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Monday, May 11, 2009

Useless Facts and Trivia: Volume 5

Here are some more Useless Facts and Trivia for your enjoyment!:

  1. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original Halloween was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white. (Beam me up, Scottie!)

  2. 2. The first product Motorola developed was a record player for automobiles. At that time the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola. (I bet the records got a lot of skips in it from the bumps in the road!)

    3. Roses MAY be red, but violets ARE, indeed, violet.

4. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand. One should carry a stout pole while travelling in quicksand country...when placed under one's back, it helps one to float out of the quicksand. (Remember this the next time you plan your vacation there!)

5. Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo.

    6. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to digest a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. (Mmm, diet food.) (Too bad it tastes like celery!)

7. Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest. (Now this would give one an identity crisis, no?)

8. In Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift described the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, giving their exact size and speeds of rotation. He did this more than one hundred years before either moon was discovered.

    9. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying! (Double your pleasure, double your fun!)

    10. Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, "Elementary, my dear Watson." For that matter, Sherlock Holmes never existed in the first place. But the address where he supposedly lived, 221B Baker Street, still gets a lot of fan mail. I am told that there is a desk there that has the sign "Secretary to Mr. Holmes".


Shelley said...

I like these! Glad to know #9 - I'm always bawling my eyes out when I peel onions!!

Ann said...

Now if someone would just play trivia with me, I have all these new items to answer.

Bernie said...

WOW, I am glad I went to University as there was only one of your facts I actually knew. It's fun to learn new things, thank you for sharing my friend.....:-) Hugs

DKG aka Scrappy Doo said...

Love # 5
Scrappy Doo

I love your post always informative

efaqffqaewfm said...

The Gulliver's Travels bit is kinda creepy lol

Charlie Chaplin is an interesting guy... I mean, who possesses the thought process "Hey look! A me look alike contest! I think I'll enter!" I'd be more like, "Sweet... people actually care if they look like me."

Loree said...

Ah, if only celery tasted like chocolate. I would be eating it all day and would get rid of so many calories.

Lynn Kellan said...

Why, oh why, can't chocolate have negative calories? Wait a second...celery dipped in chocolate! Bingo!

Anonymous said...

Poor Charlie Chaplin!

I have to disagree with you about Sherlock Holmes - of course he existed in the pages of Conan Doyle's novels!

Insanitykim said...

1. Does William Shatner get royalties for his face being responsible for scaring the crap out of people then?

2. Victrola makes me think of that Donna Summer song, "Dim All the Lights"...good song...

3. Man, there goes half my poems!

4. By not stepping on quicksand, you won't SINK in quicksand! Yeah, I just thought of that...

5. I so knew this!

6. NEGATIVE calories? Bring on the celery!!

7. Maybe he forgot to wear his mustache?

8. See writers are just awesome people!

9. And chewing onions will...?

10. I don't know...I think he might be hiding underneath the desk...

happy day!! :)

The Retired One said...

Shellmo: Me too. I haven't tried it yet either.

Grannyann: You can use it at your next party as a conversation starter. ha

Bernie: you are welcome. The only one I knew was the celery one, being a lifelong dieter off and on.

Scrappy: Funny he didn't talk about the Number One Hit during Scooby doo.

VaBookworm: yes,how did he know that? It fits my alien theories exactly. Charlie may have had "issues" about his identity? It is strange that he entered the contest. I would be afraid to see who entered (and what they looked like?)

Loree: That would be great!

Lynn: Now that is a great idea! Try it and let me know how it goes?

Ladyfi: Yes, I loved those novels. All the characters in the books I read are real to me too.
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1. I know he scares me on those Priceline ads!
2. I love that song too...but I doubt if any disco blasted out of any Victrola (ever!) ha
3. You can always just go to your dirty limiricks then. I know you have some!
4. Remember to bring your rod. (Thank goodness you aren't a man. That suddenly sounded dirty).
5. I am impressed. I didn't know you were intimate with Scooby Doo
6. Read Lynn's idea about dipping it in chocolate!
7. Maybe a postmenopausal woman was his biggest competitor?
8. Or Aliens who are here on earth giving us information to help our society. That's my theory and I'm sticking to it. It's always about the Aliens.
9. Give you gas and bad breath.
10. If he is, I would appreciate him picking up the dustballs and emptying my garbage there. Elementary!

Sara said...

I am going to eat more celery!! I wish it tasted better though:)

The Retired One said...

Sara: Don't forget to dip it in chocolate! :-D

Rick (Ratty) said...

I knew them all except the one about Jonathan Swift. That was the one I would have expected to know, because it was about an astronomy subject. I'm backwards. :)

The Retired One said...

Ratty: Well, you little Smarty Pants you! I am impressed!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for the how to save your life if you fall in quicksand tip. I've always had a fear of this after watching too many jungle movies as a child (Tarzan I think) where the bad guys would fall in quicksand and quickly sink leaving just their pith helmet floating around. Now I know what to do, not that I'm going to the jungle anytime soon and not that I have ever seen quicksand in my life. But, good to know.

The Retired One said...

Geelizzie: Funny! Now you will be prepared (Like a Girl Scout!) ha If you haven't joined on as a Follower yet, go up to "follow this blog" and click on it!

Bev Aylward said...

Love the chewing gum idea I will try that next time I chop onions

The Retired One said...

Bev: Let me know if it works...I haven't tried it yet! :-D

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