Fun Fact Friday

 

 

You have made it to Friday ya’ll, good for you!  Here comes the weekend.

Today’s facts are brought to you by the letter, D for darts.  I have always enjoyed throwing “real” darts at a board.  They feel good in your hand.  Make no noise when entering the board.  And man there is just something about hitting a bullseye that feels Awesome!!!

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  • Darts were historically used in warfare in ancient history; skirmishers used darts of varying sizes, similar to miniature javelins. It was the practice of this skill that developed into a game of skill.
  • There is a speculation that the game originated among soldiers throwing short arrows at the bottom of a cask or at the bottom of trunks of trees. As the wood dried, cracks would develop, creating “sections”.
  • Before the First World War, pubs in the United Kingdom had dartboards made from solid blocks of wood, usually elm.  They had to be soaked overnight to heal the holes made by the darts, and it was a messy business for the pub owner.
  • Quality dartboards were first made of sisal fibers from the century plant or American Aloe plant.  agave-americana.jpgThe bundles of fibers were compressed into a disk an bound with a metal ring.  The darts part the fibers but do not damage them.
  • Darts are popular in Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the Scandinavian countries and the United States.
  • A regulation board is 17 3/4″ in diameter and divided into 20 radial sections.
  •  Darts were initially cut down arrows or crossbow bolts!!
  •  The first purpose-made darts were manufactured in one piece from wood; wrapped with a strip of lead for weight and fitted with flights made from split turkey feathers. These darts were mainly imported from France and became known as French darts.
  • Modern darts have four parts: the points, the barrels, the shafts and the flights. parts-of-a-dart
  • Barrels come in 3 basic shapes: cylindrical, torpedo, or ton.
  • For competitive purposes, a dart cannot weigh more than 50g including the shaft and flight and cannot exceed a total length of 300mm.
  • Playing Dimensions
    • Height– The dart board is hung so that the center of the bullseye is 5 ft 8 inches (1.73 m) from the floor. This is considered eye-level for a six-foot man.
    • Distance – The oche (line behind which the thrower must stand) should be 7 ft 9¼ inches (2.37 m) from the face of the board.
  • Scoring darts depends on what game you are playing, and there are a lot of games!
  • Regulation play dart board and possible scores:
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Remember, you are NOT alone!  Until next time — Jenn

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Fun Fact Friday

You have made it to Friday ya’ll, good for you!  Here comes the weekend. 

Today’s Facts are brought to you by the letter W for..Wine:

  1. The world’s biggest red wine consumers are the Chinese but a really small country is rocking first place per capita basis.  But which country drinks the most wine per capita? The Vatican with 74 liters per capita per year which is about 99 bottles of 75cl per year!
  2. We have monks to thank for our wine.  Monastic orders such as the Cistercians and Benedictines preserved and innovated the art of winemaking during the Middle Ages.
  3. Women get drunk faster from wine because of their water to fat ratio.  Women have a higher fat content than men and fat does not absorb any alcohol. 
  4. Wine was discovered about 6,000 years ago in the Middle East.  The earliest remnants of wine were discovered in Iran, dating back to the Neolithic period (8500-4000 B.C.). 
  5. Folks that are afraid of wine are called Oenophobics.
  6. Though you’ll commonly hear grapes referred to as “fruit,” botanists technically classify grapes as berries since each fruit forms from a single flower.
  7. Red wines are made of purple and blue grapes while white wines are made from greener grapes.
  8. Vineyards cover roughly 7.5 million hectares (almost 18 million acres) across the globe, with Spain, China, France, Italy, Turkey, and the United States being the top grape-growing countries.
  9. The largest wine producers, however, are France, Italy, Spain, the U.S., and Argentina. France produced 1.2 billion gallons of wine in 2014.  The U.S. produced only 830 million gallons.
  10. White wines are usually lighter, crisper and fruitier compared to reds.
  11. White wine has less alcohol and fewer calories.
  12. Grapes grown in sandy soil usually produce less acidic, “softer” wine. Soils with a lot of clay produce wines with deep, bold flavors.
  13. While sparkling wine, meaning a wine with carbon dioxide bubbles, can be grown anywhere, only sparkling wine grown in the Champagne region of northeast France can be called Champagne.
  1. How to Taste Wine Properly:
    1. Look over the appearance of the wine. Noting the color and viscosity with your eyes can give an idea of how the wine may taste. For reds, give the glass a quick swirl and hold it up to the light: bolder varieties, like Cabernet and Zinfandel, will leave telltale ‘legs’ that stream down the inside of the glass.
    2. “In-glass,” meaning that the aroma is noted. Don’t be shy— wine experts stick their nose deep into the glass in order to pick up the complex nuances.  The first aromas to hit the nose are associated with aspects of the grapes, while later aromas are connected to the winemaking process and how the wine aged.
    3. Take a small sip of wine in order to get a good taste. Don’t glug, at least not yet. Roll the wine around your mouth with your tongue and note the different flavors. Purse your lips and inhale some air while the wine is still on your palate is also a nice way to spread the more complex flavors through your sinuses.
    4. After swallowing, note the aftertaste, which is likely different from how the wine tasted when it first hit your tongue.
    5. If you want to be fancy like a true wine connoisseur, write down notes about the wine and the vineyard.

