Posts Tagged ‘Trivia’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Ninety-Seven!

October 19, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “inventor/inventions.”  Do you know . . . in what country was the Sudoku puzzle invented?

Despite its name, Sudoku was invented in America in the 1970s by a retired architect from Indianapolis (Howard Garns).  They were originally called Number Place Puzzles.  They were rediscovered in the 1980s by Nikoli (Japanese puzzle publisher) and renamed Suuji wa dokushin ni kagiru (translated as “the numbers must only occur once”).  This was rather cumbersome, so the publisher shortened it to “Sudoku.”

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

Getting Ready for Halloween?!

October 18, 2018

Halloween is just two weeks away.  Are you ready?  Here are some fun statistics to help you put this event in perspective.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Fun Fact Friday, Number Ninety-Six!

October 12, 2018

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

  • there are eighteen different animal shapes in the animal cracker zoo?  (Real Fact #67)
  • wombat droppings are cube-shaped?  (Real Fact #1237)
  • the spiral shape of sunflowers follows the Fibonacci sequence?  (Real Fact #1474)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Ninety-Five!

October 5, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “words.”  Do you know . . . what is the English word for the offspring of a female donkey and a stallion?

The offspring of a female donkey and a stallion is a hinny.    The word for the offspring of a male donkey and a mare is mule.

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

See the Organs Working!

October 2, 2018

Today marks the day in 1937 that the very first x-ray movie of human organs in action was created.   A movie camera had been placed in front of a flouroscopic screen; the pictures showed the motion of assorted internal organs, including the heart, stomach, diaphragm, and lungs.

Where: New York City.
Who: Dr. William Holmes Stewart, Dr. William Joseph Hoffman, and Dr. Francis Henshall Ghiselin.
What: at the convention of the American Roentgen Ray Society.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Ninety-Four!

September 28, 2018

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

  • Americans, on average, eat eighteen acres of pizza per day?  (Real Fact #66)
  • Hawaiian pizza was actually created in Canada?  (Real Fact #1278)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Ninety-Three!

September 21, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “music/instruments.”  Do you know . . . which British group created the first single record to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, beginning the British Invasion?

Nope, it was NOT the Beatles, but rather the Tornados, whose instrumental song “Telstar” reach number one in 1962.

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Ninety-Two!

September 14, 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?  (Real Fact #787)

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Ninety-One!

September 7, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “sports.”  Do you know . . . what distinguishes pugilism from boxing?

Pugilism, when distinguished from boxing, is bare-fisted.

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

The First Century-Ride!

September 6, 2018

According to wikipedia, “a century ride is a road cycling ride of 100 miles (160.9 km) or more within 12 hours, usually as a cycling club-sponsored event.”  Did you know that the very first century ride occurred on September 6th in 1882?

Who: the Boston Bicycle Club (Boston, MA)
Route: from Worcester to Boston (102.5 miles) via South Framington, Natick, Wellesley, Dedhamm, Stoughton, Brockton, Randolph, Braintree, Quincy, Mattapan, Waltham, and Newton.
Start time: 4:38 AM; End time: 9:30 PM (12 hours and 6 minutes of actual riding time)

Seven men completed the entire length of the ride.

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