Posts Tagged ‘Trivia’

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Ten!

January 18, 2019

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

  • the average human produces 10,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime?  (Real Fact #63)
  • you cannot taste food until mixed with saliva?  (Real Fact #1328)

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

It’s Winter!

January 17, 2019

And now that winter has arrived, here is an informative infographic (courtesy of Eastern Mountain Sports School) that outlines the good, the bad, and the ugly of this season we call winter.  Enjoy!

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Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Nine!

January 11, 2019

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “measurement.”  Do you know . . . what weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of gold?

Obviously, the feathers win!  Feathers are measured by avoirdupois weight (a pound is equal to 16 ounces); gold is measured by troy weight (a pound is equal to 12 ounces).

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

First Heart Transplant!

January 6, 2019

Today marks the day (in 1968) of the very first heart transplant to an adult in the United States.  This event took place at the Stanford Medical Center, in Palo Alto, California.  The patient: Mike Kasperak; the surgeon: Dr. Norman Shumway.

In addition, January 6th was the day for several other “firsts,” such as the first . . .

  • crop surplus destruction ordered by a government (tobacco, Virginia General Assembly, 1639)
  • State legislator who was African-American to represent a constituency with a white majority (Bishop Benjamin William Arnett, Ohio State Legislature, 1885)
  • electoral vote for a woman (Roger L. McBride, for Theodora Nathan [VP Candidate for Libertarian Party], 1973)
  • woman legislator from the Democratic Party to serve in both houses of Congress (Barbara Ann Mikulsi [Maryland], House 1977, Senate 1987)
  • year in which two different coins showed portraits of the same president  (Abraham Lincoln [penny, IL quarter], 2003)

Source: Famous First Facts by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janet Podell.

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Eight!

January 4, 2019

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

  • camels have three (3) eyelids?  (Real Fact #5)
  • a bee has five (5) eyelids?  (Real Fact #8)
  • fish have eyelids?  (Real Fact #30)
  • frogs cannot swallow with their eyes open?  (Real Fact #42)
  • the Mona Lisa has no eyebrows?  (Real Fact #85)
  • squids can have eyes the size of a volleyball? (Real Fact #95)
  • penguins have an organ above their eyes that converts seawater to fresh water? (Real Fact #131)
  • Theodore Roosevelt was the only president who was blind in one eye?  (Real Fact #149)
  • your eye expands up to 45% when looking at something pleasing?  (Real Fact #165)
  • the eye makes movements fifty (50) times every second?  (Real Fact #172)
  • an ostrich’s brain is smaller than its eye?  (Real Fact #238)
  • the name for the space between your eyebrows is “nasion?”  (Real Fact #319)
  • it’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open?  (Real Fact #395)
  • chameleons can move both eyes in different directions at the same time?  (Real Fact #414)
  • the pupils in goats’ eyes are rectangular?  (Real Fact #440)
  • human eyes have over two million working parts?  (Real Fact #451)
  • dolphins sleep with one (1) eye open?  (Real Fact #760)
  • a duck has three (3) eyelids?  (Real Fact #762)
  • our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing?  (Real Fact #825)
  • manatees’ eyes close in a circular motion?  (Real Fact #929)
  • a snail can grow back a new eye if it loses one?  (Real Fact #1341)
  • even when a snake has its eyes closed, it can still see through its eyelids?  (Real Fact #1395)

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

It’s New Year’s Eve!!

December 31, 2018

Some interesting facts about New Year’s Eve . . .

  • Samoa and parts of Kiribati welcome the New Year first, while American Samoa and the Baker Island are among the last.
  • The earliest recorded celebration was believed to have been in Mesopotamia (2000 B.C.).
  • New Year’s Day is probably the most celebrated public holiday in the world.
  • New Year resolutions are common (note: according to a Nielsen’s study from 2016, only 64 percent last longer than the first month, only 46 percent last longer than six months. Even more discouraging is the statistic that only 14 percent of people over 50 actually achieve their resolution compared to 39 percent of people in their 20s).
  • Popping open a bottle of champagne is fairly common as well.
  • Large public gatherings with fireworks displays include:
    • Times Square (New York, New York, United States)
    • The Brandenberg Gate (Berlin, Germany)
    • Westminster Clock Tower, aka Big Ben (London, United Kingdom)
    • Sydney Harbor (Sydney, Australia)
    • Jumeirah Beach and the Burj Al Arab (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Source: JustFunFacts

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Seven!

December 28, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “insects, and related things.”  Do you know . . . what sort of creature is a “daddy longlegs?”

Despite having eight legs like a spider, it is not a spider.  And, while they belong to the same class as spiders, Arachnida, daddy longlegs belong to a separate order, Phalangida (spider belong to the order Araneida).

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Six!

December 21, 2018

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

  • if you keep a goldfish in a dark room it will eventually turn white?  (Real Fact #34)
  • at birth, a Dalmatian is always pure white?  (Real Fact #112)
  • polar bear fur is transparent, NOT white?  (Real Fact #454)
  • the sun is actually white, but the Earth’s atmosphere makes it appear yellow?  (Real Fact #1393)
  • from 1845 through 1867, home base was circular, made of iron, painted or enameled white, and twelve inches in diameter?  (Real Fact #1461)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Five!

December 14, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “slang.”  Do you know . . . in slang, what are Russian boots?

The slang phrase “Russian boots,” refer to/describe leg irons (alternate terms include legcuffs/leg cuffs, shackles, footcuffs, or fetters).

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

The First Annulment!

December 9, 2018

Annulments have traditionally fallen within the realm/jurisdiction of the Church from the beginning.  But on this date in 1639, the first annulment of a marriage by court decree occurred in Boston, Massachusetts, as stated . . .

“James Luxford, being presented for haveing two wifes, his last marriage was declared voyde, or a nullity thereof and to bee divorced, not to come to the sight of her whom hee last tooke, and hee to be sent away to England by the first opportunity; all that hee hath is appointed to her whom hee last married for here and her children; he is also fined 110t. and to bee set in the stocks an houre upon a market day after the lecture, the next lecture day if the weather permit, or else the next lecture day after (3rd of the 10th month 1639).”

Source: Famous First Facts by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janet Podell.