Archive for the ‘Facts’ Category

Fun Fact Friday, Number Ninety-Two!

September 14, 2018

Today’s real facts (courtesy of 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?  (Real Fact #787)


Fun Fact Friday, Number Ninety-One!

September 7, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “sports.”  Do you know . . . what distinguishes pugilism from boxing?

Pugilism, when distinguished from boxing, is bare-fisted.

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

The First Century-Ride!

September 6, 2018

According to wikipedia, “a century ride is a road cycling ride of 100 miles (160.9 km) or more within 12 hours, usually as a cycling club-sponsored event.”  Did you know that the very first century ride occurred on September 6th in 1882?

Who: the Boston Bicycle Club (Boston, MA)
Route: from Worcester to Boston (102.5 miles) via South Framington, Natick, Wellesley, Dedhamm, Stoughton, Brockton, Randolph, Braintree, Quincy, Mattapan, Waltham, and Newton.
Start time: 4:38 AM; End time: 9:30 PM (12 hours and 6 minutes of actual riding time)

Seven men completed the entire length of the ride.

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

Happy Labor Day 2018!

September 3, 2018

This graphic is a year old (I couldn’t find one for 2018), but gives you some interesting statistics regarding the Labor Day Holiday!  Enjoy your day!

Source: WalletHub


Fun Fact Friday, Number Ninety!

August 31, 2018

Today’s real facts (courtesy of are all about the giraffe.  Did you know that . . .

  • giraffes have no vocal cords?  (Real Fact #47)
  • giraffes have the same number of vertebrae as humans? [Seven] (Real Fact #1024)
  • baby giraffes fall up to six feet to the ground when they are born?  (Real Fact #1232)


Ancient History, Number One!

August 26, 2018

By “ancient history,” I will be referencing events from August 26th, that occurred pre-1492 (i.e., before “Columbus sailed the ocean blue”).  Note: most of these will be from the medieval world (476 AD – 1492 AD) as many earlier events don’t always have specific dates.

  • the basilica of St. Peter and other places outside the walls of Rome are plundered by Arab raiders from the Aghlabid Emirate of Ifriqiya. (846 AD)
  • King Louis IX sails from France on the Seventh Crusade.  (1248 AD)
  • English King Edward III uses cannons against the French at the battle of Crecy, but the battle is actually won by skilled English archers using longbows.  (1346 AD) England defeated the French; King Phillip VI of France escapes, to Amiens, France.  Among those killed on the French side:
    • King John I of Bohemia (succeeded by Charles)
    • Louis of Neves, Count of Flanders (succeeded by  his son Louis de Maele
  • Tokhtamysh, Khan of the “Golden Horde,” sacks Moscow, Russia, and then withdraws after having restored his suzerainty over Russia.  (1382 AD
  • the Swiss are defeated at St. Jakob on the Birs by French freebooters sent by King Charles VII of France to assist Frederick of Austria.  (1444 AD)

Source: Volume 1 of the Chronology of World History: Prehistory — AD 1491: The Ancient and Medieval World.

What Are The Odds?!

August 25, 2018

What are the odds that something “bad” will happen to you when enjoying the great outdoors?  The odds can vary greatly depending upon where you live (and/or where you visit), but let’s look at some random occurrences: snake bites, bear bites, and shark bites.

Re: snake bites, “fewer than one in 37,500 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the U.S. each year (7-8,000 bites per year), and only one in 50 million people will die from snakebite.” (Source: University of Florida, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)

Re: bear attacks, “the chances of being injured by a bear are approximately one in 2.1 million.”  (Source: U.S. Park Service)

Re: shark attacks, the chances of being killed from a shark attack is one in 3.7 million. (Source: National Geographic)

The odds of more than one of these happening to the same person then become astronomical (I would guess) . . . and happen they did!  Dylan McWilliams of Grand Junction, Colorado, has survived all three of these attacks!  The odds: one in 893 quadrillion!  (Source: National Geographic)

Source: AARP Bulletin, July/August 2018, p. 4.


Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighty-Nine!

August 24, 2018

Today’s real facts (courtesy of are all about burning calories.  Did you know that . . .

  • a honey bee can fly 15 mph? (Real Fact #6)
  • the average speed of a housefly is 4.5 mph?  (Real Fact #9)
  • the average raindrop falls at 7 mph?  (Real Fact #90)
  • a turkey can run 20 mph?  (Real Fact #97)
  • the speed limit in NYC was 8 mph in 1895?  (Real Fact #153)
  • the dragonfly can reach speeds of up to 36 mph?  (Real Facts #396)
  • flying fish leap out of the water at 20 mph or more, and can glide for over 500 feet?  (Real Fact #688)
  • the roadrunner chases after its prey at a blurring speed of up to 25 mph?  (Real Fact #689)
  • red kangaroos can hop up to 44 mph?  (Real Fact #1253)
  • the Earth rotates at a speed of 1040 mph?  (Real Fact #1394)


College Debt!

August 18, 2018

Here we are at the start of another academic school year and I ran across this infographic (courtesy of Consolidated Credit) that breaks down how debt has increased from generation to generation.  I attended college in the late 70s-early 80s; I’m not entirely sure that I could afford to go to college in the 21st Century!  Yikes!

Info graphic comparing college statistics between current and previous generations

Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighty-Eight!

August 17, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “music/instuments.”  Do you know . . . what is known as the Rolls Royce of pianos?

I’ll give you a hint: it is not a Steinway (which is what I would have guessed).  Rather, it is the Bösendorfer Imperial Grand (manufactured only in Vienna).  Side note: I actually had the opportunity to play a Bösendorfer Imperial Grand when I was traveling in Chíle many years ago . . .

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