Trivia Bits for Jun 19, 2019

By Leslie Elman

June 19, 2019 2 min read

When someone is deep in meditation, or deep into thinking about herself, we might say she's "contemplating her navel." Or we could say she's engaged in omphaloskepsis. That mouthful of a word was coined in the 1920s to describe the meditation practices of Indian mystics. It comes from the Greek for navel ("omphalos") and thoughtful examination ("skepsis"). Ancient Greeks believed that the Earth had its own omphalos — the navel out of which humanity was born — and it was located in the sacred city of Delphi.

Seedless navel oranges are a mutation first discovered in what location?

A) A monastery in Brazil

B) A university in Japan

C) A farm in Mexico

D) A royal garden in the Netherlands

Previous answer: Ground carob seedpods may be used as a substitute for cocoa powder.

TRIVIA FANS: Leslie Elman is the author of "Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts." Contact her at [email protected]

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