Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fun Friday Trivia

Everyone seemed to enjoy the fun facts I featured a while back. I thought it would be fun to give you another dose of trivia to end the workweek. Some are silly, a few amazing, and all of them fairly useless. Unless you can work them into a conversation or win a trivia contest at your local watering hole. I hope you learn something interesting.
1.A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
2.Coca-Cola was originally green.
3.A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
4.Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
5.Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
6.No words in the English language rhyme with month, orange, silver, or purple.
7.There are more chickens in the world than there are people.
8.A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
9.The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans.
10.111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
11.“I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
12.Kermit the frog is left-handed.
13.There were no squirrels on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts until 1989.
14.Gilligan, of Gilligan’s Island had a first name that was only used once on the never-aired pilot show. His first name was Willie.
15.All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck at 4:20.
16.If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died because of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
17.Those San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
18.The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
19.Peanuts are an ingredient in dynamite.
20.An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

Now, don’t you feel smarter? I was tempted to add some sarcastic remarks after some of these facts but I decided to let you make up your own. I still can’t resist saying that if a shark winks at you, they are obviously flirting and if you are going to commit a crime, bring a koala bear with you to confuse the police. I hope you have a great weekend and if you manage to weave some of these facts into a dinner conversation…way to be awesome!

**Recipe of the Day** via my sister-in-law, C. Bryant’s Facebook page

Butterfinger Pie

6 (2 1/8 oz.) Butterfinger candy cars ~ crushed
1 (8 oz.) Cream Cheese
1 (12oz.) Cool Whip
1 Graham Cracker Pie Crust

Mix the first three ingredients. Pour into pie shell. Refrigerate until well chilled.

**Pet Tip of the Day**

Dental Hygiene for Your DOG

I know not everyone has a dog like my Basset Hound Bentley, he LOVES getting his teeth brushed. I can hold up his toothbrush and he runs to me excited for the brushing ritual. Most dogs are not big fans of having their teeth brushed, but it is a very important part of the grooming process. It not only keeps their breath fresh but it is vital to their health care.
The good news is that cavities are rare in dogs. The really bad news is that more than 80 percent of dogs over the age of three have gum disease, and among dogs adopted from shelters and rescue groups the percentage is closer to one hundred.
What Happens During a Professional Cleaning
Teeth cleaning is done under general anesthesia to give your vet free access to your dog’s mouth. Your vet, or her assistant, will remove tartar and plaque, and then polish your dog’s teeth. She will check for loose or damaged teeth, which may need to be removed or repaired, and for other signs of trouble. Different dogs need their teeth cleaned with varying frequencies, so be sure to talk to your vet about this.
Caring for Your Dog’s Teeth at Home
There’s more to doggy dental care than vet visits. Between professional cleanings, bacteria cluster along your dog’s gum line. The bacteria form plaque, which hardens into tartar (calculus) if it’s not removed.
Tartar irritates the gums, causing gingivitis and periodontal (gum) disease characterized by abscesses, infections, and tooth and bone loss. To prevent or slow this destructive process, you need to brush your dog’s teeth.
Keep an eye out for signs of oral problems, including red, puffy gums; sudden or prolonged and copious drooling; swelling or lumps; ulcers and sores on the lips, gums, tongue, or other oral tissues; tenderness around the mouth; damaged teeth or tissues; inability to eat, or obvious discomfort when doing so; and foul breath. The sooner you catch a problem and bring it to your vet’s attention, the better for your dog and, probably, your wallet.
In addition to a good dental care regimen, you can help keep your dog’s mouth and teeth healthy by feeding him high-quality food, and by providing him with safe chew toys that help clean his teeth and gums.
The more you can do to remove plaque and tartar from your dog’s teeth between veterinary visits, the less frequently your dog will need to undergo a veterinary dental treatment. Since the procedure involves anesthesia — which is never without some risk — and can be costly, it’s in your and your dog’s best interests to follow a regular dental health regime at home.

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