Thursday, September 8, 2011

Today's Trivia - Assorted

It’s time for another round of useless but interesting assorted trivia...


- In almost every language on earth, the word for Mother begins with the letter 'M'.

- If you counted 100 stars a minute, it would take 2,000 years to count all the stars in our galaxy.

- Every day, 1 acre of trees produces enough oxygen for 18 people.

- An adult takes an average of 16 breaths a minute.

- The best-selling passenger car ever was the VW Beetle. At least 22 million have been sold since 1937.

- The average adult laughs 7 to 8 times a day.

- In the United States, approximately 50 million people fish per year.

- The index finger on the Statue of Liberty is 8 feet long.

- Actor John Ritter was the voice of Clifford, from "Clifford The Big Red Dog."

- On April 6, 1925, the first in-flight movie was shown. It was a silent film and appeared on a Deutsche Luft Hansa flight.

- A human yell would take 3 1/2 hours to travel from New York to San Francisco.

- Princeton professor John W. Tukey coined the term "software" in 1958.

- The average cost of a movie in 1940 was 24¢.

- Aristotle stuttered.

- Seniors who drink a cup of coffee before a memory test score higher than those who drink a cup of decaffeinated coffee.

- Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

- On average, 749 pounds of paper products are used by an American individual annually.

- Incas used to create pots in the shape of peanuts that were highly prized.

- Stalks of sugar cane can reach up to 30 feet

- Did you know you share your birthday with at least 9 other million people in the world?

- Soldiers disease is a term for morphine addiction. The Civil War produced over 400,000 morphine addicts.

- The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119, which is 176 verses.

- During the First World War, cigarettes were handed out to soldiers along with their rations.

- The longest freshwater shoreline in the world is located in the state of Michigan.

- There are bananas called "Red banana" that are maroon to dark purple when ripe.

- Franklin Pierce was the first U.S. President to have a Christmas tree in the White House.

- The USA bought Alaska from Russia for 2 cents an acre.

- Walt Disney had originally suggested using the name Mortimer Mouse instead of Mickey Mouse.

- The pound key (#) on the keyboard is called an octothorpe.

- The chemical name for caffeine is 1,3,7-trimethylzantihine.

- Corals take a long time to grow. Some corals only grow one centimeter in one year.

- Wal-Mart sells more apparel a year than all the other competing department stores combined.

- Canada has more inland waters and lakes than any other country in the world.

- Ramses II, a pharaoh of Egypt died in 1225 B.C. At the time of his death, he had fathered 96 sons and 60 daughters.

- The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.

- Since its introduction in February 1935, more than two hundred million Monopoly board games have been sold worldwide.

- Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression as men in the United States.

- The smallest man ever was Gul Mohammed (1957-1997) of India, who measured 1 feet, 10 inches.

- 500,000 tons of dog excrement are dumped annually on the streets of Paris.

- In Belgium, there is a museum just for strawberries.

- The Simpsons is the longest running prime-time animated series in television history.

- The more a person struggles to get out of quicksand the faster he/she will sink. Staying still and being calm will actually make the body float in the quicksand because the body is less dense than the quicksand is.

- A piece of French toast that was partially eaten by Justin Timberlake sold on eBay.

- Atari had to bury millions of unsold "E.T." game cartridges in a New Mexico desert landfill in 1982.

- The biggest disco ball in the world has a diameter of 2.41 meters and 137.89 kilograms. It also has 6,900 mirror squares on it.

- The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.

- An average city dog lives approximately three years longer than an average country dog.

- On average, falling asleep while driving results in 550 accidents per day in the United States.

- The greatest mountain range is the Mid-Ocean Ridge, extending 64,374 km from the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.

- Detroit, Michigan has more registered bowlers than any other city in the USA.

- Chili Powder was invented in the 19th century in the American Southwest.

- Annually Americans eat 45 million turkeys at Thanksgiving.

