What is the official national animal of Scotland?
– Loch Ness Monster
Answer: With Scotland being famed for its love for and long history of myths and legends, it is no surprise that the unicorn is Scotland’s national animal. Unicorns have been linked to Scotland for centuries. While the animal is mythological, the ideals it represents are what make it a perfect fit as the national animal for Scotland. In Celtic mythology the unicorn was a symbol of purity and innocence, as well as masculinity and power. Tales of dominance and chivalry associated with the unicorn may be why it was chosen as Scotland’s national animal.
Where did ketchup originate? Where did ketchup originate?
– Colonial America
– Australian Aborigines
Though a favorite to most Americans, the origins of ketchup are anything but American.
The favored red condiment has its beginnings in Vietnam and was probably brought to China by traders. The word ketchup comes from the Hokkien Chinese word, ke-tsiap, which is the name given to a sauce made from fermented fish. The tangy concoction was probably encountered by the British in Southeast Asia, returned to Great Britain and conquered the world from there. Source: ThePlate.NationalGeographic.com
How old is Patrick Ponce of the United States, the current World Record holder for solving a 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube?
Rubik’s Cube, the world’s best-selling toy of all time, bears its young inventor’s name. Erno Rubik, a professor of architecture in Budapest, Hungary, created the cube that still captures the imagination of puzzle lovers around the world. It took Rubik well over a month to find a solution to his own puzzle. Fast forward to 2017, and 15-year-old Patrick Ponce broke the previous record by solving the Cube in a staggering 4.69 seconds. Source: GuinnessWorldRecords.com; Rubiks.com
Which comic strip character is known for the catchphrase “Leapin’ Lizards!”?
Hägar the Horrible
Little Orphan Annie
Answer: Leapin’ lizards! “Little Orphan Annie” made its newspaper debut on August 5, 1924, first written and illustrated by Harold Gray. The strip was later renamed “Annie,” telling tales of the spunky orphan adopted by Daddy Warbucks and joined by her dog, Sandy. Her catchphrases are “Gee whiskers” and “Leapin’ lizards!” The strip’s popularity declined over the years; it was running in only 20 newspapers when it was cancelled on June 13, 2010. Little Orphan Annie inspired a radio show in 1930, a Broadway musical and several movies.
What was the original name of Veterans Day?
Answer: Veterans Day got its start as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919 as a way to honor the end of World War I.
Congress voted to make it an annual in 1926, and it was upgraded to a national holiday in 1938. But it wasn’t until 1954 that President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill changing the day’s name to Veterans Day. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.
Mars is the red planet and is usually depicted in various hues of that color in movies.
But photos taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover show the sun setting in a blue-tinged sky. This was the first full-color photo received from the rover. The cause of the blue sunset lies in the dust particles in the Mars atmosphere. The very fine dust is of a size that allows blue light to penetrate the atmosphere more efficiently. Source: CBSnews.com
What is the name of the great dark spot on the north pole of Pluto’s moon, Charon?
The New Horizons spacecraft became the first ambassador from planet Earth to get a close look at Pluto.
Before New Horizons made a flyby, the only images of the dwarf planet and its moons were fuzzy images from telescopes on or around Earth. The dark spot at the north pole of the moon Charon, nicknamed Mordor after the dark lands from ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ caused quite a stir in the scientific arena. Researchers discovered the spot is a result of material skimmed from Pluto’s atmosphere and captured by Charon. Source: USAToday.com
Which giant balloon character has flown in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade more times than any other?
Mighty Morphin Power Ranger
Snoopy, with Woodstock
Snoopy, with Woodstock
The world’s most well-known beagle has appeared in the Macy’s parades over 38 times. Charlie Brown’s pet dog Snoopy, with his sidekick Woodstock perched on his head, carries the record for the most appearances in the iconic parade. ‘Peanuts’ continues to rank high in popularity around the world, with the annual revenue for the franchise reaching an estimated $80 million for 2012 and 2013. The licensing deal the brand has with the parade accounts for the largest chunk of the year’s revenue. Source: Forbes.com
Who retired from hosting “The Price is Right” in 2007 after hosting it for 35 years?
Answer: Bob Barker is a former television game show host, known for hosting CBS’s The Price Is Right from 1972 to 2007. By the time Barker retired as the show’s host after nearly 35 years, The Price Is Right had become both the first hour-long game show and the longest-running daytime game show in history. The show was a hit, due in no small part to the catch-phrase, “Come on down!” bellowed by the show’s original announcer. His last episode aired in June 2007. On April 1, 2015 Barker made a surprise return visit to The Price Is Right as an April Fool’s joke.
Robert Wadlow was the tallest person in recorded history. How tall was he?
– 7′ 8”
– 8′ 1”
– 8′ 11”
– 9′ 2”
Answer: Robert Wadlow, also known as the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois, was an American who became famous as the tallest person ever in human recorded history. The Alton and Illinois monikers reflect the fact that he was born and raised in Alton, Illinois. Wadlow reached 8 ft 11.1 in in height and weighed 490 pounds at his death at age 22. His great size was due to hyperplasia of his pituitary gland, which results in an abnormally high level of human growth hormone. He showed no indication of an end to his growth even at the time of his death.
Robert Pershing Wadlow, also known as the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois, was an American who became famous as the tallest person ever in human recorded history for whom there is irrefutable evidence.