Posts Tagged ‘Facts’

Fun Fact Friday, Number 163!

January 24, 2020

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “world history.”  Do you know . . . in what war was napalm first used?

It was actually not Vietnam.  Rather, napalm was first used in World War II.  On March 9, 1945, General Curtis LeMay ordered U.S. bomber to drop nearly two thousand tons of napalm bombs on Tokyo.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number 162!

January 17, 2020

Today’s real facts (courtesy of are all about the moon.  Did you know that . . .

  • when the moon is directly overhead, you weigh slightly less? (Real Fact #98)
  • the weight of the moon is 81 billion tons? (Real Fact #353)
  • if there are two full moons in a month, the second one is called a blue moon?  (Real Fact #445)
  • the peach was the first fruit to be eaten on the moon?  (Real Fact #722)
  • a full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon. (Real Fact 735)
  • the Saturn V moon rocket consumed 15 tons of fuel per second? (Real Fact #913)
  • a manned rocket can reach the moon in less time than it took a stagecoach to travel the length of England? (Real Fact #914)
  • Buzz Aldrin was one of the first men on the moon. His mother’s maiden name was also Moon?  (Real Fact #920)
  • a soup can full of neutron star material would have more mass than the Moon?  (Real Fact #1005)
  • Mercury and Venus are the only planets in our solar system with no moon?  (Real Fact #1260)
  • golf is the only sport to be played on the moon?  (Real Fact 1376)
  • Australia is wider than the moon?  (Real Fact #1464)


Kitchen Intel, Number Eleven!

January 16, 2020

Here are some tips and tricks for honey:

  • keep the honey jar closed and warm (room temperature).  If your honey crystallizes, put the jar in warm water until the crystals dissolve.
  • use a wide rubber band around the lid to easily open the jar.
  • you can soften honey by microwaving (but proceed with caution).
    • don’t put a jar with a metal ring in your microwave.
    • always loosen the cap when microwaving.
  • measuring sticky ingredients: measure oil first then your honey (or maple syrup, or corn syrup, or molasses, etc.).  The oil will prevent the syrupy ingredient from sticking.
  • substitute honey for sugar (with minor modifications)
    • use 1 part honey for every 1-1/4 part sugar.
    • reduce liquid by 1/4 cup.
    • add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for each 1 cup of honey.
    • reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent overbrowning.

Source: How to Break an Egg, by the editors, contributors, and readers of Fine Cooking magazine, p. 51-52, Jane Charlton, Verna Poole, Lisa Jung, Bernard Roth, and Kate Brick.

Fun Fact Friday, Number 161!

January 10, 2020

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “language/initials/mottos.”  Do you know . . . what’s the difference in the meaning between flammable and inflammable?

No difference whatsoever.  Both terms describe what can be easily set on fire.

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

It’s Elementary, Number Seven!

January 7, 2020

This month we continue with the next of the alkali metals: cesium.  Cesium is another soft metal that is super-reactive and has the fiercest reaction to water (and gives off a shy-blue light when aggravated).  One of the radioactive isotopes of this element (cesium-137) was the major pollutant following the 1986 Chernobyl disaster/meltdown.

Cesium – discovered in 1860

Symbol: Cs
Atomic number: 55
Atomic weight: 132.91
Density: 1.879 g/cm3
Melting point: 28.44°C (83.19°F)
Boiling point: 671°C (1,240°F)
Color: golden tinge
Standard state: solid at 25°C (77°F)
Classification: metallic

Source: The Complete Periodic Table: Elements with Style, by Adrian Dingle and Dan Green.

Ancient History, Number Seventeen!

January 4, 2020

By “ancient history,” I will be referencing events from January 4th that occurred pre-1492 (i.e., before “Columbus sailed the ocean blue”).  Note: most of these will be from the medieval world (476 AD – 1492 AD) as many earlier events don’t always have specific dates.

  • Andrea Dandolo is elected Doge of Venice, Italy (1343 AD).
  • Charles of Orleans, French courtly poet, dies in Ambroise, France, at the age of 70 (1465 AD).

Source: Volume 1 of the Chronology of World History: Prehistory — AD 1491: The Ancient and Medieval World.

Fun Fact Friday, Number 160!

January 3, 2020

Today’s real facts (courtesy of are all about blue whales.  Did you know that . . .

  • the blue whale’s heart is the size of a small car?  (Real Fact #232)
  • the blue whale can produce the loudest sound of any animal.  At 188 decibels, the noise can be detected over 800 kilometers away?  (Real Fact #1380)
  • a human being could swim through the blood vessels of a blue whale?  (Real Fact #1443)


New Year’s Eve, 2019!

December 31, 2019

The dropping of the ball in Times Square (New York City) on New Year’s Eve has been going on for quite some time.  Do you know the year that this tradition first started?  Would you believe 1907?

Some other famous “firsts” that occurred on December 31st throughout history include:

  • the first price regulation law enacted by a colony (Rhode Island, 1776)
  • the first book with color plates (The City of Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania North America as it Appeared  in the Year 1800 , Consisting of Twenty-Eight Plates Drawn and Engraved by W. Birch and Son,  1800)
  • the first parade held by a mystic society (Cowbellian Rakian Society, Mobile, AL, 1830)
  • the first dental surgeons to be licensed by a state (Alabama, 1841)
  • the first transatlantic radio broadcast of a voice (1923)
  • the first Socialist Workers Party organizational meeting (Chicago, IL, 1937)
  • the first senator to win a seat that had been occupied by his father and his mother (Russell Long, Louisiana, 1948)
  • the first battery to convert radioactive energy into electrical energy (1951)
  • the first year in which the public debt of the U.S. exceeded $1 trillion (1981)
  • the first ice hotel (Aurora Ice Hotel, Chena Hot Springs, AK, 2003)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number 159!

December 27, 2019

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “measurements.”  Do you know . . . how much water a ten-gallon hat would hold?

Obviously NOT ten gallons.  In all actuality, a ten-gallon hat only holds roughly three-quarters of a gallon.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number 158!

December 20, 2019

Today’s real facts (courtesy of are all about sound.  Did you know that . . .

  • the first human-made object to break the sound barrier was a whip?  (Real Fact #169)
  • the nothingness of a black hole generates a sound in the key of B-flat?  (Real Fact #162)
  • sound travels up to fifteen times faster through steel than air, up to 19,000 feet per second?  (Real Fact #1028)
  • thunder is actually the sound caused by lightning?  (Real Fact #1463)