Category: trivia

Herbert Hoover and the mule

Herbert Hoover held a job as disbursing officer for an US Geological Survey party. When a pack mule was found dead, the […]

09/10/2010. Category: trivia. Tags: , , , ~ Comment on this post

Yes and No

The reason why we nod our heads for “yes” and shake it for “no” was first explained by Charles Darwin. He related […]

09/03/2010. Category: trivia. Tags: , , ~ Comment on this post

Counting the inches

The word “ton” is derived from the French “tonnerre,” or “thunder,” from the sound wine barrels made when rolled. But there are […]

08/27/2010. Category: trivia. Tags: , , , ~ Comment on this post

Only some countries have national flowers

Only some nations have adopted national flowers: Egypt has the lotus; England, the rose; France, the iris, or fleur-de-lis; Ireland, the shamrock; […]

08/02/2010. Category: trivia. Tags: , ~ 2 Comments

You blink 15 000 times a day

The muscle that lets your eye blink is the fastest muscle in your body. It allows you to blink 5 times a […]

07/01/2010. Category: trivia. Tags: , , ~ Comment on this post

The sexiest languages

French may be known as the sexiest language but it actually is just one of five Romance languages. Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and […]

02/16/2010. Category: trivia. Tags: , ~ 1 Comment

Difference between a flag and a banner

What is the difference between a flag and a banner? A flag has metal rings on the fly end, the side that […]

02/15/2010. Category: trivia. Tags: , ~ 2 Comments

Riddles

What runs all around the yard without moving? The fence What is it that someone else has to take before you can […]

02/09/2010. Category: trivia. Tags: ~ Comment on this post

Want a date?

In 1905 Einstein showed in his theory of relativity that time is affected by motion so that the faster one goes the […]

02/07/2010. Category: trivia. Tags: , ~ 3 Comments

April Fool’s Day

It is widely proclaimed that April Fool’s Day originated in France in 1562, or thereabouts, when Pope Gregory replaced the Julian calender […]

02/06/2010. Category: trivia. Tags: ~ Comment on this post

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