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Friday, September 25, 2009

Useless Facts and Trivia: Volume 13

Yes, it is time again for more Useless Facts and Trivia, along with MY COMMENTS in bold italics.

1. Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister.(Won't you be my neighbor?...umm..I don't think so. Because if I swore at my lawn mower that didn't start, then I would have to have him praying for forgiveness, and well, lets just say I would be keeping the poor guy really busy.)

2. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes. That settles it. As suspected, I am NOT average. And, who measures this stuff? I would never fall asleep in seven minutes if I was in some lab knowing that someone was measuring when I fell asleep.

3. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball. Seriously, who counted them? And why not 337 or 335? And why are there dimples anyway? Why didn't they make them round, without any dimples? Inquiring minds want to know!! And do the little golf ball get their dimples from their mama or daddy's side of the family? Do they get more dates?

4. "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand. You are going to type this word now, aren't you? Or look for longer words with the left hand of the keyboard. Go ahead. I'll wait....if you come up with a longer one, let us know.

5. The data track on a CD is a very long spiral. If it were unwound and laid out in a straight line, it would be over 3.5 miles long. Since there is no way to really unwind the data track on a CD, there is no way to dispute this, now is there? Don't you just hate this crap?

6. It is impossible to lick your elbow or stick your elbow in your ear. Puh-leeze do NOT try this after reading this. I don't want to be responsible for you having to go to your Chiropractor. I don't think you can kiss your own butt, either, and I don't want to even PICTURE that move!

7. A crocodile can't stick its tongue out. Besides, are you going to stick around and ask him to do that? Nope. I didn't think so. Wonder how the doctor checks his tonsils out then? Besides, when the crocodile is pissed off at you, he will just flip you off, and then eat need for him to stick his tongue out at you.

8. A shrimp's heart is in its head. Please do NOT check his pulse by holding his little head, it gives them a headache. And maybe that's where the song: "I left my shrimp in San Francisco" came about.

9. In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand (or attempted to do so). I want THAT job. Watching ostriches for years to see if they bury their heads in the sand. Cripes. If that is what you are looking for, just watch a Politician. He will do it before the end of his first term.

10. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky. Oh, no. I know exactly where you are headed. You are going to climb up on the barn roof and clap your hands and make oink noises just to see if those poor little critters will look up at you or not. Have you seen their necks? Exactly. They hardly HAVE any neck. That is probably why they can't look up. Don' t be asking them: "Say, see that cloud? What do you see? I see one the shape of a dog, what do YOU see? because if you do, you are going to make him mad. Nothing worse than a mad pig....I don't want my pork chops tough. So, please don't go there....


DJan said...

Where DO you find things like this?? Do you spend your days randomly googling until you have a quota? I am constantly amazed at what you dredge up out of the factoids... this was just... amazing!

Debbie said...

You are so creative, love the have come a long way since we started chatting I am impressed. Hope you are well!

Bernie said...

Oh Joan I really needed this comic relief and am still laughing out loud, more at your comments than the facts. Love when you post these facts and trivia...luv ya:-)

SquirrelQueen said...


Where do you find these? I was doing pretty good until I got to the part about which side of the family a golf ball's dimples come from.

I really enjoyed these and I'm looking forward to the next batch.


Alan Burnett said...

Wonderful facts. My life is richer and better for knowing them.

Cathy Clementz said...

Where DO you come up with these things? Your responses are priceless...I picture you sitting at your computer with your bottle of white wine just rollng these things out so easily!!

VABookworm87 said...

It takes me over an hour to fall asleep, but as soon as my dad's head hits the pillow, he's gone and snoring... He says years of being in the Navy will make you able to fall asleep under any conditions.

We learned about the dimples in golf balls in physics... it's something to do with how they catch the air and it helps lift the ball...

I do actually know a couple of people who can lick their elbow (yes, we have tried). We've found that short people (since they tend to have shorter limbs) with long tongues can pull this off (I bet Gene Simmons could do it)

A New England Life said...

Okay, you're giving me a brain cramp!

I think the dimples help the ball move though the air with better direction.

7 minutes sounds pretty close. Of course my husband is asleep in about 2-3! He sometimes asks me if I want to have sleep race ... LOL!

RIP Mr. Rogers. He was a good man.


L. D. Burgus said...

What can I say, I am now smarted that I was before I read your blog. I had to laugh a little along the way. Thanks for sharing.

dreamwalker said...

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes. --> I'm definitely NOT normal then :(

Love the elbow thing...gets me every time!

The Retired One said...

DJan: I have my ways. ha I find them so odd and funny that I just have to share them. Glad you get a kick out of them.

Debbie: I have had such a good time blogging and getting into my photography. Thanks, yes I am just fine and happy.

Bernie: If I made you smile today, then I reached my goal. Glad you like them, there will be more.

SquirrelQueen: I am so glad folks are liking these. I just find some of them so odd and interesting, that I can't help but share them.

Alan: So glad your life is richer from knowing them :-).

Cathy: No wine involved, but hey, that is a good idea..who knows how creative I can get if I add a little spice. ha

VaBookworm: You have to put the people that can lick their elbows on YOU TUBE. It would be a RIOT. And the golf balls: I buy the idea of it helping it lift in the air, but how did they come up with the exact right number to put on the balls? Life's funny!

New England: Yes, I liked Mr Rodgers too...babysat my kids a lot of mornings while I did baking or housework, that's for sure.

L.D: Glad I am contributing to your trivia education and gave you a few smiles. Somebody has to do it, right? :-}

Dreamwalker: You will have to read a few comments up from yours...VaBookworm knows someone who CAN lick their elbow. I told them to film them on YOU TUBE> ha

Insanity Kim said...

HAHAHA love it! I tried to lick my elbow while on my roof, and then I yelled down at a pig before throwing an alligator on it.

I went ahead and prayed for forgiveness for this comment since Mr. Rogers isn't here to help me out, especially since I can't breathe with my head in the sand.

Eva Gallant said...

Hi there! I had to contact you this way because I haven't figured out how to use my email on the road. I'm sure I will eventually.

The most expensive gas we saw was $2.97 here in Kirkland, WA; the cheapest we paid was $2.39 and I think that was in PA. The average seemed to be between 2.57 and 2.65.

Motels: We stay in known chains and like to have a King room. The most we paid was $139 in Hamburg, NY and the least so far was $55 in Buffalo, WY. I'm sure there are more economical options available. If you work with AAA if you're a member, you can get tour books for each state you plan to visit, and they list many hotels and their rates. We did not book ahead, because we did not want to be tied to a schedule. When we get to where we want to stay, we just pull into a place and inquire about rates.
Good luck! When do you plan to take your trip?

almost forgot! great blog post! so funny!

The Retired One said...

Insanity: Funny!!!! (and clever).

Eva: Thanks for the information! It is a trip we really want to take, so I will be researching things. I am not an AAA member, but I probably should look into it.

grannyann said...

now that is a bunch of weird ones!!!

Ratty said...

I was seriously thinking of trying that elbow thing. Only thinking.

The Retired One said...

Grannyann: They are all a bit strange, right?

Ratty: Why don't you tell the squirrels to try it first??? :-}

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