Sound Smart at a Party – February ’14


Google TimerIf you have access to Google, you have a timer. Type “timer for fifteen minutes” in the search bar and, lo and behold, Google will set off a beeping noise that sounds like an oven timer after the allotted time expires. The limit seems to be the 24-hour mark, but if that’s something you’ve decided you really need, set it for 23:59 and voila!


Do you reach for coffee grounds described as “Dark Roast,” assuming that the deeper the brown color, the more caffeinated you’ll feel as a result? Do you believe that dark roast coffee will erase a poor night’s sleep and boost your energy levels to colossal heights? Hate to break it to you, but you’ve been doing it wrong. Dark-roasted coffee has been roasted longer, so while the flavor might be deeper and more robust, some of its potent caffeine is left in the roaster! Blonde roast coffee has more caffeine, but—also contrary to popular belief—not necessarily more fun.

What do you get when you cross residents of a city who both doubt the accuracy of the Bible and report the lowest frequency of Bible reading? The most Godless city in America! According to a study by the American Bible Society, Providence, R.I., and New Bedford, Mass., are the two least “Bible-minded” cities in the United States. You might think that New York (or at least Wall Street) would rank as its own Sodom or Gomorrah, but NYC didn’t even rank in the top 10. Or bottom 10, actually.

[colored_box color=”blue”]TOUCAN SCAM
Breaking news on the cereal front: It turns out that the corresponding fruit flavors coinciding with the different colors in Kellogg’s Froot Loops are not what they seem. The yellow is not lemon. The purple is not grape. They are all, in fact, the same exact flavor. Bummer.[/colored_box]

Sound Smart at a Party

That’s the number of deaths in the winter Olympics since 1924. Two lugers and two downhill skiers perished in practice runs.

Do you think Edgar Allen Poe knew that a pack of ravens is called a “conspiracy” and an “unkindness”? Nevermore.

1/8 of U.S. workers have had a job at McDonald’s at some point in their lives.

(Photo credit: DiscountDisneyWorldTickets.com)
(Photo credit: DiscountDisneyWorldTickets.com)
Disney World’s legendary Space Mountain Roller Coaster’s first riders were the astronauts Gordon Cooper, Jim Irwin and Scott Carpenter.

¿Cómo estás? Voulez vous coucher avec moi? According to the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, being bilingual has been shown to delay dementia by an average of four and a half years. Capische? (Note the bilingual word used at the end of the first write-up.)

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