Wednesday, September 13, 2006


I have three kids ages 12, 14, and 17. If you have teenagers, then you know they know everything. This is especially true for homeschooled teenagers. Every time I try to teach them something I get this look that says, "Yah, I already knew that."

So, if you're like me. Then next time you get "that look" here is something that could help . . .


"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right. (Bet you tried this out mentally, didn't you?)

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet. (Now, you KNOW you're going to try this out for accuracy, right?)

The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard. (All you typists are going to test this out.)

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. (Some days that's about what my memory span is.)

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A snail can sleep for three years. (I know some people that could do this too.)

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Babies are born without kneecaps they don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

If the population of China walked past you, 8 abreast, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. (Good thing he did that.)

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

So for all you smart kids out there .................. Now you know everything!


At Wednesday, 13 September, 2006, Blogger Jennifer Tiszai said...

That's a fun list, Tricia. I love trivia like that.

At Wednesday, 13 September, 2006, Blogger Berck & Jonah said...

I do know everything. Such as the whole thing about goldfish having a three second memory isn't so...

At Thursday, 14 September, 2006, Blogger Tricia Goyer said...

Thanks for the post, Jonah. And that link is GREAT! We've had goldfish. One goldfish my son won at AWANAS live four years! I knew he was smart because he'd "dance" around the bowl when I walked in the room--maybe because I was the one to feed him?

Alas, we came home from the grocery store one day and the fishy had jumped out of the bowl and why on the counter dead. Poor thing . . . even he thought living four years in the same bowl was too long for a goldfish.

At Saturday, 16 September, 2006, Blogger Jenny said...

Oh Tricia,
I've just changed teaching positions. Now I work with gifted kids. This will come in very handy come Monday. I've got some sixth graders who are sure they know everything!
Abundant blessings,
Jenny Cary


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