Strange but True

STRANGE BUT TRUE by Samantha Weaver — * It’s still not known who made the following sage observation: “Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.” * You probably won’t be surprised to learn that 92 percent of teens say that they use social media — the only question […]

Strange but true

• It was 19th-century Russian playwright and short story writer Anton Chekhov who made the following sage observation: “Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.” • If you suffer from galeophobia you’re certainly not alone; Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film “Jaws” may have popularized the fear of sharks, but it […]

April trivia test

1. GAMES: How many dots are on a pair of standard dice? 2. GEOGRAPHY: The Tropic of Capricorn crosses three continents. What are they? 3. U.S. STATES: Which state capital is the only one that ends in the letter “x”? 4. MUSIC: The song “Getting to Know You” appears in what movie or play? 5. […]

Strange but true

• It was President Franklin Roosevelt who made the following sage observation: “Government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob.” • Are you a ceraunophiliac? If so, Central Florida, is the place to live. The area between Tampa Bay on the peninsula’s west coast and Cape Canaveral on the east coast is […]

March Trivia

1. GEOGRAPHY: What river flows through the Grand Canyon? 2. MUSIC: Who sang the pop hit “School’s Out”? 3. LANGUAGE: What is the subject studied in zythology? 4. MOVIES: In “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” what kind of creature was Jim Carrey looking for? 5. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a group of ants called? 6. MATH: […]

Strange but true

• When you were in school, you may have had to memorize the names of all 50 states. You probably weren’t taught, though, that fully half of those names are derived from the languages of the continent’s native peoples. • The declarations that the physical book is dead have been overstated (as I’ve always maintained). In […]

Trivia for February

1. GEOGRAPHY: Where is the largest desert in the world? 2. MOVIES: Which one of the Seven Dwarfs wears glasses in Disney’s “Snow White” animated film? 3. HISTORY: When did Sonia Sotomayor become the first Hispanic member of the U.S. Supreme Court? 4. LANGUAGE: What is a xenophobic person afraid of? 5. TECHNOLOGY: What search […]

Strange but true

• It was beloved American singer, songwriter and musician Ray Charles who made the following sage observation: “Marriage is like college; as great as it is, it ain’t for everybody.” • Those who study such things say that when a llama is humming, that means it’s content. • If you think life in the Big Apple is tough […]

January’s trivia test

1. GEOGRAPHY: Which U.S. state is closest to Russia? 2. HISTORY: In what year did labor leader Jimmy Hoffa disappear? 3. FOOD & DRINK: What relative of the banana is a staple food in tropical regions? 4. TIME: When is the next leap day? 5. MOVIES: What famous 1950s movie featured an unlikely couple named […]

Strange but true

• It was 20th-century American journalist Walter Lippmann who made the following sage observation: “Our conscience is not the vessel of eternal verities. It grows with our social life, and a new social condition means a radical change in conscience.” • According to a recent analysis of data from the online music streaming service Spotify and artist […]