A friend emailed me these bits of trivia.
They're all interesting, but especially this first one.
In Hickory NC you'll spend a lot longer than that waiting at red lights, if you travel Highway 127 from 1st Av SE, to 29th Av NE at
the North Pointe Shopping Center. There is no traffic flow at all. Go and stop...go and stop.........
You have to stop at about every traffic light along that route.
Whoever set these traffic lights doesn't know from "Shinola."
It would be amazing to know how much gas would be saved on this stretch of street/highway alone, if they would only adjust them to turn green in sequence if you drive near the speed limit.
Drivers would learn that if you don't speed, you won't have to
wait at the traffic light. That would control the driving 45-plus in a 35mph speed zone.
It boggles the mind to think of how anyone could hold a job
in traffic movement and not see all of the places all over this
city that need correcting , so traffic could flow smoothly.
I've lived in Hickory all of my life and it's the worst I've
Here is the trivia bit that prompted this Forum Topix :
If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years.
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
Butterflies taste with their feet.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.