Trivia

Hard

Which North American Animal Helps, Indirectly, Protect People From Lyme Disease?

Deer
Raccoons
Opossums
Field Mice
A North American Opossum with a winter coat of fur.
Cody Pope/Wikimedia

Answer: Opossums

When it comes to protecting ourselves from Lyme disease, we have an unlikely ally: the humble opossum. Opossums are generally disliked due to their rat-like appearance, bare tail, and the chance that we’ll come across them outside the garage while taking the trash out and be startled out of our wits.

Despite the poor opossum’s lackluster reputation, however, we should be thankful they’re around: they attract and destroy thousands of ticks every season. The opossum’s physiology makes them very poor hosts for Lyme disease and their aggressive grooming habits kill most of the ticks trying to feed on them.

Researchers at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, who uncovered the link between opossums and a decrease in Lyme-carrying ticks, estimate that each opossum could kill as many as 4,000 ticks per week and that the general population of ticks is lowered by roughly 90 percent in areas with opossums roaming about.

Trivia

Hard

“Buck”, The Common Slang Term For U.S. Dollars, Originated With Which Of These Industries?

Trivia

Easy

Early Jetliners Had Frequent Catastrophic Failures Due To?

Trivia

Easy

Prior To The Early 19th Century, You Wouldn’t Experience What On Christmas?

Trivia

Hard

Which Comic Book Artist’s Ashes Were Mixed Into Ink Used To Print Comics?

Trivia

Hard

The Handkerchief Was Popularized By?

Trivia

Easy

In The Film Industry, An “Apple Box” Is Used To?

Trivia

Easy

Which Animal Is Frequently Used To Pull Cables In Tight Spaces?

Trivia

Very Hard

Which 1980s Film Was Criticized As Being A Feature Length Commercial?

Trivia

Hard

FAA Regulations Require All Commercial Aircraft Have What Anachronistic Item?

Trivia

Easy

What Fluid Is So Similar To Blood Plasma That It Can Be Used For IV Infusions?