Over the years, I’ve collected a ton of trivia, although some of it isn’t so trivial. This week I’m laying out some of the more interesting stuff—at least it was for me—I’ve managed to collect.
The first item concerns our consciences and the general role they play in preventing us from doing certain things, like marital unfaithfulness, petty theft, minor lying, cheating during games, etc..
The newsflash is that it isn’t our conscience that prevents us from doing these things; it’s the fact that the conscience prevents us from deriving any real pleasure from doing such things.
Now, here’s a short list of some other stuff that pose realities in our lives, but because we actually do have lives, we tend not to figure the stuff out. Thankfully, however, someone else’s life experienced a somewhat of a “void.”
Humans breathe an average of 5-MILLION times a year.
Months that begin on a Sunday always contain a Friday-the-13th.
The day we’re born, our bodies contain 300-bones. By the time we reach adulthood, we’re down to 206.
The average driver will spend 2-weeks of his/her life waiting for the traffic light to change from red to green.
At the rate we’re presently going, the world population will increase to 15-billion by the year 2080.
“Almost” is the longest word in the English language with all of its letters in alphabetical order.
Also, of all of the words in the English language, the word “set” has the most definitions.
Earth is the only planet in our system that’s not named after a god.
Just like our fingerprints, our tongues are uniquely different. So be careful where you stick it!
One-fourth of the bones in our bodies are in our feet.
The average person spends about a year and a half of his/her life watching TV commercials. How’s that for productivity?
And for you McDonald’s fanatics, the burger chain can get 400-quarter-pounders from a single cow.
The Bloodhound is the ONLY animal whose evidence is admissible in a court of law.
In case it ever comes up during casual conversation, the product of 111,111,111 TIMES 111,111,111 EQUALS 12,345,678,987,654,321.
About 11% of the world population is left-handed.
The term, “jiffy” is an actual time measurement that is equal to 1/100th of a second. So the next time you tell someone that you’ll “be back in a ‘jiffy,’” understand that you’re lying through your teeth.
A duck’s quack produces NO echo . . . ANYWHERE, and no one knows why!
To produce a single pound of honey, a bee would have to visit 2-million flowers.
Do you like to snack on celery? Then please note that it takes more calories to eat a single stalk of celery than the celery contains.
And be careful during missionary-position sex, human thigh bones are stronger than concrete. On the other hand, it wouldn’t be the worst way to go!
Talk about irony; James Fixx was the one who popularized jogging in the United States. He also died from a massive heart attack while JOGGING.
The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump.
Blueberries are NOT blue; they’re PURPLE. Factually, there are NO naturally occurring blue foods.
Contrary to what the TV commercials imply, only 38% of Americans eat breakfast every day.
And finally, a Boeing 747’s wingspan is longer than the Wright brothers’ first full flight.
As I wrote above, there could be a quiz at any time. Have a great week.