Posts Tagged ‘Trivia’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty-Nine!

January 19, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “famous people.”  Do you know the name of the Missouri town where Mark Twain was born?

Nope, it was NOT Hannibal.  Hannibal was where he grew up.  Rather, Twain (Samuel Clemens) was born in Florida, Missouri.

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-Eight!

January 12, 2018

Today’s real facts (courtesy of http://www.snapple.com) are all about potatoes.  Did you know that . . .

  • potatoes have more chromosomes than humans? (Real Fact #734)
  • the first TV toy commercial aired in 1946 for Mr. Potato Head? (Real Fact #903)
  • the potato became the first vegetable grown in space? (Real Fact #1283)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty-Seven!

January 5, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “world history.”  Do you know what object killed most British sailors in eighteenth-century sea battles?

Contrary to popular belief (or what you might consider as logical), most sailors were NOT killed by cannon balls.  Rather, they were killed by the flying wood splinters that were caused by the cannon balls.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty-Six!

December 29, 2017

Thank goodness for the might cacao bean!  According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the cacao bean is the “seed of a tree native to tropical America, Theobroma cacao (family Sterculiaceae), from which cocoa and chocolate are prepared.”  Did you know that . . .

  • the original recipe for chocolate contained chili powder instead of sugar? (Real Fact #259).
  • vanilla is used to make chocolate? (Real Fact #842).
  • National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day is in six days [January 3rd]?  (Real Fact #1298).
  • chocolate bars and blue denim both originated in Guatemala? (Real Fact #1310).

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty-Five!

December 22, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “language/initials/mottos.”  Do you know when the English word “pig” was first used as a pejorative term for a police officer?

Sorry, it was not the 1960s during the Civil Rights era.  Rather, in the early nineteenth century, “pig” was used and applied to plainclothes policemen in London.  However, in languages other than English, the term was used much earlier (e.g., when the children of Israel condemned the Roman police authorities long before the nineteenth century).

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty-Four!

December 15, 2017

Today’s real facts (courtesy of http://www.snapple.com) are all about bones.  Did you know that . . .

  • one quarter of all the body’s bones are in the feet? (Real Fact #56)
  • a pigeon’s feathers are heavier than its bones? (Real Fact #126)
  • at birth a human has 350 bones, but only 206 bones when full grown?  (Real Fact #272)
  • your big toe only has two bones; the rest of your toes all have three? (Real Fact #790)
  • your skull is made up of 29 different bones? (Real Fact #827)
  • human thigh bones are stronger than concrete?  (Real Fact #1388)

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

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.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifty-Two!

December 1, 2017

Today’s real facts (courtesy of http://www.snapple.com) are all about the human brain.  Did you know that . . .

  • a human brain weighs about three pounds? (Real Fact #55)
  • brain waves can be used to power an electric train? (Real Fact #59)
  • an ostrich’s brain is smaller than its eye?  (Real Fact #238)
  • a human brain takes up 2% of human body weight but uses 20% of its energy ? (Real Fact #737)
  • the human brain is about 80% water? (Real Fact #784)
  • the brain operates on the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb?  (Real Fact #786)
  • when creating a mummy, ancient Egyptians removed the brain by inserting a hook through the nostrils?  (Real Fact #984 . . . TMI?)
  • there are more nerve connections or “synapses” in your brain than there are stars in our galaxy? (Real Fact #1240)
  • you are always looking at your nose; your brain just chooses to ignore it? (Real Fact #1354)
  • the brain is the only organ in the human body without pain receptors?  (Real Fact#1378)

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

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 Fifty!

November 17, 2017

Today’s real facts (courtesy of http://www.snapple.com) are all about the left hand.  Did you know that . . .

  • about 11% of the people in the world are left-handed? (Real Fact #52)
  • ancient Egyptians believed the “vein of love” ran from the third finger on the left hand to the heart? (Real Fact #309)
  • twins have a very high occurrence of left-handedness?  (Real Fact #729)
  • left-handed people tend to chew food on the left side? (Real Fact #834)
  • all of the major candidates in the 1992, 1996, and 2008 U.S. Presidential elections were left-handed? (Real Facts #985)
  • six of the last twelve U.S. Presidents have been left-handed, far greater than the national average of lefties?  (Real Fact #1178)

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