…Alice, of Alice’s Wonderland!
Out of everyone who answered all the questions, she answered the most correctly. So she gets to be Ms. Smarty Pants (but only if she wants).
And, if you’re curious, the truths are (almost all based on pseudo-extensive internet research)…
1. The Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903 was 1 foot shorter than the length of the cargo bay of a C-5 Galaxy cargo plane.
2. The majority of polar bears are left-handed (or, left-pawed).
3. The body doesn’t absorb cold water as well as it does “luke-warm”/hot water (closer to the body’s natural temperature, 98.6).
(From Heather, our resident RD.)
4. Though many people think that the tongue is the strongest muscle in the body, it’s actually more accurate to say that the jaw muscle is the strongest.
5. In certain countries there are specific laws when it comes to naming your children – in Germany and Iceland you can’t name your child anything that doesn’t indicate the child’s gender.
6. In local elections in Iceland, the campaign promises of one candidate included building a Disneyland. He won.
7. The term “Ivy League” used to refer only to the sports programs of those schools, because they were Division I.
8. President Harry Truman’s middle name is just S. Therefore, it’s incorrect when it’s written out with a period after the letter, like so: Harry S. Truman.
(Update: It’s been brought to my attention that, according to AP style, it’s technically not incorrect to place the period after the S – even though it’s not an initial. [And I disagree with this, but it's not the first time I've disagreed with AP style.] But the other option for 8 was still entirely untrue. So, this doesn’t actually change the winner, it’s just good to know.)
And just think, now, with all this trivia under your belt, you can wow and amaze people at your next gathering. Or leave them talking about how odd you are for knowing it. Either way.
And Happy (early) 4th of July!
P.S. Alice – I’ll be in touch about getting you your gift certificate – congrats!