The other day I read a random fact that made stop in my tracks for a moment.
The reaction came because it was something that I had never thought about before.
The queen stands 5’4.
Since I had never considered her height before, it was a “Wow” moment.
That led me down a rabbit hole as I began thinking about other bits of random trivia.
I did this research from a variety sources on the Internet so I can’t completely vouch for its veracity.
Let the trivia begin.
• It’s 553 kilometres straight east from Lloydminster to the Manitoba border. (www.worldatlas.com)
• Marilyn Monroe, Andy Griffith and the fictional character in Mad Men, Don Draper, were all born on June 1, 1926. (www.wikipedia.com)
• It’s estimated there are between 20,000 and 25,000 polar bears living in the wild, with 60 per cent of them in Canada. They can also be found in Greenland, Siberia, Alaska and Norway. (www.greatbear.org)
• In recognition of the recent U14 Western Canadian Softball Championship here in Prince Albert, I discovered that the fastest clocked softball pitch ever thrown was 167 km/h. (Some accounts say the number was actually 183 km/h.) The man who threw the pitch was Eddie Feigner, who famously toured with the King And His Court putting on softball games. Feigner died in 2007. (washingtonpost.com)
• There are two Canadian cities that have had NHL franchises in the last 100 years but no longer do. They are Quebec City (the Athletic Club left in 1920, the Nordiques in 1995) and Hamilton (the Tigers left in 1925.) The Athletic Club became the Tigers, which folded. Their players went to the New York Americans. The Nordiques, of course, became the Colorado Avalanche, who won a Stanley Cup immediately after moving to Denver. (nhl.com)
• While a casual Blue Bombers fan shouldn’t be encouraging the sea of green around me, the Saskatchewan Roughriders began wearing green and white uniforms in 1948 when a member of the executive found a set of jerseys and pants discounted in a store in Chicago. The original colours in 1910 were gold and purple, a combination not seen again until either the Los Angeles Kings wore those colours in 1967 or the advent of disco in the late 1970s. I don’t judge. (www.riderville.com)
Before you write, I stopped watching pro sports years ago but I am aware of how many wins each team has this year.
• The oldest known full-size guitar that is still in existence is thought to be one made around 1590 by a Portuguese builder. (www.frets.com)
• Can you guess which continent has had the highest recorded temperature? If you said North America, you would be right. In 1913, it hit 56.7 C (134 F) in Death Valley, Calif. The next closest is Africa, where it hit 55 C Tunisia in 1931. The all-time high in Antarctica is 15 C, set in 1974. (www.infoplease.com)
• Sticking with weather, the most rain to ever fall in the U.S. in one minute is 1.23 inches (Unionville, Md., in 1956) and in an hour is 13.8 inches (Central West Virginia in 1943.) (www.wunderground.com)
• The land mass of Saskatchewan is 651,036 km. The country closest in size to Saskatchewan is Afghanistan, which is 652,230 square km. (www.worldatlas.com and www.wikipedia.com)
• Here are a few countries smaller than this province. France (640,679). Ukraine (603,500). Sweden (450,295). Japan (377,930). (www.wikipedia.com)
• The deepest lake contained entirely in Saskatchewan is Wollaston Lake, which hits a maximum depth of 310 feet. Lakes on the Manitoba and Alberta borders that are deeper are Reindeer Lake (710 feet), Lake Athabasca (407 feet) and Cold Lake (325 feet). (www.lakelubbers.com)
• There are 67 different fish species in this province’s lakes and rivers, 58 of which are native to Saskatchewan. Water covers one eighth of the province. (www. enviroment.gov.sk.ca)
• We all know that the four biggest cities in the province by population are Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw. Filling out the top 10, according to the 2011 census, in order are Yorkton (15,669), Swift Current (15,503), North Battleford (13,888), Estevan (11,054), Weyburn (10,484) and Martensville 7,716. (I excluded Lloydminster because a big chunk of it is in Alberta. It would be 10th if included with 9,772 people.) (www.wikipedia.com)
• The longest highway in Saskatchewan is Highway 2, which runs 809 kilometres from the U.S. border to La Ronge. Parts of it were graded in the 1920s and parts of it first received asphalt in the early 1950s. (www.wikipedia.com)
• Prince Albert National Park is one of 44 national parks in the country. At 3,874 square kilometres, it’s the 10th largest. Grasslands National Park, located south of Swift Current near the American border, is 906 square kilometres while Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba is 2,973. Most of the largest Canadian parks are in the north. (www.georgewright.org).
• Thomas McKay was elected Prince Albert’s first mayor back in 1885. (saskbiz.ca)
• Penguins spend up to 75 per cent of their lives in the water. (www.defenders.org)
• Scientists say that an asteroid would need to be more than 0.4 km (a quarter-mile) wide upon impact to do significant damage to the planet. The asteroid belt contains more than 750,000 asteroids that are larger than a kilometre. (www.space.com)
• The odds of winning the big prize in Lotto 6-49 are nearly one in 14 million. (www.olg.ca)
• Here are the odds of being killed in some strange ways in the United States. Lightning (One in 126,158). Hornets, wasps or bees (71,107). Legal execution (79,815). Bitten or struck by a dog (122,158). Cataclysmic storm (126,158). Intentional self-harm (106). Motorcycle rider (907). Cyclist (4,982). (www.nsc.org)
• There were 5,825 people in Canada aged 100 years or older in 2012, according to the census. (www.canada.com)
• The wettest month in Prince Albert for rainfall is July at an average of 77 mm, followed by June (73), August (58), May (44), September (37), April (17) and October (14). The month that the city gets the most snow is December, at an average of 20 cm, followed by January (19), March (17), November (16), February (13) and October and April (11). (www.farmzone.com)
• It’s 135 days until Christmas. (www.timeanddate.com)
Perry Bergson is the Daily Herald’s managing editor. You can reach him at 765-1302 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org