- A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first passengers in a hot air balloon.
- The toothpaste ‘Colgate’ in Spanish translates to ‘go hang yourself’. Read More.
- The first leap year- The first leap year in the modern sense was 1752, when 11 days were ‘lost’ from the month September with the adoption of the Gregorian calendar by Britain and her colonies.
- “Dad” was first recorded in English sometime in the 1500s, but its ancestry isn’t clear. Even the Oxford English Dictionary throws its hands up and admits “of the actual origin we have no evidence.”
Fun Fact about ‘Friends’ that every Fanatic (like me :P) should know:
1.According to the producers interview with NBC News, Rachel and Ross weren’t supposed to be the endgame love interests — it was originally Monica and Joey!
2.The main cast started out making $22,000 an episode. In 1997, they renegotiated for $100,000 per episode, and, in the 10th and final season,made a whopping $1 million per episode!
3.According to Uproxx, while most seasons of Friends are approximately 24 episodes, the last season was truncated to just 18 due to Aniston’s film schedule. 😦
Which of these you found interesting?
I found the translation of ‘Colgate’ quite funny. 😛
Hi everyone, it’s Meg and this is not my regular feature! But I wanted to jump back in the pool here at Blogger’s World and I don’t have a scheduled post until the end of the month. When Piyusha asked me to fill in for Vandana (who isn’t feeling well, I understand… Feel better @feelings161) I jumped at the chance. I hope you enjoy my take on Trivia Tuesday!
Some of the things I am most passionate about are Art, Music, Theater and of course, Books! So I decided to find some trivia tidbits about each of those.
- Art: The record for the most money paid for a painting goes to Willem de Kooning’s Interchange, which sold for approximately $300 million in November 2015. It is followed closely by Paul Gauguin’s When Will You Marry? which sold for nearly $300 million in February 2015.
- Music: Best selling album of all time goes to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Released in 1982, an estimated 65 million copies of Thriller have been sold to date. Some estimates put the total number of sales at over 110 million, but these figures are unreliable. Next highest in number of sales is AC-DC’s Back In Black, released in 1980 and estimated to have sold 50 million copies to date.
- Books: What book holds the record for being the most frequently stolen from public libraries? The Guinness Book of World Records!
- Theater: The longest running shows on Broadway are Phantom of the Opera with over 11,000 performances, Chicago with over 8,000 performances and The Lion King with nearly 7,700 performances. The oldest continuously operating theater in the United States is here in my city, Philadelphia. The lights have been “on” at the Walnut Street Theater since it opened in 1809. The first theatrical performance at the theater was in 1814 and was attended by Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette.
So that’s it for my first try at Trivia Tuesday. I hope you enjoyed!
What is the oldest complete book (body, front and back) in existence? I found some disagreement, but I best liked what was reported by Jon Pennington at https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-oldest-book-in-the-world-still-in-existence-with-its-paper-and-cover-intact Its history includes several hundred years in a coffin. Article also has pictures. Yaa, yaa!
I have enjoyed a look through https://www.grammarly.com/blog/10-interesting-english-facts-guest/ and found some interesting word and language trivia. These are some of the gems offered to us from Rochelle Ceira, a guest author on that site.
- An ambigram is a word which reads the same when upside down or rightside up: SWIMS
- A word is added to the dictionary every two hours.
- Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosisis the longest word in the English language. We would probably guess it has something to do with the medical field. Right? It is the name of a disease caused by inhaling ash or dust.
- A pangram is a sentence which contains every letter of the alphabet; such as, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”
- All pilots have to identify themselves and speak English regardless of their origin.
Ever wondered why Tuesday is called Tuesday?
The English name is derived from Old English “Tiwesdæg” and Middle English Tewesday, meaning “Tīw’s Day”, the day of Tiw or Týr, the God of single combat, victory and heroic glory in Norse mythology.
Here we are with a few fun facts from around the world.
- Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour. (I am going to start doing this pretty soon)
- Wayne Allwine, the voice actor for Mickey Mouse, and Russi Taylor, the voice actress for Minnie Mouse, wed in 1991. Source
- The current record holder for most prolific mother goes to Valentina Vassilyeva, who had 69 children over the course of her lifetime. Her husband, Feodor Vassilyeva later remarried and had 18 more children, making him father to 87 children total (though only 82 survived).
- In 2008, a teenager in the UK legally changed his name to “Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine The Hulk and The Flash Combined.” (I guess he totally misunderstood the idea of being unique!)
- The set used for Sherlock’s house in the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes is the same set used for Sirius’ house in Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix (2007).
(So, obviously I cannot miss a Harry Potter fact being a Potterhead!)
Hello fellow bloggers
Tuesday is here again with some fun facts to tickle your brain!!
I enjoyed doing research for this post. Hope you enjoy reading them too 🙂
- Did you know:
“Almost” is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order and “Rhythm” is the longest English word without a vowel.
- Tring Tring:
In 1865, Boston Post published about the telephone:
“Well-informed people know it is impossible to transmit the voice over wires. Even if it were, it would be of no practical value.”
“And imagine where we are today, transmitting voice wirelessly!”
- Hold your breath for this one:
The China National Highway 110 traffic jam is the longest traffic jam in the history that lasted for more than 10 days with cars moving only 0.6 miles a day!!
“I am glad I did not witness it! Did anyone of you experience it personally?”
- Another surprising fact:
There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.
“I am never going to say I am a good chess player!”
- You must take this one seriously:
If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die! Also, if you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib!
“So guys don’t think of holding back your sneeze next time!
Just wondering is this why we say “God Bless you” when someone sneezes!”
- Watch this out:
It would take 1,000 years to watch every video on You Tube!
“So, no use keeping a count, I guess!”
