Archive for the ‘Trivia’ Category

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-Two!

September 22, 2017

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

  • a jellyfish is approximately 95% water? (Real Fact #18)
  • a group of jellyfish is called a smack? (Real Fact #779)
  • jellyfish don’t have brains?  (Real Fact #1248)
  • jellysfish can clone themselves? (Real Fact #1249)

Did you also know that the autumnal equinox will occur at 3:02 PM today (CDT)?

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

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Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-One!

September 15, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “inventors/inventions.”  Do you know who founded the Mercedes-Benz company?

Mercedes just happened to be the name of a Daimler car company employee’s daughter (he, Emil Jellinek, name an engine and several racing cars after her); Benz refers to Karl Benz, an auto manufacturer.  In 1926, Benz merged with Daimler to become the “Mercedes-Benz” company.  The Daimler name resurfaced in 1998 when the company merged with the Chrysler Corporation to form Daimler-Chrysler.

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

How About a Little Scale/Perspective?!

September 13, 2017

To truly understand where and how we fit into this world, here’s an infographic that will hopefully shed some light on the scale of the earth (from the tallest mountain to the deepest ocean trench).  Enjoy!

tallest-mountain-to-deepest-ocean-trench-infographic

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty!

September 8, 2017

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

  • a kangaroo can jump thirty (30) feet? (Real Fact #93)
  • a male kangaroo is called a boomer?  (Real Fact #185)
  • a female kangaroo is called a flyer? (Real Fact #186)
  • a kangaroo cannot walk backward? (Real Fact #425)
  • a red kangaroo can hop up to 44 miles per hour? (Real Fact #1253)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Nine

September 1, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “words.”  Do you know what English word is used to describe a group of geese in flight?

If  you are thinking the correct answer iss “gaggle,” you would be wrong.  Gaggle represents a group of geese on land or in the water.  For a group of geese “in flight,” you would use the word “skein.”

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

Time to Evacuate!

August 27, 2017

Do you recall which natural disaster caused the evacuation of an entire city?  It was Hurricane Katrina (a category 3 hurricane),  that caused the evacuation of the entire city of New Orleans on this date in 2005.  As the storm approached the then mayor, Ray Nagin, asked for voluntary departures, but the very next day (August 27th), he made the exodus mandatory.  Obviously, those without transportation were unable to comply and when Katrina hit (on August 29th), she destroyed levees and sunk the city under floodwaters up to twenty feet deep.

In addition, August 27th was the day for several other “firsts,” such as the first . . .

  • expedition of Englishmen to cross the Allegheny Mountains  (Fort Henry, VA, 1650)
  • theatrical performance (The Bare and the Cubb, Accomack, VA, 1665)
  • cyclone of record (Jamestown, VA, 1784)
  • major battle lost by American forces (Battle of Long Island, 1776)
  • steamboat to carry a man (built by John Fitch, Delaware River, 1898)
  • industrial school for girls (Lancaster, MA, 1898)
  • oil well that was commercially productive (Seneca Oil Company, Titusville, PA, 1859)
  • metal clarinet (Charles Gerard Conn, Elkhart, IN, 1889)
  • radio broadcast sent from an airplane (James A. Macready, above Sheepshead Bay, NY, 1910)
  • ship to fire a Polaris missile (Observation Island, 1959)
  • Ambassador assassinated in office (John Gordon Mein, ambassador to Guatemala, 1968)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Eight!

August 25, 2017

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

  • an elephant is capable of swimming 20 miles per day? (Real Fact #45)
  • an elephant is the only mammal that cannot jump? (Real Fact #46)
  • most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale?  (Real Fact #768)
  • George Washington had false teeth made from many different materials, including an elephant tusk and hippopotamus ivory? (Real Fact #1143)
  • elephants are afraid of bees? (Real Fact #1226)
  • an African elephant can turn the pages of a book with its trunk? (Real Fact #1318)
  • elephants can smell water up to three miles away? (Real Fact #1340)
  • a neuron star is as dense as stuffing 50 million elephants into a thimble? (Real Fact #1368)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Seven!

August 18, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “music/instruments.”  Do you know what kind of instrument (string, woodwind, percussion, or brass) is an English horn?

Well, first of all, it is not a brass instrument; it is not a horn, and, it isn’t even English.  An English horn is technically a woodwind (and alto oboe) with an angled mouthpiece.  The word “English” is actually a mis-translation from the French word for “angled.”

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Six!

August 11, 2017

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

  • an ant’s sense of smell is stronger than a dog’s? (Real Fact #39)
  • the average smell weighs 760 nanograms? (Real Fact #54)
  • smelling apples and/or bananas can help you lose weight?  (Real Fact #109)
  • bloodhounds can track a man by smell for up to 100 miles? (Real Fact #435)
  • polar bears can smell a seal from up to 20 miles away? (Real Fact #744)
  • dolphins are unable to smell? (Real Fact #970)
  • Chicago is named after smelly garlic that once grew in the area? (Real Fact #990)
  • elepohants can smell water up to 3 miles away? (Real Fact #1390)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Five!

August 4, 2017

Today’s fun fact comes from the category: Sports.

What is the official national sport of Canada?

You are probably thinking that “ice hockey” would be the logical answer.  But alas, you would be wrong.  The actual national game of Canada is lacrosse (by act of Canadian Parliament in 1867).

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