Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016


In probability theory, the birthday problem or birthday paradox concerns the probability that, in a set of  n randomly chosen people, some pair of them will have the same birthday. By the pigeonhole principle, the probability reaches 100% when the number of people reaches 367 (since there are only 366 possible birthdays, including February 29).

However, 99.9% probability is reached with just 70 people, and 50% probability with 23 people. These conclusions are based on the assumption that each day of the year (except February 29) is equally probable for a birthday.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

RANDOM FACT #33 - The RIGHT Lung is Bigger than the LEFT

Each lung is divided into upper and lower lobes. The right lung is larger and heavier than the left lung, which is somewhat smaller in size because of the position of the heart. The upper lobe of the right lung contains another triangular subdivision known as the middle lobe.

The heart is asymmetrical and is more on the left side of the body than on the right. Thus it follows that the left lung is smaller because there’s a heart in the way.


Monday, November 7, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


In 1999, two mathematicians, Thomas Yink and Yong Mao, examined the actions involved in tying a necktie and calculated that there were 85 different ways to do so.
However, a new team of mathematicians has trumped their research. Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and a small team of mathematicians found that Fink and Mao had left out some possibilities. 
"We extend the existing enumeration of neck tie knots to include tie knots with a textured front, tied with the narrow end of a tie," Vejdemo-Johansson wrote in the abstract of the team's paper, "More ties than we thought". 
"These tie knots have gained popularity in recent years, based on reconstructions of a costume detail from The Matrix Reloaded, and are explicitly ruled out in the enumeration by Fink and Mao (2000)."  
With this discovery, the team realised that something wasn't quite right, so they had a look at Fink and Mao's research. They realised that Fink and Mao had restricted the number of tucks that occur at the end of knotting the tie to just one. They had also made the assumption that any knotwork would be covered by a flat section of fabric, and restricted the number of windings to just eight.  
Armed with this information, Vejdemo-Johansson's team adjusted the parameters of Fink and Mao's language and calculated that the number of possible knots is much, much higher than the previous calculations: 177,147, to be precise.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016


“They feed in the air, they mate in the air, they get nest material in the air,” says Susanne Åkesson from Lund University in Sweden. “They can land on nest boxes, branches, or houses, but they can’t really land on the ground.” That's because their wings are too long and their legs are too short to take off from a flat surface. Hence the fittingly-named birds' species name, Apus, which translates to "footless". It's actually safer for them to be up in the air than on the ground.

Monday, October 31, 2016


Fun and fascinating facts in the world of numbers...


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

CANADIAN Facts #1 - The coldest temperature ever recorded in Canada...

Now THAT'S cold!

To put the freeze into perspective, the coldest temperature ever recorded in Toronto was -31.3 C on Jan. 4, 1981. It was -44.7 C with the windchill. The coldest place on Earth is Antarctica, where it was -93 on Aug. 10, 2010.


Monday, September 26, 2016

RANDOM FACT #31 - The Last PUBLIC EXECUTION in the United States was in 1936...

Many scholars maintain that the unprecedented nationwide attention and coverage the execution received caused the United States to outlaw public executions. Therefore, Bethea was the last individual to be hanged publicly in the United States.

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Autumn, also known as fall in North American English, is one of the four temperate seasons. Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter, in September (Northern Hemisphere) or March (Southern Hemisphere), when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier and the temperature cools considerably. One of its main features is the shedding of leaves from deciduous trees.

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Do you use the word Fall or Autumn? Take our poll on SCG Niagara!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

RANDOM FACT #29 - NASA was Once FINED $400 for Littering over Western Australia

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Skylab was the United States' first space station, orbiting Earth from 1973 to 1979, when it fell back to Earth amid huge worldwide media attention. Launched and operated by NASA, Skylab included a workshop, a solar observatory, and other systems necessary for crew survival and scientific experiments. It was launched unmanned by a modified Saturn V rocket, with a weight of 170,000 pounds (77,111 kg). Lifting Skylab into low earth orbit was the final mission and launch of a Saturn V rocket (which was famous for the first--and subsequent--manned moon landings).

Monday, March 28, 2016

A FEW THINGS ABOUT... Cadbury Creme Eggs

Hershey's USA creme egg to the left
and the UK Cadbury creme egg to the right
Creme Eggs are produced by Cadbury UK in the United Kingdom and by Cadbury Adams in Canada.

