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…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.

(This one was courtesy of Foggy Dew, and, to be honest, I had no idea which one was true. But following the Bug‘s logic, because the second one was false, this one had to be true.)

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.

Happy Friday!

And Happy (early) 4th of July!

P.S. Alice – I’ll be in touch about getting you your gift certificate – congrats!

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I am someone who likes to be right. I am also dating someone who likes to be right. In fact, when Liz Lemon said, “What? You just want to sit here and be wrong?” when told that she should have just let something slide for the sake of small talk, we were both on her side.

So, to that end, we love games with right and wrong answers – like Jeopardy and bar trivia, online quizzes and now, Truth or Fail.

You see, the other night the boyfriend sent me a video, calling it addicting. The premise was that you’d be presented with two “facts” and you had to choose the truth. It didn’t really sound like anything I’d get addicted to…until I started playing. Because each time you click on whichever item you think is the truth, the video tells you whether you were right or wrong, but then asks you another Truth or Fail. And of course I had to continue to find out if my choice was right. Otherwise, how would I know how smart I was?

Go ahead, give it a shot:

How’d you do? The first fact was one of my favorites.

(I also just found a Harry Potter version, while I was writing this post. Which may have delayed me a bit, because I obviously had to play.)

In any case, I’m pretty sure that everyone has a few tidbits of trivia stored away, whether they know it or not. That fun little fact that they use as a conversation piece. So, if you do, list in the comments the two “facts” that you’d contribute to a video like this (remember, one has to be false), and we’ll see if we can get a little round of Truth or Fail going next week.

For instance:

1) The majority of polar bears are left-handed (or, left-pawed).

2) A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s.

Leave yours in the comments, and we’ll see who the smarty pants-es are. Ready? Go!

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I think I need a crash course in soccer.

Not in actually playing the sport – that I know how to do. (And, I’ll have you know, I was a pretty tough fullback in my day.) But in following it.

You see, while I enjoy a good game in any sport, baseball and football have always been my preferred professional teams. (And I kind of have to follow hockey, now, with the Flyers on their streak.) But now, with the World Cup quickly approaching, I really want to know what’s going on.

I want to be a little bit more invested than I currently am, and than I was four years ago. I loved watching the games then, but I didn’t feel any sort of elation or heartbreak at a win or a loss because I wasn’t connected to any teams or even players!

In fact, there are only three players (I think) that I can actually name off the top of my head, and for obvious reasons:

Sad, right?

(And now I’ve just learned that Zidane has retired, I’m so behind the times, so make that two current player that I can name.)

In any case, I have less than a month to gain a general knowledge of favorites, underdogs, star players, injuries, scandals, and deep-seated rivalries. And even though I love consulting the interwebs, I’d love a little personal opinion, too.

Who are you pulling for this summer and why?

And what should I know about the teams, the players, or the tournament, above all else?

My soccer education starts now.

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When I was in third grade, each member of our class had to choose a famous person (broad, I know), and do a presentation – dressed up as whoever we were presenting on. We had a wide variety of characters – Jim Henson, Babe Ruth, Grandma Moses, Houdini. I, being the dork that I was (fine – am) was Marie Curie.

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I also don't know why I thought that black dress was appropriate for a scientist...

I couldn’t begin to tell you what made me, a self-described writer at the time, choose to present on a scientist that no other third grader had ever heard of. But I did my research, memorized my speech, and even affected an accent that I deemed appropriate for the Polish born chemist/physicist. (Note: I can’t do accents. I got mocked. Rightly so.)

And it’s amazing – there’s so much from college that I wish I could remember, but can’t (course-wise…and otherwise), yet I still remember the basic facts of that presentation from over 15 years ago.

So fast forward to last night, when I was watching Jeopardy, and shouting answers at the television. Final Jeopardy came up, and I resigned myself to the idea that I wouldn’t get it – I mean it’s Final Jeopardy, afterall. But then:

This element, formerly called Radium F, was renamed for the home country of the scientist who discovered it.

And all of a sudden I was back in third grade, reciting facts about Marie Curie, her work with radioactivity, and her discovery of radium and polonium (like Poland! get it? get it?).

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Even more exciting? Only one of the contestants got it right.

I’m pretty sure this shows that you only need an elementary school education to win at game shows. So who wants to try out with me?

I’ll take “Oregon Trail” for $1000, Alex.

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For the past few months, I’ve been preparing to go back to grad school. I’ve been researching programs, exploring my reference options, talking to my boss, and, worst of all, studying for the GREs.

Miche and I decided back in February that we’d start studying and take the test in May, just to get it out of the way. Well, May is less than two weeks away (seriously, where did April go?), and we’ve yet to register for a test date. We have, however, been studying – staying late after work to take advantage of the open conference rooms. And, I can’t speak for Miche (though I think she feels…similar? similarly?), but I have never felt dumber.

Part 1: Verbal

I thought I had a decent vocabulary. I read. I do crossword puzzles. I have a background in romance languages.

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But, apparently, that’s not good enough. Half the words on the practice test analogies, I’ve never even heard of. And forget the reading comprehension. I can hardly stay focused enough to read about the economic repercussions of different chemical treatments, much less answer questions on the material. I’m screwed. (NOT an example of my supposed decent vocabulary.)

Part 2: Math

Oh. My. God. It took me at least ten minutes to remember the formula for the circumference of a circle. And there was one point where I was convinced that there are 90 degrees in a triangle. (I’m embarrassed to admit that.) And I still have adding and multiplying square roots, arcs, and FOIL to review. Yeah, FOIL. What a bitch.

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My biggest worry before was how I’m going to pay to go back to school. Now, that looks easy compared to basic math.

Aside from simply avoiding the exam all together (not an option), any tips on how to handle it? I can clearly use all the help I can get.

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