Trivia fact or fiction

We seem to take snippets of trivia we hear or read at face value for the most part. Those of us cursed with memories that allow us to recall all kinds of innane facts often do just that–memorize–never question whether the trivia is fact or fiction. So when I came across some random trivia today, I decided to do a little digging on each item to see if the stuff that I would store in my brain for all eternity was fact or myth. I’ve listed some of this trivia below. Try and guess if the trivia is true or not, and then click on the links in each item to see if you are right.

  1. The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle
  2. A duck’s quack doesn’t echo. No one knows why
  3. A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2″ by 3-1/2″
  4. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan. There was never a recorded Wendy before
  5. The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
  6. Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with
  7. Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, “Elementary, my dear Watson.”