Thanks to the many suggestions – Mary, Russ, Patrick, Charlie, Kimber, Tim, Joseph, Bryan, Chris, Heather, Bridget, Ruada and Jennifer -- also Mrs FMP and Mother FMP
Monarch Butterflies – poisonous to most birds because their larvae eat milkweed. The adult butterflies eat nectar from w wide variety of plants.
Floridian Monarchs do not migrate. But Monarchs are famous for their migrations of thousands of miles into the Yucatan and Central America that take several generations of butterflies to complete.
Mercury – smallest planet (larger than Pluto) about a 10th of the size of the earth – a year only takes 88 days.
Smaller than the largest of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
Daily High Temperature about 800 degrees, but scientists now believe that there is actually water ice at the poles.
Muppets – created in 1955 by Jim Henson. The word was created as a combination of Marionette and Puppet.
First appeared in a show called Sam and Friends
Sesame Street first aired in 1969. Muppet Show in 1976.
Miss Piggy and Animal (of Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem) were introduced for Muppet show. Kermit and Rolff for Sesame Street
Macaw – large parrots of the New World. Native to Mexico, Central and South American and formally the Caribbean.
There is now a breeding population of former pets… Blue and Gold Macaws in Miami Dade County.
Macaws live a long time (up to 60 years in the wild) and need a lot of space.
Hyacinth Macaws are the largest species – wingspan of about 4 feet.
Not exclusively vegetarian. Will eat snails and insects.
Largest item in the night sky, but that is a matter of forced perspective. It is about one quarter the size of the earth and the 5th largest moon in the solar system behind three of Jupiter’s moons and Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.
Jupiter has 67 moons, Saturn 62 moons and over 100 moonlets in the rings, Uranus 27 moons, Neptune 13 and Pluto has 5 moons including Charon which is about half the size of Pluto forming a dwarf planet system.
The moon is in synchronous rotation around earth. This means that it completes a rotation in time with its revolution around the earth. So it spins around – completing one day, in the time it takes to complete the phases of the moon. 28 days for one lunar day. As a result we always see the same side. The other side is not dark.
Monday is named for the moon. Sunday for the sun… Monday for the moon. More obvious in the Romance languages… Lundi, Lunes, Lunae.
Although ¼ the size of the earth, it is much less dense – 1/81st of the mass of the earth.
Its distance from the earth is approximately 30 earth diameters.
There are no seasons on the moon. It has a very slight axial variation. 1.5 degrees … earth’s seasonal variation 23.44 degrees. Because of this slight variations, there are craters on the poles that are ALWAYS in shadows. Scientists believe that there is frozen lunar ice in those craters where temperatures are approximately -238 degrees.
There are mountaintops (along the edges of impact craters) near the poles that are ALWAYS in the sun.
There cannot be liquid water on the moon. There is not enough atmosphere and daytime temperatures are much too high. 100 degrees during the day … -173 during the two weeks of night.
When you can see the full shape of the moon during waxing and waning quarters that is a result of earthshine.
When you look at the moon and see dark areas, they called “seas” but are actually large plains of volcanic basalt that are dark and poor reflectors of light. Most are on the near side of the moon. Technically the far side is – therefore lighter not darker.
Ready for the Questions?
1) Last man on the moon was Eugene Cernan in December 1972. Since 2002, the US, the European Space Agency and what three countries have sent probes around and on to the moon?
Japan, China, India
2) All three of these countries grow the plants that are used to make marmalade. Which of these would not be made into a marmalade? Grapefruit, Limes, Mangoes, Tangerines
Mangoes- are not citrus fruits. They are drupes.
3) What country grows the most mangoes -- by a lot, four times more than China. This (Hindu) country has the world’s 10th largest Gross Domestic Product.
India (16 million tons)
4) The Indianapolis 500 was the premiere appearance for the Ford Mustang in what year?
1964 (Car of the Year in 1974 and 1994)
5) In that same year, 1964, what city’s monorail system opened that would eventually be the world’s busiest monorail with daily ridership of over 300,000?
Tokyo – opened in time to support the Olympics.
6) Four hundred years earlier Michelangelo died in Rome in February of 1564. What were the names of the other three Mutant Ninja Turtles that were all named for Renaissance sculptors and painters.
Raphael, Leonardo (da Vinci) and Donatello (Donatello died before they were born) _ Eliza knew this answer.
7) All four of the artists (and none of the Ninja Turtles) were born and lived primarily in Italy, but one died in the French resort town of Amboise. Which one died after living four years as a guest of French King Francis I? King Francis I owned the painting of the Mona Lisa.
Leonardo da Vinci
8) Leonardo DiCaprio was born in Los Angeles. California and Florida are two of only 17 US states in the Continental US that are not a part of the watershed for what second longest river in the US?
Mississippi – Missouri is longer but Mississippi is bigger and draws water from all or part of 31 states.
9) From 1944 the USS Missouri was the last battleship built for the US Navy. Until de-commissioned in 1992 she was known by her sailors as Mighty MO or Big MO. Her decks where the sight of the surrender of Japanese forces at the end of World War II. After the Japanese foreign minister and the Japanese Army Chief of Staff, which US Army General signed the Instrument of Surrender?
10) The seven and half minute long 1968 song MacArthur Park was first recorded by Richard Harris. Which of these rhymes is NOT used in this absurd song? Pants/dance, rain/again, noble/Mobile, use it/lose it
Spring was never waiting for us, girl
It ran one step ahead
As we followed in the dance
Between the parted pages and were pressed
In love's hot, fevered iron
Like a striped pair of pants
11) Since 2008, Mobile, Alabama raises a 55 pound version of what type of pastry that was invented in Chattanooga, Tennessee during the Depression? The pastry was made with graham crackers with marshmallow crème that is dunked in chocolate.