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By Nash Black
Some years back there was a game people played by the hours called Trivia Pursuit. One player in our group could not endure losing and began refusing to play for one reason or another if I was playing. I explained to him I was a librarian, what I did for part of my working day was look up the answers to people’s questions. The following are bits of information about subjects I never found in the famous game.
How many of you play and enjoy to game of golf? How many of you wonder why someone would spend hours chasing a little white ball through water, sand, and weeds? The little white ball, to meet regulation standards, must have 336 dimples.
In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this were true of the Congress of the United States — the Congressional Recorder would be much shorter.
Ever stand in front of a cashier when you try to hand them the change on your bill? They do not know what to do with it because their computer screen doesn’t show the extra amount? Here is a fact that will give heads a spin — there are 293 different ways to use change to make a dollar. I’ll start you out when you try to count them. 10 pennies and nine dimes equals a dollar.
Clock and watches are another thing that are a mystery to the kids who today who use a digital display. All of the clocks in the movie “Plup Fiction” are stuck on 4:20. While for some unknown reason, in advertising, most watches show the time displayed as 10:10.
Looking down at my computer key board I see that the letters on the left-hand side are almost worn away. The reason for this is that most of the letters we use in words are on the left side of the keyboard. Why, when the majority of people using them are right-handed? The answer to this I do know. When typewriters were first developed the keyboard was different — the women using them were paid by the page. Their rapid work was costing their employers too much money so the keyboards were changed to slow production.
Words are my stock in trade and I love our English language that has more than a million of them. It also has a few that cut it down to size. “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends with the letters “mt”. No word in our language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple. The longest one syllable word is “screeched”. There are only four words that end with “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
Have trouble going to sleep at night? Well, maybe not after you’ve read this piece. But know one important thing — you are not average. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.