Trivia can be fascinating. Hence, my coined word as a title for this week's useless information. Maybe it will give you an answer in a game or a conversation starter.
I'll let you Snopes it out for verification. I only offer entertainment here.
My own side comments are italicsized. No need to Snopes them...I'll fail the truth test!
*A jiffy is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second!
*A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
*A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
*A walla-walla scene is one where extras walk around in the background and pretend to be talking. When they say "walla, walla" it looks like they are actually talking.
*According to Genesis 1:20-22 the chicken came before the egg.
I knew this one. Figured it out in college when the "Did Adam have a belly button?" question came up. A standard in Bible colleges.
*When American Airlines eliminated one olive on each salad in first class, it saved $40,000 in 1987.
*You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.
*The most used letter in the alphabet is E. The least used is Q.
Is that EQuitable?
*A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.
*The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache.
*The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
*Bulls are colorblind and will charge at a matador's waving cape no matter the color--be it red or neon yellow!
*The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca Cola and Budweiser, in that order.
*Most lipsticks contain fish scales.
I bet Octomom and Angelina Jolie favor these brands!
*Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
*An ostrich's eye is bigger than his brain.
So are the roving eyes of some men I've seen!
*Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats.
*Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king.
The custom became our modern day salute.
*Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are 50 years of age or older.
And children don't listen to their parents until we're about that same age!
*A group of geese in the air is a gaggle. A group of geese on the ground is a skein.
I guess it's the grounded geese that get caught and provide their down to use with a skein of yarn! Is that why it's called down?
* A scallop has between 50 and 100 eyes.
Bet they make wonderful mothers! Thanks to my niece, Carolee, for that tidbit.
*Compact discs read from the inside out, the reverse of how a record works.
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*Bingo is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box.
When I was in school he belonged to a farmer! B-I-N-G-O and Bingo was his name, oh!
*Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.
*Actor Tommy Lee Jones and former vice-president Al Gore were freshmen roomates at Harvard.
*The average person has 1,460 dreams a year.
So if I dream in color, does that make it a pigment of my imagination?
*A rat can last longer than a camel without water.
*By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
Too bad the cowboys in those old black and whites didn't know this factoid!
*A fully loaded supertanker traveling at normal speed takes at least 20 minutes to stop.
*Chop-suey is not a native Chinese dish. It was created in California by Chinese immigrants.
*Apples, not caffeine, are more effective at waking you up in the morning.
I am NOT giving up my morning coffee! So maybe I'll just have an apple too and really be wired!