Answers to the ten easy questions

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How long did the “Hundred Years’ War” last?

116 years

The Hundred Years’ War was a conflict between France and England, lasting 116 years from 1337 to 1453.’_war


Which country makes “Panama Hats”?


A Panama hat or just Panama is a traditional brimmed hat that is made from the plaited leaves of the panama-hat palm (Carludovica palmata). Despite the name, genuine ‘Panama Hats’ are made in Ecuador, not Panama. The origin of the name is uncertain.


From which animal do we get “catgut”?

sheep or goats

Cat gut is the name applied to cord of great toughness and tenacity prepared from the intestines of the sheep or goat, or occasionally from those of the hog, horse, mule, pig, and donkey. Those of the cat are not employed, and therefore it is supposed that the word is properly kitgut ("violin string"), kit meaning "fiddle," and that the present form has arisen through confusion with kit = cat. Another explanation of the origin of the cat in ‘catgut’ is that it is an abbreviation for cattle which originally denoted not only cows, but all types of livestock.


In which month do Russians celebrate the “October Revolution”?


The Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, also known as the ‘October Revolution’, is traditionally dated to October 25, 1917, which is November 7 in the modern calendar).


From what is a “camel’s hair brush” made?

The hairs of horses, squirrels, goats, sheep, or bears

Paintbrush bristles derived either from the hairs of horses, squirrels, goats, sheep, bears, or some combination of these. As a result, the texture, absorbency, and other properties of “camel hair” brushes vary markedly. Wooly camel hair is unsuitable for brush bristles.


The “Canary Islands” are named after what animal?


The islands’ name is likely derived from the Latin term Insularia Canaria, meaning Island of the Dogs, a name applied originally only to the island of Gran Canaria. It is thought that the dense population of an endemic breed of large and fierce dogs, like the Presa Canario, was the characteristic that most struck the few ancient Romans who established contact with the islands by the sea.


What was King George VI’s first name?


George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George; 14 December 1895 - 6 February 1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was the last Emperor of India (until 1947) and the last King of Ireland (until 1949).


What colour is a “Purple Finch”?


The ‘Purple Finch’, Carpodacus purpureus, is a small finch. Adults have a short forked brown tail and brown wings. Adult males are raspberry red on the head, breast, back and rump; their back is streaked. Adult females have light brown upperparts and white underparts with dark brown streaks throughout; they have a white line on the face above the eye.


From where do we get “Chinese Gooseberries”?

New Zealand

The kiwi fruit is a commercial crop in several countries, primarily New Zealand, but also Italy, Chile, Greece and France. Cultivation of the fuzzy kiwifruit spread from China in the early 20th century, when seeds were introduced to New Zealand.


What is the colour of the “Black Box” in a commercial airplane?


The term black box is a placeholder name used casually to refer to a collection of several different recording devices used in transportation. The recorders are generally not black in colour, but usually bright orange as they are intended to be spotted and recovered after incidents.

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