647. Before Copernicus, everybody thought the sun revolved around the earth; it
took a while (and several inquisitions) to catch on, but nowadays most people know better. Here are a couple of persistent scientific myths. Or maybe not. Which are true?
1. Water swirls down the drain the other way in Australia.
2. You can catch a bird if you put salt on its tail.
3. You can't stare too long at the sun.
4. There is no such fish as a sardine.
5. Hair and fingernails keep growing after death.
6. Mixing milk and meat is dangerous.
7. Owls see perfectly well during the day.
8. It's okay to mix alcoholic drinks.
9. When you freeze food, it kills the bacteria.
650. Change the first letter in each pair of words below to create two new
words. Then put the new letter on the line provided. When you have finished, you will have a new word, reading down.
WARP __ BAND
OIL __ RIM
PUT __ TAIL
RUG __ HOG
653. Find the word that fits the first definition, then add an "R" in
front of it to make a new word that matches the second definition.
Place an "R" in front of finish, and get to tear apart.
Place an "R" in front of a snake, and get a tool.
657. A grandfather clock chimes the appropriate number of times to indicate the hour, as well as chiming once at each quarter hour. You are in another room and hear the clock chime just once, figuring that it could be any time of day, which period of time (hours and minutes), or how many minutes total would be the longest period of time you would have to wait in order to determine the correct time?
658. Marie was buying holiday presents. She first bought a doll for one-twelfth of what she had, then a toy train set for one-fourth of the original total. Next came a bouquet of artificial flowers for one-sixth of the original total and a blouse for one-third of the original total. She had $36.00 left. How much did she start with?