Remember, you are NOT alone!  Until next time–Jenn.

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Fun Fact Friday

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You have made it to Friday ya’ll, good for you!  Here comes the weekend. 

In honor of the Queen of Soul departing the Earth, today will be facts about Aretha Franklin.

  1. Aretha Louise Franklin was born March 25, 1942 in Memphis, TN.
  2. Her father was a minister and gospel singer.  Her mother was also a gospel singer.
  3. She could sing in almost 4 octaves which is rare.
  4. Aretha was an extremely private person.
  5. Her father was shot by burglars in 1979 and remained in a coma until his death in 1984.
  6. She had 44 Grammy nominations and 18 wins.
  7. She was a self-taught pianist, who learned by ear without knowing how to read music.
  8. She had an extreme fear of flying after being in a turbulent flight.
  9. She was a high school dropout with two honorary doctorates of music, from Berklee College of Music and Yale University.
  10. She was seen as a symbol of black equality and female empowerment.
  11. There is a street in Detroit named after her.
  12. She started her own record label “Aretha’s Records.”
  13. She became pregnant at 12 years old with the first of her four sons.
  14. She was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and deemed “Lady Soul.”
  15. She died the same day as Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll — only 41 years later.
  16.  In 2005, she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  17. Her sisters, Carolyn and Erma, sang background vocals on several of her early recordings.
  18. She was Whitney Houston’s “honorary Aunt.”

Rest in Peace, your voice will live on forever!

Until next time, you are NOT alone!  –Jenn

Fun Fact Friday

You have made it to Friday ya’ll, good for you!  Here comes the weekend. 

Not everyone loves coffee.  I do not know why but I will forgive you.  Here are some facts about my favorite liquid in the world.

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  1. Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth.  The number one commodity…Oil.

  2. You can overdose on coffee.  However, you would need to drink over 100 cups to consume the lethal dose of caffeine.

  3. The average worker spends $20 a week on coffee.
  4. Decaf does not mean caffeine-free.  An eight ounce brewed cup of decaf coffee actually has two-to-12 milligrams of caffeine. In comparison, a regular cup of coffee has anywhere from 95 to 200 milligrams. (Twelve ounces of coke only has 23-35 milligrams of caffeine.)

  5. A single coffee tree produces just 5 pounds of beans.
  6. Dark roast coffees have less caffeine than lighter roasts.  Even though the flavor is often stronger, roasting actually burns off some of the caffeine.
  7. Coffee stays warmer when you add cream.  Coffee with added cream cools about 20% slower than plain black coffee.

  8. Beethoven counted the number of coffee beans he used to make his coffee and insisted on 60 beans per cup.
  9. In Turkey, the bridegroom was once required to make a vow during the wedding to always make sure to provide their wives with coffee. If they did not do so it was considered grounds for divorce.
  10. New Yorkers drink almost seven times as much coffee as the rest of the U.S.     However, Finland is the most caffeinated country, where the average adult consumes the equivalent of four or five cups of coffee a day.
  11. Coffee is the second most famous beverage in the world after water.
  12. Brazil is the leading coffee producing country in the world contributing almost 40% of the coffee production in the world.

  13. There are two types of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta.  70% of coffee beans are Arabica. Robusta is slightly more bitter and has twice as much caffeine.

  14. Prior to Coffee, Beer was the beverage for breakfast in the USA.   

  15. George Washington invented the machine for the preparation of instant coffee. 

  16. The first selling license of Coffee was given in 1670.
  17. Coffee beans are not beans, they are berries.  They are coffee cherries or coffee berries.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!  Remember, you are NOT alone.               Until next time.  –Jenn

 

 

Fun Fact Friday

Friday is here again, and you made it.  

Have you ever listened to someone for a while and wondered…”Sweetie, who ties your shoelaces for you?”  🙂  –Unknown 

Today’s topic: Cats  I am a proud cat Momma of 11, yes, 11 cats.  I know that many people are not cat people and I was one of them.  Then a little ball of black and white with giant eyes, named Maddie, came into my life.  Oh, and I am Leo, so I was born a cat and act the party proudly!!

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Cat Facts

  • A group of cats is called a Clowder.  A group of kittens is called a Kindle.
  • Cats have 30 teeth.
  • Cats have 32 muscles in their ears (humans only have 12).
  • When a family cat died in ancient Egypt, family members would shave off their eyebrows as they mourned.
  • A cat lover is called an Ailurophilia (Greek: cat+lover)
  • 230 bones in their bodies, humans have 206.
  • In 7 years, a single pair of cats and their offspring could produce a staggering total of 420,000 kittens.  Please SPAY & NEUTER!!!
  • A female cat is a Queen or Molly.
  • There are over 60 million feral cats in the U.S.
  • The technical term for a hairball is a “bezoar.”
  • A cat cannot climb head first down a tree.  That is because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same direction.  To get down, they must back down.
  • The oldest known pet cat was found in a 9,500-year-old grave on the island of Cyprus.
  • Approximately 40,000 people are bitten by cats annually in the U.S.
  • A cat’s hearing is better than a dog, in fact, cats can hear two octaves higher than a human.
  • Most cats give birth to a litter of between 1-9 kittens.
  • A cat brain is more biologically similar to a human than a dog.  There are regions responsible for emotions in both cats and humans.
  • Cats usually have 12 whiskers on each side of its face.

