haha,I wish the rest of my body was that fast. A glass of red please (hope you enjoyed your holiday) Cheers Dorrise
Ta dorrise, yes nice with some heat in the old bones. Cheers!
Nevr tested my sneezing, but i can fart 300 kilomters per hour.
Yesssss, you just reminded me that it was Friday; how could I forget?! Well I've been playing with my new (2nd hand) ipad and trying not to scratch 3 mozzie bites on my face!! Pesky things. Mozzie fact? Aparently the old saying that you must smell nice is true. Some people do let off more attractive smells than others but they're still not sure what those smells are and whether they can be altered. Something to do with people who secreted a chemical marker about their blood type through their skin were bitten much more than non-secretors. scienceline.org/2007/09/ask-... Mosquitoes suck.
Hi all Seems a slow day in here, so what about a pub quiz? Which country's national animal doesn't - and has never (within the last few hundred years) - lived within its borders?
have try killing bugs all day at work so my friday hasn't started yet. Looking forward as it is the start of my 3 weeks vacation in France. Lol!!!
Wouldn't that be the siberian Tiger?
Must be the dodo we are talking about and if i remeber right then this is Mauritus.
Brilliant guess! Having Googled it, it appears that the dodo is STILL the national bird of Mauritius, despite the last one dying in the 1660s! Isn't it customary that your national animal should still be alive??? But it has lived within that country's borders within the last couple of centuries, so it's "close but no cigar". Care to try again?
The United Kingdom's Lion? Yes we have them in zoos but have they ever lived in the wild over here?!
Or does 'living within the borders' in a zoo count?
Our unicorn certainly has never lived anywhere!
Haven't thought through the zoo angle - it's an excellent question - but as the country I'm thinking of doesn't have a zoo, it isn't relevant. My understanding is that 'national animal' is a real animal who has 'mascot status' for that country (for want of a better explanation), whereas animals such as the lion of England or the dragon of Wales are really more like heraldic symbols - having said that, Wikipedia gives me the unicorn as one of the national animals of Scotland, so who knows!
well our national animal here in Norway is the Elk(moose), but I've seen them often enough, so it can't be that lol
No, actually, it's the crocodile, which is the national animal of Lesotho. Crocodiles do not - and have never - lived in Lesotho because it's far too cold and the water's too fastflowing (crocs prefer it to be warm and need quieter water where they can steathily lay in wait for their prey). But I think I liked Claus' answer better!
According to wikipedia, the black rhinoceros is the national animal of Lesotho. I googled it because I thougth it would be a perfect question in another quiz group.
Interesting, I've seen that too - but it isn't actually correct (if you visit Maseru, there is a crocodile statue proclaiming it the national animal and it appears in various official documents too). Actually it probably wouldn't matter, because they don't have any of them either!
The best explanation that I've been able to come up with for the crocodile link is that one of the tribes that became part of the Basotho nation when they were pulled together by Mosheoshoe I in the early 19th century was closely related to the Bakoena tribe in Bechuanaland (modern day Botswana), who were known as the 'crocodile people'. This would make sense, as crocodiles are common in Botswana, but it's still a pretty tenuous link!
Ok, then I know the explanation. I think without a good source I will not use the question on the quiz page.
I would modify your question to reflect Claus' answer and ask, "Which country's national animal has been extinct for 300 years?" (Answer, Mauritius with its dodo). Or leave out the reference to "300 years" if you want to make it more difficult.
Interesting re: mascots and heraldic symbols. As far as I'm aware England has a lion as both its mascot and on UK heraldry. Oh and I'm sneezing now Claus but I sneeze properly a few times and then keep breathing in as if to sneeze then don't So can mine be a minus speed as it's just breathing in?
I wish I could stop sneezing and I think mine are slower than that... can I have a cup of tea please since we are having a drink... my answer was going to be Dragon