Imagining worlds without oil sounds like the easy work of daydreams. But the future is a complicated place, even when we're making it up. Even the most outrageous fantasies – from inter-galactic, cross-species space flights to time travel – must also be plausible. This is something every movie maker knows, or learns the hard way -- from fans. Popular series have always inspired "fan fiction," in which story buffs spin new tales about their favorite characters. Today, there are Internet forums and unofficial web shrines where fans discuss the finer points of sci fi. The worlds fans love may not exist, but they are experts in them anyway. They know what powers a lightsaber, where the USS Enterprise gets its fuel, or how The Matrix “really” works. Even fantasy worlds have rules, and the best fans know them. Do you?
It was 50 years ago, on Oct. 1, that Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run mark by hitting his record-breaking 61st home run on the 1961 season’s final game. Only 23,154 witnessed the the solo shot in Yankee Stadium. Maris is surely the least known of baseball’s greatest sluggers. Test your own Maris knowledge with this quiz.
Autumn always marks the kickoff to another television season, and the competition for your attention this year is fierce. From big-budget Spielberg-helmed science fiction to a reality show about people whose only qualification is their hate for celebrities, the big networks have it all this year. Some will live on and become classics, and some will be cancelled before 2012. How much do you know about this year's crop?
GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry became governor of Texas in 2000 when Gov. George W. Bush resigned to be president. Gov. Perry hasn't looked back since. Perry's now the frontrunner, according to polls, in a crowded Republican primary race. How well do you know the man from Paint Creek, Texas? Take our quiz.
New York hosts the annual Grand Slam tennis finale, the US Open, Aug. 29-Sept. 11. Defending champions Rafael Nadal of Spain and Kim Clijsters of The Netherlands will be among the players looking to take home some of a record $23.7 million in prize money. Check your knowledge of the Open by taking this quiz.
America is a vast country with too many landmarks and attractions for one person to see, ranging from the sublimely beautiful Grand Canyon to a Stonehenge replica made from junk cars. Does your knowledge reach from the majesty of America's purple mountains and across its amber waves of grain to its fruited plains?
Thirty-four years after his death, Elvis Presley is still loved by millions and recognized as the King of Rock and Roll. Each year, thousands gather at his home, 'Graceland,' to mark the anniversary of his passing during "Elvis Week." How much do you know about the best-selling solo artist of all time? Take our quiz and find out.
Detective novels have long been one of our favorite books genres, keeping us on the edge of our seats with endless plot twists and clever villains. But how well do you really know your detective novels? We've put together a quiz covering some of the classics to see how closely you've been paying attention.