10 of my 11 kids are ferals from around our neighborhood.  We have helped to catch, spay/neuter and release over 30 cats, significantly lowering the reproduction of new kittens and increasing the health of the existing cats. 

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Clockwise from top: O’Malley, Skyy, Kitty, Presley, Clementine, Jaxx, Moose (crockpot), Gabby, Tillie, Graycen, Zander

I never gave cats a chance, and now I am a complete Ailurophiliac.  I have come to understand them and my kids act more like dogs than cats.  Honest!

PLEASE: Spay/Neuter your cats, update their shots and keep them inside if you can.

Have a wonderful week!  You are NOT alone.  –Jenn

Facts collected from:

alleycat.org

animalplanet.com/pets/cat-facts/

buzzfeed.com/chelseamarshall/meowsutm_term=.ajbKqVJoQe#.wa4YQxz8bM

factretriever.com/cat-facts

wikipedia.com

Fun Fact Friday

Hello and welcome to Friday!  You have made it through yet another week!  Friday is my second favorite F word.  🙂

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20 Facts That Should Be Common Knowledge

  1. Goldfish bowls are bad for goldfish.  They are too small to allow adequate filtration and do not provide enough oxygen.
  2. For an aspirin to save your life during a heart attack, you need to CHEW it.  
  3. Antibiotics do not work on viruses.
  4. The “Freedom of Speech” provision in the First Amendment protects you from punishment from the government, not from the consequences of your speech.
  5. Frankenstein is the name of the Doctor, NOT the monster.
  6. If everyone puts the lid down in a porta-potty, the smell will vent out the pipe that leads to the top.
  7. Your blood is NOT blue inside your body.
  8. Should’ve is a contraction for “should have,” and not “should of.”
  9. Daddy longlegs spiders are not really the most venomous spiders.
  10. If you plug, earbuds into your laptop’s microphone jack, they will function as microphones.
  11. Drowning often does not look as it is portrayed.
  12. In the Bible, the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden was not an apple.  Hebrew word “peri,” meaning fruit may have been a fig, grape or even pomegranate.
  13.  Claudette Colvin, 15, refused to give up her bus seat to a white person 9 months before Rosa Parks.  Civil rights leaders did not think a dark skinned teen was a good poster child for their movement.
  14. The top of most ovens lifts up for easy cleaning.
  15. Stroke symptoms are different for men and women.
  16. Most cars have an arrow on the fuel gauge that tells you what side of the car the gas tank is on.
  17. Pterodactyls were not dinosaurs.  They were flying reptiles.
  18. “Under God” was a later addition to the Pledge of Allegiance.
  19. Feeding bread to ducks is dangerous.
  20. Command/Ctrl + Shift + T will restore your accidentally closed tab in Chrome.

Until next time.  You are NOT alone.  –Jenn

Fun Fact Friday

Ahh…the end of a strangely interrupted week. Sorry July 4th, no offense!

I love to have fun or just not use my brain so hard once in a while. We all need to relax, and so many of us need to learn how to chill.

So for Friday’s, we are going to do random, fun and easy facts. No brain required!!

If you have any topics or facts to share or you would like to see, send me a message.

Ocean Facts

  • 94% of life on Earth is aquatic.

  • The longest coastline in the US is in Alaska approximately 33,904 miles.

  • 50% of the US (in terms of legal justifications) lies below the ocean.

  • Humans have a better understanding of Mars than the floor of the ocean.

  • There are many underwater lakes, waterfalls and upside-down lakes beneath the surface from vacation beaches.

  • 1 milliliter of ocean water contains 1 million viruses and 10 million bacteria.

  • Indiana is landlocked but known for its sand dunes, Indiana Dunes National Seashore.

  • 22 states in the USA offer optional clothing beaches.

  • Jones Beach, South Long Island New York, is the most visited beach on the East Coast. 6-8 million visitors annually.

  • Largest ocean is the Pacific covering 30% of the Earth’s surface.

  • 70% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by our oceans.

  • The world’s largest living creature is the Great Barrier Reef at 2,600 km. It can be seen from the Moon!

  • The longest mountain range in the world is the Mid-Oceanic Ridge stretching 56,000 km along the center of the ocean basins.

  • Plastic straws and utensils are not recyclable and many time end up in our oceans.

  • 12 people have stepped foot on the moon.  Only 3 people have ever been to the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean. ( 7 miles deep)

Until next time. You are Not alone — J

Sources:

NOAA.com

Mother earth news.com

Wikipedia.com

Tripsavvy.com