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19 March 2010

Friday Trivia: 14 Useless Random Facts

From Denny: Here to delight and amuse you is some Friday trivia to send you on into your fabulous weekend! Irreverent copyrighted commentary is provided free of charge... :)

Fun Useless Facts to impress the neighbors on the weekend:

* It takes your food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach. Does that fact also apply to chocolate?

* One human hair can support the weight of 6.6 pounds/3 kg. There are tractor pulls and now in the near future we can expect the more sophisticated caveman version: hair pulls.

* There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet. For those who cannot multiply: you are the equivalent of walking around on the national debt.

* Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when you are standing still. Hmmm... so how many muscles are used when you are prone, like after New Year's Eve?

* The first ready-to-eat breakfast cereal was shredded wheat in 1893. So when did they change the ratio of cereal to sugar, soaking and "enrobing" the wheat squares in a thick coating of sugar, that the weight scale rats you out for that sudden jump in an extra five pounds?

* It's illegal to slurp soup in New Jersey. For all the jokes about New Jersey being blue collar I wonder how this law got on the books. Better yet, just how do you enforce it? Send out Miss Manners patrol officers?

* The number "57" on the Heinz ketchup bottles represents the amount of pickle varieties the company once produced. Were these guys too cheap to print a new label or discover the simple method of liars marketing?

* Each of the suits on a deck of cards represents the four major pillars of the economy in the Middle Ages:

- Hearts: symbolic of The Church
- Spades: symbolic of the military
- Clubs: symbolic of agriculture
- Diamonds: symbolic of the merchant class (that paid for it all)

* The average person makes about 1,140 telephone calls each year. Does that include texting or sexting?

* Beatrix Potter created the first of her legendary "Peter Rabbit" children's stories in 1902. If someone writes a story like this today the first thing people ask is "what magic mushrooms did she get into?"

* On average, there are 178 sesame seeds on each McDonald's Big Mac buns. OK, so who took the time to count the seeds? Will McDonald's demand a recount?

* Kansas state law requires pedestrians crossing the highways at night to wear tail lights. I've heard there are strange things going on in Kansas. Now I believe it!

* Canadian researchers have found that Einstein's brain was 15% wider than normal. Notice this is the only acceptable part of the body in which gaining weight and getting wider is considered the stuff of celebrity worship!

* Women are 37% more likely to go to a psychiatrist than men are likely to do. The answer to that is simple: they are married and have kids. They need stress relief and a psychiatrist is cheaper than a spa resort.

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