In my never-ending quest to fill our world with information you might never have known otherwise, and probably will never use (but you never know!), I’d like to use today as an opportunity to do just that. Enjoy!
The human tooth has 55 miles of canals in it. Miles. And just so you know, women suffer more tooth decay than men do.
Your thumb is the same length as your nose. (Right now I imagine all sorts of folks putting their thumb up beside their nose just to measure and make sure.)
When asked what he thought of Western civilization, Mahatma Gandhi answered, “I think it would be a good idea.”
Confucius was the 11th child of a 70-year old soldier.
Of the 102 people on the Mayflower, 13 of them were named John.
The Bronx in New York City is named after the Bronx River. The Bronx River is named after the first European settler in the Bronx – a Scandinavian name Jonas Bronck, who settle there in 1639.
On an IRS form: “Passive activity income does not include the following income for an activity that is not a passive activity.”
One of the unusual things about the Mona Lisa is that the model posing for the painting has no eyebrows.
The Nepalese word for the Abominable Snowman is Metohkangmi, which means “the indescribably filthy man of the snow.”
Queen Anne was bow-legged. That physical feature inspired the furniture style.
In New Guinea, more than 700 different native languages are spoken – a third of the world’s known languages.
The South Korea capital is Seoul, which in Korean means “capital.”
The driest place on earth is a series of valleys near Ross Island in Antarctica. No rain has fallen there for at least two million years.
In Venice, Italy, all gondolas must be painted black, unless they belong to a senior official.
And a couple of fascinating things from the Bible and theology: the only domestic animal not named in the Bible is the cat.
And – the nine ranks of angels, from highest to lowest: Seraphims, Cherubims, Thrones, Dominions, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels and finally, Angels.
And one more: raindrops are not tear-drop shaped at all. They are rounded at the top, and flat on the bottom.
It’s almost impossible to even imagine what we don’t know. It is also fascinating to think about all that we have heard and learned in our lives that we then have supposedly forgotten. Actually, the human brain has approximately 125 trillion synapses, and each synapse can store 4.1 bits of information. However, our short-term memory at most can hold 5-9 items. After that, they go into storage to be pulled out when needed. When someone is deemed to be “so smart,” it’s usually in about three or four areas of knowledge, and only then, their “smartness” relies on their ability to quickly retrieve bits of data.
So, as you “learn” something new today, don’t worry – you may think you will forget it, but it’s in there somewhere! Have a great day.
Cool Latin phrase to remember – at least the meaning: Qui dedit beneficium taceat; narrat qui acceptit. “Let the one who has done a good deed be silent; let the one who has received it, tell it.”
After 43 years of ministry, Randy Cross lived his "fourth life" and shared about retirement, living boldly and intentionally in our world. To be sure, there was some North Dakota thrown in.