Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fun Stuff for Tonight's Dinner Conversation

I received an email that made me smile and I thought it would be a great conversation starter at our table. Then I started looking up some of the questions to make sure they were accurate  and discovered that some of them weren't!

So that gave me a different way to start a conversation:
Should I believe everything I read (or hear)?

The following "fun facts" were probably not facts at all!

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Here are some other "factoids" that were in the email:
  •  It is impossible to lick your elbow. Before you tell, why not all try it? Here's the answer.

  • Intelligent people  have more zinc and copper in their hair. possible answer

What is the answer to:
                 111,111,111 x
                 111,111,111 = 

Answer: 12,345,678,987, 654,321

True or False?

     If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.
     If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died because of wounds received in battle.
     If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.


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  • What is the cost of raising a medium sized dog for eleven years?
                $16,400 True

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  •  Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter 'A'?

               A. One thousand

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The answers to most of the following can be found here--assuming this person did his homework correctly.

  • True or False: The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

  •  True or False: Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

  •  The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:


  • The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%

              (now get this...)

  • The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

  • Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?

                 A. All were invented by women.

  • Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?

                 A. Honey

I couldn't find a definitive answer for these:

  • The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour:


  • Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

                 A. Their birthplace

  • Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?

                 A. Obsession

  • Is this really where the phrase came from? In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase...'Goodnight , sleep tight'

            Find out here.

Follow up this litany of "facts" with the questions:

  1. Why do we believe what we see written down?
  2. How can we learn to be more discerning?
  3. Is it better to believe things our friends tell us or be skeptical? Which kind of person do you like to be with?

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Maree says, How do I have family meals? I don't think I have a trick. We just always made it a habit. Now the kids are grown and they call ask if they can come for dinner. Having dinner at approximately the same time, we do dinner out once a week, and now started Sunday lunch for those that don't live at home. 
You can read more from Maree in her blog here.

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  1. Now those are some fun "facts." Looks like I've got some homework to do if I want to verify them. I have confirmed that I am unable to lick my own elbow. I'll be curious to see what others say. :-)

    1. Thanks for taking time to enjoy them with me! I should have asked everyone for pics of them trying to lick their elbows! Ha ha!

  2. i jsut got back from a Roads Scholar trip to Cuba where our guide told us about the horse and the two-legs-in-air and one-leg-on-ground indicating whether the hero on the horse had died in battle or because of it. The statute we were looking at had one leg in air but our guide said a mistake had been made and that the person had actually died in battle. just a little side note to one of your "dinner" questions.



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