Posts Tagged ‘Facts’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Six!

August 11, 2017

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

  • an ant’s sense of smell is stronger than a dog’s? (Real Fact #39)
  • the average smell weighs 760 nanograms? (Real Fact #54)
  • smelling apples and/or bananas can help you lose weight?  (Real Fact #109)
  • bloodhounds can track a man by smell for up to 100 miles? (Real Fact #435)
  • polar bears can smell a seal from up to 20 miles away? (Real Fact #744)
  • dolphins are unable to smell? (Real Fact #970)
  • Chicago is named after smelly garlic that once grew in the area? (Real Fact #990)
  • elepohants can smell water up to 3 miles away? (Real Fact #1390)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Five!

August 4, 2017

Today’s fun fact comes from the category: Sports.

What is the official national sport of Canada?

You are probably thinking that “ice hockey” would be the logical answer.  But alas, you would be wrong.  The actual national game of Canada is lacrosse (by act of Canadian Parliament in 1867).

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Four!

July 28, 2017

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

  • all porcupines float in water? (Real Fact #15)
  • porcupines each have 30,000 quills? (Real Fact #220)
  • a group of porcupines is called a prickle? (Real Fact #1000)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Three!

July 21, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “time.”  If it is noon in Pensacola, Florida, what time is it in Fargo, North Dakota?

Believe it or not, it would be “noon” in Fargo, North Dakota.   Despite the more that 1,500 miles separating these two cities, they both reside within the central time zone of the United States.  That’s one huge time zone!

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-One!

July 7, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “names.”  Do you know why the name Fido is associated with dogs?

Well, to begin with, dogs are loyal companions and Fido is from the Latin word fidus which means “faithful or loyal.”

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty-Nine!

June 23, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “names.”  Do you know from which animal the Canary Islands got their name?

Nope, it was not the canary birds.  Rather, they derived their name from a now extinct race of large dog (Canis in Latin) that freely roamed the island.

On the flip side, the canary bird is so named because they actually did come from the Canary Islands.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty-Eight!

June 16, 2017

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

  • mangoes are the most-consumed fruit in the world? (Real Fact #717)
  • mangoes have noses? (Real Fact #1415)
  • mangoes can get sunburned?  (Real Fact #1416)

And were you aware that . . .

  • the paisley pattern, which originated in India, is based on the shape of a mango?
  • mangoes are related to cashews and pistachios?
  • a mango tree can grow as tall as 100 feet?

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty-Seven!

June 9, 2017

Today’s fact is under the category of astronomy.  Do you know which planet in our solar system has the highest mean surface temperature?

If you guessed “Mercury” (based solely on the fact that it is the planet closest to our sun), you would have guessed incorrectly.  The planet with the highest mean surface temperature is actually Venus, whose gases (mostly carbon dioxide) actually trap the heat making its surface hotter than Mercury.  Who knew?

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

 

Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty-Six!

June 2, 2017

Allow me to be a bit “catty” today as my facts will center around cats.  Did you know that…

  • cats have over 100 vocal chords? (Real Fact #13)
  • cats can hear ultrasound? (Real Fact #48)
  • Napoleon suffered from a fear of cats? (Real Fact #303)
  • a group of cats is called a clowder? (Real Fact #450)
  • a cat can make about 100 different sounds? (Real Fact #685 — dogs can only make about 10 sounds)
  • cats have two sets of vocal chords?  One for purring and one for meowing. (Real Fact #777)
  • more Presidents have had pet birds than cats? (Real Fact #1215)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty-Five!

May 26, 2017

This week’s fact comes under the category of “Literature.”  Do you happen to know what the “wherefore,” from “wherefore art thou, Romeo?” means? Hint: it doesn’t mean where.

The short answer: it means why?

The longer answer: spoken by Juliet whilst on the balcony, she is lamenting the antagonism between their two families (Juliet’s Capulets and Romeo’s Montagues).  Juliet is basically asking Romeo “why did you have to be a Montague?

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