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Quiz: Fear of nanopants and other scary technology

Many technological advances are applauded, but some are feared. Here are ten technophobic terms that that have struck fear into the hearts of mankind. Some may surprise you!

1. May 2005: What technological advance prompted a group of protesters to take of their clothes in the windows of a famous Chicago store?
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2. Urban legend has it that if you use this technological device near a gas pump, you could ignite an explosion. It has also been blamed for causing cancer, brain tumors, marriage breakups and automobile accidents. What is it?
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3. In agriculture, what kind of technology is responsible for something so scary it's been labeled "Frankenstein food"?
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4. What do you call a person who hates technology, especially new forms of technology that threaten existing jobs?
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5. The year is 1905. People feared that this new technological device would cause electricity to leak out of wall sockets if not used properly. What is it?
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6. In the early 1990's, newspaper editors were afraid that this technological advance would soon render ink-on-paper useless to their readers. What is it?
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7. The year is 1959: Blue collar workers in some vertical industries are afraid they will lose their jobs because of this new technology. What is it?
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8. Ironically enough, the answer to Question 7 will be replaced by another new technology. What is it?
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9. Photo lab owners aren't afraid this technology will steal their soul -- they are afraid it will steal their income! What is it?
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10. In Steven Spielberg's 2005 version of War of the Worlds, this technological side effect temporarily disabled any type of machine that used electricity, including ignition systems in vehicles. Thousands of extras, including Whatis.com team member Margaret Rouse, fled for their lives. What is it?
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This was last updated in November 2010

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