

Hard

Saccadic Masking Is a Cognitive Phenomenon Wherein We Can’t See What Moving?

Trivia

Hard

In 1984 The U.S. Experienced The First Death Caused By What?