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Essential Knowledge Trivia Questions

What do bottlenose dolphins and bats have in common?


What is the difference between a fruit and a nut?


Which state has the most national temperature extremes?


What do the initials A.M and P.M mean?

What tree has twice as much caffeine as the coffee tree?

Who is called the "father of modern medicine"?

Why does Swiss cheese have holes in it?

What is the most polluted city on Earth?

What is the driest continent?

How much rain does it take to make a rainforest?


Which Is The Smartest Animal?

Who was the first person to declare that the Earth was round?

  Trivia Question Answers

Bottlenose dolphins and bats?


Both use echolocation to find or avoid objects; dolphins in water and bats in the air.

Technically, echolocation can be defined as a method of locating objects by determining the time it takes for an echo to return and the direction from which it returns, as by sonar or radar.


What is the difference between a fruit and a nut?

Botanically speaking, the fruit is the matured ovary of a seed-producing plant, including the seeds, their coating and anything immediately associated with them.  Technically, a nut is a hard, one-celled, one seeded fruit whose seed is enclosed in a woody or leathery coating, and it does not open when ripe.

But then the walnut, almonds, and cashew are technically not nuts but   fruits.  Try telling that to your green grocer.


Which state has the most national temperature extremes?

          California has been called the land of extremes and that includes temperatures.  In 1992 it recorded the hottest temperature in the U.S on 148 days and the coldest temperature (outside Alaska) on 38 days.  On a few days it had both.


What do the initials A.M and P.M mean?

          A.M means ante meridiem, Latin for "before noon"

          P.M means post  meridiem, Latin for "after noon"

What tree has a caffeine content twice that of coffee?

The cola tree (Cola acuminata)

produces caffeine-rich nuts that wil an extraact from coca will produce the main ingredients of Coca Cola.  The cola tree is native to West Africa,  but it also grows in Jamica, Brazil, and India


Father of Modern Medicine?

Thomas Sydenham, 1624-1689, English physician reintroduced the Hippocratic method of accurate observation (see? an inquiry skill!), at the bedside, and recording of observations to build up a general clinical description of individual diseases.  He is also considered one of the founders of epidemiology.

Why does Swiss cheese have holes in it?

Because of flatulence of bacteria. Look at a typical piece of Swiss cheese, and you'll note that the majority of holes, by USDA regulation,  measure between 11/16 and 13/16 of an inch in diameter. It's the work of billions of microbes, specifically Propionibacteria shermanii. The P. shermanii (when they are not marching to the sea....a little Civil War note on General Sherman) consume the lactic acid excreted by other bacteria (the ones that cause the milk to turn into cheese in the first place) do body functions that will exude copious amounts of carbon dioxide gas. This produces what the Swiss-cheese industry, euphemistically, calls "eyes." It's a natural process, with the advantage that it enables cheese makers to charge good money for a product that by law is partly air….which is, after all, a gas.

What is the most polluted city on Earth? 

Lots of candidates vying for the honor but the winner(?) is Mexico City.  20 million people living in a high valley surrounded by mountains create a lot of pollution.


The driest continent? You only had seven chances so this one was easy……..

 Antarctica.  Even though it's largely snow covered, the cold air hold so little moisture that the annual precipitation totals only a few inches in most places.  However, since there is so little melting going on it just keeps piling up so that the polar ice sheets are up to thousands of feet thick.

How Much Rain Makes a Rainforest?

          There is a regular rainfall, almost daily, totaling a minimum of 80 inches per year and sometimes exceeding 150 " per year.  They are also very warm, although not very hot.  The temperature is normally around 80 degrees F.

But as we all know...................... It's not the heat, it's the humidity

The chimpanzee is probably the smartest animal. They use sticks as weapons and as tools to extract termites from their burrows. In captivity they learn tricks readily, and they can reason well enough to pile up boxes in order to reach a high object, or to fit together sticks for the same purpose. They have even been taught to communicate in sign language.

