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Showing posts with label trivia. Show all posts

August 28, 2017

What a Leg-acy!

American gymnast George Eyser won six medals during the 1924 Summer Olympics, despite having lost his left leg as a young boy after being run over by a train.   Wearing a wooden prosthesis,  he won gold in the vault, an event which then included a jump over a long horse without aid of a springboard.

This is definitely one case of NOT having a leg up on the competition!

August 24, 2017

Passion Purpura

Passion purpura - the medical term for a hickey.

Ever played that "either/or" game when you were a kid?  "Would you rather be blind or crippled?" or things like that.   I remember this one:

"Which is worse?  Going to kiss your grandma and she slips you the tongue...or a hickey on a hemorrhoid?"

August 16, 2017

Big Bird Brain

(No, not the big brain of a bird, but the brain of a big bird...I just wanted a chance to use alliteration)

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

August 14, 2017

No Drama Queens Allowed

You Should Watch a Drama

You are thoughtful, philosophical, and introspective. People fascinate you. You crave drama in everyday life, and it's probably better for you to sometimes get it from a movie!

You're the type of person who can talk for hours, and you never mind a movie that's heavy on the dialog.

You analyze every aspect of your life, and you like a movie to provoke you a bit. You would rather be disturbed than feel nothing.  

What Kind of Movie Should You Watch Tonight?

August 2, 2017

So Much Alike

Humans and bananas share about 60% of the same DNA structure.

The percentage is about the same for the fruit fly, too.

July 10, 2017

Don't Throw it Away!

At least not where someone can slip on it.

You can use the inside of a banana peel to polish leather shoes and silverware and stop mosquito bites from itching. Some people eat the peelOthers use them for acne, cleaning their teeth and pain relief, among other things.

When I was a young man, it was thought you could smoke it, too.


July 6, 2017

I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost

California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and Texas are the five states with the most reported hauntings.

July 1, 2017


Transurphobia - the fear of haircuts.


My pop used to cut my hair when I was a kid, an easy way to save a buck.  My folks bought a pair of clippers, not the electric kind, but manually operated and they were horrible, pulling out hair and I guess I carried on so much they bought electric clippers.  They were better, but it was still the same type of haircut, a close burr, a "buzz cut".   Oh well, it was better than a "Moe bowl-type" cut.

When I got older and a little less timid, I challenged my pop to let ME buzz HIS head.  He started taking me to the barber then, think it was something like $1.25 for a haircut.  I didn't like the hometown barber and neither did my dad...who called him "the Montana sheep shearer".  I liked the guy, but agreed with my father and always thought a sheep shearer might very well have been more gentle than him.  (The space between my ears and scalp was always nicked and bleeding after every hair cut.  That wouldn't have been so bad, but I wore glasses and the ear pieces would keep the minor wounds raw and irritated. )

When I was old enough to make my own money with summer jobs, I started paying for my own haircuts, but they were two bucks by then, the same as the hourly minimum wage.  A well-to-do classmate always had great looking haircuts and he talked me into going to his barber...who charged the then-outrageous price of $7.50!   That could have filled up my car, taken a date to the movies and maybe even enough left over to buy her some popcorn!  The last haircut I got was $12.50, not counting the tip...and considerably more than the hourly minimum wage at the time.
So, since my hairline was receding with every passing year, I bought my own set of clippers and started buzzing my own head.   I tried shaving it, but that was too much of a hassle, just better to take the clippers to what few hairs I have left.  The best thing is that just a couple of self-haircuts can pay for the clippers. 

What I'd like to know is why the hair on my head is disappearing and multiplying in my nose and ears?

June 30, 2017

Beginning With Adam's Atoms

All the matter that makes up the human race can fit into a sugar cube.  This is because atoms are mostly empty space and if you crammed all the atoms in all human beings together -without any wasted space - the total wouldn't be any bigger than a sugar cube.

However, that sugar cube would weigh 5 billion tons!

June 24, 2017

I Guess That's Why

He's called "The King of the Jungle". 

From today's trivia calendar: 

A lion sleeps for 20 hours a day.

And this one from last week - I didn't post it because while it's a natural thing, I did think it was a little inappropriate for my "G" rated blog:

(and especially considering the jokes I could have made about it)

Lions sometimes mate up to 40 times a day.

OK, I'm not great at math, but if a lion is only awake for four hours each day and in that time he's mating up to 40 times...no wonder he sleeps most of the day away.

June 19, 2017

Ventriloquist Trivia

The words "Hong Kong" can be spoken without moving your lips!

June 18, 2017

A Hashtag By Any Other Name

The pound symbol (#) or "hashtag" is also called an octothorpe.

June 17, 2017

That's Heavy, Man

Every year, the Earth becomes about twelve tons heavier because of meteorites landing.

June 12, 2017

Can You Hear Me Now?

Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never phoned his wife or his mother.

They were both deaf.

And, in case you didn't get the rather insensitive joke in the title of this post, here's its origin:

...although he's since gone over to Sprint.

And a ToTG public service announcement:  if someone calls you and asks you a question or speaks very faintly and you complain they need to speak up and they "make an adjustment" and in a louder voice "Can you hear me now?", do NOT say "Yes." which might lead to them using that to change your long-distance service.   Some sources on the 'net say it's not a proven scam, but best to not take chances.  At the least, you'll be telling the possible scammer on the other end of the line that it's a working phone number. 

Personally, if I don't recognize the number, I don't answer. 

May 24, 2017

She Wears it Well

There are 7 points on the crown of the Statue of Liberty.  They represent the 7 continents and 7 seas of the world.

April 28, 2017

Losing Your Head Over a Female

Males of some praying mantis species cannot copulate while its head is attached. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off.

I guess I'm lucky;  I've just had my heart ripped out.

April 18, 2017

Please Take a Moment

To read this bit of trivia.

Actually, it shouldn't take you that long (unless you went to the same school I did) because technically a "moment" is 90 seconds.

From Broken Secrets:

The first reference comes from 1398, found in the Oxford English Dictionary. Cornish writer John of Trevisa wrote that there are 40 moments in an hour (hence 90 seconds each). Oxford has since replaced it with, “a very brief period of time.”

April 17, 2017

Sleepy Dolphins

Dolphins shut down half of their brains when they sleep, sleeping with one eye open.

April 12, 2017

Hellacious Historical Hiccups

The longest time for someone to have the hiccups is sixty-nine years.

March 27, 2017

Olive Tree Trivia

An olive tree can live over 2000 yrs.

That bit of trivia makes me hungry for some Tapenade.

Not sure that I'd want it every day for two centuries, though.