Thursday, June 24, 2010

Today's Trivia - Assorted

Ready for some more interesting but useless information?

Okay, let’s do it...

- For every person on earth there are one million ants.

- Approximately 200,000,000 M&Ms are sold every day in the USA.

- The best-selling candy brand in the world is M&Ms (the above statement proves it).

- Established on May 2nd, 1670, in Canada, THE HUDSON BAY COMPANY is the oldest, continuously operating company on the continent.

- There are 318,979,564,000 possible combinations of the first four moves in chess.

- Elephants only sleep for two hours each day.

- Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

- Think you’ve got it bad? The lifespan of a dragonfly is 24 hours.

- Kids in Canada and the United States spend about $500 million on bubble gum each year. This works out to 40 million pieces per day.

- The most powerful computer in the world is called ‘Blue Gene’. It can perform 280.6 trillion calculations per second.

- Green tea is made from the same plant (Camellia sinensis) as black or oolong tea. What makes it different is the way it is processed.

- The original recipe for Coca-Cola in 1885 contained coca leaves, which are used to produce the drug cocaine. The soft drink didn’t become completely coca-free until 1929.

- The average number of sweat glands in a pair of feet is 250,000.

- The toothbrush was invented in 1498. Early variations on the brush were made of neem tree wigs or miswak, a twig from the Salvadora or ‘toothbrush tree’.

- The blueprints for the Eiffel Tower used more than 14,000 square feet of drafting paper.

- The fork was introduced in England in 1601. Legend has it that when Queen Elizabeth I first used a fork, the clergy went ballistic. They felt it was an insult to God not to touch meat with one’s fingers.

- The energy in an average hurricane that lasts a day could power the United States for three years.

- A raisin dropped in a glass of champagne will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.

- The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

- Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

- If you put a drop of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death. If you miss...

- Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting during his whole life, “Red Vineyard at Arles”.

- The penguin is the only bird that can’t fly but can swim.

- Charlie Chaplin won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.

- The Monumental Axis in Brazil is the world’s widest road. Some 160 cars can drive side by side on it.


  1. That's really funny about Charlie Chaplin. Hey, you're a winner for last week's puzzler. Thanks for playing. What is that, a four-time champ now? I lost count.

  2. Yeah, that is funny about Charlie Chaplin. I do hope the trivia is true, though; sometimes you never know from certain sources.

    I was on your site earlier and noticed that I got the right answer. And that I 'indirectly' called you lazy! I didn't mean it that way, Liza :( I thought it was an office worker taking care of that plant. Not you. You're the plant guru, girl; plants bow to you as you walk by, not get sick...he he he...

  3. Sigh. Doesn't the church get up in arms about a lot of stuff? But I've never heard of the road in Brazil, how cool would that be? And that sounds like a mean thing to do to a scorpion.

  4. Yup, the church certainly does get a littler overly-excited about a lot of things. Thank goodness the Queen didn't pay attention to them and we're not eating with a fork.

    And I agree about the scorpion. Whenever I gather information for each week's trivia, I wonder how in the world they found some of these things out. And how anyone could carry out some of these cruel things.