The 56% Typing Solution

When it comes to typing with only the left or the right hand, the “lefties” win the length contest.  Using your left hand on a standard English keyboard typewriter, you can type out the words ‘stewardesses’ and ‘reverberated’ but using your right hand, the longest words you can type in English are ‘lollipop’ and ‘monopoly’.   Then again, since Christopher Latham Sholes invented the modern typewriter, there has always been a left-handed bias. In 1954, “The Wonderful Writing Machine” by Bruce Bliven claimed that the key arrangement actually gives your left hand about 56% of the key strokes.  Since then language has changed so if anyone knows of more up-to-date study, enlighten us trivia types!

What’s Your Type: Left or Right?

What are the longest words in the English language that can be typed using only the left hand and the longest words that can be typed using only the right hand?

Mary Had a Great Swing

The term “caddie” originated with Mary, Queen of Scots. As a young girl, Mary went to France for school (and survival). Louis, the King of France, found out that she loved the Scottish game “golf,” so he had the first golf course outside of Scotland built for her to use. Of course, Mary required a proper chaperone while she played, so King Louis hired young cadets from a nearby military school. As you can imagine, As you might guess, Mary enjoyed the company of these young ‘cadets’ a great deal and when she returned to Scotland, she continued the practice. In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into “caddie.”

Spring is a Time for Renewal

One of the oldest calendars known to recorded history, the Solar Hijri is the answer to our timely question this past Monday. Nowruz (sometimes spelled Noruz).The calendar’s new year’s day always falls on the vernal (March) equinox.

Need a Date?

Which calendar has six months with 31 days, the next five months with 30 days and the last month 29 days, except for leap years when the last month has 30 days?

You Are My Type

Our last trivia question (UBCF for those loyal readers) asked you to tell us the longest English word that can be made typing on a single row of the standard typewriter keyboard?

The answer?

Why, typewriter, of course!

This Word Might Cause a Row

What is the longest word in the English language that can be made using the letters on only a single row of the standard English alphabet keyboard?

Trivia on a Planetary Scale

Venus – the only planet in our solar system that rotates clockwise – is the answer to last Monday’s astronomical question.  For you real trivia buffs, the answer to our extra credit question is Triton – the only one moon in our solar system that rotates opposite to that of its corresponding planet, Neptune!

It’s Simply Astronomical

Can you identify the only planet in our solar system that rotates clockwise?  For extra credit, name the only moon (and it’s corresponding planet) in our solar system that rotates in a direction opposite to rotation of the planet it orbits?