On the original Trivial Trivia website, I wrote several articles. I did not want not completely remove those ideas, but I did not feel that they perfectly matched up with the direction that Trivial Trivia is going to take. So, this is where I am posting all of my original articles.
My name is Ben Mechling. I am 16 (but you did not want to know that). My friends find me a bit eccentric. I am always rattling of useless facts, jokes, and poems. The things I do are not even worth the time it takes me to say them. So, I thought, "Hey, why not publish my nonsense, and share my nonsense with the world. Then everyone will get to experience the real me." That is why I came up with Trivial Trivia, to share random and useless facts (that you did not ask for).
I will periodically add an article, with maybe 5 random facts, jokes, or poems. In this, I will talk about anything I find interesting. After faithfully reading this stuff for a week, one of three things will happen: 1) You will die of boredom, confusion, or exasperation; 2) You will hate me and want to kill me; or 3) You will genuinely enjoy my articles.
My wish is the latter.
Mr. Trivial (Ben Mechling)
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Over the years, people have formed many holiday traditions. They go from barbecuing on the 4th of July to hanging popcorn on your tree at Christmas. There are many normal or common traditions that a good many people share. There are some that to an outsider would seem nuts, but are still good traditions. There are some, though, that are not just weird, but they can be harmful or violent.
Harmful Tradition 1
We all have heard of mistletoe right? Of course you have. It is that weird plant that you hang above the door. For whatever reason, when a man and a woman walk under it, they have to kiss. Even though that is weird, it is not even half the problem. The real reason that mistletoe is a harmful holiday tradition is because mistletoe is a parasite. You read correctly, parasite. First off, a parasite is "an organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment". In other words a parasite feeds off of the host. So, mistletoe causes destruction to perfectly good plants. Is that really what you had in mind? "Oh let's you and I go over there and kiss under that death plant." Of course not! Why would you?!
The moral of our story is be more careful when picking out Christmas decorations. Do the research.
Quote of the Day
I am going to take a quick break from the article to give the quote of the day. This quote comes from Harlan Ellison. This, I think, is such a great quote; it fits my thinking and personality perfectly. The quote goes like this: "You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.” I like this quote because this is how I feel. I do not like when people are ignorant, especially when they are willingly ignorant. Then someone comes along and says," Hey, your entire website is a bunch of ignorance." Well, that is true, but this ignorance is INFORMED, if that makes sense. Anyway, Harlan Ellison is saying that it is important to be informed about the information you have (and just in general). So, if you are talking politics (for instance), do not just rattle of the highlights from the press or social media. Do your own research. Be well informed.
Harmful Tradition 2
Now back to the article. Here is a good one for you shopping fanatics. This comes with two harmful aspects. When I say, day after Thanksgiving, you most likely think, "Great day for saving." When it really is a great time for an injury. Black Friday, as this day is now called, is the day for companies to get dumb people to buy useless junk they do not need. Now if you go out and shop on this day, I am not necessarily calling you stupid, only if you buy a bunch of useless junk. This leads to the first harmful aspect of Black Friday. You harm your budget when you buy garbage. The second aspect is more dangerous, especially to your body. The potential risk of stampeding. Now, we all like to save right? Right. And we like to generally be first right? Right. So, that is why Black Friday can be so dangerous. Everyone wants to save and be first. When the door opens, watch yourself, or you could be trampling on someone or be trampled upon.
The moral of our story is be careful on days of huge savings when their are a lot of people that showed up to "save" (waste a bunch of money on useless rubbish).
What Color is the best?
According to https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-most-popular-color-in-the-157991 the best color (or most liked) is blue. The next would have to be red. Followed by green, orange, brown, and purple, respectively. The least liked of the colors is yellow. In addition to this, both men and women dislike orange more and more as they age.
