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They can be found everywhere from the rainforests of South America to the Arctic tundra, where they irritate the caribou. In laboratory conditions, they&rsquo;re fed on a diet of blood from the bellies of mice. A single female mosquito can drain the blood of 24 rodents every month.<br />\n Gustav Holst (1874-1934) composed the orchestral opus &ldquo;The Planets.&rdquo; It consists of seven movements inspired not by astronomy but by the astrological &ldquo;personalities&rdquo; of the planets. He didn&rsquo;t compose a movement for Earth, and he wrote the work between 1914 and 1916, before Pluto (the once and future planet) was discovered. 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The Barden Bellas are a fictional singing group in what movie franchise?<br />\n A) &ldquo;Bring It On&rdquo;<br />\n B) &ldquo;Pitch Perfect&rdquo;<br />\n C) &ldquo;Step It Up&rdquo;<br />\n D) &ldquo;You Got Served&rdquo;<br />\n 2. Which California community is known for its annual Garlic Festival?<br />\n A) Gardena<br />\n B) Gilroy<br />\n C) Glendora<br />\n D) Grass Valley<br />\n 3. What word refers to a beetle-shaped amulet from ancient Egypt?<br />\n A) Inukshuk<br />\n B) Moai<br />\n C) Scarab<br />\n D) Tiki<br />\n 4. Wiping out mosquitoes that carry malaria and yellow fever was crucial to the construction of what landmark?<br />\n A) Empire State Building<br />\n B) Great Pyramids at Giza<br />\n C) Panama Canal<br />\n D) Sydney Opera House<br />\n 5. In 2014, Neil deGrasse Tyson hosted a follow-up to what TV series originally hosted by Carl Sagan in 1980?<br />\n A) &ldquo;Cosmos&rdquo;<br />\n B) &ldquo;Nova&rdquo;<br />\n C) &ldquo;Space: 1999&rdquo;<br />\n D) &ldquo;The Twilight Zone&rdquo;<br />\n 6. 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Leslie’s Trivia Bits

LESLIE’S TRIVIA BITS: April 15, 2019

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