#quotations ” “My infant finds favour in the austere eyes ,” muttered his Grace. “Infant, I am trying to prevail upon Mr. Marling to honour my poor house with his presence. Pray add your entreaties to mine.” ” Georgette Heyer, p216, These Old Shades.
A very quickly sourced by absolute chance quote from a page from one of my mum’s books (I only have a small few of her books as they were shared among family and others were donated. I had to grab her Georgette Heyer novels as I read those in my childhood while too young to really understand them, but could mechanically read them at about six years old. I don’t think I read all of them because of the antiquated adult world portrayed in the stories.) I’m hoping to read them enough to find the one i did read from start to end, but haven’t had the free time to relax with them yet. Not really the kind of genre I go for in a book these days. My poor mum struggled to keep me in reading material but I had books like Enid Blyton and comics every week where i learnt about things like majorettes in Judy and Bunty, Debbie etc. I had an advantage over my brother in getting to read his Eagle and Roy of the Rovers comics (much more interesting than girls comics!) and he always complained it wasn’t fair and did share but I’d have to pay back a favour of some sort like take on one of his chores, otherwise he got nothing for my reading his when of course he refused to read a girl’s comic. The library was too far to walk but don’t think they had anything I wanted to borrow but my mum did make us to join. I used to go in to the library very occasionally to use the reference section. I couldn’t understand while so young why you couldn’t borrow the only books I wanted to read. We had a lot of worldly books in our classroom at school though and I was a voracious reader as a child. Not been much of a reader as an adult. Heard on local radio yesterday that statistically only 11% of people read fiction and most reading is other types, ie. for information, so I don’t feel as bad about not reading enough fiction now. Not sure if that’s a UK statistic, regionally or nationally, or if it’s a global market result. i might look for more info on it sometime. I nearly panicked for a quick authorstory post but spotted the postwindow’s autotag just as I was leaving and thought I’d add a quick quote then. That’s what it turned out and i didn’t want to select a replacement. Should be elsewhere, gotta go 🙂 bye for now, best wishes all 🙂
PS – i felt it was a good quote to suggest, if you are reading or have a book to hand for a chance find, you might like to add a quote post or in comments.
I can’t stick around researching for a trivia post today but thought I’d drop in with this morsel from the #trivia twitter feed – is etymology ‘trivia’ – well I s’pose it is and it might be handy to remember this for that board T’Pursuit game or similar… I can’t help myself for trying to play along with the apparent schedule for post content here. Anyone made a recent trivia type post at their blog or recommend anyone else’s? A favourite archival post here to refresh from previous contributors? If so, add a springboard link in the comments.
Now , my birthday is coming very soon. And am one of those who loves the day! It will be my day , or so I will impose on others 😉
And this seems particularly wonderful to know , and it is a fact!
- “When you were born, for a tiny amount of time, you were the youngest person on planet Earth.“
Youngest on planet earth ! Yay!
And like every other human , I spent about half an hour as a single cell.
- “All life has to begin somewhere, and even the largest humans spent a short part of their lives as a single celled organism when sperm and egg cells first combine. Shortly afterward, the cells begin rapidly dividing and begin forming the components of a tiny embryo“
I wish I could celebrate it like Sultan of Brunei. Invite you all who would like this post 😉
- The Sultan of Brunei hosted the world’s most expensive birthday party to celebrate his 50th year. The cost? A whopping $27.2 million! Three concerts featuring Michael Jackson cost $16 million of the total amounts.
When I asked my husband , what is he planning to gift me , he offered pebble! Not just any pebble , prettiest , smoothest , beautiful pebble. Just like Male Penguin does
- Male penguin searches the entire beach to find the perfect pebble to present it to his mate.
hmm , I will have to be satisfied with a pebble. Am no Nita Ambani , He is no Mukesh Ambani.
By the way , my husband will give me a present , not a gift. Source.
- Gifts and presents are used interchangeably, but do you know, they not exactly same? According to dictionary.com, when you give something to the recipient at a ceremony, it is a present.
There is another explanation too. The present is something passed between equals or from ‘low to high’. A gift is passed from ‘high to low’ and is valuable than a present. Let me explain. You give your friend a present. You buy a present for the minister. But, God gave you the gift of life. You gift a huge donation to some charity. See the difference?.
A nice Tuesday to you all!
Some fun facts for this Tuesday.
• Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
• In France, it is legal to marry a dead person (Contributed by Loes – 16 May 2015)
• A pig’s orgasm lasts 30 minutes.
• What is called a “French kiss” in the English speaking world is known as an “English kiss” in France.
• Upper and lower case letters are named ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the ‘upper case’ letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, ‘lower case’ letters.
• Human birth control pills work on gorillas.
• Human saliva has a boiling point three times that of regular water.
• When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.
• Female kangaroos have three vaginas.
• The Dutch village of Giethoorn has no roads; its buildings are connected entirely by canals and footbridges.
• The loneliest creature on Earth is a whale who has been calling out for a mate for over two decades — but whose high-pitched voice is so different to other whales that they never respond.
Here are a few fun facts for today’s trivia.
- Only 2% of Earth population naturally has green eyes. (Anyone here has green eyes?)
- When a male penguin falls in love with female penguin, he searches the entire beach to find the perfect pebble to present to her.(Awwww )
- When the moon is directly overhead, you weigh slightly less.(Hey Moon, Just stay there!)
Friends’ Fact by a Friends’ lover; Director James Burrows, who went on to direct a handful of episodes for the show between 1995 and 1997, brought the six cast members to Vegas because he “had a feeling about the show.” While they were at Caesar’s Palace, he encouraged the group to enjoy themselves. “This is your last shot at anonymity,” he told them. “Once the show comes on the air, you guys will never be able to go anywhere without being hounded.”
- Harry Potter fact (PotterHead you see!)
J.K Rowling created Quidditch after a fight with her boyfriend.
“If you want to create a game like Quidditch, what you have to do is have an enormous argument with your then-boyfriend,” Rowling said in 2003. “You walk out of the house, you sit down in a pub, and you invent Quidditch. And I don’t really know what the connection is between the row and Quidditch except that Quidditch is quite a violent game and maybe in my deepest, darkest soul I would quite like to see him hit by a bludger.”
Which of these you found interesting? My favourite is the penguin one.
Plus, if you love trivia nominate yourselves for Tuesday feature for 20th.
Have a great day everyone.
Here is your dose of Trivia Tuesday!
- Bruno Mars’ birth name is Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez. His stage name, ‘Bruno Mars‘, was inspired by the wrestler Bruno Samartino. This was because as a child, Bruno was independent, confident and strong-willed, like the wrestler. ‘Mars‘ came along because he was often told he was “out of this world” by the girls, so he used the planet Mars as his last name.
- The least financially successful Harry Potter film made approximately $90 million more than the most successful Twilight movie. (He-He Evil laugh!)
- In 2007, a 1000-gallon inflatable swimming pool was stolen from someone’s back garden without a single drop of water being found! (C-R-A-Z-Y!)
- In a 2008 survey, 58% of British teens thought Sherlock Holmes was a real guy, while 20% thought Winston Churchill was not. Source
- Microsoft had offered to buy Yahoo for US$44.6 billion in 2008. Yahoo rejected the offer. In 2016, it sold for just US$4.8 billion. Source
That’s all I have for today.
Which of these did you find the most interesting?
Sorry, I am a little late with my post! But better late than never, right? Well, without wasting any more time, let’s dive in…
Did You Know?
Scotland’s national animal is the Unicorn! On a similar note, North Korea’s national animal is the Chollima (a Mythical Winged Horse), while Dodo’s the national bird of Mauritius.
Did You Know?
Dinosaurs were actually warm-blooded reptiles.
Did You Know?
You might know that strawberry is not a berry. But did you know that banana is a berry? So are pomegranate, tomatoes and kiwis.
Did you know?
The brain is 73% water. It takes only 2% dehydration to affect your attention, memory and other cognitive skills. So to keep that brain functioning… drink up (well, water)!
Did You Know?
Venus has the longest day of any planet in our solar system. It completes one rotation every 243 Earth days. Its day lasts longer than its orbit. It orbits the Sun every 224.65 Earth days, so a day is nearly 20 Earth days longer than its year.
Did you know?
Evolution is believed to help us grow bigger, better and smarter. But apparently, this is a myth! Over the past 10,000 – 20,000 years, the size of the average human brain has shrunk by the size of a tennis ball (scary, right?). Scientists attribute this to our “domestication”, lack of a balanced meal and, would you like to guess? Yes, you got it right – to the lack of physical activity. Born to be wild, anyone?
That’s all for this trivia! Which fact did you find most interesting?