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Litmus Name

Trivia brain teasers have some element of trivia in them, but they are not just pure trivia questions.


Puzzle ID:#35051
Fun:*** (2.74)
Difficulty:*** (2.33)
Submitted By:cnmne*us*****




Justin was in his sophomore year in college, pulling a double major in chemistry and baseballogy. For his final research paper for the year, he needed to visit the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The reason for the trip was that, during his preliminary research of hall inductees, he had come across a baseball player whose name had a certain chemical property. Justin decided that he needed to test a theory. Armed with litmus paper, he went to Cooperstown. He toured the site until he came to that player's kiosk. Justin took out his litmus paper and placed it on the player's name. In great anticipation, he waited for the paper to turn blue. To his disappointment, the paper did not change color. Upon returning to campus, Justin decided that his double major was worthless. He immediately dropped chemistry and concentrated all of his efforts into becoming the world's preeminent baseballogist.

What Hall of Fame baseball player has a name that Justin thought would turn the litmus paper blue?


The player is Al Kaline, whose first and last names spell "alkaline".

The key clue is the use of litmus paper, which is used to determine if a substance is an acid or an alkali (base). Justin expected the paper to turn blue, which would indicate an alkaline substance.

Al Kaline played for the Detroit Tigers from 1953 through 1974, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980.


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Jan 26, 2007

That was really clever!
Jan 26, 2007

good one
Jan 26, 2007

I don't know baseball at all and certainly hadn't heard of this guy. Bummer for me...
Jan 26, 2007

Haven't heard of him, but learned something new. Good job.
Sep 16, 2007

Fun and funny!
May 02, 2008

How can you not have heard of Al Kaline?!?!
May 07, 2008

He ACTUALLY thought that Al Kaline is basic? Funny
Dec 21, 2009

Awesome teaser! I was actually thinking it was Ricky Henderson (most stolen BASES... get it?) But yours is much better
Oct 13, 2010

Surely, any base runner would be a good answer! teaser!

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