More Trivia and Fun Facts


It’s a lazy kind of Sunday morning. I don’t feel like doing too much of anything. Time for some coffeee or tea and lingering and laughing over the Sunday funnies. Time for some laughter, fun, and relaxing on another wonderful, unusually warm November day here in the Midwest.

So nothing to heavy or important today. Just some more useless facts (unless you are studying to go on Jeopardy) and trivia.

Enjoy that second or third cup of coffee as you read these.

Did you know? On this lazy Sunday do you even care…….

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

Lobster was one of the main courses at the first Thanksgiving celebration.

A car traveling 100 mph would take more than 29 million years to reach the nearest star.

Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.

The skin that peels off after a sun burn is called “blype.”

The sentence “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the English language. 

A snail can sleep for 3 years.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

Your eyes contribute 85% of your total knowledge.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

No piece of dry paper can be folded more than 7 times in half.

There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building.

‘Typewriter’ is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches.

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.

Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.

Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it’s known as Tennessee.

The groundhog is only accurate in predicting the weather 28% of the time.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

The state of Florida is bigger than England.

One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet.

Yankee Doodle was the first musical recording.

This last trivia item provides me with an opportunity to post this video of Bob Hope and James Cagney. Cagney of course played George M. Cohan,  who wrote the song Yankee Doodle Dandy, in the movie of the same name.

Many of you may only know Bob Hope as a comedian, but he started out as a dancer. You will see how good a dancer he was here.

Featured Recipe    Goat Cheese with Pistachios and Cranberries

I saw this recipe at the Noble Pig. Don’t you just love that name? The recipe meets all of the criteria for recipes here at MTTD. That is, it is easy, delicious, and reasonably inexpensive. 

It is also a great holiday dish. The red and green colors are perfect for all of the fall and winter holidays.

And the pistachios (salt) combined with the cranberries (sweet) combined with the goat cheese (slightly tart) is just a little slice of heaven right here on earth.

So I just had to share it with you.

With written permission form the Nobel Pig ~

This is what you will need:

1 log of goat cheese

Dried cranberries

Shelled salted pistachios


NOTES: If you cannot find goat cheese, or if it is too expensive for you during this recession, you could substitute cream cheese. Most stores these days carry goat cheese, so it should not be too hard to find.

The recipe calls for shelled pistachios. I bought unshelled. Unshelled are less expensive. Pistachios are not that difficult to shell. In fact, if you have children, this is a great task for them.

I used a small 4 ounce log of cheese.

Here is what you do:

If you bought shelled pistachios take the shells off.

Then roughly chop the cranberries and pistachios.

 Roll the goat cheese log in the mixture and using your fingers gently press them into the cheese.

 That’s it.

That’s all. 

Isn’t that incredibly easy for something so beautiful and delicious? I knew you would like it.

All that is left is to dig in and enjoy. Serve on crackers.


Bon appétit!!!


Goat cheese                           $1.87

1/8 lb cranberries                   $0.55

1/8 lb pistachios                     $1.00

1 box crackers                       $1.79

Total cost = $5.21
Cost per person = $0.87*

*I figured this on feeding 6 adults as an appetizer.

You can see and read the Nobel Pig’s post for this recipe by clicking here.

Quote of the Day

Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent.

Epictetus (AD 55 – AD 135)

Trivia and facts were found at the site(s) listed here, here, and here.

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2 comments to More Trivia and Fun Facts

  • Fun and interesting. Don’t mean to be Debbie Downer here, but I couldn’t resist questioning some of the things that strike me as odd.

    A duck’s quack doesn’t echo? How could that be? It defies science! Snopes has an explanation. It does echo, but it’s hard to hear. A duck’s quack is rather quiet to begin with, so there isn’t much echo. Plus, if you don’t know exactly what a duck’s quack sounds like without an echo, the echo part just sounds like part of the quack.

    Right-handed people live longer. This started with a book by a Canadian psychologist called The Left-Handed Syndrome. It was difficult to disprove, because handedness is not one of the things recorded at the time of death. But we now know it’s not true, according to the American Journal of Public Health. In a study of the death reports of nearly 4,000 Bostonians over the age of 65, which included handedness in the data, the death rate for the right-handed was 32.2 percent, for the left-handed it was 33.8 percent. Statistically insignificant.

    The number of bones in the feet is right. 26 for each foot makes 52, and most adult bodies have 206 bones (over 300 at birth, but bones fuse, e.g., the sacrum and coccyx).

    Another fact, which I find many people already know: Goat products, like milk and cheese, are easier to digest than a cow’s. The molecule is much simpler and requires less effort to break down.

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