Friday, April 1, 2011

Fun Friday

More trivia for this week's Fun Friday. Will you use these facts? Did you already know some of these facts? Will these facts help you on Jeopardy? Or...maybe they're just fun. Whatever. It's Friday.

If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth.

To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over 2 million individual flowers

Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!

People in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport.

Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined.

Astronauts can't belch - there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs.

Ancient Roman, Chinese and German societies often used urine as mouthwash.

The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. In the Renaissance era, it was fashion to shave them off.

Because of the speed at which Earth moves around the Sun, it is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds.

Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros

It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times.

Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals

Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's heated above 450°F

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in our ear.

Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man

Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density

The University of Alaska spans four time zones

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday (this is for my fellow Sorkinites.)

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

A comet's tail always points away from the sun

Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.

Everything weighs one percent less at the equator

For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off


  1. Wow! Lots of interesting facts. I don't know why the one about hearing going last when we die makes me feel sad. And I guess there are no fat astronauts then. HA!

  2. I need to live at the equator. And I hope I never find myself at the bottom of a well.

    Happy Friday!

  3. I confess I read these with a mind to the date, but I trust you did your homework!

    Terry's Place
    Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

  4. Lauri; I had the same reaction to the 'hearing going last' fact. Odd. Let's hope the last thing any of us hears is words of love.

    Carol; I think if I was down a well, I would not be spending my time looking up at the stars.

    Terry; No jokes today! Why be predictable?

  5. Mona Lisa shaved her eyebrows? How cool is that!

  6. Elspeth - Oh, these are absolutely fascinating!! I especially like the one about drinking water after meals - really interesting!! Oh, and I am now moving to the equator ;-).

  7. Luana; She was Whoopi Goldberg's forerunner!

    Margot; I'll see you there.

  8. I am sure all these facts will help me a lot in my research for a historical novel; thank you ;)

  9. I lost my eyebrows when my propane stove blew up. It made me look perpetually surprised. Not a look I'd go after on purpose...
    Happy Foolish Day dear person. And I'd like to go down a well to see the stars but not right now -we're having an april fools storm!
    Jan Morrison

  10. Dorte; There's an added bonus - I was just hoping to amuse.

    Jan; I *know* that shouldn't have made me smile, but it did. Propane stove explosions are not smiling matters. You're having an April Fool's Storm? The same thing seems to be happening everywhere in BC but in my small corner - snow forecast for everywhere but here! Keep warm, my cherished friend.

  11. What a great list. As I started to read the post, I was eating an almond, so I can verify that left-handed people do chew on the left side. LOL

    Mis-read the one about astronauts at first, and thought you had written that they could not bitch. I was really curious as to why not.

  12. Perhaps it was not QUITE true - but it was a brilliant excuse, wasnt it?

  13. Maryann; That would be nasty for astronauts if it were true - thanks for the laugh!

    Dorte; Hey, I believed it!

  14. I lie well - I am a writer of crime fiction!
    But I might have learned loads of useful stuff if I hadn´t set my new story in Berlin, 1938.

  15. Dorte; Berlin, 1938? Colour me intrigued. Have you read the Bernie Gunther mysteries? Fantastic for research and for entertainment!


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