What do you call the little wire cage that fits to a champagne cork?
The muselet keeps the cork in position, so it can withstand the gas pressure and prevent it from popping.
Why do the Japanese buy rakes for New Year?
Bamboo rakes are traditionally bought in Japan for New Year's Eve because they are thought to help the owner reap success.
They're cheaper in winter.
One animal has fingerprints that are almost the same as a human's. Which animal is it?
Koalas have papilliferous patterns on their finger pads, just like we do. This allows them to tear eucalyptus leaves and cling to bark.
Aye-ayes (a lemur type beast)
Do you know the name of this coniferous plant?
Pine trees have much longer needles that are four-sided, sharp, and rough. Silver fir trees' needles are not sharp, but soft and flat. Their smell is more pungent.
What lake is set to become an ocean one day?
Lake Baikal is the world's deepest, but in 10 years a crack in the Earth's crust will become a bay and help the lake to meet the Sea of Okhotsk.
Champagne bottles have an indented base. Why?
This indent is called a punt. It helps distribute pressure inside the bottle.
To make them stronger, and more durable.
To collect wine sediment.
To make the bottle look bigger.
Do you know the name of the page that immediately follows the cover?
The fly page is the first one. The last is the nachsatz. The doubler is a decorative border along the inside cover's edge.
Penguins have a special organ. What is it?
The gland that de-salinates seawater is called the supraorbital gland. The remaining salt is sneezed out through the beak.
A gland that makes salt water drinkable.
A pouch for holding fish.
The international classification of snowflakes does not include which shape?
The international commission on snow and ice have distinguished 7 types of snowflake: stellar dendrites, irregular crystals, sectored plates, spatial dendrites, hollow columns, rimed crystals, needles, and capped columns.
What is the word for the rumbling sound your tummy makes when you're hungry?
Collywobbles is a suitably fun term for a slightly embarrassing internal noise.
Which of these 3 is responsible for the largest amount of Earth's oxygen?
During photosynthesis, algae release more oxygen than by trees and other vegetation put together.
How many nostrils do humans have?
We have four nostrils. The extra 2 are choanae, and lead to the nasopharynx. They let you breath when using your mouth for eating.
What do you call the patches of color that you see before your eyes in the dark (or when you press down your eyelids)?
Phosphenes are the shiny dots, circles or lines that appear to your eyes without any light. They are usually blue, green, or yellow.
Where is the driest place in the world?
The McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica have neither ice nor snow. There it hasn't rained at all for more than 2 million years.