Archive for the ‘Trivia’ Category

Fun Fact Friday, Number Sixty-Three!

February 16, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “biology.”  Do you know where gorillas sleep?

Gorillas sleep in nests which are created by weaving bent branches with soft foliage to form a mattress.  And, while the females (and young) prefer sleeping in the trees above the ground, male gorillas tend to prefer sleeping on the ground.

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 Sixty-Two!

February 9, 2018

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

  • it is possible to lead a cow up stairs but not down? (Real Fact #40)
  • cows give more milk when they listen to music? (Real Fact #236)
  • a group of twelve or more cows is called a flink? (Real Fact #459)
  • dairy cows drink up to 50 gallons of water per day? (Real Fact #470)
  • in Texas, it is illegal to graffiti someone’s cow? (Real Fact #909)
  • when grazing or resting, cows tend to align their bodies with the magnetic north and south poles? (Real Fact #980)
  • cows do not have upper front teeth? (Real Fact #982)
  • William Taft liked milk so much that he had cows graze on the White House lawn? (Real Fact #1188)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Sixty-One!

February 2, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “origins.”  Do you know which nation invented vodka?

Nope, it was NOT Russia.  And while “vodka” mean “little water” in Russian, it originated in Poland.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Sixty!

January 26, 2018

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

  • “arachibutlphobia” is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.? (Real Fact #362)
  • one acre of peanuts will make about 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.? (Real Fact #430)
  • peanuts are not actually nuts but legumes? (Real Fact #1261)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty-Nine!

January 19, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “famous people.”  Do you know the name of the Missouri town where Mark Twain was born?

Nope, it was NOT Hannibal.  Hannibal was where he grew up.  Rather, Twain (Samuel Clemens) was born in Florida, Missouri.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty-Eight!

January 12, 2018

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

  • potatoes have more chromosomes than humans? (Real Fact #734)
  • the first TV toy commercial aired in 1946 for Mr. Potato Head? (Real Fact #903)
  • the potato became the first vegetable grown in space? (Real Fact #1283)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty-Seven!

January 5, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “world history.”  Do you know what object killed most British sailors in eighteenth-century sea battles?

Contrary to popular belief (or what you might consider as logical), most sailors were NOT killed by cannon balls.  Rather, they were killed by the flying wood splinters that were caused by the cannon balls.

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

Very Illuminating!

December 30, 2017

Lamp

Being a combination art enthusiast/art collector, living in close proximity to art museums as well as being close to a thriving art community or culture has always been important to me.  So, when the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in 2011, in Bentonville, Arkansas (just a two-hour drive from Tulsa), I was delighted.  I have visited this museum on numerous occasions and most recently found myself purchasing a small tabletop lamp.  The shade of this lamp is a reproduction of the 1908 painting by Maxfield Parrish etitled “Lantern Bearers” and is currently being displayed at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.   What a joy to be able to bring art (as well as illumination) to a small, but no longer dark, corner of my apartment!

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty-Six!

December 29, 2017

Thank goodness for the might cacao bean!  According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the cacao bean is the “seed of a tree native to tropical America, Theobroma cacao (family Sterculiaceae), from which cocoa and chocolate are prepared.”  Did you know that . . .

  • the original recipe for chocolate contained chili powder instead of sugar? (Real Fact #259).
  • vanilla is used to make chocolate? (Real Fact #842).
  • National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day is in six days [January 3rd]?  (Real Fact #1298).
  • chocolate bars and blue denim both originated in Guatemala? (Real Fact #1310).

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty-Five!

December 22, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “language/initials/mottos.”  Do you know when the English word “pig” was first used as a pejorative term for a police officer?

Sorry, it was not the 1960s during the Civil Rights era.  Rather, in the early nineteenth century, “pig” was used and applied to plainclothes policemen in London.  However, in languages other than English, the term was used much earlier (e.g., when the children of Israel condemned the Roman police authorities long before the nineteenth century).

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