Thursday, December 2, 2010

Today's Trivia – Assorted

This week’s useless but interesting information is made up of random facts...

- In 2002, the most popular boat name in the U.S. was Liberty.

- One out of 20 people has an extra rib.

- 44% of kids watch television before they go to sleep.

- In 1865, the U.S. Secret Service was established to combat the counterfeiting of money.

- Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents.

- In 1967, the IMAX film system was invented by Canadian Ivan Grame Ferguson to premier at Expo 67. (Yay, Canada!)

- Approximately 40% of the U.S. paper currency in circulation was counterfeit by the end of the Civil War.

- Every three days a human stomach gets a new lining. (Ack!)

- In 1873, Colgate made toothpaste that was available in a jar.

- The Kodiak, which is native to Alaska, is the largest bear and can measure up to eight feet tall and weigh as much as 1,700 pounds. (No bear hug from this animal!)

- The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.

- Mars is the home of Olympus Mons, the largest known volcano in our solar system.

- The Gastric Flu can cause projectile vomiting.

- The second best selling game of all time is Jenga. Jenga is a Swahili word, meaning "to build."

- Cinderella is known as Rashin Coatie in Scotland, Zezolla in Italy, and Yeh-hsien in China.

- The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan".

- The fur of the binturong, also known as the "Asian Bear Cat," smells like popcorn. The scent is believed to come from a gland located near the tail.

- In 1894 the first big Coke sign was found on the side of a building located in Cartersville, Georgia, and still exists today.

- The longest distance a deepwater lobster has been recorded to travel is 225 miles.

- Orcas (killer whales), when traveling in groups, breathe in unison.

- The Great Pyramids used to be as white as snow because they were encased in a bright limestone that has worn off over the years.

- Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80%.

- Paul Hunn holds the record for the loudest burp, which was 118.1 decibels, which is as loud as a chainsaw. (An accomplishment to be proud of...)

- A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.

- There are six million parts in the Boeing 747-400.

- The first TONKA truck was made in 1947.

- In the U.S., over one million gallons of cosmetics, drinks, and lotions are sold that contain aloe in them per year.

- Sugar Bear (the mascot for Golden Crisps cereal) was born in 1963.

- The Tonle Sap River in Cambodia flows north for almost half the year and then south for the rest of the year.

- Japanese research has concluded that moderate drinking can boost IQ levels.

- For more than 3,000 years, Carpenter ants have been used to close wounds in India, Asia and South America.

- Baskin Robbins plain vanilla ice cream is the number one selling flavour and accounts for a quarter of their sales. (Good old vanilla...)

- Elizabeth Taylor has appeared on the cover of Life magazine more than anyone else. (Because of her marriages?)

- The typical lead pencil can draw a line that is thirty five miles long.

- The word "toy" comes from an old English word that means "tool".

- Humans are born with 300 bones in their body, however when a person reaches adulthood they only have 206 bones. This occurs because many of them join together to make a single bone.

- The reason why hair turns gray as we age is because the pigment cells in the hair follicle start to die, which is responsible for producing "melanin" which gives the hair colour.

- In 1960 there were 16,067 gambling slots in Nevada. By 1999, this number rose to 205,726 slots which would be one slot for every 10 people residing there.

- The two factories of the Jelly Belly Candy Company produce approximately 100,000 pounds of jelly beans a day. This amounts to about 1,250,000 jelly beans an hour.

- Pucks hit by hockey sticks have reached speeds of up to 150 miles per hour.

- The Planters Peanut Company mascot, Mr. Peanut, was created during a contest for schoolchildren in 1916.

- The expression cooked "al dente" means "to the tooth." What this means is that the pasta should be somewhat firm, and offer some resistance to the tooth, but should also be tender.

- Of married couples, 70% of men and 60% of women have cheated on their spouse. (Wow. That high?)

- Asthma affects one in fifteen children under the age of eighteen.

- A one ounce milk chocolate bar has 6 mg of caffeine.

- Throughout the South, peanuts were known as "Monkey Nuts," and "Goober peas," before the civil war.

- Scallops have approximately 100 eyes around the edge of their shells.

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

- The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth is called Arachibutyrophobia. (There’s really a phobia for peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth? Sheesh...)

- Men in their early twenties shave an average of four times a week.

Hope you learned something new!


  1. The Ceaser and Cleo Show just doesn't have the same ring to it... lol. Good thing they changed their name!

  2. WebDebris, your comment should have been posted on the Music @ Musicians trivia, but ended up here. Just thought I'd mention that. And I agree about the Ceaser and Cleo names; they wouldn't have worked as well.