Who was the first person to declare that the Earth was round?

 Aristarchus of Samos circa 400 B.C.

He also suggested that it orbited the Sun.  Aristarchus measured the angles between the sun and the surface of the Earth in two different cities and found that the angles differed dramatically.  From this measurement and other calculations, Aristarchus became the first person to prove that the Earth was (and is) round.


Bonus Trivia Questions

Who took the world's first color photograph?


What is the world’s most popular instrument?         


Which woods are used for telephone poles?


What is pharmacognosy?

What color will be most difficult to see as a person ages?

We know the Star of Africa is a diamond.

                         What is the Star of Asia?

What is the tallest volcano in the world?

What makes a fluid flow?


What makes a building a skyscraper?

Who Invented Listerine?

Which Planets Have Rings ?


Where are a cricket's ears?

Essential (sort of) Bonus Trivia Answers

The first color photograph was taken in 1861.  One of the world's greatest physicists, James Clerk Maxwell of Scotland took the picture of a bunch of grapes.  It is still on display in Cambridge University.


The harmonica is the most popular instrument in the world.                                      


Which woods are used for telephone poles? Woodn't you know?

The principal woods are southern pine, Douglas fir, red cedar, and lodgepole pine


What is pharmacognosy?

 It is the science of natural drugs and their physical, botanical, and chemical properties.


The color blue becomes the most difficult to see as one ages.


Star of Asia?

A sapphire



Tallest Volcano?

The highest volcano is Ojos del Salado in Chile. It is 22,589 feet (6,887 m) tall.


From base to summit, the tallest would be Mauna Kea, which, when measured from its base on the ocean floor, is more than 30,000 feet high. 

In physics, objects move as a result of forces. A fluid flows because there is an unbalanced force acting on the liquid.  That means there is a difference in pressure between 2 points.  Fluid will flow in the direction of decreasing pressure.  Remember that the next time you let your sink or bathtub overflow.

In order to be considered a skyscraper, a building must be supported by an internal iron or steel skeleton instead of being held up by only load bearing outer walls. 

Who Invented Listerine?

It was developed by a Missouri physician, Joseph Lawrence.  He named it in honor of Sir Joseph Lister, the nineteenth century British surgeon who pioneered sanitary operating room procedures.

Which planets have rings?

Only married planets or those who are engaged.

Oh  Professor Sy Yentz, you’re such a card

Actually, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune all have rings.

It won’t matter if Pluto has rings because it isn’t a planet anymore.

Where are a cricket's ears?

A cricket's ears are on its knees? And a fly has taste buds on its feet.

SOURCE: Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences


Impress Your Friends – 

Annoy Your Enemies Obscure Questions

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Which takes in more air?

The right lung or the left lung?



The right lung


Is this called lunguistics?


Do any males ever give birth to young?

Yes, the seahorse of which there are 24 different types, and the pipefish.  Both live in shallow water and for both, the males give birth to the young.


Which animals see in color?

Birds have a well-developed sense of color.  Mammals are color blind although apes and monkeys  have the ability to tell colors apart.


What are auxins?

No that's not where you bid to buy things. Nor is there an Atlantic Auxin and a Pacific Auxin. Auxins are the growth hormones of plants. They are why a plant grows towards the light.


Q.  What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and Laser printers all have in common?

A.  All invented by women.

Do batteries where out faster if you turn up the volume?

Yes! Of course they do you ninny!

Batteries supply the power to drive the speakers.  The louder you play it, the more power to the speakers, the faster the battery wears out.

How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?

There are 52 cards in a deck (although Professor Sy Yentz knows lot’s of people who don’t play with a full deck.

The cards can be arranged in



000,000,000,000,000,000, 000 ways

That's 80,660 sextillion ways

Try them.

Where did Henry Hudson first set foot when he arrived at what is now New York in 1609?

He disembarked at what is now Coney Island - one of the world's largest and most famous amusement parks.

