Funstuff and Inspiration > Fun Facts and Trivia Thread !!!

Discussion in 'Funstuff and Inspiration' started by Ray Sison, May 30, 2010.

  1. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    It makes sense, in light of what you said in your original post about the heart... :cheers:
     
  2. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    In terms of elevation, one might think that Denver, Colorado ("The Mile High City") is the highest American capital city. It's actually Santa Fe, New Mexico...
     
  3. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    By the numbers (from Wikipedia): In New Mexico, 82% of the people speak English, 29% speak Spanish, and 4% speak Navajo. (Also meaning that many people speak 2 or 3 of those languages.)
     
  4. Ray Sison

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    I just learned from NPR's Fresh Air: When you see a swarm of ants, they are ALL female! The only purpose of male ants is to mate and to die... :)
     
  5. Ray Sison

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    Jack Nicholson

    The famous actor was raised by his grandparents and thought that his mom June was really his sister. He didn't find out the truth until 1974 when a Time magazine reporter researched his life and uncovered the facts.


    From: http:// www .foxnews. com/ slideshow /entertainment/2011/07/12/ celebrity-secrets/?test=faces#slide=10
     
  6. Ray Sison

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    Leonardo DiCaprio

    He may be one of the most sought-after young actors these days, but he didn't always have such a professional demeanor.

    When Leo was 3 years old, he was fired from Romper Room for being disruptive.

    From: http:// www .foxnews. com/ slideshow /entertainment/2011/07/12/ celebrity-secrets/?test=faces#slide=1

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    Photo from Wikipedia...​
     
  7. Ray Sison

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    Nicolas Cage

    This is one actor who really gets into his roles.
    While playing Al in "Birdy" (1984) Nic Cage reportedly had two of his own teeth pulled when it called for his character to go through that immense pain.

    That's why it was so believable.


    From: http:// www .foxnews. com/ slideshow /entertainment/2011/07/12/ celebrity-secrets/?test=faces#slide=4

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    Photo from Wikipedia...​
     
  8. Ray Sison

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    The Longaberger Basket Building (Newark, Ohio)!

    The world headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Company is an exact replica of one of the company's baskets--except 160 times larger at a cost of $30 million to build.

    Each of the upright handles weighs 75 tons.

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    Picture from longaberger dot com.
     
  9. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    Spiders originally started producing silk for reasons other than web-making. When spiders moved from the water to the land in the Early Devonian period, they started making silk to protect their bodies and their eggs. Spiders gradually started using silk for hunting purposes, first as guide lines and signal lines, then as ground or bush webs, and eventually as the aerial webs which are so famous today.

    The tarantula has silk making glands on its feet....
     
  10. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    Yeast: By the late 18th century, two yeast strains used in brewing had been identified: Saccharomyces cerevisiae, so called top fermenting yeast, and S. carlsbergensis, bottom fermenting yeast. S. cerevisiae has been sold commercially by the Dutch for bread making since 1780; while around 1800, the Germans started producing S. cerevisiae in the form of cream. In 1825 a method was developed to remove the liquid so the yeast could be prepared as solid blocks.[14] The industrial production of yeast blocks was enhanced by the introduction of the filter press in 1867. In 1872, Baron Max de Springer developed a manufacturing process to create granulated yeast, a technique that was used until the first World War.[15] In the United States, naturally occurring airborne yeasts were used almost exclusively until commercial yeast was marketed at the Centennial Exposition in 1876 in Philadelphia, where Charles L. Fleischmann exhibited the product and a process to use it, as well as serving the resultant baked bread.

    Brewing yeasts may be classed as "top cropping" (or "top fermenting") and "bottom cropping" (or "bottom-fermenting").[34] Top cropping yeasts are so called because they form a foam at the top of the wort during fermentation. An example of a top cropping yeast is Saccharomyces cerevisiae, sometimes called an "ale yeast".[35] Bottom cropping yeasts are typically used to produce lager-type beers, are so called because they form a foam at the bottom of the wort though they can also produce ale-type beers. These yeasts ferment well at low temperatures. An example of bottom cropping yeast is Saccharomyces pastorianus, formerly known as S. carlsbergensis.

    PS spot the frobscottle......
     
  11. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    BTM,:cheers: Good ones as always! Very interesting how spiders got into the business of becoming "webmasters"! :)
     
  12. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    A US dollar bill is reportedly .0043 inches thick. Assuming the same for a 100 dollar bill, a stack of 100 dollar bills totalling one million dollars would be 43 inches tall.

    It takes 10,000 such bills to equal a million dollars. 10,000 X .0043 = 43 inches.

    Interestingly, using these measurements, a billion dollars would be just over 3583 feet tall, and a trillion dollars would be just over 678.66 miles tall!
     
  13. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member


    BTM, :cheers: Simply amazing numbers! Marvelous! :notworth:
     
  14. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    i heard it on the radio yesterday..
     
  15. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    What are the two most populous capital cities in the United States of America?

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    Phoenix, Arizona and Indianapolis, Indiana...
     
  16. Ray Sison

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    What is the second largest city in, respectively, Mexico, China, and France?

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    Guadalajara, Beijing, and Marseille...
     
  17. Ray Sison

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  18. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    Thursday was named for the Norse god Thor.
     
  19. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    The name Friday comes from the Old English Frīġedæġ, meaning the "day of Frige" (Frige being a Germanic love goddess from mythology). The same holds for Frīatag in Old High German, Freitag in Modern German and Vrijdag in Dutch.
     
  20. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    Interesting, those weekday names...

    I was just reading where the Foxtrot got it's name from it's inventor named Harry Fox, a vaudeville actor.
     

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