28.04.14 by Jeff

Giveaway: Jacquard Loom Woven Afghan Rug by Artist Matt W. Moore


This week’s giveaway is a beautiful Jacquard Loom woven Afghan rug by Artist Matt W. Moore. This design is called “Chisel” and is part of the artist’s new home decor/furniture brand Core Deco.

The video below shows a couple more of the designs. If you’d like to snag this rug leave a comment below with a useless random fact (the random facts on this post were too good not to do it again). I’ll let Matt pick a winner on Friday.




Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • kevin layshock

    polar bears don’t have white fur; it’s actually clear.

    • kevin layshock

      not to mention their skin is black!

  • DYK the term “rug” is actually derived from Rugrats, the popular 90s cartoon

  • Gabriel Young

    If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

  • Steph

    The Pyramid of Choice explains self-justifications behind morally-ambiguous decisions, and also why you feel so much better than everyone else when you drink coconut water.

  • juhan

    The word graffiti is plural, and graffito is its singular.

  • mary allen

    some people see the man in the moon, but the egyptians believed it was the sacred ibis, representer of wisdom. now the bird is nearly extinct there from development.

  • arpan

    Fact: women who love women is a beautiful thing

  • Monsoonking

    A person sheds about 1.5 million skin flakes an hour, most of which becomes embedded in our carpets.

  • prichly

    Moroccan bazaar vendors demonstrate the authenticity of a Berber woven rug by holding it to an open flame. They claim the Berber’s rare cactus silk will not burn. Some vendors dispel the magic of the test by bringing the flame to other Berber crafts which one generally assumes to be nonflammable, such as jewelery.

  • Christian Storm

    There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.

  • Flick

    A duck’s quack does not echo, and no one knows why.

  • Chloe Wang

    The steam engine was invented in the Islamic world 300 years before the Industrial Revolution but was used exclusively for roasting sheep on a spit.

  • Guest

    A rainbow can only be viewed from an angle of 42°

  • Corey Jordan

    111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

  • Richard Peterson

    In a study released earlier this month, British researchers discovered that one in six cell phones may be contaminated with fecal matter…. thats all over your face now… super gross wash your hands people

  • DE

    Fact 1: A rainbow can only be viewed from an angle of 42°
    Fact 2: I am posting this from the wilderness of Mt. Shasta, CA and could really use a blanket

  • 1: About 1,600 Belgians turned out to vote in an election in only swimsuits.
    2: Robins eat around 3 miles of earthworms a year.

  • Jeremy

    enemies of ancient egypt were known to strap cats to their shields, which egyptians revered as a form of one of their gods

  • i was very nearly named Moon Shadow Kardinal

  • Andrew Horn

    The lighter was invented before the match.

  • mg

    Theoretically, if the population of China walked by you in a single file line and the rate of repopulation continued at the same rate it is at now, the line would never end.

  • Emma Stem

    The longest-running legal battle for a domain name is believed to be the fight for PETA.org. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sued People Eating Tasty Animals to obtain the name – the case spanned from 1995 to 2001.

  • iliveonwallst

    Tiger’s skin is striped. It’s not just their fur. That’s pretty fly.

  • caromk

    We study brains using brains.

  • Seth Pillers

    Cat’s kidneys are so efficient that they can effectively re-hydrate by drinking salt water.

  • Linda Oliver MacGregor Austin

    Dimples are considered a mark of beauty. In truth they are facial deformities

  • Lefoqer

    There are exactly 23 characters on the face of all U.S. coins

  • Georgi Clark

    In the UK, you can be arrested for “cycling furiously.”

  • Reno Ganesha

    The typeface Helvetica could reach the moon if you set it at 282.6 Billion points

  • zackmcdonald

    1 pound of fresh rhubarb yields about 3 cups chopped or 2 cups cooked.

  • Stephanie Gallo

    Tiger shark embryos fight each other in their mother’s womb. The survivor is born.

  • plonky

    100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every single minute

  • Nadav

    The sun is cold.
    All that receives the sun rays is heated.
    The sun does not receive the sun rays.
    The sun is cold !

