Archive for the ‘Trivia’ Category

The First Annulment!

December 9, 2018

Annulments have traditionally fallen within the realm/jurisdiction of the Church from the beginning.  But on this date in 1639, the first annulment of a marriage by court decree occurred in Boston, Massachusetts, as stated . . .

“James Luxford, being presented for haveing two wifes, his last marriage was declared voyde, or a nullity thereof and to bee divorced, not to come to the sight of her whom hee last tooke, and hee to be sent away to England by the first opportunity; all that hee hath is appointed to her whom hee last married for here and her children; he is also fined 110t. and to bee set in the stocks an houre upon a market day after the lecture, the next lecture day if the weather permit, or else the next lecture day after (3rd of the 10th month 1639).”

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Four!

December 7, 2018

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

  • you burn about 20 calories per hour chewing gum?  (Real Fact #99)
  • a one-minute kiss burns about 26 calories?  (Real Fact #102)
  • you burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV?  (Real Fact #107)
  • clicking your computer mouse 1,400 times burns one calorie?  (Real Fact #1347)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Three!

November 30, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “physics.”  Do you know . . . the color of water?

Water is actually an extremely faint blue.  This color is most visible through the ice of a frozen waterfall.  The color can be more strikingly blue when looking “at” the water rather than “through” the water due to the reflection color of the sky.  Algae and other microscopic plants can also affect the appearance (or color) of water by reflecting and scattering the light as it returns to the surface.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Two!

November 23, 2018

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

  • lizards communicate by doing push-ups?  (Real Fact #94)
  • the only lizard that has a voice is the Gecko?  (Real Fact #758)

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

Happy Thanksgiving 2018!

November 22, 2018

Here is an infographic of “Thanksgiving by the numbers” (courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau).  Enjoy your day!

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred One!

November 16, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “botany.”  Do you know . . . what is the common name of the flower known as the fleur-de-lis?

The fleur-de-lis is not a lily, but rather,  it is an iris.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred!

November 9, 2018

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

  • fish have eyelids?  (Real Fact #30)
  • fish cough?  (Real Fact #38)
  • fish can drown?  (Real Fact #92)
  • the largest fish is the whale shark — it can be over fifty feet long and weigh two tons?  (Real Fact #116)
  • Tennessee banned the use of a lasso to catch fish?  (Real Fact #205)
  • the archer fish can spit water up to seven feet to shoot down bugs from overhanging leaves?  (Real Fact #691)
  • marine mammals swim by moving their tails up and down, while fish swim by moving their tails left and right?  (Real Fact #1344)

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

That Was Quite a Bounty!

November 5, 2018

Twenty years ago today was the first time in history that a bounty of $5 million was offered (by the State Department) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a certain “enemy of the United States.”  At the time, this was the largest bounty ever offered by the State Department.

Who: Saudi Arabian national Osama bin Laden.
What: charged in a Manhattan court (238-count indictment) for masterminding the August 7th bombings of American embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Ninety-Nine!

November 2, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “hodgepodge.”  Do you know . . . what is the name of the large, branched candlestick, or holder for lights, such as the one used by the pianist Liberace?

Well, believe it or not, if you guessed candelabra, you would have guessed incorrectly.  Candelabra is the plural form and would be correct if you were describing two or more.  The correct term is candelabrum.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Ninety-Eight!

October 26, 2018

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

  • illegal to run out of gas in Youngstown, Ohio?  (Real Fact #797)
  • in Texas, it is illegal to graffiti someone’s cow?  (Real Fact #909)
  • it is illegal in the United Kingdom to handle salmon in suspicious circumstances?  (Real Fact #964)
  • it is illegal to play annoying games in the street in the United Kingdom?  (Real Fact #965)
  • in Switzerland, it is illegal to own only one guinea pig because they are prone to loneliness?  (Real Fact #986)
  • in the state of Arizona, it is illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs? (Real Fact #1008)
  • it is illegal to sing off-key in North Carolina?  (Real Fact #1013)
  • in New Zealand, it is illegal to name your twins “Fish” and “Chips”?  (Real Fact #1309)
  • it is illegal in many countries to perform surgery on an octopus without anesthesia because of its intelligence?  (Real Fact #1386)
  • in Alabama, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time?  (Real Fact #1400)
  • in France, it is illegal for employers to send emails after work hours?  (Real Fact #1402)

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