Archive for the ‘Facts’ Category

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Fifteen!

February 22, 2019

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “famous people.”  Do you know . . . in which wars or conflicts did Ernest Hemingway fight?

None, Ernest Hemingway was never a soldier (he was rejected for poor vision when he attempted to enlist during WWI).  However, he did join the Red Cross (ambulance driver) and was wounded by mortar fragments in 1918.  During the many decades that followed, he served as a civilian correspondent in: the Greco-Turkish War, the Spanish Civil War, and World War II.

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

First Native American Newspaper!

February 21, 2019

Today marks the day (in 1828) the first Native American newspaper was published.  The Cherokee Phoenix, a bilinguual weekly newspaper (English and Cherokee), was published between February 21, 1828 through October 1835.  It was published in New Echota, Georgia (capital of the Cherokee nation), and printed using the Cherokee writing symbols that were invented by Sequoyah (Sikwayi).

In addition, February 21st was the day for several other “firsts,” such as the first . . .

  • telegrapher who was a woman (Sarah G. Bagley, Lowell, MA, 1846)
  • Burglar alarm (installed by Edwin Thomas Holmes, Boston MA, 1858)
  • execution for slave trading carried out by the federal government (hanging of Nathaniel Gordon, Tombs prison, New York City, 1862)
  • dentist who was a woman to obtain the D.D.S. degree (Lucy B. Hobbs, Ohio College of Dental Surgery, Cincinnati, OH, 1866)
  • telephone directory (New Haven, CT, 1878)
  • bacteriology laboratory (Hoagland Laboratory, Brooklyn, NY, 1887)
  • transcontinental airplane flight made within 24 hours (William Devoe Coney, San Diego, CA, to Jacksonville, FL, 1921)
  • camera exposure meter (William Nelson Goodwin, Weston Electrical Instrument Corporation, Newark, NJ, 1932)
  • instant camera (Polaroid [Edwin Herbert Land], 1947

Source: Famous First Facts by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janet Podell.

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Fourteen!

February 15, 2019

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

  • a turkey can run at 20 miles per hour?  (Real Fact #97)
  • only male turkeys gobble?  (Real Fact #111)
  • Abraham Lincoln’s son had a pet turkey, which he gave a pardon so it wasn’t killed and eaten?  (Real Fact #1186)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Thirteen!

February 8, 2019

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “world history.”  Do you know . . . Cleopatra’s nationality?

Despite being the daughter (eldest) of an Egyptyian King, Ptolemy XIII (ruler of Egypt during Julius Caesar’s reign), Cleopatra was not Egyptian.  In reality, she was part Macedonian, park Greek, and part Persian.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Twelve!

February 1, 2019

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

  • seals sleep only one and a half minutes at a time?  (Real Fact #124)
  • polar bears can smell a seal from twenty (20) miles away?  (Real Fact #744)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Eleven!

January 25, 2019

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “language/initials/mottos.”  Do you know . . . how the Cherokee people pronounce the word “Cherokee?”

The Cherokees do not pronounce Cherokee in their tongue.  The Cherokee speech has no ch or r sound, so the correct spelling and pronounciation is Tsalagi.  The word Cherokee is actually a Creek Indian word meaning “people with another language.”  The Cherokee people prefer to call themselves Aniyounwiya, which means “the principal people.”

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Ten!

January 18, 2019

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

  • the average human produces 10,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime?  (Real Fact #63)
  • you cannot taste food until mixed with saliva?  (Real Fact #1328)

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

It’s Winter!

January 17, 2019

And now that winter has arrived, here is an informative infographic (courtesy of Eastern Mountain Sports School) that outlines the good, the bad, and the ugly of this season we call winter.  Enjoy!

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Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Nine!

January 11, 2019

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “measurement.”  Do you know . . . what weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of gold?

Obviously, the feathers win!  Feathers are measured by avoirdupois weight (a pound is equal to 16 ounces); gold is measured by troy weight (a pound is equal to 12 ounces).

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

First Heart Transplant!

January 6, 2019

Today marks the day (in 1968) of the very first heart transplant to an adult in the United States.  This event took place at the Stanford Medical Center, in Palo Alto, California.  The patient: Mike Kasperak; the surgeon: Dr. Norman Shumway.

In addition, January 6th was the day for several other “firsts,” such as the first . . .

  • crop surplus destruction ordered by a government (tobacco, Virginia General Assembly, 1639)
  • State legislator who was African-American to represent a constituency with a white majority (Bishop Benjamin William Arnett, Ohio State Legislature, 1885)
  • electoral vote for a woman (Roger L. McBride, for Theodora Nathan [VP Candidate for Libertarian Party], 1973)
  • woman legislator from the Democratic Party to serve in both houses of Congress (Barbara Ann Mikulsi [Maryland], House 1977, Senate 1987)
  • year in which two different coins showed portraits of the same president  (Abraham Lincoln [penny, IL quarter], 2003)

Source: Famous First Facts by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janet Podell.