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Here’s how butterflies got their name

Q: I’m always reluctant to challenge the great and all-knowing Answer Man, but I have to ask about your trivia answer concerning the origin of the word “butterfly.” I’ve heard they used to be called flutterbys, which was changed to butterflies because it flowed more gracefully off the tongue. Besides, they do more fluttering than buttering. Truth?

Answer Man

What car colors are most popular in the United States?

Q: I’m a a fan of ’60s and ’70s muscle cars, and I love bright colors. In the past seven years, I’ve owned cars of varying hues, including yellow, red, blue, and copper as well as the ubiquitous white and silver. What car colors are most popular in the United States? What about down through the decades? How about other countries? Or is it mostly sport/muscle cars that are available in a rainbow of options?

Answer Man

Here’s what happened to this old-time Belleville photo studio

Q: I recently was given a photograph of the Ridge Prairie Saloon, which was owned by a relative, Henry Becherer. The saloon was on the southwest corner of U.S. 50 and Old Collinsville Road, directly behind what was The Dandy Inn. On the lower right-hand corner of the photo is the name Reime Studio, Belleville, IL., which photographed the owner and patrons outside the saloon. Now, with the recent closing of The Dandy Inn, I’m curious about Reime Studio.

Answer Man

This is why you’re seeing more butterflies

Q: Recently I saw a video of a Hecker farmer harvesting his alfalfa crop while thousands of butterflies fluttered around the field. An entomologist from the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in St. Louis suggested that perhaps the butterflies were blown here by Hurricane Harvey. Recently my lantana and sedum plantings have become home to many butterflies. What will happen to them? Will they stay here and die during the winter or migrate back to Texas? Now that they have been here, will they return? I would love to “host” them again.

Answer Man

What country produces the most feature films? Hint: It’s not the United States.

Q: We currently have a guest from Germany. He says almost all major movies shown in Germany are from the U.S. When I asked him about sound quality, he responded that it was very good. You could hardly tell that the lips are out of sync with the German dubbing. Don’t other countries make many movies? The only one I’ve heard of that comes close would be the Bollywood movies from India. Are James Bond movies American or British made? Finally, do the major studios release their movies to foreign markets with the various languages already available or is that the responsibility of each country?

Answer Man

What’s the deal with that new Lincoln statue in Chicago?

Q: Could you please try to explain the new statue of Lincoln that I recently saw in Chicago? It sits on Michigan Avenue directly across from the Wrigley Building. I found no descriptive placard anywhere. Why is Lincoln talking to this man in an L.L. Bean sweater and chinos? Abe appears to be perhaps signaling his Uber driver with his stovepipe hat. Meanwhile, Mr. L.L. Bean looks like a bass in a Lutheran church choir, holding the Rutter “Gloria.” That’s my reading, but what brings them together? Maybe we’ll never know.

Answer Man

If you work for Jack Daniel’s, you get a bottle of whiskey every month

Q: When I lived in Tennessee, I toured the Jack Daniel’s distillery. I was told that in order to taste-test the bourbon, employees had to go outside the county, because alcohol consumption in Moore County, where the distillery is located, is prohibited. I know that the South has some strange liquor laws, but that one struck me as a little silly. By the way, how would a person get a job like that?

Answer Man

Here’s how to ensure your Red Cross donations go to help hurricane victims

Q: I heard something concerning American Red Cross donations that I would like verified. The report said that the Red Cross was a good charity for disasters. But it went on to say that when donating, you should not specify that your money be used for a particular disaster, because if you do, it has to be used for that event. However, if the Red Cross no longer needs money for that disaster, your donation cannot be used for other purposes. True?

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