Deep Thoughts From Liz

I learned some interesting facts that I thought you might like learning. I really like trivia, and here are some things I was proved wrong about:

True or False?
Mark Twain once said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”
This is a GREAT quote…especially when you live in the Bay Area and you think you’re cool when you quote it. Since moving here, I hear it all the time, but it’s not true!!!

“Anyone who’s ever experienced a foggy San Francisco summer has most likely thought of this famous quote, but the truth of the matter is there is no evidence that Mark Twain ever actually uttered (or wrote) those words.”

True or False?
A fireplace makes a home warmer.

False: “A fire in the fireplace may evoke feelings of warmth and coziness, but in actuality it is an extremely inefficient way to heat your home. The design of most traditional masonry fireplaces creates a draft that pulls air out of the room to fuel the fire and causes the majority of the heat generated by the fire to go up the chimney. This, in turn, can draw cold air in through other leaks in your home, making it colder rather than warmer.”

How long can a cockroach survive without a head?

Answer: 1 week
“Roaches do not need heads to breathe — they absorb oxygen through their bodies and can survive for a month without food. A headless cockroach will live for about a week until it dies of thirst.”

A housefly can drink liquid but cannot eat solid food. How does it overcome this obstacle?

Answer: “When a fly lands on your food, it vomits up digestive enzymes that break it down into liquid form so it can suck it up. Since house flies are known to carry a large number of diseases, it’s best not to eat anything after a fly has snacked on it.” (I’ve heard that it poops every time it lands and assumed that was just an old wive’s tale. I never knew it threw up on food! I don’t know how many times I’ve eaten food after a fly has landed on it. Yummy. Fly puke.)

Fact: More people die a year from vending machines falling on them at the beach than people who die from shark attacks, (13 people vs. 4 people)

However…
You’re more likely to be attacked by a shark than win your state lottery.

That’s all for now! Don’t you feel smarter?

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3 thoughts on “Deep Thoughts From Liz

  1. I think that’s the same shark photography that’s on the DVD set Planet Earth. It’s an amazing set of DVDs.Great facts Elizabeth. I’ve always killed flys in my kitchen but now see them in a much different light.Love you.Mom

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