Reducing 69 Useless Facts Down to 6

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While working on a post about unicorns I surfed the I-net to learn what a group of unicorns is called. The answer is blessings.

During my research I discovered a site listing trivia: totally useless knowledge.

It listed of 69 facts you might or, or probably more likely, might not ever use. I decided to screen the list for the 6 most interesting facts, and then interweave them into a short story.


With great difficulty I chopped my first list to 20. The second elimination brought it down to 10. I cut 4 to bring the screened list to 6.

  1. The cells which make up the antlers of a moose are the fastest growing animal cells in nature.
  2. Oak trees do not have acorns until they are fifty years old or older.
  3. Cat’s urine glows under a blacklight.
  4. An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.
  5. The world’s termites outweigh the world’s humans 10 to 1
  6. Rhinos are in the same family as horses, and are thought to have inspired the myth of the unicorn (read THE UNICORN: MYTH OR REALITY? )
It couldn't get in the garden, so it walked away.

It couldn’t get in the garden, so it walked away.


Now for the story:


Moonte, the moose, knew the oak tree he’d carefully chosen to rest under had yet to celebrate its 50th birthday because, even in the brilliance of autumn, it was not pelting him with acorns. And Moonte needed all the care the oak tree could provide for him. After all, even though he spent a lot of time resting, he was always tired. Moonte spends much time pondering why he never feels alert and rested. His intellect isn’t sufficient enough to know that he will never be rested because his antler cells are always reproducing at a rate faster than any other of nature’s animal cells, even when he’s curled up under his favorite oak tree.

Pondering on his situation, Moonte fell into dreamland, where rhinos, impersonating unicorns, flew gracefully through the clouds. Coconuts floated through the air, mingling with irredesent soap bubbles. A couple coconuts were connected to IV’s in a hospital emergency room, where, after a crisis there was a shortage of blood plasma. Outside the hospital the moon shone brightly, but a blacklight, hidden in a dark corner, revealed to Moonte that a feline critter had been present—as the dirt was glowing because the cat had used this corner as its own private loo.

As Moonte turned away from the dark corner he glanced up. Termites! This damager of homes is so populous that even though they are so small, their total global weight outweighs humans 10 to 1.

A sudden noise woke Moonte. Rubbing his eyes he turned towards the sound. To his amazement he saw an eagle swooping upwards from the nearby field. Moonte couldn’t believe what he saw. In the eagle’s tines was a young deer. How, Moonte wondered, could such a small bird grasp the young deer in its tines and not drop it?

As the eagle disappeared into the atmosphere Moonte folded his legs and rested his head on his knees. He returned to dreamland in an attempt to acquire a sense of rest, something that would elude him until he lost his antlers.


So what facts did I eliminate, and why did I have difficulty in doing so

Two—a group of ravens being called a murder, and a group of owls being called a parliament, were appealing because ravens equal murder in many stories, while owls are symbols of wisdom, and therefore needed in a parliament.

Cats have over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs have only about 10. Attractive because it seems people are either dog lovers or cat lovers (although some like both). Since I like cats, I like that cats win on this point.

Polar bears are left-handed. So is my husband. Ergo, a connection.

The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F. Appealing because it elevates the housefly above me. I can’t hum accurately in any key.

You can screen the full list of 69 items yourself, and make your own list. Compare your screened list with mine. Share your list in the comment box at the end of this article.

NOTE: The WordPress writing prompt for March 6, 2016, is the word screen: write a post using the word screen.


About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at My novel site is
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