Seven fascinating facts that prove the value of learning

It’s said that one key to maintaining a positive state of mind is to keep learning, so let’s try a brief experiment.


1. When clocks and watches are shown in advertisements, their time is nearly always set to 10:10.

2. The city of Los Angeles developed from a settlement originally known as ‘El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula’.

3. One historical definition of the informal time unit, a ‘jiffy’, was how long it takes light to travel one centimetre in a vacuum.

4. In the 1980s, American Airlines saved $40,000 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in First-Class.

5. On a QWERTY keyboard, the word ‘typewriter’ can be formed using only keys in the top row.

6. Among many others, William Shakespeare invented the words ‘luggage’ and ‘advertising’.

7. If you were to stretch an original Slinky toy to its full length, it would be approximately 67 feet long.

Seven pieces of trivia: how did you feel as you read them?

You may have been a little intrigued.

You might have seen some before, but perhaps not all.

Although I did my best to check them, you might have questioned their integrity

At worst (and I hope not) you may have wondered why I was wasting your time.

If nothing else, though, for the 25 seconds or so it took you to scan them, you’ll not have been concentrating on other matters which might be on your mind at the moment – perhaps things which are getting to you.

So it’s given you a brief respite from your troubles and – just maybe – demonstrated that there really is value in keeping up with your learning.

A useful ‘hint’ perhaps (another Shakespearian word invention).

10 thoughts on “Seven fascinating facts that prove the value of learning

  1. I consider myself an eternal student! Learning new things keeps my brain happy and life interesting. There is so much to learn regardless of your age.

  2. I love quirky little nonsense facts they are usually quite interesting and something that you just wouldn’t think of. I often think (in the case of the slinky) who would unravel a slinky and measure it? I know they wouldn’t but it always makes me smile when I have the image in my head of someone doing something like that just to find out the answer!

    If I don’t contact you again before Christmas , have a great break Jon and may you have a fabulous New Year! Keep up the great work! I love it! Cheers, my friend!

  3. And that is why I follow Dutch lessons on a Saturday morning… work, no teenagers, no work colleagues…just me and a bunch of strangers and a whole new perspective…

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