Common Knowledge and General Knowledge Series #39

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), a Scottish-born American inventor and educator, is best known for his invention of the telephone.

Belgian sheepdog is the general name for four varieties of dogs.

Belgium is a small country in northwestern Europe.

Belize is a small country in Central America.

Belize City (pop. 48,400) is the largest city of Belize.

Bell is a hollow, metal vessel in the shape of a cup with a clapper (metal tongue) suspended inside.

Bell Bay, a town in northern Tasmania, Australia, owes its existence to its nearness to a deepwater port and to a plentiful supply of electric power.

Bell-ringing is a highly developed art in the United Kingdom (UK).

Bellbird is a name given to several kinds of birds whose voices sound like the ringing of bells.

Bellows is a wind-making machine.

Belsen, or Bergen-Belsen, was a German concentration camp during World War II (1939-1945).

Ben Lomond is the name of three mountains, one in Scotland and two in Australia.

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles.

Bends is a painful and dangerous condition caused by the formation of gas bubbles in the bloodstream and body tissues.

Benedictines are Christian men and women who live according to the rule (guidelines for monastic living) written by Saint Benedict of Nursia in the early 500’s.

Benefit of clergy was a privilege allowed under common law in England to members of the clergy who were charged with a crime.

Benelux is an economic union formed in 1948 by Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

Benin is a country on the west coast of Africa.

Benin was a West African kingdom that flourished from the mid-1400’s to the mid-1600’s in the forest region of what is now Nigeria.

Bent was the name of two brothers, Jeffrey Hart Bent (1780-1852) and Ellis Bent (1783-1815).

Benson is the name of a British family of churchmen and scholars, a father and three sons.

Bent is the name of many related kinds of grasses that have rough stems, small flowers, and seeds that grow in delicate, airy clusters.

Bentonite is a type of clay that swells to several times its original size when wet.

Benzene is a colourless liquid with a pleasant odour.

Benzine is a clear, colourless liquid obtained in refining petroleum.

Beowulf is an epic poem that is considered the first great work of English literature.

Berbers are a people of northwest Africa and the Sahara.

Bergamot is a name that is given to several plants.

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