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           TRIVIA TODAY - Tuesday, June 17, 2008 
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Greetings Infomaniacs,

I have a surprise for you! Some of you might remember 
Melissa, who was the editor of Word A Day and The Mouthpiece 
about two years ago. She left us to pursue new adventures, 
but has kept in touch since her departure.

Although she is happy with her new position, she expressed 
an interest in writing for us again as an outside editor 
and we were more than happy to oblige. 

Therefore, starting next Monday, Melissa will be taking 
over as the editor of Trivia Today. She is very excited to 
be back in the saddle and communicating with the Gopher 
audience once again. 

Please feel free to email her at melissa@gophercentral.com 
and welcome her aboard!

Now, let's enjoy some random trivia that might answer 
some everyday questions you have...


Your Trivia Today editor 


P.S. You can discuss this issue or any other topic in 
the new Trivia Today forum. Check it out here...

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                    TODAY'S MYSTERY QUOTE 

QUOTE: "Try to learn something about everything and 
everything about something."

HINT: (1825-1895), English biologist, known as "Darwin's 


                        RANDOM TIDBITS 

When fabric gets wet, light coming towards it refracts 
within the water, dispersing the light. In addition, the 
surface of the water causes incoherent light scattering. 
The combination of these two effects causes less light to 
reflect to your eyes and makes the wet fabric appear darker.


Drinking water after eating hot spicy food will not calm 
your tongue. The spices in most of the hot foods that we 
eat are oily, and oil and water don't mix. In this case, 
the water just rolls over the oily spices. What can you do 
to calm your aching tongue? Eat bread. The bread will 
absorb the oily spices. A second solution is to drink milk. 
Milk contains a substance called "casein" which will bind 
to the spices and carry them away. 


In ancient times, it was believed that certain colors could 
combat the evil spirits that lingered over nurseries. 
Because blue was associated with the heavenly spirits, boys 
were clothed in that color, boys then being considered the 
most valuable resource to parents. Although baby girls did 
not have a color associated with them, they were mostly 
clothed in black. It was only in the Middle Ages when pink 
became associated with baby girls.


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Blood is bright red in its oxygenated form and a dark red 
in deoxygenated form. In simpler terms, it is bright red 
when it leaves the lungs full of oxygen and dark red when 
it returns to the lungs for a refill. Veins appear blue 
because light penetrating the skin is absorbed and 
reflected in high energy wavelengths back to the eye. 
Higher energy wavelengths are blue.


Onions, like other plants, are made of cells. The cells 
are divided into two sections separated by a membrane. 
One side of the membrane contains an enzyme which helps 
chemical processes occur in your body. The other side of 
the membrane contains molecules that contain sulfur. When 
you cut an onion, the contents on each side of the 
membrane mix and cause a chemical reaction. This reaction 
produces molecules such as ethylsufine which make your 
eyes water.


Camels are called "ships of the desert" because of the way 
they move, not because of their transport capabilities. 
Camels sway from side to side because they move both legs 
on one side at the same time, elevating that side. This is 
called pacing, a ship-like motion which can make the rider 
feel sick.



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                  *** Weekly Mind-Scrambler *** 

Pronounced as one letter,
And written with three,
Two letters there are,
And two only in me.
I'm double, I'm single,
I'm black, blue, and gray,
I'm read from both ends,
And the same either way.

What am I?

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Answer will be posted in Friday's Trivia Today. Good Luck! 
If your name appears in Friday's newsletter, 
email me your complete name and address and I will ship 
your prize. 
Be sure to put "Winner" in the subject line.


QUOTE: "Try to learn something about everything and 
everything about something."

ANSWER: Thomas Henry Huxley

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