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