Archive for the ‘Trivia’ Category

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.

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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.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Sixty-Eight!

March 23, 2018

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

  • the longest one-syllable word is “screeched?” (Real Fact #68)
  • no word in the English language rhymes with month? (Real Fact #69)
  • the word “facetious” features all of the vowels in alphabetic order? (Real Fact #310)
  • the Japanese word “judo” means “the gentle way?”  (Real Fact #314)
  • the word “purple” does not rhyme with any other word in the English language? (Real Fact #321)
  • Thomas Edison coined the word “hello” and introduced it as a way to answer the phone? (Real Fact #374)
  • ferret comes from the Latin word for “little thief?” (Real Fact #776)
  • Shakespeare invented the word assassination and bump? (Real Fact #807)
  • there are more English words beginning with the letter “s” than any other letter? (Real Fact #1241)
  • the word “bride” come from an old Proto-Germanic word meaning “to cook?” (Real Fact #1243)
  • the word “utopia” — an ideal place — ironically comes from a Greek word meaning “no place?” (Real Fact #1244)
  • the average dog can understand over 150 words? (Real Fact #1284)
  • the word “cherry” comes from the Turkish town of Cerasus? (Real Fact #1300)
  • in Webster’s dictionary, the longest words without repeating letters are “uncopyrightable” and “dermatoglyphics?” (Real Fact #1372)
  • “unprosperousness” is the longest word in which no letter occurs only once? (Real Fact #1373)
  • “typewriter” and “perpetuity” are the longest words that can be typed on a single line of a QWERTY keyboard?  (Real Fact #1374)
  • the word “checkmate” come from the Persian phrase meaning “the king is dead?” (Real Fact #1377)
  • the word “aegilops” is the longest word in the English language to have all of its letters in alphabetic order? (Real Fact #1396)
  • Dr. Seuss wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” to win a bet with his publisher who thought he could not complete a book with only 50 words? (Real Fact #1408)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Sixty-Seven!

March 16, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “quotations.”  Do you know who originally said “Anyone who hates children and dogs can’t be all bad?”

Contrary to popular belief, it was NOT W.C. Fields, but rather, the teacher, scholar and humorist, Leo Roston, who delivered this line at a tribute dinner to honor W.C. Fields.

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

Ireland!

March 13, 2018

Happy Monday!  With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner (this coming Saturday), I thought it would be a great time to share a few interesting facts about the Emerald Isle that you might not have been aware of.  Enjoy!

50 Insane Irish Facts

Courtesy of: 50 Insane Irish Facts [Infographic] by the team at NeoMam

 

Fun Fact Friday, Number Sixty-Six!

March 9, 2018

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

  • one fourth of the bones in your body are in your feet? (Real Fact #56)
  • a pigeon’s feathers are heavier than its bones? (Real Fact #126)
  • the first TV remote control (introduced in 1950) was called Lazy Bones? (Real Fact #253)
  • at birth a human has 250 bones, but only 206 bones when fully grown? (Real Fact #272)
  • your big toe only has two bones while the rest of your toes have three? (Real Fact #790)
  • your skull is made up of twenty-nine different bones? (Real Fact #827)
  • human thigh bones are stronger than concrete? (Real Fact #1388)

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

“You May Fire When You Are Ready, Gridley . . . !”

March 3, 2018
GeoDeweyThese are the words spoken by Commodore George Dewey on May 1st of 1898, in the Battle of Manila Bay (in the Philippines) during the Spanish-American War to Captain Charles Vernon Gridley.  But were you aware that it wasn’t until March 3, 1899, that George Dewey became the very first person in the United States to hold the distinguishing rank of “Admiral of the Navy.”
“You may fire when you are ready, Gridley.”  ―George Dewey
Source/Notes:  To Charles Vernon Gridley – the captain of his ship – on 1 May 1898 – As quoted in: Washington Post, 3 October 1899.
Photo source:  By Admiral George Dewey, scanned from photogravure from 1899 book in Infrogmation own collection, and uploaded by Infrogmation to en:Wikipedia on 13 November 2002. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Sixty-Five!

March 2, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “the Bible and religion.”  Do you know where in the Bible is gambling specifically condemned?

The Bible does not actually condemn gambling.  It does condemn the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10; Hebrews 13:5) and counsels against attempts to “get rich quick” (Proverbs 13:11; Ecclesiastes 5:10).

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Sixty-Four!

February 23, 2018

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

  • if you keep a goldfish in a dark room it will eventually turn white? (Real Fact #34)
  • a “twit” is the technical term for a pregnant goldfish? (Real Fact #431)

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