Posts Tagged ‘Rod L. Evans’

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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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-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 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-Seven!

May 25, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “literature.”  Do you know . . . who was the first person to say or write “ignorance is bliss”?

It would have been the first person to misquote the poet Thomas Gray.  Gray, in his “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College,” wrote “where ignorance is bliss, ‘Tis folly to be wise.”

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Five!

May 11, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “science.”  Do you know . . . what would happen if you threw dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) into a fire?

If you guessed “it would melt,” you would be wrong.  Rather, dry ice thrown directly onto a fire would sublime, i.e., change directly into a gas.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Three!

April 27, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “food.”  Do you know . . . what distinguishes a hot dog from a frankfurter?

Quite simply, a bun.  A “hot dog” normally has a bun whereas a frankfurter need not have a bun.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-One!

April 13, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “American history.”  Do you know . . . what was Billy the Kid’s real name?

William H. Bonney was actually an alias that Billy the Kid was using when he was sentenced to die.  His real name was probably William Henry McCarty, Jr.  His mother preferred to call him Henry because she did not want him known as a junior.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Sixty-Nine!

March 30, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “geography.”  Do you know . .. what is the longest railroad tunnel?

Nope, it is not the Channel Tunnel (aka the Chunnel), which runs for more than 31 miles between England and France.  The Seikan Tunnel  (Japan) spans an impressive 33.46 miles between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido.  Now, when it comes to the longest underwater tunnel, yes, the Chunnel is it (24 miles underwater); the Seikan Tunnel is onlyb 14.5 miles underwater.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Sixty-Seven!

March 16, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “quotations.”  Do you know who originally said “Anyone who hates children and dogs can’t be all bad?”

Contrary to popular belief, it was NOT W.C. Fields, but rather, the teacher, scholar and humorist, Leo Roston, who delivered this line at a tribute dinner to honor W.C. Fields.

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