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Shortly after the pilgrims arrived in New England, Susanna White gave birth to a son she named Peregrine, from the Latin for traveler.<br />\n Telling males from females in a group of pilgrim geese is easy to do. Males are born with yellow- to silver-gray feathers and orange bills. As adults, they&rsquo;re pure white. Females are born with gray feathers and brown bills that turn orange as the bird matures. Adult females are gray with a sprinkling of white around the eyes. What&rsquo;s harder to determine is where pilgrim geese come from. Popular legend says they arrived with the pilgrims from England, but it&rsquo;s more likely pilgrim geese were developed by an American poultry breeder in the 1930s.<br />\n In a historical account from Pliny the Elder, Cleopatra bets Marc Antony that she can serve the most expensive meal imaginable. When he agrees to the wager, she presents a huge banquet. Then, for dessert, she orders a cup of vinegar into which she drops one of her priceless pearl earrings. The pearl dissolves, and she drinks the vinegar, thereby winning the bet. Pearls are made of calcium carbonate, the active ingredient in Rolaids and Tums. So, if that ancient story is true, Cleopatra washed down her feast with the world&rsquo;s most expensive antacid.</p>\n<p> NOBEL Prize-winning author Toni Morrison once remarked on the dearth of monuments commemorating the lives of enslaved people in the United States. Not even a &ldquo;bench by the road,&rdquo; she said. And that was the impetus for the Toni Morrison Society Bench By the Road Project, which places black steel memorial benches at sites of significance in black American history. The first was installed in 2008 at Sullivan&rsquo;s Island, South Carolina, the landing point for nearly half the captured Africans who were sold into slavery in the United States.<br />\n At the first modern Olympic games in Athens in 1896, Germany&rsquo;s Carl Schuhmann competed in four separate disciplines: gymnastics, athletics, weightlifting and Greco-Roman wrestling. He went home with four top prizes, three in gymnastics and one in wrestling. His career in competitive gymnastics continued right up to the 1936 Berlin games, where, at age 66, he took part in a gymnastics exhibition.</p>\n<p> TRIVIA<br />\n 1. Doctor Dolittle&rsquo;s parrot shares what name with a Pacific Island location?<br />\n A) Caroline<br />\n B) Marshall<br />\n C) Polynesia<br />\n D) Yap</p>\n<p> 2. Which ship attempted to sail with the Mayflower to the New World in 1620?<br />\n A) Mary Rose<br />\n B) Speedwell<br />\n C) Susan Constant<br />\n D) Valiant</p>\n<p> 3. The Franklin, the Reeve and the Miller are pilgrim characters in what written work?<br />\n A) &ldquo;The Canterbury Tales&rdquo;<br />\n B) &ldquo;The Mayflower Compact&rdquo;<br />\n C) &ldquo;Perceval, the Story of the Grail&rdquo;<br />\n D) &ldquo;The Pilgrim&rsquo;s Progress&rdquo;</p>\n<p> 4. Grand Ole Opry star Minnie Pearl wore a straw hat with what dangling from the brim?<br />\n A) Fruit<br />\n B) Guitar picks<br />\n C) A price tag<br />\n D) Ribbons</p>\n<p> 5. Ratified in December 1865, which amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery?<br />\n A) 13th<br />\n B) 15th<br />\n C) 18th<br />\n D) 21st</p>\n<p> 6. 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Leslie’s trivia bits - test your knowledge

TRIVIA BITS: November 18, 2019

 

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