Wherein I endeavour to share writerly advice lightened with humour, pictures and a dollop of 1930s-1940s history.
There's always time for trivia. Some of these were new to me, some were already known. Revel in the trivia.
A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.
The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.
A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up anddown continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, "Elementary, my dear Watson."
Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves perside in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.
There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange,purple and silver.
The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it willinstantly go mad and sting itself to death. (Who was the sadist whodiscovered this??)
Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film downso you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.
The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born inthe USA."
The original name for butterfly was flutterby.
The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law whichstated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
The first product Motorola started to develop was a record playerfor automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannotsink into quicksand.
Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat apiece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplinlook-alike contest.
An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a womanto take more than three steps backwards while dancing!
The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the bookmost often stolen from public libraries.
The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.
Elspeth - Thanks for these, as ever :-). I just love this trivia stuff :-). It's interesting about that dot over the "i." In Spanish, the ~ you sometimes see is called a tilde. I wonder if the two words are related. I'll bet they are.
Margot; If I ever knew that, I've forgotten it. Thanks for continuing to leave a comment when I'm not making the blog rounds myself. It's much appreciated! What a great bloggy buddy you are!
"If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death. (Who was the sadist whodiscovered this??)"A clumsy lady who tripped over the hem of her dress while holding a glass of champagne at a wedding reception. I'm guessing....
Carol; I *swear* it wasn't me!! Thanks for the laugh; although right now I cough instead of laugh, so thanks for the cough. I mean that in a good way.
Oh no, poor elephant! Elspeth, that´s not funny!
Dorte; I never said it was. And I agree, poor elephant.
Interesting trivia, Elspeth. Thanks for finding them all and sharing here. Did you know that Rick never said, Play it again, Sam, in Casablanca? Thought of that when you mentioned the Holmes misquote. It might be interesting to find out where those misquotes originated.
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