Trivia Wednesday

I am such a trivia freak I think I am going to start posting some trivia each Wednesday.  Here is this week’s dose:

 1.  “Spermaphobia” isn’t what you think.  It’s the fear of germs.

2.  In truth, the “low man” on the totem pole is actually the most important man in the tribe.

3.  The phrase “ball to the wall” probably doesn’t refer to what you think it does.  It orginated with pilots.  It refers to the ball-shaped grip on the end of a pilot’s throttle.  Pushing the throttle (the ball) toward the wall (the cockpit) meant to go fast.

4.  Dry ice doesn’t melt.  It sublimates.

5.  You might be surprised to learn that Americans visit libraries 3.5 billion times a year – three times as often as the movies.

6.  Statistically speaking, the job of pizza delivery driver is a more dangerous job than that of fire fighting.

7.  Tempura isn’t a Japanese word, nor is it a native Japanese dish.  It’s Portuguese.

8.  Diamonds are not the most valuable gems.  Rubies are.

9.  People in the time of Columbus did not believe the world was flat.  Not since the days of Greece had anyone thought that.

10.  Wedding cake wasn’t always eaten by the bride and groom.  Originally, it was thrown at them.

11.  You might be surprised to learn that a Catholic priest can be married – as long as the marriage takes place before ordination.

12.  Not all cats react to catnip.  The reaction is inherited – some cats are totally unaffected by it.

13.  World hunger isn’t caused by a shortage of food.  If everyone received a fair share of the food being produced worldwide, each person would have about 4.3 pounds of meat, grain, fruits and vegetables every day.

14.  Coffee beans aren’t naturally flavorful.  They have no taste until they are roasted.

15.  Many mistakenly believe that the Gutenberg bible was the first printed book. However, the Chinese were printing with moveable type centuries earlier.

16.  “Golden apples” in Greek mythology weren’t apples.  They were apricots.

17.  People didn’t always put their hand over their heart during the Pledge of Allegiance.  The pledge was first given with the arm outstretched in front, palm slightly up.  Since that gesture resembled the Hitler salute, Congress changed it during WWII to the arm across the chest.

18.  It might surprise you to know that you are far more likely to get a cold by shaking hands than from kissing.

19.  Forget what you have heard.  There is no scientific proof that cedar chests deter insects.

20.  During the time of King Henry VIII, knitting was the speciality of men, not women.

21.  Most people incorrectly believe that bees are solely responsible for fertilizing flowers, but actually flies (60,000 species of them) fertilize 80% of all flowers.

22.  The names we know for the Marx brothers weren’t their real names.  Their real names were Leonard (Chico), Herbert (Zeppo), Julius (Groucho) and Arthur (Harpo).

23.  Although it’s widely accepted as fact, slaves didn’t build the Egyptian pyramids.  In truth, local farmers were drafted into service at certain times of the year when the Nile flooded (and farming was impossible anyway).  Workers were paid.

24.  Contrary to popular belief, Man is not the world’s largest polluter.  A single volcanic eruption causes many, many times more atmosphere-depleting pollution than we have throughout human history.

25.  Francis Scott Key, the man who wrote “The Star Spangled Banner,” wasn’t a songwriter – he was a lawyer.  And he didn’t write the music, just the lyrics – the music was actually an old drinking song).

26.  Cold showers actually increase sexual arousal, despite what is commonly believed.


Entrelac Hat – Finished

Well, it’s not completely finished, but it is so close I can taste it! 

I finally finished the hat and overall I am happy with it, but I must say that I don’t like how long the brim is, so I am thinking of rolling it and tacking it down, but I am not sure at the moment.  I can’t wait to start on the entrelac scarf as I think it will look amazing!

 FO - Entrelac Hat

Cabled Purse Finished!

My first class project is finished (have a little left to do on the Entrelac hat and my sock was just a disaster). 

Here is the finished bag:

 FO Cabled Bag

I think it turned out quite cute.  My mom sewed up the lining for me…it is black with all different color polka dots.  I made a mistake and told her to sew all the way up each side, instead of leaving an inch at the top, but it was just fine.  I think I will make these for a christmas present because they are adorable.  However, I will be adding at least 2 pattern repeats and need to buy 2 skeins of the yarn.



Blocking (1st attempt)

Here is my first attempt at blocking anything I have ever knitted!  It is the cabled purse that I am making in my class! 

I steam blocked it because I do not like the smell of wet wool at all.  Nobody told me you aren’t supposed to steam block ribbing, cabling, etc.  However, I do like the way it flattened my cables because they were sticking out obscenely.  I know it isn’t perfect, but it isn’t bad for a first attempt!

Cabled Bag - Blocked

Hilly was home this weekend from college so she helped me out while we were talking to our grandparents after dad fixed us yummy pancakes…I can’t believe she only has 2 months left of school and then she is home for good.  JCPS has already offered her a position, she just won’t know which school or class she will be teaching, but she is getting excited!

Dishcloth swap!

I love Craftster!  They have a dishcloth swap that I just had to join…I have been trying to limit myself on swaps because I sometimes find you put all this effort, time and money into something and someone send you something they threw together in an hour…it is just disappointing! 

 However, I was drawn into this like a bee to honey!  Here is the first dishcloth I made.  It is the Papillon cloth from Smariek (  I love her patterns…I am dying to make the Persephone scarf!

 Papillon Cloth

I need to finish it off by weaving in the ends and blocking it (never blocked cotton before, so I will have to see how it goes!).  I think I am going to be making the Shamrock cloth for this swap as well…after all it is March and green is her favorite color!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Today would be Theodor Seuss Geisel’s, aka Dr. Seuss, 103rd birthday.  To celebrate Enid at Knitting Memories has created an adorable Cat in the Hat.  Here is the link and I have included the pic of the cloth below: .

Cat in the Hat Dishcloth

Here are some interesting facts about Dr. Seuss:

 1.  He was married twice, but had no children.  He is quoted famously as saying “You have ’em, I’ll amuse em!”

2.  He won 3 Oscars – 2 for documentaries (Hitler Lives and Design for Death) and 1 for animation (Gerald McBoing-Boing).

3.  His inspiration of Green Eggs and Ham:  Bennett Cerf (founder and publisher of Random House) bet him that he couldn’t wrtie a book using just 50 words…the outcome?  Green Eggs and Ham is the only book that Geisel wrote that still made him laugh 25 years later.  By the way, Bennett never paid.

4.  It took him 9 months to write The Cat in the Hat book.  He was asked to do the book after Life magazine published excerpts of a panel’s report on why children don’t learn to read easily (apparently Dick and Jane were just to freakin’ boring!).   Geisel was given a list of 400 words and was told to pick only 220 to use as this was “the maximum that kids could absorb at one time”.