Posts Tagged ‘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.

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It’s All a Matter of Degrees!

July 17, 2018

Well, we are midway through the month and the heat of summer is bearing down upon us.  But to help put the temperatures we are experiencing into perspective, here’s a wonderful infographic (courtesy of the BBC) that shows us the range from what truly is “absolute cold” to what is “absolute hot.”  Enjoy!

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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.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighty!

June 15, 2018

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

  • no word in the English language rhymes with the word “month”? (Real Fact #69)
  • the work “purple” does not rhyme with any other word in the English language? (Real Fact #321)
  • nowhere in the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme does it say that Humpty Dumpty is an egg?  (Real Fact #1334)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Nine!

June 8, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “astronomy.”  Do you know . . . what is the brightest star in the night sky of the Northern Hemisphere?

Well, the brightest star in the night sky of the Northern Hemisphere is not the North Star (Polaris) but rather the Dog Star (Sirius).  Sirius-ly? (Sorry.)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Eight!

June 1, 2018

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

  • strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges? (Real Fact #64)
  • strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside?  (Real Fact #136)
  • there is a museum of strawberries in Belgium? (Real Fact #716)
  • strawberries have an average of 200 seeds? (Real Fact #718)
  • a strawberry is not actually a berry (but a banana is)?  (Real Fact #719)
  • a lemon contains more sugar than a strawberry? (Real Fact #845)
  • strawberries are grown in every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada?  (Real Fact #1016)

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