Interesting (to Christine)
- When pitching a fastball, 109 mph is the
limit of human speed.
- A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox
can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.
- The 1972 summer Munich games: the dachshund
"Waldi", was the first officially-named Olympic mascot.
- In bookbinding: "remboîtage" means
that the codex and binding of a book have no
(I think, therefore, this means that most Treasure Bindings are remboîtage")
- "Omphalos" from Greek for navel, hence
"omphaloskepsis" staring at one's navel.
- The natural habitat of the chicken is the
- The Muses are:
Calliope (Chief of the muses and muse of epic or
Clio (muse of history)
Erato (muse of love or erotic poetry, lyrics, and
Euterpe (muse of music and lyric poetry)
Melpomene (muse of tragedy)
Polyhymnia (muse of sacred song, oratory, lyric,
singing and rhetoric)
Terpsichore (muse of dance)
Thalia (muse of comedy and bucolic poetry)
Urania (muse of astronomy)
- The story of King Arthur was first
introduced by Geoffrey of Monmouth's "History of the Kings of Britain" in
the Middle Ages and was very popular.
- "Teflon" (PTFE) i.e. "non-stick" cookware is
toxic to birds at normal cooking temperatures. Bird owners should NOT use
- The earliest surviving complete bible in
Latin is "Codex Amiatinus," housed in Florence.
- "Shell" gold is called that because it was
originally sold in mussel shells. It's powdered gold mixed with a binding
agent and used in illuminating.
- Deltiology: the studying and collecting of
- In the 18th and early 19th centuries,
Arizona was "almost lush" with grass. Ranching made it the desert that it is
- William Scoville invented a scale for rating
the heat of peppers in 1912. The heat units are called "Scoville units."
They aren't exact. They were meant to be a sort of field guide.
- "Ferruginous" means rust colored
- In Dutch, "scrimshaw" means to waste one's
- It takes 2 1/2 lbs. of grapes to make 1
bottle of wine
- Books printed before 1501 are called