April Fool’s Day

Google’s email service “Gmail” was launched on the 1st of April in 2004: April Fool’s Day!   Shortly before midnight on the 31st of March 31 in 2004, Google announced its launch of Gmail.  Although many thought it was a hoax (remember when there wasn’t any free web-based e-mail service with a gigabyte of storage?).  It was Google’s form of viral marketing.  Seems to have worked!

Now That is REALLY Big!

While the Earth is about 8000 miles wide, the Sun is approximately 900,000 miles wide (that’s about 1.4 million kilometers ).  If you imagine the Sun being a hollow ball, about one million Earths could fit inside. Now THAT is big!

Our Earth is Big, But if You Want REALLY Big!

The Earth is about 13 thousand kilometres (8000 miles) wide and is about 93 million miles away.  Although it may look only a little bigger than the moon, our Sun is a star, and is significantly bigger than every planet in our Solar System. How much bigger you ask? Find out on Friday (or look it up now).

If You Can Pronounce It . . .

Although the word “triskaidekaphobia” means fear of the number 13, the term for the fear of Friday the 13th is Paraskevidekatriaphobia.

It’s an extension of triskaidekaphobia which originates from the Greek word for Friday (Paraskevi).

Meteors Make Lakes!

The deepest lake in the United States is Crater Lake in Oregon at 1,932 feet (589 meters), but the lake pictured in Monday’s question (How Deep is Your Lake) is Lake Baikal in the southern Siberia area of Russia. Lake Baikal is not only the world’s deepest lake – it is over a mile deep (1,642 metres or 5,387 feet), but it’s also the largest freshwater lake in the world (by volume).  Crater Lake in Oregon is actually the 9th deepest lake in the world.

An additional bit of trivia for you lake buffs:   In terms of volume, Lake Superior (about 40 miles north of Munising, Michigan) while not on the top ten list of deepest lakes, is second only to Russia’s Lake Baikal in terms of sheer volume. Lake Superior contains 10% of all the earth’s fresh surface water.

Why Knot?

A group of toads is referred to as a knot!