Monthly Archives: July 2010

Trivia of the Day – Saturday

The foot is 12 inches long because the arm of King Henry I of England measured 36 inches, and he decreed the standard foot should be 1/3 of that measurement.

The first cook book was written by the Greeks in 400 B.C.

The flying gurnard, a fish, swims in water, walks on land, and flies through the air.

The customs house in Mexico City, now the federal treasury, was started in 1730. Work was halted immediately when the builders estimated it would require ten years to complete the project. A beautiful Mexican girl, Sara de Acuna, promised to marry Juan Guitierrez if he would finish the building in six months. He accomplished the task just three days short of the deadline.

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Friday Bonus Trivia

Today is System Administrator day.  So, in honor of this day I thought the following was appropriate:

Have you ever wondered how the phrase “booting up your computer” started or what it means?

The word “boot” or “booting” comes from the concept of bootstrapping, or pulling oneself up by the bootstraps. Before PC’s, computer operators would run a program called the bootstrap loader. This loader did the initialization that is now automatic. The process became known as bootstrapping and later booting.

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Trivia of the Day – Friday

Why is having someone else do our work “farming it out”?

The expression “farming out”–having someone else do part or all of your work–is connected to the place where you get up before dawn, work yourself to the bone, plant seeds, pray for rain, and then sometimes see your crops washed away when you get exactly what you asked for. But the connection is not that the expression came from the place, but rather that both come from the same source.

In the Middle Ages, the word “farm” meant a tax or rent, not the land where you keep cows and pigs. The actual collection of the tax was subcontracted out to a person known as a tax farmer.  Eventually the property for which the tax or rent was paid came to be called a farm. And farming something out came to mean subcontracting–assigning or paying someone to do our work for us.

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Trivia of the Day – Thursday

If disconnected, the sex organs of an armadillo are still active.

37% of all women prefer shoe shopping to sex.

Lipstick was said to have been invented in the Egyptian times for women that specialized in oral sex. They wanted their lips to look more inviting.

A vast majority of married men sleep on the right hand side of the bed (facing from the headboard), regardless of race, creed or age. Divorced men often switch to the left side.

The saying “it’s so cold out there it could freeze the balls off a brass monkey” came from when they had old cannons like ones used in the Civil War. The cannonballs were stacked in a pyramid formation, called a brass monkey. When it got extremely cold outside they would crack and break off… Thus the saying.

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Trivia of the Day – Wednesday

Why do birds sing?

Male birds actually do most of the singing, primarily to stake out their territory and to invite females of their species over to mate. Females tend to select as mates those male birds who sing the most. It is believed they do this not because they like the quality of the singing, but because they have learned the males who sing the most have the most food in their territory.  Since the male doesn’t have to spend much time hunting for food, it has more time to sing.

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Trivia of the Day – Tuesday

Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears.

Pollsters say that 40% of dog and cat owners carry pictures of the pets in their wallets.

Cats have over 100 vocal sounds, whereas, dogs only have about 10.

When reflected from bright lights (head lights) deer’s eyes are orange, and cats and dogs are green. Rabbits eyes remain black.

Dogs will yawn in order to express that there is a conflict of interest between their own ideas or desires and those of their owners.

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Trivia of the Day – Monday

The average man will ejaculate 14 gallons of semen in his life.

At the height of slavery in the USA, in 1860, less than 5% of whites in the South owned slaves.

The Boeing 777 relies completely on its avionics systems. The triple-redundant flight control system is completely “fly-by-wire.” In other words, this airliner has no control cables or hydraulics attached between the control surfaces and the control wheel; when the pilot moves the control wheel, a computer communicates with another and moves the control surface.

Another recent study shows computer users blink an average of 7 times per minute. The average person blinks 22 times per minute.

31.1% of computer software projects get canceled before they are completed, and 52.7% will overrun their initial cost estimates by 189%. 94% of project start-ups are restarts of previously failed projects.

The earth’s magnetic field pulls the electron beams hitting the cathode ray tube in computer monitors. Every computer monitor has to be calibrated relative to its position in the earth’s magnetic field. Adjust a monitor in the northern hemisphere and its colors will be wrong if you plug it into a computer in the southern hemisphere.

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