Posts Tagged ‘Rod L. Evans’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty-Three!

December 8, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “measurements.”  Do you know the dimensions of the familiar piece of lumber knows as a 2×4 (a two by four)?

While it may start as two inches by four inches when cut from the log, the process of drying and planing the wood the to finished piece of lumber reduces its actual size to 1-1/2 inches by 3-1/2 inches.

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 Fifty-One!

November 24, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “insects and related things.”  Do you know what male bees are called?

The male bees are NOT considered the “worker” bees, these would be the females (unless the female is the queen).  The male bees are actually the “drones.”

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-Nine!

November 10, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “slang.”  Do you know what the slang phrase “blowing the grampus” means?

It originates from a naval tradition of throwing a bucket of cold water on a sailor who has been caught asleep while on watch.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-Seven!

October 27, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “physics.”  Do you know why a person would put a teaspoon in the neck of an opened bottle of champagne?

Contrary to any actual scientific or empirical evidence, people believe (erroneously) that this will help the champagne retain its carbonation.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Seven!

August 18, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “music/instruments.”  Do you know what kind of instrument (string, woodwind, percussion, or brass) is an English horn?

Well, first of all, it is not a brass instrument; it is not a horn, and, it isn’t even English.  An English horn is technically a woodwind (and alto oboe) with an angled mouthpiece.  The word “English” is actually a mis-translation from the French word for “angled.”

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

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.