Monday, April 18, 2005

Trivial Trivia

One of the best things about being a freelance journalist is the variety. At any given time, I may be writing about the history of Judo, profiling a local computer forensics lab or explaining how biodiesel fuel is formulated. Not only does this make my job interesting, it also makes it educational. Who knew the Egyptians introduced both the plow and the 12-month calendar? The last few weeks have been especially enlightening, and I just didn’t feel right keeping all of this information to myself. So, in my desire to contribute to the greater good, I have compiled a list of fascinating tidbits I have uncovered during my research.

1. Judo developed from Jujitsu, a form of hand-to-hand combat used by samurai in ancient Japan, although Judo’s founder was a pacifist.

2. The Basenji is one of the world’s oldest known dog breeds, originating in Africa. Egyptian carvings featuring likenesses of the Basenji have been found in the tombs of pharaohs.

3. Ear inflammation is one of the most common medical conditions among dogs.

4. According to the principles of Feng Shui, placing an amethyst in the room of someone who is sick may help them heal.

5. The following essential oils increase blood flow and produce beta brain waves: basil, bay laurel, bay rum, clove, lemon, rosemary and sage.

6. A person’s first impression of you is made within three seconds.

7. Biodiesel fuel can cut the particulate matter released by burning petroleum by up to 70 percent.

8. Lupus often runs in families.

9. Einstein was an accomplished violinist, and often played the violin to help him work through difficult math problems.

10. String theorists believe there may be as many as 11 dimensions.


“Knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge—broad, deep knowledge—is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low. To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked man’s progress is to feel the great heart-throbs of humanity through the centuries; and if one does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life.”

Helen Keller (1880-1968)
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