I found the chess fact most intriguing. Which one did you find most interesting?
- Did You Know?
11th April is World Parkinson’s Day. A little morbid, but everyone should be aware of it, right?
Parkinson’s disease, named after Dr James Parkinson, the doctor who first identified the condition, is a movement disorder that is chronic and progressive, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. The reason is unknown and there is no cure but it can be controlled with medicine and therapy. Approximately 4 million people worldwide suffer from Parkinson’s disease, which is really sad.
Read more about it here.
Moving on to a lighter topics…
- Did You Know?
Female fireflies apparently cannot fly because they are wingless/ have shorter wings (I am not sure which; different articles state different things). The males fly around showing off their lights while the female perches on a rock or shrub and waits for an attractive mate. When she finds one, she’ll signal it with a flash of her own!
- Did You Know?
Ural Mountains, which form the boundary between Europe and Asia, Caucasus Mountains (the namesake of the Caucasian race), separate Asia from Europe
- Did You Know?
Dolphins have hair when they are first born. This hair is found on the top of the rostrum, which is the dolphin’s mouth, and falls out within two weeks. Dolphins do not grow any other hair for the rest of their lives.
- Did You Know?
Starfish do not have a centralized brain but instead have a complex nervous system with radial nerves running along the length of each ray and a circumoral (“around the mouth”) nerve ring that connects the radial nerves.
- Did You Know?
If you are a fan of Game of Thrones (ahem.. the new season is coming up and I couldn’t resist), chances are you couldn’t get over the massacre of Red Wedding for a while (I was reeling in shock for about a week). But, at the end of the day you could console yourself that it’s all fictional. Well, apparently not! The Red Wedding was inspired by real life events – The Black Dinner and Glencoe Massacre. Well, imagine the horror.
I quite enjoyed researching bits for those trivia. Which one did you find the most interesting?
And here we are with fun facts from around the world – Trivia Tuesdays.
- According to a study by the New York Bakery Co, Brits say ‘sorry’ up to 8 times a day. Source
- There are 10 human body parts that are only 3 letters long (eye hip arm leg ear toe jaw rib lip gum). Source
- For the movie E.T, the sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly. Source
- In the mid-1960s, Slumber Party Barbie came with a book called “How to Lose Weight.” One of the tips was “Don’t eat.” Source
- When asked if he knew the speed of sound, Einstein said he “didn’t carry such information in my mind since it’s readily available in books.” Source
My favourite is the first one. Respect for the British, since Sorry isn’t an easy word to say. Maybe I’m a Brit and I just don’t know it 😀
Which one do you like the most?
So, I’ve been harping about Tagging the posts correctly all this while, and so was the admin team before me.
Here’s why Tagging is important, not just here on Bloggers World but also for your blog. Fortunately, tagging on our own blogs is a little easier. Here, not so much!
Add to that, there are tags where the categories should be. I’m giving up on sorting that out or editing previous posts.
In the recent poll, most of you indicated that you would like to be told where the tags were incorrect so that you could use the correct ones the next time round. (The results came as a relief! I was worrying about being too strict and that everyone would choose the ‘No’ options 😀 )
So after much research, I think I’ve figured out the tagging bit.
The only way to ensure that the posts are easily visible in tag search results is to get the tags correct. So, here’s a ready reference guide. You may use them from the tag box in the post editor or add them manually.
These are suggestions. You may add additional tags as needed.
Add following tags to the individual Weekly Feature Posts :
Add #weekly for all weekly feature posts.
Additional tags as per the respective weekly feature –
Monday – #etymology
Tuesday – #triviatuesday
Wednesday – #authorstory
Friday – #fridayfeature (also, add the following tags for the respective Friday feature – #quotations for Friday1, #100wordsstory for Friday2, #filmreview for Friday3 and #bookreview for Friday4)
Saturday – #creativewriting
BlogCast – #blogcast
Sunday 13 Words Story – #13wordsstory
Guest Posts – #guestfeature
This post may again get lost in the sea of posts that shall follow it. So, for your convenience, the same ready reckoner is there on the right side menu under the heading “Tags”.
Now if only I could figure out how to tag this post!
(Categories, I hear you say. You kidding me?!! that’s for another lifetime! 😛 )
Do you think this would be easy enough to follow? In case you have further doubts, please feel free to reach out.
I hope it’s still Tuesday in some part of the world! Was so busy oggling at Derek Shepherd that I lost track of time.
And, that brings me to my first trivia.
- Pssst.. Did you know: Singer Taylor Swift named one of her cats, Meredith Grey, after the main character in Grey’s Anatomy. (Yay! I am not the only crazy one! ) Source Wish I could make this a Grey’s Anatomy special, but I guess we’ll leave that to some other day. 😀
- Pssst.. Did you know: In Milan, Italy, when an operator dialed a wrong number, the phone company fined the operator. Source
- Pssst.. Did you know: The pile of excreta that the young Jamal jumps into in Slumdog Millionaire was made from a combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Delicious. (No wonder, the actor was so thrilled while doing the scene 😛 ) Source
- Pssst.. Did you know: The first transatlantic wedding took place on December 2, 1933. The groom was in Michigan. The bride, in Sweden. The ceremony took seven minutes and cost $47.50. Source
- Pssst.. Did you know: The number of years it took in the United States to achieve a 25% market share was 44 years a car , for the phone 35 years and for the Internet – 7 years! Source
- Pssst.. Did you know: Marie Curie’s notebooks are still radioactive. (Better stay away from Marie Curie’s notes) Source
I am quite surprised knowing all that. Which one did you like the most?
#triviatuesday Good morning fellow bloggers. Here’s your Tuesday Trivia Fix.