Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Did you know?


Happy Tuesday, friends! I was reading a book recently and came across some interesting tidbits at the back of it with random facts. I am using the ones the author wrote, and I've added a few of my own as well. I wish I could remember the author...I cannot say with complete certainty, but I think it was Jodi Piccoult. Anyway, here goes. I thought I'd share a few and then I'll ask you some questions about them and see what your thoughts are. 

Did you know that one of the first things people notice about you is your shoes? The advice she gave was to wear nice shoes. Do you agree with this? I wouldn't think it was one of the first things people notice about you. It's not what I notice about people. I notice someone's hair, how they're dressed, and their smile or eyes. That being said, I do actually wear nice shoes, because I have arthritis in one of my feet and I have ankle problems thanks to years of working in a school with concrete floors. I wear cute shoes, but I cannot wear the cheap kind. 

Some of my favorite brands are these pictured above. The sandals are Remonte, the wedges are Bussola, the flip flops are Oofos, and the clogs are Dansko. 

Did you know that if you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there's a 50% chance you'll die years earlier? I didn't know this particular fact, but I do know the importance of getting up and moving every so often. I very rarely ask anyone to bring me something, unless I'm pain. I like to be the one getting and doing the things.

Did you know that there are at least 6 people in the world who closely resemble you? There's a 9% chance you'll meet one of them in your lifetime. I have a friend from high school whom I so closely resembled, that my own dad got us confused if he saw us from the back. We had the same body and build, and identical hair. Her name is Melody.

Did you know that sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger? (My dad used to do this for years!) I don't know that I could do this, though. I need a pillow, but one that's the perfect size—not too thin, not too thick.

Did you know that if a part of your body "falls asleep", you can almost always wake it up by shaking your head? I couldn't believe this one and that I'd never heard it before, but shortly after seeing this list I tried it and it worked! Also, would you believe I have a friend who broke her foot by walking on it while it was "asleep"? It's true! I never walk on mine when they're asleep now and wait on the feeling to come back.

Did you know that there are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing? They are food, attractive people, and danger. My dad tells a similar story: one of his college professors told his class that the greatest things in life are young love, coming to a relationship with Jesus, and experiencing a child be born. Dad is a sucker for romance! He always wants to know about any girlfriends in the boys' lives.

Did you know that using dry tea bags in something smelly will absorb the unpleasant odor? I haven't tried this one, but I am also a fan of using Bounce (or any brand) dryer sheets for the same purpose. It works! 

Did you know that you can survive for weeks without eating, but you'll only live 11 days without sleeping? This one does not surprise me, because you can only function for so long without a good night's rest. I was just talking to someone about this recently. 

Did you know that people who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don't? This one doesn't surprise me either! Are you someone who laughs a lot? There's nothing quite like the gift of laughter, especially the deep kind that is uncontrollable. It's one of my favorite things in life! I'm at the beach this week with my friend Dedee, and one such time we laughed that hard happened two years ago—she was telling me a story about her sister not being able to shut the car door and how their dad thought they'd done something to the car, and I instantly knew what she was talking about, because that same little part on the door got lodged in one of my vehicles one time and the door flew back open on me. It wasn't THAT funny of a story, truth be told, but I think we were tired or sundrenched or delirious or something, and she and I laughed so hard that I almost didn't make it to the bathroom in time, and she inhaled her drink wrong and it came out her nose. That just made it that much funnier! We may have been hangry, because she also accused someone of taking a bite of her slice of keylime pie. 🤣 Laughter really is the very best medicine.

This bench represents another time I laughed this hard. I was with my best friend Missy, and we got "stuck" on this bench, me because I was in a walking boot and was having major balance problems, and Missy because she's a decade older than me. 🤣 We did make it off safely, but we may have run everyone else off! 

Did you know that if you take a 10-30 minute everyday and smile as you walk, that it's the ultimate anti-depressant? I've also heard about smiling, that it takes less muscles to smile than it does to frown. 

Do you have random facts that you know? I'd love to hear from you! Thanks for reading my blog, friends! I'll be sharing what I've been up to since Monday tomorrow, so I hope you come back to visit. Love to all! 


  1. These are fun facts and I liked how you interspersed them with your own anecdotes. I will try shaking my head the next time a body part of mine falls asleep. Back in college, there was a girl who looked a lot like me, apparently. Numerous people saw her and thought that it was me. It's odd to think that someone who looked a lot like me facially, to the point people honestly got us confused also had a similar hair style and body type. What are the odds of EVERYTHING being similar about us?

  2. These were fascinating to read! Thanks for sharing- going to definitely put some of these into practice :)

  3. Maria, that's so crazy! That was how this girl and I were when I was in high school. Our voices and hair color were different, but other than that, we were very similar.

  4. These were super interesting! It would be a fun way to start a high school class with facts like these. But, we would get so off track!

  5. Amy, that's a great idea! But I totally get that. I thought they were interesting as well!

  6. I agree about the walk. I really didn't want to get up and walk this morning, but I felt so much better after I did it. I guess, partly it's because before even getting all the way cleaned up, I felt like I had already accomplished something. And I even listened to my Bible chapters for today while out. Definitely a good way to start the day.

  7. I loved reading all these random facts!!

  8. Cathy, that's such a great way to start your day! I love listening to the Bible read out loud sometimes.


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