Fascinating conversation starters

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Cheap clothes and free fleas?

Someone asked me how the term flea market was established – like I’m some kind of authority on the subject.  But I do love words and how their usages change over time, so I pulled out my handy book “Fascinating word origins.”  Apparently the term dates to the 19th century in France where a huge open market featured all sorts of garments infested with you know what.

As my research continued I learned some other tidbits which you can use to enhance your cocktail party conversation during the holiday season.  For example:

*The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It’s like a human jumping the length of a football field.
*If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. (Hardly seems worth it.)
*A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death. (Creepy.)
*Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.  (Do not try this at home…… maybe at work.)
*Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.
If you’re ambidextrous, do you split the difference?   *Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump. (I think that’s a good thing.)
*An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.  (I know some people like that.)

Update – left handed people don’t live as long because of the accidents using right handed equipment.  Okay lefties, let’s get organized and claim our rights to left handed equipment.

2 thoughts on “Fascinating conversation starters

  1. But, Emily, I just read about 2 days ago that left-handed people are more intelligent than their right-handed counterparts—does that make you feel any better?

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