Bonus obscure question:  What is a coney?

                                       It's a rabbit.

How much does the Earth weigh?

It is estimated that the Earth weighs 6 sextillion, 588 quintillion tons. And we thought it  looked to be 6 sextillion, 530 quintillion tons. But it promises to eat healthy foods and begin an exercise program tomorrow.

What was the name of the nephew of Montezuma ruler of the Aztecs?

Hint-It wasn’t revenge. According to the book 2001 Fascinating Facts by David Louis, Montezuma’s nephew’s name was Cuitlahac. Translated Cuitlahac means "plenty of excrement"..

What are camel hair brushes made of?

Squirrel hair.


Fascinating Factorinos* – Can be used for Retirement Bonus Trivia

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  •  The Kiwi, national bird of New Zealand, can’t fly, lives in a hole in the ground, is almost blind and lays only one egg each year. Yet is has survived for 70 million year
  •  A cow can give nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime. We don't know how many cookies that translates into.
  •  A woolly bear is not a bear - it is a brown, fuzzy North American caterpillar
  •   Bananas first grew in tropical Asia
  •     To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the same bag with the potatoes.
  • An armadillo can be housebroken.
  •            Elephants and camels each have 4 knees.
  • The oldest fossil of a flower is over 120 million years old.  The ever cost conscious Prof. Sy Yentz gave it to his date at his prom.
  •  Cat urine glows under a  black light
  •  Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards.
  •  Balneology is the science of the therapeutic use of bathing


Cellophane is not made of plastic, it is made from a plant fiber.

There are more telephones than people in Washington, D.C

The oldest known books in the world were made of clay.

The hair of an adult man or woman can stretch 25% of its length without breaking.

If you stretched all the nerves in the body from end to end, they would be 47 miles long… in this way it would be easy to get on someone’s nerves.

There are no penguins at the North Pole.

A ten-gallon hat holds less than a gallon of liquid

For every human being on Earth, there are 200 million insects.

All polar bears are lefties.

Cinderella is known as Tuna in Finland.

  •  A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.  
  • A rat can last longer without water than a camel can.
  •   A zebra is white with black stripes
  •   The inside of a cucumber is 20 degrees (F) cooler than the

     air temperature on a warm summer day.

  •   The dot over the letter i is called a tittle
  • .  After years of study, the Goodyear Rubber Co. concluded that shoes wear out faster on the right foot than on the left foot.
  • . When the first telephone rang in the White House in the 1880s,
  • President Grover Cleveland answered it himself.
  • Two peanut farmers have been elected President of the United States: Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  • One acre of peanuts will make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.

  • Porcupines float -----heave one in your pool and see what happens
  • Ants don't sleep
  • Macaroni, Gentoo, and Chinstrap are types of penguins.
  • February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
  • An animal epidemic is called an epizootic
  • Comedian Albert Brooks' real name is Albert Einstein
  • Martin Van Buren was the first U.S born citizen to become president.
  • A duck's quack doesn't no one knows why.
  • The least liked vegetable is the turnip.
      • And, in honor of March being National Peanut Month:
  • Peanuts are not actually nuts at all! They are legumes, like beans, peas and lentils.
  • Americans eat 3 pounds of peanut butter per person every year. That's about 700 million pounds, or enough to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon!
  • Mt. Everest is actually exactly 29,000 ft. high.  Scientists thought no one would believe it so they announced the height as 29,002 ft. high.
  • A day on the planet Mercury  is  twice as long as its year.
  • It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 muscles to frown.
  • Hens do no have to be impregnated to lay eggs.  The rooster is necessary only to fertilize the egg.
  • Hot water weighs more than cold water.
  • Thomas Edison was deaf from the time he was twelve years old.
  • Twenty-Four Karat gold actually has some copper in it.
  • A female condor lays a single egg every two years.
  • Greyhounds have the best eyesight of any breed of dog.
  • Panama hats come from Equador, not Panama.
  • A camel hair brush is made of squirrel hair..A zebra is white with black stripes.           
  • In 1996, Ringo Starr appeared in a Japanese advertisement for applesauce, which coincidentally is what his name means in Japanese
  • The dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  • The Crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
  • A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
  • Snails can sleep for three years. (But only after it has watched C-SPAN for an hour)
  • Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
  • Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
  • The cruise liner, Queen Mary II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
  • The turkey is widely regarded as the dumbest domesticated animal.
  • The sound you hear in a seashell when you hold it up to your ear is not from the shell.  It’s the echo of the blood pulsing in  your ear.
  • Ben Franklin coined the word “battery”.
  • Until Thomas Edison suggested using “hello”, most people answered their telephones by saying “ahoy”. Nowadays many people say "oy vey".
  • Reindeer milk has more fat in it than cow milk.
  • Carnivorous animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike.
  •  Coca-Cola was originally green.
  • Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.
  • The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.
  • Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.
  • City with the most Rolls Royce's per capita: Hong Kong

