Friday, January 27, 2012

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!

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

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

Nine out of every ten 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 trivial fact just made all Sorkinites smile) 

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

A comet's tail always points away from the sun

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

These facts may seem familiar because this post is a rerun. Why, you ask? Because I just got a email from an agent asking for my entire manuscript and I'm frantically giving it a last look-over. Yes, it was ready. Yes, I'm sick of it. But I'm looking it over because this is what I do.


  1. Elspeth - Oh, congratulations on getting interest in your manuscript! That's wonderful!!! Please let us know what happens.

    And in the meantime, thanks for these interesting factoids. So...Go fly a kite actually has some meaning ;-).

    1. I'm glad you liked these trivial scraps of knowledge. Add them to your knowledge quilt!

  2. Interesting facts, but the last one was the best of all - good luck!

  3. Now I know why the comment, busy as a bee, is so true. I had no idea it took that many flowers to make a little bit of honey.

    Interesting facts, and I did not know any of them. Maybe I need to visit trivia sites.

    1. But honey...yum. Have you ever tried blackberry honey? It's wonderful.

  4. Yay! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you Elspeth.

  5. Yea for you!!!
    And I didn't know any of these, but the one about the mouthwash is totally gross.


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