Quiz: The Ultimate Warm Wet Wool Quiz
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The Ultimate Warm Wet Wool Quiz
By: Staff
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About This Quiz

Have you ever seen sheep standing in the rain or snow and wondered why they don't run inside? Are they just really stupid animals? There is something about sheep's wool that seems to keep them comfortable in wet conditions. Take our quiz to learn about what happens to wool when it gets wet.

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What material is the outer layer of a sheep made of?

There are a few animals, including sheep, whose outer layer is wool rather than fur.

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How many sheep are there in the U.S.?

The United States, with about 6.1 million sheep, is nowhere near the top of the world sheep population.

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The joke is that in New Zealand sheep outnumber people by how much?

If you go to New Zealand, you'll hear people joke that the sheep outnumber the people by 20 to 1. That's a bit of an exaggeration, though.

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How many people live in New Zealand?

There are currently around 4.5 million people living in New Zealand.

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How many sheep are there in New Zealand?

Recent statistics show that there are more than 34 million head of sheep in New Zealand!

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What is the actual ratio of sheep to people in New Zealand?

While it may not be 20 to one as the joke goes, eight to one is still a significant ratio!

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If the United States were to have the same proportion as New Zealand, how many sheep would there be?

Eight to one is not a ratio that could possibly work in the United States, as that would require approximately 2.4 billion of the wooly mammals.

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How many pounds of wool are produced in the United States?

The United States produces approximately 46.5 million pounds (21 million kilos) of wool each year.

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During which months is most wool shorn?

The vast majority of wool is shorn from sheep during the spring months.

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How much wool does the average American sheep produce?

You should expect the average sheep to yield about 8 pounds of wool.

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What is the maximum amount of wool you should expect from one sheep?

On rare occasions individual sheep in other parts of the world have yielded 30 pounds of wool!

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To which of these is wool resistant?

Wool is naturally resistant to fire. It does burn, but it self-extinguishes when removed from the flame.

Wool is fire resistant and self-extinguishing because each fiber of wool contains moisture.

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The texture of wool is considered which of these?

Wool is very strong, and extremely flexible material.

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How many times can you bend wool without it breaking?

Wool is so strong and flexible that a fiber can be bent more than 20,000 times without breaking. It is comparatively stronger than steel.

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How many times can you bend cotton without it breaking?

Cotton fibers, unlike wool, can be bent only about 3,000 times before they break.

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When wet, wool can be stretched by what percentage?

Wool can stretch more when wet than when dry. When wet it can be stretched by as much as 50 percent.

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When did humans domesticate sheep?

Humans domesticated sheep in 8000 B.C. and have been using their wool ever since.

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What do you call a material that soaks up water without feeling wet?

Wool is a hygroscopic insulator, which means that it can soak up a lot of water without feeling wet.

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What percentage of its weight, in moisture, can wool soak up?

Wool can soak up around 30 percent of its own weight without feeling wet.

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