  •     All 50 states are listed across the top
  • of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
  • Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
  • "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
  • February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon
  • In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  • It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

  • An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.....Try it.
  • Macaroni, Gentoo, and Chinstrap are types of penguins.
  • Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature.
  • A full moon always rises at sunset.
  • A horned toad is not a toad, it is a lizard
  • The left bank of the river is on the left side as you look downstream
  • Your left hand does 56% of the typing.
  • The space between your nostrils is called the columella
  • Benjamin Franklin coined the word "battery"
  • A cow spends an average of 18 hours per day chewing.
  • The average person will catch 140 colds in a lifetime……count em.
  • The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

  • Until recent years, people living in remote areas of Afghanistan and Ethiopia were immunized against smallpox by having dried powdered scabs from victims of the disease blown up their noses. This treatment was invented by a Chinese Buddhist nun in the eleventh century. It is the oldest known form of vaccination.
  • When commercial telephone service was introduced between New York and London in 1927, the first three minutes of a call cost $75.00.
  • The first letters of the months July through November, in order, spell the name JASON.
  • Stegosaurus, the dinosaur had a brain the size of a walnut.
  • The highest capital city is La Paz, Bolivia....11,916 ft. above sea level.
  • .A baby has 350 bones in its body.
  • The average man has 1 1/2 gallons of blood. The average woman has about 1 quart less.
  • There are 2 million sweat glands in the skin..... and the guy next to you on the subway in July uses all
  • of them.
  • The hummingbird beats its wings 90 times a second.
  • Bamboo, which is a grass-not a tree, grows up to 3 ft. a day.

  • The size of the first footprint on the Moon was 13 by 6 inches, the dimensions of Neil Armstrong's boot when he took his historic walk on July 20, 1969.
  • Despite its hump, a camel has a straight spine.

  • A "winkle" is an edible sea snail
  • The names of some cities in the United States are the names of other U.S. states. These include Nevada in Missouri, California Maryland, Louisiana in Missouri, Oregon in Wisconsin, Kansas in Oklahoma, Wyoming in Ohio, Michigan in North Dakota, Delaware in Arkansas, and Indiana in Pennsylvania.

  • “Q” is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any state of the United States.

  • There are 48 teaspoons in a cup: three teaspoons make a tablespoon and 16 tablespoons to a cup.
  • The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card.
  • The skin of the armpits can harbor up to 516,000 bacteria per square inch, while drier areas, such as the forearm, have only about 13,000 bacteria per square inch.
  • It takes 120 drops of water to fill a teaspoon….Professor Sy Yentz is retired….he has to fill his time somehow….
  • A snail mates only once in its life.  When it does, however, it may take as long as 12 hours to consummate the act.
  • Hot water weighs more than cold.
  • Mosquitos are attracted to the color blue more than any other color.
  • Antarctica is the only continent that does not have land areas below sea level.
  • In July 1950 a patent was issued for an automatic spaghetti spinning fork.
  • Saturn's rings are approximately 500,000 miles in circumference but only 1 ft. thick.






