Bug Wiser Trivia
Bug Wiser Knows Thanksgiving!
- The top turkey producing state is? Minnesota
- What is the percentage of Americans that eat turkey on Thanksgiving? 88%
- How many pounds of cranberries are produced each year? In 2011 750 million pounds were produced.
- What are the top pumpkin growing states? IL,CA,PA, and NY
- What state produces the most sweet potatoes? North Carolina
- When was the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade? 1924
- What character has appeared in more Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades than any other? Snoopy!
- What cities in the US are named after the turkey? Turkey, Texas. Turkey Creek, Louisiana. Turkey,
Bug Wiser Knows Flags! Flag Trivia!
- How many stripes are on the American flag? 13
- What do the stripes signify? The thirteen stripes on the American flag represent the 13 original colonies:
Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia.
- How many folds does it usually take to fold the flag properly? 13
- How old was the person who designed the current version of the US flag? 17
- What was the name of the designer? The current version of the American flag was designed by Robert
Heft, who designed it for a class project. He earned a B– originally for the project, though Heft’s
teacher compromised and promised to award him a better grade if he could get the US Congress to
accept his flag.
- What year did Heft design the flag? 1958
- How many flags are currently stationed on the moon? 6 All but one is still standing and they are
all white now.
- When can the flag be flown upside down? As a distress signal
Bug Wiser Gives A Hoot!
- In Northeast Ohio, you will most likely see or hear a Great Horned Owl, the Barred Owl or The Eastern Screech Owl.
- The Great Horned Owl is a fierce competitor and often drives other owls from the area.
- This owl has a diverse diet that includes squirrels, small rodents, snakes, lizards, birds and their eggs, scorpions, beetles, frogs, and toads.
- The Great Horned Owl is the only natural predator for skunks.
- The Great Horned Owl gives the classic sound of “Hoot, hoot, hoot.”
- The Barred Owl’s sound has been interpreted as sounding like, “Who cooks for you, who cooks for you all?”
- The Screech Owl’s call varies and includes what sounds like a scream. It also makes a throaty vibrating call known as its tremolo.
- All owls are nocturnal and prefer secluded areas.
Bug Wiser says, “Fall is more than football and fall colors.” Here are his croakings-
- The first day of autumn is called the autumnal equinox. On this day, the number of daylight and darkness hours are equal.
- According to Greek mythology, autumn was a time when Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, was abducted by Hades, god-king of the underworld. Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, was distraught, so the ground grew sparse and cold. When Persephone returned in the springtime, plants and life bloomed anew because of Demeter’s happiness.
- Those who live near the equater never experience autumn. The temps remain consistently warm.
- The fall leaf colors always reside in the pigmentation of leaves, but because of the chlorophyll in the leaves, green overpowers those other colors. Once the chlorophyll diminishes, the other colors get a chance to shine.
- Red and purple leaves are actually caused by the presence of sugars from sap that is trapped inside of the leaves.
- Fall is peak time for migration of many species of birds.
- Squirrels do not hibernate. They spend the winter in their nests and searching for the food they buried in the fall.
- The Chinese celebrate the Moon Festival in the autumn to give thanks for a successful summer harvest.
- Celts conceptualized the wearing of masks and costumes on Halloween. They believed ghosts roamed on Halloween, and their disguises hid them from these spirits.
- The pumpkin was first named by the Greeks. They called the edible orange item “pepon”, which means “large melon.”
- Evergreen trees do not lose their needles because they are covered with thick wax.This wax protects the inner components of the needles, preventing them from freezing.
- Besides the colorful display of the tree leaves, the aurora borealis, aka the Northern Lights, is often visible this time of year because geomagnetic storms are about twice as likely to occur during the fall due to cool evening weather.
Bug Wiser says “Don’t Ignore Chainsaw Safety, or you’ll be croaking”
- Always wear a hard hat or helmet when operating a chainsaw.
- Wear protective chainsaw chaps and wear tight-fitting clothes.
- Wear hard durable work boots, ideally with a steel toe.
- Be cautious of saw kick back and don’t saw with the tip of the chain.
- Keep both hands on the saw at all times.
- Shut the saw off when carrying from one location to another.
Bug Wiser is “wining”
- The Ohio wine and grape industry released it’s 2012 Economic Impact report, which finds that Ohio’s grape and wine industry has a significant impact of $786 million on the state’s economy.
- Here are some of the highlights of the report.
- In 2012, Ohio had 175 licensed wineries.
- Ohio is the 7th largest wine producer in the country, producing 1.2 million gallons annually.
- 2.74 million people visit Ohio wineries annually.
- Ohio’s wine, wine grape and allied industries generated $46 million in federal taxes and $41 million in state and local taxes.
