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Random trivia

May 10th, 2008 · Posted by Skuds in Life · 7 Comments · Life

I read somewhere yesterday that Socrates was a trained sculptor.  I can’t remember exactly where I read it or what the context was, but its just the sort of odd thing I enjoy discovering.


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  • jams o donnell

    I love that feeling of serendipitu you get. I got it when I found out that the Tradewinds do not have a commercial meaning. It comes from the word trade meaning path… Live and learn even in one’s mid 40s!

  • skud's sister

    My favourite fact this week is that if every one of the UKs 10 million office workers used one less staple a week they would save 120 tonnes of steel in a year. Very laudable and I am always concerned about waste & recycling but sometimes I think that I’m glad somebody else digs out these facts so I can have a life….(although I am using this fact in a Learning at Work Week session I am doing tomorrow afternoon in a half-day off work so maybe I don’t have a life?!)

  • Danivon

    I found out today that Charles Babbage invented the cow-catcher (the wedge-shaped grille on the front of trains).

  • Skuds

    Now that *is* random.

    The trouble with the staple fact is that lots of office workers now do not use staples at all. I doubt if I use more than one a week on average.

    A better fact is that if all the reams of Niceday paper used by office workers in the UK to elevate their PC monitors were placed in a pile it would be three times the height of the Empire State Building.

    A fact only slightly spoiled by the fact that I made it up.

  • skud's sister

    Working in an office is not quite the same as being an office worker. How about my new fact – batteries use 50 times more energy to produce than they supply….

  • Skuds

    Whether its true or not thats a good one.

  • skud's sister

    Even better, there is a website called which helps you get the most out of any batteries you really need to use (mobile, laptops etc). I never knew research was so much fun…