Archive for the ‘Facts’ Category

Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighty-Four!

July 13, 2018

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

  • no piece of paper can be folded more than seven (7) times?  (Real Fact #77)
  • U.S. paper currency isn’t made of paper?  It’s actually a blend of cotton and linen.  (Real Fact #423)
  • recycled paper is made using 40% less energy than normal paper?  (Real Fact #704)
  • every ton of recycled paper saves about 17 trees?  (Real Fact #705)
  • in the U.S., there is an official rock, paper, scissors league?  (Real Fact #1272)
  • bubble wrap was originally invented as a wallpaper in 1957?  (Real Fact #1468)

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

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Snatched!

July 8, 2018

Happy Sunday!  Kidnapping, i.e., “the unlawful carrying away (asportation) and confinement of a person against his or her will,” has been around for quite some time.  But did you know that the very first “recorded” kidnapping occurred on this date in 1524, in a letter from Giovanni da Verrazano to Francis I (then King of France)?  The letter claims that Verrazano’s crew

“tooke a [Native Amercan] childe . . .  [an] olde woman to being into France, and going about to take . . . [a] young woman which was very beautiful and of tall stature, they could not possibly, for the great out cries that she made, bring her to the sea; and especially having great woods to pass through adn being farre from teh ship, we purposed to leave her behinde, beareing away the childe only.”

Giovanni da Verrazzano was the first European explorer (Italian)  to sail into New York Harbor and is credited with charting the Atlantic coast of North America between the Carolinas and Newfoundland. The Verrazano–Narrows Bridge in New York was named after him.

It’s World Chocolate Day!

July 7, 2018

Happy Saturday!  And what better way to enjoy the day than by consuming a bit of chocolate.  Here are some interesting facts about chocolate that you may not know:

  • chocolate was consumed as a liquid for 90% of its history.
  • Americans spend more than $1.7 billion on chocolate and candy (and that is just for Valentine’s Day).
  • solid chocolate was invented in 1847.
  • chocolate melts at 93 degrees fahrenheit (melts in your mouth, and in your hands).
  • chocolate has more than 600 flavor compounds (red wine just has 200).
  • chocolate comes from the fruit of the cacao tree.
  • chocolate has to be tempered to gain its shiny look.
  • chocolate is poisonous to dogs.
  • it takes 400 cacao seeds to make 1 pound of chocolate.

 

Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighty-Three!

July 6, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “names” (part 2).  Do you know . . . how the software company Adobe got its name?

The software company Adobe got its name from the Adobe Creek which ran behind the home of the company’s founder, John Warnock.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighty-Two!

June 29, 2018

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

  • at one point in time, serving ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas was prohibited?  (Real Fact #1285)
  • Traverse City, Michigan, considers itself the Cherry Capitol of the World? (Real Fact #1296) NOTE: the National Cherry Festival 2018 begins tomorrow!
  • January 3rd is National Chocolate-Covered Cherry Day?  (Real Fact #1298)
  • the word “cherry” comes from the Turkish town of Cerasus?  (Real Fact #1300)
  • a cherry pie is made of about 200 cherries?  (Real Fact #1301)
  • Eau Claire, Michigan, is known as the Cherry-Spitting Capitol of the World?  (Real Fact #1302)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighty-One!

June 22, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “names.”  Do you know . . . what the residents of Cambridge, England are called?

The residents of Cambridge, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as graduates of Cambridge University are all called Cantabrigians.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighty!

June 15, 2018

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

  • no word in the English language rhymes with the word “month”? (Real Fact #69)
  • the work “purple” does not rhyme with any other word in the English language? (Real Fact #321)
  • nowhere in the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme does it say that Humpty Dumpty is an egg?  (Real Fact #1334)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Nine!

June 8, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “astronomy.”  Do you know . . . what is the brightest star in the night sky of the Northern Hemisphere?

Well, the brightest star in the night sky of the Northern Hemisphere is not the North Star (Polaris) but rather the Dog Star (Sirius).  Sirius-ly? (Sorry.)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Eight!

June 1, 2018

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

  • strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges? (Real Fact #64)
  • strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside?  (Real Fact #136)
  • there is a museum of strawberries in Belgium? (Real Fact #716)
  • strawberries have an average of 200 seeds? (Real Fact #718)
  • a strawberry is not actually a berry (but a banana is)?  (Real Fact #719)
  • a lemon contains more sugar than a strawberry? (Real Fact #845)
  • strawberries are grown in every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada?  (Real Fact #1016)

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

Architectural History!

May 27, 2018

Did you know that on this date in 1930, the Chrysler Building opened to the public and was, at the time, the tallest man-made structure in the world?  It would only hold this distinction until May 1st of the following year when it was surpassed by the Empire State Building which remained the tallest building in the world until 1970 when it was surpassed by the north tower of the World Trade Center.  It remains the tallest “brick” building in the world.  Here are some other fun facts about the Chrysler Building . . .

  • address: 405 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, New York,  NY 10174
  • 1,046 feet tall (antenna spire)
  • 77 floors
  • Art Deco architectural style
  • 1,196,958 sq ft of area
  • 32 elevators
  •  391,881 rivets
  • 29,961 tons of steel
  • 3,826,000 bricks
  • 3,862 windows
  • the lobby contains the world’s very first digital clock
  • construction averaged four floors per week (quick!)
  • no one was killed during the construction
  • architect: William Van Alen
  • Chrysler refused to pay Van Alen (initially). Van Alen had to sue Chrysler to get paid (and did), but Van Alen’s reputation was tarnished by the incident.
  • designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976
  • designated a New York City Landmark in 1978