Trivia’s Facts and More (8/6)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  You are invited to participate with the opening question.

Brain Teaser Question

An explorer found a silver coin marked 7 B.C.  He was told it was a forgery.  Why?

(answer found at the end of this post)

Featured Facts

The state of Wyoming is often referred to as the Cowboy State.  The capital city is Cheyenne, which is located just north of the Colorado state line. 

Admitted to the Union on July 10, 1890, Wyoming later adopted a motto of “Equal Rights.”  There is significance in this state motto as exemplified by these three facts:

  • The Wyoming Territory gave women the right to vote in 1869, which is well ahead of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote in both state and federal elections.
  • Nellie Tayloe Ross was elected governor of the state in 1925.  She was the first woman governor in the United States.
  • One of Wyoming’s nicknames is “Equality State.”
Wyoming Governor Nellie Tayloe Ross. (Photo courtesy of Pinterest.)

Answer to Brain Teaser Question

The label B.C. only could have come into usage after 0 B.C.  Therefore, the coin could not have been minted in 7 B.C.

Trivia’s Facts and More (7/30)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  Please note that the format has changed, and you are encouraged to participate with the opening question.

Brain Teaser Question

The opposite of the word PRECURSORY means:

(a) flamboyant  (b) succeeding  (c) cautious  (d) simple  (e) not planned

(answer found at the end of this post)

Featured Facts

Many readers have tasted Little Debbie bakery treats.  Some of these may have included:  Nutty Buddy, Zebra Cakes, and Swiss Roll. 

Here’s a curious question:  Where did the name “Little Debra” come from?

Founder O. D. McKee began the business in 1934.  Somehow the struggling enterprise survived the Great Depression.  In 1960, O. D. and his wife, Ruth, began selling their snack cakes with a change in the packaging.  The new image featured a smiling face of a real “Little Debbie.”  Sales began to climb to the business’ highest levels.

“Little Debbie” is Debbie McKee-Fowler, the Executive Vice President of McKee Foods, the makers of Little Debbie bakery products.  

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Answer to Brain Teaser Question

(B) PRE means before, CURS means to run.  So PRECURSORY means to run (or go) before.  The opposite is running or going after or “succeeding.”

Trivia’s Facts and More (7/23)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  Please note that the format has changed, and you are encouraged to participate with the opening question.

Brain Teaser Question

Make one word from these jumbled letters:

o    r    e    n    o    d    w

(answer found at the end of this post)

Featured Facts

The bobcat is the most abundant and wide-ranging wildcat in the United States.  Its name is derived from its stumpy (bobbed) tail.  Being primarily a nocturnal animal, males may roam up to 20 miles in a night.

Believe it or not, the alma mater of Big Sky Buckeye is Montana State University where the prized “Bobcat” is the school’s mascot.

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Answer to Brain Teaser Question

one word

Curious Trivial Facts (7/9)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

The term “paparazzi” comes from Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.”  In the film, Marcello Mastroianni writes a gossip column, and Walter Santesso plays his coworker, a tabloid photographer whose name is Paparazzo.

Albert Einstein’s facial characteristics inspired the look of three popular film characters:  E.T. had Einstein’s eyes, Yoda had his forehead, and Emmett Brown in “Back to the Future” had his hair.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

Curious Trivial Facts (7/2)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

Collarless sweaters that button down the front were named for the man who was fond of wearing them–James Thomas Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan.  In addition to starting a fashion trend, Brudenell led the famous Change of the Light Brigade in 1854, during the Crimean War.

“Wicked” author Gregory Maguire chose Elphaba as the name of the Wicked Witch of the West in tribute to “Oz” author L. Frank Baum.  The name is a phonetic take on Baum’s initials, L-F-B.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

Curious Trivial Facts (6/25)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

Although often thought to be a contraction for the phrase “Swiss watch,” the name “Swatch” actually stems from “second watch” and the marketing campaign that introduced it as an inexpensive, casual, and disposable accessory.

The white-shingled house that Ari Gold lived in for the first four seasons of “Entourage” was, for nearly thirty years, the real-life residence of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

Curious Trivial Facts (6/18)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

The Emmy Award derives its name from the Immy–a slang term for the image orthicon, a tube that was used in television cameras until the 1960s.

Steve Martin honed his talent for crafting balloon animals, a staple of his early stand-up act, while working at Disneyland’s Main Street Magic Shop in the early 1960s.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

Curious Trivial Facts (6/11)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

In the twelfth century, modern tennis was born when monks introduced a racquet into the handball game that they played against monastery walls.  The name came later, however, when French nobility latched onto the sport and their servants took to calling “tenez” (which translates to “hold on” or “take heed”) just before the ball was tossed into play.

The man who gave Jack Russell terriers their name was Reverend John “Jack” Russell, an English clergyman who bred dogs as a hobby.  Although he developed the eponymous fox terrier offshoot in the 1800s, the breed wasn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1997.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

Curious Trivial Facts (6/4)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

It takes approximately ninety minutes to hard-boil an ostrich egg.

In 1923, Frank Epperson was operating a lemonade stand at an amusement park in Oakland, California, when he set out to market a frozen drink-on-a-stick concoction he called the Eppsicle–a combination of his surname and the words “icicle.”  His kids, however, referred to their dad’s novelty treats as “Pop’s icles,” so when Epperson applied for a patent, he did so under the catchier name, Popsicle.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

Curious Trivial Facts (5/28)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

Charles Rushmore was a young attorney sent from New York City to South Dakota in 1885 to check on mining titles in the Black Hills.  When he singled out one of the mountains and inquired about its name, his guide, William Challis, shot back that it did not have one, but suggested they could “just call the damn thing Rushmore.”

Before she found fame as an author and sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer was trained as a sniper in the Israeli army.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).