Thursday, September 16, 2010

Today's Trivia - Assorted

Make a space in your brain for this week’s list of useless but interesting trivia!

- The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television were Fred and Wilma Flintstone. (I don’t remember this, but it’s possible.)

- Coca-Cola was originally green.

- The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.

- Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.

- City with the most Rolls Royce's per capita: Hong Kong.

- State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.

- Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%.

- Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%.

- Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400. (I would think it’s more than this, no?)

- Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.

- Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

- The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

- The youngest pope was 11 years old.

- First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

- Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David
Clubs - Alexander the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar

- If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

- 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

- Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

- 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. (Oh my...)

- The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the 'General Purpose' vehicle, G.P.

- The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

- In just one year, each and every American on average consumes enough wood and paper to construct a tree 100 feet tall and 16 inches in diameter.

- Over three million Americans stutter. Stuttering is gender related and affects three to four times as many males as females.

- The maximum speed that raindrops can fall at is around 18mph. The precise speed depends on their size.

- Because of thermal expansion the Eiffel Tower is 15cm taller in summer than in winter.

- The human head contains 22 bones. (Wonder if the term ‘bonehead’ is a result of this. Maybe not :))

- A bolt of lightning contains enough energy to toast 160,000 pieces of bread. Unfortunately, the bolt only takes 1/10,000 of a second - so turning the bread over might prove difficult!

- The tomato is the world's most popular fruit.

- Worldwide, 20,000 brands of beer are brewed in 180 styles, from ales, lagers, pilsner and stouts to bitters, cream ales and iced beers.

- The largest flower in the world is Rafflesia arnoldi. Surprisingly, it is a a parasitic plant that grows only in Sumatra, Indonesia. The genus Rafflesia was named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the great explorer. Its petals can reach a foot and half long, if you were to touch one the leaves are 1 inch thick. See picture

- In 1313, King Edward II stated that, 'You are forbidden from dying in parliament.'


  1. I didn't know about the Kings in a deck of cards. Interesting reading as always.

  2. I was also going to say the coolest fact for me was the Kings!

  3. Thanks, crafty gardener. I didn't know about the kings in a deck either. As far as I was concerned, they were just playing cards with no meaning to them.

    I thought so too, Tatiana. I enjoy putting these posts together; I learn so many interesting things every time.