Gnus Words for Your Gnus Vocabulary


to burn or sear with hot iron



The doctor will cauterize a wound a s part of the treatment.



He looked at her,waved  and cauterize.


Mica -a common silicate mineral noted for its plate-like, flaky structure which enables it to cleave into thin sheets.



White muscovite and black biotite are common types of mica.



Mica Jordan is a famous basketball player


The basin like cavity filled by the haunch bones together with the vertebrae.

Correct Use:

Strenuous exercise can result in injury to the pelvis

Incorrect Use:

Pelvis is Elvis’ second cousin.


Antimony - a hard, brittle metallic


Correct - the periodic table symbol for antimony is Sb.

Incorrect - Antimony is married to Uncle Mony.



Micrometer- a measuring device used in the eyepiece of optical instruments.

Correct—Telescopes and microscopes have a micrometer in the eyepiece.

Incorrect— Signifying possession  as in, “ micrometer is better than your crometer, Nyah, Nyah, Nyah.”


Asymmetry in physics and mathematics is a lack of symmetry.

Correct Usage:A sphere has rotational symmetry because if you turn it, it looks the same.  

Incorrect Usage: Dead people are buried in asymmetry.



the theory and practice of describing, naming and classifying plants and animals


Correct -

Taxonomy, the science of classifying species is always changing.


Incorrect -

Every April 15 I remember that the government puts a taxonomy.

Centigrade - A temperature scale defined by 0°C at the ice point and 100°C at boiling point of water at sea level.


    Correct - It is 24 degrees centigrade today.

    Incorrect –The teacher centigrade home on his report card.



A body formed in the blood to attack toxins.


Antibodies develop as your body fights infection.


Antibodies are a bunch of dead ants.

MITOSIS- The division of the nucleus of a cell.


CORRECT-  In mitosis, the replicated chromosomes are maneuvered so that

each new cell gets a full compliment.



Mitosis stuck in this narrow shoe!








You Won’t be Anonymous if You’re Eponymous

Which elements were named for people?

  • bohrium (Bh, 107) – Niels Bohr
  • curium (Cm, 96) – Pierre and Marie Curie
  • einsteinium (Es, 99) – Albert Einstein
  • fermium (Fm, 100) – Enrico Fermi
  • gallium (Ga, 31) – both named after Gallia (Latin for France) and its discoverer, Lecoq de Boisbaudran (le coq, the French word for 'rooster' translates to gallus in Latin)
  • hahnium (105) – Otto Hahn (Dubnium, named for Dubna in Russia, is the IUPAC-accepted name for element 105)
  • lawrencium (Lr, 103) – Ernest Lawrence
  • meitnerium (Mt, 109) – Lise Meitner
  • mendelevium (Md, 101) – Dmitri Mendeleev
  • nobelium (No, 102) – Alfred Nobel
  • roentgenium (Rg, 111) – Wilhelm Roentgen (formerly Ununumium)
  • rutherfordium (Rf, 104) – Ernest Rutherford
  • seaborgium (Sg, 106) – Glenn T. Seaborg



While We’re At It….

Elements Named for Places

Which elements were named for places?

Ytterby in Sweden has given its name to four elements: Erbium, Terbium, Ytterbium and Yttrium.

