2020 Archive

December 29, 2020

Trivia Q. Other than a litter, what is a group of kittens called?

Trivia A. A kindle

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December 22, 2020

Trivia Q. Coca Cola is available almost everywhere. What two countries is the beverage not available?

Trivia A. Cuba and North Korea

December 15, 2020

Trivia Q. Why were candy canes invented?

Trivia A. Legend has it that candy canes were invented in 1670, when the choirmaster of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany commissioned candies shaped like a shepherd’s crook so they could be handed out to children attending the church’s crèche scene to keep them quiet.

December 1, 2020

Trivia Q. What bird has the longest migration?

Trivia A. The Arctic tern has the longest migration of any bird in the world. These black-capped, red-billed birds can fly more than 49,700 miles in a year, making a round trip between their breeding grounds in the Arctic and the Antarctic, where they spend their winters. Over its lifespan of more than 30 years, the flights can add up to the equivalent of three trips to the moon and back.

November 10, 2020

Trivia Q. How many hours a day does the average cat sleep?

Trivia A. Cats sleep 16-20 hours a day. We have more than 2,000 books, movies and even music related to cats. Calming Music for Cats is one of our favorites.

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October 27, 2020

photo of the moonTrivia Q. This Halloween will be one of how many in the 21st Century to have a full moon?
a) 3
b) 6
c) 12
d) 16

Trivia A. This Halloween will be one of only 6 in the 21st Century to have a full moon – 2001, 2020, 2039, 2058, 2077 and 2096.

October 13, 2020

Trivia Q. What two very different movies released in 1982 started from the same script? Hint – Both were directed by the same person.

Trivia A. E.T. and Poltergeist were both directed by Steven Spielberg and started from the script Night Skies by John Sayles.

October 6, 2020

Trivia Q. How many seeds are in an average medium-sized pumpkin?
a) 275
b) 350
c) 500
d) 1,000

Trivia A. An average, medium-sized pumpkin will usually contain around 500 seeds. The best way to estimate the number of seeds in a pumpkin is to count the number of sections the pumpkin has, then multiply that number by 16.The number of seeds can vary, depending on the type of pumpkin it is and its size and weight. Pumpkin seeds are a tasty snack to some and contain rich amounts of protein and fiber. They are also good sources of zinc, manganese and iron. The only completely accurate way to determine how many seeds a pumpkin has is to cut it open and count them.

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September 29, 2020

Trivia Q. What country drinks the most coffee?

Trivia A. Finland has the highest per capita coffee consumption. If you want to discover more about coffee, here are just a few of the many books you can checkout about this well-loved beverage.

September 22, 2020

Trivia Q. How many apples does it take to make 1 gallon of cider?
a) 36
b) 12
c) 25
d) 58

Trivia A. One gallon of apple cider is made from approximately 36 apples or 1/3 a bushel. Check out a cookbook to make some cider or other deliciousness with apples.

September 15, 2020

Trivia Q. Between 1912 and 1948 Olympic Medals were awarded for which activity?
a) fishing
b) art
c) farming
d) sewing

Trivia A. Art – Between 1912 and 1948 Olympic medals were awarded for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music, alongside those for the athletic competitions.

September 9, 2020

Trivia Q. What is the only fruit that bears its seeds on the outside? 

Trivia A. Strawberries. If you’re interested in preserving your fruit check out Put ’em Up! Fruit. The Fruit Forager’s Companion, Sweeter Off the Vine and The Seasonal Baker are just a few of the library books with great fruit recipes.

September 1, 2020

Trivia Q. What is a group of ferrets called? 

Trivia A. A group of ferrets (also known as polecats) is called a business. We have all kinds of books on animal facts if you want to learn more.

August 25, 2020

Trivia Q. How fast can bottlenose dolphins swim?  a) 11 MPH   b) 22 MPH   c) 33 MPH

Trivia A. They can swim up to 22 miles an hour. They like to surf in the waves and wakes of boats and swim through self-made bubble rings.

August 18, 2020

Trivia Q. Why was Pez originally created?

Trivia A. Pez was created in 1927 by an Austrian businessman, Eduard Haas III, to help adults quit smoking. The original flavor was peppermint. The product wasn’t successful in America so the company started making them in fruit flavors and marketing them as candy.

August 11, 2020

Trivia Q. In the U.S. in the early 1900s which term was an insult – Suffragist or Suffragette?

Trivia A. Suffragette was an insult. It was wielded by anti-suffragists in their fight to deny women in America the right to vote. Women in the U.S. gained the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage by voting this November! You can register to vote at the library.

August 4, 2020

Trivia Q. Which nostril do dogs use to sniff good smells? 

Trivia A. Left nostril. Dogs normally start sniffing with their right nostril then keep it there if the smell could signal danger. They’ll shift to the left side for something pleasant like food or a mating partner.

July 28, 2020

Trivia Q. Approximately how many eggs do octopuses lay at a time?

A. 560

B. 5,600

C. 56,000

Trivia A. Octopuses lay approximately 56,000 eggs at a time. Check out a book (or a few) or DVD to learn more about these amazing creatures.

July 21, 2020

Trivia Q. What is Cap’n Crunch’s full name?

Trivia A. Horatio Magellan Crunch and his ship is the S.S. Guppy.

