Thanksgiving. A time for giving thanks, spending time with family, and for some, watching football. An age-old tradition, seemingly simplistic in nature, but chalk full of history and interesting tidbits you might not know. Below are 11 Thanksgiving facts to share around the dinner table this year.
If you’ve ever been faced with squaring numbers, you know that once you get beyond the single digits, the outcome is a product that is pretty large. And just seeing the answer likely makes you cringe, as you think, “how could I possible do that without a calculator?” Well here’s the thing – you actually […]
Is Russia part of Europe or Asia? We think that the answer is “both,” and here is why. Is Russia Part of Europe or Asia? European? Asian? Why not both? The answer to whether Russia is officially a part of Europe, or a part of Asia, is one of those annoying parts of general knowledge […]
What does SOS stand for? Many people believe SOS is short for “Save Our Ship,” or “Save Our Souls,” but this is actually not true. What is true, however, is that SOS is undeniably a distress signal. The Maritime community adopted SOS as a distress call specifically for ships, based on Morse Code. Mark HealdMark […]
Tom Hanks is one of the most well-known and loved actors in Hollywood. His resume is impressive, and it’s hard to pick a favorite among his many iconic films. Fortunately, we have statistics to help determine what fans consider to be his most memorable movies. The Sporcle quiz, Tom Hanks Movies, has been played over […]
Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos in Spanish, is a Mexican holiday celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd. It is a time for Mexicans to honor and remember loved ones who have passed on. While this all may seem a bit sad and gloomy, Day of the Dead is actually a […]
Can’t get enough geography? We’re right there with you. The world is a big, beautiful, fascinating place. Here are a few interesting geography facts related to Europe. 1. Europe is home to two countries that are completely landlocked by Italy. San Marino and Vatican City, two fully sovereign nations, are both completely surrounded by Italy. […]
Since 1907, New York City has been celebrating New Year’s Eve by dropping a giant ball in Times Square. Aside from being seen in-person by countless wide-eyed New Yorkers, millions across the world tune in to their TVs each year to watch the ball being dropped. The New Year’s Eve ball drop is cemented so […]
Halloween is a holiday observed by many people around the world. It is a time for dressing up in costume, carving pumpkins, and taking part in a host of other traditions. It all can seem a bit silly when you really think about it. So why do we do it? Why do we celebrate Halloween? […]
There is no doubt that people in medieval Europe were extremely superstitious and prone to believing tall tales. But who can blame them? They lived in a time period where religion dictated daily life and played an integral part in how people understood the world around them. Beyond that, very few people were literate or […]
Maybe you’re familiar with the dread of the inevitable high school Sadie Hawkins dance. Or maybe you remember that breakthrough Christian-pop hit from the early 2000s. Either way, it’s likely you’re familiar with the idea of Sadie Hawkins. In case you’re not, it’s the time-honored tradition of manufacturing an opportunity for girls to ask boys […]
What is the Capital of South Africa? It turns out, the answer is not as easy as one might think. South Africa is amongst a minority of countries that does not have a single capital city. Instead, South Africa boasts three capital cities, one for each branch of government. Pretoria is the administrative capital of […]
You probably learned your ZIP code in kindergarten when you learned your address, how to tie your shoes, and how to tell time. It’s an important number. It’s how you get your mail. In some cases, it distinguishes your address from another address in the city with the same street name. Maybe it’s a number […]
While many people claim Latin is dead, Latin phrases, words and terms are common in everyday language. But unfortunately, many people using these terms don’t quite understand their meaning, and sometimes use them incorrectly. Here are nine Latin phrases that you often hear — and maybe even say — but you might not fully understand.
Once the ghosts, skeletons and witches start making their appearance in stores, so does the candy. Americans buy 600 million pounds of candy each year. Some types of candy are more popular than others and the facts behind these favorite treats will make you want to run out and say “Trick-or-Treat,” and enjoy some delicious […]