Thursday, June 30, 2011

It's all perfectly useless

Some people like Sudoku or crosswords; I like books like The Perfectly Useless Book of Useless Information. They have the advantage of being both restful and full of oddities you might trot out at the next social event where you find yourself challenged for conversational fodder. As in, "Did you know that the mascot of UC Santa Cruz is the banana slug?" Such questions are sure to prompt an inquiry from the recipient as to whether they can freshen your drink. If you're speaking with a sporty type, you can discuss how throwing the ball at base runners used to be legal (and may have put them out in more ways than one).
People who sleep with snoring partners don't need Voorhees to tell them that "a loud snore can reach 80 decibels, the equivalent of a pneumatic drill breaking up concrete" and that 5 more dB than that is dangerous to ear health, but it's nice to know someone cares! Sting got his nickname because he used to wear a yellow and black striped shirt. Good thing it wasn't fuschia! What is the most covered song in history? I'll tell you: "Yesterday" by Paul McCartney, who woke up from a dream after hearing the melody in his head. Here is some Woody Allen trivia. Allen divorced Mia Farrow because she wouldn't stop acting in Rosemary's Baby and make a movie with him. Then when Allen took up with Farrow's daughter Soon-Yi, Frank Sinatra (whose mother was a convicted felon for running an abortion racket) offered to break Allen's legs. What a mensch! TV Guide voted Bugs Bunny the greatest cartoon character of all time. Bugs' iconic pose of munching a carrot while standing against a tree was taken from Clark Gable in It Happened One Night. And

4 comments:

  1. I love this stuff as well! I always feel ashamed to think of all the important things that fall by the wayside when I recall the mindless things I actually remember! For example, why do I remember that the dot over a lower case "i" is called a tittle? Or that a rat can go longer without water than a camel?! How about the little red car that can be seen during Ben Hur's chariot race scene... Now I know why I can't remember math beyond age 13!

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  2. Great stuff! Did Clark Gable pose with a carrot in his hand? (He almost had the ears for it!) I love the movie trivia. Did you know that Scarlett and Rhett in GWTW were originally to be played by Bette Davis and Errol Flynn, but they were both scene hogs who couldn't stand each other? I'll get the canapes and drinks and we'll talk!

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  3. Ha ha all this information is great! And yes I say information not "useless" information because this is kind of random stuff that is good to know. Trivia contest anyone?

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  4. I love this! Information is always useful. Especially when getting a conversation started/going!

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