Archive for the ‘Trivia’ Category

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.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighty-Seven!

August 10, 2018

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

  • the Mona Lisa has no eyebrows? (Real Fact #85)
  • it took Leonardo da Vinci 12 years to paint the lips of Mona Lisa?  (Real Fact #316)

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

Necktie of the Month – August 2018!

August 1, 2018

Banyan Tree IIHere is yet another Jerry Garcia necktie that I have managed to acquire.  The title of this one: Banyan Tree II.  Ironically enough, I already have three other Garcia Banyan Tree designs in different color combinations (multi-colored [maroon, yellow, beige, gold, blue, green, orange], earth-toned [brown, beige, orange, gold], and blue and yellow).  All of my previous Banyan Tree designs go well with my brown and beige suits, but I now have one that will compliment my gray and black suits.  Shown here on my black shirt, this tie pairs nicely with my gray shirt and my white shirt (obviously).  And, with the hint of beige and brown, it might pair nicely with my beige and brown suits as well.  I just love the versatility of these Jerry Garcia patterns.  And, with my summer and fall vacations/travel underway, who knows what new necktie treasures I will discover?  I’m sure there will be some to tempt me along the way; I’ve already proven a weakness for ties (and clothes in general) so I’m confident that my collection will grow before the end of the year.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighty-Six!

July 27, 2018

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

  • Alaska has the highest percentage of people who walk to work?  (Real Fact #22)
  • Alaska has more caribou than people?  (Real Fact #81)
  • Alaska was bought from Russia for about $0.02 per acre?  (Real Fact #747)
  • Alaska is the only state that can be typed on one row of keys?  (Real Fact #1321)
  • Alaska is the most northern, eastern and western state in the U.S.?  (Real Fact #1401)

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

Fun Facts Friday, Number Eighty-Five!

July 20, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “time.”  Do you know . . . which has more time zones, the People’s Republic of China, or Alaska?

While China may be an exceeding large country, Alaska actually has more time zones (2): the Alaskan time zone and the Hawaii-Aleutian time zone; the People’s Republic of China has one time zone: Chinese Standard Time.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighty-Four!

July 13, 2018

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

  • no piece of paper can be folded more than seven (7) times?  (Real Fact #77)
  • U.S. paper currency isn’t made of paper?  It’s actually a blend of cotton and linen.  (Real Fact #423)
  • recycled paper is made using 40% less energy than normal paper?  (Real Fact #704)
  • every ton of recycled paper saves about 17 trees?  (Real Fact #705)
  • in the U.S., there is an official rock, paper, scissors league?  (Real Fact #1272)
  • bubble wrap was originally invented as a wallpaper in 1957?  (Real Fact #1468)

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

It’s World Chocolate Day!

July 7, 2018

Happy Saturday!  And what better way to enjoy the day than by consuming a bit of chocolate.  Here are some interesting facts about chocolate that you may not know:

  • chocolate was consumed as a liquid for 90% of its history.
  • Americans spend more than $1.7 billion on chocolate and candy (and that is just for Valentine’s Day).
  • solid chocolate was invented in 1847.
  • chocolate melts at 93 degrees fahrenheit (melts in your mouth, and in your hands).
  • chocolate has more than 600 flavor compounds (red wine just has 200).
  • chocolate comes from the fruit of the cacao tree.
  • chocolate has to be tempered to gain its shiny look.
  • chocolate is poisonous to dogs.
  • it takes 400 cacao seeds to make 1 pound of chocolate.

 

Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighty-Three!

July 6, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “names” (part 2).  Do you know . . . how the software company Adobe got its name?

The software company Adobe got its name from the Adobe Creek which ran behind the home of the company’s founder, John Warnock.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighty-Two!

June 29, 2018

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

  • at one point in time, serving ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas was prohibited?  (Real Fact #1285)
  • Traverse City, Michigan, considers itself the Cherry Capitol of the World? (Real Fact #1296) NOTE: the National Cherry Festival 2018 begins tomorrow!
  • January 3rd is National Chocolate-Covered Cherry Day?  (Real Fact #1298)
  • the word “cherry” comes from the Turkish town of Cerasus?  (Real Fact #1300)
  • a cherry pie is made of about 200 cherries?  (Real Fact #1301)
  • Eau Claire, Michigan, is known as the Cherry-Spitting Capitol of the World?  (Real Fact #1302)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighty-One!

June 22, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “names.”  Do you know . . . what the residents of Cambridge, England are called?

The residents of Cambridge, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as graduates of Cambridge University are all called Cantabrigians.

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