But Is It Necessary?

Fiction authors play fast and loose with the truth. Some of us even have t-shirts that say “I lie for a living” in a fading elegant red font.

So, imagine my delight at stumbling on some fun and completely useless “facts.”

I put that in quotation marks because for one, I’m much too lazy to check the veracity of any of them. For two, they seem to have truthiness. And for three, unlike so much other stuff in the world, these seem harmless.

If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will eventually turn white.

I’m pretty sure this one is true, because it’s the same thing that happened to the rice in my pantry.

Women blink nearly twice as often as men.

Also true, but only because we cannot believe what they just said or did, often loudly and in public.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.

Well, sure, wasn’t everyone?

A snail can sleep for three years.

Ima call shenanigans on this one. No researcher could possible stay awake that long while staring at a snail. I mean, a slug, sure. But a snail? No way.

You share your birthday with at least nine million other people.

Better stock up on candles. Your turn to bake the cake will come around before you know it!

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

Man-o-man, I would love to see a golf ball smile.

This might be my favorite factoid, though.

The Pentagon has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary.

I have so many questions. Like, didn’t they used to call it “the necessary”?

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