I’m of the belief that everyone should be equipped with some useless (but interesting) information. So with that in mind, here we go!
• A Cornish game hen is a young chicken, usually five or six weeks old, that weighs around two pounds. A breed of “little chickens,” so to speak. The breed originated in Cornwall, England, hence the name.
• It takes a lobster approximately seven years to grow to be about one pound.
• The longest name in the Bible is Mahershalalhashbaz (Maher-shalal-hash-baz, Isaiah 8:1).
• The shortest verse in the Bible has just two words: “Jesus wept,” (John 11:35).
• The Seven Deadly Sins are lust, pride, anger, envy, sloth, avarice and gluttony.
• Americans consume over 3 billion pounds of chocolate annually, which is almost half the world’s total production — you chocoholics, you!
• German chocolate cake did not originate in Germany, nor brought to this country by German immigrants. In 1852, Sam German developed a mild dark baking chocolate bar for the Baker’s Chocolate Co. The product was named in his honor: Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate. Today, the apostrophe and the “s” have been dropped from “German’s,” giving a false hint to the origin of the cake.
• About 52% of Americans drink coffee. (I’m in the minority.)
• The largest human organ is the skin, with an average surface area of about 25 square feet.
• The first Rose Bowl was played in 1902 in Pasadena, Calif. The University of Michigan beat Stanford, 49-0.
• SWAT, as in SWAT team, stands for Special Weapons and Tactics.
• There is no synonym for thesaurus. Thus, you can’t find “thesaurus” in a thesaurus. The word comes from the Greek meaning, “a treasure.”
• Cheerios cereal was originally spelled “Cheerioats.” No, they are not donut seeds.
C.P.S. (Curious Postscript): “A pessimist is never disappointed.”