  • Mikael Blohm

    A cat’s jaw cannot move sideways.

  • Tom Roche

    7% of all UK dogs have a Facebook page.

  • Abi_Stevens

    A duck’s quack doesn’t echo and nobody knows why.

  • Jessica Di Nota

    If a man never shaves his beard it can grow up to 30 feet long during his lifetime.

  • Yoshi Xylophone

    Ocean sunfish love being groomed, and will often let divers come up and scratch them if they’re approached in the right way.

  • Karaoke means “empty orchestra” in Japanese

  • Millie Prangnell

    The total length of your circulatory system stretches an amazing 60,000 miles. That is more than twice the distance around the Earth.

  • Lady Mountain

    Nothing is impossible, except for pulling a bald mans hair.

  • Jodi Le Bigre

    Five countries the size of France would fit inside one Quebec. (I’m not from either place, but when I lived in France this used to blow my mind.)

  • Zorica Radovic

    What is called a “French kiss” in the English speaking world is known as an “English kiss” in France.

  • There are more neurons in your digestive tract than there are in your spinal cord.

  • Andrea Ayotte

    all of santa’s raindeer are female. raindeer with antlers are female and they are always shown with antlers in illustrations and photos.

  • Malin Hanås

    Each of the main characters in Spongebob Squarepants was inspired by one of the seven deadly sins.

  • Malin Hanås

    Most American car horns are in the key of F.

  • Svrvh C

    The little plastic thingy at the end of your shoelace is called an “aglet”.

  • Joanna S.

    Every person is a representation of a whole life

  • Jacob Mitchell

    Salt Lake City has a law against carrying an unwrapped ukulele on the street.

  • Susan S.

    A chisel is a a tool with a blade on the end used for carving hard materials by striking it with a mallet. The chiselled forms depicted artistically on the Afghan rug by Matt W. Moore were not created with a chisel or mallet but are remarkable none the less.

  • sean chambers

    Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991.

  • Feet are feet

  • Shannon Holliday

    On average, 12 newborn babies are given to the wrong parents each day.

  • A pint of hippo milk has 1600 calories

  • JPDL

    Manhole covers are often round, because this is the only shape where the lid cannot fall through its hole.


  • Kevin Kwong

    A snail can sleep up to three years.

  • Samantha Reeves

    Dr. Seuss coined the word nerd in his 1950 book “If I Ran The Zoo.”

  • Ryan
  • Joana ibA

    In the English language, there is an animal called turkey, like the country. In the Portuguese language (and maybe others), turkey, the animal, is a “peru”, like the other country. so, there are at least two turkeys in our globe ;) True, and probably very useless, fact!

  • This is the volume that the entire human population would take if you put everyone on a pile in the Grand Canyon: http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–n1X9I4zn–/s9y2eb8pfruhnmr6jivc.gif

  • Rudyard Fuller

    Early Hoover vacuum cleaners were hard to sell because potential customers refused to believe (and were even insulted by the suggestion) that they could have that much dirt in their carpets.

  • ross

    Some blind people have never seen a smile, but they sill know how to do it when they’re happy

  • Conrad Clarke

    Relative to size, the strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

  • Rosaline Fiems

    If male deers don’t find a female nearby, they use their antler and rub it on the ground until they ejaculate on their feet.

  • the brain is the only organ to have named itself, and eyes are a collection of atoms from the universe arranged in such a way that they can observe themselves

  • Luke Miller

    Take two suns and compact them into an area about the size of L.A., and you have your very own neutron star. A cubic meter would weigh 400 billion tons.

  • Steven Ketchum
  • There is an infinity of useless random facts

  • Oh and the french for “swag” is “prestance”

  • Danny E.

    Doritos were originally born from the tortillas leftovers at Disneyland.

  • Mika Tolvanen

    A USELESS FACT. As in knowledge of something that doesn’t aid you in any way.