Harmful Tradition 3
The third harmful tradition is about the Fourth of July. Independence Day is such a wonderful holiday. It is a day that we remember the signing of the Declaration of Independence. On that day, the colonists celebrated with good food and even fireworks. (Quick side note, the colonists did not hear the Declaration of Independence until July 8th. So, the first Fourth of July was celebrated on July 8th.) Back to the story. There are a few dangers to know about the Fourth of July. One of the dangers is driving. This may come as a surprise to some people, but when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. A great deal of people are on the road and are drunk. So, this increase in people traveling and those under the influence on the road is why this is the deadliest holiday of the year. On average, 118.4 people die each year. That is 28 more deaths that occur on average, daily.2
The moral of our story is do not drive if you do not have to on the Fourth of July. But most importantly of all, do not drive under the influence under any circumstance; it can be fatal.
Word of the Day
The word of the day is Saudade. Saudade is a Portuguese noun. It means a deep melancholy or nostalgia felt when yearning for something or someone who is not there.3
All of us have felt the feeling at one point or another. We seek for someone that can not be there. Maybe you are home sick or you had a break-up and you miss your significant other. What ever the reason, we know that this can be a trying time. So, my suggestion to you is find someone who is struggling with Saudade and reach your hand out and help them. Even if they do not say it, that is a very helpful thing to do, and they will greatly appreciate it.
In conclusion there are a few takeaways that you should know. 1) Do your research 2) Do not waste your money even if there is a "sale" 3) Be careful on the road and never drive under the influence and 4) Be kind to others, especially those suffering from Saudade.
Do your research. Do not be ignorant. May peace be with you and with your family.
Until next time,
There are 110 rules that President George Washington lived by. These rules were actually written by Jesuits about 150 years before Washington’s time. These rules talk about how you should live every aspect of your life. Some of these rules are outdated and no longer pertain to our lives today. Most of these rules are written in old English, which is no longer used. Many rules have improper grammar and oddly placed capital letters (according to today’s standards).
In this article, I will talk about the first 5 rules. First, I will write the rule (in old English). Then, I will re-write it in modern English. Lastly, I will write an interpretation and an idea of how to implement this into your daily life, or I will say that the rule is outdated and is no longer relevant in today’s society.
Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those Present.
Everything you do, in the company of others, must be respectful to those present
This rule basically means always be respectful to everyone. Everyone deserves at least some respect.
One way to implement this into your life is by not being a “mouthy” person. Watch those rude or overly sarcastic comments; they are disrespectful and hurtful.
When in the Company, put not your Hands to any Part of the Body, not usually Discovered.
When in company do not put your hands to any part of the body that might be considered rude or immodest.
This rule basically means do not pick your nose or touch private parts on your body in public.
One way to implement this into your life is, if you are a compulsive nose-picker (rhinotillexamania), pick your nose in privacy. No one wants to see you pick your nose in public.
Quote of the Day
Today’s Quote of the Day will be a little different; it will not even really be a quote. A quote is when you say the words of another. Today’s quote will be a poem. I wrote this some time ago (a good bit before this COVID-19 virus). I believe this poem is appropriate at a time like this when so may people are dying from the COVID virus. Let me not spoil it anymore, but I will continue this discussion after the poem. (Just to tell you. I have not shared this poem with anyone before I put it in my article.)
Will They Remember?
When I am long gone,
Will they remember?
All the years I have lived,
Will they remember?
All the songs I have listened to,
The movies watched; books read,
Will they remember?
When I lied and cheated,
Cursed and disobeyed,
Will they remember?
All the good that I have done.
The peace and love I shared,
Will they remember?
All those that I have loved,
And wish that I showed love for,
Will they remember?
When all is said and done.
When my life has been completed.
And when my final breath is drawn,
Will they remember?
In this poem. It makes us call to mind the important things in life. It makes us think of the things in our life that are irrelevant-to-the-important-end. It also reminds us of our own mortality, and it urges us to order our lives so that not a moment is wasted.
This poem is so fitting to this time in our lives when so many are dying, especially alone, from the COVID-19 virus. Remember this my friends, life is limited, but the good impact we leave on others can be eternal.
My suggestion for you today is to find someone close to death, and comfort them in their final days.
Shew Nothing to your Friend that may affright him.
Do not do anything that will purposefully scare a friend.
This rule basically means do not be a creep or purposefully do things you know will creep other people out. (Side note: I do not like “April Fools Day”, and this is a reason why I do not think it is a good idea.)
