Facts Yesterday, Fiction Today
My being a bibliophilist and compulsive reader is a significant factor in keeping myself updated as regards various subjects, as well as in giving my paradigms and perspective a regular check and scan and necessary change or shift.
What's your accomplishment this week?
Were you able to do what you planned to do?
Did you miss breakfast again?
Who is your favorite mathematician?
Did you know that Albert Einstein loved music, had started playing the violin at an early age with the influence of his mother? that Thomas Alva Edison's fascination for classical music was the reason he invented the phonograph?
Who was the second man to set foot (I mean, shoes) on Earth's moon? Neil Armstrong? Of course not.
What is the world's smallest living primate? Don't ever answer "the tarsier," for it no longer is!
Knowledge is certainly diverse and unstable,
as truths and fallacies are relative, for they're continually changing.
What's the capital of Mali?
Where was Pablo Neruda born?
Who wrote the Younger Edda?
How old was John Lennon at the time of his death?
On what day of the week did Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone begin? How about The Hobbit?
What do the "e" and "e" in e.e. cummings stand for? What about the J and K in Rowling's name or the J.R.R. in Tolkien's?
Did you ever believe Johnny Midnight's "toning water"?
Are you a fan of Madam Auring, Rene Mariano, Brother Eli, Mike Velarde, feng shui, Nostradamus, or Shakespeare?
Correct now, wrong tomorrow;
right today, wrong yesterday;
many science fictions of yesterday had become facts of today,
in the manner countless facts of the past had transformed into amazing or amusing trivia of the day.
What was once believed to be humans born of monkeys ("pinaglihi sa unggoy"), because of excessive growth of hair on their bodies, have long been diagnosed as, simply, humans afflicted with hypertrichosis.
Hypertrichosis is a genetic condition that results in the growth of hair in excess of the normal, especially on body areas where hair does not usually grow thick, like the face, torso, and limbs.
Did you know that Superman died and then lived again?
Is your age a decade ago the same as that on your last birthday?
That the pterodactyl and the plesiosaurus were not dinosaurs?
Luke Skywalker is no longer single?
Chewbacca already dead?
eLf has finally returned?
we need always to be flexible yet not yielding,
tolerant but not easily persuaded,
accepting and considerate but never gullible.
Have you really read Gulliver's Travels?
Did you know the reason the Lilliputians were divided into two camps?
Did you know that Lemuel Gulliver had traveled to lands other than Liliput, Blefuscu, and Brobdingnag?
Do you know the name of the girl who took care of Gulliver while he was in Brobdingnag?
What's the surname of Alice of Wonderland?
How many legs does a centipede have? What about a butterfly in its larval stage? Is a caterpillar an insect? Is a whale shark a whale? a starfish a fish? a donkey a horse? Sun a star?
Are you a vegetarian? a vegan? a fructarian? a pescotarian? a utilitarian? a Presbyterian? a Rastafarian?
Whereas dinosaurs were the land-dwelling reptiles that inhabited Earth sixty million years ago, pterosaurs were those that dwelled the air and ichthyosaurs the waters.
Someone I know said, "Any religion that prohibits the eating of something is stupid." I said, "As far as I'm concerned, I've long lost my faith in organized or institutionalized religions."
The meeting of many musical minds and the views of various visionaries are indeed a lavish banquet for souls seeking new truths and horizons.
My mind may be free-flowing, but it's never volatile.
Time to review your own facts and fictions.
I'm continually reviewing mine.
I crawl back into my nest now like an ostrich, to dig my head once again into the pages of Literature.