Answers will appear at the end of this post as the questions are correctly solved.
1) Architecturally, what is a shotgun house?
2) What was the first U.S. circulating coin to have writing on it in Braille?
3) Who did “Forbes” magazine list as America’s richest fictional character, with an infinite estimated net worth – represented by a dollar sign and the infinity symbol?
4) What did Germans use to make artificial Christmas trees when they were banned from cutting down fir trees in the 19th century?
5) Which comic book hero was the first to acquire superpowers as the result of a lab accident?
5 (Rath Darkblade) The Flash, in January 1940. He was a college student who became capable of super speed after inhaling “hard water” fumes during a lab mishap.
4 (partial credit to Teluria) Goose feathers that were dyed green, wound around small sticks to resemble branches, and then inserted into a bigger stick that served as a tree trunk. They were made as tabletop ornaments after forest preservation laws were passed to stop the decapitation of fir trees.
1 (unanswered) A one-story house that is one room wide and at least three rooms deep, with no hallways between them. Designed for hot climates (before air-conditioning), they allow breezes to blow straight through the home – just as a shotgun blast would be expected to pass straight through.
2 (unanswered) The state quarter representing Alabama, issued in 2003. The coin features an engraving of Helen Keller reading a Braille book, with her name written alongside in English and in Braille.
3 (unanswered) Santa Claus – in 2005.