This week’s installment brought to you courtesy of Regular, Apple Cinnamon, and Maple Brown Sugar.
………….Did you know?……..
- Travelers to La Paz, Bolivia often get sick the moment they arrive. La Paz is the highest city in the world. It is 11.900 feet above sea level.
- Mothers Day was started by a West Virginia woman, Anna Jarvis, in 1907. In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson made it official. ( remember to love on your mommy !!)
- In July 1861, over 30 feet of water fell on the town of Cerrapunji, India ( no I don’t know how to pronounce that name…) in 30 days………. ( and we think Seattle has it bad…)
- Pollen never deteriorates. It is one of the few naturally secreted substances that lasts indefinitely. ( I am sure that is SOOO encouraging to allergy sufferers everywhere…)
- Camels are known for surviving without water, but rats can last even longer than the average camel.
…..now go and tell someone the
smart useless things you have just learned……….
………… Did you know?………..
Josephine Clofullia, the most famous bearded lady of all time, and an attraction in P.T. Barnaum’s side show in the nineteenth century, had a beard six inches ling when she was only sixteen. (hmmm I wonder if we were in some way related…. just sayin’!….)
Louis Doberman, a nineteenth century German tax collector, became unpopular with his fellow citizens. To protect himself during his tax collection visits, he bred fierce dogs now called Doberman pinschers.
In the early nineteenth century, many members of congress came to sessions wearing knives in their belts. (hmmmm, not a bad idea actually.)
The first paper money to appear in the North America was printed on playing cards. It was done in 1685 by the French colonial government in Canada.
Creating these little trivia filled posts have led to a discovery.
I now know why my children are so smart…. and it really has nothing to do at all with what I teach them.
They know things because they read their breakfast cereal packaging.
……………SO……. Did you KNOW????…………………….
- The U.S. Coastline ~ Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf ~ involves 25 of the 48 mainland states…. don’t believe me? here is a map.
- There is only one state in the United States named after a president….. it’s my state! Washington!
- There are approximately 1 million species of animals on the earth. Of these, approximately 800,00 are insects…. (ewwww!)
- The monarch butterfly can discern tastes 12,000 times more subtle than those perceivable by human taste buds.
- The salt in sea water comes primarily from the fresh water that absorbs salt from the rocks and land before flowing into the sea.
Ya know, reading from these great smelling oatmeal packages, is sort of making me hungry……….
Today’s facts and tidbits…
There are only 299 days left until Christmas. ( I offer this as a public service announcement. I don’t want anyone to be surprised that Christmas is coming!)
March 1 begins American Red Cross Month.
Today was the day in 1932 that the Lindbergh Baby was kidnapped
It is the birth date of Frédéric Chopin ( how DO you pronounce that last name?… is it chop-IN? or show-pan?)
It is Women’s History Month.
Today’s installment comes to you live from the Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal package…
Did ya know?…
Forty-seven bibles are sold or distributed throughout the world each minute of each day.
The Stanley Cup, emblem of ice-hockey supremacy in North America, was donated in 1893 by Canada’s then governor-general, Frederick Arthur, Lord Stanley of Preston.
Until the mid-eighteenth century, spectators in English theaters often watched performances while sitting on stage– just a few feet away from the actors.
According to the U.S. Hydrographic Office ( a what? this is a legitimate office? Even my spell check doesn’t believe that is a real word. ) about 2,500 ships have been wrecked at sea in the last hundred years.
My children and husband are kings of trivia. Random facts that lie lurking in their brains only to spew forth at the most random of moments. Me? not so much… most days I find pleasure in remembering my own name and not calling any of the children by one of the names of our pets….
Oddly enough, most people are impressed by these bits of knowledge.
I thought I would share some trivia with you all on Tuesdays… sort of a running theme. Maybe you can share it with your kids, and they can impress Aunt Sally at Easter dinner…. and maybe I will be able to keep up with all the smart people in my family.
In this day in History, February 15:
1764: the city of St Louis, Missouri is established
2005: YouTube was launched in the U.S.
1546: Galileo Galilei was born
1965: Canada inaugurated their national flag. Today is Flag Day.
Share some of your new found knowledge with your family over lunch or dinner today…