Revisiting Paris (no passport or thinking required)

Robert Roe

Last weekend hotel heiress and famous for being famous person Paris Hilton lit up the Twitterverse with a simple request: “Tell me something I don’t know…” Of course, the internet was more than happy to oblige. Quick disclaimer – it’s Twitter, so these factoids are in “as is” condition. What do I look like – Snopes?

Replying to @ParisHilton: There are so many stars in the universe that if it weren’t for all the interstellar gas and dust blocking your view the night sky would appear almost entirely bright white.

Replying to @ParisHilton: Floccinaucinihilipilification is one of the longest non-medical/scientific English words, which means valueless, which ironically is valueless itself as it’s never used in the conversation.

Replying to @ParisHilton: If someone asks, “What time is it?” The only correct answer is “Now.” If you quote a time from any device, by the time your mind processes the information and you regurgitate it back to the person that asked, you will be telling them about the past and incorrect!

Replying to @ParisHilton: In Connecticut, it is illegal to sell a pickle that does not bounce when dropped from the height of one foot.

Replying to @ParisHilton: The only member of ZZ Top not to have a beard is called Frank Beard.

Replying to @ParisHilton: All the numbers 1-999 don’t have the letter “A” in them.

Replying to @ParisHilton: Some species of Antarctic fish lack red blood cells and so they have freaky looking clear blood. All Antarctic notothenioid fish also have antifreeze in their blood to stop their body from freezing.

Replying to @ParisHilton: Most toilets flush in E flat.

Replying to @ParisHilton: All swans in England belong to the Queen.

Replying to @ParisHilton: No piece of square paper can be folded more than 7 times in half.

Replying to @ParisHilton: Hippos have pink sweat.

Replying to @ParisHilton: I learned everything I know about emotions from @MariahCarey.

Replying to @ParisHilton: Lake City Minnesota USA is the birthplace of waterskiing.

Replying to @ParisHilton: Many millipedes smell like cherries and will fluoresce under a blacklight!

Replying to @ParisHilton: The 90’s one hit wonder pop group “Portishead” share their name with a small town 13 miles south of Bristol UK that is a twin town of “Den Dungen” a small village in the Dutch province of North Brabant.

Replying to @ParisHilton: The guy who created ‘Hey Arnold!” is the brother-in-law of the guy who created ‘The Simpsons.’

Replying to @ParisHilton: France was still executing people by guillotine when the first Star Wars movie came out.

Replying to @ParisHilton: In the field of psychology, the Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people of low ability have illusory superiority and mistakenly assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is.

Replying to @ParisHilton: Your body contains about 1.6 pounds of phosphorus.

Replying to @ParisHilton: In the Philippines there is an island, within a lake, in a volcano, in a lake on an island.

Replying to @ParisHilton: 2013 was the first year since 1987 not to have two of the same numbers in the year title.

Replying to @ParisHilton: Apart from your name, Paris is also the capital city of France…

Replying to @ParisHilton: One-Eyed Willy was a famous pirate back in 1632 and he got trapped in a cave in Astoria, Oregon. Mikey, Chunk, Mouth, Brand, Stef, Andy and Data went to find his “rich stuff”. Chester Copperpot was the last person to search for One-Eyed Willy’s stolen treasure.

Leave it to the fine citizens of our nation to find the right words in response to the most vacuous of comments.

This week, as we continue to commemorate our nation’s independence, it is a testament to the Spirit of America that while some promote divisiveness and predict our country’s demise, others are able to keep their sense of humor in the face of such negativity. Comfortable in that knowledge, I believe the USA will be fine.

Robert Roe