This company’s name comes from the Dutch word for excellence. Their first product arrived in offices in 1998. A home version was launched in 2004. What is it?
Constrictor, Monkey’s fist, Alpine butterfly and Sheepshank are all types of what?
We all have one, but Barbie (doll) didn’t get one until 2000. What?
It’s estimated that over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold around the world. Mattel claims three Barbie dolls are sold every second.
What country traditionally celebrated Father’s Day with men pulling around wagons filled with booze?
On Mannertag (men’s day) or Herrentag (gentleman’s day), it was tradition for men to tour around pulling a wagon filled with beer or wine.
34% of mothers and 28% of fathers admit to having one of these. What?
A: A favourite child
The UK website Parentdish surveyed more than 2,000 parents and found that about a third admitted to having a favourite child.
Other findings: Dads are more likely than Mom to lie about their children’s grades and accomplishments; 42% said unconditional love and affection were the things that made them happiest about being a parent; 54% admitted to lying about their family’s weekend plans to friends/other parents.
I’ve got a potentially very smelly problem on my hands, a tree in my backyard that could begin dropping large seed shells that have an odour that some describe as a mix of rotten eggs and vomit. Lucky me.
I found out about my potential problem when I went online recently to try and figure out what kinds of trees I have growing on my property. Along with some easy to identify trees, there was one that was a little harder to track down. It was one of the younger trees in our yard and had strange looking leaves that resemble a tiny lily pad. After a bit of searching I eventually found it – a gingko tree. I found out that the ginkgo tree is renowned for its hardiness, surviving everything from road salt to an atomic bomb, but it was another trait that caught me by surprise, it reeks.
Some cities in the US have banned ginkgoes and have started cutting them down because of complaints about stinky seed shells raining down on cars and people. The only good news is that not all gingkoes cause problems, only the fruit from the female ginkgo trees release their odour for a few weeks each fall. I have my fingers crossed that my gingko is a boy!
It takes about 39,000 gallons of water to produce one of these and last year more than 84 million were produced around the world. What is it?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average vehicle (including tires) takes 39,090 gallons of water to produce, though that number has been coming down in recent years.
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