Saturday, June 4, 2016

I Had No Idea

Here are some interesting tidbits I found this past week:

Did you know you can see all the Google Doodles from past days?  If you didn't know it, Google puts up interesting 'doodles' almost every day, celebrating someone's life or holiday.  Here's a list of those things:  Google Doodles


You should shuffle a deck of cards 7 times if using the 'random riffle' shuffle.  (The random riffle shuffle is modeled by cutting the deck binomially and dropping cards one-by-one from either half of the deck with probability proportional to the current sizes of the deck halves.) 

If you use the 'overhand shuffle,' you need to do it 2500 times to make it truly random.  (Shown here:  Overhand Shuffle) See Seven Shuffles to find out more.


From 100 Random Fun Facts:

  • When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.
  • Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour.  Wow.  I could lose a lot by doing that, including brain cells.  Cool!
  • The person who invented the Frisbee was cremated and made into frisbees after he died!
From 99 Interesting Facts About The World To Blow Your Mind:

  • Otters sleep holding hands
  • If you were to remove all the empty space from the atoms that make up every human on earth, the entire world population could fit into an apple.  Trippy!


  • Money notes are not made from paper, they are made mostly from a special blend of cotton and linen. In 1932, when a shortage of cash occurred in Tenino, Washington, USA, notes were made out of wood for a brief period.
  • A person can live without food for about a month, but only about a week without water.
    If the amount of water in your body is reduced by just 1%, you'll feel thirsty.
    If it's reduced by 10%, you'll die.
  • In the Durango desert, in Mexico, there's a creepy spot called the "Zone of Silence." You can't pick up clear TV or radio signals. And locals say fireballs sometimes appear in the sky.
  • Sound travels 15 times faster through steel than through the air.  For some reason this was interesting to me.  So sound is faster than a speeding bullet?  LOL!

  • Have a great day!
    SweetTale Books

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