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Tidbits of Knowledge

1. How do honeybees "communicate" with one another?

2. According to legend, did Cleopatra have her mattress stuffed every night with:
a) camel eyelashes (b) fresh roses or (c) goose down?

3. Was magician David Copperfield performing by age 12 under the name:
(a) Kotkin the Wonder Boy; (b) Davino, the Boy Magician; or (c) David, the Giant Dissipator?

4. How many flowers must honeybees tap to make one pound of honey?

5. Men and women share many of the same food cravings, but women crave chocolate most. Do men crave:
a) beer (b) ice cream or (c) meat?

6. Who invented the brutal terror tactic of scalping? Was it:
(a) Native Americans; (b) Europeans; or (c) the Chinese?

7. How much honey does the average worker honeybee make in her lifetime?

8. Who were the first people known to celebrate birthdays?
(a) The Romans; (b) the Macedonians; or (c) the Egyptians?

9. According to British research, which daily personal grooming activity soon may no longer be necessary:
(a) tooth brushing; (b) hair combing; or (c) showering or bathing?

10. How many sides does each honeycomb cell have?

11. When Bill Gates formed his first company to sell a computerised traffic counting system to cities, was he:
(a) 14; (b) 16; or (c) 18?

12. Who spends the most each year to heat and cool their homes:
(a) Americans; (b) Brazilians; or (c) the Japanese?

13. How many flowers does a honeybee visit during one collection trip?

14. You scratched your favorite CD. Should you gently smear the scratch with:
(a) mayonnaise; (b) toothpaste; or (c) Vaseline?

15. Each year does the Moon move away from the Earth by:
(a) two inches; (b) two feet; or (c) two miles?

(1) "Dancing." Honey bees do a dance which alerts other bees where nectar and pollen is located. The dance explains direction and distance. Bees also communicate with pheromones.
(2) Fresh roses
(3) Davino, the Boy Magician.
(4) Two million
(5) Meat (Vitality magazine)
(6) Europeans, a tradition dating back hundreds of years before Dutch and English colonists paid "scalp bounties" to frighten Native Americans. The natives finally adopted the practice themselves and many historians neglected to point out where they learned it.
(7) 1/12 teaspoon
(8) The Egyptians, starting around 3,000 B.C. Only the Queen and male members of the royal family were honored. No one else's births were even recorded. German peasants were the first to celebrate everyone's birthdays, especially children.
(9) Tooth brushing. A new generation of mouthwashes, used twice a week, will prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth (Popular Science).
(10) Six
(11) He was 14. His company made $20,000 the first year, but business dropped off when customers found out how young he was.
(12) The Japanese spend an average of $4,563 a year; Hong Kong, $3,135; Brazil, $2,702; Thailand, $2,589; U.S., $2,376 (USA Today).
(13) 50-100
(14) Mademoiselle magazine says rinse it with mild soap and water, dry it, then smear a tad of plain white toothpaste on the scratch. Wipe from the centre out, then rinse and dry again.
(15) Two inches.


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