These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tuesday Trivia

As I'm preparing to attend a marriage celebration this weekend, I though these trivia bits would be in order.

A diamond is the hardest natural substance on earth, but if it is placed in an oven and the temperature is raised to about 1405 degrees Fahrenheit, it will simply vanish, without even ash remaining. Only a little carbon dioxide will have been released.

Diamonds are formed over a period of a billion or more years deep within earth's crust - about 90 miles deep - and is pushed to the surface by volcanoes. Most diamonds are found in volcanic rock, called Kimberlite, or in the sea after having been carried away by rivers when they were pushed to the surface.

A diamond is 58 times harder than the next hardest mineral on earth, corundum, from which rubies and sapphires are formed. It was only during the 15th century that it was discovered that the only way to cut diamonds was with other diamonds. Yet, diamonds are brittle. If you hit one hard with a hammer, it will shatter.

The world's largest diamond was the Cullinan, found in South Africa in 1905. It weighed 3,106.75 carats uncut. It was cut into the Great Star of Africa, weighing 530.2 carats, the Lesser Star of Africa, which weighs 317.40 carats, and 104 other diamonds of nearly flawless color and clarity. They now form part of the British crown jewels.

Not all diamonds are white. Impurities lend diamonds a shade of blue, red, orange, yellow, green and even black. Colored diamonds are caused by impurities such as nitrogen (yellow), boron (blue). With red diamonds being due to deformities in the structure of the stone, and green ones being the result of irradiation. A green diamond is the rarest. It is not the rarest gemstone, however. That title goes to a pure red ruby. Diamonds actually are found in fair abundance; thousands are mined every year. 80% of them are not suitable for jewelry - they are used in industry. Only diamonds of higher clarity are sourced to the jewelry stores.

A diamond carat differs from a gold carat. The gold carat indicates purity - pure gold being 24 carats. One diamond carat is 0.007055 oz. The word carat derives from the carob bean. Gem dealers used to balance their scales with carob beans because these beans all have same weight.


In English tradition, Wednesday is considered the "best day" to marry, although Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health. Saturday is considered the unluckiest wedding day!

A Swedish bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe to ensure that she'll never do without. Moroccan women take a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony. For good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day.

Diamonds set in gold or silver became popular as betrothal rings among wealthy Venetians toward the end of the fifteenth century. Seventeen tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year in the United States!

Queen Victoria started the Western world's white wedding dress trend in 1840 -- before then, brides simply wore their best dress.

The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Rome, where revelers broke a loaf of bread over a bride's head for fertility's sake.

In many cultures around the world -- including Celtic, Hindu and Egyptian weddings -- the hands of a bride and groom are literally tied together to demonstrate the couple's commitment to each other and their new bond as a married couple (giving us the popular phrase "tying the knot").

QUOTE: "Marriage is the triumph of hope over experience." Samuel Johnson.


The now famous tutu was first worn by Italian dancer Virginie Zucchi in 1885 at the Imperial Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The tutu was actually designed several years earlier by French painter Eugene Lami, in the form of a mid-calf skirt.

The waltz is named for the German word "waltzen," meaning "revolve." This dance consists of rotating, flowing motions performed in triple time with smooth and even steps. The variations are the rapid Viennese waltz and the slower, dipping Boston waltz.

The earliest known dance marathon took place in England in 1364. These marathons, known as "derbies," reached their height in the Depression era of the 1930s, when dancers went to great lenghts to compete for monetary prizes. The longest recorded marathon lasted 22 weeks, three days.

The fox-trot, which alternates long and short steps in quadruple time, was developed in the US in 1912. It was named in New York City in 1914 for music writer Harry Fox (1882-1959).

Break-dancing, usually performed to rap or hip-hop music, originated in the south Bronx, New York, in the late 1970s. Moves such as head-spinning or moon-walking could be performed individually or in competition.

The Samba is Brazil's national dance. The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro made Samba famous throughout the world.

The square dance is the official dance of the state of Washington.


  1. Oh I love love love weddings! Dance a little for me ok?

  2. Have a great time at the wedding, Lynilu ! It's such a fun time toi get all sentimental, and dance and eat good food and feel optimistic about love.

    Please take a picture of the bride's dress and the flowers and the place settings at the table, okay ? i love all that stuff !

    I got to see the Culinan Diamond at the Tower of London in their deep underground vault, set on display in the glass case with all the other major crown jewels. It really is magnificent...

  3. Queenie,if we dance I will. I'm not sure what to expect. The reception is being help in a "chapel," and I suspect (1) it will be a Baptist chapel (2) in the heart of the bible belt (3) on a Sunday night.

    Annie, my niece was actually married last Friday in a private ceremony with just the immediate families. I'm attending the reception, so I doubt there will be opportunities for wedding dress pictures. Also, this is her second marriage, and since she is nearly 50, I suspect she down played it anyway. But good food, good company, and a favorite niece entering a happy new phase of her life is enough to look forward to.

  4. I remember their making us square dance in gym class when I was in the seventh grade. With GIRLS even. Very few guys liked it back then. I still know how to do-se-do however.

  5. Yeah....I'd take a whole lot of milk...just sayin'. :)

  6. After reading all this trivia I now want to get married. :)

    Have fun at the wedding.

  7. Dave, ah, yes, square dancing. I remember how the boys hated it. It bored me. I had a friend whose parents were big-time square dancers, and I often went with them, so the"silly" stuff we did in gym class was ho-hum. I thought I was sumptin'.

    Kathi, LOL! Any of us would!! and honestly, can you imaging what it would smell like a few hours later??? Eeewwww!

    Caroline, oooooookayyyyyy. Any particular reason?

  8. Love all that trivia. Now I want to go to a wedding (or go dancing!! lol)

  9. I love diamonds...ahem, I meant to say weddings. But I do love diamonds :-).
    Not sure why, but over the past several months, I've been on this wedding kick. (almost)any show I can find on TV that has to do with weddings, I'm watching it. I've even given a little consideration to becoming a wedding planner. Can you IMAGINE?!?!?

    Have fun at the wedding and dancing like no one is watching! :-)

  10. Dawn, well, I love diamonds, too! I love diamonds more than weddings! when I was young I thought diamonds were icky. No longer!! Bring 'em on!!

    Wedding planner, huh? It could be fun, but I couldn't deal with the whining and tantrums that would be inevitable with some brides. Or their mothers. OK, I'll let YOU do it!! :D

  11. Oops, Cheryl, I skipped right over you!

    I have fun doing the trivia, and recently I've been finding some neat topics to group together.

    Hey, I think everyone should go dancing!!


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