One way to implement this into your life is to not jump out to scare someone especially when it is at night, and it is dark, if they would not appreciate the joke.
In the Presence of Others Sing not to yourself with a humming Noise, nor Drum with your Fingers or Feet.
When in company, do not hum and do not drum with your fingers or feet.
This rule basically means if you are not alone, do not hum and do not drum your fingers of feet. This is very annoying. I know this very well because this is a common thing in my house, and it drives me crazy (as crazy as a non-expressive person can get.)
One way to implement this rule into your life is by only doing these annoying things in private.
Word of the Day
Today’s Word of the Day is rational. Rational according to the Funk and Wagnalls Standard Encyclopedic Dictionary means,” 1. Possessing the faculty of reasoning. 2. Having full possession of one’s mental faculties; sane. 3. Conformable to reason; judicious; sensible. 4. Attained by reasoning.
I chose rational as the Word of the Day because we are rational beings and we use our rationality (reason or intellect) to interact with people and the world around us. Often in today’s culture, people no longer have full appreciation for their rationality. They will take the stats from social media and the press and basically copy and paste the ideas. They do this without thinking twice. In this, they leave out their reasoning. Do they even care about these issues, or are they just talking about these issues that are popular? Do they agree to potentially false statements just because they are fad? (People wonder why I hate fads. This is one reason why: Fads are not rational enough for me.)
I believe in checking over things very carefully. I think there are too many half-truths out there, so we need to be rational and think through them before we believe and share them. This is why my friends constantly get annoyed with me. I critically analyze everything, and I take the fun out of jokes that are not logically correct.
My suggestion today is to be rational.
If You Cough, Sneeze, Sigh, or Yawn, do it not Loud but Privately; and Speak not in Yawning, but put Your handkercheif of Hand before your face and turn aside.
If you cough, sneeze, sigh, or yawn, do not do it loudly, but privately. Do not speak while yawning but put your hand in front of you face and turn aside.
This rule basically means do not make loud bodily noises, like sneezing or coughing.
One way to implement this into your life is by not coughing, sneezing, burping, or passing gas too loudly. Be courteous and do not be overly dramatic. It is annoying.
Today’s Fun Fact will be about the USS Juneau and the five Sullivan brothers from World War II. Sometime during the years between 1942 to 1943, there was a sea battle in which the United States Navy fought that of the Japanese. In the battle, the USS Juneau was torpedoed. This explosion killed most of the 700 men aboard the ship. Over one hundred men were thrown from the ship into the sea. Some of the survivors boarded the three rafts that had survived the explosion. Although there were ships nearby, those ships were ordered to have radio silence, and they did not come to save the men. The men baked in the sun without food or clean water. A plane spotted them, but the officer only filed the sighting into his daily report. The men went days without eating or drinking, while sharks surrounded the rafts, eating those who died. Due to the lack of food or water, over exposure to the sun, and other factors, many of these men wet mad.
One of the men who survived the explosion was named George Sullivan. He was one of five brothers who were on the USS Juneau. He kept calling out and searching for his lost brothers, to no avail. After days, George jumped out of the raft, thinking he could swim to shore. He was immediately eaten by sharks. Not one of the Sullivan brothers survived.
Six days after the explosion, the men were rescued. Only ten men were left alive to be rescued. The story of the Sullivan brothers was used to promote the war effort. It was not until 1994 when the true story of the USS Juneau was released to the public.
In conclusion to today’s article, I will say:
1) Obey just rules; they are put in place for our protection and the betterment of all.
2) Find someone close to death and try to comfort them in their final days.
3) Finally, be rational and use your intellect; do not just blindly follow.
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Until next time,
All rules are from George Washington's Rules to Live by written by K.M. Kostyal
Word of the Day by Standard Encyclopedic Dictionary by Funk and Wagnalls
Fun Fact by Scholastic Encyclopedia of the United State at War by June A. English and Thomas D. Jones
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This article is going to be different than all the articles I have written or attempted to write. This article is going contain ideas submitted by my loyal subscribers. The main topic is going to be about Shakespeare’s famous “To be, or not to be” soliloquy (from Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 1) . This idea was submitted by subscriber Luke J.-B. Desclefs. I will also have a Fun Fact today, which will be on the lovable Scooby-Doo and his real name. This was submitted by subscriber Rachel N. Mechling. The Word of the Day and Quote of the Day will be featured submissions also from loyal subscribers. Well, enough chit-chat; let us get started.
