Thursday, November 17, 2011

Today's Trivia - Assorted

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

- The human body makes anywhere from 1 to 3 pints of saliva every 24 hours.

- The country with the highest consumption of candy at 29.5 pounds annually per person is Denmark.

- Every day, over 1,300 babies are born prematurely in the USA.

- In June 2006, animal rescue workers in Petaluma, California, found Roger Dier in his one-bedroom home overrun with more than 1,000 brown rats. The brood began after the obsessed collector took pity on a baby rat he planned to feed to his pet python.

- In 1832, in Paisley, Scotland the first municipal water filtration works was opened.

- The only popcorn museum in the world is located in Marion, Ohio, USA.

- In 1819, the USA purchased Florida from Spain for the cancellation of a $5 million debt.

- On average, a person will spend about five years eating during their lifetime.

- Jewelers Tiffany & Co., based in New York, are responsible for making the Super Bowl trophy.

- Skippy Peanut Butter is sold more in the world than any other peanut butter.

- The highest bridge in the world is located in the Himalyan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army, in 1982, and is about 5,600 meters above sea level.

- In 1893, the first mosque in the United States was built.

- Apples are part of the rose family.

- In the game of Monopoly, the properties most landed on are B&O Railroad, Illinois Avenue, and "Go."

- Mr. Butts invented the game SCRABBLE. The game was originally called "Criss Cross Words”.

- Actress Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Oscar nominated actress, with a record of 13 nominations.

- In a year approximately 900 million trees are cut down to make the raw materials needed for American pulp mills and paper.

- Michael Jackson's ballad Ben is a song about a killer rat.

- In 1876, the first microphone was invented by Emile Berliner.

- Thomas Edison designed a helicopter that would work with gunpowder. It ended up blowing up and also blew up his factory.

- In the late 1800's, washing machines and butter churners were sometimes powered by dogs walking on treadmills.

- A volcano has enough power to shoot ash as high as 50 km into the atmosphere.

- The longest hiccups on record were by an American pig farmer whose hiccups persisted from 1922 to 1987.

- Clarence Crane the inventor of "Crane's Peppermint Life Savers" sold his rights to the popular candy for less than three thousand dollars.

- Namco, the manufacturer of Pac Man the video game, has estimated that the original arcade game has been played over 10 billion times by individuals.

- Beatrix Potter, the author of Peter Rabbit, was one of the first owners of a pet rat - an albino bred by none other than Queen Victoria's royal rat catcher Jack Black.

- Coupons were introduced in 1894 when Asa Candler bought the Coca-Cola formula for $2,300 and gave people coupons that he had written out to receive a free glass of coke.

- Approximately 25% of all scald burns to children are from hot tap water.

- Carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than 15 minutes.

- The Nobel Peace prize was first awarded in 1901 to Jean Henry Dunant, the founder of the Swiss Red Cross.

- The White House has a movie theater, swimming pool, bowling lane, jogging track, and a tennis court.

- The wheelbarrow was invented by the Chinese.

- Tony Benson and Fiona Race made a custody agreement for their three pet rats when they split up.

- The first theatre to show motion pictures was the Nickelodeon on June 19, 1905 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was opened by Harry Davis on Smithfield Street.

- The first Wal-Mart opened up in Rogers, Arkansas in 1962.

- Teflon was accidentally discovered by scientist Dr. Roy Plunkett while he was conducting a coolant gas experiment in 1938.

- The average US worker toils for two hours and 47 minutes of each working day just to pay income tax.

- Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression “to get fired”.

- In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.

- The word "checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah-Mat," which means the king is dead.

- If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

- A common drink for Tibetans is Butter Tea which is made out of butter, salt, and brick tea.

- Bourbon was first made by a Baptist minister from Bourbon County in Kentucky in 1789.

- The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

- McDonald restaurants serve food and drink to about 43 million customers a day.

- The most expensive perfume in the world is Parfum VI, which was made by Arthur Burnham. A 4 inch bottle which is covered with diamonds and 24-carat gold costs $71,380.

- Great Britain has the highest consumption of ice cream than any other European nation.

- The movie "Cleopatra" cost $44 million to make in 1963. The same movie would now cost $300 million to make taking inflation into account.

