Before I lost my mind, I was a warehouse of trivial knowledge. Usually winning the game “Trivia Pursuit” and also doing fairly well in Jeopardy. And it wasn’t just the fact that it was trivia for trivia’s sake; it was just so darn fascinating. I still find those little trivial facts to be highly intriguing, but now I have to write them down to remember them. Thus my little nuggets of trivia today. Maybe you will find some of these facts interesting too.
Clinking wine glasses
- When drinking wine, you experience all the senses: Smell (sniffing the wine), visual (look at the color), touch (holding the glass), and taste (ahh, the actual drinking). By clinking the glasses, you add the 5th sense of hearing.
- There is another theory that revolves around the act of trusting your drinking partners not to poison you. Because the use of poison in drinks was quite popular way long ago, the host would slosh a little of his drink into someone else’s mug to see if it contained poison. For those that the host trusted, he would just clink the mugs together and not do a taste test.
- And then there is another theory that believes that alcohol contained evil spirits. And when alcohol was consumed, those evil spirits entered the body and caused the drinker to do wild things. The act of clinking glasses resembled the sound of church bells, thus warding away those nasty evil spirits in the alcohol.
Ancient Egyptians would shave their eyebrows as a sign of mourning the death of their cat.
Cats purr at the rate of 26 cycles per second; the same rate as an idling diesel engine.
Firehouses have circular staircases due to smart horses. When fire engines were pulled by horses, the horses were stabled on the ground floor and the firefighters were on the 2nd floor. The horses apparently learned to walk up the straight staircase to the 2nd floor. Thus the use of circular staircases to keep the horses on their own floor.
Now go dazzle your friends!