Quote of the Day
Today’s Quote of the Day is a good one. This one talks about things we all need to hear. This quote was found on a social platform for artists, DeviantArt. The quote goes like this, “Cherish every moment because every breath you take, someone is taking their last." This quote tells us to live our lives and to be thankful for the lives we have. We never know when our time will come. It also suggests that we should complain less because, even if we have lost all else, we still have our lives. So, for this reason alone, we should be thankful. There is another quote that ties into this first quote and idea: ”Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional” This is an old Buddhist saying that was made popular by Haruki Murakami. It basically says we all have pain, that is a fact of life, but what we do with said pain is our choice. We did not choose pain, but we can choose not to suffer. (In this quote, suffering is a psychological state.) We can choose whether or not to suffer by choosing to listen to the pain and pity ourselves, or we can choose to stop complaining and to continue living our lives.
The moral of this quote is to live as if every moment were your last. Do not complain.
This idea was submitted by subscriber Andrew P. Burns
Today’s Main Topic
Today, for the main part of this article, I will talk about the soliloquy around the phrase “To be, or not to be: that is the question” from Shakespeare’s famous Hamlet. This line is the first line in Act 3 Scene 1. In this line of the soliloquy, Hamlet is addressing the mortality of man and in that, his own existence. The line “to be” refers to being alive. Thus, “not to be” refers to death, or not being alive. According to Hamlet, life is a lack of power, but death gives power. Also, death in life in guaranteed, but life after death is not (heaven – life; hell – lack of life). This is why Hamlet is asking himself if it is better for him to be alive or to commit suicide. The soliloquy continues:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
Here Hamlet asks if it is more noble to suffer here on Earth the outrages we encounter (The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune), or to rid ourselves of the miserable world by dying to find peace (Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep). This is why Hamlet finds death empowering; it rids you of the miseries of life. Hamlet thinks life on earth is passive; it just is, and that is it. However, death is an action, a choice.
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream:
Again, this is just talking about how death is probably better than life. Then comes the catch; Hamlet calls the catch a “rub”. The rub refers the something that might sway our thinking. The rub in this instance is what it will be like after death. He goes on to say:
ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
By this he is saying, as I said before, we do not know what is to come after death. As an aside, the word “coil” means hustle or bustle, like in a party or wedding. He continues to say, in another way, what will become of us when we throw off the shackles of the “mortal coil” (the fast-paced life we live). Here he stops to consider the worth of suicide; he weighs the pros and cons of both life and death. He focuses more on the negative aspects of both.
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
From this, he names certain things that he qualifies as cons in life (the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely— insulting language). The word quietus is a legal term meaning final end, and the word bodkin means knitting a needle. With this information, we see why suicide would be so easy. It is the final end (quietus) that stops our suffering (slings and arrows of outrageous fortune), and it is as easy as knitting a needle (bodkin). But he does not stop there. If he did, he would consider committing suicide the only logical end. He also looks over the cons to death.
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Here he says that death is like traveling to an undiscovered country that, once found, you cannot leave. This land could be full of terrible horror, perhaps far worse than that of the horrors here on Earth. Taking into mind both points of view, Hamlet reaches this conclusion
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.–Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d
Just in the first line, we see that our consciences should tell us that the right choice is life. The act of taking one’s life is a sin. This added understanding, along with the noted cons of death, intensifies the terrors of suicide. In the end, he decides that suicide is not the answer for these stated reasons and others. One unstated reason is the fact that he was on a mission to avenge his father, which suicide would obviously render him unable to do. Also, he was not thinking this way in order to contemplate death (the merits of suicide); on the contrary, the soliloquy actually began as a contemplation on the meaning of his own life. In the end, he shook himself of this thinking and realized that life is worth living, regardless how terrible it might seem.
The moral of this soliloquy is the importance life is. We might have a “terrible” life, but, as Hamlet points out, life is always worth living and is a gift, so do not discard yours just because it is may seem hard.
