Before I take you down memory lane here I want to mention that at the end of this road there is a trivia question for the day. You either have to 1. Read what I have written; or 2. skip ahead to the capitalized White Mountain Trivia Question.
Back in the day, when I was guiding, I used the White Mountain Trivia contest as a way to fill in spaces in the various experiences that I was charge with. For example, a long drive to a trailhead can often create 'opportunities" for negative behavior. Lets face it, kids get bored and giving them an activity of some sort in those moments can be fun and create a series of "teachable moments" (According to Wikipedia: This concept was popularized by Robert Havighurst in his 1952 book, "Human Development and Education." In the context of education theory,)
When kid's minds are engaged in a positive way they don't wander into behaviors that could create a sense of animus within the group.
The time that was most important for this were the moments when groups were hiking under less than ideal conditions. I can remember a lot of times, backpacking in a driving rain, when the White Mountain Trivia contest helped to take the minds of my group off the miserable conditions.
So here's today's trivia question (careful, there's a hairpin turn ahead!)
IF YOU WERE HIKING IN THE MOUNTAINS ON A MID FEBRUARY DAY AND RAN INTO A 10 YEAR-OLD BULL MOOSE ALONG THE TRAIL, HOW MANY POINTS WOULD HIS ANTLERS ANTLERS HAVE?
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Answer: Trick question! You guessed it right? Unlike a cow - for example - a moose has antlers NOT horns. Antlers fall off every year in the autumn and the moose - if it is male - will regrow its antlers in the spring. So if you met a male moose in February it would not have any "points" because it would not have any antlers.
Again, like cows where both sexes have horns (in most species) only male moose have antlers. There is really no correlation between the number of points on the rack of a moose - or a deer - to anything other than the health of the anima; and the quality of the food it has been browsing on. . Some people argue that there is a correlation to age but there is really no direct correlation.