Useless Facts (Mostly)

Fingernails Win!

Toenails

Here’s another totally useless fact for you: “Fingernails grow about 4 times faster than toenails.“ If you figure out anything to do with that

Champagne Trivia for New Year’s Eve

champagne flute

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Champagne Did you know that the pressure in a bottle of champagne, prior to opening, is 3-4 times the pressure in a car tire? Well, now you do, so don’t put someone’s eye out when you pop the cork. And, how many bubbles do you suppose are produced in…

Useless Fact #9: Happy As a Clam

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “happy as a clam.” I’ve heard it most of my life and never really understood why people selected the humble clam as the poster child for happiness. Let’s face it: at least to the casual observer a clam’s life doesn’t seem to inspire that much happiness. And, even if…

Useless Fact #8: In Support of Short Speeches

How many times have you, in your seniordom, been forced to endure a painfully long (and usually boring) speech? Well, today’s entry in the “Useless Facts” category should give you a chuckle. William Henry Harrison, the 9th president of the United States, gave the longest inauguration speech on record (1 hr. and 45 min.), and…

Useless Fact #7

Reeded Coins Why do most U.S. coins have those little ridges around the edge? Glad you asked.  Those “little ridges” are correctly called reeded edges.  Back in the day when money was really money, i.e. made from precious metals like silver and gold, the reeded edges served two important purposes: They made it more difficult…

Useless Fact #6

“stewardesses” is the longest word in the English language that is typed solely with the left hand on a standard keyboard. As a footnote, I understand that the word “stewardess” is now on the politically correct crowd’s forbidden list.

Useless Fact #4

Lots of seniors seem to enjoy humming. You are probably unaware, however, that it is impossible to hum while holding your nose. Who knew? Talk about a valuable piece of useless information!

A Brain Freeze By Any Other Name

Next time you’re at a party and drink that cold beverage a little too quickly, instead of announcing that you have given yourself a “brain freeze,” tell your fellow party-goers that you have “sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.” If that doesn’t impress them, I don’t know what will!

Useless Fact #3

The word “lethologica” means the state of not being able to remember the word you want to – a condition I’m sure none of you Upgrading Seniors have ever experienced.

Useless Fact #2

The word “queue” is the only word in the English language which is still pronounced the same way if you remove the last four letters.