- The wine and grape industry provides 5,291 full-time jobs in Ohio, with nearly 1,200 new jobs since 2008.
Bug Wiser is croaking for safe pet travel
- Pack a first-aid kit for your pet
- Take along the food from home to avoid any digestion issues on the road and bring along some water as well.
- Always call ahead to make sure that your hotel or campground allows pets.
- Make sure your pet’s nametags are current and attached properly.
- Don’t forget the lead or tie out.
- Be considerate of others when you stop for pet potty breaks, and clean up after your pet.
- If traveling makes your dog hyper, consider medication for calming or make them wear a thunder shirt.
Bug Wiser is Going Nuts
- Did you know that snacking on nuts could reduce your risk of dying from heart disease, cancer and lung disease?
- Some major studies have shown this to be true.
- We’re talking about one ounce or approximately 3 tablespoons. I sometimes purchase the 100 calorie packs of nuts to compare them with what I would normally remove from a larger container at home.
- Nuts are rich in healthy unsaturated fats, protein, fiber, Vitamin E, and they are naturally low in carbohydrates. One study from Tufts University found, even though nuts are high in calories, the more frequent nut eater tends to be leaner.
- So, Bug Advises- GO NUTS!
Bug Wiser wants to shock you with some (hopefully helpful) trivia about lightning-
- A lightning bolt is hotter than the surface of the sun
- The tallest objects in the sky do not necessarily get hit by lightning. The ground can receive a strike as well.
- Thunder is the shockwave radiating away from the shock path.
- Surge protectors won’t protect your electronics if lighting strikes your power line.
- Lightning rods were originally developed by Ben Franklin.
- More than 1,000 people in the US get struck by lightning every year.
Valentine’s Day Trivia Brought to you by Bug Wiser-
- According to the Chocolate Manufacturer’s Assoc, approximately 36 Million Boxes of chocolate will be purchased for Valentine’s Day.
- Valentine’s Day is the second biggest card-sending day with Christmas being the first. Approximately 1 billion cards are sent.
- Venus is the goddess of love and beauty.
- Cupid is Venus’ son.
- St. Valentine legend contains he was a priest in third century Rome.
- St. Valentine’s Day was officially started in 1537 by King Henry VIII.
Poinsettia Trivia Brought to you by Bug Wiser-
- Poinsettias were first introduced into the United States in 1825.
- Joel Roberts Poinsett was a botanist and found the flowers in Taxco while on a trip as US
Ambassador to Mexico.
- December 12th is National Poinsettia Day. This is to commemorate the death of Mr. Poinsett.
- Poinsettia is the number one holiday plant in the United States.
- More than 65 million Poinsettias were sold in 2000.
- Poinsettias are only mildly toxic to cats and dogs, even though rumors have stated otherwise.
- The scientific name of the poinsettia is Euphorbia Pulcherrima.
- There is a drink called Poinsettia Punch using champagne, Cointreau and cranberry juice.
White vinegar and Bug Wiser-
- Peel Off Wallpaper-Using a sponge or spray bottle, saturate wallpaper with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Let is stand for several minutes, then start scraping. The paper should come off easily.
- Dissolve Rust-Soak old tools and corroded nuts and bolts in vinegar for a few days.
Rinse them with water and watch rust and scale disappear.
- Revive Old Paintbrushes-Soak gunked-up nylon brushes in hot vinegar for up to 30
minutes to remove paint and soften the bristles. Afterward, wash them in hot, soapy
water, brushing off paint as needed. Then rinse and let dry. Good as new!
- Remove Mineral Deposits from Showerheads-Pour 1/2 cup of warm vinegar into a
resealable plastic bag. Drop in the showerhead, making sure the holes are submerged,
and seal the bag. Let sit for 1 hour. Rinse and wipe clean. Then reattach.
Cats and Bug Wiser-
- Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs can only make 10?
- If your cat is near you, and her tail is quivering, this is the greatest expression of love your cat
can give you?
- The more you talk to your cat, the more it will speak to you?
- Only domestic cats hold their tails straight up while walking? Wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking.
- Seventy percent of all dog and cat owners sign their pet’s name on greeting cards and 58 percent include their pets in family and holiday portraits?
Flags and Bug Wiser-
- Are there any vexillologists out there? That is someone who is an expert in the history of flags.
- I am definitely not an expert, but Bug Wiser wants to throw out a trivia question.
- Q: Is it ever appropriate to fly the flag upside down?
- A: Yes, but only in an emergency. It means “Help Me! It’s an emergency! Call the police! I am in dire trouble and need immediate help!”
Pumpkins and Bug Wiser-
- French explorer Jacques Cartier reported finding “gros melons” in 1584.
- Pumpkins are a member of the gourd family which includes cucumbers, honeydew melons, cantaloupe, watermelon, and zucchini.
