There may be a few of you who know that I am truly obsessed with the retention of ....well....essentially USELESS INFORMATION.
That said, I hope you enjoy the 8 below. I encourage you to send me anything you would like to share...
CATHERINE THE GREAT
Her countries longest serving female leader, ruled for 33 years in the late 18th Century. She successfully overthrew her husband PETER III (who was also her second cousin!) out of the hot seat. My question is : what country did she rule ?
ANSWER : RUSSIA
ANOTHER RUSSIAN QUESTION : HOW DID THE TITLE TZAR or TSAR COME INTO BEING ?
The title TSAR is derived from the Latin title for the Roman Emperors, CEASAR…it was first used by IVAN IV (otherwise known as – yip – Ivan the TERRIBLE!) because he admired the accomplishments of the most famous Roman ruler – Julius Cea(T)SAR
BLUETOOTH : WHERE DOES THIS NAME COME FROM ?
This ground breaking 20th Century technology was actually named after the 10th Century Danish King, Harald Bluetooth. The good king was credited with uniting Denmark and Norway (wirelessly?) – two countries separated by the North Sea. Last bit of interesting information. The Bluetooth logo is a combination of an ancient Scandinavian alphabet of Harald’s initials ᚼ and ᛒ
THE WORLDS MOST FAMOUS PHILOSOPHERS...
This is quite an amazing story I picked up while watching Netflix recently.
While the world has known many exceptional PHILOSOPHERS - people regarded as "lovers of wisdom'' in their study or creation of theories about basic things such as the nature of existence, knowledge, and thought. While we still have philosophers alive today, the three most well known LOVERS OF WISDOM actually lived within 150 years of each other in different parts of the globe - neither of them knowing the other two even existed.
SOCRATES - GREEK...he NEVER wrote a single though down and everything we know about him is from famous historians and writers like PLATO.
Spoiler here....he strongly disagreed with woman holding any position with authority.....makes me think that people like Queen Elizabeth 1 and 2 as well as Catherine the Great would have loved to take him on....
He was put to death for polluting the minds of the youth !
THE BUDDAH - NORTHERN INDIA....yes, he was known as THE BUDDAH and not just BUDDAH, he was born into a very wealthy aristocratic family but found peace and clarity while living among the poor on the streets of India.
CONFUCIUS - CHINA...Confucius says...HE strongly believed the Golden Rule that people should not do to others what they do not wish to be done to them. This does sound a lot like something JESUS said...and this is where another interesting facts comes in....these three men lived around 350 to 500 years before Jesus was born !
SOUTH AFRICAN TAXIS
This is a quick question....there are two types of commuter taxis that assist the population get to and from work every morning....
Our government did a great job in upgrading the old worn out taxis a few years ago to the subsidsised TOYOTA QUANTUMS....
My question is...do you know the colloquial names for the old smaller commuter taxi ?
And second question is....do you know the name given to the newer QUANTUM taxis we see on our road ?
if you really want the answers....please send me a note and I will put you out of your misery 😊