Writer’s Block: It’s All True And Likely New To You

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writers-blockby Corinne Wnek

I welcome the break from the holidays now that Easter, Passover and April Fools’ Day is over. The respite from all the cooking and pranking means I’m ripe to think about nothing else right now except trivial, yet factual, information that is just kind of interesting.

For instance, did you know that, while talking in your sleep is a fairly common occurrence, people who use sign language to speak, can also sign in their sleep?

Are you a fan of those sweet, Vidalia onions? Every Vidalia onion found in the world originates from the state of Georgia right here in the good, old USA. I don’t know how, but this is gospel.

The dishwasher was invented by Josephine Cochrane, a wealthy socialite, who was tired of her servants breaking all of her expensive dishes. This fact appeals to the domestic goddess in me.

Delaware is the only state in the country that does not have a national park. Good to remember this in case you ever plan to audition for Jeopardy.

Money may make the world go ‘round, but Andrew Jackson, the face on our twenty dollar bill, despised the paper stuff and favored a monetary system based on gold and silver instead.

During the summer months, John Quincy Adams rarely missed a day of skinny dipping in the Potomac. Talk about over exposure to the public.

In the sad but true department, for Italians, anyway, it is a fact that the Caesar salad was invented in Tijuana, Mexico and not in Italy as is widely believed.

An infant typically has about three hundred bones in the body. But as growth takes place, some bones fuse together. This result is an adult having about two-hundred and six bones.

The bikini bathing suit was named for a group of islands in the Pacific where thermonuclear testing was done back in 1946. Hmm.

That little dot above the letter ‘i’ is actually called a tittle.

Any month that begins on a Sunday will have a Friday the 13.

Okay. I’m done researching trivia. It’s time to stop and reach for one of my favorite treats, a Cadbury crème egg, of which over three hundred million are produced every spring.


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