Thursday, August 26, 2010

Today's Trivia - Assorted

Time to add some useless but interesting information to your knowledge base...

- The last prisoner to leave Alcatraz Prison was Frank Wathernam on March 21, 1963

- Statistically speaking, you have the greatest chance of landing on Illinois Avenue when playing Monopoly.

- The human nose has five million scent receptors.

- A town named Tidikelt in the Sahara Desert did not receive a drop of rain for ten years.

- Because natural gas does not have any odour, most gas companies add a chemical that smells like rotten eggs to help us detect a gas leak.

- A squash ball moving at 150 kilometers per hour has the same impact of a .22 bullet.

- On average, Americans spend more time in their cars than they do on vacation.

- “Psycho” is the first motion picture in which a toilet is flushed.

- It costs approximately 3 cents to make a $1 bill in the USA.

- A cat’s jaw cannot move sideways.

- In Britain, there are approximately 50,000 pubs with 17,000 different names.

- Venetian blinds were invented in Japan.

- The most widely eaten fruit in America is the banana.

- The first ‘foreigner’ to fly into space with the American space program was Canadian Marc Garneau.

- Americans use about 100 million pounds of tea leaves every year.

- The top-grossing movie of all time is James Cameron’s “Titanic”, raking in $1.8 billion worldwide.

- There is a real place called Hicksville.

- Anne Frank addressed all her diary entries to Kitty.

- The use of the word "rat" as an insult goes back to the 16th century.

- Singer Prince was born with epilepsy.

- About 15% of the world's wine bottles have screw caps.

- Monkeys floss.

- Crayola crayons come in 120 different colors, but the labels are only made in 18.

- Experts say people have an average of 150 friends.

- More than 97% of all e-mail traffic is spam.

- The last major Hollywood movie to be released on VHS was "A History of Violence" in 2006.

- Cows given names produce more milk.

- The skin that peels off after a sun burn is called "blype."

- The record label, Motown, was originally called Tamla.

- King Tut was buried with 145 loincloths.

- In Great Britain, 53% of all homes have a Scrabble set.

- People buy more blue toothbrushes than red.

- The risk of being struck by a falling meteorite for a human is one occurrence every 9,300 years.

- Sneezing may be a symptom of pregnancy. Expectant mothers often sneeze for no apparent reason.

- The typical pine cone is female.

- The first World Wide Web search engine was called Wandex.

- According to a recent study, 87% of women use scissors as their first throw when playing "Rock, Scissors, Paper."

- Ancient Greeks believed wearing amethysts would help keep a person from becoming drunk.

- The original Scrabble game didn't have a board. It was played with tiles only.

- The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world. France has the second highest.

- In casinos, $50 bills are known as "frogs" and are considered by many to be bad luck.

- During the ice age, there were six-foot tall "mammoth penguins."

- Bubbles in champagne were seen by early wine makers as a highly undesirable defect, one that should be prevented.

That’s all for this week! Hope you all had a great day.


  1. Why do you think the loincloths represented? Conquests? Weird.

  2. I have no idea, Liza; I'd have to look that up. I wonder if it was a way to preserve the body, so it would go into the next life the way it left the previous one. I don't know.


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