A few years ago, I discovered The Chase, a game show that pits a team of three contestants against The Beast—British trivia wiz Mark Labbett. (And after preparing this issue of Whimsy & Wisdom, I happily noticed that the show is back on Netflix!) Trivia is often completely useless and inapplicable to daily life, and yet it can be quite amusing if you come across just the right tidbit.
Today, I thought I'd keep things light and offer you some trivia.* If you can actually do something with this information, I'd love for you to tell me about it! Did you know that...
- Pippi Longstocking's full name is Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraimsdaughter Longstocking?
- Tarantulas can live for three years without food? Also, they can't kill you, contrary to popular belief (unless you are smaller than they are).
- 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321? (I dare you to work that out long-hand!)
- It is illegal to hunt camels in Arizona? (Um. What?)
- The odds of dying in a car crash compared to on a roller coaster are 40,000 to 1? And yet people scream on roller coasters and not while riding down the street.
- An airplane's "black box" is actually orange?
- John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles?
- The "pound" symbol (#) is called an octothorpe?
- The Hawaiian alphabet contains only 13 letters (5 vowels and 7 consonants)?
- Speaking of Hawaiian, it was a Greek man in Ontario, Canada, who invented Hawaiian pizza? (Yum!)
If you think you just wasted five minutes of your life, you didn't. Studies indicate that learning obscure facts is good for your mental health (and you never know when they might help you win a trivia quiz!)
Having said that, it should be obvious that more important than knowledge is wisdom. Jesus' brother James had some good words about wisdom: "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you" (James 1:5) and "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere" (James 3:17).
* I do not guarantee the accuracy of each of these facts. Please don't give me a hard time if there's an error. This is meant to be entertaining! :)