In his 1918 book titled TRIVIA, British Author Logan Pearsall Smith (1865 - 1946) wrote "I know too much; I have stuffed too many of the facts of History and Science into my intellectuals. My eyes have grown dim over books; believing in geological periods, cave dwellers, Chinese Dynasties, and the fixed stars has prematurely aged me."
Over the years, I've saved an occasional piece of interesting trivia -- for those you who thrive on useless trivia, I offer the following:
• The average person falls asleep in 7 minutes.
• The average person's left hand does most of the typing.
• "Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
• There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
• A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
• There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
• "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends with the letters "mt."
• Maine is the only state in the USA whereby the name is only one syllable.
• Al Capone's business card listed his occupation as a used furniture dealer.
• The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
• A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
• A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
• Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
• The average life of a five dollar bill is 5 1/2 years before it is replaced due to wear.
• The Sunday New York Times, the largest newspaper in the world, has nearly a thousand pages, weighing up to 7+ pounds. It takes nearly 20 acres of wood pulp to produce one Sunday edition.
• During 1968 to 1974, a woman in rural Iowa, Marva Drew, typed the number from 1 to 1,000,000 on a standard typewriter, filling nearly 2,500 pages.
• ADCOMSUBORDCOMPHIBSPAC is an acronym used by the U.S. Navy, meaning "Administration Command Subordinate Command Amphibious Forces Pacific Fleet"
• The English word "set" has close to 200 meanings, 60 as a noun and 120 as a verb, depending on the context in which it is used.
• You can't have everything, where would you put it?
• If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.
• On the other hand, you have different fingers.
• Those who laugh last, think slowest.
• The things that come to those who wait may be things left by those who got there first.
• The cure for insomnia is to get more sleep.
• Snowmen fall from the sky unassembled.
• I got a sweater for my birthday, but I wanted a moaner or a screamer.
Quote for the Day – "Is there another word for synonym?" George Carlin
Bret Burquest is the author of 12 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and requires more than 7 minutes to fall asleep.