Archive for the ‘Trivia’ Category

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

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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.

All Hail, the Bookseller!

June 7, 2018

Bookselling has been around for centuries and represents “the retail and distribution end of the publishing process” (Wikipedia).  But did you know that the first “organization of booksellers” wasn’t established until this date in 1801?  Yep, it was the American Company of Booksellers (in New York City).  Their mission: “to improve quality, to avoid interference, to discontinue importations, to favor a literary fair, to recommend correspondence, and to promote the general interest.”  Mathew Carey (from Philadelphia, PA) was the first president of this organization.  Interestingly enough, the very first “book fair” occurred less than a year after the formation of this organization (June 1, 1802) and was held in the Coffee House on Beaver Street (New York City) to display the offerings of various publishers and bookseller.  This first event was attended by forty-six booksellers and was so successful that a similar event was held the following year in Philadelphia.  Moving forward, it became an annual event that alternated between New York and Philadelphia.

Source: Famous First Facts by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janet Podell, p. 336.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Seven!

May 25, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “literature.”  Do you know . . . who was the first person to say or write “ignorance is bliss”?

It would have been the first person to misquote the poet Thomas Gray.  Gray, in his “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College,” wrote “where ignorance is bliss, ‘Tis folly to be wise.”

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

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

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.