Thursday, February 17, 2011

Today's Trivia - Assorted

Here we are again with another post of useless but interesting trivia. Let’s get right to it...


- On average, Americans eat one hundred acres of pizza a day. This amounts to about three hundred fifty slices per second. (Yum, yum...pizza!)

- As an iceberg melts, it makes a fizzing sound because of the compressed air bubbles popping in the ice.

- The Arctic Ocean covers an area of about 14,056,000 sq miles.

- The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C. (Eck... I wonder how it was used.)

- People whose mouth has a narrow roof are more likely to snore. This is because they have less oxygen going through their nose.

- In one day, a human sheds 10 billion skin flakes. This amounts to approximately two kilograms in a year.

- On average, an American home has 3-10 gallons of hazardous materials. (In my home, the most lethal objects are the litter boxes!)

- On average, 35 meters of hair fiber is produced on the adult scalp.

- Male goats will pee on each other in order to attract mates.

- A dog by the name of Laika was launched into space aboard the Russian spacecraft Sputnik 2 in 1957.

- In 2002, dogs have killed more people in the U.S. than the Great White shark has killed in the past 100 years.

- On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper right-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.

- When Black Jack Ketchum was hung back in 1901 in Clayton New Mexico, the noose actually ended up taking his head off. The head had to be sewn back on so Black Jack could be buried properly. (Ack! Too much information.)

- In 1985, a pregnant woman was falsely accused of shoplifting a basketball. (This is funny...)

- The adult electric eel can produce a five hundred volt shock, which is enough to stun a horse.

- Honeybees use the sun as a compass which helps them navigate.

- An average driver spends approximately 2 hours and 14 minutes kissing in his/her car in a lifetime.

- In World War II, the German submarine U-120 was sunk by a malfunctioning toilet.

- The phrase "Often a bridesmaid, but never a bride," actually originates from an advertisement for Listerine mouthwash from 1924.

- Over 50% of lottery players go back to work after winning the jackpot. (But...why?)

- Only one out of every three people washes their hands when leaving a public bathroom. (That’s all!?!?)

- 570 gallons of paint would be needed to paint the outside of the White House.

- Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day. (No wonder Mr. Robin was working so hard in my backyard last summer...all day long.)

- Every three seconds a baby is born somewhere in the world.

- The total mileage driven by all U-Haul trucks in a year is enough to move a person from the Earth to the moon five times a day for an entire year.


- The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

- Pluto was discovered on February 10, 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.

- Termites have been around for over 250 million years.

- The average person changes their career every 13 years.

- Approximately 18 billion disposable diapers end up in landfills each year. These diapers can take as long as 500 years to finally decompose.

- Over 4.5 billion sticks of Trident gum have been chewed. If the sticks of gum were laid out end to end they could circle the globe approximately 1.8 times.

- The brain of an ant has about 250,000 brain cells.

- About 26 per cent of all indoor water used by households in Sydney, Australia is for laundry.

- A rainbow can occur only when the sun is 40 degrees or less above the horizon.

- If you spray an antiseptic spray on a polar bear, its fur will turn purple.

- Every year Alaska has about 5,000 earthquakes, 1,000 of which measure above 3.5 on the Richter scale.

- It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.

- The cornea is the only living tissue in the human body that does not contain any blood vessels.

- There are approximately 7,000 feathers on an eagle.

- Kermit the frog delivered the commencement address at Southampton College located in the state of New York in 1996.

- The sound made by the toadfish when mating underwater is so loud that it can be heard by humans on the shore.

- In America, approximately 20% of children between the ages of 2 - 7 have a television in their room.

- Traveling by air is the safest means of transportation.

- The most common injury caused by cosmetics is to the eye by a mascara wand. (This has actually happened to me.)

- There have been close to 200 coups and counter-coups in the country of Bolivia. (Scary.)

- Beluga whales which are also called "white whales" are not born white. They are born grey in color, and by the age of six become completely white.

- Tiger Woods is the first athlete to have been named "Sportsman of the Year" twice by magazine Sports Illustrated.

- The eight most popular foods to cause food allergies are: milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, soy, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

- Club Direct, a travel insurance company in Britain, provides insurance plans for protection from falling coconuts.

- There are some bananas that are red instead of yellow.

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