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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
A zebra crossing is a type of pedestrian crossing used across the world. It is so named due to the appearance caused by alternating stripes of black and white. While it is the most popular type of pedestrian crossing, it is by no means the only one. The pelican crossing, for example, has traffic lights to direct the movement of both pedestrians and vehicular traffic.
The sheepshank is a type of knot. Not considered to be very stable or tight, it is typically used to shorten a length of rope.
The cowslip belongs to the primrose family and blooms early in the spring season. In Spain, the leaves of the plant are used in salads while in England, the flower is used as a flavouring agent in home made wines.
Monkey business is a term used to describe any illegal or deceitful behaviour. In the United States, it is also used as a slang to denote the time wasted on some silly activity.
A deerstalker is a type of cap worn largely in the rural areas. It is most famously associated with the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes.
A bear hug is a tight embrace. In the corporate world, it is used to describe an offer made by a company to acquire the shares of another company at a higher price than it is actually worth and is usually done if the target company is not keen to sell.
Horsepower is a unit used to measure power and was first used by the Scottish engineer James Watt who is best known for his work with steam engines. He used horsepower as a unit of measurement to compare the work done or output of steam engines against that of horses which were extensively used for transportation in those days.
A catnap is a short period of rest which is also known as a power nap. It is believed to help the person recharge and is generally taken during the day or working hours.
A dogfight is a battle in the air between fighter planes. Conducted in close contact, these fights were common during the two World Wars.
The kangaroo paw is a plant that is native to south-western Australia. The plant was so named as the arrangement of the flowers resemble the paws of a kangaroo. The red and green kangaroo paw has been adopted as the floral emblem by the state of Western Australia.