Friday, October 15, 2010

Fun Friday

Here are interesting facts to digest over the weekend. Happy pondering. See you Monday.

A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and
down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in
the USA."

The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.


  1. Elspeth - This is really interesting stuff! I love learning new things. Thanks for sharing it :-). The one about Bruce Springsteen reminded me of this one. The first music video made was The Buggles' Video Killed the Radio Star.

  2. Margot; I thought that was the first video shown on MTV.

  3. Now I have to go and get my hair tested. Love the tidbit about the letter i.


  4. Elspeth - You could be right about that; I'd heard that it was the first music video. I guess, too, that depends on how you define "music video." I mean, concert footage, which has been around for a long time, is, technically speaking, a music video.

  5. Clarissa; I thought about doing that too - and then thought about how I'd feel if I didn't like the result. Ignorance is bliss.

  6. I knew a couple of these, but most were new. These are the kinds of things that hang out in my mind crowding out the more important things that I'm SUPPOSED to remember. Maybe I should have my hair tested...nah.

  7. These are fascinating, Elspeth, especially the flutterby. It makes much more sense the butterfly.

  8. Carol; I knew some of them as well; and this is EXACTLY the kind of stuff I remember. Join the club. There's wine.

    Patricia; It is a much more poetic word, isn't it?

  9. I remember 'learning' about those statues, but forgetting what all the poses meant. Nice refresher, and interesting facts.

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  10. Fun facts here. :) If an i is always supposed to have a dot, then I wonder why it has to have its own name? What's the name of the lower part? LOL!

  11. I had no idea the position of the horses' legs in those statues meant anything at all! :)

  12. I knew about the statues. And, if the horse's back legs are in the air, the person got bucked off. LOL.


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