- Kermit the Frog was named after Kermit Scott, a childhood friend of creator Jim Henson, who became a professor of philosophy at Purdue University.

- Play-Doh was introduced in 1956 by Hasbro Inc. The only color available was off-white and it came in one size, a one and a half pound can.

- The adult human body requires about 88 pounds of oxygen daily.

- The USSR launched the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, in 1957.

- The highest consumption of Pizza occurs during Super Bowl week.

- During World War II, condoms were used to cover rifle barrels from being damaged by salt water as the soldiers swam to shore.

- Approximately 55% of movies released are Rated R.

- The tallest tree recorded is located in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California. It is a coast redwood and has been measured at 117 meters high.

- In 1926, a waiter in Budapest committed suicide. He left his suicide note in the form of a crossword and the police had to get help from the public to solve it.

- More than half the time spent in United States courts is cases that involve automobiles.

- Bubble gum contains rubber.

- The smoke that is produced by a fire kills more people than a burn does because of carbon monoxide and other dangerous gases.

- The Saguaro Cactus, found in South-western United States does not grow branches until it is 75 years old.

- In Belgium, 172,000 tons of chocolate are produced in a year.

- The word Nike comes from Greek Mythology. Nike is the goddess of victory, a fit young woman with wings. She is a fast runner, a swift flyer and an able charioteer.

- The band Duran Duran got their name from an astronaut in the 1968 Jane Fonda movie "Barbarella”.

- The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

- Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.

- If you were born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, or 1996, then you're a rat, according to Chinese astrology. This would make you quick-witted and resourceful.

- The average American kid will eat approximately 1,500 peanut butter sandwiches by high school graduation.

- Typewriter is the longest word that can be made using only the letters on the top row of the keyboard.

- The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

- Studies have shown that by putting on slow background music it can make a person eat food at a slower rate.

- By walking an extra 20 minutes every day, an average person will burn off seven pounds of body fat in one year.

- Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

- The name of the first menthol cigarette in the United States was “Spud”.

- A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

- A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

- The first tattoo machine was invented by Samuel O'Reilly. He did this by using equipment that Thomas Edison used to engrave hard surfaces.

- In a lifetime, an average human produces 10,000 gallons of saliva.

- Approximately 25,000 workers died during the building of the Panama Canal and approximately 20,000 of them contracted malaria and yellow fever.

- Braces were first invented by Pierre Fauchard in 1728. The braces were made by a flat strip of metal, which was connected to the teeth by thread.

- Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

- There is a town in Texas called Ding Dong. In 1990, the population was only twenty-two people.

- The total volume of mail that went through the Canadian postal system in 1950 was 1,362,310,155 items.

- The highest toll paid by a ship to cross the Panama Canal was by the Crown Princess on May 2, 1993 in the amount of $141,349.97 U.S. funds.

- The name of the famous snack "Twinkies" was invented by seeing a billboard in St. Louis that said "Twinkle Toe Shoes”.

- "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

- February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

- The average American will spend six months of their life waiting at red lights.

- Neptune was the first planet in our solar system to be discovered by mathematics.

- Dirty Harry's badge number is 2211.

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

- The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.

- Eating eight strawberries will provide you with more Vitamin C than an orange.

- The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver".

- To be born on Sunday was considered a sign of great sin during the Puritan times.

- A full seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the production of Guinness beer.

- The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.

- In medieval England beer was often served with breakfast.

- On November 29, 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an “Honorary Harlem Globetrotter”.

- In 1888, Hollywood was founded by Harvey and Daeida Wilcox, who named the city after their summer home in Chicago.


  1. Had to look up Ding Dong, Texas in Wiki. Kind of interesting how they got their name.,_Texas

  2. Thank goodness for peanut butter - I know I had my 1500!
    I'm not surprised to hear that the average four year-old asks 400 questions a day.

  3. @WebDebris: Over the years, I've run across some interesting trivia while searching for info for this blog, and city/town names is one of them. Ding Dong is one of the most unusual, so far.


    @Jane: Peanut butter was one of the food groups when I was growing up. Then all the peanut allergies surfaced and that was the end of that.

    Yup, I'm not surprised either with all the questions four yeard olds can ask. My own kids were just as inquisitive. Drove me batty some days ;)