Archive for the ‘Facts’ Category

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Six!

May 18, 2018

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

  • flamingos turn pink from eating shrimp? (Real Fact #11)
  • flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down? (Real Fact #751)
  • a group of flamingos is called a flamboyance?  (Real Fact #995)
  • there are more fake flamingos than there are real flamingos?  (Real Fact #1242)

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

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Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Five!

May 11, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “science.”  Do you know . . . what would happen if you threw dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) into a fire?

If you guessed “it would melt,” you would be wrong.  Rather, dry ice thrown directly onto a fire would sublime, i.e., change directly into a gas.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Four!

May 4, 2018

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

  • the tongue is the fastest healing part of the body? (Real Fact #60)
  • a crocodile cannot move its tongue? (Real Fact #132)
  • there are approximately 9,000 taste buds on your tongue? (Real Fact #452)
  • most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale? (Real Fact #768)
  • like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different (#787)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Three!

April 27, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “food.”  Do you know . . . what distinguishes a hot dog from a frankfurter?

Quite simply, a bun.  A “hot dog” normally has a bun whereas a frankfurter need not have a bun.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Two!

April 20, 2018

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

  • pigs can get sunburn? (Real Fact #61)
  • the biggest pig in recorded history weighed almost one ton? (Real Fact #235)
  • in the U.S., a pig has to weigh more than 180 pounds to be call a hog? (Real Fact #434)
  • pigs were banished from Philadelphia’s city streets in 1710? (Real Fact #661)
  • there is an uninhabited island in the Bahamas known as Pig Beach, which is populated entirely by swimming pigs? (Real Facts #1329)

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

You’ve Come a Long Way . . . !

April 16, 2018

Remember when Amazon was primarily an online bookseller?  Well, if you didn’t know, they have grown into the largest online retailer . . . and don’t look to be slowing down at all.  Here’s an infographic that gives you all the facts about this internet giant.  Enjoy!

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Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-One!

April 13, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “American history.”  Do you know . . . what was Billy the Kid’s real name?

William H. Bonney was actually an alias that Billy the Kid was using when he was sentenced to die.  His real name was probably William Henry McCarty, Jr.  His mother preferred to call him Henry because she did not want him known as a junior.

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

The Pony Express!

April 9, 2018

The Pony Express, utilizing horse and rider teams in relay fashion, was an early mail-delivery system between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California (more than 2,000 miles).  But did you know . . .

  • they were more than twice as fast as their competitors?
  • they were a financial failure and only remained in business for nineteen months?
  • there was a weight limit on the riders?
  • the riders were required to take a loyalty oath?
  • the mail was carried in a specially designed saddlebag?
  • the cost kept ordinary people from using the Pony Express?
  • one rider completed a 380-mile run in less than two days?
  • the riders didn’t have the deadliest job?
  • Buffalo Bill Cody was not a Pony Express rider?
  • the transcontinental telegraph is what put the Pony Express out of business?

Source: www.history.com

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy!

April 6, 2018

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

  • a duck cannot walk without bobbing its head? (Real Fact #122)
  • a duck has three eyelids? (Real Fact #762)
  • Duck, Duck, Goose is called Duck, Duck, Gray Duck in Minnesota? (Real Fact #1276)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Sixty-Nine!

March 30, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “geography.”  Do you know . .. what is the longest railroad tunnel?

Nope, it is not the Channel Tunnel (aka the Chunnel), which runs for more than 31 miles between England and France.  The Seikan Tunnel  (Japan) spans an impressive 33.46 miles between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido.  Now, when it comes to the longest underwater tunnel, yes, the Chunnel is it (24 miles underwater); the Seikan Tunnel is onlyb 14.5 miles underwater.

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