Question 1: What is the purpose of the foghorn in a lighthouse?
- Warn ships of nearby land
- Communicate with other lighthouses
- Scare off sharks
Correct Answer: Warn ships of nearby land
Fact: A foghorn or fog signal is a device that uses sound to warn vehicles of navigational hazards in foggy conditions. All foghorns use a vibrating column of air to create an audible tone.
Question 2: What was a historical nickname for lighthouse keepers?
- Wreck wranglers
- Fog friends
Correct Answer: Wickies
Fact: In the age of lighthouses with oil lamps, their keepers had several duties. The nickname 'wickie' came from the routine task of trimming the wick of the lamp.
Question 3: Which type of light is commonly used in modern lighthouses?
- LED bulbs
- Halogen bulbs
- Fluorescent bulbs
Correct Answer: LED bulbs
Fact: LED lamps were first developed in the 1960s, but it wasn't until the 1990s and 2000s that advancements in LED technology allowed the production of commercially viable LED lamps.