July 14, 2020

Trivia Q. What was the tiny front pocket in jeans designed for?

Trivia A. The tiny pocket was designed to store a pocket watch. The original jeans only had four pockets – the tiny one, plus two more on the front and just one in back.

July 7, 2020

Trivia Q. What is the only letter that isn’t in any U.S. state name?

Trivia A. Q is the only letter that’s missing.

June 30, 2020

Trivia Q. What city was the first capital of the United States under the Constitution?

Trivia A. In 1789, New York City became the first national capital of the U.S. under the Constitution.

June 23, 2020

Trivia Q. What is a group of jellyfish called?

Trivia A. Many people refer to a group of jellyfish as a bloom or swarm, but they can also be called a “smack.” Check out books on jellyfish to learn more.

June 16, 2020

Trivia Q. What do the M’s in M & M’s stand for?

Trivia A. The creators names Franklin Mars and Bruce Murrie. Learn more about chocolate history.

June 9, 2020

Two otters floating at sea hold onto each other's paws to sleep in California

Trivia Q. What animals hold hands while they sleep?

Trivia A. Sea otters sometimes hold hands while they’re sleeping to keep from floating away from each other. Learn more about sea otters.

June 2, 2020

Trivia Q. What country has the unicorn as its national animal?

Trivia A. Scotland. With Scotland being famed for its love for and long history of myths and legends, it is no surprise that a fabled creature such as the unicorn is Scotland’s national animal.

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May 26, 2020

Trivia Q.What company is the largest tire manufacturer?

Trivia A. Manufacturing 318 million tires each year LEGO holds the Guinness World Record for the largest tire manufacturer per year. We have more than 300 LEGO books and videos you can check out.

May 19, 2020

Trivia Q. To whom did the term freelancer originally refer?

Trivia A. According to Merriam-Webster freelancers were originally self-employed, sword-wielding mercenaries. Check out these books if you are interested in becoming a modern freelancer.

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May 12, 2020

Trivia Q. What  is the longest English word with only one vowel?

Trivia A. Strengths – according to the Guinness World Records.

May 7, 2020

Trivia Q. What was the original title of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice?

Trivia A. According to the Jane Austen Society of North America the original title was First Impressions. You can check out all of Austen’s books and several movies made from her books or peruse these Austen retellings for modern twists on her classic tales.

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April 28, 2020

Trivia Q. How did pound cake get its name?

Trivia A. The original recipe called for one pound each of sugar, eggs, flour and butter. We have more than 3,000 cookbooks you can peruse including more than 500 that are available digitally. Here’s a list of recommended digital cookbooks for cooking with your kids.

April 21, 2020

Trivia Q.What is the term for a mash-up of two words to form a new word (breakfast and lunch to brunch for example)?

Trivia A. Portmanteau. If you’re interested in some mash-up reads, try Marissa Myer’s Lunar Chronicles or the Pride, Prejudice and Zombies series.

April 14, 2020

Trivia Q. What do Yoda and Miss Piggy have in common?

Trivia A. They were both voiced by Frank Oz. You can check out more than 100 Muppets and Star Wars movies and books.

April 7, 2020

Trivia Q. What is the most popular cat name in Kansas?

Trivia A. Charlie is the most popular cat name in Kansas and Indiana according to Voactiv. Read this MSN article to see the most popular cat name in each state. Peruse this booklist for fabulous feline ebooks.

March 31, 2020

Trivia Q. What do sunflowers symbolize?

Trivia A. According to ProFlowers sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity. Check out these ebooks to help you grow flowers in your garden.

March 24, 2020

Trivia Q. How fast can a honey bee fly?

Trivia A. According to American Bee Journal a honey bee can fly up to 15 miles an hour. Check out an ebook or two and learn more about bees.

March 10, 2020

Boomer and Judy dressed as dinosaurs during storytime

Trivia Q. Storytellers at our library storytimes have been using the same puppet for the last 30 years. What type of creature is the puppet and what is his name?

Trivia A. Boomer the bear is the puppet who has helped with storytime and our library for the past 30 years. He was the idea of Eleanor Strecker who was the Youth Services Supervisor at that time. She considers herself Boomer’s grandma. Eleanor asked her staff to come up with a mascot puppet that did not have teeth. They chose a bear.

February 25, 2020

Trivia Q. Before rolling through all those Chipmunks movies, Jason Lee was a professional in what sport?

Trivia A. Jason Lee was a professional skateboarder before becoming an actor.

February 11, 2020

Trivia Q. The first Star Wars cereal was released in 1984. What popular character was the cereal based on?

Trivia A. C-3PO. Kelloggs released C-3POs, a honey sweetened cereal. Check out Star Wars movies and books at the library including C-3PO Does Not Like Sand!

January 28, 2020

Trivia Q. The creepy and kooky Addams Family originated as single paneled cartoons published in what long-running magazine?

Trivia A. Addams Family originated as a cartoon in The New Yorker. Check out The New Yorker online through Flipster or stop in and read a print copy.

January 7, 2020

Trivia Q. Which U.S. President is in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame?

Trivia A. Defeated only once in roughly 300 matches, President Abraham Lincoln was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall Of Fame as an “Outstanding American” according to the History Channel. Check out The New Big Book of U.S. Presidents to find more fascinating presidential facts.