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Bibelot Spot

Updated on April 12, 2010

The Spot for Knowledge

A bibelot is a small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity. That is what the Biblelot Spot is about – small objects of curiosity – in this case, knowledge. Help me explore the vast sea of knowledge.

By education and experience, I am an organizational development specialist, teacher, and writer. By nature, I am curious – very curious – about everything. I love watching Big Cat Diary on Animal Planet, I read books on brain physiology for fun, and I am researching the art and life of Franz Marc, a German Expressionist painter and good buddy of the much better known Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky. I’m also addicted to NCIS and Law & Order Criminal Intent.

You might call me a renaissance woman. But, the definition of such a woman is one who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences. Although I have broad intellectual interests, I do not claim to have the accomplishments. I’m just constantly, insatiably curious about everything.

Let me give you an example. Do you remember the 1985 movie White Nights with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Helen Mirren and Isabella Rossellini? I was fascinated with the dancing, especially the tap. So, what did I do? No, I didn’t read a book about tap dancing. I took a class. I rationalized it by saying that I never took dancing lessons when I was a child, which is accurate. But the truth is that I was curious about it. I wanted to try it.

How did that work out for me? Let’s just say that my only public performance was when my manager caught me tap dancing in the office at 6:30 in the morning. My friend’s 7-year old granddaughter is a much better tap dancer than I am. But I still occasionally “shuffle off to Buffalo” and I smile when I do it.

This Hub Page is about small objects of curiosity – bibelots of knowledge – all kinds of knowledge. I will use the page to explore my personal curiosities.

53 Chocolate Facts
A really, really big bibelot or 53 regular bibelots. You decide.

Robert W. Paul, a British scientist, pioneering film maker, and humorist is probably best known for his remark about chocolate: “A new British survey has revealed that 9 out of 10 people like Chocolate. The tenth lies.” The British aren’t the only people who love chocolate. People around the world love this treat that starts out as a lowly bean. Click here to learn 53 facts about chocolate that show how pervasive it has been and continues to be in human affairs.

Light Sweet Crude Oil (AKA Liquid Gold)
Light sweet crude oil is the form of petroleum that oil refineries prefer because it contains exceptionally high amounts of the chemicals needed to produce gasoline, kerosene, and high-quality heating oil. Herodotus, an ancient Greek historian, reported that asphalt, which is extracted from crude oil, was used to build the walls of Babylon. Click here to learn more about light sweet crude oil.

What is the Difference Between Leopards and Cheetahs?
At first glance, the casual observer may confuse leopards and cheetahs. But there are significant differences between these two big cats. Click here to find out how to tell the difference between these two big cats.

Why Do We Use Acronyms and Abbreviations?
Acronyms and abbreviations have been around almost as long as there have been written language. Almost every written language uses abbreviations, including Chinese, Hebrew and Swahili. For example, the official name of the Roman Empire was Senatus Populusque Romanus. The ancient Romans used the abbreviation SPQR. The Latin phrase ante meridiem (before noon) became AM. Click here to rea more about acronyms and abbreviations.

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