Thursday, November 4, 2010

Today's Trivia - Assorted

This week’s trivia is an assortment of interesting but useless information. I hope you learn something new!

- A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate. (That's why female ferrets are fixed before they're made available to the public in pet stores.)

- A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2" by 3-1/2".

- During the chariot scene in "Ben Hur," a small red car can be seen in the distance (and Heston's wearing a watch).

- Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying. (Didn't work for me...)

- Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, "Elementary, my dear Watson."

- Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

- The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

- On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily! (Scary!)

- Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them. (Damages the astronauts...or the suits? Har har har...)

- The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

- The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

- By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand. (I don’t care to try this; I’ll take their word for it...)

- Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than three steps backwards while dancing!

- The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.

- EMU's and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.

- Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

- Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

- A crocodile can't stick its tongue out.

- 40 people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute. (And people worry about ferrets...)

- Most car horns honk in the key of 'F'.

- People say 'Bless you' when you sneeze because your heart stops for a millisecond.

- Rats and horses can't vomit.

- Most people button their shirt upwards. (Downwards for me...)

- In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere. (Hmmm...I should check this.)

- The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

- The last time American Green cards were actually green was 1964.

- 23% of all photocopier breakdowns are caused by people sitting on them while photocopying their rears. (Now this is funny!)

- There are 2,598,960 possible hands in a five-card poker game.

- Smartest dogs: 1) border collie; 2) poodle; 3) golden retriever

- Dumbest dog: afghan

- Percentage of men who say they are happier after their divorce or separation: 58

- Percentage of women who say they are happier: 85 (Har har this...)

- Number of different familial relationships for which Hallmark makes cards: 105

- Portion of ice cream sold that is vanilla: 1/3

- Portion of potatoes sold that are French-fried: 1/3

- Percentage of bird species that are monogamous: 90

- Percentage of mammal species that are monogamous: 3

- Chances that a burglary in the US will be solved: 1 in 7

- Portion of land in the US owned by the government: 1/3

- Only animal besides human that can get sunburn: Pig

- Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water.

- An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.

- In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees.

- Polar bears are left-handed.

- Mark Twain didn't graduate from elementary school.

- Proportional to their weight, men are stronger than horses.

- Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving dinner.

- Your nose and ears never stop growing.

- Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets combined.

- Hot water is heavier than cold.

- They have square watermelons in Japan. They stack better.

- Starfish have eight eyes--one at the end of each leg.

- Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.

- There are more collect calls on Father's Day than any other day of the year.

- Heinz Catsup leaving the bottle travels at 25 miles per year.

- Men get hiccups more often than woman.

- Armadillos can be housebroken.


  1. This was a very amusing read. :-D
    -- Bom @

  2. Thanks! I enjoy putting these together. I learn many new things.

  3. Okay, now I want a refund for my 2 X 4, and a pet armadillo!

  4. Ha ha... Can you imagine having a pet Armadillo? It would make for interesting conversation when guests visit!