- Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, was an ophthalmologist by profession.
- Thomas Edison was deaf from the time he was twelve years old. The malady was caused while Edison was trying to board a train at Frazer Station, Michigan. A conductor took hold of his ears to help pull him aboard.
- Napoleon had conquered Italy by the time he was twenty-six.
- The Graham cracker was named after Sylvester Graham (1794-1851). A New England minister, Graham not only invented the cracker but also published a journal in Boston that took a rabid stand against tea, coffee, feather beds, and women's corsets.
- President James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other—simultaneously! Leonardo da Vinci could draw with one hand and write with the other, also simultaneously.
- When the circus dwarf Lavinia Bump married the circus dwarf Tom Thumb, more than 2,000 guests attended their wedding, including the president and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln and the entire United States Cabinet. The famous ceremony was dubbed “The Fairy Wedding.”
- There is only one picture by an American hanging in the Louvre—Whistler's Mother. Whistler's Mother, however is only the painting's popular name; its official title is Arrangement in Black and Gray: The Artist's Mother.
- Children born in the month of May are on the average 200 grams heavier at birth than children born in any other month.
- No one knows where Mozart is buried.
- The words “naked” and “nude” are not the same. Naked implies unprotected. Nude means unclothed.
- The original name for the butterfly was “flutterby.”
- What is called a “French kiss” in England and America is known as an “English kiss” in France.
- The act of snapping one's fingers has a name. It is called a “fillip.”
- Pneumoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is a disease of the lungs developed by coal miners from breathing underground fumes.
- A “clue” originally meant a ball of thread. This is why one is said to “unravel” the clues of a mystery.
- In Elizabethan slang the term “to die” meant to have an orgasm. This double entendre was often used by John Donne (The Prohibition, The Canonization), and by Shakespeare in King Lear.
- The ampersand (&) was once a letter of the English alphabet.
- The word “queue” is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
- Cinderella's slipper, many scholars believe, was made of fur, not glass. The word verre, or “glass,” they claim, was incorrectly substituted in early versions of the story for the word vaire. In medieval French, vaire means “fur.”
- The term “hooker,” meaning a prostitute, originated with U.S. Army General Joseph Hooker, whose penchant for war was matched only by his predilection for paid female companionship. In New Orleans during the Civil war, Hooker spent so much time frolicking with ladies of the night that the women came to be called “Hooker's division.” Eventually these specialized “troops” became known simply as “hookers.”
- Cleopatra was married to her own brother, Ptolemy
- Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn, had six fingers on one hand. She wore special gloves all her life to hide her deformity.
- Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
- Only food that does not spoil: honey.
- The famous baby appearing on jars of Gerber baby food is actually a girl named Ann Turner. The picture was drawn by artist Dorothy Hope Smith in 1928.
- As much as 50 gallons of Maple Sap are used to make a single gallon of Maple Sugar.
- Wine will spoil if exposed to light, hence tinted bottles.
- When it originally appeared in 1886 - Coca Cola was billed as an "Esteemed Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage".
- The number 57 on a Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickle the company once had.
- Chocolate not only does not promote tooth decay, it might prevent it. According to the American Dental Association, milk chocolate contains ingredients, such as calcium and phosphate, that might modify acid production in the mouth that leads to cavities. Some oils in chocolate might also prevent tooth decay. Chocolate does contain sugar, of course, but these are simple sugars that are less harmful than the complex sugars contained in other foods.
- For beer commercials, they add liquid detergent to the beer to make it foam more.
- Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was first developed.
- A turkey should never be carved until it has been out of the oven at least 30 minutes. This permits the inner cooking to subside and the internal meat juices to stop running. Once the meat sets, it's easier to carve clean, neat slices.
- In Australia, the Number 1 topping for pizza is eggs. In Chile, the favorite topping is mussels and clams. In the United States, it's pepperoni.
- The color of a chile is no indication of its spiciness, but size usually is - the smaller the pepper, the hotter it is.
- When Coca-Cola began to be sold in China, they used characters that would sound like "Coca-Cola" when spoken. Unfortunately, what they turned out to mean was "Bite the wax tadpole".
Today I feel silly. I feel feisty. I don't know if it's because I've been going to bed at 9pm these past few days, or if it's because as I'm getting older I'm slowly losing it. It's probably the latter of the two. But regardless, I'm wanting to write but have absolutely no idea what to share with you all today. What better way to write about nothing than to share with you some of my favorite useless facts. Facts that have been stored in my head, taking up space for no clear reason. I want to unload these useless facts on you, so sit down and just enjoy them! <-- Wow, that sounds awfully pushy, don't it? Well . . . not my intention, let's be happy shall we? Click on, my friends, and learn a thing or two that you may not already know! :) <-- Yeah, that's my lame attempt at a smile . . .
Feel free to add your favorite useless facts!
J. A. Titus
Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Friend and Wife. Full-time worker, part-time worker, and writer. Lover of anything Eeyore, reality cooking, and horror. Eclectic music taste, reading taste, and movie taste. No need to further question my mentality, it's been wrapped up in this little summary. :)