At the beginning of the juvenile novel Boy Toy by Barry Lyga there is an interesting list:
Ten Things I Learned at the Age of Twelve
- The Black Plague was transmitted by fleas that were carried throughout Europe by rats.
- If you first paralyze it, you can cut open a frog and watch itl lungs continue to inflate and deflate.
- There are seven forms of the verb to be: am, being, been, is,was, were, and are.
- In order to divide fractions, you invert the divisor to arrive at the reciprocal, which is then multiplied by the dividend. (Mixed fractions must first be converted to improper fractions.)
- In Salem, the witches weren’t burned at the stake–they were pressed to death under big rocks … or hanged.
- Islam was founded in the year 610. It is the third of three world religions worshiping the same God.
- Each point on a “coordinate plane” (created by the joining of an x-axis and a y-axis) can be described by an ordered pair of numbers.
- “Monotheism” is a belief system centered on a single deity, while “polytheism” subscribes to belief in multiple deities.
- The area of a circle can be determined by using the formula πr², where r is the radius of the circle.
- How to please a woman.
There are more than three religions that worship the same deity, but otherwise, an interesting list.