Totally Useless Trivia


For those who have made it home from their holiday travels, as well as for those of us who just had a long weekend of eating and perhaps shopping it is back to work and our usual schedules.

That first day back to work after a break, vacation, or a long holiday weekend is always the hardest. And on a day like this I am sure you do not wish to read a long, perhaps even boring post. And perhaps I do not wish to write one either!

We all need some light and fun to ease us back into the world of work.

This is the type of day for:

Totally.   Useless.   Trivia.


 The average number of people airborne over the US in any given hour is 61,000.

Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark.

In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world’s nuclear weapons combined.

Slugs have 4 noses.

“Go.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language. 

More Monopoly money is printed in a year, than real money is printedthroughout the world.

Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.

Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels of the alphabet in correct alphabetical order.

Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating.

The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat. 

It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.

A polar bear’s fur is not white. It is clear. What you see as white is simply the reflection of the snow.

One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.

First novel ever written on a typewriter was The Adventures Of  Tom Sawyer.

The common housefly hums in the middle octave key of F.    

Periwinkle Blue was the color of the  hundredth billionth crayon made byCrayola.

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes. 

The first zoo in America was in Philadelphia.

The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springstein’s ‘Born in theUSA.’

When you make it to Jeopardy and win, remember me kindly.
Featured Recipe        Simple Tomato Sauce with Butter

Are you tired of turkey yet? If so, I have the perfect recipe for you today.

This is a super easy and super quick weeknight kind of recipe. Yet it tastes so good, and looks like a million dollar meal too, that it is also a perfect company dish. I like recipes like that. Don’t you?

Double the recipe and you can serve a crowd.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

NOTE ON INGREDIENTS: It is difficult in these super-size everything days to find a 14 ounce can to tomato puree. They are all 28 ounces or more these days. You can do a couple of things. Double the recipe. Then cool and freeze half of the sauce without the noodles for another day when you are really in a hurry. You can also save the extra sauce from the can for another use later in the week. Last of all, just double the recipe.

1 – 14 ounce can tomato puree

1 16 ounce package wide noodles*

2 tablespoons olive oil

1-5 cloves garlic smashed

4-8 tablespoons butter at room temperature

Parsley rough chopped

4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

*Or other pasta of your choice

Here is what you do:

Put the water for the noodles up to boil.

NOTE 1: The ideal is to have the noodles ready to go in the boiling water at around the same time you add the tomato puree to the skillet. See note # 3.

Cut the ends off the garlic and using the flat side of the knife and the heel of your hand gently smash the garlic.

While the knife is nearby you might as well give a rough chop to the parsley too.

Combine the olive oil, garlic, and a pinch of salt in a skillet over medium heat and mix.

Cook over moderate heat till the garlic is golden on both sides.

NOTE 2: You only want to brown the garlic, not burn it. If you burn it throw away, wash the pan out and start over. There are few, if any, worse tastes than burned garlic. Trust me, but don’t ask me how I know this. Please.

The noodle water should be boiling about now. So add the noodles to the water and cook according to package directions.

Add tomato puree to the skillet with the garlic and stir to blend. Simmer uncovered until sauce begins to thicken, about 15 minutes.  

NOTE 3See why I said in NOTE #1 that you want to put the noodles into the water at about the time you add the puree to the skillet. Noodles 10 minutes; puree simmers 15. Voilà. Perfect timing. See note #1.

Drain the noodles.

Using tongs or a spoon remove the garlic pieces from the tomato sauce and discard.

Lower the heat to low under the tomato sauce and add the drained noodles. Mix well and let it sit for a minute or two.

Add salt and pepepr to taste and mix again.

Place a serving on each individual plate.  Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of cheese over the noodles. Then add a tablespoon or two of butter on top. I used only one tablespoon of butter. Scatter parsley over all.

Look at that mouth-watering butter melting and working its way down into the layers of pasta. Be still my heart!!!

The melting butter is what puts this pasta recipe over the top, and SO delicious.

Serve with some fresh fruit or a salad and enjoy.

Bon appétit!!!


1 – 14 ounce can tomato puree                    $1.95

1 16 ounce package wide noodles                $1.29

2 tablespoons olive oil                                 $0.24

1 cloves garlic smashed                               $0.24                         

4 tablespoons butter                                    $0.37

Parsley                                                       $0.07

4 tbs. Parmesan cheese                               $1.02

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $5.18
Cost per person (4) = $1.30

Quote of the Day

Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do.

Pope John XXIIIe

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