Posts Tagged ‘Trivia’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Three!

July 21, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “time.”  If it is noon in Pensacola, Florida, what time is it in Fargo, North Dakota?

Believe it or not, it would be “noon” in Fargo, North Dakota.   Despite the more that 1,500 miles separating these two cities, they both reside within the central time zone of the United States.  That’s one huge time zone!

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Two!

July 14, 2017

They say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” . . . but were you aware that . . .

  • smelling apples (and/or bananas) can help you lose weight? (Real Fact #109)
  • each year the average American eats about fifteen pounds of apples? (Real Fact #273)
  • apples are a member of the rose family? (Real Fact #422)
  • fresh apples float because about 25% of their volume is air?  (Real Fact #720)
  • in ancient Greece, throwing an apple to a woman was considered a marriage proposal? (Real Fact #816)

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

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-Eight!

June 16, 2017

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

  • mangoes are the most-consumed fruit in the world? (Real Fact #717)
  • mangoes have noses? (Real Fact #1415)
  • mangoes can get sunburned?  (Real Fact #1416)

And were you aware that . . .

  • the paisley pattern, which originated in India, is based on the shape of a mango?
  • mangoes are related to cashews and pistachios?
  • a mango tree can grow as tall as 100 feet?

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

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-Six!

June 2, 2017

Allow me to be a bit “catty” today as my facts will center around cats.  Did you know that…

  • cats have over 100 vocal chords? (Real Fact #13)
  • cats can hear ultrasound? (Real Fact #48)
  • Napoleon suffered from a fear of cats? (Real Fact #303)
  • a group of cats is called a clowder? (Real Fact #450)
  • a cat can make about 100 different sounds? (Real Fact #685 — dogs can only make about 10 sounds)
  • cats have two sets of vocal chords?  One for purring and one for meowing. (Real Fact #777)
  • more Presidents have had pet birds than cats? (Real Fact #1215)

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

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.

Grand Expedition!

May 24, 2017

Did you know that on this day, May 24th (in 1869), was the beginning of the first exploration of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado by a man other than a Native American?  Major John Wesley Powell left Green River City (above the head of the Colorado River) with nine men and proceeded through the canyon and emerged from the lower end on August 29, 1869.  Only five of the nine men who started the trip completed the trip.

Some other “firsts” for today throughout history include:

  • Commercial telegraph service (1844)
  • State adoption law to consider the interests of the child (1851)
  • Civil War combat action that earned the Medal of Honor (1861)
  • Union Officer killed in the Civil War (1861)
  • Artillery fire to be directed from the air (1862)
  • Army field telegraph used in warfare (1862)
  • Steel arch bridge (1874)
  • National banking association (1875)
  • Anti-saloon organization (1893)
  • Public garage (1899)
  • Oil journal (1902)
  • Strike settlement mediated by the federal Department of Labor (1913)
  • Air combat arm of the Army (1918)
  • Croix de Guerre awarded to an American (1918)
  • Air-conditioned train (1931)
  • Baseball game at night by major league teams (1935)
  • Food-O-Mat (1945)
  • House with a built-in nuclear bomb shelter (1959)
  • Spy satellite (1960)
  • Transatlantic supersonic jet service (1976)
  • Senator to change political control of the Senate by switching parties (2001)

Source: Famous First Facts (6th ed.) by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janet Podell.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty-Four!

May 19, 2017

Today’s fun fact(s) revolve around camels.  Did you know that . . .

  • camels have three eyelids? (Real Fact #5)
  • camels’ milk does not curdle? (Real Fact #14)
  • despite its hump, a camel has a straight spine? (Real Fact #49)
  •  a camel can drink 25 gallons of water in less than three minutes? (Real Fact #714)
  • wild camels once roamed Arizona’s wild deserts? (Real Fact #848)

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