Posts Tagged ‘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.

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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.

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.