Monthly Archives: December 2010

Trivia of the Day for Friday

Why are stop signs red? 

While the color yellow is the most visible color in the color spectrum, the color red is the most exciting. The color red elevates the blood pressure, increases a person’s pulse rate, and heightens the nervous system and tension. This makes the color red the most likely to attract human attention, which is what a person would want in a stop sign.


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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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Trivia of the Day for Thursday

Thomas Paine, the author of “Commen Sense” and the creator of the name “United States of America” died in obscurity on June 8, 1809. Six people went to his funeral.

The geographical center of Ohio is Delaware – a town 25 miles northeast of Columbus.

When Joseph Gayetty invented toilet paper in 1857, he had his name printed on each sheet.

The average caterpillar has sixteen legs.

Before 1814, Congressmen in the US House of Representatives were paid six dollars per diem when they were in session. They weren’t paid on those other days.

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Trivia of the Day for Wednesday

Why is the governmental process sometimes referred to as “red tape?” 

The term “red tape” was made famous in the 1900’s by a fellow named Thomas Carlyle, who charged the English government with “red tapism.”

He referred to the government’s practice at the time of binding official papers in red ribbon. As matter going through the government had a habit of slowing down by the tying and untying of stacks of these bound documents, the process became known as “going through the red tape.”

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Trivia of the Day for Tuesday


Each time you laugh you burn up, on average, 3.5 calories.

Rats can not vomit. I know, it’s weird stuff, but I’ll be willing to bet most of you will remember this fact for the rest of your life.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

When asked to name a color, 60% of any sample will name the color “red.”

In 1915, a telephone call from New York to San Francisco cost $20.70 for the first three minutes.

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Bonus Trivia

Why are stuffed eggs called “deviled eggs?”

That’s an easy one: when stuffed eggs were first introduced, they were covered with pepper so hot that one bite borught to mind the fires of hell (if not a few tears in your eyes, as well).

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Trivia of the Day for Monday

Why do barber shops have a red and white pole as their symbol? 

As late as the 1700’s, barbers served not only as giving haircuts and shaves (and they certainly don’t give shaves these days) but also pulled teeth, performed minor surgery, and performed bloodletting. During the bloodletting, patients were instructed to hold on to a pole in such a way as to cause the veins in their arms to swell and the blood to flow freely. This pole was typically painted red in order to hide the blood  spatters, and when not in use, it was left outside to air out.

Around the pole white bandages were usually wrapped around it which were used to allegedly put out air. This red and white combination soon came to symbolize barber shops. After barbers no longer performed bloodletting, someone got the bright idea of using painted red and white poles as the barber’s symbol.  The color blue was added to poles in America around 1900, more likely than not to match the colors of the flag.

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