Something this soliloquy should prompt us to think about is that there are people out there who are suicidal, and if we know someone we fear may struggle with suicidal ideation, we should help them realize the meaning of life and how it is worth living. Suicide is never the answer.
This idea was submitted by subscriber Luke J.-B. Desclefs
As I said in my opening paragraph, this fun fact is about Scooby-Doo’s real name. A good many people think the name of this cartoon canine actually Scooby-Doo, when in fact, it is just a nickname used by the show’s other characters, as is the nickname Scoob. Scoobert Doobert is another name he is sometimes called by (not cartoon-character) people who mistakenly think that is his real name. No one knows the origin of this false (as opposed to a real or nick) name. The false name Scoobert Doobert most likely originated in the Urban Dictionary. In October 2013, the Urban Dictionary first gave Scooby this false name, asserting this was his real name. A couple months later, there were a couple people that wrote social media posts about Scooby using the false name Scoobert Doobert, thinking that was his real name.
In a 1988 Scooby-Doo spinoff, “A Pup Named Scooby-Doo”, Scooby’s real first name, Scoobert, is revealed. This show talks about the gang (Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne, Freddy, and Velma) as kids. His last name (Doo) is confirmed in the episode “It’s a Wonderful Scoob” (a 1985 episode in the short-lived series “The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo”. In this episode, the wizard Vincent Van Ghoul (Vincent Price) uses he sorcery to show Scoob what his life would be like if he did not come out of retirement. Van Ghoul shows Scooby the purpose of his life by taking him to the past, including the day he was born, and potential future. At the hospital where he was born, we see Mumsy-Doo’s hospital bed. In the background of the shot we see a sign the reads Mrs. Doo. Thus, proving that Scooby’s last name is Doo and not Doobert.
In conclusion, Scoob’s real name is Scoobert Doo and not Scooby Doo, Scoob, or Scoobert Doobert.
This idea was submitted by subscriber Rachel N. Mechling
Word of the Day
For all those who do not know, I find my own word for the Word of the Day. Except for today, in which I used a subscriber submission.
The Word of the Day is eschatology. According to the online Merriam – Webster Dictionary, eschatology means:
1: a branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of humankind
2: a belief concerning death, the end of the world, or the ultimate destiny of humankind
specifically : any of various Christian doctrines concerning the Second Coming, the resurrection of the dead, or the Last Judgment
In other words, eschatology is the theological study of the end of the world. This topic is ties into Hamlet’s soliloquy, today’s Quote of the Day, and things I have written about in the past. It is important to understand that we must be ready for our final end. We must “be ready to meet our Maker”. I am sorry if I seem like a one topic man (or two topic). I often talk about readiness for death and rationality. These topics are still worth mentioning. Eschatology is more, however, then the contemplation of death. It is the theological study of the end of the world. There are many religions that have their own interpretation on this topic. I do not know much on most religions, but Christianity says that in the end, the righteous will go to heaven and the unrighteous will go to hell.
An important question to contemplate: What is to come to us after the end of all things?
“I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam” – J.R.R. Tolkien. Just thought I would throw that in.
Take away: Remember life is short, so live your life like you will die today.
This idea was submitted by subscriber Mark O. Mechling
1) Suicide is not worth it
2) Scooby-Doo’s real name is Scoobert Doo
3) Live every moment like it is your last
P.S. When you listen to my podcast, always read the description.
Until Next Time,
Eschatology: Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Eschatology. In Merriam-Webster.com dictionary. Retrieved May 30, 2020, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eschatology
Hamlet's 'To Be Or Not To Be' Soliloquy With Analysis 💀. (2020). Retrieved 30 May 2020, from https://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/quotes/soliloquies/hamlet-to-be-or-not-to-be/
A quote from The Return of the King. (2020). Retrieved 30 May 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/37413-i-am-glad-you-are-here-with-me-here-at
A quote from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. (2020). Retrieved 30 May 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/613585-pain-is-inevitable-suffering-is-optional-say-you-re-running-and
Scooby Doo's real name isn't really Scoobert Doobert. (2020). Retrieved 30 May 2020, from https://www.businessinsider.com/scooby-doo-real-name-scoobert-doobert-2017-7
I wrote not too long ago (April 11, 2020) about the first five rules of George Washington. I will build off of that article and talk about the next 5 (numbers 6 – 10). Also to prevent from sounding redundant, I will combine the explanation and implementation sections. Well, let us begin.
