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The Ultimate Rainbow Quiz

You may think you know rainbows, but do you really know rainbows? HowStuffWorks.com is willing to bet you don't. We have more tidbits about refracted light than you've had hot meals, so step right up if you're feeling knowledgeable and prepare to get schooled in seven separate hues.

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  • 10 Biggest Snowstorms of All Time
    10 Biggest Snowstorms of All Time

    If you've ever lived in a northern climate, you know snowstorms -- and the damage they can cause -- quite well. Heavy snowfall is just one mark of a bad storm, but the biggest snowstorms of all time also brought strong winds and cold air. See more »

  • 10 Most Destructive Storms
    10 Most Destructive Storms

    Witch homicide aside, Dorothy was lucky that her home safely traveled to Oz after the tornado. Many people who lived through the storms on our list were left with nothing. See more »

  • 10 Ways Technology Can Save People from Storms
    10 Ways Technology Can Save People from Storms

    A very strong storm doesn't automatically mean death or destruction. You can improve the odds of surviving intact with reinforcements to your home. Plus, scientists are improving their forecast methods. Let's look at high-tech and low-tech storm alerts. See more »

  • 10 Worst Nor’easters of All Time
    10 Worst Nor’easters of All Time

    What makes a nor'easter different from your run-of-the-mill winter storm? And which ones have done the most damage? See more »

  • Can animals predict the weather?
    Can animals predict the weather?

    Can Fido predict an incoming tornado? If animals can predict the weather, do we stop trusting the weatherman and start visiting the zoo to get tomorrow's forecast? See more »

  • Can I get struck by lightning when I'm indoors?
    Can I get struck by lightning when I'm indoors?

    You’ve heard the warnings about thunderstorms: Stay out of the tub, unplug your TV and don’t call people from your land line. But can you really get struck by lightning while you’re inside? See more »

  • Can it really rain frogs?
    Can it really rain frogs?

    A heavy rain in which frogs come plummeting down isn't a pretty sight, but it happens more often than you'd think. Why do animals sometimes fall from the sky? See more »

  • Can you calculate how far away lightning struck by how long it takes for the thunder to arrive?
    Can you calculate how far away lightning struck by how long it takes for the thunder to arrive?

    You may have heard that you can figure out how far away lightning is by how long it takes for the thunder to arrive after you see the flash. Is this true? How do you calculate it? See more »

  • Could the Northwest Passage open for business?
    Could the Northwest Passage open for business?

    For 500 years, explorers searched for the fabled Northwest Passage, a route that connected the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Could global warming reduce the risk and open the passage for modern business? See more »

  • How could it rain for 45 straight days?
    How could it rain for 45 straight days?

    For three years, ending in the spring of 2007, the state of Texas experienced a terrible drought. When a large storm system settled over the state late that spring, many Texans rejoiced. But then the rain continued. And continued. For 45 days, it didn't stop. See more »

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