28.8.14

Trivia Chest 7


#trivia  The "@" sign was very close to being eliminated from the standard keyboard until 1971, when Ray Tomlinson wrote it into the code used to send the first email.

#trivia  "http://" (in web URLs) stands for "Hyper Text Transfer Protocol."

#trivia  Henry Ford was a proponent of hiring the handicapped. In 1919, more than 20% of his workforce had some form of disability.

#trivia  Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorak, and Mahler all died before completing a tenth symphony.

#trivia  Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played at the legendary Grand Ole Opry in April 1976. He stopped by a local record store earlier that day and only one person recognized him.

#trivia  In 1916, an elephant named Mary was executed by hanging in Erwin, Tennessee, for killing its circus trainer. The prosecutors agreed upon hanging after they exhausted the possibilities of firing squad, electrocution, and dismemberment by train engines.

#trivia  The creator of the iPod first shopped his idea (without success) to Philips and RealNetworks before Apple agreed to market the device.

#trivia  Obsessive nose picking is called rhinotillexomania.

#trivia  The sailfish (the fastest swimming fish, clocked at 68 mph) is faster than the cheetah (the fastest land animal, clocked at 62 mph).

#trivia  BVD stands for the last names of the underwear company's three founders: Bradley, Voorhees, and Day.

#trivia  In 1996, Wylie Gustafson received a one-time flat fee of $590 for his famous "Yahoo!" yodel heard on TV commercials. In 2002, he sued and settled for an undisclosed amount.

#trivia  Though dragonflies possess 6 legs like any other insect, they cannot walk.

#trivia  The 1900 Olympics featured a live pigeon shooting event. The winner bagged 21 pigeons.

#trivia  Most supermarkets place their bakery areas near the entrance because studies have shown that the aroma of fresh-baked goods makes customers spend more money.

#trivia  The first movie star to appear on television was Felix The Cat. The first broadcast image, made during testing, was a Felix statue rotating on a turntable.

#trivia  Phi Beta Kappa, one of America’s most respectable college honor societies, actually began as an underground order dead-set on sticking it to The Man. Founded in 1776, the group provided an outlet for freedom of speech when governments and universities weren’t keen on respecting that right.

#trivia  Holograms are images made using lasers. That said, if you make a hologram of a magnifying glass, the resulting image would also function as a magnifying glass.

#trivia  Before Duncan Hines helped create the food label bearing his name, he wrote popular food and lodging guides.

#trivia  The first seedless grapes were kind of an accident. Thousands of years ago in the Middle East, a random genetic mutation caused a group of grapes to spontaneously abort their own seeds before the seeds could develop hard casings. The result: seedless produce. To reproduce the fruit, a sly farmer simply cloned the vine (with no seeds, there’s nothing to plant)—meaning that all seedless grapes today are direct descendants of that one mutated grape vine.

#trivia  Oregon is the only state to have a different design on each side of its flag.

#trivia  Prior to the 1800s, people tried to clean their teeth using eggshells and abrasives. Not until 1824 did an American dentist named Peabody come up with the idea to add soap to tooth powder, thus giving it a cleansing agent.

#trivia  In 1997, Mikhail Gorbachev appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial.

#trivia  Mushroom clouds can be created by any huge explosion; they aren't specific to atomic blasts.

#trivia  The “No animals were harmed…” disclaimer listed in film credits by the American Human Association doesn’t just cover cute and cuddly animals; they also have strict rules regarding snakes, rats and insects.

#trivia  Lions, tigers, and pumas rarely suffer from hairballs since their diet includes a fair amount of grass, as well as the bones of their prey. The combination helps thoroughly cleanse their digestive tracts.

26.8.14

True Story About Neil Armstrong



ON JULY 20, 1969, AS COMMANDER OF THE APOLLO 11 LUNAR MODULE, NEIL ARMSTRONG WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO SET FOOT ON THE MOON.

HIS FIRST WORDS AFTER STEPPING ON THE MOON, "THAT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND," WERE TELEVISED TO EARTH AND HEARD BY MILLIONS.

BUT JUST BEFORE HE REENTERED THE LANDER, HE MADE THE ENIGMATIC REMARK  "GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY."

MANY PEOPLE AT NASA THOUGH IT WAS A CASUAL REMARK CONCERNING SOME RIVAL SOVIET COSMONAUT. HOWEVER, UPON CHECKING, THERE WAS NO GORSKY IN EITHER THE RUSSIAN OR AMERICAN SPACE PROGRAMS.

OVER THE YEARS MANY PEOPLE QUESTIONED ARMSTRONG AS TO WHAT THE "GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY" STATEMENT MEANT, BUT ARMSTRONG ALWAYS JUST SMILED.

ON JULY 5, 1995, IN TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA, WHILE ANSWERING QUESTIONS FOLLOWING A SPEECH, A REPORTER BROUGHT UP THE 26-YEAR-OLD QUESTION TO ARMSTRONG.

THIS TIME HE FINALLY RESPONDED. MR. GORSKY HAD DIED, SO NEIL
ARMSTRONG FELT HE COULD ANSWER THE QUESTION.

