Monthly Archives: August 2010

Trivia of the Day – Tuesday


Why do onions make you cry? 

A fresh onion, when cut, releases a gas called propanethiol-S into the air. When this gas reaches your eyes, it mixes with the water in the eye to form a weak acid. This acid irritates the eye and causes the tear-producing glands to flood the eye with water in an attempt to wash away the irritant. These tears are what makes you look like you’re crying.


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Trivia of the Day – Monday

How does quicksand work?

Quicksand is not really a type of sand! It is a condition that occurs within any type of soil- but most common in sand. When there is any upward flow of water through sand, the sand becomes “agitated” and the grains of sand lift away from each other. This separation of grains reduces the strength of the sand, and it then begins to act like liquid. It might appear to be solid ground, but it’s behavior is more like that of a pool of water.

You sink in quicksand for the same reason you sink in water – the differences of density. Contrary to popular belief, it is not possible to drown in quicksand unless you really work at it, because the density of quicksand is much greater than that of water. Since you can almost float in water, you should be easily able to float in quicksand.

Then again, for purposes of disclaimer – don’t try this at home, folks.

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A Special Request

About a month or so ago, I ran a promotion that was two-fold: one, (and self-serving) was to have sales of the new revision to my book Free Kindle Books and How to Find Them and two, to raise money for The Nehemiah Center of Houston.  With that promotion, I pledged to contribute 100% of the profits in a 24 hour period to The Nehemiah Center of Houston.  Thanks to your generosity, we collectively raised a little over $80 for that fine organization in 24 hours; I also contribute 100% of the profits from the Bible Verse of the Day blog to this organization, and thanks to the Kindle subscribers this year they have received over $800 through the end of July.

Selfishly, the rankings of the book went up, too, during this 24 hour promotion for which I am very appreciative.  I certainly can’t quit my job from the eBook sales, but it does help in this terrible economy.

There are a lot of people who are hurting out there, so I am going to run another, similar, promotion but this time for a week vs. just a 24 hour period – from 4:00 p.m. Central time today through 4:00 Central time Saturday – for every purchase of my new guide called Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts I will donate 100% of the profits to an organization called the East Texas Foodbank (you can learn more about them if you click here).  These people can stretch a dollar – they can make just $1 feed 8 people.

Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts costs just $1 in the USA and, depending upon the exchange rate less than a pound in the UK; after Amazon’s cut (65%), that leaves about 35 cents for each book sold – I told you I couldn’t quit my job from this – but there are a lot more folks out there who need help vs. my needs.  I hope I am writing a large check to them reflecting your contributions!

You can pick up the US version if you click here or type in into your web browser; the UK version can be found if you click here or type in into your web browser.

While the folks over at the East Texas Foodbank will receive a monetary benefit from this promotion, you will get a benefit, too.  I’ve assembled the majority of the tips I’ve sent out in the Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips blog into one eBook – all for just 99 cents.  Topics include:
• Archived Items
• Battery Replacement
• Calculator Functionality
• Checking Your Email
• Collections
• Converting PDF Documents to Kindle Format
• Discussion Boards
• Displaying the Time
• Download Problems – What To Do
• Flight Check
• Games on Your Kindle
• Gift Certificates
• Internet Access (its free) on Your Kindle
• Kindle Reading to You (Text to Speech)
• Losing Your Place While Reading
• Lost Kindle Tip
• Mobile Websites – Access Them on Your Kindle
• Permanent Deletion of a Title
• Pictures on Your Kindle
• Playing Music on Your Kindle
• Popular Highlights Feature – Turning it Off
• Reset Your Kindle
• Samples of Books
• Screen Freeze Fix
• Screenshots – Printing Out What You See
• Social Networking with Facebook and Twitter
• Transferring Books to Your Kindle
• Checking the Weather
• Wireless Coverage for Your Kindle
• Random Tips – several dozen hints and shortcuts

We have a very vibrant community here, and I think our collective efforts can help a lot of folks – I’m just asking for one dollar.  So, why not help out these folks, as well as help yourself with the tips and shortcuts?

I’ll keep you updated on where we are throughout the week!



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Trivia of the Day – Sunday


Why does something annoying “rub you the wrong way”?

It would be tempting to guess that this has something to do with genies and magic lamps. Rub the lamp the wrong way and maybe an angry genie makes you walk backwards for the rest of your life.  But no, the source is much more humdrum. In fact, it’s as dreary as housework and involves maids who were in a muddle about how to mop a floor. Several hundred years ago upper class housewives had servant problems. It seems that some of the hired help just didn’t understand how to mop up after wet-rubbing a wooden floor. They mopped against the grain, rubbing it the wrong way and leaving streaks. This must have been truly traumatic because the expression gradually came to mean the way anything annoying affects us.

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Trivia of the Day – Saturday


In 1998, Michael Jordan made more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

Shakespeare invented the word ‘assassination’ and ‘bump.’

Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.

The cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel it burns.

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Bonus Trivia

This is one I’d rather not report out to the group:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average U.S. waistline is 39.7 inches for men and 37 inches for women.

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Trivia of the Day – Friday


How many bones are there in the human body? 

This is a standard question on any anatomy final, but a case can be made for giving a different answer than the teacher expects.  You see, how many bones you have actually depends on how old you are.  Ironically, it’s the smallest people who have the most bones. Despite the fact that adults are so much bigger, infants have almost 150 more bones than the grownups around them do.  Many of the bones in the human body actually start out as several smaller bones. As a child grows, the bones fuse together and the total number of bones gradually decreases. People are born with 350 bones, but have only 206 by the time they reach their mid-twenties (so don’t put anything lower than 206 on that anatomy test).

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