Monday, April 5, 2010

Elephants Die Standing (true, but also a great band name)

Ah, actual typing! So awkward! It burns!

I'm on a little hiatus/sabbatical/writing retreat/Savin's West Coast Cuteness Tour at the moment, sans tablet and scanner. Regular (ha!) drawgs will resume soon. In the meantime, please indulge me in a teeny, somewhat silly request:

I LOVE random trivia. Seriously. The more ridiculous the better. Dude, I used to keep Trivial Pursuit cards in my purse if that says anything about how much I'll sacrifice my dignity and coolness for trivia. SO: if anyone would be so kind enough to leave me a bit of trivia as a comment, I'll draw something for it when I get back to Boston. And, heck, hopefully we can ALL learn something incredibly useless in the process.

I'll start: Butterflies taste with their toes.

See you sometime next week!

17 comments:

Stephanie Thornton said...

I love Trivial Pursuit! I even have the pop culture cards for my classroom.

Let's see...

President James Garfield was ambidextrous. If you asked him a question he could simultaneously write the answer in ancient Greek with one hand and Latin in the other.

Matthew Delman said...

In the late 1980s/early 1990s, one major airline saved untold millions of dollars by removing a single olive from every Caesar salad served on their flights.

How's that for useless trivia?

Also -- did you know that the length of your forearm, from elbow to wrist, is the same distance as the length of your foot from your heel to the end of your big toe?

Queen 'Bina said...

Elephants gestate for almost two years before finally giving birth.

Robert Louis Stevenson received his initial inpiration for the Strange Case of Dr. Jekkyl and Mr. Hyde from a dream. He immediately began writing and 10 weeks later, the book was published.

The right side of your brain is primarily responsible for dreams, spirituality, creativity, and sex (amoung other things).

Women tend to be more creative when they have flowers nearby.

There are no English words that rhyme with the words purple, silver and orange.

Your friend, Robin, forgets a lot of important information, but remembers all kinds of useless trivia; apparently just so that she can regurgitate it at rare moments such as these.

Jolee said...

There are 22 stars over the Paramount Mountain. (You know, before movies start.)

I'll think all day about other ones. Enjoy the westside of the country!

Anonymous said...

Oh no -- your about to be filled to the brim with useless triva:

http://dogman0.tripod.com/useless.html

Like (not knowing if they are fact but) ...

Apples are more efficient than caffeine in waking you up in the morning.

And something I will now look for...


In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10


and

A shrimp's heart is in its head.

also I guess there are...

Four cars and eleven lightposts on the back of a $10 dollar bill

this next fact I hope I never have to try out of fear of it not working ...

By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand. One should carry a stout pole while travelling in quicksand country...when placed under one's back, it helps one to float out of the quicksand

I will try this though..

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

and you should always go right when faced with bats because ...

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave

Rachel Peden

K. Marie Criddle said...

I'm dying. I love this. It's like mental Hershey syrup. NOM NOM NOM.

C.M. Cowen said...

Pandas bleat like goats. They also apparently honk and huff and bark. I would dearly love to see a K.M. Criddle drawing of a panda.

On a side note, my class had to pick a team name for our class for a water conservation field trip put on by SRP. They chose Panda Fish. Can I say that I could just see the drawing you would do with that? Which half would be panda and which would be fish??

gbulson said...

When the Atlantic Ocean talks about geography, New York is on the West Coast and France is in the Far East. That guy is crazy he has killed hundreds of thousands of people. He has to be stopped. This isn't trivial at all.

Janet said...

Trina Schart Hyman once did an entire painting in paint and alcohol (I think gin) because she accidentally dipped her brush in the wrong glass and then loved the effect.
JT

Miss Lou said...

It was a wild 86+ degrees today in Boston. Veda was so excited during Alexis's birthday treasure hunt today that she pooped three times - maybe due to the intense heat? Thank goodness it was in the yard and not inside the house...What else? And dogs sniff with their nose, lick with their tongues, poop from their butts and oh, I MISS YOU!

yfarnsworth said...

When giraffes walk, they move both left legs together and both right legs together. But when they run, they move both front legs together and both back legs together. I have long skinny knobby-kneed legs like a giraffe (and also like a flamingo), so that's my excuse for remembering giraffe leg trivia.

Victor and Camilla Broderick said...

Cats have whiskers not just on their face, but also on their legs. And the whiskers are so sensitive, that you can "tickle" them. ;) I thought I knew everything about cats and I just learned that last week! But I also didn't think that the potty training a cat to use the toilet thing was really possible...

And I love your blog!!!

Free Ice Cream said...

ummm.....You can milk anything with teats......lets see you draw that.ha

Steph! said...

Elephants are the only land mammals that can't jump.

Are you in town??

Miss Lou said...

William Rosenberg - Founder of Dunkin' Donuts, lived in Mashpee.

This is my only link to you.

:( hoo

Mamie said...

an ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain

every person has a unique tongue print

male iguanas have two (ahem) penises

in other news, I just finished my first triathlon, nay, PLACED in my first triathlon. visit me- for the love of all that's holy. mamieandjohn.com

Miss Lou said...

Dahl was unhappy with the original 1970's filming of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" since attention was paid more on Wonka than on Charlie. He hated the Slugworth add and the "belching" scene.

The two-foot deep chocolate river and waterfall were created by adding chocolate ice cream mix to 150,000 gallons of water, which eventually created a foul odor that permeated the entire soundstage.

Ew

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