12 Shreds of Trivia We Found on the Floor of the Knowledge Factory

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12 Shreds of Trivia We Found on the Floor of the Knowledge Factory

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The Constellation Also Known As “The Queen”

National Library of Wales

Because its named for a queen from Greek mythology, the constellation Cassiopeia is also sometimes referred to as “The Queen.” Pretty sweet nickname, though not nearly as cool as “The Big Dipper.”

Thank God the “War On Christmas” People Weren t Around Yet

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Theodore Roosevelt once attempted to ban Christmas trees because he thought it was contributing to deforestation. If Biden tried this, the country would drown in blood.

Lightning Bolts Have A Thickness?

Matti Blume

Ill admit, Ive never once wondered about the precise girth of a lightning bolt. I sort of assumed that kind of measurement didnt apply. I was wrong, and the average lightning bolt is around one inch wide. Good luck verifying.

A President With A Penchant for Skinny-dipping

Public Domain

John Quincy Adams had a daily habit of skinny-dipping in the Potomac River. This would be the easiest opportunity to see a presidents genitals until Bill Clinton was elected.

The Namesake of Willie Nelson s Guitar

Robbiework

Willie Nelsons most famous guitar has been an integral part of his entire career, as you can clearly see by looking at it. Its named “Trigger,” but not after a gun, but after Roy Rogers' horse of the same name. Though if a horse looked like that, it probably would have long been taken out back and shot.

Velcro Is A Brand Name

Alberto Salguero

We all know that Kleenex is a brand name, even if its used interchangeably with the word “tissue.” Less people might know that the same is true for Velcro. “Velcro” is a specific brand of what are known as “hook and loop” fasteners. You can see why theyre named that in the disconcertingly zoomed in image above.

We Predicted Neptune Before We Saw It

Lunar and Planetary Institute

The idea of predicting a massive planet before it had ever been observed? That seems like fuel for a witch fire. In the case of Neptune, however, a French astronomer named Urbain Le Verrier predicted Neptunes location. He sent a letter to a German astronomer telling him where he thought Neptune was, and asking him to use his observatorys telescope. It was found before the end of the day, and only 1 degree from where Le Verrier said it would be.

The Oldest World Currency Still in Use

Arwel Parry

The Great British Pound is the oldest world currency thats still used as legal tender today. It's been in use since the year 790 A.D., which kind of explains why they werent so hot on those dumb Euros.

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