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 rules required Hoover and two witnesses to investigate. They found a loose hind shoe in the animal’s neck halter and reported that it had broken its neck while scratching its head with a […]

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 the gestures to a baby’s nursing habits. The nod, the forward head motion, is the breast-seeking pattern. Shaking the head from side to side – gesturing “no” – is a breast-rejecting motion. This […]

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 various standards of a ton. You get a long ton, a short ton and metric ton. A US ton, the short ton, is equivalent to 2000 pounds (907.185 kilograms). A British ton, the […]

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; Japan, the chrysanthemum; The Netherlands, the tulip; Scotland, the thistle; and Switzerland, the edelweiss. The national flower of Wales is the daffodil but the leek, the vegetable, is also considered a national emblem. […]

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 second. On average, you blink 15 000 times a day. That’s about 10 times per minute, or more than five million times a year. Women blink more than men. Jean-Dominique Bauby, a French […]

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 Spanish also are called Romance languages. They derived from Latin dialects spoken in the Roman Empire. Modern Italian emerged in the 13th century. Spanish first appeared during the 10th century and was standardized […]

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 goes against the flagpole. It flies horizontally off a vertical flagpole. A banner has a sleeve instead of rings and usually hangs off a small wooded pole attached to a house or office […]

Riddles

What runs all around the yard without moving? The fence What is it that someone else has to take before you can get it? Your photograph When asked how old she was, Suzie replied, “In two years I will be twice as old as I was five years ago.” How old is she now? 12 […]

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 slower time does. The first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar is 1 January. The first month in the Jewish calendar is Nisan (March/April in the Gregorian calendar), although years are […]

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 with the Gregorian calender in the Julian calender month of April. The day of introduction of the Gregorian calender was made the first day of January. Some people hadn’t heard about the change […]