The answer is, um, darn it

Ericka Weisburn

Sure, you can walk out of college with a handy college degree that will probably help you succeed somewhere along the path to adulthood.

You spent your money, time and energy hoping to pick up all the valuable knowledge along the way. But what about the essential knowledge that is rarely taught?

Who knows, someday you may find yourself on a television game show where the only thing that comes between you and some glorious prize is a pointless question. And sure, you may be the Rubik’s Cube world-record holder or even a yo-yo master, but we all know the life-altering question isn’t going to be, “What is pi?”

You may know the ins and outs of every president in history, but that isn’t going to help you. Seriously, when will any of that information come in handy in the “real world?”

On that note, I have decided to plant seeds of useless information in all your minds. Trust me, you are going to thank yourself later for paying attention to this article.

For starters, 6 percent of all Americans say they find life dull, according to Allan G. Bluman’s Elementary Statistics (sixth edition). Also, “the tongue of a blue whale is as long as an elephant. Our eyes are always the same size from birth. Earth is not round, it is slightly pear-shaped. On average, people move houses every seven years. Mel Blanc, who played the voice of Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots,” reports.

As citizens of Ohio, I thought it would be fitting to add the Buckeye State prohibits getting a fish drunk, according to the Alcohol Solutions Web site. It also reports, “Many high school cafeterias in Europe serve alcohol to their students who choose to drink.”

Every year 8,000 people injure themselves while using a toothpick, states The Chart, the Missouri Southern State College newspaper. I bet you’re happy you filled your short term memory with that little tidbit.

While you may think koala bears are only cute, harmless, little critters, I’m guessing you didn’t know they could frame you for a crime. According to The Chart, “The fingerprints of koala bears are almost indistinguishable from those of humans, so much that they could be confused at a crime scene.”

This information alone could be helpful the next time you find yourself running from a murder scene at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Trust nothing!

“Humans are the only species on earth that have face-to-face sex,” explains.

Everyday, we have the opportunity to fill our minds with even more so-called “useless information.” You may think your college professors teach you all the important information, but you never know when an opportunity may present itself. If there is one thing I learned from Girl Scouts, it’s that it’s vital to “be prepared.”

Oh, so when you win your millions, you can write out your “thank you” check to Erica Weisburn. I also take Visa and MasterCard.

Erica Weisburn is a junior journalism major and a columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at [email protected].