Thursday, May 26, 2011

Today's Trivia – Kid Stuff

This week’s trivia is kid-related useless but interesting information...

- The name of the dog from "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" is Max.

- Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.

- Walt Disney named Mickey Mouse after Mickey Rooney, whose mother he dated for some time.

- Mr. Rogers of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was an ordained minister.

- 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy) are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don't die throughout the movie.

- In Disney's "Fantasia", the Sorcerer's name is "Yensid"

- Walt Disney had wooden teeth.

- Walt Disney's autograph bears no resemblance to the famous Disney logo.

- It was illegal to sell ET dolls in France because there is a law against selling dolls without human faces. (Is this really true?)

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

- Pinocchio was made of pine.

- Pinocchio is Italian for "pine eyes".

- Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.

- Disneyland has the fourth largest navy in the world.

- Tony the Tiger turned 42 in 1997; the Jolly Green Giant turned 69.

- Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.

- Cleo and Caesar were the early stage names of Cher and Sonny Bono.

- Cinderella is known as Tuhkimo in Finland.

- Charlie Brown's father was a barber.

- Deborah Winger did the voice of E.T.

- The story of "Alice in Wonderland" was first told by author Lewis Carroll to four friends while rowing up the Thames from Oxford to Glascow for a mid-summer picnic. One of the party was nine-year-old Alice Liddell (the model for the fictional Alice).

- In the Wizard of Oz Dorothy's last name is Gail. It is shown on the mail box.

- The name for Oz in the Wizard of Oz was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."

- The movie playing at the drive-in at the beginning of "The Flintstones" was the The Monster.

- Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's Maiden name was Betty Jean McBricker.

- Kermit the Frog is left handed.

- On the cartoon show "The Jetsons", Jane is 33 years old and her daughter Judy is 15.

- The first Marvel Comics super hero was the Human Torch.

- The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver". Wally and Beaver had a baby alligator which they kept in the toilet.

- Beaver Cleaver's locker number was #9.

- Hugh Beaumont, "Ward Cleaver" of Leave It To Beaver, was an ordained minister.

- Howdy Doody had 48 freckles.

- Felix the Cat is the first cartoon character to ever have been made into a balloon for a parade.

- In an episode of The Simpsons, Sideshow Bob's Criminal Number is 24601, the same as the Criminal number of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.

- Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.

- The hacky-sack was invented in Turkey.

- The Slinky was invented by an airplane mechanic; he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use of one of the springs.

- If you stretch a standard Slinky out flat it measures 87 feet long.

- Cheryl Ladd (of Charlie's Angels fame) played the voice, both talking and singing, of Josie in the 70s Saturday morning cartoon "Josie and the Pussycats."

- School busses in the United States are Chrome Yellow and used to be Omaha Orange.

- Most of the little school houses in the U.S. of yesteryear were painted red because red was the least expensive paint color.

- The hundred billionth crayon made by Crayola was Periwinkle Blue.

- Bingo is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box.

- Some 16,000,000,000 prizes have been given away in boxes of Cracker Jacks since the company started the practice in 1912.

- The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life"

- Dr. Seuss pronounced "Seuss" such that it rhymed with "rejoice."

- Mr. Snuffleupagus’s first name was Aloysius.

- Lincoln Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright's son.

- Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.

- On Sesame Street, Bert's goldfish were named Lyle and Talbot, presumably after the actor Lyle Talbot.

- If the Spaceship Earth ride at EPCOT was a golf ball, to be the proportional size to hit it, you'd be two miles tall.

(All of the above trivia is originally from here.)


  1. Yaaay Kermie :) I was surprised to learn Debra Winger being ET's voice...

  2. I take it that Dorothy's last name is a clever twist on the word gale, being that a cyclone is what takes her to Oz.

  3. Jane, I was surprised to learn that Mr. Snuffleupagus’s first name was Aloysius. I watched Sesame Street for years as a kid and never knew that.


    That's probably it, WebDebris. I'd never even noticed, really. Imagine.