Thursday, July 22, 2010

Today's Trivia - Assorted

Some of the trivia I add to this website is from online sources. But some of it is from a desk calendar that I have sitting on my computer desk. Like the trivia below...

1) In Webster’s 1996 dictionary 315 entries were misspelled.

2) The 1921 Canadian 50-cent piece is a rarity among collectors. It is believed that there are only 75 in circulation. Today they are valued at over $125,000 apiece, in pristine condition. (Wish I had me one of these...)

3) In 1905, eggs were 14 cents a dozen

4) Blondes have more hair than dark-haired people.

5) A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

6) The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.

7) No two lions have the same pattern of whiskers. (Now, how do they know this?)

8) During the winter of 1932, Niagara Falls froze.

9) The Bata Shoe Museum is Toronto is the only shoe museum in North America. It features shoes and shoe-artifacts that go back as far as 4,500 years ago.

10) It is impossible for most people to lick their own elbow. (I’m sure many of you will be trying this...)

11) A technical glitch on the CNN website in 2005 mistakenly posted obituary templates for famous people who were not yet dead. Dick Cheney, Fidel Castro, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II and Gerald Ford were all named in the retraction.

12) The work of Pablo Picasso has made more than $1.399 billion through sales and auctions. ‘Boy with a Pipe’ earned the most, selling for a staggering $104 million in 2004.

13) The longest running show on Broadway is CATS, seen by more than 80 million people and raking in an impressive $3.2 billion in box-office receipts.

14) A six-pound sea hare, a type of sea slug, can lay 40,000 eggs in a single minute.

15) No piece of paper can be folded in half more than seven times. (I’m sure many of you will be trying this too...)

16) Proving that time is money, there are no clocks in Las Vegas casinos. (Really? Have any of you ever been there and noticed this?)

17) The world’s highest winds (372 km/h or 231 mph) were measured on Mount Washington in New Hampshire in 1934. (Wow...)

18) Pepsi was originally called Brad’s Drink, and Kool-Aid originally went by the name Fruit Smack Flavoured Syrup. (I’m curious to know who Brad was.)

19) A shrimp’s heart is in its head.

20) Alexander Graham Bell once said that he came up with the idea for the telephone while living in Brantford, Ontario. (Wonder if it was during a really bad winter when he was stuck indoors and had nothing else to do but think.)

And that’s it for this week, folks!


  1. I love trivia.
    Batawa, where the Bata shoe factory was located, is a small town just a few minutes from where I live.

  2. Me too, crafty gardener. I enjoy bits and pieces of interesting and unusual information. It's a lot of fun learning new things that can make for interesting conversation.

  3. Haha, now I'm sitting here trying to lick my elbow. Closest I can get is 2 cm from the "point". Does that count? ;)
    But I won't start folding paper, no I won't.

  4. No clocks in Vegas. There are also no windows so you can't see when it's daylight. The casinos also use ugly carpets so you're more likely to look up at all the places to spend your money.

  5. Ivynettle, I think everyone will have tried to do that at one time or another. It's impossible to resist!

    Really, Liza? No windows? And ugly carpets? Wow, a lot of psychology going on there. I'd like to take a trip there sometime; it should be interesting. Actually, there are a lot of places in your country that I'd love to see at one time or another.

  6. brad's drink? thats from caleb bradham who first concocted pepsi as a cure for ,you guessed it -dyspepsia