Earthquake ScareScience brain teasers require understanding of the physical or biological world and the laws that govern it.
Recently Fred hasn't been getting much attention because Liz, his sister, just received a medal for the spelling bee. To get attention one day, he came into the living room and said, "There was an earthquake at school today during recess and everybody felt it! It was amazing!" His mom, who didn't know too much about science asked if he knew how strong it was. He told her they went to a seismology research center as a last minute field trip (because of the earthquake) and found out it was a 2.0 on the Richter Scale. Without turning his head, his dad said it was a lie and kept on doing what he was doing. How did he know it was a lie?
AnswerAn earthquake that weak wouldn't be felt outside or inside a building. It is too weak to even damage things. If Fred would have known there was an earthquake, he would have had to have learned it after the fact because the quake was too weak.
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