- The average life span of a single red blood cell is 120 days.

- Over 250 million Slinky toys have been sold since its debut in 1946.

- In the world, the United States and France have the most pet dogs. Approximately one out of every three families has a pet dog. Switzerland and Germany are the lowest only having one dog per every ten families.

- In Ivrea, Italy, thousands of citizens celebrate the beginning of Lent by throwing oranges at one another.

- Some Chinese chopsticks contain gold as one of their materials.

- The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million.

- The watch was invented by Peter Henlein of Nuremberg in 1510.

- In North America there are approximately 618 roller coasters.

- The concept of Boxing Day, which is on December 26th, was to give boxes of food and clothing to the poor. It is now viewed in some countries as a time to get merchandise from stores at reduced prices.

- Crayola is a French word that means "Oily chalk".

- Every year, Burger King Restaurants prepare over 950,000 pounds of bacon for their breakfast customers.

- At just four years old Mozart was able to learn a piece of music in half an hour.

- It would take twenty new mid-size cars to generate the same amount of pollution that a mid-size 1960's car did.

- The colour blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones.

- There are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year.

- Black pepper is the most popular spice in the world.

- In Greece, the climate is so warm that many of the cinemas do not even have roofs.

- Enamel is hardest substance in the human body.

- All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

- The sun is approximately 149 million kilometers from the earth.

- There are over one hundred billion galaxies with each galaxy having billions of stars.

- The Uape Indians, who live in the Amazon, mix the ashes of their recently cremated relatives with alcohol, and then all members of the family drink the mix with fond memories of the deceased.

- The word "diamond" comes from the Greek word "adamas," which means "unconquerable".

- The average ice berg weighs 20,000,000 tons.

- For the movie "Tootsie" actor Dustin Hoffman thought of the title. His mother used to call him that as a child.

- The world record for rocking non-stop in a rocking chair is 480 hours held by Dennis Easterling, of Atlanta, Georgia.

- The first subway system in America was built in Boston, Massachusetts in 1897.

- There are approximately 45 billion fat cells in an average adult.

- To make one pound of butter, 29 cups of milk are needed.

- Close to 73% of girls in Bangladesh are married by age 18.

- In the summer of 1858, the smell of the sewage in the Thames River in London was so bad that the Members of Parliament had to leave from the chamber of the House of Commons. This was a result of two million people dumping all their sewage into the river.

- The purpose of tonsils is to destroy foreign substances that are swallowed or breathed in.

- There is a dog museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

- The tip of a bullwhip moves so fast that it breaks the sound barrier. The crack of the whip is actually a tiny sonic boom.

- There is a city called Smackover located in Arkansas.

- An average person laughs about 15 times a day.

- The labels for Crayola crayons come in 18 different colors.

- There are more than 40 million Americans that have "chronic halitosis," which is bad breath that never goes away.

- In Spain, it is common to pour chocolate milk or cafe au lait on cereal for breakfast.

- Over 50% of the weddings in the U.S. occur in the afternoon.

- The first American president to deliver a speech over the radio was Warren G. Harding.

- Enough paper is recycled in the USA every day, that a 15 mile long train of boxcars could be filled up with paper.

- The palms of your hands and the soles of your feet cannot tan, or grow hair.

- At the White House, President John Adams was said to be the first to display fireworks there.

- About 10% of the 100,000 thunderstorms that occur in the USA every year are classified as severe.

- A baseball will go farther in hot temperature than in cold temperature.

- The world's first underground was the London Underground in 1863. It has 275 stations and 253 miles of track.

- The aorta, which is largest artery located in the body, is about the diameter of a garden hose.

2 comments:

  1. Heh... I just had to check out the Atari dumping fact for myself and it is true. Atari had a poor selling season and had to destroy 5 million ET games along with 5 million Pacman games. To keep the landfill from being looted they steam rollered the games and then covered the landfill with concrete. Crazy.

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