An interesting fact for a trivia game night are that John Tyler, who was born in 1790, has a grandson who is still alive in the 2010s. Another piece of trivia is that doctors' bad handwriting has cost approximately 7,000 people their lives annually in the United States alone.Continue Reading
At face value, the first fact is due to Tyler and his descendents having children late in life. When the first wife of John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States, died, Tyler remarried and had seven more children with his second wife. He was 63 years old when he had one of his sons, Lyon, who in turn, also had a son, Harrison, in the last decade of his life. Lyon was 75 years old when his son, Harrison, was born. In 2015, Harrison was already 87 years old.
The second fact comes from the July 2006 report from National Academies of Science's Institute of Medicine. The deaths were mainly caused by errors in understanding and recording medications and dosages in prescriptions. Taking the wrong drugs because of indistinguishable handwriting can be avoided by the use of technology. In 2015, some doctors are already using a Web-based tool to type prescriptions to prevent errors in interpretation.Learn more about Puzzles & Brainteasers