From which cultural history does the cornucopia originate?

From which cultural history does the cornucopia originate?

– Greek
– Turkish
– Roman
– Puritan

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Greek mythology is the origin of the cornucopia idea. The horn was originally used by the infant Zeus as a cup from which he would drink. When he was seen as a threat by his father, the Titan Cronus, Zeus’s mother hid her child in a cave, leaving him in the care of the goat Amalthea. Years later, Zeus would gift Amalthea with the horn, which held the magical ability to replenish itself infinitely with lush vegetables, fruits and grains. Source: Thoughtco.com

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Greek

Question: “There’s More Than Meets the Arch” is the former motto of what U.S. city?

“There’s More Than Meets the Arch” is the former motto of what U.S. city?
– Phoenix
– San Antonio
– Chicago
– St. Louis

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Answer: As locals will tell you, “there’s more than meets the arch” to St. Louis. The city is commonly identified with the 630-foot tall Gateway Arch in Downtown St. Louis. Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of a weighted catenary arch, it is the world’s tallest arch, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri’s tallest accessible building. Built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, it has become an internationally recognized symbol of St. Louis, as well as a popular tourist destination.

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St. Louis

St. Louis is a major city in Missouri along the Mississippi River. Its iconic, 630-ft. Gateway Arch, built in the 1960s, honors the early 19th-century explorations of Lewis and Clark and America’s westward expansion in general. Replica paddlewheelers ply the river, offering views of the arch. The Soulard district is home to barbecue restaurants and clubs playing blues music.

Who originally came up with the idea of electric Christmas tree lights?

Who originally came up with the idea of electric Christmas tree lights?

– Alexander Graham Bell’s son
– Nikolai Tesla’s electrician
– Thomas Edison’s assistant
– Charles Dickens’ barber

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Before the advent of strands of electric Christmas lights, families would illuminate their Christmas trees with candles. This practice fostered many a home fire. In 1882, Edward H. Johnson, Thomas Edison’s longtime assistant and friend, put together the first string of electric lights for stringing around a Christmas tree. Though Edison had fashioned a string of lights together in 1880 for display strand around the outside of his Menlo Park laboratory, Johnson’s version was specifically for the Christmas tree, and the rest is history. Source: LOC.gov

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Thomas Edison’s assistant

Isidor Straus, co-owner of Macy’s department store, was killed in which famous disaster?

Isidor Straus, co-owner of Macy’s department store, was killed in which famous disaster?
– Hindenburg disaster
– Great Irish Famine
– Sinking of the Titanic
– The Chicago Fire of 1871

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Answer: Isidor Straus co-owned Macy’s department store with his brother, Nathan Straus. He died with his wife, Ida, in the sinking of the RMS Titanic. While the officer in charge of the lifeboat was willing to allow them a spot, Isidor Straus refused to go so long as there were women and children still remaining on the ship. His wife refused to go because he refused to go. Ida is reported to have said, “I will not be separated from my husband. As we have lived, so will we die, together.” And they both went down with the Titanic.

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Sinking of the Titanic

what does “Auld Lang Syne” mean?

What does “Auld Lang Syne” mean?

– Happy good morrow
– Days gone by
– Old yesterdays
– Forgotten days of yore

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“Auld Lang Syne” is the primary phrase and title of Robert Burns’ poem that has come to typify New Year’s Eve around the world. The phrase literally translates to “old long since,” which means “days gone by.” The original poem was five verses that got people singing sentiments such as “let’s drink to days gone by.” It has become the most fitting toast for the New Year and is sung around the world. Source: RD.com

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Days gone by

Who coined the phrase “Fifteen Minutes of Fame”?

Who coined the phrase “Fifteen Minutes of Fame”?
– W.C. Fields
– P.T. Barnum
– Elvis Presley
– Andy Warhol

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Answer: The expression was coined from Andy Warhol, who said that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”, which appeared in the program for a 1968 exhibition of his work at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden. The phenomenon is often used in reference to figures in the entertainment industry or other areas of popular culture, such as reality TV and YouTube. As things have turned out the rise of celebrity culture and reality television since then has shown Warhol to be quite prophetic.

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Andy Warhol

 

Which U.S. state is the major producer of cranberries?

Which U.S. state is the major producer of cranberries?

– Massachusetts
– Oregon
– Nebraska
– Louisiana

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Cranberries like to grow in boggy areas. They grow on vines and were first cultivated in Massachusetts in the early 1800s. Hearty plants, some cranberry beds date back over 100 years. Massachusetts tops the list of states that produce cranberries; only five states can make the same claim. Wisconsin, Washington, New Jersey and Oregon round out the list. These five states produce more than 110,000 metric tons of cranberries each year. Source: FoodReference.com

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Massachusetts

Answer: What was the intended use for Bubble Wrap when it was invented in 1957?

What was the intended use for Bubble Wrap when it was invented in 1957?

– Carpet padding
– Wallpaper
– Insulation
– Food storage

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Answer: Bubble Wrap’s original purpose was far from what we use the product for today. Bubble wrap was originally meant to cover your wall – not for safety, but for style. That’s right: it was originally meant to be a wallpaper. In 1957 two inventors named Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes were attempting to create a three-dimensional plastic wallpaper. Although the idea was a failure, they found that what they did make could be used as packing material. Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is celebrated on the last Monday of January.

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Wallpaper

In what is the traditional bread of the Jewish Rosh Hashanah season dipped?

In what is the traditional bread of the Jewish Rosh Hashanah season dipped?

– Warm milk
– Honey
– Cranberry juice
– Peanut butter

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Also known as the Days of Awe, the Ten Days of Repentance conclude in the major fast day of Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. The traditional bread, the challah, is eaten for the Rosh Hashanah season. It is a round bread, symbolizing the eternal cycle of life. The challah is traditionally dipped in honey to symbolize the hope that the coming New Year will be a sweet one. Apples are also dipped in honey during the Rosh Hashanah season. Source: MyJewishLearning.com

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honey