Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
William Marston engineered one of the earliest forms of the polygraph in the early 1900’s. Later he went on to create the comic strip Wonder Woman, a story about a displaced Amazon princess who forces anyone caught in her magic lasso to tell the truth.
A 2″ X 4″ is really 1-1/2″ by 3-1/2″.
The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the US.
The past-tense of the English word “dare” is “durst”.
Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.
In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child.
“Lassie” was played by a group of male dogs; the main one was named Pal.
Scotland has more redheads than any other part of the world.
Julius Caesar’s autograph is worth about $2,000,000.
The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters.
The average child recognizes over 200 company logos by the time he enters first grade.
The youngest pope ever was 11 years old.
A healthy (non-colorblind) human eye can distinguish between 500 shades of gray.
Lizards can self-amputate their tails for protection. It grows back after a few months.
The penguin is the only bird that can’t fly but can swim.
Arabic numerals are not really Arabic; they were created in India.
February of 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
There is actually no danger in swimming right after you eat, though it may feel uncomfortable.
The word “maverick” came into use after Samuel Maverick, a Texan refused to brand his cattle.
The Michelin man is known as Mr. Bib. His name was Bibendum in the company’s first ads in 1896.
Every year 4 people in the UK die putting their trousers on.
Fish that live more than 800 meters below the ocean surface don’t have eyes.
Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
The Vatican City registered 0 births in 1983.
Spain leads the world in cork production.
In The Empire Strikes Back there is a potato hidden in the asteroid field.
Walt Disney holds the world record for the most Academy Awards won by one person, he has won twenty statuettes, and twelve other plaques and certificates.
James Bond’s car had three different license plates in Goldfinger.
Canada makes up 6.67 percent of the Earth’s land area.
South Dakota is the only U.S state which shares no letters with the name of its capital.
Bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers were all invented by women.
In Disney’s Fantasia, the Sorcerer’s name is “Yensid” (Disney backwards.)