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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.

March 20, 2017

Funny Flamingo Fact

There are more plastic Flamingos in the United States than real ones.


March 5, 2017

Beetle Juice

Cleopatra made her lipstick from crushed beetles, which gave it a red pigment, and ants, which she used for the base.



February 18, 2017

Heavy World

The Earth weighs approx. 5.972 × 1024 kg or about
6,588,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons.



February 17, 2017

Puss Pee Poster

Cat urine glows under a black light.

I wonder if they use it as ink for college dorm room posters?



February 7, 2017

Seeing Dollar Signs

The $ (dollar sign) is a combination of the letters "P" and "S", "PS" being the abbreviation for pesos, the principal coin in circulation in the U.S. until 1794.
Dollar Sign Rotate

February 6, 2017

Tongue Trivia Tidbit

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.



January 26, 2017

December 15, 2016

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

In the now-iconic 1966 animated TV special Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Boris Karloff was the narrator and voice of the Grinch, but didn't sing its most famous song, You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.  The singer was Thurl Ravenscroft, arguably best known as being the voice of Tony The Tiger from 1953-2004.



November 30, 2016

A Pseudonym By Any Other Name

Born on this day in 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens is better known as "Mark Twain", but before settling on that, wrote under other pen names such as "Josh" and "Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass".


November 24, 2016

Cranberry Trivia

Ripe cranberries bounce - hence their alternate name, "bounceberry".



October 31, 2016

It's Good To Be The King

Well, Stephen King.  THE Stephen King, that is.

Besides the famous horror writer living in Bangor, Maine, there are 2,068 other Stephen Kings living in the U.S. (according to the 2010 Census), 168 of them in Texas.


October 30, 2016

Boney Dreams

Dreaming of a skeleton on display may signify new, fascinating friends or coming events.

Or, it could mean you've got a hankerin' for some ribs.

October 15, 2016

The "at" Symbol


The earliest known example of @ is found in the 1345 Bulgarian translation of the 12th century Manasses Chronicle, which gives a brief synopsis of the history of the world up to the end of the 11th century. In it, @ was used as the symbol for “amin” (amen).

The Smithsonian website differs in the first use, but there's some interesting information in this piece:

The Accidental History of the @ Symbol

October 14, 2016

Fear of Toads

The fear of toads is called bufonophobia.


October 12, 2016

Some Batty Trivia

Bats are the only mammals that fly.
(Flying squirrels merely glide)


September 24, 2016

Titanic Tapeworm Trivia

The longest tapeworm ever found in the human body was 102 feet long.