Friday, June 09, 2006

A Fact Is a Fact Is a Fact

Like Socrates wandering the streets of Olde London, holding his lamp high as he searched for "one or two honest men," so we at Very Little Known Facts scour the globe and the virtual interglobe for our readers. Our newest finds:

  • Maine is the only state in the lower 48 that touches only one other state. Delaware is the only state that does not touch any other state. Rhode Island is not actually an island—it is completely landlocked!

  • Studies have proven that the luckiest number is zero.

  • NOW THAT'S HEAVY METAL: Since submarines are heavier than water they must constantly move forward or they will sink to the bottom of the ocean.

  • Cacao, the essential ingredient of chocolate and coffee, was first used by Aboriginal Americans. They would grind the fragrant cacao beans to a fine powder to pack the wounds of injured soldiers in order to prevent gangrene and other festering infections. This is where we get the English word cocoa.

  • If you were to put 23 random people in a room, there would be a 50% chance that two of them would have the exact same first and last names.

  • I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW THE RAIN IS GONE: Windshield wipers were originally used as turn signals in early automobiles. In 1931 rubber magnate Samuel Goodyear applied his patented Vulcanization process to rubber wipers, enabling them to clear rainwater from the windshield.

  • Cold water boils faster than hot water.


Anonymous said...

I thought they used to use Nerds Candy to pack wounds. maybe you're thinking of cocoa flavored nerds.

Jason Hartley said...

I don't know how much you know about astrology, but I have a question: Is it true that despite what we see in science fiction movies it is impossible to see more than one moon in the sky, even if the planet you are on has more than one moon? After all, there is only one sun, and the only way to see a moon is reflected light from the sun, so it seems to me that it is impossible to see more than one moon. Thank you.

Eric said...

I think I just crapped my drawers.

Jon Black and Britt Bergman said...

Thanks for your comment Jason! There are many suns in the sky and many moons! Some planets have several moons! Keep reaching for the stars-you sound very much like us: a dreamer.
Thanks again.

Jon Black and Britt Bergman said...

Thanks for your comment eric. Perhaps you have misdirected your comment to the wrong blog! Perhaps a mama's boy/dirty diaper adult fetish blog would be more up your alley. Good luck in your pursuits!
Thanks again.

Jon Black and Britt Bergman said...

Thanks for your comment anonymous! Nerds brand candy can most certainly be used to pack wounds. We were addressing more "historical" methods of wound dressing. Thanks again!

Jason Hartley said...

Thank you so much for answering my question. Now I see how several moons can be observed in the same sky. What a nice thing to think about!