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1. A man had a dream, he wanted to fly like a bird, the wonderous birds, how he admired them. He studied them, he analyzed how they were structured to fly. He invented a glider and other flying machines, but, alas, the 15 and 16th centuries were too early for his inventions to be feasible, still he dreamed. Who was he?
2. An interesting use of the word 'flying' is the term, 'flying buttress'.
The term is used in Gothic architecture, starting about the year 1100.
Buttress has the same meaning today, but what do you think a flying buttress is?
3. In the Broadway play "M Butterfly" by David Henry Hwang, the opera "Madama Butterfly" by Puccini is featured prominently. In the play, the title role is sung by a man. Why a man?
4. The beautiful flying creatures have the floor (?) in this question.
You've heard of a flight of swallows, a gaggle of geese and a murder of crows -
but what do you call a group of owls?
5. Interry, minterry, cuttery corn
Three geese in the early morn
One flew East and one flew West
And one flew over the _______________ nest.
According to the old rhyme, whose nest did the third one fly over?
6. An old song:
He'd fly through the air with the greatest of ease,
That ______ _____ ___ __ ___ ______ _______
His movements were graceful, all girls he could please
And my love he has purloined away.
According to this verse of the old song, who flew through the air with the greatest of ease?
7. The Red Baron, now there's a name with a zing! This name was celebrated by some and feared by others. As an ace German fighter pilot in WWI, he had 80 victories in combat - more than any other pilot. He has been brought to the attention of younger people by a charming beagle in a comic strip who dreams of flying. What was the Red Baron's real name?
8. The aircraft known as 'The Spruce Goose' really had the name, H-4 Hurricane.
The owner who developed the design loathed the nickname; he felt it was derogatory to such a wonder. The aircraft was supposed to be a transport flying boat for WWII, but was not finished until 1947. Only one was built and it only flew once. What famous aviator built and and flew the H-4 Hurricane?
9. How has flypaper (also called fly-strips, tape or ribbon) been used in the past by murderers?
10. You've seen the good, you've seen the bad, now get ready for the ugly - that would be me, Mr. Cyclorrhapha! I'm hated by every one and everything, and I'm not happy about it! People hit me with things, cows and horses switch their tails at me, dogs try to bite me, it goes on and on. Sniff, it hurts my feelers, oops, I don't even have any. I've been around for millions of years so no one's getting rid of me. Some say I'm common, but I think I'm great! Who am I?
Source: Author mpkitty
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