Monthly Archives: November 2009

Trivia of the Day – Monday

What causes white specks on fingernails?

White spots and lines appearing on the fingernails are popularly known as “good luck spots.” They are said to be a sign of coming good fortune. They are merely imperfections in the nail. Nails are formed by the gradual fossilization of living cells into the non-living horny tissue called keratin. The specks result when some of the cells near the root of the nail fail to be converted completely into nail substance. As the nail grows, these blemishes are pushed outward; they may be natural imperfections, or they may be produced by any slight cut, injury, or bruise near the line where the fresh nail is being formed.  Not infrequently they are due to careless manicuring.

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Trivia of the Day – Sunday

 

Printed books of religious songs were being produced as early as 1476, but at that time each publication had to be run through the printing press three times: once for the staff lines, once for the note heads and stems, and once for the words.

 

It wasn’t until 1525 that a printer worked out a way of printing everything at once.

 

 

 

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Trivia of the Day – Saturday

 

A little more than a century ago, there was an account of a flock of passenger pigeons in a column 500 yards wide that took three hours to pass over the observer: about a billion birds in all.

Today, the passenger pigeon is extinct.

 

 

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Trivia of the Day – Friday

 

In 1950, Australian Ben Carlin, with his wife, Elinore, set out from Montreal in an amphibious jeep; the craft took to the water off Nova Scotia and crossed the entire Atlantic Ocean, making landfall at the Canary Islands after a stop in the Azores.

The Carlin’s continued their journey by land, eventually stopping in England and going to Malmo, Sweden. Carlin tried to interest British auto manufacturers in his heavily modified vehicle, but there were no takers.

 

 

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Thanksgiving Bonus Trivia

 

Just in case (a) you ate too much during Thanksgiving lunch, and (b) you’re having a gout attack and someone is saying you ate too well today:Ninety five percent of the known cases of gout occur in males.Known as the “Rich Man’s Curse,” attacks are often thought to be caused by an overindulgence in rich foods. In reality, it is a deficit in purine metabolism and a deficiency in certain steroid hormones.

 

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Gagler’s Trivia of the Day – Thursday

 

Is there such a word as alright?

No such word as alright is recognized in modern English usage. It is branded by reputable English dictionaries as an erroneous form of the phrase “all right.”

For a period during the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, before the invention of printing, “alright” was employed to some extent by English writers, but all right had been previously preferred and it has been regarded as the correct for ever since.

 

 

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Gagler’s Trivia of the Day – Wednesday

 

The famous French prophet and astrologer Nostradamus (1503-1566) predicted the world would end when Easter fell on April 25.

This has happened in 1666, 1734, 1886, and 1943. It will occur again in 2038.

 

 

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