Monthly Archives: November 2010

Bonus Trivia


While the night sky may appear to be full of stars, there are really only about 3,000 stars visible to the naked eye. They can be seen without a telescope as they are either close to the Earth or extremely luminous.

The closest star to Earth, not counting the sun, is Alpha Centauri. It is about 25 trillion miles, or 4.3 light years, away.


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Trivia of the Day – Tuesday


The oldest exposed surface on earth is New Zealand’s south island.

There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

If Texas were a country, it’s GNP would be the fifth largest of any country on earth.

At 4,145 miles, the Nile River is the longest in the world.

Many sailors used to wear gold earrings so that they could afford a proper burial when they died.

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Trivia of the Day – Monday

How does the Laundromat tell whose shirt is whose? 

If you go to the laundry as infrequently as I do, this can be a vexing problem – I wait until I am on my next to last dress shirt, then overwhelms the laundry guy with about 20 (or more items) at one time.  Considering a bunch of other guys, with similar habits, also drop *their* laundry off on the same day this could be a problem; you know the laundry guys just place everyone’s things together in one big washing machine!

Actually, to keep track of all of the shirts, etc., laundry workers write on each shirt. Sometimes you can see it, sometimes you can’t. Another method is to write a series of letters or numbers in indelible ink on the inside of a shirt collar; customers might keep the same number while patronizing the same Laundromat.

Another method used by cleaners is called phantom marking. Three or four letters or numbers are written on the inside of the collar using a special ink that can only be seen using ultraviolet light. This number, which corresponds to the number on your claim ticket is marked on the collar. While some Laundromat’s wash the shirts water in net bags, this is done primarily to protect your garment rather than to separate it from others.

After all of the laundry is dry, someone at the Laundromat passes each shirt under an ultraviolet light and proceeds to sort it.

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Trivia of the Day – Sunday


Coffee is the second largest item of international commerce in the world. The largest is petrol.

Custer was the youngest General in US history. He was promoted at the age of 23.

The Seven Deadly Sins are lust, pride, anger, envy, sloth, avarice, and gluttony.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.

Andy Warhol created the Rolling Stone’s emblem depicting the big tongue which first appeared on the cover of “Sticky Fingers.”

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Thanksgiving Challenge Results

This is just an update to the Thanksgiving Challenge I ran this week (click here and here if you missed it).

Thanks to your support, we were able to collectively raise $175.70 for the East Texas Food Bank during Thanksgiving week, or enough money to feed approximately 1,400 people – wow!  Thank you for supporting this great organization and putting a warm meal in front of folks who would otherwise go hungry.  The Kindle community is great, and I certainly appreciate it!

If you missed the promotion, you can still make a direct contribution to continue helping people out through Christmas and beyond: you can click here or point your web browser to

Have a great rest of your weekend!


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Trivia of the Day – Saturday

Why is a horse race over obstacles called a steeplechase?

In the 18th century, a group of fox hunters were returning from a fruitless hunt when one of the hunters, deciding the day should not be a total waste of time, suggested an interesting race. He bet he could ride straight to a steeple that was visible in the distance and touch it with his whip before any of the other hunters. Everyone agreed the race to the steeple had to be straight, meaning the riders had to jump obstacles long the way.

The bet was accepted, and the first steeplechase race began.  Later, this term was used to describe overland races between several steeples. Today, it just means an obstacle course.

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Kindle Reset Instructions

We have a lot of people reading this blog on their Kindle’s, and I am going to set this message up to send out approximately once a month: if you’ve seen it before and know what I’m talking about, or if you’re just plain ‘ole tired of seeing it don’t worry – I’ll be back with a new post soon.

There seems to be a slight Kindle problem for a lot of folks – that is, what do you need to do if (a) this or any other blog all of a sudden stops updating each day on the Kindle, and (b) you can see it in the to be downloaded list of the “Manage Your Kindle” section of the Amazon website.

You will need to write this down, or try to memorize it, because if it happens to you I’m willing to bet you won’t remember unless you’ve reset your Kindle a few times!

If you would like to print this out, click here to read a post from the Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips  blog on how to capture screen shots on your Kindle.

If this happens to you, you will need to reboot your Kindle.  Here is how you do it:

  1. Click the “Home” button to get back to your home screen.
  2. Click the “Menu” button, and select “Settings.”
  3. You will see several options, but “reboot” is not one of those options.  Press the “Menu” button again.
  4. You will have several options, but choose and click the “Restart” button.

Once you do that, it will take about 1-2 minutes to reboot.  Make sure your wireless is on, and the Kindle will go look in the Amazon store to see what is pending to be downloaded and viola! You should be back in business.  If you ever need to restart your Kindle, I hope this helps!

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