Posts Tagged ‘Facts’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Twelve!

February 24, 2017

Happy Friday!  Are you ready for the weekend?  Our fun fact today is in the category of quotations.  Do you know which American politician said “I was recently on a  tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn’t study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people”?

If you guessed former Vice President Dan Quayle you would be incorrect.  However, the quotation was attributed to him by Representative Claudine Schneider (Rhode Island) as she was making fun of him in a joke.

Have a great weekend!

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Eleven!

February 17, 2017

It may be winter, but the country’s national parks are still open.  Here are the best National Parks to visit during the winter:

  • Everglades National Park (Florida)
  • Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)
  • Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Montana, Idaho)
  • Acadia National Park (Maine)
  • Saguaro National Park (Arizona)
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (Colorado)
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (California)

Did you know that the National Park Service manages over 350 parks on 80 million acres of public land? (Real Fact #695)

Did you know that over half of the world’s geyser’s can be found in the Yellowstone National Park? (Real Fact #742)

Did you know that Manhattan Island was once home to as many different species as Yellowstone National Park? (Real Fact #684)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Ten!

February 10, 2017

Today’s fun fact(s) concern your taste buds.

  • Did you know that there are approximately 9,000 taste buds on your tongue?  (Real Fact #452)  [Note: Encyclopedia Britannica  estimates that the average human tongue has between 2,000 and 8,000 taste buds.]
  • Did you know that children have more taste buds than adults?  (Real Fact #833)
  • Did you know that the life span of a taste bud is about ten days?  (Real Fact #62)

Taste buds are sensory organs that allow you to experience and differentiate between  sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.

Happy tasting!

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Nine!

February 3, 2017

Category: Biology . . .

Do you know where most tigers live?

While the correct answer would be “in captivity,” the country that can lay claim to this distinction is the United States.  Surprised?  A century ago, India certainly would have been the correct answer; current, India only has a few thousand, while the U.S. may have more than four thousand in Texas alone.  And, according to the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, while many tigers are kept in zoos throughout the U.S., there may be as many as twelve thousand tigers being kept ILLEGALLY as pets in the U.S.  Tigers can be legally kept in the states of Delaware, Maine, Indiana, and Idaho.  Scientists estimate that there may be fewer than ten thousand tigers, in the wild, on the planet.

It’s a Lie!

February 2, 2017

Today marks the first use of a lie detector as evidence in a court of law (1935).

The instrument: the Keeler Polygraph (invented by Leonarde Keeler, Northwestern University’s School of Law’s Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, Chicago, Illinois).
The case: Wisconsin State v. Cecil Loniello and Tony Grignano.
The jurisdiction: Circuit Court of Columbia County, Portage, Wisconsin.
The judgment: both defendants were found guilty of assault.

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

Fun Fact(s) Friday, Number Six!

January 27, 2017

Can these fact possibly “bee” true?  According to the “Real Facts” (courtesy of www.snapple.com), yes.  Were you aware of the following truths about honeybees?

  • a honey bee can fly at 15 miles per hour (Real Fact #6)
  • a queen bee can lay between 800 and 1,500 eggs per day (Real Fact #7)
  • a bee has five eyelids  (Real Fact #8)
  • a honeybee is the only insect that creates a form of food for humans (Real Fact #118)
  • honeybees navigate by using the sun as a compass (Real Fact #133)
  • bees’ wings beat about 11,400 times per minute (Real Fact #442)
  • honeybees have hair on their eyes (Real Fact #767)
  • bees are born fully grown (Real Fact #775)
  •  to make one pound of honey, a honeybee must tap about two million flowers (Real Fact #989)

Source: www.snapple.com/real-facts

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seven!

January 20, 2017

Okay, we are about three weeks into our New Year’s resolutions and I thought this would be the perfect time to “weigh in” on the subject of weight (yes, pun intended, of course). Since losing weight is always one of the top resolutions that people make, here are some fun facts concerning weight (courtesy of www.snapple.com/real-facts).  Enjoy!

  • the world’s termites outweigh the worlds humans about 10 to 1 (#16)
  • a hummingbird weighs less than a penny (#17)
  • the average smell weighs 760 nanograms (#54)
  • the human brain weighs about three pounds (#55)
  • when the moon is directly overhead, you weigh slightly less (#98)
  • you would weigh less on the top of a mountain than at sea level (#106)
  • smelling apples and/or bananas can help you lose weight (#109)
  • the largest fish is the whale shark, it can be over fifty (50) feet long and weigh over two (2) tons (#116)
  • an ant can lift fifty (50) times its own weight (#134)
  • THE LARGEST CHEESECAKE EVER MADE WEIGHED 57,508 POUNDS (#199)
  • the largest ball of twine in the U.S. weighs over 17,000 pounds (#213)
  • the biggest pig in recorded history weighed almost one (1) ton (#235)
  • the legs of bats are too weak to support their weight, so they hang upside down (#324)
  • cold water weighs less than hot water (#351)
  • the weight of the moon is 81 billion tons (#353)
  • the smallest mammal in the world is the bumblebee bat, which weighs less than a penny (#418)
  • in the U.S. a pig has to weigh more than 180 pounds to be called a hog (#434)
  • a gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds (#447)
  • 454 U.S. dollar bills weigh exactly one (1) pound (#469)
  • the human brain takes up 2% of human body weight but uses 20% of its energy (#737)
  • most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale (#768)
  • President William Taft weighed more than 300 pounds and once got stuck in the White House bathtub (#872)
  • just a sugar cube of neutron star matter would weigh about one hundred million tons on Earth (#1004)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Six!

January 13, 2017

Happy Friday!    And, Happy Friday the 13th!  What is your favorite horror movie?  The original Halloween (1978), starring Jamie Lee Curtis, remains my favorite.  On a somewhat related note, horror films have long used the telephone (or a telephone call) to terrify the audience so I thought I would check out some interesting, but totally unrelated to horror, telephone facts (courtesy of www.snapple.com “Real Facts”):

  • the first telephone book ever issues (1878) contained just fifty (50) names (Real Fact #170)
  • there are more telephones in Washington, D.C. than there are people (Real Fact #91)

 

Fun Fact(s) Friday, Number Five!

December 30, 2016

Today’s fact(s) involve the alphabet (courtesy of http://www.snapple.com/real-facts).  Did you know that . . .

  • the letter “J” was the last letter added to our alphabet? (“Real Fact” #336)
  • the Hawaiian alphabet only has twelve (12) letters? (“Real Fact” #26)
  • the most used letters in the English language are E, T, A, O, I, and N (“Real Fact” #184)
  • there are seven letters that look the same either upside down or right side up (“Real Fact” #233)
  • the name of the city we call Bangkok is 115 letters long in the Thai language (“Real Fact” #815)
  • “forty” is the only number whose letters are in alphabetic order (“Real Fact” #1014)
  • “one”is the only number with its letters in reverse alphabetic order (“Real Fact” #1015)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Four!

December 23, 2016

Happy Friday!  In this installment of “fun fact Friday,” I’ll be sharing some facts about dolphins (courtesy of http://www.snapple.com).  Did you know that . . . ?

  • Dolphins can jump up to twenty feet in the air.
  • Dophins sleet with one eye open.
  • Dolphins are unable to smell.

Source: http://www.snapple.com (Real Facts #129, #760, and #970)