Family Christmas Party Quiz (Part 1 Questions)
Posted on: 28-Nov-2017 10:45:43
Would I Lie to You? Family Christmas Party Quiz
5 amazing facts about Rudolph that you never knew!
The following text contains 5 true facts about reindeer and 5 lies. See if you can separate the facts from the fiction. Players score 1 point for each correct answer but lose a point if they mistake a lie for a fact.
- Male reindeers are called grunters. Female reindeers are called growlers. Baby reindeers are called yoo-hoos.
- Only male reindeers have antlers, female antlers are actually called sappers as they secrete a pungent but sweet, milk-like sap to attract the males.
- Reindeers’ antlers are deciduous – i.e. they drop off and regrow every year.
- You don’t see piles of shed reindeer antlers in the wild as they are quickly eaten up by rodents and other animals.
- Reindeer are believed by many to be the first domesticated animals, with a written reference to herding described in a 9th-century letter from Norway’s King Ottar to Alfred the Great mentioning his fine herd of over 600 reindeer.
- During William Shakespeare’s lifetime, every one of his live stage plays featured a man wearing a reindeer’s head and antlers. Although not always written in the script, after appearing as the ‘Knocker’ character in the first performance of ‘The Gump’ the costume was cost-effectively reused, often in the background, until it became something of a superstitious obligation. Although the reindeer head has now deteriorated, the antlers remain on display at the British Museum.
- Rudolph is German for ‘famous wolf’.
- The collective noun for a group of reindeers is ‘a gift’.
- Rudolph first appeared in the Montgomery Ward department store in 1939. Robert L. May chronicled the fact by penning the children’s book, ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’, especially for the store to give away.
- Welsh singer Charlotte Church has a 4-inch scar on her bottom where she was butted by a reindeer while hosting a festive charity event for BBC Children in Need. She says it resembles a upside-down bass clef.
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