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O Me of Little Faith

Remember when I did a brain-dump of interesting facts and I went on and on about it being educational and entertaining and a fun series that I would do occasionally? Of course you don’t remember. I couldn’t even remember. I had to search my own blog for it.

It took me awhile to find it, but it was back on Jan. 28. If this is going to be a regular series, I’d better make it more regular. Otherwise it’s the worst series ever. So here’s another edition of…

Did You Know?

Every year, about 98% of the atoms in your body are replaced. The two percent that don’t get replaced begin to smell musty around Day 366.

Every human spent about a half-hour as a single cell. For most of us, it was pretty early in life and hardly memorable.

If you were standing on Pluto, the sun would appear no brighter to you than Venus looks in the sky right now. Also, you would be very, very cold, as the average temperature on Pluto is something like -390 degrees Fahrenheit.

The average surface temperature of Pluto, the dog created by Walt Disney, would be around 101 degrees Fahrenheit. If he were a real dog, of course.

Speaking of “real” Disney dogs, what is Goofy? He’s a dog, of course, but he gets to wear clothes and talk and participate in human-type activities. Pluto — who is also a dog — just gets to do dog stuff.

It’s never been expressly stated, but I’m pretty sure Pluto the dog harbors a lot of hostility toward Goofy the “dog.”

I never could stand Donald Duck.

In the 17th century, thermometers were filled with brandy — not mercury.

In the 17th century, thermometers were delicious.

The arcade/gaming company Namco released PAC-MAN in 1980, which became the most popular video game of all time. It wasn’t originally called PAC-MAN, though. It started off as PUCK-MAN, but some smart executives — knowing how youths of 1980 preferred to roll — predicted that they may eventually run into problems with punk vandals scratching out part of the P on the console. Hilarity and/or vulgarity would no doubt ensue. Good change, Namco execs.

Proportionally, the earth’s atmosphere is thinner than the skin of an apple.

The earth’s atmosphere — being air and everything — does not taste remotely like the skin of an apple. But wouldn’t this world be a better place if it did?

Now I’m hungry.

There are seven stars in the Big Dipper.

There are six stars in the film He’s Just Not That Into You, including Scarlett Johannson, Jennifer Aniston, Justin “I’m a Mac” Long, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Connelly, and Drew Barrymore. Seven if you count that Bradley Cooper guy from Alias. Eight if you count Kris Kristofferson. But no one does.

Traces of alcohol can still be detected in urine up to 12 hours after a person has stopped drinking.

You should lay off the 17th century thermometers at least a full day before any drug or alcohol testing.

An average-sized iceberg contains more heat than a match.

It is really, really hard to light a fire using an iceberg, though. Those suckers are slippery.

Because air is denser in cold weather, wind in the winter exerts 25 percent more force as it would at the same speed in the summer.

Most people don’t know this, but Kris Kristofferson also exerts 25 percent more force in the winter as he does in the summer.

It is exceedingly difficult to light a fire with Kris Kristofferson.

I really should stop making jokes at Kris Kristofferson, but his name is a strangely compelling one to type. Kristofferson!

The Earth gets heavier each day by tons, as meteoric dust settles on it. You should do your part to stop global obesity by vacuuming up meteoric dust more often.

Most of these weird facts came from a website called, appropriately enough, WeirdFacts.com. The only ones that didn’t were the jokey ones I made up. Those came from the website JokeyFactsJasonMadeUp.com.

You totally just tried to go to that website, which doesn’t even exist. Ha! Nerd.

This list of random facts is over. Have you purchased your own signed copy of Pocket Guide to the Bible yet? It’s only $6.99, which is less than the number of stars in the Big Dipper. Check out the sidebar to the left. And have a nice day.

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