Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts

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The following random thoughts totally borrowed from NPR's longest serving librarian Kee Malesky who has written a book called "All Fact's Considered", I'm seriously thinking of putting this on my Christmas wish list!

Red hair, the rarest human color (less than 2 percent of the population), is caused by a variation in what is called the "Celtic" gene.

Tiny parasites — eyelash mites called Demodex — live and die on the faces of most of us; they walk around, eat, rest, mate and lay eggs.

The great Russian epic Doktor Zhivago was first published in Italy, not in the Soviet Union.

A Steinway grand piano comprises about 12,000 individual parts, and it takes 450 skilled artisans to create one.

Candidates in the 2008 U.S. elections spent as much money on their campaigns as it cost to build the nuclear submarine USS Jimmy Carter.

At any given moment, there are 10 quintillion individual insects on Earth — flies, mosquitoes, beetles, bees, etc.

There are 785 million illiterate adults in the world, and two-thirds of them are women.

The oldest zoomorphic structure in the U.S. is Lucy the Elephant, a former hotel in Margate, N.J.

The first e-book was the Declaration of Independence, typed into a computer in 1971 by the founder of Project Gutenberg.

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The following is something I heard on NPR during Saturday's broadcast of "Wait, Wait, don't tell me", McDonald's in China plans to offer catering for weddings! Obviously it's still a novelty there; can you remember when you were kids and this might have sounded like a brilliant idea? Or maybe you have kids now who might thing this a grand plan!

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"Soup to Nuts". Ever heard of this phrase? I started wondering, what does Soup have to do with Nuts??? Fortunately there is a Wikipedia page on that.
It is derived from the description of a full course dinner, in which courses progress from soup to a dessert of nuts.
I've never heard of having nuts for dessert!

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And that concludes this weeks edition of totally Random thoughts and new clips. Until next time, keep it random!

3 comments:

VandyJ said...

Interesting on the soup to nuts--must have come from a time when nuts were not as easy to get--I guess. Otherwise, why have them for dessert?

Keely said...

EYELASH MITES??

crazywildberry said...

Once my aunt served me peanut soup. Kinda the same? I liked it. It was an acquired taste though.

I don't even want to think about the bugs that feed off of me everyday. Ugh! It's kinda gross. :-P