Trivia Bits for Jan 18, 2020

By Leslie Elman

January 18, 2020 2 min read

When animals eat hair and other things they can't digest, those undigestibles can clump together in the stomach to form a mass known as a bezoar. (This happens often in goats, deer, sheep and llamas — less frequently in humans.) Back in the 16th and 17th centuries, people harvested bezoars as a protection against poisoning. In fact, the word "bezoar" comes from the Arabic and Persian words for antidote. It all sounds quaint until you learn that recent tests of bezoars immersed in arsenic show they have some ability to neutralize the poison.

What does the Latin phrase "caveat emptor" mean?

A) All is well.

B) Beware of the dog.

C) Buyer beware.

D) Hello, friend.

Previous answer: Stone Library at Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, Massachusetts, houses the books and archives of John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

TRIVIA FANS: Leslie Elman is the author of "Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts." Contact her at [email protected]

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