Monthly Trivia Archives: October 2010

Week of October 24 – Halloween

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Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.

Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.

Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.

Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.

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Week of October 17 – Soda

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The Coca Cola Company purchases more sugar than any other company.

40% of one to two year olds drink an average of 9 ounces of soft drinks per day.

“Mountain Dew” is an old Slang term for Moonshine (bootleg whiskey).

Moxie s a carbonated soft drink created by, a pharmacist, Augustin Thompson in 1876 in Lowell, Massachusetts.  It outsold Coca Cola until the 1920s.

There are (or were) seven ingredients in 7up and the original bottle was seven ounces.

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Week of October 10 – “Groups”

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A group of owls is called a parliament.

A group of ravens is called a murder.

A group of toads is called a knot.

A group of rhinos is called a crash.

A group of unicorns is called a blessing.

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Week of October 3 – Animal Facts

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A 1,200 pound horse eats about seven times it’s own weight each year.

A chameleon can move its eyes in two directions at the same time.

A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

A newborn kangaroo (aka “Joey”) is about 1 inch in length.

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