Posts Tagged ‘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.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-One!

July 7, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “names.”  Do you know why the name Fido is associated with dogs?

Well, to begin with, dogs are loyal companions and Fido is from the Latin word fidus which means “faithful or loyal.”

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty-Nine!

June 23, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “names.”  Do you know from which animal the Canary Islands got their name?

Nope, it was not the canary birds.  Rather, they derived their name from a now extinct race of large dog (Canis in Latin) that freely roamed the island.

On the flip side, the canary bird is so named because they actually did come from the Canary Islands.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty-Seven!

June 9, 2017

Today’s fact is under the category of astronomy.  Do you know which planet in our solar system has the highest mean surface temperature?

If you guessed “Mercury” (based solely on the fact that it is the planet closest to our sun), you would have guessed incorrectly.  The planet with the highest mean surface temperature is actually Venus, whose gases (mostly carbon dioxide) actually trap the heat making its surface hotter than Mercury.  Who knew?

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

 

Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty-Five!

May 26, 2017

This week’s fact comes under the category of “Literature.”  Do you happen to know what the “wherefore,” from “wherefore art thou, Romeo?” means? Hint: it doesn’t mean where.

The short answer: it means why?

The longer answer: spoken by Juliet whilst on the balcony, she is lamenting the antagonism between their two families (Juliet’s Capulets and Romeo’s Montagues).  Juliet is basically asking Romeo “why did you have to be a Montague?

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty-Three!

May 12, 2017

This week’s fact comes under the category of “Science.”  Do you happen to know the source of the bubbles in champagne?  No, it is not carbon dioxide.

The short answer: dirt, dust, or lint!

The longer answer: carbon dioxide molecules would evaporate without something causing the bubbles to form.  This something was originally believed to be the slight imperfections with the very glass itself.  However, it has since been discovered that the bubbles form on microscopic particles of dust/dirt within the glass which act as condensation nuclei for the dissolved carbon dioxide.

Who knew!  Even straight out of the dishwasher, my glasses are filthy!

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Nineteen!

April 14, 2017

Today’s fun fact comes from the category: American History.

Do you know what was the longest war fought by the United States?

The longest war fought by the United States was the war against the Apache nation (forty-six [46] years) and ended in 1886 with the surrender of Geronimo in New Mexico.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventeen!

March 31, 2017

Today’s fun fact comes from the category: Geography.

Do you know which state is the easternmost state in the United States?

If you guessed Maine (or anywhere else on the “east” coast), you would have guessed wrong!  As you may be figuring out on this line of postings, what is sometimes considered to be the obvious answer is not always the case.

The easternmost state is actually Alaska.  Really?  How is this so?  Well, some of the Aleutian Islands (the Rat Islands and the Near Islands) lie west of the eightieth meridian (the dividing line between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres).

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fourteen!

March 10, 2017

Today’s fun fact comes from the category: The Bible and Religion.

Do you know how many goats there were on Noah’s Ark?

It certainly wasn’t just two.  The answer lies in the “type” of animal it was.  Clean versus unclean.  In the King James version of the Bible, Genesis 7:2 it says: “Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female.”  In the Douay-Rheims Bible (the authoritative source for Roman Catholics), the passage reads: “Of all clean beasts, take seven and seven, the male and the female.”

So, it would appear that the correct answer is: there were fourteen goats on the Ark.

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

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.