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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Weird Fascinating Facts by Joan Reeves

Yep. Today is the last day of September. Weird? I know. Right?

Seems only yesterday we were celebrating New Year's Eve with the hope that 2021 would bring the end of Covid.

As Otto in the movie, A Fish Called Wanda, shouted, "Disappointed!"

Yeah. Totally disappointed, but I guess we're learning to live with it. I've even begun ordering cotton masks that are breathable and don't fog my glasses from an Etsy shop.

Let's wave goodbye to the 9th month of the year with an entertaining post of a baker's dozen of random facts.

By the way, the image above is by Prettysleepy from Pixabay 

Weird, Crazy, Amusing, Fascinating, and Above All Random Facts

1. According to a 2017 Oxfam report, the top eight richest billionaires own as much combined wealth as half the human race.

2. The most disliked video on YouTube is "YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind" by Youtube which has 19 million dislikes.

3. Shakespeare was a master of the insult. Try these on for size:

"There's no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune." — Henry V

"[Thou hath] not so much brain as ear wax." —Troilus and Cressida

"Thou hast neither heat, affection, limb, nor beauty to make thy riches pleasant." —Measure for Measure

Shakespeare Image by WikiImages from Pixabay. 

4. Banging your head against a wall for one hour burns 150 calories.

5. The worst book is reported to be Irene Iddesleigh by Amanda McKittrick Ros. The book, published in 1897 by the author's husband as an anniversary present, is generally described as "the worst novel ever written." (What a relief. Nothing I write can ever be that bad.)

6. Unbelievable, but, 7% of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. (And these people have the right to vote?!!)

7. Armpit odor is caused by the ABCC11 gene.

8. The average person produces enough saliva to fill 50 bathtubs.

9. Amazon founder and chief shareholder Jeff Bezos is no longer the richest man in the world. Bernard Arnault, a 72-year old  Frenchman, replaced him.

Arnault is the founder and CEO of LVMH Mo√ęt Hennessy-Louis Vuitton (LVMH), a luxury-goods conglomerate with fashion, jewelry, cosmetics, wines, and spirits in its portfolio.

Don't worry about Bezos though. As of 2021, Amazon was raking in $638 million each day.

10. J.K. Rowling became the first person to become a billionaire by writing books.

11. The beautiful autumn colors of leaves are due to carotenoids and anthocyanin in the leaves. As the days go shorter, there's less light so a tree's chlorophyll production slows down and then stops. All of the chlorophyll is destroyed which allows the carotenoids and anthocyanin present in the leaves to be revealed.

12. Believe it or not, researchers found that cursing or swearing when in pain may release endorphins which lessen the pain.

13. The phrase, baker's dozen, consists of 13 items, not 12. The origin of the phrase is supposedly a medieval law that specified the weight of bread loaves. If a baker didn't give the customer the right weight of bread, he was punished. To be safe, bakers included a 13th loaf with each dozen.

Trivia Lover

I guess it comes as no surprise that Trivial Pursuit was my all-time favorite game. 

I sometimes insert bits of trivia into a character's mouth, when appropriate.

For instance, my heroine in Heat Lightning, a romantic suspense that's a Kindle Unlimited free read, spouts a little trivia when she's trying to make conversation with the hero.

Secrets, lies, passion. What Tessa doesn't remember may mean the death of her.

See You Later

For Texas, autumn sneaks in at night and departs with the sunrise, but October brings true autumn complete with cooler days and falling leaves. Love, love, love autumn. Enjoy those falling leaves!

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