They are sold by Mondelēz International in all markets except the US, where the Hershey Company has the local marketing rights. At the Bournville factory in Birmingham, in the UK, they are manufactured at a rate of 1.5 million per day.

The Creme Egg was also previously manufactured in New Zealand but, since 2009, they are imported from the UK.

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How they are made:

So if you thought all that gooey fondant was injected into Cadbury's chocolate Easter eggs - think again. Turns out the white-and-yellow filling is in fact, placed inside two halves of the egg, which are sandwiched together to make a whole (check out the video below).

Monday, March 14, 2016

A FEW THINGS ABOUT... Daylight Saving Time (DST)

Not everyone agrees with DST. Here are some experts' tips on making the transition easier:

  • Move your clock forward early, say 8 or 9 p.m. then go to bed at your normal time. You're giving up an hour during the day but will stay on schedule sleep wise.
  • Skip the snooze button. Keeping a good routine when going to bed and waking is key to an easier transition. One day a year of change isn't enough to mess up your schedule as long as it isn't routine.
  • Get plenty of sunlight once you are awake. Daylight is a cue to your internal clock to stop producing melatonin, the hormone that makes you feel sleepy.
  • If you're sensitive to the time change, don't overschedule yourself the first few days. Doing too much can make those feelings of fatigue even worse.
  • Be extra careful on the road. The darker part of the day now falls in the morning hours and people may be tired. It's a good time to play it extra safe on the roads.
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CURRENT FACT #1: The World's TALLEST KNOWN Living TREE is Called: Hyperion

Monday, February 29, 2016


February 29 is a date that usually occurs every four years, and is called leap day. This day is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure, because the Earth does not orbit the sun in precisely 365 days. Here are a few more things about Leap Day we discovered...

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Monday, February 15, 2016


The first Family Day in Ontario was celebrated on February 18, 2008.  It was introduced in Saskatchewan in 2007 and in British Columbia in 2013. Although it was campaigned to make Family Day a federal holiday, it is still a civic holiday which means that some federal employees do not get the day off.
By the way, Family Day is also celebrated in South Africa, in the American states of Arizona and Nevada, in Vanuatu, in Vietnam, and in the Australian Capital Territory.


Lips. We take them for granted all the time. What if we didn't have them? We wouldn't be able to pucker up now would we.
As for those wrinkles we have on our lips, otherwise known as lip-prints, did you know they are unique to each individual and are often used in human identification?
Here are some more interesting LIP facts you probably never knew!

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Saturday, February 6, 2016


It's that time of year and we think everyone has just about covered every fact there is to know about the Super Bowl. Last year's Super Bowl game in which the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks was the most watched single television program ever in the U.S, seen by a record 114.4 million viewers. Beyoncé will also be the first female to repeat as a halftime performer in this year's game.

For this year's Super Bowl 50:

  • 40 million plan to share their favorite ads online after the game of Super Bowl
  • 35 million will share ads via Facebook, 2.4 million will e-mail a YouTube link and 1.6 million will share via Twitter
  • 40 million Americans will order takeout or delivery food from a restaurant and
  • The average person is expected to spend $63.84 on game-related merchandise, apparel and snacks

Here are a few more things about and related to the Super Bowl...

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

RANDOM FACT #24 - The Most LIGHTNING-STRUCK Place on Earth Occurs Over This LAKE in Venezuela

A FEW THINGS ABOUT... Fingernails

Fingernails. We always take them for granted. They are similar to claws in other animals and the tough protective protein, keratin, is also found in the hooves and horns of different animals. Here are a few more things about fingernails you might not have known.

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea or DPRK, describes itself as a self-reliant socialist state, but critics think otherwise, regarding it as a totalitarian dictatorship.Some even go so far as to call it Stalinist. Still, everyone's fascinated with North Korea. Here are a few things you probably didn't know about it.

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eBay is an online auction and shopping website in which people and businesses buy and sell a broad variety of goods and services worldwide. The website is free to use for buyers, but sellers are charged fees for listing items and again when those items are sold - but we guess you already knew all that.
But did you know these things about eBay?

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A FEW THINGS ABOUT.... Chocolate

Chocolate. Who doesn't love it? Everyone knows it comes in dark, milk or white but what else do you know about this irresistible treat?

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