Through which part of their bodies do crickets hear?
-Through their wings
-Through their antennae
-Through their exoskeleton
-Through their legs
Crickets have an ear drum on the front of their legs that allows them to feel the vibrations of sounds. They don’t actually hear true sounds but instead feel the vibrations generated. This ability is extremely helpful to female crickets when they’re searching for a mate. Male crickets are the only crickets who can make sounds with their legs. They generate these chirping songs to help find females and communicate with her while mating. Source: Reference.com
Which song was originally written for the Thanksgiving holiday?
– “Let it Snow”
– “Jingle Bells”
– “Winter Wonderland”
– “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
Answer: “Jingle Bells” is one of the most popular Christmas songs ever written. Except it’s not a Christmas song. It was written to celebrate Thanksgiving. In 1850, James Lord Pierpont was hanging out in a tavern in Medford, Massachusetts, when he was inspired by Medford’s famous sleigh races to write a tune called ‘One Horse Open Sleigh” for a children’s Thanksgiving play. Everyone loved it so much that it became incorporated into Christmas. James Lord Pierpont was the uncle of banker John Pierpont Morgan, better known as J.P. Morgan.
“Jingle Bells” is one of the best-known and commonly sung American songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857. Wikipedia
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh…
What Canadian winter carnival pulls in an average of $42 million per winter into its hosting city?
– Quebec City’s Winter Carnival
– Montreal Winter Wonder Festival
– Calgary’s Cold-Weather Carnival
– Winter Carnival in Airdrie
The Quebec City’s Winter Carnival begins each year during the final week in January and runs until mid-February. The Carnival brings in an average of $42 million into the city. The festivities include the Uniprix 400-foot ice slide, the Arctic Spas Village, dog sled races, outdoor dance parties, winter camping and night parades. While Quebec City’s Winter Carnival claims the crown of largest and most popular winter celebration in the world, it faces argument by some on that point. Source: TravelChannel.com
Quebec City’s Winter Carnival
The Quebec Winter Carnival or the Carnaval de Québec is a festival held in Quebec City. After being held intermittently since 1894, the Carnaval de Québec has been celebrated annually since 1955. Wikipedia
Location: Quebec City
Which James Bond film features the character Francisco Scaramanga?
– For Your Eyes Only
– The Man with the Golden Gun
– The Spy Who Loved Me
Christopher Lee portrayed the title character in “The Man with the Golden Gun.” Francisco “Paco” Scaramanga was one of the few villains who could match James Bond’s impressive set of spy skills. As villains go, Scaramanga’s plans to bring destruction using solar energy weren’t the most terrifying. It was the film’s final duel between Bond and Scaramanga that places “The Man with the Golden Gun” solidly on the list of one of Bond’s best adventures. Source: ComingSoon.net
The Man with the Golden Gun
Bond must get his hands on a device which can harness solar energy. At the same time, he must also face his enemy who wants to kill him.
What color is snow?
Individual snowflakes are colorless and translucent. However, individual snowflakes can pick up dust or algae. These particles can give snow a variety of colors, including orange, green, yellow and even purple. Siberia reported an orange snowfall in 2007 and pink snow, also called watermelon snow, fell on Krasnodar, Russia in 2010. This watermelon snow is fairly common in higher mountain elevations, and it includes a sweet smell and taste. Source: Almanac.com
A snowflake is a single ice crystal that has achieved a sufficient size, and may have amalgamated with others, then falls through the Earth’s atmosphere as snow. Wikipedia
What Christmas song was broadcast from orbit around the Earth to NASA’s Mission Control in 1965?
– Winter Wonderland
– Frosty the Snowman
– Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
– Jingle Bells
“Jingle Bells” is one of the best-known and commonly sung American songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857. It has been claimed that it was originally written to be sung by a Sunday school choir; however, historians dispute this, stating that it was much too “racy” (and secular) to be sung by a children’s church choir in the days it was written.
In December 1965, astronauts Wally Schirra, Jr. and Thomas Stafford, aboard Gemini 6, prepared to reenter Earth’s atmosphere. Schirra and Stafford reported seeing “…a command module and eight smaller modules in front. The pilot of the command module is wearing a red suit.” Mission Control then heard the familiar strains of “Jingle Bells” played on a harmonica and backed up by sleigh bells. The harmonica and bells are on display at the Smithsonian today. Source: SmithsonianMag.com
Where did the custom of kissing under mistletoe originate?
Ancient druids began the tradition of hanging mistletoe in homes as a way to bring good luck into the home and ward off evil spirits. In Norse mythology, mistletoe was a symbol of love and friendship. It was in England that the custom of kissing under the mistletoe began. In the original version, however, one had to pick a berry from the sprig of mistletoe before bestowing a kiss. When all the berries were gone, there could be no more kissing. Source: WhyChristmas.com
England, birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles, is a country in the British Isles bordering Scotland and Wales. The capital, London, on the River Thames, is home of Parliament, Big Ben and the 11th-century Tower of London. It’s also a multicultural, modern hub for the arts and business. Other large cities are Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol and the university centres of Oxford and Cambridge.