Short & Sweet Treats discussion

147 views
Take a Coffee Break... > Random Facts

Comments Showing 1-50 of 364 (364 new)    post a comment »
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8

message 1: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Share random facts that your fellow members may not know. It could be literary or anything random.


message 2: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Did you know that a typical office phone has 25,000 germs on it! Lysol Wipes, anyone???!!!


message 3: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Did you know that we know more about the surface of the moon than the bottom of the ocean?


message 4: by Pip (new)

Pip Movies show death by lava as sinking & melting. In reality you would float on top then burst into flames.
(Thank you @qikipedia!)


message 5: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Pip wrote: "Movies show death by lava as sinking & melting. In reality you would float on top then burst into flames.
(Thank you @qikipedia!)"


Wow! That's very interesting indeed, Pippa! Thank you for adding that!


message 6: by Pip (new)

Pip LaLaLa Laura wrote: "Pip wrote: "Movies show death by lava as sinking & melting. In reality you would float on top then burst into flames.
(Thank you @qikipedia!)"

Wow! That's very interesting indeed, Pippa! Thank you..."


Thank you LalalaLaura! Funnily enough, I find the lava thing much less disturbing than the office phone thing...


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennsbookmarks) | 7041 comments LaLaLa Laura wrote: "Did you know that we know more about the surface of the moon than the bottom of the ocean?"

Actually I did know that, I researched this topic in college :)


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennsbookmarks) | 7041 comments Pip wrote: "Movies show death by lava as sinking & melting. In reality you would float on top then burst into flames.
(Thank you @qikipedia!)"


Egads!


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennsbookmarks) | 7041 comments Did you know the 2015 Women's World Cup will be held in Canada?


message 10: by Pip (new)

Pip Is that a World Cup for being a woman? Can anyone apply? ;-)


message 11: by Pip (new)

Pip A bit of etymology:

Did you know that the English word bigot and the Spanish word for moustache (bigote) have the same root? They are both referring to Germans who are well known for their frequent ejaculations of Bei Gott! (By God!)

Possibly.


message 12: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Pip wrote: "A bit of etymology:

Did you know that the English word bigot and the Spanish word for moustache (bigote) have the same root? They are both referring to Germans who are well known for their freque..."


wow!! i did not know that!!!! LOL


Did you know that we can only dream of faces of real people we have encountered, but we might not remember because people usually see hundreds of faces in a single day.


message 13: by Craig (new)

Craig | 17 comments Human beings have 206 bones.


message 14: by Kristi (new)

Kristi Krumnow | 496 comments Cows have the same gestation timeframe as humans = 9 months. MOO!


message 15: by Pip (new)

Pip MOOOOO indeed!!

Another one from etymology corner:

There is only one word in English that officially comes from the Basque language: silhouette. It is a Frenchified version of the Basque surname Zulueta.

From the all-knowing Wikipedia:

"The word "silhouette" derives from the name of Étienne de Silhouette, a French finance minister who, in 1759, was forced by France's credit crisis during the Seven Years War to impose severe economic demands upon the French people, particularly the wealthy.[4] Because of de Silhouette's austere economies, his name became synonymous with anything done or made cheaply and so with these outline portraits.[5][6] Prior to the advent of photography, silhouette profiles cut from black card were the cheapest way of recording a person's appearance.[7][8]".

Austerity measures in Europe? Surely not?!!


message 16: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Pip wrote: "MOOOOO indeed!!

Another one from etymology corner:

There is only one word in English that officially comes from the Basque language: silhouette. It is a Frenchified version of the Basque surname ..."


Wow, that is a different way to budget!


message 17: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
the first draft of john Steinbeck's "of mice and men" was eaten by his dog.

that wasn't very "mice!" BA dum Tsss....


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennsbookmarks) | 7041 comments Medical terminology is broken down into 3 parts. The suffix is the medical problem/remedy and the root word is the medical part of the body. There can be a prefix that gives location. There can also be a extra vowel for combinations that have a suffix beginning with a consonant.


message 19: by Kristi (new)

Kristi Krumnow | 496 comments Allen Ginsberg wrote this about Walt Whitman. Kinda gives me chills:

What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked down the sidestreets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon. In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went into the neon fruit supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations! What peaches and what penumbras! Whole families shopping at night! Aisles full of husbands! Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes! --and you, García Lorca, what were you doing down by the watermelons?

I saw you, Walt Whitman, childless, lonely old grubber, poking among the meats in the refrigerator and eyeing the grocery boys. I heard you asking questions of each: Who killed the pork chops? What price bananas? Are you my Angel? I wandered in and out of the brilliant stacks of cans following you, and followed in my imagination by the store detective. We strode down the open corridors together in our solitary fancy tasting artichokes, possessing every frozen delicacy, and never passing the cashier.

