(mostly) Useless (but still fun) Facts

A few weeks ago I was watching The Chase on Netflix, a game show that pits a team of three contestants against British trivia wiz Mark Labbett. The funny thing about trivia is that it is often completely useless and inapplicable to daily life, and yet it can be quite amusing if you come across just the right tidbit.

Today, I offer you some trivia.* If you can actually do something with this information, I’d love for you to come back and tell me about it!

Did you know that…

  • 3d3cf2d0b6ab18f7bf81ca0003b985da--pippi-longstocking-astrid-lindgrenPippi Longstocking’s full name is Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraimsdaughter Longstocking?
  • Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts? (I like Pippi’s name better!) 😀
  • Tarantulas can live for three years without food? Also, they can’t kill you, contrary to popular belief (unless you are smaller than they are).
  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321? (I dare you to work that out long-hand… heehee!)
  • The colour of your computer screen background—or office walls—can affect your performance? Red makes your recall more accurate while blue makes you more creative. (Okay, so this information isn’t all that useless. Just thought I’d sneak it in there.) 🙂
  • It is illegal to hunt camels in Arizona? (Um. What?)
  • The Filet-O-Fish sandwich at McDonald’s is made mainly from a silvery fish called hoki, or whiptail, which is found near New Zealand? Other whitefish such as pollock is also used.
  • The odds of dying in a car crash compared to on a roller coaster are 40,000 to 1? And yet people scream on roller coasters and not while riding down the street.
  • black-box-rev-1000x667An airplane’s “black box” is actually orange?
  • John Lennon’s first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles?
  • The “pound” symbol (#) is called an octothorpe?
  • The Hawaiian alphabet contains only 13 letters (5 vowels and 7 consonants)?

In case you think you just wasted five minutes of your life, you didn’t. Studies seem to indicate that learning obscure facts is good for your mental health, especially, of course, if that knowledge comes in handy during a trivia quiz and you win!

Having said that, it should be obvious that more important than knowledge is wisdom… godly wisdom.

Proverbs 3:7 warns, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.”

Jesus’ brother James had some good words about wisdom:

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17)

I consider myself a more-or-less autodidact—most of the things I’m good at or am knowledgeable about I learned outside of a formal classroom—so I’m always happy to pick up bits of trivia that make me go “Hmm!” or “Huh!” But I’m not obsessive about it and have no plans to compete in a serious quiz. Mark Labbett is safe from me for now. 😉

Have a great Wednesday! And don’t forget to try out my creativity challenge from Saturday (click here to see it).

Ann-Margret

* I do not guarantee the accuracy of each of these facts. Please don’t give me a hard time if there’s an error. This is meant to be entertaining!

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