For three years, Herb Folsom has shirked his duties as guest GeoQuiz writer.
Well, all you Herb fans, he's back - with a vengeance.
Maybe not with a vengeance, but at least with a slight mean streak.
Yeah, OK, where are we going with this? Nowhere, which is the beauty of the GeoQuiz.
In his way-too-short introduction that he turned in along with his questions, Folsom wrote that he may be barking up the wrong tree, but this week he graciously has given Señor Quiz (apparently me) a well-deserved break from the grueling duties surrounding your geographic literacy.
This week's quiz, composed by your and my favorite underworked Mancos musician, is about pets and livestock.
Who would've thought you could write a GeoQuiz about pets and livestock? Well, Mr. Folsom is not one to take the easy route. Through sheer diligence and a little bit of hard work, he has made it happen.
So, for the first time since 2006, here is a GeoQuiz from Herb. Good luck, and don't let him make a monkey out of you.
(Answers on Page 11C.)1. Name two countries that claim ancestry for the dog breed shepherd.
2. Siamese cats are one of the most popular in Europe and North America, but their origin is from a different part of the world. What country was known as Siam until 1939?
3. In Denmark this breed of dog is superb, fantastic and renowned.
4. A certain pet pony derives its name from this group of islands north of the United Kingdom.
5. One of the best laying hens gets its name from this U.S. state bordering the Atlantic Ocean.
6. Some folks enjoy the company of these birds named after an island group off the coast of Morocco.
7. Pot belly pigs are historically associated with this country.
8. Name the four H's associated with the 4-H Club of America.
9. This native of the tropics and member of the lizard family has become a preferred pet for some.
10. Once a defender of Chinese empresses, this breed of dog might be thought of at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
John Peel wrote the introduction. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Herald employee Herb Folsom wrote the questions. He's a very intelligent man. However, it's uncertain whether he's technologically capable of reading and responding to e-mail messages.