What is the only breed of dog that is unable to bark?
- French Bulldog
Answer: The Basenji, an African hunting dog, is the only dog that cannot bark. This trait is probably due to the shallow laryngeal ventricle in its larynx. The Basenji does not bark, but rather makes a yodel noise. The Basenji produces an unusual yodel-like sound commonly called a “baroo.” This trait also gives the Basenji the nickname “soundless dog.” Some believe that the ability to bark was intentionally bred out of the breed in Central Africa, where a dog barking the jungle was a clear giveaway to its enemies.
The Basenji is a breed of hunting dog. It was bred from stock that originated in central Africa. Most of the major kennel clubs in the English-speaking world place the breed in the Hound Group—more specifically, in the sighthound type.
Life span: 12 – 16 years
Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Intelligent, Alert, Energetic, Curious
Weight: Male: 10–12 kg, Female: 9–11 kg
Height: Male: 41–43 cm, Female: 38–41 cm
Colors: Black, Brindle, Tri-color, Black & White, Red, Tan
On average, how many times per day does a 4-year-old child laugh?
Research has shown that laughing produces certain changes in the human body. Laughter can reduce stress hormone levels, lowering cortisol, epinephrine and dopamine levels. A good belly-laugh increases beneficial hormones such as neurotransmitters, endorphins and infection-fighting antibodies. On average, a 4-year-old child will effortlessly find a reason to laugh around 300 times per day. As adults, the incidences of laughter decrease to an abysmal level, around four times per day. Source: PsychologyToday.com
The band McFly was named after the lead character in which 1980s movie?
“The Breakfast Club”
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
“Back to the Future”
Answer: Marty McFly is the main character in the Back to the Future trilogy. The time traveling teenager is portrayed by actor Michael J. Fox. The English band McFly, took its name from the Back to the Future character Marty McFly. McFly’s debut album Room on the 3rd Floor debuted at number 1 in the United Kingdom Albums Chart and is certified as double platinum; this led to them becoming known as the youngest band ever to have an album debut at number one—a title taken from The Beatles.
“Back to the Future”
How many feet did a chicken in flight cover to capture the world record for distance flown?
Historical records relate the domestication of chickens took place nearly 10,000 years ago. People in India and Vietnam captured chickens and bred them for feathers, eggs and meat. Within a short time, this domestication spread across Asia, Europe and Africa. This drastically reduced the chicken’s ability to fly. When living as wild jungle fowl, chickens would easily take flight to evade predators or to roost in trees. Once domesticated, discouragement of flying off impeded flying. Source: FactualFacts.com
Which of these movies did NOT win the Academy Award for Best Picture in the ’80s?
“Driving Miss Daisy”
“The Color Purple”
“Terms of Endearment”
Answer: The Color Purple is a 1985 film directed by Steven Spielberg that tells the story of a young African American girl named Celie Harris and shows the problems African American women faced during the early 20th century. The Color Purple was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Whoopi Goldberg and Best Supporting Actress for both Margaret Avery and Oprah Winfrey. It failed to win any of them, tying the record set by 1977’s The Turning Point for the most Oscar nominations without a single win.
“The Color Purple”
Who fought the Soviet Union in the Winter War in 1939?
Soviet Leader Josef Stalin began Russia’s dispute with its neighbor Finland in 1939. Stalin wanted, among other things, to expand his influence in Eastern Europe and demanded Finland move its border with Russia back along the Karelian Isthmus, relinquishing 16 miles of territory. He also wanted to lease territory on the Hanko Peninsula for a naval base. The Finns declined Stalin’s offers. In November, Stalin sent his Soviet Red Army to invade Finland with half a million troops. Source: History.com
Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. Its capital, Helsinki, occupies a peninsula and surrounding islands in the Baltic Sea. Helsinki is home to the 18th-century sea fortress Suomenlinna, the fashionable Design District and diverse museums. The Northern Lights can be seen from the country’s Arctic Lapland province, a vast wilderness with national parks and ski resorts.
What candy bar was named after its inventor’s family horse?
Answer: The Snickers bar has an interesting story behind its name. Originally introduced to the public in 1930 by Franklin and Ethel Mars, the Snickers bar was named after their family horse. When that horse “Snickers” died, they named a candy bar after it. The original Snickers bars were sold for a nickel. Interestingly, the farm where Snickers had lived was called the Milky Way Farm, just like their other famous candy bar. Regardless of this name theme, Snickers candy bars live on as one of the best-selling candies in the world.