IN 1938 WHEN HE WAS A KID IN A SMALL MIDWEST TOWN, HE WAS PLAYING BASEBALL WITH A FRIEND IN THE BACKYARD. HIS FRIEND HIT THE BALL, WHICH LANDED IN HIS NEIGHBOR'S YARD BY THE BEDROOM WINDOWS.

HIS NEIGHBORS WERE MR. AND MRS.GORSKY. AS HE LEANED DOWN TO PICK UP THE BALL, YOUNG ARMSTRONG HEARD MRS. GORSKY SHOUTING AT MR. GORSKY.
 
"SEX! YOU WANT SEX?! YOU'LL GET SEX WHEN THE KID NEXT DOOR WALKS ON THE MOON!"

23.8.14

How To Drive Traffic To Your Blog Or Site



One way of getting people to your blog or site is to become a member of a traffic exchange. The system is pretty simple: You agree to look at other people's site, and they in turn look at yours.

Traffic Ad Bar is one of those exchanges. I helped launch it in 2009, and by now we have over 80,000 members.

If you sign up, you will receive one email per day, with the links of 5 blogs of other members. Looking at those sites will assure that other users in turn will read what you have to offer.

Additionally, from inside the member area you can check out as many sites as you wish. Obviously, the more sites you view, the more people read your blog.

The exchange is free to use, with an option to upgrade. Check it out, if you don't like it, cancel your membership and that's the end of it.

21.8.14

Trivia Chest 6



#trivia Peridots are the only gems that have been found in meteorites.

#trivia Before Pixar settled on Toy Story, other names suggested include Made in Taiwan, Moving Buddies, and Toyz in the Hood.

#trivia Dimples may be cute, but they are an inherited genetic flaw. They are caused by a fibrous band of tissue that connects the skin to an underlying bone.

#trivia  World Famous Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey is made in only one place: the small town of Lynchburg, Tennessee, population 361. Though the town supplies the world with the famous libation, not a drop may be purchased for consumption anywhere in town. Moore County is a "dry" county, meaning that the sale and consumption of alcohol is illegal.

#trivia  Medieval Japanese samurai burned incense in their helmets so that if they were decapitated in battle, their head would smell sweet.

#trivia  The word “pie” can be traced to the 13th century, but in the old days, the dessert was more commonly known as a “coffin" or "coffyn.” In fact, “coffin” was used in this context for 300 years before it was applied to a burial casket.

#trivia  The very first TV commercial was for Bulova watches in 1941, and it aired in the middle of a pro baseball game between the Dodgers and Phillies. The spot cost nine dollars.

#trivia In a fit of uncharacteristic decisiveness, President James Buchanan tried to buy Cuba. However, his plans ground to a halt when Congress refused to give him the dough to purchase the island, believing that the president would take the money and skip the country.

#trivia After Doyle killed off the popular Sherlock Holmes in the mid 1890's, over 20,000 readers of The Strand (the magazine the stories were published in) cancelled their subscriptions. Later, a reluctant Doyle brought the character back to life for a series of further adventures.

#trivia  Washington State was supposed to be named "Columbia" but the idea was scrapped because it was thought it would be too easily confused with "Columbia City" (today commonly referred to as Washington, D.C.).

#trivia For his birthday in 1947, Harry Truman's friends had a bowling alley installed in the White House. Truman said he hadn't bowled since he was 19.

#trivia  Goosebumps are actually caused by a muscle. It is called the arrector pili muscle.

#trivia  When three-letter airport codes became standard in the mid-1930s, airports that had been using a two-letter identifier simply added an X to their code, which is why Los Angeles International Airport is known as LAX.

#trivia  In order to better survive the cold, polar bears have evolved to have black skin, thick blubber, and hollow, translucent hairs that trap heat. Polar bears are so well-insulated that they are almost invisible under infra-red light.

#trivia  Japanese golfers take out insurance policies against scoring an ace while golfing, since a player "lucky" enough to get a hole-in-one is obligated to buy gifts for all his friends.

#trivia  If your doctor is going to perform an auscultation on you, don't worry; he or she will just be using his stethoscope.

#trivia  Only two people remain who are fluent in Ayapaneco—but they refuse to talk to each other.

#trivia  Despite its 6.5 million square feet of floor space, the Pentagon in Washington was constructed in such a way that no point in the building is more than a seven minute walk from any other point in the building.

#trivia  The “mystery flavor” Dum-Dum Pop is truly random. The Spangler Candy Company combines the last of their flavorings at the end of a production run to turn out lollipops of mixed (and mysterious) flavors.

#trivia  Alfred Hitchcock was notoriously hard on actors. He was once quoted as saying, “Actors are cattle”—a quip that stirred up a huge outcry. In response, he issued this correction: “I have been misquoted. What I really said is, ‘Actors should be treated as cattle.’”

#trivia  100,000,000,000 solar neutrinos pass through every square inch of your body every second.

#trivia  The first single issued by singer-songwriter Cat Stevens was titled "I Love My Dog."

#trivia  Bagpipes were not invented in Scotland, but in ancient Persia.

#trivia  President John Quincy Adams kept an alligator in the East Room.

#trivia  Salvador Dali had an older brother who was also named Salvador. He died at a young age before his younger sibling was born.