Monday, November 24, 2008

Monday Fluff

I love trivia of all sorts. I enjoy it so much, in fact, that it sometimes crowds out the more important data I really need to access...say, like my kids' names, long ago conversations and how much money is in my banking account (or not).

Since it's Monday, the day reserved for talking about whatever, I'm gonna share some trivia and fluff with you. So, go grab your favorite beverage and enjoy browsing.

First, this is a super
quick personality test I had fun with. You will be shown some designs/graphics, and you pick your favorite. I didn't believe it, but played along anyway, and the "type" my choice revealed was pretty durn interesting.

Now, for the trivia, which BTW, has its own cool origination: The derivation of the word trivia comes from the Latin for "crossroads": "tri-" + "via", which means three streets. This is because in ancient times, at an intersection of three streeets in Rome (or some other Italian place), they would have a type of kiosk where ancillary information was listed. You might be interested in it, you might not, hence they were bits of "trivia." ~~

  • The word stewardesses is the longest that can be typed with your left hand only.
  • All continents end with the same letter they begin with.
  • Most lipstick contains fish scales, and mascara bat guano.
  • Chewing gum while cutting onions will keep you from crying.
  • Donkeys kill more people than plane crashes.
  • Pinocchio is Italian for pine head.
  • The first twosome ever to be shown in bed together on prime time television was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

If you're avoiding going to work or doing the laundry, here's one more interesting factoid for ya:

  • I caught a snippet of the Paul Harvey ("The Rest of the Story") radio program yesterday in which he reported that the latest medical studies show people who attend religious services have a 20% lower mortality rate.

Blogland buddies, today's the last day to vote on the monkey photo [scroll down just a bit to see that precious critter] caption winner, so take a sec and cast your ballot in the poll conveniently located in the upper right hand corner. Here are the contenders:

Terri - "Not the hairbrush again!!"
Melissa - "My gas bill is HOW much?"
Barbara - "What? A root canal?!?!?"

Have a great week, and see ya tomorrow!

PS to writing friends on a non-trivial subject-- there's an AWESOME post at our Year of Gratitude (YOG) blog today from author Danielle Younge-Ullman ! (Her debut novel, Falling Under, is newly released, published by Plume/Penguin. (Read a review of Falling Under at Roses & Thorns.)


Anonymous said...

We keep telling ya'll this makeup stuff is not necessary. Good to see JL Saturday morning.

Janna Qualman said...

Those are some great little snippets there, Angie. Thanks for sharing them!

And I agree with Oren - is that REALLY necessary?

Terri Tiffany said...

I think I need to round up all my friends and tell them to vote!! For me!! Cause I love contests!

Donkeys kill more people than plane crashes. I can't believe this statement!! Is it really true and how on earth??????

Angie Ledbetter said...

Aw, Oren, how kind! *wink* JL had to work a lock-in till the wee hours Saturday, so he was dragging. The other one had league bowling, so missed out.

Janna, only necessary for me if I plan on leaving the house and running in to fellow humans. LOL

Angie Ledbetter said...

Terri, I guess there are lots more donkeys in other countries?? And, yeah, go get your friends to come vote!

mlh said...

Bat guano in mascara? Who would have thunk it! Thanks for the snippets! I will try my hand at the personality test when I get the chance.

Angie Ledbetter said...

mlh, that guano certainly gives new meaning to the phrase, "Batting her eyelashes," now, doesn't it? LOL

Kathryn Magendie said...


You love a free and spontaneous life. And you attempt to enjoy it to the fullest, in accordance with the motto: "You only live once."

You are very curious and open about everything new; you thrive on change. Nothing is worse than when you feel tied down. You experience your environment as being versatile and always good for a surprise.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Kathryn, sounds pretty right on to me. Some of my quiz revealed:


You come to grips more frequently and thoroughly with yourself and your environment than do most people. You detest superficiality...relation-ships with your friends are highly intensive, which gives you the inner tranquility and harmony that you need in order to feel good. You do not mind being alone for extended periods of time; you rarely become bored.

Ms. B1tch is tired tired tired...but very hungry said...

Ms. B laughed and laughed...


You come to grips more frequently and thoroughly with yourself and your environment than do most people. You detest superficiality; you'd rather be alone than have to suffer through small talk. But your relationships with your friends are highly intensive, which gives you the inner tranquility and harmony that you need in order to feel good. You do not mind being alone for extended periods of time; you rarely become bored.

Janna Qualman said...

Re: the above - I hear you! :D

And thanks for letting me know about the the Yog blog. What an inspiration Danielle is!

Mrs Parks said...

Veddy interesting about the continents begining and ending with the same letter.

Now, I have to go buy some life insurance.
I own not on but TWO donkeys.
Do the insurance people inquire abut donkey ownership on the application?

Angie Ledbetter said...

Ms. seems we may be long lost twins! hehe

Janna, glad you enjoyed. It really was a healthy boost to the writer's immune system, wasn't it? :)

Mrs. Parks, hopefully your insurance agency has the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy! *snirk*

Embee said...

That personality test was pretty awesome. Hit the nail on the head!

WendyCinNYC said...

Ew. My face is covered in scales and poo.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Embee, It truly was cool. I liked that it was exactly one question long.

LOL, Wendy. Aren't ya sorry ya know now?

jill said...

who cares what your kids' names are?....they aren't going to answer when you call them anyway. trivia is soooo much more fun. =D

Carlang said...

All continents end with the same letter?

That's not true.
How do you explain "Atlantis"?

Angie Ledbetter said...

LOL, Jill, you're probably right. Teenagers!

Carlang, dang, you got me. Shoot!

Carlang said...


Melissa Marsh said...

I KNEW there was a reason I didn't like lipstick!

Holly Kennedy said...

Love love LOVE the trivia!
Donkeys kill more people than plane crashes... I'm sharing this one with my kids.

Have a great week at your end :)

mlh said...

"Batting her eyelashes?" Oh, that was too funny.

I love puns!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Carl, glad I made your day. :)

LOL, Melissa.

Holly, you have a great one too!

MLH, me too! (Maybe that's why we got the same results on the personality quiz?)

Anonymous said...


I love these quizzes. Learn more and more about myself each time I take them!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Ang, we picked the same graphic. Cool!

giddymomof6 said...

ACK! My personality came out wrong--I'm sure of it! LOL! I love the random facts! Seriously cool!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Giddy...maybe you were just distracted with all the "Reds" hovering around. :)

Debbie said...

Goodness. I'd never thought of words that can be typed with only one hand. I'll have to give that a lot of thought now.

Hilary said...

So are you from North American or South Americas? ;)

Anonymous said...

I took the personality test! Down to Earth Well-Balanced Harmonious.
Must be the Libra in me!!!

*peeks over my shoulder* how'd you know I was putting off my laundry queen duties? : D

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Linda said...

Uh...I may never wear mascara again!!!

colbymarshall said...

The onion thing definitely works...I tried that recently!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Debbie, that's the sort of stuff that clogs up my mental files. *sigh*

LOL, Hilary!

Kimmi, I figured you were a laundry dodger like me. :)

I try not to think about it, Linda.

Colby, very excellent!

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