Archive for the ‘Facts’ Category

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty-Four!

December 15, 2017

Today’s real facts (courtesy of http://www.snapple.com) are all about bones.  Did you know that . . .

  • one quarter of all the body’s bones are in the feet? (Real Fact #56)
  • a pigeon’s feathers are heavier than its bones? (Real Fact #126)
  • at birth a human has 350 bones, but only 206 bones when full grown?  (Real Fact #272)
  • your big toe only has two bones; the rest of your toes all have three? (Real Fact #790)
  • your skull is made up of 29 different bones? (Real Fact #827)
  • human thigh bones are stronger than concrete?  (Real Fact #1388)

Source: http://www.snapple.com/real-facts

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Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty-Three!

December 8, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “measurements.”  Do you know the dimensions of the familiar piece of lumber knows as a 2×4 (a two by four)?

While it may start as two inches by four inches when cut from the log, the process of drying and planing the wood the to finished piece of lumber reduces its actual size to 1-1/2 inches by 3-1/2 inches.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty-Two!

December 1, 2017

Today’s real facts (courtesy of http://www.snapple.com) are all about the human brain.  Did you know that . . .

  • a human brain weighs about three pounds? (Real Fact #55)
  • brain waves can be used to power an electric train? (Real Fact #59)
  • an ostrich’s brain is smaller than its eye?  (Real Fact #238)
  • a human brain takes up 2% of human body weight but uses 20% of its energy ? (Real Fact #737)
  • the human brain is about 80% water? (Real Fact #784)
  • the brain operates on the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb?  (Real Fact #786)
  • when creating a mummy, ancient Egyptians removed the brain by inserting a hook through the nostrils?  (Real Fact #984 . . . TMI?)
  • there are more nerve connections or “synapses” in your brain than there are stars in our galaxy? (Real Fact #1240)
  • you are always looking at your nose; your brain just chooses to ignore it? (Real Fact #1354)
  • the brain is the only organ in the human body without pain receptors?  (Real Fact#1378)

Source: http://www.snapple.com/real-facts

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty-One!

November 24, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “insects and related things.”  Do you know what male bees are called?

The male bees are NOT considered the “worker” bees, these would be the females (unless the female is the queen).  The male bees are actually the “drones.”

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty!

November 17, 2017

Today’s real facts (courtesy of http://www.snapple.com) are all about the left hand.  Did you know that . . .

  • about 11% of the people in the world are left-handed? (Real Fact #52)
  • ancient Egyptians believed the “vein of love” ran from the third finger on the left hand to the heart? (Real Fact #309)
  • twins have a very high occurrence of left-handedness?  (Real Fact #729)
  • left-handed people tend to chew food on the left side? (Real Fact #834)
  • all of the major candidates in the 1992, 1996, and 2008 U.S. Presidential elections were left-handed? (Real Facts #985)
  • six of the last twelve U.S. Presidents have been left-handed, far greater than the national average of lefties?  (Real Fact #1178)

Source: http://www.snapple.com/real-facts

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-Nine!

November 10, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “slang.”  Do you know what the slang phrase “blowing the grampus” means?

It originates from a naval tradition of throwing a bucket of cold water on a sailor who has been caught asleep while on watch.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-Eight!

November 3, 2017

Today’s real facts (courtesy of http://www.snapple.com) are all about porcupines.  Did you know that . . .

  • all porcupines float in water? (Real Fact #15)
  • porcupines each have 30,000 quills? (Real Fact #220)
  • a group of porcupines is called a prickle? (Real Fact #1000)

Source: http://www.snapple.com/real-facts

Happy Halloween 2017!

October 31, 2017

If 2016 can serve as an indicator of popularity, 2017 should be no exception (here are some fun facts from 2016).  Of course, for all of you who enjoy the occasional Halloween-themed movie (not all of these are “scary”), here is a list of movies you may wish to watch again (I should have thought to post this earlier in the month so that you could have watched one of them each day for the month of October, but alas . . . ).

My favorite is the original Halloween (1978) and they have a whole website dedicated to the fans of this movie (and its numerous sequels).

If you are brave enough to venture out tonight . . . be safe.

As We Continue to Age . . . !

October 28, 2017

Happy Saturday.  My apologies for the tardiness of this post (I probably should have shared this earlier in the school year).  Every year, Beloit College publishes a “mind-set list” which is intended to help faculty members understand the mind-set of the incoming freshman class, especially with regard to cultural references that older generations take for granted.  Here are a few examples:

This year’s freshmen . . .

  • represent the last class born in the 1900s (the very last Millenials)
  • have never used or heard the high pitched whine of a dial-up modem
  • by the time they entered school laptops were outselling desktops
  • have always been able to get green ketchup
  • have been able to find a blog on any subject
  • they are the first generation to grow up with Watson outperforming Sherlock

Check out this link for the full list.

This year a new list evolved (courtesy of Robert Scherrer) that provides a guide to what the “college years” looked like (mind-set) for the typical 50-something college professor.

Some examples from this list:

  • spell check was a dictionary
  • high-tech students owned an electric typewriter
  • if a student wasn’t in their room, you couldn’t reach them on the phone
  • a year at college cost less than a new car

Source: both lists were discovered on http://www.insidehighered.com

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-Seven!

October 27, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “physics.”  Do you know why a person would put a teaspoon in the neck of an opened bottle of champagne?

Contrary to any actual scientific or empirical evidence, people believe (erroneously) that this will help the champagne retain its carbonation.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.