Monday, January 5, 2009

Trivial & Literary Pursuits

Before the fun, can I take a minute to do some shameless promotion for our beloved The Rose & Thorn Literary ezine? (Well, yeah, guess I can since it's my blog. LOL) The annual Editors & Preditors Readers' Poll is cranking up, and we'd dearly love it if you voted for us in the ezines category for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Magazine ezine editor. Voting is going on until January 14, so pwetty pwease vote for a great little friendly ezine if you have time. 'Preciate you in advance!

Now, back to trivia bidness. Why do we like it so much? It doesn't particularly make me feel smarter or anything. Maybe it's just because it's interesting and it falls under the category of uncommon knowledge (most average people don't know it). But since my brain is in such need of defragging and compacting, I don't understand why I keep cramming in more and more factoids of no importance when I can barely remember my kids' names some days. I mean, really, when is the knowledge that turtles breathe out of their butts ever gonna come in handy?

Anywayyyyy, here's a dose of mo random and trivial factoids to get your Monday started:
  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  • 23% of all photocopier problems worldwide are caused by people sitting on them to photocopy their butts.
  • In 1879, a mail service in Belgium employed 37 cats to carry bundles of letters to villages around the town of Liege, this experiment was shorted-lived as the cats proved thoroughly undisciplined. {Wha? The Furball Express? Doh!}
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

Now, get out there and do something nice for somebody. :)

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Michelle H. said...

"Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair."

Now that is interesting. I just thought all those minerals came from the shampoo. ;)

WendyCinNYC said...

No wonder my hair smells like pennies.

Janna Qualman said...

Yay! Good luck to the ezine. And I have to say, TRivial Pursuit is one of my favorite games. :)

The Unbreakable Child said...

Morn, Angie. I'm off to vote, then off to beat some dust bunnies. : D

Suldog said...

Whenever I cite some obscure fact, MY WIFE asks me to name my cousins. I leave the room, chastened.

jinksy said...

But, have you heard the one that says:- Intleliengt poelpe can raed wrdos lkie tehse , povirindg frist and lsat lrttres are in the croecrt palec?
Or are editors too intent on creating order out of chaos to join this fifty percent of weird minded people?

Terri Tiffany said...

Done! Voted!!! And do people really sit on copiers??? I must have missed that somewhere...

jill said...

so it's safe to assume that the mail service folks had only trace amounts of zinc and copper in their hair?

kat magendie, almost a real author (laughing) said...

Ohh! I see a commenters name that would be a great title, (but I resist, resist, resist *laughing* -"THe Unbreakable Child..."

anyway - I laughed at the comment "no wonder my hair smells like pennies" LAUGHINGGG - perfect -I couldn't think of what to say and they said it!

I remember when I saw that factoid about turtles breathing out their butts, I thought - well, huhn...isn't that inneresting...huh...huhn...okay, I didn't really, I just thought "eyewwww" or something like that....haw

Debbie said...

Ah, this explains why I always list my hair color as zinc and copper.

Melissa Marsh said...

I love all these random factoids! And y'know, the whole cats as mailmen story would make a great short story.

Jessica said...

More like I'm about to pop open the zinc bottle! LOL
I love trivia pursuit, though it actually makes me feel dumber. Hehee.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Michelle, makes me wanna take some heavy metal vitamins.

LOL, Wendy! Good one.

Thanks so much, Janna & Kimmi!

Suldawg, dontcha hate when the SPOUSE is right? :)

Jinksy, I think anyone used to reading through electronic typos can read the really badly done sentences. Again, welcome to the Blogosphere. I'm going to enjoy your writings!

Terri, 'preciate your vote. I wondered who gathered the stats on why copiers break? Maybe they polled copy repair people? :)

Angie Ledbetter said...

Jill, LOL, you a baaaad girl!

Kat, no you cannot steal Kimmi's book title, but you will have a perfect one all your own. CONGRATS AGAIN ON THE FORTHCOMING DEBUT NOVEL!!!!!!

hehe, Debbie. Never thought of using metallics as descriptions. Guess mine would be burnt copper over steel?

Melissa, the next time you get stuck on your WIP, you can start that mailcat story. :)

Hear ya, Jessica. I hate the geography category and one other...which I now forget. LOL

Jane! said...

Does this mean my hair should be cold-proof?

Anonymous said...

So that explains the funny noises when the boys eat too many peanuts. Who knew.

t i m said...

my votes have been casted, good luck :)

colbymarshall said...

*runs out promptly to have hair follicle tested*

Deb Shucka said...

I wonder how much zinc and copper cats have in their hair.

I also wonder how anyone knew people were copying their butts.

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