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B is for “The Book of Lists”

I am participating in the A-to-Z Challenge again this year. My theme is My Favorite Books. Most of the books I will be posting about, I have read more than once. After all, they are my favorites.

B is for The Book of Lists by David Wallechinsky, Irving Wallace, and Amy Wallace.

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I am a trivia fanatic. So when the first Book of Lists came out in 1977, I immediately bought it and read it from cover to cover. Here are a few examples.

  • If William Shakespeare was known by his mother’s maiden name, he would be William Arden.
  • Lunnule is the name of the crescent-shaped white mark at the base of your fingernail.
  • Sugar, a two year old cat, travelled 1500 miles to get back to her owner’s new home. She had been left behind with a neighbor when her owners moved. Sugar found them 14 months later.

And for those of you not into trivia, how about B is for The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

This is the story of a young Jewish girl in Nazi Germany. This story is narrated by Death. Phenomenal story. Read the book!

Trivia Tuesday – Hearts


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With Valentine’s Day coming up, let’s look at a bit of trivia about our favorite organ, the heart.

  • Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, kept her dead husband’s heart (after his death of course) wrapped in silk.
  • Intense laughter sends approximately 20% more blood flowing throughout your body.
  • The stethoscope was invented by Dr. Rene Laennec. He didn’t think it was appropriate placing his ear on a large-breasted woman to listen to her heart.
  • Scientific studies have shown a correlation between the length of a man’s ring finger (left hand) and his probability for a heart attack. The longer the ring finger, the less chance of a heart attack.
  • In the 1880’s, Richard Cadbury (yup, that Cadbury) created the first box of chocolates for Valentines Day.
  • The average lifetime of blood flow is similar to turning the faucet on all the way and letting it run for 45 years.


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Trivia Tuesday – Water


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While fighting dehydration by guzzling water, I came upon some interesting facts about water.

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  • Although water covers about 71% of the earth’s surface, only 3% is fresh water. For a perspective, if all the earth’s water fit in a gallon jug, the drinkable fresh water would be about 1 tablespoon.
  • Frozen water (ice) is about 9% lighter than water. That’s why ice floats.
  • The human body is about 66% water. Human blood is about 83% water. The brain is about 75% water. Bones are about 25%.
  • An elephant is about 70% water.
  • On average, a single tree provides about 75 gallons of water per day in evaporation.
  • Humans use about 50 gallons of water per day. Americans use more water per day than Europeans.
  • In America, water used around the house (cooking, cleaning, laundry, drinking, toilets, yard watering) makes up only 1% of total water usage.
  • It takes about 49 gallons of water to produce 1 glass of milk.
  • A bit over 39,000 gallons of water are needed to manufacture a car, including its tires.
  • Pollution of fresh drinking water is a problem for half of the earth’s population.

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Now I am quite parched; gotta get a drink of H2O.