  • Americium – America, the Americas
  • Berkelium – University of California at Berkeley
  • Californium – State of California and University of California at Berkeley
  • Copper - probably named for Cyprus
  • Darmstadtium – Darmstadt, Germany
  • Dubnium – Dubna, Russia
  • Erbium – Ytterby, a town in Sweden
  • Europium – Europe
  • Francium – France
  • Gallium – Gallia, Latin for France. Also named for Lecoq de Boisbaudran, the element's discoverer (Lecoq in Latin is gallus)
  • Germanium – Germany
  • Hafnium – Hafnia, Latin for Copenhagen
  • Hassium – Hesse, Germany
  • Holmium – Holmia, Latin for Stockholm
  • Lutetium – Lutecia, ancient name for Paris
  • Magnesium – Magnesia prefecture in Thessaly, Greece
  • Polonium – Poland
  • Rhenium – Rhenus, Latin for Rhine, a German province
  • Ruthenium – Ruthenia, Latin for Russia
  • Scandium – Scandia, Latin for Scandinavia
  • Strontium – Strontian, a town in Scotland
  • Terbium – Ytterby, Sweden
  • Thulium – Thule, a mythical island in the far north (Scandinavia?)
  • Ytterbium – Ytterby, Sweden
  • Yttrium – Ytterby, Sweden

Source -age:  Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. on the website. 



And Some More Eponymous Science (and other) Laws

Amdahl's law - Used to find out the maximum expected improvement to an overall system when only a part of it is improved. Named after Gene Amdahl (b.1922 -)

Ampère's law - In physics, it relates the circulating magnetic field in a closed loop to the electric current passing through the loop. Discovered by André-Marie Ampère.

Asimov's three laws of robotics - also called, more simply, the Three Rules of Robotics, a set of rules which the robots appearing in the fictional works of Isaac Asimov (b.1920 d.1992) must obay.

First law: A robot may not harm a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Second law: A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

Third law: A robot must protect its own existence, as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Boyle's law - In physics, one of the gas laws, relating the volume and pressure of an ideal gas held at a constant temperature. Discovered by and named after Robert Boyle (b.1627 d.1691)

Finagle's law - Generalized version of Murphy's law, fully named Finagle's Law of Dynamic Negatives and usually rendered "anything that can go wrong, will". Not strictly eponymous, since there was no Finangle.

Gauss's law - In physics, gives the relation between the electric flux flowing out a closed surface and the charge enclosed in the surface. It was formulated by Carl Friedrich Gauss.

Godwin's law - An adage in Internet culture that states "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one." Coined by Mike Godwin in 1990.

Graham's law - In physics, another gas law, which states that the average kinetic energy of the molecules of two samples of different gases at the same temperature is identical. It is named for Thomas Graham (b.1805 d.1869), who formulated it.

Hanlon's razor - A corollary of Finagle's law, normally taking the form "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.". As with Finangle, possibly not strictly eponymous.

Littlewood's law - States that individuals can expect miracles to happen to them, at the rate of about one per month. Coined by Professor J E Littlewood, (b.1885 d.1977)

Metcalfe's law - In communications and network theory, states that the value of a system grows as approximately the square of the number of users of the system. Framed by [[Robert Metcalfe] (b.1946 -) in the context of ethernet

Moore's law - An empirical observation stating that the complexity of integrated circuits doubles every 18 months. Outlined in 1965 by Gordon Moore (b.1925 -), co-founder of Intel

Murphy's law - Strictly "If it can happen, it will happen", most commonly formulated as "if anything can go wrong, it will". Ascribed to Edward A. Murphy, Jr.

Newton's laws of motion - In physics, three scientific laws concerning the behaviour of moving bodies, which are fundamental to classical mechanics. Discovered and stated by Isaac Newton (b.1643 d.1727).

First law: A body remains at rest, or moves in a straight line (at a constant velocity), unless acted upon by a net outside force.

Second law: The acceleration of an object of constant mass is proportional to the force acting upon it.

Third law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction

Occam's razor - States that explanations should never multiply causes without necessity. When two explanations are offered for a phenomenon, the simplest full explanation is preferable. Named after William of Ockham (circa b.1285 d.1349)

Ohm's law - In physics, states that the ratio of the potential difference (or voltage drop) between the ends of a conductor (and resistor) to the current flowing through it is a constant, provided the temperature doesn't change. Discovered and named after Georg Simon Ohm (b.1789 d1854).

