Thursday, April 15, 2010

Today's Trivia - Assorted

I’m an information junkie, and although I usually spend time learning about meaningful subjects, occasionally I enjoy discovering tidbits of trivia that are fun but absolutely useless. And today, I’m going to share some of that with you.

Fun But Absolutely Useless Information

1) A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.

2) Coca Cola was originally green.

3) 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

4) Einstein couldn't speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be retarded.

5) Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

6) Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."

7) First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

8) During the chariot scene in 'Ben Hur' a small red car can be seen in the distance.

9) Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.

10) Every day more money is printed for monopoly than the US Treasury.

11) Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%. Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%.

12) The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

13) A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee.

14) Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

15) Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself. (Ewwwww)

16) The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated. (Who would give an ant alcohol?)

17) A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death. (Scary)

18) The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.

19) The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." uses every letter in the alphabet. (Developed by Western Union to Test telex/two communications)

20) No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver and purple.

21) Bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers were all invented by women.

22) If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.

23) To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs - it will let you go instantly.

24) A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!

25) An ostrich's eye is bigger that its brain.

Now, aren’t you glad I shared all that cool information with you?


  1. Re: rhyming with orange --

    What about "door-hinge?" Probably not actually one word, but it still rhymes, no?

  2. You know, Mr. S, I think I agree with you. I also thought about 'grunge'. Not a perfect fit, and certainly not enough syllables, but close enough, no?

    Thanks Patsi, I'm glad you enjoyed. Sometimes it's fun to learn 'useless'

  3. Wow. Amazing stuff here, Martha. But #17 is going to give me nightmares...

  4. That is pretty scary, isn't it Beth? I think cockroaches are the creepiest things around. And would live through anything!