Sleep not when others Speak, Sit not When others stand, Speak not when you Should hold your Peace, walk not when others Stop.
Do not sleep when others speak, speak when you should hold your peace, or walk when others stop.
First off, the part “Sit not when others stand” is not so important in everyday situations. That is why I left is out in the rewrite. There are, however, certain situations where this does apply, so keep that in mind. Secondly this rule is basically saying, body language and the way we present ourselves is important. This rule is not talking about modesty of clothing (that is rule number 7), but modesty of actions. Be polite and be on the look out for other people’s needs. As the Golden Rule says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Basically, try to see all situation from another person’s “shoes”.
Put not off your Cloths in the presence of Others, nor go out of your Chambers half Drest.
Do not take off your clothes in the presence of others, not leave your room or house improperly dressed.
Basically, be modest. Give yourself and others the respect deserved by not wearing immodest clothing. Modesty can tell a lot about a person. It can show respect and it is a good example. Do not leave your house wearing immodest clothing.
Quote of the Day
Today’s Quote of the Day comes from Winston Churchill. Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of England during World War II. He was a spectacular war leader. In addition to being a great leader, he was a literary genius. One of his most known pieces is his “We shall fight on the beaches” speech (as it is commonly called). It has no formal name other than June 4, 1940, House of Commons. In addition to this he also wrote a quote which goes as follows “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something , some time in your life”. This means that we should stand for our beliefs. We should not back down just because we are pressured. For example, if you believe the moon is made of bleu cheese, do not believe anything else just because you are pressured to do so. Only change your mind if you have proof that moon is not made of bleu cheese. Now if you believe the moon is made of cheese, there is no help for you. In life, we will have people will disagree with (Churchill calls them enemies). It is just what happens. There are those who will disagree with you. This can result in a contentious relationship. We should stand for what we believe.
Remember this, do not be swayed on thinking just because you feel pressured into doing so. Also, the moon is not made of bleu cheese.
At Play and at Fire its Good manners to Give Place to last Commer, and affect not to Speak Louder than Ordinary.
When you are at play, save a spot for the late people. Also, do not speak louder that necessary.
Basically, be courteous to other people even if they are late. This is not an invitation to be late. If you can, make it on time or early. Being late does not mean you no longer have to be courteous. Be courteous to everyone else by being there on time or early. Also, do not speak louder than necessary.
Spit not in the Fire, nor Stoop low before it neither Put your Hands into the Flames to warm them, nor Set your Feet upon the Fire especially if there be meat before it.
Be careful around fire. Do not put any part of the body in the fire, especially if there is food in it.
Basically, be careful around fire. Fire can be dangerous.
Word of the Day
Today’s Word of the Day is Paean. A paean is:
1 any song of praise, joy, or triumph.
2 a hymn of invocation or thanksgiving to Apollo or some other ancient Greek deity.
First, I would like to say deity is a fun word. In short, paean is a hymn of joy or praise. This hymn is usually made for Apollo, a Greek god. Apollo was the god of music, poetry, prophecy, and medicine. Later on he also became the god of the sun. Seeing this side of Apollo is now easy to see why these hymns would be made for him. He is attributed with these arts (music, poetry, etc.)It is only fitting that he is repaid by his subjects (humans) with other hymns, merely attempting to be worthy of the mighty Apollo. Also besides these, paean is a fun word to say so that is why paean is the Word of the Day. It is worth mentioning that paean is sometimes confused with peon (a low-ranking worker).
When you Sit down, Keep your Feet firm and Even, without putting one on the other or Crossing them.
When you sit down, keep your feet together. Do not separate your feet or cross them.
