I worry about random things. Will a toilet falling from space kill me? If I step on a crack, will my mother have her back break? What happens if a glob of fat breaks loose from my artery and travels to my brain–will I know before I drop over dead? Will I know my true love or will I not be looking when he gives me the eye?
I also worry that for every thing I learn, I’ll forget something. I fear my brain will only hold so much information, then, other things start to leak out, which is what wax in your ear really is–information leaking out of the brain. We clean it out with a Q-Tip and toss it casually away, which is why we never use calculus again as it’s one of the first things to go. Somehow, I’m okay with that info departing quickly.
Below are random things I know and things I recently learned. I hope they don’t cancel each other out or I’ll never win at Jeopardy again.
1. The word ‘meme’ is pronounced ‘meem’.
2. Male hippos poo on their prospective mates. I can do without that kind of courting.
3. If you add like numbers, the answer is always even.
4. Thunder follows lightening 5 seconds per mile away.
5. The technical term for a cat’s hairball is a bezoar.
6. Just two percent of the world’s population is naturally blonde (for Lily)
7. The first CD released in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA‘. I have a copy.
8. 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy) are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don’t die throughout the movie. I still can’t watch Bambi without bursting into tears.
9.5% of Canadians don’t know the first 7 words of the Canadian anthem, but know the first 9 of the American anthem and 7% of Americans don’t know the first 9 words of the American anthem, but know the first 7 of the Canadian anthem.
10. Macs have a secret language if you use the ‘Option’ key. For example, 4 is usually a 4 or a $. But, if you use the option key and the 4, it becomes ¢. Who knew? Option + J = ∆. See?
11. When you go to a musical, there are a group of singers call the ‘swing crew’. They sing in the control booth during the show. Because of all the energy needed to run around during a musical number, the actual singers can’t keep a good vocal performance, thus, the swing crew fills in allowing you as an audience to think you are hearing the actors on stage. Actually, they are often struggling to breathe during those dance numbers and are mouthing the words sung by the swing crew.
12. The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
13. The word “lethologica” describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want. I dwell in the land of lethologica.
14. The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69. From 1725-1765, a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets. And the Duggars think they rock the boat in the big family department.
15. A book that is often banned is Fahrenheit 451. I often wonder if the school boards see the irony in that action.
Add your own, if you will. I just cleaned my ears, and have space to fill.