I love random facts, for instance, did you know that dogs have no sweat glands? Well I didn't for a very long time. I didn't know that Buzz Aldrin peed on the moon (I'm sure he didn't pee on the moon as much as in his diaper in his space suit). But Cool, right?
I love trivia and I'm a trivia maniac if you will, I love how curious it makes me, it's a weird high to know something, say when people ask me so 'did you know that technically you can't be fired in Portugal?' and when I have 'yes' as an answer to a question like that, I love that feeling. Obviously there is a world out there full of curious things, clearly there is so much to read up on and every day there are facts that are revealed.
I make it a point to Google 'weird facts' at least a few times every few weeks, like I was just Googling weird facts about jobs, I realised that you could get a 10% pay cut just for wearing funny hats to work, or how about the fact that even on a casual friday you are expected to wear 'semi formals' in most corporates, no funny, quirky t shirts (takes a minute to thank her company for being cool).
Knowing something, even useless trivia keeps me on my toes, it ensures that I have some conversational material. Wouldn't you continue talking to me after I told you that Buzz Aldrin fact? (You would, right?) Over the last few years, I've lost and gone back to this 'trivia collection' habit, but now, I've become more conscious. I don't know how it enhances my life, it's not like someone will ask me about how Egyptian women lined their eyes with lead to make their eyes look big (seriously). But it makes me feel like I am in someway by acknowledging the completely useless information I'm celebrating the unimportant, yet intriguing.
Then there is part 2, the more serious kind of knowing. Things that you must know, in a world that is so full of information, you cannot shut yourself to not know things. You just have to be curious. I think being curious stopped being an option since we gained a tiny amount of 'self' in the womb. Of course all of us can't be curious about the same things, but it is truly amazing how being curious changed my perspective on life. The more curious I became about actual things, the lesser I started being interested in 'zero value' items, like gossip.