Basically, sit up straight and do not cross your legs. Do not slouch (I am guilty of this). Also, it is more proper not to cross your legs. In fact, crossing your legs can be detrimental to your knees. I have had knee problems and crossing my legs made the problem worse. This eventually led to one dislocated knee and one severely aggravated knee (largely impart to the dislocated knee), almost as bad as the dislocated knee.
You have probably been told there is no word that rhymes with orange. Well, that is where you, or that someone who told you, is wrong. The word “Blorenge” rhymes with orange. Now here is where you would say “what is Blorenge”? Blorenge is a mountain in Southern Wales. Mt. Blorenge is 1841 feet in elevation.
Here is just a joke for you:
If someone tells you “nothing” rhymes with “orange”, tell them, “No, it does not.”
A few things to take away
1. Follow just rules
2. Stand up for what you believe
3. The moon is not made of bleu cheese
4. Blorenge rhymes with orange
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Light Speed and Light-Speed Travel
I have an email chat with a group of friends. On that chat, I decided to tell everyone why traveling at the speed of light is impossible. I told them. We talked along the lines of this topic for a while until some asked me how we know what the speed of light is, and how we know that the calculated speed correct. The answer I gave them is going to be the main portion of today’s article. Also, today’s Fun Fact is going to be about how light-speed travel is impossible. Here we go.
Quote of the Day
The quote is,” If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” This quote comes from the English physicist Sir Isaac Newton. Here he is saying that the reason he knows so much about science, and the reason he devised the theories he did is because those scientists that came before him (the Giants) paved the path that he merely broadened.
Light Speed - Part 1
The speed of light is 299,792,458 meters per second (that is approximately 186,282 miles per second).
A Background on the Speed of Light Calculation
For a very long time, people believed that there was not a fixed speed for light; that light was an instantaneous phenomenon. In the 17th century, Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilee (among others) sought out the prove that light did in fact have a finite speed. “He devised an experiment in which two people with covered lanterns stood a known distance apart. One person uncovered his lantern and as soon as the other person saw the light, he uncovered his own lantern. Galileo attempted to record the time between lantern signals but was unsuccessful because the distance involved was too small and light simply moved too fast to be measured this way.”
Around the year 1676, Danish astronomer Ole Roemer proved that light has a finite speed. When the Earth was closer to Jupiter, he noticed that the eclipse of Io (Io passing in front of Jupiter) took placed sooner (about 11 minutes) than predicted. He also noticed that the eclipse took place after expected (about 11 minutes) when the Earth was farther away from Jupiter. This proved that light had a finite speed and was not just an instantaneous phenomenon.
The E (E1 and E2) in the diagram represents the Earth. The J (J1 and J2) in the diagram represents Jupiter. The S in the diagram represents the Sun.
The diagram is saying that when the Earth is farther away, (E2) Jupiter’s eclipse (J2) took place after the prediction. The diagram is also saying that when the Earth is closer (E1) Jupiter’s eclipse (J1) took place before when predicted.
After Roemer discovered that light must have a finite speed, scientists set out to figure out what it is. One such person was French physicist Hippolyte Fizeau. Fizeau is “credited with making the first non-astronomical measurement, in 1849”. His method involved sending a light through a spinning toothed wheel then reflecting that to a mirror a significant distance away. One scientist (who calculated a pretty precise speed) was American physicist Albert Michelson (in the 1920’s). He did his calculations by using an eight-sided mirror apparatus. In 1983, the speed of light was calculated in a vacuum chamber and the results came out as 299,792,458 meters per second.
In addition to this, when Neil Armstrong and the other Astronauts landed on the moon, they set of a series of mirrors. Because we can calculate the distance from a particular place on Earth to the moon, you can aim a light at the mirrors on the moon, and the time it takes to get back is about twice the time it would take light reach the moon. The speed is double because the light goes to that moon and back. There are other experiments that have also calculated, and can calculate, the speed of light.
Why Light Speed Travel is Impossible
The best way to show that light-speed travel is impossible is through an equation written by Albert Einstein. Here it is:
We are going to ignore the first part of the equation (delta t’ = y delta t) and focus on the second part. The equation is saying that the mass (the 1 in the numerator) is over the square root of 1 minus your speed (v) squared over the speed of light (c) squared. That means if your speed matches that of the speed of light (299,792,458 m/s) then you will get mass over the square root of 1-1. That will give you mass over zero, and as we learned, you cannot divide by zero. If you do, you will would your mass becomes infinity, and you will implode.
