Sep 19, 2019

Random Thursday

Let's dive back into the chapter on Trivia in The Little Book of Answers by Doug Lennox for some random tidbit goodness!

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Only two words in the English language end in "-gry", hungry and angry. There are only three words in the English language that end in "-ceed," which are exceed, proceed, and succeed. There are only four words in the English language that end in "-efy," which are liquefy, putrefy, rarefy, and stupefy. There are three words in the English language that have ZERO words that rhyme with them and they are: orange, purple, and silver.

So I guess words like "hangry" and "nurple" from the "purple nurple" aren't recognized words by the English dictionary! Lol.

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Amateur gamblers would believe that if a coin is tossed ten times and lands on tails all ten times, that there is a higher probability that the eleventh flip will land on heads. Reality is that the law of averages doesn't exist and the coin's probability of landing on heads is still 50/50.

Yeah...I couldn't see how it would be more likely to land on heads the 11th time if all previous 10 flips were tails. 50/50 us 50/50.

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A baby boomer is someone who was born after soldiers of WW2 had come home and up to 18 years later. The period differs in some countries but for the US and Canada, 20 million babies were born during 1946-1964. The first baby boomer in North America was Kathleen Casey Wilkens, who was born on January 1, 1946 in Philadelphia.

And of course the favorite babies of the 90s (wayyyy after the baby boomers generation) had to be my picture! Lol. Sidebar, I am still anxiously waiting for more news on this Rugrats reboot! I tried looking things up but haven't heard anything other than the initial announcement.

(image borrowed from Encyclopedia Britannica)
Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain, yet it is not the tallest. Hawaii's Mauna Kea is 4,000 feet taller, but its huge base is submerged which means Everest rises higher above sea level. Satellite measurements show that the Himalayan peak K2, at 29,030 feet is 2 feet higher than Everest, yet snow and erosion make precise measurements hard to attain.

That's just wow.

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In 1845, scientists believes that Mercury's confusing and erratic orbit of the sun could only be explained by the presence of a gravitational pull from an unseen planet nearby. This unseen planet was given the name Vulcan. Eventually, Albert Einstein explained Mercury's behavior through his theory of relativity and this quickly eliminated the hypothetical planet, Vulcan...until Gene Roddenberry resurrected it for Star Trek of course.

Never knew that Vulcan was real for a time! Lol.

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