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Monday, October 11, 2010

Tuesday Trivia.

"With the bomb squad, you can usually stop running after the first couple of blocks. If it involves the physics department, keep going." Ernest Rutherford

This is last Tuesday's post.  Just as I was about to hit publish my internet dropped out & was gone for the rest of the week.

Just to begin your day with a worrying thought ~ the human brain can process as many as 70, 000 thoughts in a day but a single cup of coffee contains over 1000 chemical substances! I'm sure the 2 are related but it's still early & I'm not properly awake yet.

Shipbuilders beware! The Black Ironwood tree (Olea laurifolia) wood is so dense that it can’t float on water.

However the bark of the giant redwood tree is fireproof ~ not a good choice for firewood! Redwoods actually depend on fire to clear room for their growth, and to enrich the forest soil so seeds can sprout.

According to some sources you will test positive for opiates on a drug test if you eat just two poppy seed bagels (or muffins) for breakfast but the westernised poppy seed should have little or no active opium. That one is a little concerning. We all like our poppy seed rolls round here.

And the most dangerous animal on earth? No, no the shark, not the crocodile, not even a rogue elephant! It's the Mosquito! Mosquitoes transmit countless diseases & kill more animals – including humans – than any other animal on Earth.

The oceans contain enough salt to cover all the continents to a depth of nearly 500 feet. Obviously the inspiration for the world’s only hotel made entirely of salt (including the dining tables and chairs) ~ the Hotel de Sal Playa in the Uyuni salt flats of Bolivia.

Venus, the second-closest planet to the Sun, is the brightest natural object in the night sky, except for the Moon & orbits the Sun in a clockwise direction, whereas the rest of the planets revolve in an anticlockwise manner.

"The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people." ~ John Blasik


Ruby said...

I can believe that about the mozzies!
And I will have to share that end quote with my one or two maths geek friends!
Hope your having a good day there. Has the rain let up at all? Grey skies here but cool and blowy. Not sure what the forecast is but I need to get some washing dry:-)
Saw your comment on Alecat's fudge. You don't look as though your waist line suffers too much.

Ganeida said...

Ruby: I adored that math quote & just had to use it! lol I will probably use it again too!

A dry spell & optimistically I did 2 loads of washing but it is raining again & looks set to rain for the next few days.

My waistline was immune until menopause. Now it is a little more uncertain & I am not used to it! ☺

Joyfulmum said...

yes that last quote made me laugh too! hilarious!
we've been having lots of rain here too but we mustn't complain after all the dry years we've had!

Pen Wilcock said...

Poppy seed rolls. Oh, goodness me!

Finding Joy said...

Mozzies are horrible things,they always hunt me out and bite mess I have to either cover myself in poison or stay indoors.

Always interesting facts you find - didn't know about the timber, fascinating.

Unknown said...

Have I ever told you how much I love your Tuesday's Trivia? I never cease to learn something from it, but I have to admit it usually leaves me wondering "where does she get all this stuff?" Do you have a random book of trivia lying around or do you just love searching the 'web' for random knowledge? Seriously though, whatever it is please don't stop I really enjoy it.

Oh, and I am seriously thankful that 'Skeeters don't much care for me.

Ganeida said...

Rosemary: well, it would be nice to dry some washing but all the rain is excellent for my garden!

Ember: ☺

Jo: sandflies are worse. We have both & it's the sandies do me in but at least they don't carry all those dideases.

Birbitt: Good heavens no! I type my topic in google & one of the following:trivia [can turn up questions for games], fun facts, or weird facts, so this week's was weird science facts lol Then I just choose what grabs my fascination! I've had to do this for years to try & hold Star's interest on all those topics that don't interest her ~ which is most of her school work! lol

seekingmyLord said...

Ganeida, I have some tweaks on these, if I may.

I am not home to read my creation poster on this but as I recall I think it stated that Venus has a prograde orbit (counter-clockwise orbit if viewed from “above” the Sun’s north pole) around the sun as do all the other planets, but a retrograde rotation on its axis. The same is true for Uranus and Pluto, if you consider Pluto to be a planet because there is some debate on that.

On my post about mosquitoes some time back I wrote that it is believed they have caused the deaths of more humans throughout history than all the wars....believable, perhaps, but quite unprovable, of course.

Poppy seeds...yes, it is true and there have been lawsuits over lost jobs because of them. They are a banned food item for prisoners because they can make the claim it was poppy seeds while trying to hide opiate use.

The bark of the redwood is highly fire resistant but the inner part is not. If fire gets in though cracks in the bark, which can be a foot thick, it can create a "chimney tree," where the entire interior is burned out by fire.