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Variety is the Spice of Life!

1) Which of the following is cilantro?
*A food herb
*A Ford Corporation vehicle
*A rock group from Venezuela
*A microscopic value below the micron scales of measurement

2) What does the term, 'capitulate' mean?
*To be in agreement
*A process of creating a concrete mixture
*A law enforcement charge for a sexual offence
*A term used in abstract art, meaning the correlation of colour

3) How many picture cards are there in a standard deck of 52 cards?

4) What did Alexander Cumming invent in 1775?
*The toilet
*The pressure cooker
*The motorcycle

5) Which metal has the highest melting point?

6) How many teeth does a mosquito have?

7) Who created the Barbie Doll?
*Barbra Houston
*Candice Paulson
*Winona Carver
*Ruth Handler

8) How many of the 88 keys on a piano are white?

9) In the popular television program "MacGyver", what was MacGyver's first name?

10) What is the middle name of cartoon character Donald Duck?

1)A food herb
Cilantro used to be the best kept secret of food herbs by upscale restaurants. It has become a universal spice for food, mainly meats, and is a must for Mexican food dishes.

2)To be in agreement
According to the Webster's experts: Capitulate means to draw up articles of agreement, or a treaty of the minds.

With the Jack, Queen, and King, being the only picture cards, and being four suits, there are 12.

4)The toilet
In 1775, Cummings invented the first real toilet. His invention took the material through a pipe into a cesspool. His invention also kept water in the pipe at all times, blocking any undesirable odors.

Tungsten, represented by W on the Periodic Table of the Elements, has the highest melting point of all metals at 6,170 degrees Fahrenheit. By comparison, typical low carbon steel melts at 2,450 degrees Fahrenheit.

The word mosquito refers to over 2,000 species of insects. Mosquitoes make up the family Culicidae of the order Diptera. Other common insects in the Diptera order are houseflies, midges and gnats.

7)Ruth Handler
Ruth Handler and her husband Elliot owned a company that made wooden picture frames. Elliot had a partner named Harold Mattson. After a while, the company started using scraps of wood from their frames to make doll furniture. This started them into the toy business where they changed the name to Mattel (the name was derived by combining MATTson and ELliot together). Ruth wanted to make a doll for distribution, so she formed a team of designers and the Barbie was created. The doll debuted at the New York Toy Show in 1959 and the rest is toy history.

The piano was invented by Bartolommeo Cristofori in Italy in the year 1709. The original piano was only a four octave instrument as opposed to the seven and a half octave instrument we have today.

Angus MacGyver was a character played by Richard Dean Anderson. The character was a special agent working for the Phoenix Foundation for Research who was highly skilled in improvising his way out of a jam using nothing but simple items found around him. His character had a broad knowledge of science and mechanics and he could do just about anything with almost any common ordinary item. The show aired from 1985-1992, but can be now be seen everyday in syndication.

Donald Duck was created by Carl Barks, a cartoonist from Oregon, in 1942 while working as an artist for Disney. Barks drew 6,215 pages, 190 comic covers and wrote 396 comic scripts while at Disney.




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