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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The Hump Day Scoop

Welcome to Hump-Day ya’ll!  You are halfway there, you can do it!!

Here are some facts for Hump Day August 22, 2018:

  • Today is the 234th day of the year.
  • August 22, 2018, in Roman Numerals, is: VIII • XXII • MMXVIII
  • There are 131 days left in 2018.
  • Today is the 34th Wednesday of the year.
  • There are only 31 days until Fall!! 🙂
  • Tonight’s moon is a Waxing Gibbous.  It is visible 87%
  • Here in PA, the sunrise is 6:13 a.m. and the sunset is 7:43 p.m.
  • Today is:
    • National Bao Day
    • Never Bean Better Day
    • National Tooth Fairy Day
    • National Pecan Torte Day
    • Nation Be An Angel Day
    • National Eat A Peach Day
    • Southern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day
    • National Spumoni Day
    • National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
  • Famous People Born Today include:
    • Connie B. Gay -1914, American Businessman, co-founder of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
    • Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., -1934, US Army 4-Star General
    • Valerie Harper -1939, American actress/singer
    • Bill McCartney -1940, American football player, coach and founder of the Promis Keepers men’s ministry
    • Cindy Williams -1947, American actress/singer
    • Tori Amos -1963, American singer/songwriter
    • Kristen Wiig -1973, American comedian/actress/producer/screenwriter

 

  • 565 – St. Colomba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotlandimages-21
  • 1642 – The English Civil War begins after Charles I calls the English Parliament traitors.
  • 1654 – Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam(Manhattan) as the 1st Jewish immigrant to America.
  • 1848 – The US annexes New Mexico.
  • 1849 – 1st air raid in history, Austria launches pilotless balloons against the city of Venice.
  • 1864 – The 1st Geneva Convention is signed by 12 nations.
  • 1902 – US President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the 1st President of the US to ride in an automobile.
  • 1964 – Alvin & the Chipmunks cover album of Beatles songs sells 25,000 copies a day!
  • 1989 – Nolan Ryan becomes 1st Major League Baseball pitcher to record 5,000 strikeouts.
  • 2006 – Grigori Perelman is awarded the Fields Medal for his proof of the Poincaré conjecture in mathematics but refuses to accept the medal.
  • 2007 – The Texas Rangers defeat the Baltimore Orioles 30–3, the most runs scored by a team in modern Major League Baseball history.

Here are a few random facts for around the water cooler:

  1. 1. German chocolate cake is named after a guy named Sam German, not the country.
  2. The Sun City Poms is a cheerleading squad in Arizona that only people 55 or older can join.
  3. Until the 1980s, it was illegal for a woman to drive a car down Main Street in Waynesboro, Virginia unless her husband was walking in front of the car waving a red flag.
  4. Iceland has an elf whisperer who inspects construction sites before anything gets built to make sure no elves are hanging around.
  5. Wombat poop is cube-shaped.

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.

Coffee, Java, Brew, Liquid Energy, Joe Facts

  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

 

 

The Hump Day Scoop

Hump Day Facts for Wednesday, August 8th

  • Today is the 220th day of the year.
  • There are 145 days left in 2018.
  • Today is the 32nd Wednesday of 2018.
  • Tonight’s moon is a Waning crescent, visible 13%.
  • Here in PA, the sunrise is 5:59 a.m. and sunset is 8:04 p.m.
  • Today is:Bonza Bottler Day 
    • Happiness Happens Day 
    • International Cat Day 
    • National Frozen Custard Day 
    • National Zucchini Day 
    • Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night 
    • Universal & International Infinity Day 
  • 2018 Weekly Holidays that include August 8, are:Exercise With Your Child Week – August 5-11
    • Exhibitor Appreciation Week – August 6-10
    • Gallop International Tribal Indian Powwow – August 5-12
    • International Assistance Dog Week – August 5-11 (Starts on 1st Sun in Aug)
    • International Mathematicians Week – August 1-9
    • Knights of Columbus Family Week – August 5-11
    • National Bargain Hunting Week – August 6-12
    • National Health Center Week – August 5-11
    • National Psychic Week – August 6-10
    • National Stop on Red Week – August 5-11, 2018
  • Leo is still our Zodiac sign.
  • August’s flower is the Gladiolus (strength, moral integrity, remembrance, infatuation)

