Thursday, January 13, 2011

Today's Trivia - Assorted

This week’s post is an assortment of interesting but useless facts...

- Each year there are approximately 20 billion coconuts produced worldwide.

- A chicken with red earlobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white earlobes will produce white eggs. (Is this for real?)

- Not all polar bears hibernate; only pregnant female polar bears do.

- There is a restaurant in Stockholm that only offers all-garlic products. They even have a garlic cheesecake. (Why?l?)

- Serving ice cream on cherry pie was once illegal in Kansas. (Really? And if this is true, why?)

- Superman The Escape rollercoaster located in California at Six Flags Magic Mountain, goes from 0 to 100 miles per hour in only 7 seconds.

- 2.5 cans of Spam are consumed every second in the United States. (I hate this stuff.)

- In 1836, Mexican General Santa Anna held an elaborate state funeral for his amputated leg. (This is ridiculous...)

- A meteor has only destroyed one satellite, which was the European Space Agency's Olympus in 1993.

- One gallon of pure maple syrup weighs 11 pounds.

- Instead of a birthday cake, many Russian children are given a birthday pie.

- The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system in India, employing over 1.6 million people.

- The hydra, which is related to the jellyfish, can grow its body back in a couple of days if it is cut in half. (Bizarre...)

- The deepest mine in the world is the East Rand mine, which goes to a depth of about 3,585 metres.

- Native Indians have been known to paint their doors blue, which they believe keeps the bad spirits out.

- Before air conditioning was invented, white cotton slipcovers were put on furniture to keep the air cool.

- It would take about fourteen and half million notes of currency to build a mile high stack.

- It costs about 3 cents to make a $1 bill in the United States.

- The cross bow was invented by the Chinese and records of its usage goes back to as far as the Three Kingdom Period (220 a.d.-280 a.d.).

- It is estimated that by the end of 2000, there has been 142,600 tonnes of gold mined in the world.

- Japan has approximately 200 volcanoes and is home to 10% of the active volcanoes in the world.

- One-third pound stalk of broccoli contains more vitamin C than 204 apples.

- The Flintstones cartoon was the first thirty-minute cartoon to be aired during prime time.

- Dipsomania refers to an insatiable craving for alcoholic beverages.

- China has more English speakers than the United States.

- Pitcher Darold Knowles once pitched all seven games of one World Series.

- In a day, kids in the U.S. that are between the ages of 2 - 8 spend 28 minutes of their time coloring.

- The Ancient Greek women painted their cheeks with herbal pastes (cheek blushes) made out of red crushed berries and seeds.

- Herbert Hoover, who was the 31st president of the United Stated, turned over all the Federal salary checks he received to charity during the 47 years he was in government.

- Macadamia nuts are not sold in their shells because it takes 300 pounds per square inch of pressure to break the shell.

- Before 1928, yo-yos used to be called bandalores in the United States.

- The only South East Asian country that has never been colonized by a Western Power is Thailand.

- In 1631, two London bible printers accidentally left the word "not" out of the seventh commandment, which then read, "Thou shalt commit adultery." This legendary book is now known as the "Wicked Bible". (This is funny!)

- Irish Wolfhound dogs have a short lifespan and live about 7-8 years.

- When Queen Elizabeth I of England died she owned over 3,000 gowns.

- Female alligators lay about 40 eggs that hatch in 60 - 70 days.

- The nickname for a Japanese businessman is "Salaryman".

- Emus cannot walk backwards.

- The external tank on space shuttles is not painted. It is the only part of the shuttle that is lost after launch, so it is not necessary to worry about metal corrosion.

- The most popular Twizzler candy flavour is strawberry.


  1. Intriguing trivia, as always, Martha! I never would have guessed that the largest employer in the world would be the Indian Railway System.

    If I tell you that I LOVE Spam (the food, that is), will you still respect me? :-)

  2. Ha ha...of course I'd still respect you, Beth! Just because I don't like it, doesn't mean others shouldn't. My husband likes canned, corned beef, which I would never touch, and I still love him :)