As Einstein determined in his other equation, E=mc2. This means that if your mass is infinite, then the energy needed would be infinite. That is not possible in this universe because energy is neither created nor destroyed; it is a finite value, thus rendering speed of light (or faster) travel impossible. That is excluding wormholes, warped spacetime, strings, or anything of the sort.
Light Speed – Part 2
The Scientific Method
In addition with the above information, we know the speed of light is what it is because of the Scientific Method. Here is a diagram of the Scientific Method:
Through the Scientific Method, we should have confidence in the results we get based on if it matches up with what we previously know and if the results are consistent. In this case, the calculated speed of light agrees with the Scientific Method, so we should have confidence in the calculated speed.
To sum up:
1) Newton was a smart man
2) Light speed-travel is impossible
3) The speed of light is 299,792,458 m/s
4) Science is cool.
So, study science.
Until next time,
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Nothing is Real and Nothing Does Not Exist
What is nothing? Can it exist? Does it exist? Or is it unattainable? Today I am going to explain what we call nothing from a somewhat of a scientific and philosophical point of view. It might get a little bit confusing, but it should be rather interesting. I got this idea from watching a video by the Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (I will put the link in at the end). Also, today it is just going to the part about nothing. I am not good to have a Word of the Day or Quote of the Day or Fun Fact. I hope you enjoy today’s edition of Trivial Trivia.
This has probably happened to you before. You are living life, and you see someone you know. You go up to them and ask them what they are up to. They respond by saying that they are up to nothing. Have you ever stopped to think long and hard about what that actually means? Here is an explanation of nothing so that you do not have to do the hard thinking all by yourself. I saved you the beginning work, but perhaps after reading this you will be more confused and have to think harder than before.
Let us take an imaginary cubic meter. The goal is to reach nothing. If this cube existed in normal space here on earth at ground level, there would be about 1 x 10 25 air molecules. The first thing we try is a laboratory vacuum, one of the best in the world. Even then, there would still be about 10,000,000,000 molecules per cube meter. This is not good enough for us, so we take our cube to interplanetary space. However even there, there is still about 10,000,000 molecules. Just an interesting side note, the best vacuum in the world is a part of the Large Hadron Collider in CERN in Switzerland which is even better than interplanetary space. However, interplanetary space is not good enough for us again, so we head to interstellar space. But we run into a problem. There is still about 500,000 molecules in out cubic meter. We decide to venture father out into the universe, into intergalactic space. Surprise! There is less matter; however, there are still a few atoms left, but into a space of ten cubic meters. This is good; better than anything we have seen yet in our imaginary journey, but since we are very particular people, this is not good enough for us. We will not be satisfied until we have reached nothing.
We somehow find a way to get ride of all normal matter from our cube. We are happy, until we realize that our cube is full of a type of particle known as a virtual particle. This is a particle that comes in and out of existence faster than we can measure it. This is due to a phenomenon in quantum physics. We were happy before we learned about virtual particles, but now we are not satisfied. Somehow beyond all hope, we find a way to get ride of all the virtual particles. Unfortunately, that is still not what we are after. The reason is the laws of physics, space, and time all still exist in our cube. We also have a cube. Have we reached nothing? Well, this is where it is more up to the interpretation of the reader. Some will say that this is nothing. I mean we do not have anything in there, but I am not satisfied. Technically if you call it nothing, it is something in so far as you are giving it a name. The thing which is nothing has become something through trying to explain it and name it. This leaves us with this conclusion. The thing we call nothing is actually a something which makes it real, but also what we would like to think of as nothing can never exist because when it does it ceases to be nothing.
Let us go back to that question at the beginning. If you ask someone what they are up to and they say nothing, they are up to something. We just proved they are.
I hope you enjoyed today’s edition of Trivial Trivia. Remember to like, subscribe and share.
Until Next Time,
Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Nothing. 2020. [video] Directed by N. DeGrasse Tyson. StarkTalk: StarTalk.