Things I like to talk about: Vol. 93

I knew this because I eat Gouda cheese:

Blue cheese is a general classification of cheeses that have had cultures of the mold Penicillium added so that the final product is spotted or veined throughout with blue, or blue-grey mold. Roquefort, Gorgonzola, and Stilton are all blue cheeses. Blue cheeses are known for their strong and salty flavor. Gouda on the other hand, is not a blue cheese. Gouda is a a Dutch yellow cheese made from cow’s milk. It is named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands. Contrary to popular belief, Gouda cheese is not actually made in the city of Gouda, but rather, it is traditionally bought and sold in Gouda.

Things I like to talk about: Vol. 92

Yes!!!! I knew the answer to this one. Wheeeeee

Technically, ladybugs are not bugs at all. They are actually beetles that are also known as ladybird beetles or lady beetles. In fact, they are not classified as true bugs by entomologists. They come in many colors and patterns, but the most familiar in North America is the seven-spotted ladybug, with its shiny, red-and-black body. The name “ladybug” was coined by European farmers who prayed to the Virgin Mary when pests began eating their crops. After ladybugs came and wiped out the invading insects, the farmers named them “beetle of Our Lady.” This eventually was shortened to “ladybug.”

Things I like to talk about: Vol. 90

The history of the Subway began more than 50 years ago when Dr. Peter Buck, a nuclear physicist, changed the life of a college student with the words, “Let’s open a submarine sandwich shop.” Buck inspired Fred DeLuca, a college freshman, to open a sandwich shop to help pay his tuition. With Peter’s initial investment of $1000, a business relationship was forged that would change the landscape of the fast food industry forever. The partners opened their first restaurant in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and named it “Pete’s Super Submarines”. The sandwich shop was renamed “Subway” two years later.

Interesting, huh? I thought so.

Things I like to talk about: Vol. 89

I guessed. And I guessed correctly. woo hoooooo

Other choices were Bob Marley, Johnny Cash and Marilyn Monroe: Which one had naturally blonde hair?

Answer: While Elvis Presley was known as being tall, dark, and handsome, one of those attributes took a little upkeep. Born a natural blonde, the future rock and roll legend began dying his hair black as a young teenager, using shoe polish as a cheap alternative to hair dye. Later in his life, Elvis opted for a signature mix of hair dyes: Miss Clairol 51D and Black Velvet / Mink Brown by Paramount. His perfectly-coiffed jet-black pompadour became almost as iconic as his voice. Just one photo of him with his natural hair color exists – and it is framed on the wall in Graceland.


Things I like to talk about: Vol. 88

I KNEW this because my mom used to make this. In fact, in my mind, she CREATED the Waldorf Astoria Red Cake phenomenon, even though she never worked for that chain. Anyway ……. I think she used to use red food coloring to make it red, but we didn’t ask questions, we just enjoyed the shit out of it.

Traditional red velvet cake is a chocolate layer cake with a reddish color and layered with ermine icing. Cocoa powder is used in all red velvet recipes, giving the resulting cake a mild chocolate flavor. Red velvet cake is said to have had a reddish hue that is caused by the reaction between natural cocoa powder and an acidic ingredient, like buttermilk. Red velvet cake has become increasingly popular in recent years. A resurgence in the popularity of this cake is attributed by some to the film Steel Magnolias (1989), which included a red velvet groom’s cake made in the shape of an armadillo.

Things I like to talk about: Vol. 87

Sigh, again I guessed wrong: Out of the four answers. “George Washington” was the most logical because he was a military man. Captian Morgan, well, I knew better. Actually, Lincoln would have been my third most likely answer, so at least when I’m wrong, I’m VERY wrong.

“O Captain! My Captain!” is a poem written by Walt Whitman about the death of President Abraham Lincoln. First published in The Saturday Press on November 4, 1865, Witman revised the poem in 1866 and again in 1871. It is one of four poems written by Whitman about the death of Lincoln. Although Witman never met Lincoln, he felt a strong connection to him and was greatly moved by Lincoln’s assassination. The poem is famously featured in the film Dead Poets Society (1989), and became associated with the star of that film, Robin Williams.

Things I like to talk about: Vol. 86

This was the answer to a trivia question. My answer was a guess, nothing more. And I got it right, mostly by process of elimination because I knew zebra and rhinos did not qualify and I can’ remember the other answer …. but it WASN’T unicorn!! LOL

Often dubbed the unicorn of the sea, the narwal is a species of whale with a long spiraled tusk protruding from its head. The tusk – most commonly found on males — is actually an enlarged canine tooth which can grow as long as 10 feet. The tooth projects from the left side of the narwal’s upper jaw, and through its lip. Only about one in every 500 males develops two tusks, whereas only 15% of females develop a tusk at all. Unlike some whale species that migrate, narwhals live year-round in the Arctic waters of Canada, Greenland, and Russia.

Good night.

Things I like to talk about: Vol. 85

(I took a wild guess because the answer seemed to be the least likely AND I GOT IT RIGHT!!!)

The first thermometers, which were used in the 1600s, are nearly identical to those used today, except they were filled with brandy rather of mercury. The liquor was eventually replaced with mercury due to the material’s wider range of liquid-state temperature. In a mercury or alcohol thermometer, the liquid expands as it is heated and contracts when it is cooled, so the length of the liquid column is longer or shorter depending on the temperature. Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, a Dutch scientist and inventor, constructed the first sealed-in-glass thermometer in 1714, using mercury instead of alcohol.

At least you could drink the brandy if the thermometer broke

Things I like to talk about: Vol. 84

aka: Things I didn’t know (even though I took a Shakespeare class in college)

The first recorded use of the name Jessica is in William Shakespeare’s 1596 play “The Merchant of Venice,” where Jessica is the name of the daughter of Shylock, the moneylender. In a nod to Shylock and his daughter’s Jewish identity, it is believed that Shakespeare created the name by anglicizing the spelling of the biblical Hebrew name “Iskah,” which was rendered “Jeska” in English Bibles at the time. Jessica was the top name for girls during the 1980s and 1990s, reigning supreme as the #1 U.S. girl’s name from 1985 to 1990 and from 1992 to 1995.