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[01] How long did the Hundred Years War last?

116 years, from 1337 to 1453.

[02] What was New Mexico named after?

New Mexico was named during the 1500s after Mexico City, in the country named Nueva Espana - New Spain. The country called Mexico came into being hundreds of years later in 1821.

[03] Which country makes most Panama Hats?

Ecuador. The Panama region of Ecuador, to be precise. A portion of the Panama region of Ecuador became the country named "Panama" but the hats have been made for more than 300 years in the portion of the Panama region that remained in the country of Ecuador. In more recent years, they have also been made in Hawaii, and Costa Rica, and other parts of the world, but not in the country named Panama.

[04] In the book "1001 Arabian nights" what nationality was Aladdin?

In the original story, Aladdin was the son of a Chinese tailor.

[05] What nationality were the original Pennsylvania Dutch?

German - "Pennsylvania Deutsch."

[06] From which animal do we get Catgut?

From sheep and horses.

[07] Which U.S. State is the farthest north? South? East? West?

Alaska, Hawaii, Alaska, Alaska.

[08] In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?

November. The Russian calendar was 13 days behind ours.

[09] What material was used to clad the sides of the US warship "Old Ironsides"?.

Oak. The name of the ship was the USS Constitution, called "Old Ironsides" because it had survived many battles.

[10] What is a Camel hair brush made of?

Hair from squirrels' tails, although some other kinds of fur can be used. Camel is the name of the person who invented the Camel hair brush.

[11] The Canary Islands are named after what animal?

Dogs. The Latin name is Insularia Canaria - Island of the Dogs.

[12] What was King George VI's first name?

Albert. Queen Victoria had requested that no future king should ever be called Albert. His full name was Albert Arthur Frederick George Windsor.

[13] What color is a Purple Finch?

Dusky rose red. The scientific name Carpoedacus purpureus means "purple fruit eater" despite the fact that the purple finch eats mostly seeds. Some have described the color as a dark crimson red overlaying an off-gray.

[14] Where do the Cuban Lily and Confederate Rose come from?

Scilla Peruviana, the Cuban Lily, comes from neither Peru nor Cuba, but from the Mediterranean. Hibiscus mutabli, the Confederate Rose, comes from Japan.

[15] Upon what hill was the Battle of Bunker Hill fought?

Breed's Hill.

[16] Who is buried in Grant's tomb?

Nobody. You don't bury people in tombs, which are above-ground structures. You entomb them. So, who is entombed in Grant's Tomb? Grant and his wife.

[17] What bird has the scientific name Puffinus Puffinus Puffinus?

The Manx Shearwater. If you were thinking of the Puffin, the Atlantic Puffin is Fratercula Arctica, the Horned Puffin is Fratercula Corniculata and the Tufted Puffin is Fratercula Cirrhata.

[18] What is another word for Thesaurus? Hint: One word, four syllables, eight letters, one letter is used three times, another letter is used twice, and I found it in Roget's Thesaurus.

Synonymy. From the preface to Roget's International Thesaurus, 1922 edition: "Apart from the scientific and logical arrangement the distinguishing feature of Roget is the inclusion of phrases. No other synonymy gives anything but individual words."

[19] What color are White Rhinos?

They are gray, much the same color as black rhinos. The white refers to the Dutch 'veite' meaning 'wide'. They are the wide mouthed rhinos compared with the hook lipped black variety.

[20] How long did the Thirty Years War last?

30 years (1618 to 1648). Were you expecting a trick question?

[21] A man travels due south for one kilometer. He turns left 90 degrees and travels due east for one kilometer, at which point he shoots a bear. He then turns left 90 degrees and travels due north for one kilometer, returning to the exact spot he left from.

[21a] What color is the bear?

White, yellow, or green. Like all white fur, a polar bear's fur is clear and hollow. It is white for the same reason snow is white. As polar bears age, their fur becomes more yellow. Some polar bears are green because of algae growing in their fur.

[21b] What direction is the wind blowing from at the starting/ending point?

From the South. When you are at the north pole, all directions are south.