    My name is Mika and as of writing this entry, at 3:26 AM in my studio apartment in Helsinki, i’m sitting on a comfy black sofa and sipping some cold Coke. Typing away on my laptop, thinking about my career goals, about my life, my dreams and hopes. This is all new information. All fact too. But pretty damn useless to you.

    A useless fact about a guy on the other side of the screen.

  • mickeyf19

    The only thing human beings are truly obligated to do isn’t to drink water or to eat or to sleep, but quite simply…to die.

  • Alicia

    Japanese scientists developed a refrigerator that opens only when you smile.

  • Carpets keep allergens from becoming airborne

  • After Niels Bohr won the Nobel prize, the Carlsberg brewery gave him a house next to the brewery, complete with a tap that ran right into the brewery. he had a never ending supply of beer the rest of his life.

  • Donna Mathis Salter

    World record for most people crammed into a phone booth was set in 1959 at a college in South Africa. The number to beat is 25. Wait, I don’t think we can find a phone booth anymore!

  • Burtonwode

    I was going to outfact these SoB’s….but having witnessed the quality of some of the trivia tidbits…I dont stand a chance. Gutted…great Rug.

  • Gwenllian Saran

    The debris after a collision between the Earth and another planet (roughly the size of Mars) formed our Moon.

  • katherine b

    Giant pandas (which are black and white, like this awesome rug) don’t like to mate in captivity, and researchers have (ineffectively) used Viagra and videos of other pandas gettin’ it on to try to encourage them to reproduce.

  • dionne kitching

    the black bits in bananas are turantula eggs

  • If you eat a polar bear liver, you will die. Humans can’t handle that much vitamin A.

  • Mat

    Liechtenstein is the worlds primary exporter of false teeth.

  • samanta

    they didn’t know it was impossible , so they did it .

  • Dennis Mueller

    my floor in my new apartment is so sad. it wants to be cool too… and you dont want to have this ugly thing alive more days, be good, kill a ugly rug.

    and also, all polar bears are left-handed.

  • Cha Cha Chant

    The colour on butterfly wings are actually tiny little scales!

  • Chelsea Sanders

    Pearls will dissolve in vinegar.

  • Evan Melquist

    The only species that can get Leprosy are Humans and Armadillos.

  • Lauren Jenkins

    Former NBA player John Salley once managed J Dilla

  • Vanda Monzo

    The wings of the Mariposa butterfly of Costa Rica are actually clear. When lights hits the wings it diffuses in such as way that it looks blue.

  • Maree

    The fax machine was invented in 1846, but we didn’t have the technology to make it work. The first fax was sent in 1865, 11 years before the invention of the telephone.
    Also, not a fact but a thought : how do people who have been blind from birth dream? Do they dream in sound and touch?

  • Laura Griffith

    Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl going to the bathroom?…..
    Because the P is silent.

  • Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

  • Debbie Chappell

    Babies exposed to sign language babble with their hands.

  • Cami

    The original latin meaning of the word symposium (which we know to mean a conference for discussing topics) literally translates to “drinking party.” cheers!

  • Ronald Gerrits

    Studies at Anderson Labs, international experts report that mice have dropped dead after breathing some new carpet fumes.

  • Ty

    The classic song ‘Khe Sahn’ by Cold Chisel was the band’s first single, and is still one of the most played songs on Vietnamese radio, despite being 23 years old now.

  • Google street view is also available in Andorra

  • Guillaume Baeriswyl


  • Lewis fishcakes

    Fact, the original word for the animal bear has been lost in history. “Bear” was originally a euphemism for the the creature, and was said by superstitious peasants who believed saying the actual term for “bear” would summon it. Because peasants avoided saying the original name, it has been lost to history and “bear” has replaced it. Kablamo!

  • Esme jarrell

    The little dot over the lowercase i is called a tittle.

  • seebas

    Rhode Island is the smallest state but has the longest name: Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

  • Yashar Nijati

    Lighters came before matches.

  • Congrats to Corey Jordan, Matt W. Moore selected you as the winner of the rug! Please check your inbox!

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