- Pumpkins are low in fat, sodium and calories, but are high in fiber and an excellent source of vitamin A, B, potassium, iron, and protein.
- In October 2010, the heaviest pumpkin weighed in at 1,810 lbs 8 oz.
- US farmers grow 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins annually.
Bug Wiser Talks Cats-
- Did you know…
- 1. Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs can only make 10?
- 2. If your cat is near you, and her tail is quivering, this is the greatest expression of love your cat
can give you?
- 3. The more you talk to your cat, the more it will speak to you?
- 4. Only domestic cats hold their tails straight up while walking? Wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking.
- 5. Seventy percent of all dog and cat owners sign their pet’s name on greeting cards and 58 percent include their pets in family and holiday portraits?/li>
Ice Cream and Bug Wiser-
- July is National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday in July is National Ice Cream Day. President Regan signed the proclamation on July 9th, 1984.
- One of the most important ingredients in ice cream is air. Without air, ice cream would be hard.
- Immigrants on Ellis Island were served ice cream as part of their first meal in America.
- The world record for the largest ice cream scoop pyramid was made of 3,894 scoops.
- More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week.
- The US enjoys an average of 48 pints of ice cream per person, per year, more than any other country.
- 80% of the world’s vanilla bean used for ice cream is in Madagascar.
- Chocolate syrup is the most popular ice cream topping.
- “Brain freeze” is when ice cream touches the roof of the mouth on a hot day causing blood vessels in the head to dilate.
Bug Wiser has gone batty-
- There are more than 1,000 species of bats in the world
- Bats help pollinate hundreds of plant species
- The smallest bat weighs less than a penny and the largest has a wingspan of up to 6 feet!
- Bats are the only mammal that can truly fly.
Bug Wiser and Bird Brains-
- Researchers have found that pigeons could distinguish between the painting of Picasso and Monet better than some art students
- Birds can distinguish color
- Some crows deliberately place walnuts on roadways, using cars as giant nutcrackers
- An albatross can sleep while flying
- Some studies suggest birds can discern 10 times more detail in sound than humans
Q&A with Bug Wiser
- Q: According to the National Wildlife Federation®, how many people feed wild birds in the US alone?
- A: More than 50 million
- Q: A bird can require how many calories a day?
- A: A bird’s diet must fuel a metabolism that can require up to 10,000 calories a day. That is equivalent to a human consuming 155,000 calories.
- Q: What is the behavior called when birds discard low-quality foods from a feeder?
- A: Neophibia
- Q: Can you name the top four seeds birds most highly seek?
- A: Black oil sunflower, white proso millet, nyjer (thistle) seed and sunflower chips.
Bug Wiser Summer Facts-
- Pagans called the Midsummer moon the “Honey Moon” for the mead made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at the Summer Solstice
- Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires, when couples would leap through the flames, believing their crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump
- Midsummer was thought to be a time of magic, when evil spirits were said to appear. To thwart them, Pagans often wore protective garlands of herbs and flowers. One of the most powerful of them was a plant called ‘chase-devil’, which is known today as St. John’s Wort and is still used by modern herbalists as a mood stabilizer.
Bug Wiser ‘chairs’
- The white water lily is the national flower of Bangladesh and the State flower for Andhra Pradesh, India.
- The blue water lily is the national flower of Sri Lanka.
- The water lily is the birth flower for July.
An All-American Bug Wiser
- Flag Day is always June 14th
- The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset
- The flag should be raised briskly in the morning and lowered slowly at sunset
- Do not fly a flag at night unless there is a light on it
- After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It’s called “half staff” on land and “half mast” on a ship.
- The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it.
- Never, ever let your flag touch the ground.
- Fold your flag when storing
- When your flag is old and it is time to replace it, do not throw it in the trash. Old flags should be burned or buried.
- Someone who likes to study flags is known as a Vexillologist.
Bug Wiser’s Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar
- 6 C powdered milk
- 1 pkg (5 oz) non-instant chocolate pudding mix
- 1 C powdered chocolate drink mix
- 1 C powdered non-dairy creamer
- 1 C confectioners’ sugar
- 1 C unsweetened cocoa powder
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Divide the mixture between two 1 qt jars. Seal and decorate as desired. These can be stored in a dry area for up to three months.
Dissolve 1/3 C cocoa mix in 1 C boiling water and enjoy!
The Irish Bug Wiser
There are four places in the US named Shamrock, the floral emblem of Ireland. They are Shamrock Lake, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; Shamrock, Texas; and Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia.
Santa and Bug Wiser
- In the US and Canada, Santa Claus is greeted with cookies and milk
- Sherry and mince pies are set out for him in Britain and Australia
- The Irish substitute Guinness for the milk
- Swedish children leave rice porridge