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Useless facts? (Contest)
Sunday, May 28th, 2023

UPDATE: The winner is…Jennifer Beyer!

I’m a bookaholic. Or maybe there’s another word for a person who compulsively buys those mini-books in the racks near the bookstore counters? Mini-bookaholic? If the cover has a catchy title and bright colors, it catches my eye. If I open it, and it has numbers….? I’m done.

For example…

This is the cover for the Snapple Real Facts book. The book is maybe 4″ x 3.5″. It has a hard cover and glossy pages—yellow background with pretty fonts. The “Real Facts” are numbered!! I don’t know why that always excites me so much.

Anyway, I opened the book this morning to a couple of random pages, and these are a few of the facts I read (BTW, maddeningly, the facts aren’t listed in 1,2,3 order) …

Real Fact #22 — “Alaska has the highest percentage of people who walk to work.”

Really? How can that be? It’s the largest state and among the least populous (I think). Plus, it’s freezing cold during its long winter. I have to know. Does someone know why that is?

Real Fact #167 — “You have to play ping-pong for 12 hours to lose one pound.”

Who did a study to determine that fact? Then, I think: So, basically, this is telling me exercise, for the purpose of losing weight, is useless. Hmmm…

Real Fact  #160 — “One alternate title that had been considered for NBC’s hit “Friends” was “Insomnia Cafe.”

What do you think? Would the show have been as big a hit if they’d stuck with that title?

So, you learned three useless facts today. For a chance to win a FREE download of your choice from my backlist of books, tell me one useless fact (doesn’t have to be true!). Have fun with the challenge!

7 comments to “Useless facts? (Contest)”

  1. Becky Ward
    · May 28th, 2023 at 8:10 am · Link

    Those were some interesting useless facts that does make you question who decides on them. My useless fact is:
    Salt used to be a currency.

  2. Jennifer Beyer
    · May 28th, 2023 at 8:57 am · Link

    Oh gosh! This is one I’ve had to learn because they are destroying my garden! Slugs move at just over 1/2 a mile an hour. I know! Given how they manage to magically disappear you’d think it was much faster than that but they are masters of hide and go seek.

  3. Colleen C.
    · May 28th, 2023 at 12:18 pm · Link

    Sloths can hold their breath for longer than dolphins.

  4. Cindy
    · May 28th, 2023 at 7:18 pm · Link

    Tom the Tinker was a nickname given to rebels who tinkered with people’s stills if they chose to pay the government’s excise tax on whiskey, thus rendering them useless. His identity was believed to be John Holcroft, buried in Mingo Cemetery (near Finleyville, PA) next to his wife, Rachel.

  5. BN
    · May 28th, 2023 at 10:28 pm · Link

    Most car horns are in the key of F.

  6. Debra Guyette
    · May 29th, 2023 at 6:40 am · Link

    No number 1-999 has an a in the written form. (Maybe in the UK which uses and)

  7. Delilah
    · June 5th, 2023 at 6:26 am · Link

    Y’all know some seriously useless facts! LOL
    I enjoyed that!

    The winner of FREE book (chosen by a random number generator) is…#2—Jennifer Beyer!

    Jennifer, take a look at the books I have available for download, and let me know what story you’d like to have at!

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