Any Questions? #61

Oct 26, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on human anatomy on this week's show.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase ESCAPE ARTIST. Change one letter to a K, then rearrange the letters to spell three four-letter words that each name something an escape artist might try to get out of. What are they? (As a hint, one is plural and the other two are singular.)
Answer: If you change one of the Es, you can spell SACK, TIES, and TRAP.

On-air questions: On October 26, 1984, 12-day-old “Baby Fae” underwent an experimental transplant procedure in which she received the heart of a baboon, thus becoming the first infant subject of xenotransplantation. Time to dust off your old Operation game as we try a quiz about human anatomy.

1. Connecting the calf muscles to the heel, the strongest and thickest tendon in the human body is named for what Greek mythological figure?
2. The pituitary gland, the hypothalamus, and the adrenal glands are part of what system in the human body, which is responsible for the secretion of hormones into the bloodstream?
3. The scapula is more commonly known by what two-word name, due to both its location in the upper body and its flat, triangular shape?
4. The human heart is divided into four chambers: the upper two chambers are called the left and right atria, while the lower two chambers are called the left and right what?
5. The muscle known as the tensor tympani is responsible for, as its name might imply, tensing your tympanic membrane, which is more commonly known as what?

Extra credit
1. What famous statue depicts a man with his right humeroulnar joint positioned close to his left patellofemoral joint?
2. Three of the four lobes of the human brain are the frontal lobe, the pareital lobe, and the temporal lobe. What is the name of the fourth lobe, which is the smallest of the four and is responsible for functions related to visual processing?

This week's challenge
Think of a seven-letter word beginning with A that names a part of the human body. Switch the first two letters and you'll get a two-word phrase that names something a superstitious person doesn't like. What is the body part and what is the thing?

On-air questions
1. Achilles
2. Endocrine system
3. Shoulder blade
4. Ventricles
5. Eardrum

Extra credit
1. The Thinker
2. Occipital lobe