Posts Tagged ‘Trivia’

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.

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Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Six!

May 18, 2018

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

  • flamingos turn pink from eating shrimp? (Real Fact #11)
  • flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down? (Real Fact #751)
  • a group of flamingos is called a flamboyance?  (Real Fact #995)
  • there are more fake flamingos than there are real flamingos?  (Real Fact #1242)

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

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-Four!

May 4, 2018

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

  • the tongue is the fastest healing part of the body? (Real Fact #60)
  • a crocodile cannot move its tongue? (Real Fact #132)
  • there are approximately 9,000 taste buds on your tongue? (Real Fact #452)
  • most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale? (Real Fact #768)
  • like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different (#787)

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

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-Two!

April 20, 2018

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

  • pigs can get sunburn? (Real Fact #61)
  • the biggest pig in recorded history weighed almost one ton? (Real Fact #235)
  • in the U.S., a pig has to weigh more than 180 pounds to be call a hog? (Real Fact #434)
  • pigs were banished from Philadelphia’s city streets in 1710? (Real Fact #661)
  • there is an uninhabited island in the Bahamas known as Pig Beach, which is populated entirely by swimming pigs? (Real Facts #1329)

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

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 Seventy!

April 6, 2018

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

  • a duck cannot walk without bobbing its head? (Real Fact #122)
  • a duck has three eyelids? (Real Fact #762)
  • Duck, Duck, Goose is called Duck, Duck, Gray Duck in Minnesota? (Real Fact #1276)

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

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-Eight!

March 23, 2018

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

  • the longest one-syllable word is “screeched?” (Real Fact #68)
  • no word in the English language rhymes with month? (Real Fact #69)
  • the word “facetious” features all of the vowels in alphabetic order? (Real Fact #310)
  • the Japanese word “judo” means “the gentle way?”  (Real Fact #314)
  • the word “purple” does not rhyme with any other word in the English language? (Real Fact #321)
  • Thomas Edison coined the word “hello” and introduced it as a way to answer the phone? (Real Fact #374)
  • ferret comes from the Latin word for “little thief?” (Real Fact #776)
  • Shakespeare invented the word assassination and bump? (Real Fact #807)
  • there are more English words beginning with the letter “s” than any other letter? (Real Fact #1241)
  • the word “bride” come from an old Proto-Germanic word meaning “to cook?” (Real Fact #1243)
  • the word “utopia” — an ideal place — ironically comes from a Greek word meaning “no place?” (Real Fact #1244)
  • the average dog can understand over 150 words? (Real Fact #1284)
  • the word “cherry” comes from the Turkish town of Cerasus? (Real Fact #1300)
  • in Webster’s dictionary, the longest words without repeating letters are “uncopyrightable” and “dermatoglyphics?” (Real Fact #1372)
  • “unprosperousness” is the longest word in which no letter occurs only once? (Real Fact #1373)
  • “typewriter” and “perpetuity” are the longest words that can be typed on a single line of a QWERTY keyboard?  (Real Fact #1374)
  • the word “checkmate” come from the Persian phrase meaning “the king is dead?” (Real Fact #1377)
  • the word “aegilops” is the longest word in the English language to have all of its letters in alphabetic order? (Real Fact #1396)
  • Dr. Seuss wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” to win a bet with his publisher who thought he could not complete a book with only 50 words? (Real Fact #1408)

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