The Big Blog of Useless Information

Posted: August 29, 2009 in favorites, nostalgia, random

When I was younger than I am today, with less responsibilities… I would often find myself in the precarious situation of insanity from boredom. And what is one to do when they are insanely bored? Reading, music, or video games were usually my first picks… But my dad, my sister, and I also created a fun sort of game… and it was called “The Big Book of Useless Information.” This might not sound like a game to you, but to us it was a challenge to come up with some tidbit of knowledge, some artifact of thought that was bigger, better, and MORE useless than the previous. We didn’t ever write any of them down, we would just be bored and start off with, “And another item for the Big Book of Useless Information: Did you know that…”

Reminds me of the little boy ‘Ray’ and Jerry Maguire:
Ray: D’you know that the human head weighs 8 pounds?
Jerry Maguire: Did you know that Troy Aikman, in only six years, has passed for 16,303 yards?
Ray: D’you know that bees and dogs can smell fear?
Jerry Maguire: Did you know that the career record for hits is 4,256 by Pete Rose who is NOT in the Hall of Fame?
Ray: D’you know that my next door neighbor has three rabbits?
Jerry Maguire: I… I can’t compete with that!

I wish I could remember some of the things we used to rattle off. My dad has a whole brain full of these little quips… not to say that your brain is chock-full of useless information Dad! 🙂 But it was SO long ago, and I have been out of the house now for over 10 years, and suddenly today I miss it. About two or three years ago I actually found a book with our exact premise that I bought my dad for Christmas titled, “The Book of Useless Information” ~ by Nathan Bonham.

Anyhow, I know I’m a bit rusty but I’ll try my best to be informative and/or entertaining!

*Did you know that a Useless Information Society was actually founded in 1995? They have regular meetings to swap nuggets of trivia and useless information.

*Did you know that right now there is something called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch floating in the Pacific Ocean that is roughly twice as big as Texas?

*Did you know that most people don’t know the difference between a Cicada and a Locust? The difference? Cicadas have an annual variety that hatch and mature every year on their host trees (and can be heard ‘singing,’ ie: screeching, on hot summer days), and a periodical variety that spend anywhere from a few to 17 years as nymphs feeding on tree roots before maturing into adults. “Locust” on the other hand, is a general term for the swarming phase of the horned grasshopper.

*Do you know where the name iPod came from? It was proposed by Vinnie Chieco, a freelance copywriter, who (with others) was called by Apple to figure out how to introduce the new player to the public. After Chieco saw a prototype, he thought of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey and the phrase “Open the pod bay door, Hal!”, which refers to the white EVA Pods of the Discovery One spaceship.

*FYI: Be aware that the term “non-toxic” is for advertising purposes only. It has no regulatory definition by the federal government.

*Did you know that the anthrax attacks of 2001 were more than likely carried out by a pro Israel, religious, republican, military US citizen? That’s right, someone working for the FBI… someone who sent letters to two Democrats on the US Senate, and also to the head offices of five, so called, “liberal media outlets.”
BTW: People who define themselves by hatred and judgement really piss me off.

*Did you know that I have not one, not two, not three… but FOUR nicknames at work?
Listed in the order they were given: LuLu, Lu Beaty, Sara Bell, Cyber Sara

*International Laws: Did you know that; in France it is against the law to name a pig Napoleon. In Alabama, it is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle. In Ohio, it is against state law to get a fish drunk. In London, it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague. In Japan it’s illegal to talk on your cell phone while riding a bike. AND DID YOU KNOW IT’S POSSIBLE THAT DUMB LAWS ARE NOT DUMB… BUT ACTUALLY OUT OF CONTEXT OR COMPLETELY MADE UP??? (I can’t believe there’s a wiki entry for “DUMB LAWS”)

*Did you know that despite rumors that the lovable character Cookie Monster from the PBS series ‘Sesame Street’ had changed his name to Veggie Monster… he [Cookie Monster] appeared on the Colbert Report to clear things up:

On a side note: A co-worker and I are planning to start an Internet rumor that Oscar the Grouch will now be moving into a recycling bin.

*Did you know that Jack White of ‘The White Stripes’ married model Karen Elsen on the confluence of three rivers — the Rio Negro, the Solimones and the Amazon… by a traditional shaman priest on a canoe at the exact point where the three rivers met?

*Did you know that the Talking Heads named a double live album “The Name of This Band Is TALKING HEADS” in response to general opinion that their name was THE Talking Heads.

*Do you know what Christopher Columbus named his ships for? His own flagship, the Santa Maria was fitted out in a place called El Puerto de Santa Maria, and it was the winter headquarters and base for the Royal Galleys of Spain. The Pinta means the “Painted One” or “Spotted” and was the fastest in the fleet. The nickname was given to the ship for reasons unclear…and the Pinta’s real name is not known. Nina means “Little Girl” but was originally named the Santa Clara… the nickname was probably derived from a pun on the ships owner, Juan Niño.

*Did you know that one of my friends owns a bee hive? And it yeilds around 2 gallons of honey a year… and sometimes he feeds his bees. They ‘eat’ sugar water.

*Did you know that 80% of the time, on the Saturdays I work, I don’t wear make-up? The other 19% I don’t wear mascara or lipstick… and 1% of the time I actually look decent?

*Did you know that you shouldn’t kill Dirt Daubers!?! They mainly eat Black Widow Spiders.

And did you know that BY ALL MEANS you should keep this nonsensical blog going with your own additions to the Big Blog of Useless Information? 🙂

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