Posts Tagged ‘Facts’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-Five!

October 13, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “botany.”  When thinking about the following fruit: blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, which are true berries?

Only the blueberries are the true berries.  All of the others are considered aggregate drupes.  Drupes are fleshy fruits containing a single stone or pit; they are aggregate because each individual fruit is atually a cluster of miniature drupes.

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

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How Does the Earth Match-up?!

October 11, 2017

Last month I shared an infographic that showed the Earth’s scale from the tallest mountaintop to the deepest ocean trench.  This month, let’s take a look (courtesy of yet another stunning infographic) at the size of the Earth and how it compares to other planets and stars in the universe.  Yet another lesson in perspective.  Enjoy!

size-of-the-earth-compared-to-the-rest-of-the-universe-space-planets-stars

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-Four!

October 6, 2017

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

  • frogs cannot swallow with their eyes open? (Real Fact #42)
  • the bullfrog is the only animal that never sleeps? (Real Fact #44)
  • frogs never drink?  (Real Fact #110)
  • a group of frogs is called an army? (Real Fact #1352)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-Three!

September 29, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “hodgepodge.”  Do you know what the color is of the “black box” on a commercial airliner?

Well, the color is orange, not black; orange is much easier to see than black, especially among wreckage.

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

First Female Supreme Court Justice!

September 25, 2017

Today marks the day (in 1981) that Sandra Day O’Connor took her seat on the Supreme Court of the United States after taking the oath of office (which was administered by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger).  She was originally nominated on July 7th by then President Ronald Reagan and was eventually approved by the Senate, in a 99-0 vote, on September 21st.

In addition, September 25th was the day for several other “firsts,” such as the first . . .

  • newspaper published in the British colonies (Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestic, Boston, MA, 1690)
  • newspaper publisher (Benjamin Harris, “the father of American newspapers,” 1690)
  • constitutional amendments to fail the ratification process (first two articles of the eventual Bill of Rights, 1789)
  • play presented by a Jewish professional acting troupe (Die Hexe, Hebrew Opera and Dramatic Company, New York, NY, 1880)
  • micropaleontology course at a college (Columbia University (Prof. Jesse James Galloway), New York, NY, 1924)
  • transatlantic telephone call carried by the transoceanic cable  (Cleo Frank Craig [Chairman, AT&T] in New York, NY, to British Postmaster General in London, UK, 1956)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-Two!

September 22, 2017

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

  • a jellyfish is approximately 95% water? (Real Fact #18)
  • a group of jellyfish is called a smack? (Real Fact #779)
  • jellyfish don’t have brains?  (Real Fact #1248)
  • jellysfish can clone themselves? (Real Fact #1249)

Did you also know that the autumnal equinox will occur at 3:02 PM today (CDT)?

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-One!

September 15, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “inventors/inventions.”  Do you know who founded the Mercedes-Benz company?

Mercedes just happened to be the name of a Daimler car company employee’s daughter (he, Emil Jellinek, name an engine and several racing cars after her); Benz refers to Karl Benz, an auto manufacturer.  In 1926, Benz merged with Daimler to become the “Mercedes-Benz” company.  The Daimler name resurfaced in 1998 when the company merged with the Chrysler Corporation to form Daimler-Chrysler.

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

How About a Little Scale/Perspective?!

September 13, 2017

To truly understand where and how we fit into this world, here’s an infographic that will hopefully shed some light on the scale of the earth (from the tallest mountain to the deepest ocean trench).  Enjoy!

tallest-mountain-to-deepest-ocean-trench-infographic

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty!

September 8, 2017

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

  • a kangaroo can jump thirty (30) feet? (Real Fact #93)
  • a male kangaroo is called a boomer?  (Real Fact #185)
  • a female kangaroo is called a flyer? (Real Fact #186)
  • a kangaroo cannot walk backward? (Real Fact #425)
  • a red kangaroo can hop up to 44 miles per hour? (Real Fact #1253)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Nine

September 1, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “words.”  Do you know what English word is used to describe a group of geese in flight?

If  you are thinking the correct answer iss “gaggle,” you would be wrong.  Gaggle represents a group of geese on land or in the water.  For a group of geese “in flight,” you would use the word “skein.”

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