Category: trivia

Zeitgeist 2013

Looking back at 2013, there were many outstanding moments. The Voyager 1 spacecraft became the first human-made object to enter interstellar space. New animal species were discovered. British researchers successfully cure blindness in mice. There were breakthroughs in cancer and Alzheimer research. Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks. The most popular searches on Google and hashtags on Twitter, […]

World’s longest road

The Pan-American Highway is the longest road in the world. It runs from Fairbanks, Alaska to Buenos Aires, Argentina, stretching 29,800 miles (47,958 km). But it was never completed. A portion called the Darien Gap, mostly jungle about 100 miles (160 km) long located in Panama and Colombia, remains uncompleted. Cars and passengers are transported […]

Leap Year

It takes the earth one day to complete one spin on its axis. The time it takes the earth to complete one trip around the sun is a year. But these units of time don’t divide evenly, resulting in our calendar year being 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and a little over 45 seconds […]

Lee Cooper Packit Jeans

Lee Cooper designed Packit jeans in the 1970s to help a man’s bulge appear larger. Singers such as Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi wore the pants to increase their on-stage “presence”. (But that’s not the reason why Bruce Springsteen is called “The Boss!”) Tight jeans is known to hamper concupiscence (libido) whereas the bigger […]

Do doors open outward or inward?

The doors in public buildings open outward to allow a large number of people quick exit in case of danger, such as fire. If the doors opened inward, people might pile up at the exit as everyone pushed to get through at once instead of stepping back to allow space for the door to be […]

Number notation

The United States does not use the metric system. But this is not the only confusing difference between the USA and Europe. The hierarchy of numbers is universal: million, (milliard), billion, trillion, quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion, nonillion, decillion, undecillion, duodecillion, tredecillion, quat(t)uordecillion, uindecillion, sexdecillion, septendecillion, octodecillion, novemdecillion, vigintillion. In the American system of notation […]

Comparing today with 100 years ago

How times have changed! 100 years ago there were less than 20,000 motorcars in the whole world, a lot of them being electric cars. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph (16km/h). The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world, at 1063 ft (324 metres). Most women washed their hair […]

The beautiful number 7

Seven days of the week, seven seas, seven primary colors, seven wonders of the world, seven notes of the musical scale, the seven ages of man, seven deadly sins, seven levels of hell, seven categories for absolute judgment, the seven objects in the span of attention. Think 7-Up, Seven Dwarfs, The Magnificent Seven, seven-a-side. The […]

Rome brain drain

One in every two people live in cities. Some 200 cities have a population of more than a million. Cities have almost always been centers of creativity, attracting artists of all genres. Paris was known for its painters, London for writers, New York for musicals. An exception to the city-creativity rule, however, was Rome. Though […]

Most popular names

In the West the most popular male names are John and James. The most popular female name is Mary. But the most popular names given to baby girls in the last few years were Emily, Madison and Elizabeth. For baby boys they were Jacob, Michael and Matthew. The most popular name in the world would […]