Parkinson's law - "Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion". Coined by C. Northcote Parkinson (b.1909 d.1993)

Pareto principle - States that for many phenomena 80% of consequences stem from 20% of the causes. Named after Italisn economist Vilfredo Pareto, but framed by management thinker Joseph M. Juran.

Peter principle - "In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence". Coined by Laurence J. Peter (b.1919 d.1990)

Sturgeon's law - "Ninety percent of everything is crud." Derived from a quote by science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon (b.1918 d.1985)

Zipf's law - in linguistics, the observation that the frequency of use of the nth-most-frequently-used word in any natural language is approximately inversely proportional to n, or, more simply, that a few words are used very often, but many or most are used rarely. Named after George Kingsley Zipf (b.1902 d.1950), whose statistical work research led to the observation.

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Professor Syyentz purchased a new wood file cabinet.

Some Questions arose:

Why does Styrofoam have so much static electricity….those suckers stick to everything! Ever try to flick a piece off your finger?

Use the cam bolt.

Cam bolt?

Cam lock?

Who invented the Phillips head screwdriver…Couldn’t have put the sucker together without it.  It was even necessary for the cam bolt and the cam lock….bless their hearts.

And who invented the Allen Wrench that came with the kit and that was so useless in the process?

No, not who you thought, The Allen key may have been invented by American, Gilbert F. Heublein, however, this is still being researched and should not be considered a fact. Heublein was an importer and distributor of foods and beverage. who in 1892 introduced "The Club Cocktails", the world's first bottled cocktails. But wait! Not so fast

tells us that In many non-English speaking countries it is known as an ‘Unbrako key’ (also often misspelled ‘Umbrako’ viz IKEA).
The Unbrako is in fact a brand of socket head cap screw established around 1911 by the SPS Company of USA. This company is also said to have actually invented the socket head cap screw. However, while this claim is certainly possible it can’t be readily confirmed. It is widely reported that in 1943 the Allen Manufacturing Company trademarked the name ‘Allen wrench or key’ for its range of hex wrenches. The Allen Manufacturing Company is no more, but the brand is now owned by the Danaher Group in the USA and used by its industrial tools division which still produces the ‘Allen’ wrench or key.

And all of this took hours to put together thanks to these wonderful tools. And the fact that Professor Syyentz continues his lifelong war with inanimate objects.

All atoms are composed of subatomic particles among, which are the charged particles known as electrons and protons. Protons carry a positive charge (+), and electrons carry a negative charge (-). Ordinarily every object carries equal numbers of protons and electrons and is said to have a neutral charge.

When two different materials come into close contact -- for example, Professor Sy Yentz and Styrofoam, electrons may be moved from one material to the other. When this happens, one material ends up with an excess amount of electrons and becomes positively charged. This growing of imbalanced charges on an object results in static electricity.

Materials that carry imbalances of opposite charge will attract each other and cling together. So they get stuck on your finger, in your hair, on the rug, on the wall, everywhere!!!!!!!!

Best explanation was from a patent and we still don’t know what it means:

A cam lock having an adjustable cam bolt. The cam lock has a tubular lock case, a tumbler, a shaft, a spring, and a cam bolt. The tubular lock case has an inner flange which divides the lock case into a first portion and a second portion which is formed with a restricting element. The tumbler is received in the first portion. The shaft is rotated by the tumbler and extends into the second portion. The spring is disposed around the shaft within the second portion. The cam bolt is mounted on the shaft by threaded engagement so as to compress the spring and has an arc-like cutoff beyond which the restricting element extend






Henry F. Phillips, of Portland, Oregon, invented the plus sign socket head screw for car makers who needed a screw that could be driven (no pun intended) with more torque so  that it would hold more tightly than slotted screws. Car makers also needed a screw that would center quickly and easily, and could be used efficiently on an assembly line.

He patented his invention on  July1,  1936, and actually received two patents, one for the screw head and one for the screw driver.

Phillips was screwed in 1949 when, the Philips Screwdriver had become so common, that he lost his patent.


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