Fast Facts Spring 2022 Edition


It’s not hard to find interesting or useful facts when you crack open a book in the library.  Let’s see what fun facts Brandi found when she browsed through the reference related materials.


Chinese metallurgists around 1000 discovered the ability to make a shipboard compass. This was done by annealing wire and making magnetic needles. With the needle on the water, this allowed Chinese navigators a huge advantage by being able to find magnetic north in all weather.  FROM: The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World – and Globalization Began (2020), p. 205.

The song “Talkin’ Baseball” became an unlikely pop sensation in 1981, written by Terry Cashman. It was written in 20 minutes and resulted in Cashman visiting 20 major league parks to sing the song itself. He has written over a dozen customized versions of the lyrics for club and MLB teams.  FROM: The Song That Saved Baseball. Baseball Digest, (2021) p.46-49, EBSCOhost database.

Norse women had more rights than other medieval cultures through Germanic laws. Even if they were unable to choose their husband, they still had some control over their own lives. The laws allowed Norse women to inherit property and decide where they lived.  FROM: Valkyrie: The Women of the Viking World (2020), p.41.

Nikola Tesla’s facsination with electricity from a young age eventually led to the discovery of the Alternating Current (AC). This discovery can be attributed to a line of poetry on backward and forward motion. With the imagery the poetry left, he was able to discover backward and forward motion was applicable to electric currents as well.  FROM: A Life Electric: The Story of Nikola Tesla. SLJ, (2021) p. 81, EBSCOhost database.

Blue Jazz Coffee Roasters, a Topeka company, not only supplies premium coffee to Topeka businesses but also supports them. One form of support is through training for retail partners in order to help ensure a quality cup of coffee is always being served. In order to help with this endeavor, the owner Kevin Conard created a 2,500 square foot tasting and barista training space.  FROM: The Business of Coffee. TK Business Magazine, (2021) p. 72-78, EBSCOhost database.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 25 No. 2, Spring 2022.

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