Marvel Studios' Thor opens in the US Friday, May 6. It’s the newest of a recent spate of movies based on Marvel comic books. Also coming, this summer are Captain America (July 22) with a planned crossover in The Avengers, due out next year. For now, it’s time to brush up on your knowledge of the Norse mythology and Mighty Thor. He's been fighting crime since his father, the Norse king of the gods, placed him on Earth in the 1962 Journey into Mystery #83. How much do you know about Thor?
The tea party movement was a major player in the 2010 election, and will likely play a major role in the 2012 presidential race. Depending on who you ask, the Tea Party is the ultimate grassroots movement, patriotically focused on fiscal responsibility and reduction of the deficit – or it's a re-branding of conservative Republican Party candidates and policies, funded by the same old big money. How much do you know about the Tea Party?
Are you making environmental choices in order to save the planet or because you want to be seen with a green halo? A new study by economic researchers Steven Sexton and Alison Sexton suggests that some people purchase products that are perceived as environmentally friendly as a way of increasing their social standing. They found, for example, that the unusually shaped Toyota Prius hybrid was a conspicuous badge that sold better in “green” communities than in other communities, all things being equal. “Consumers are willing to pay up to several thousand dollars to signal their environmental bona fides through their car choice,” wrote Sexton and Sexton. Are you a “conspicuous conservationist”? Take our quiz to find out. (Note that our quiz will label answers that conspicuous conservationists would give as "Correct!" and all other answers as "Incorrect!"
Are you smarter about real-life computer security and cyberconflict than Skynet, the evil computer network in the "Terminator" movie series? Take this quiz to find out.
On April 12, 1861, long-simmering tensions between North and South ignited and began the four-year War Between the States. In a recent Pew Research Center survey, more than half of Americans said that the Civil War is still relevant to US politics. Test your knowledge of the Civil War by taking this short quiz.
Stock markets play a central role in the modern economy – channeling financial fuel to businesses and sometimes channeling anxiety in the minds of investors. But in this era of lightning-fast trades and stock-exchange consolidation, how much do you know about the roots of stock trading? Test your smarts, or learn something new, with this quiz.