September 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
| Volume 14, Issue
October 2007 Theme
Down on the Farm
Citizen & Showman
THEME RELATED STUFF
Learn some traditional farm sayings:
See how many of the boys and their parents know what these
sayings mean. You could even have a “Farming Trivia” contest between boys and
parents, or make a list of sayings and meanings for people to match up.
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. (Don’t count on
something before it happens)
Don’t cast your pearls before swine (pigs). (This is a verse from
the Bible and means don’t offer something of great value to someone who can’t or
won’t appreciate it)
Make hay while the sun shines. (Do something while you can, the
chance may not come again – if the sun doesn’t shine, hay won’t dry enough to be
baled or stored)
Barking dogs seldom bite. (People who talk the most often do the
Don’t let the fox guard the henhouse. (Don’t give a job to
someone who will exploit it – the fox will surely eat the hens he is supposed to
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. (Meaning: If someone gives
you something, don’t examine it too closely for faults – comes from looking at a
horse’s teeth to determine how old it is)
Don’t try to teach a pig to sing. (Trying to do the impossible is
a waste of time)
As scarce as hen’s teeth. (Hen don’t have teeth, so it means
something either very, very rare or nonexistent)
Separate the wheat from the chaff. (Means to distinguish between
the valuable and the worthless – wheat is valuable as food for man and beast,
but the chaff is just thrown away)
Hold your horses. (Means slow down or calm down – holding tight
to the reins or “reining in” horses by pulling on the rein will slow or stop
As you sow, so shall you reap. (Meaning you get what you deserve
– if you want corn, you have to plant corn, not peas)
You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. (A sow is a
female pig – means you can’t make something valuable when it has no value)
Black sheep of the family. (Meaning the odd person in the family,
or a family member who has done something wrong. Most sheep are white or brown,
so sometimes the black wool isn’t valued as highly)
In a pig’s eye. (Don’t know where it came from, but it means
something is not very likely)
A needle in a haystack. (Meaning something as hard to find as it
would be to find a needle in a stack of hay)
Did you know?
Horses will often stand “tail to tail” and shelter each other from
annoying flies by swishing their tails for each other!
As well as using them for fly swatters, horses use their tails to
send signals to each other about how they are feeling.
Roosters are the only birds with a comb on their head.
When a male pig weighs more than 120 pounds, it is called a hog.
Good milk cows give about 10 to 11 gallons of milk each day. Cows
at many farms are milked twice daily.
During the summer months a dairy cow might drink up to 40 gallons
of water each day.
Pigs are very smart.
Pigs roll in the mud to protect themselves from the sun and
Fun Farm Facts:
Did you know that…..
Potatoes have more vitamin C
French Fries with skin have
more vitamins than regular French Fries?
Baked French Fries have less
fat than mashed potatoes with butter?
Farmers and ranchers provide food and habitat for 75% of the wildlife in the
takes just 40 days for most Americans to earn enough money to pay for their food
supply for the whole year, but 129 days for the average American to earn enough
money their taxes for the year.
2 out of every 3 people in the world are farmers. In the United States, only 1
out of every 120 people are farmers but at least 2 of every ten jobs in the
United States are related to agriculture and food in some way.
George Washington Carver, the famous botanical scientist who invented more than
300 products made from the peanut, graduated from high school in Minneapolis,
Kansas in 1885.
Ogallala Formation is a water bearing rock formation underneath western Kansas
and parts of 7 other states. The Ogallala Aquifer is up to 600 feet thick.
1790, 90% of Americans were employed in agriculture.
1954, the number of tractors on farms exceeded the number of horses and mules
for the first time.
foods are made with wheat than any other cereal grain.
is not native to the United States and was not even grown by the colonists.
Wheat was first planted in the United States in 1777 as a hobby crop, but it is
now grown in 42 states
average year, Kansas wheat farmers produce enough wheat to make over 36 billion
loaves of bread, or enough to provide each person on earth with 6 loaves of
feeds more people in the world than any other farm product, 1/3 of the world’s
has been grown in the United States for more than 300 years.
U.S. exports rice to more than 100 countries.
farmers in California use lasers and a computer on board heavy earth movers to
lay out their fields so they will be perfectly flat. Computers also guide the
machinery in deciding where to mound up the soil in the field that hold the
water in each section. Seeding the fields is done by planes.
Americans consume 17 billion
quarts of popped popcorn annually or 59 quarts per man, woman and child, more
than people in any other country.
Popcorn could not pop without
water – a small amount is stored in a circle of soft starch inside the hard
outer casing. When heated, the water expands, creating pressure within, until
eventually the casing gives way, and the kernels explode and pop, allowing the
water to escape as steam, turning the kernels inside out.
Corn is found in corn flakes,
ice cream, soda, peanut butter, ketchup, salad dressing, jelly, marshmallows,
margarine, and taco chips – plus lots of non-food items.
Nearly every single sheet of
printing paper uses cornstarch to improve printability. It is also used in the
production of paper packaging materials such as corrugated cardboard. Each ton
of paper produced uses 28 pounds of cornstarch.
Hydrosorb, a super absorbent
cornstarch, was discovered in one of USDA's regional laboratories. It absorbs
300 times its weight and is used in some baby diapers and automobile fuel
Cheese is made from milk – but
not just from cows – sheep, goats and even reindeer provide milk for cheese.
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