Where are we going, Walt Whitman? The doors close in a hour. Which way does your beard point tonight? (I touch your book and dream of our odyssey in the supermarket and feel absurd.) Will we walk all night through solitary streets? The trees add shade to shade, lights out in the houses, we'll both be lonely. Will we stroll dreaming of the lost America of love past blue automo- biles in driveways, home to our silent cottage? Ah, dear father, graybeard, lonely old courage-teacher, what America did you have when Charon quit poling his ferry and you got out on a smoking bank and stood watching the boat disappear on the black waters of Lethe? -


message 20: by Pip (new)

Pip Jen ƸӜƷ wrote: "Medical terminology is broken down into 3 parts. The suffix is the medical problem/remedy and the root word is the medical part of the body. There can be a prefix that gives location. There can ..."

Can you provide an example, Jen?


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennsbookmarks) | 7041 comments Sure

a surgical repair of a vessel:

root: angi (Latin/Greek base)
combining vowel: o
suffix: -plasty

angioplasty


message 22: by Pip (last edited Aug 22, 2013 12:43AM) (new)

Pip Jen ƸӜƷ wrote: "Sure

a surgical repair of a vessel:

root: angi (Latin/Greek base)
combining vowel: o
suffix: -plasty

angioplasty"


Ok, ok, ok. Now I get it. Because you mentioned the suffix first, my brain turned it into prefix , leading to self-induced confusion!!
(What's the medical term for that?!)


message 23: by Pip (new)

Pip @qikipedia: If a bookshop smells a bit like chocolate, customers are 22% more likely to buy romance novels than if the shop is scentless.


message 24: by Tessa (new)

Tessa (himmelhoch) This chocolate thing explains alot! I never buy romance novels online, but always in this cute little books store, with this funny sweets on the counter..I don't even enjoy romance novels that much!

Did you know, that the paper, on which the american declaration of independence is written on, is made of hemp?


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennsbookmarks) | 7041 comments Tessa wrote: "This chocolate thing explains alot! I never buy romance novels online, but always in this cute little books store, with this funny sweets on the counter..I don't even enjoy romance novels that much..."

Yes, I did know that about the DOI :)

And, Pip, not sure what that would be called. :)


message 26: by Pip (new)

Pip @Tessa - I didn't know that. Any idea why? Was it the most durable material available, perhaps?


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennsbookmarks) | 7041 comments Yes, very durable indeed.


message 28: by Tessa (new)

Tessa (himmelhoch) Pip wrote: "@Tessa - I didn't know that. Any idea why? Was it the most durable material available, perhaps?"

As far as I know, Hemp-Paper was quit common as a crop at that time and not only used for paper.
Gutenberg printed his very first bible on hemp, and Columbis used canvas made of hemp. Only with the industrialization hemp got replaced by cotton. And wood made paper got more popular. Even though hemp has the better qualities. The paper was more elastic and durable than paper made of wood. But paper made of wood was easier to process and cheaper.


message 29: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
the average computer mouse has 1500 germs!


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennsbookmarks) | 7041 comments LaLaLa Laura wrote: "the average computer mouse has 1500 germs!"

I wonder how that compares to a purse. ;)


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennsbookmarks) | 7041 comments Did you know that your abdominal area is broken down into 9 sections and 4 quadrants by medical professionals?


message 32: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
didn't know that Jen! that's a lot of bellies!


message 33: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
ru in Med school Jen?


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennsbookmarks) | 7041 comments Laura, I'm currently doing my pre-reqs for physical therapy, so you'll probably see tons of anatomy/physiology facts from me. Best way to learn it, teach it :)


message 35: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
we are your willing students!


message 37: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body, second only to bone marrow.


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennsbookmarks) | 7041 comments Bones produce blood cells. :)


message 39: by Pip (new)

Pip Jen ƸӜƷ wrote: "Bones produce blood cells. :)"

Oh, dem bones!!

Slugs use 40% of their energy producing slime. Don't believe me? More here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-env...

Also, if you are a dog owner, you have an extra reason for trying to keep gastropod numbers down in your garden - they spread canine lungworm. Yuk!


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennsbookmarks) | 7041 comments Chinch bugs destroy your yard and gardens if not treated.


message 41: by Pip (new)

Pip What are chinch bugs?


message 42: by Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ (last edited Aug 26, 2013 02:56PM) (new)

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennsbookmarks) | 7041 comments "Chinch bugs are a complex of three different species within the Lygaeidae family. They have piercing-sucking mouthparts and they feed on the sap of grass plants. They reside in the thatch area of the turfgrass stand and prefer to feed on the lower leaf sheath and crown area of the plant. The chinch bug can be a major insect pest on home lawns throughout the country."

**Not sure if these bugs are in other countries, this is an excerpt about the US bugs**


message 43: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
I have to Google a picture of the cinch bug now. but I'm a little scared! :/


message 44: by Pip (new)

Pip Just checked - you only get them in North America. Phew! That's one less pest to deal with!


message 45: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
yuckkk... saw a picture. so that's what those things are outside....


message 46: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
did you know First Step 2 Forever by Justin Bieber was a NY Times best seller


message 48: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
....and Fifty Shades of Grey is now the best selling book of all time in Great Britain.


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennsbookmarks) | 7041 comments Well, no accounting for taste... LOL (no offense, I have my own fluff reads but not that)


message 50: by LaLaLa Laura (last edited Aug 27, 2013 05:03PM) (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
lol. I feel ya


« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8
back to top