Thursday, September 30, 2010

Today's Trivia - Assorted

Make room in your brain for this week’s useless but interesting information...

- Elvis Presley had an unprecedented 151 chart hits. On top of that record, he also had the most top 40 hits totaling 107 classics.

- California Redwood trees can reach a height of 117 metres (385 feet).

- New Zealand eats more ice cream per person than any other country in the world. On average, each person consumes 55.6 pints (26.3 liters). (They sure do like their ice cream!)

- Covering more than 840,000 square miles (2,175,600 sq km), Greenland is the world’s largest island.

- The reticulated python can grow to 27 feet (8.2 m) – the length of an average school bus. (Eek! Wouldn’t want to come face to face with one of these...)

- Steven Spielberg does not drink coffee. (And?)

- The American city that buys the most Kool-Aid is St. Louis, Missouri.

- In 1931, the first paperback was printed by Albatross Publishing in Germany.

- Ukulele means “little jumping flea” in Hawaiian.

- In 1810, Peter Durand invented the tin can for preserving food.

- Gorillas do not know how to swim.

- A housefly can carry germs as far as 24 km (15 miles) from the original source of contamination. (Gross... I hate these things...)

- The YKK on zippers stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, the world’s largest zipper manufacturing company in Japan.

- The side of a hammer is called its cheek.

- The foam on Heineken beer is supposed to last five minutes.

- The Statue of Liberty’s mouth is 3 feet wide.

- According to a 1996 Angus Reid poll, 70% of Canadians believe intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe.

- A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

- The first American astronaut in space was Alan B. Shepard Jr.

- The origins of saying “bless you” after someone sneezes go all the way back to 77 AD. At the time, people thought that your heart stopped after you sneezed and the blessing was a way to get your heart beating again.

- The highest point in France is Mont Blanc, located in the Alps.

- Pineapples are classified as berries.

- There are more than 200 varieties of chili peppers.

- On average, a disposable diaper can hold up to 7 pounds of liquid.

- The US Library of Congress is the largest library in the world.

- The right lung takes in more air than the left lung. (I’d be curious to know why.)

- The average human head weighs about eight pounds.

- The world’s oldest underground train system is the London underground, also known as the ‘Tube’. It opened for business in 1863 and the Metropolitan Line carried passengers between Paddington and Farringdon stations. (I’ve been on the ‘Tube’ many years ago; pretty cool travel system.)

- In October of 2005 Hurricane Wilma surpassed Hurricane Gilbert of 1988 as the most intense Atlantic hurricane ever. Wilma’s wind speeds clocked in at 185 mph (295 kmh).

- China produces 89 million tons of fruit every year. They are the world’s top producer of apples and pears.

- According to, it takes most smokers an average of three or four attempts to quit before succeeding.

That’s it for this week, folks! Hope you learned something new.


  1. In 2006 and 07 James and I drove down the coastal highway to San Francisco, driving through the remaining redwood forest along the way. It was an amazing trip, and those trees are something else. If you ever wanted to do a similar trip, I'd recommend flying into Abbotsford or Seattle and driving down one way down the coast and flying back. I also highly recommend a book called 'The Wild Trees' about research into the redwood canopy. It's an awesome read.

  2. I love road trips, and the ones you mention sound awesome. Perhaps we'll do it one day; we have so many travel plans for the future that I don't know where we'd start if we had the time and financial ability. Damn...why won't those lottery numbers come up?! :)