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Monday, 6 December 2021

Start The Week With Some Trivia - Did You Know ?

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. Have your tea or coffee cup at the ready and sit down, have a read and see if you know any of these ten randomly chosen facts.

The flashes of coloured light you see when you rub your eyes are called "phosphenes".

Iceland does not have a railway system.

Forrest Fenn, an art dealer and author, hid a treasure chest in the Rocky Mountains worth over 1 million dollars. It still has not been found.
(post edit apparently the treasure was found in 2020, please see the comments section for more details)

The world’s largest grand piano was built by a 15-year-old in New Zealand, The piano is a little over 18 feet long and has 85 keys – 3 short of the standard 88.


Violin bows are commonly made from horse hair.

Octopuses and squids have beaks. The beak is made of keratin – the same material that a bird’s beak, and our fingernails are made of.

The British government coined the slogan, “Keep Calm and Carry on” during World War 2 in order to motivate citizens to stay strong.

The youngest Pope in history was Pope Benedict IX who was 11 years old at the time of the election. He is also the only person to have been the Pope more than once.

Tirana, the capital of Albania has a lot of things in common with other European capitals – except one. It’s one of two capitals without a McDonald's. The second is Vatican City.

Costa Coffee employs Gennaro Pelliccia as a coffee taster, who has had his tongue insured for £10 million since 2009.

talking about coffee, have you tried 
Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Latte


This delicious keto / low carb latte is so easy to whip up.
The coffee and pumpkin spice almost seem to wrap your senses in a big warm hug,
good to enjoy at anytime, and sure to make you smile 😊
recipe details are here

You will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas, within this blog. It is important to note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

40 comments:

Tom said...

...I don't know that “Keep Calm and Carry on” dated back so far!

Rose said...

These are all interesting facts. I did not know any of them before this.

My name is Erika. said...

Happy new week Jan. Fun facts today!!!

J.P. Alexander said...

Datos curiosos muy interesantes. Te mando un beso

Christine said...

Interesting trivia

Jeanie said...

Oh, this is a fun post, Jan! I like things like this -- and I always learn something new! I hope you both had a great weekend and new week to come!

Angie's Recipes said...

That grand piano is really impressive.

peppylady (Dora) said...

I think trivia is interesting.
Coffee is on and stay safe

Elephant's Child said...

I would like to see more cities without a McDonalds. Not a food I favour.
I did know some of your trivia, but much of it was new to me. Thank you.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Actually, Forrest Fenn's treasure box was found in 2020 and he confirmed it through photos of the find.

Valerie-Jael said...

Fun facts to start the week, thanks so much! Have a great week, Valerie

Jo said...

I only knew two of those facts. Imagine having your tongue insured for £10 million.

Margaret D said...

A couple I know. All interesting, love the keep calm one..

DUTA said...

Tirana has no McDonalds? Iceland has no railway system?
Not good for a potential tourist.
It reminds me I got unpleasantly surprised when in Belgrade, city without a Metro (it was planned only).Big disadvantage!

eileeninmd said...

Interesting trivia post!

Take care, have a happy new week!

Giorgio said...

Maybe 300,000 who live in Iceland don't need railroads because they can travel by motor snow sled from November to April :-)
Interesting recipe of the coffee and pumpkin spice. Easy to think how much money Gennaro Pelliccia earns, considering the high priced insurance that Costa Coffee has been paying since 2009.
Great post with a lot of unusual information!

Have a nice week!

R's Rue said...

I learned something today. Thank you.

Anita said...

Oh here is much to read and enjoy!I did not now any town ,in the world that do not have Mac Donalds fast food chain! Just great!

Also the quote during ww2 “Keep Calm and Carry on”is to be used any time!Ilike that!

Thank you for sharing all this nice things!Great big piano as well Wow!

Anita

linda said...

Very interesting, I had only heard of one of them. Have a great week.

Sandra Cox said...

These were great, Jan. Thanks for sharing;)

happyone said...

Fun to read these trivia facts - I didn't know any of them! :)

Kinga K. said...

Good to know❤

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Nice facts to ponder, Jan! I hope your week is full of joy!

CJ Kennedy said...

Fun facts!

A Cuban In London said...

Didn't know that about Iceland. Thanks for such a fun post. :-)

Greetings from London.

Sondra said...

Hey that was fun!! All sorts of tidbits, I think Iceland not having a rail system is something I was not aware of. TC

Lowcarb team member said...

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...
Actually, Forrest Fenn's treasure box was found in 2020 and he confirmed it through photos of the find

Hello Elizabeth, many thanks for your comment.
I have found more about this treasure, read below, and have given a link to the Wikipedia page. I have also edited the post.

The Fenn Treasure was a cache of gold and jewels that Forrest Fenn, an art dealer and author from Santa Fe, New Mexico, hid in the Rocky Mountains of the United States. It was found approximately a decade later in 2020 in Wyoming, by an anonymous treasure hunter later revealed to be former journalist and medical student Jack Stuef. In attempting to honour what he perceives to be Fenn's wishes after his death in September 2020, he has refused to reveal the location of the treasure.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenn_treasure

All the best Jan

Ananka said...

Interesting facts. I have been to Albania a place called Sarande, it was really nice and no McDonalds to be seen either! Monday is usually a hard day for me as I am coming off a nightshift!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Interesting facts.

William Kendall said...

An odd looking piano.

Conniecrafter said...

I only had heard of the keep calm and carry on. That piano is something else, not too many people could fit that in their homes :)
I don't like coffee, can you believe it. So much I miss out on, LOL!

pam nash said...

Many things to file away in my memory - excellent! I like "did you know?" things!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Hi Jan, I knew the man who found the treasure was from the east coast of the U.S., but I was unaware of the Wikipedia page. According to the man who found it, he had followed the clues left in the poem Fenn wrote. Thanks for this update.

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😀👍

sandy said...

wow enjoyable to read. Loved all the facts.

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

Enjoyed reading all the trivia and learned a lot too. The piano is exceptional.

Jeff said...

That's some piano! I'd love to hear it being played.

Snowbird said...

How fascinating! Goodness, that piano!!!xxx

Debbie said...

oooooh that piano is so amazing!! interesting facts, i did not know that about iceland!!

Magic Love Crow said...

Excellent Jan! That's one big piano! LOL! Big Hugs!