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  • The birthstone of August is the Peridot.  It stands for peace and good luck.  
  • 1549- France declares war on England.
  • 1709- 1st known indoor ascent in a hot-air balloon, Bartolomeu de Gusmao
  • 1786- Congress adopts silver dollar and decimal system of money.
  • 1854- Smith and Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges.
  • 1890- Daughters of the American revolution organizes.
  • 1945- U.S., U.S.S.R., England and France sign Treaty of London.
  • 1964- Dutch Opera forms in Amsterdam.
  • 1974- President Richard M. Nixon announces he will resign his office Aug 9.
  • 1987- Lynne Cox becomes 1st person to swim from the U.S. to Russia across the Bering Strait.
  • 2008- Summer Olympics begin in Beijing, China.

Here are some random facts for around the water cooler.

  1. The human nose can remember 50,000 different scents.
  2. Alligators will give manatees the right of way if they are swimming near each other.
  3. As of 1998, over 50% of Iceland’s population believed in the existence of elves.
  4. Australia has over 10,000 beaches.  You could visit a new beach every day for over 27 years!
  5. The medical name for a butt crack is “intergluteal cleft.” 🙂

Have a great hump day!  Remember, you are NOT alone.  Until next time –Jenn

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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

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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

The Hump-Day Scoop

Welcome to Hump-Day ya’ll!  You are halfway there, you can do it!  

Hump Day Scoop Facts for June 27th

  • Today June 27 is the 178th day of 2018.
  • There are 187 days remaining in the year.
  • Here in PA, sunrise is 5:27 a.m. and sunset 8:31 p.m.
  • Today is:
    • Helen Keller Day
    • National HIV Testing Day
    • National PTSD Awareness Day
    • Happy Birthday to You Day
    • Industrial Workers of the World Day
    • International Ragweed Day
    • National Indian Pudding Day
    • National Orange Blossom Day
  • The Moon today is in a Waxing Gibbous phase.  The moon is more than 50% illuminated.
  • Cancer is the Astrological sign.  A few famous people born today:
    • Helen Keller
    • Tobey Maguire
    • JJ Abrams
    • Vera Wang
    • Ross Perot
  • June’s birth flowers are the Honeysuckle (love/affection) and Rose (love/desire).
  • 1693 – 1st women’s magazine “Ladies’ Mercury” publish in London
  • 1859 – The melody of “Happy Birthday to You” was composed by Mildred J. Hill, a teacher from Louisville, KY
  • 1929 –  1st color TV demo, Bell Labs in NYC
  • 1954 –  1st atomic power station, Obninsk, Russia
  • 1960 – “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” hits #1 becoming the first #1 by a female solo act, Connie Francis
  • 1964 – Peter & Gordon’s “A World Without Love” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, goes to #1 in the US
  • 1970 – The group Smile change their name to Queen and perfrom for the first time under that name.
  • 1980 – Three songs into Led Zeppelin’s concert in Nuremberg, drummer John Bonham collapses during “Black Dog”.  He dies in September.

Here are a few random facts for you to use around the water cooler.

  1. Most toilets flush in E flat.
  2. Cap’n Crunch’s full name is Horatio Magellan Crunch.
  3. Approzimately 40,000 Americans are injured every year by toilets.
  4. It takes 142.18 licks to reach the center of a Tootsie pop.
  5. You can’t say happiness without saying penis.

Bet you smiled!! 🙂

Until Next Time –You are never alone, Jenn.

 

Facts from:

calendar.songfacts.com/June/27/

onthisday.com/day/june/27

wikipedia.com

thepeoplehistory.com/june27th

thoughtcatalog.com/jacob-geers/2016/04/really-funny-random-weird-facts/