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Question 83

TIQB - 083
Difficulty Medium-Hard
Skippable? Yes
Bomb? Yes (red bomb from previous question; remainder of the 15 sec)
Reference None
Safe Question? No
Fusestopper location N/A
Lifebuoy location N/A

Question 83 from The Impossible Quiz Book is the thirty-third question of Chapter 2, and third one that follows the Modern video game era visual theme.

You're asked "Which is shortest?", with the possible answers being "Femtosecond", "Yoctosecond", "Yottasecond" and "Attosecond". The red bomb from the previous question is still here, and the time you have to answer this question will depend on the remaining time you had after correctly answering the previous one.

All of the options, as you can kind of expect, are units of time, though you most probably haven't even heard about them; and it's understandable. After all, these aren't your typical everyday ways of measuring time; they stand for either immensely huge or tiny periods of time!

Let's break down the meaning of each of the options of this question, shall we?

  • A yottasecond equals roughly 32 quadrillion years (3.2 x 1016 years). It's a REALLY long time, isn't it?
  • A femtosecond is the equivalent to the quadrillionth part of a second (10-15 of a second). That's actually ridiculously small!
  • You'd think it can't get any smaller than that, but the attosecond is actually smaller, equalling a quintillionth of a second! (10-18 of a second.)
  • This isn't small enough, though, because the shortest unit of time here is the yoctosecond, which is the septillionth part of a second, or 10-24 of it! That's twenty-four 0's before the unit 1!

There is an even smaller unit of time in existence called the Planck time, but it is not present in any of the options here, so the answer to this problematic question is the top-right option box, "Yoctosecond".

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