Thursday, October 19, 2006

Becoming Whelmed

Feeling frustrated? Frazzled? Stressed out? At your wit's end? Chances are that you are overwhelmed. Conversely, if you feel bored and listless, you may be underwhelmed.

Either way, the condition is serious, and certainly no laughing matter. Healers recommend occupying the positive middle ground ground between the two. Strive to become whelmed.

In our ongoing series called Towards a Better Wellness for Tomorrow, we here at Very Little Known Facts bring you the latest in self-help tips and techniques. Allow yourself to enjoy.

  • Every now and then, take a break. You deserve it.

  • Violet is the most musical color. Why not spruce up your workplace with a song of lilacs?

  • When it comes to career choices, choose wisely. Otherwise, you may "career" off course.

  • Take all the time you need. It's important.

  • Don't let the bums get you down. But don't get yourself down either!

  • Remember to breathe.

  • Your space is your own. Use it judiciously.

  • You should take better care of yourself.

  • Seriously, folks--you gotta be good to yourself, too.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Beware of So-Called "Fake" Facts!

We here at Very Little Known Facts have always taken our mission statement (appearing at the top of this page) very seriously. That’s why we are alarmed and disturbed by the growing trend of “fake” fact sites, websites that distort the truth or even make up so-called “facts” for entertainment purposes. (Or possibly even darker, more sinister purposes as well!)

A link to one of these odious, mendacious sites even appeared as an “advertising link” on Very Little Known Facts (see picture). Rest assured that we had the link removed immediately, and we have received proper assurances from the Use and Abuse department of Google that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

DO NOT BE FOOLED! Fraudulent “fact” sites may look just like reliable, trustworthy ones. Be aware of the danger signs:

  • humorous content
  • absurd, unbelievable, or nonsensical “factoids”
  • confusing or non-existent source information
  • deliberately vague and ambiguous language
  • repeated use of personal opinion and conjecture as “fact”

Of course we at VLKF have always had a standing policy regarding revealing our sources. Naturally, many of these are of a sensitive and confidential nature, but in the interest of full disclosure we will send you a full catalog of sources for one singular factoid by writing the following address:

Building 3, Postal Drop 3487
117 John F. Kennedy Drive
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Be sure to enclose a money order for $7.85 for postage and handling. For multiple requests, include $7.85 for each request.

Alternately, you can send us the money via PAYPAL to the following email address:

Once payment is received a full, confidential source citation will be mailed to your home within 6 to 8 weeks. A sample citation is shown below for the following Very Little Known Fact from our October 2, 2006 post entitled In Actual Fact...

  • JIFFY TIME: A “jiffy” is an actual measurement of time, although the measurement varies between 0.01 seconds, 0.0025 seconds, 0.001 seconds, and 0.00000000000333564 seconds.


The definition of jiffy. The link is:

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he Free On-line Dictionary of Computing definition of jiffy. The link is:

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

In Praise of the Very Little Known Fact

Science tells us that human beings only use about 10% of their brain capacity. Men average 11%, while women clock in at 13%. Nobody alive can tell us why this is the case, but isn’t it just possible that exorcising these faculties can improve mental capabilities? Some say yes. And what better way to expand your mind than by learning something new every day? Think about that. While you're thinking, here are some Very Little Known Facts:

  • White cats are tone deaf.

  • Peanuts are technically legumes, meaning that they form the root systems of small, deciduous trees.

  • BUT ARE THEY MADE OF CHEESE? There are more attics in America than moonrocks on the Moon.

  • Human eyelashes are composed of a single, fibrous cell.

  • In addition to conquering most of Europe and Eurasia, Napoleon Bonaparte invented:

    • the breech-loading cannon
    • the flanking maneuver
    • the jury system
    • linoleum
    • the modern system of street numbering with even numbers on the north or east side, odd numbers on the southwest side.

  • COLD COMFORT: Contrary to popular belief, Napoleon did not invent Neopolitan ice cream or the “Napoleon” pastry, although those sweet treats were named after him.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Search of the Week: October 5

Every live-long week we bring you, the reader, one lucky VLKF visitor who found our site through a popular search engine. This week's search came from Google, where--brace yourself--we came up NUMBER ONE AND NUMBER TWO for the following query:

little known facts robin williams

Over a million results, and we got the top two spots!

Naturally we continue to celebrate Mr. Williams as he gets older and funnier. But his wacky, wild improvisation never gets old.

Oddly, the searcher did not seem to stay too long on our site at 4:15 AM. Come back when you can spend some more time checking us out!

Monday, October 02, 2006

In Actual Fact...

  • The March 1955 issue of Playboy did not have a centerfold.

  • To increase the life expectancy of rubber bands, keep them refrigerated.

  • SOMEBODY IS GETTING SPANKED! Traditionally, there is only one day a year for birthday parties in China. This is the seventh day of the New Year, which is known as “everybody’s birthday.” (Remember, that’s the Chinese New Year.)

  • Some have said that giraffes have no vocal cords. This is a myth. Giraffes rarely vocalize, but when they do they sound like elephants.

  • JIFFY TIME: A “jiffy” is an actual measurement of time, although the measurement varies between 0.01 seconds, 0.0025 seconds, 0.001 seconds, and 0.00000000000333564 seconds.

  • There was no full moon in the month of February 1961.

  • STUCK ON YOU: When a den of rats becomes overcrowded, the tails of young, malformed, or injured rats can become inextricably intertwined and subsequently fused together in a Gordian knot of blood, dirt, and excrement. These unnaturally conjoined rodents must then live out the balance of their lives in a filth-covered mass known as a Rat King.