Thursday, May 24, 2012

Today's Trivia – Assorted Bits And Pieces

This week’s useless but interesting information is bits and pieces of trivia...

- An olive tree can live up to 1500 years.

- 96% of people put the peanut butter on first when making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

- The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean.

- By donating just one pint of blood, four lives can be saved.

- The biggest hamburger that was served was 8,266 pounds. It was made at the Burger Fest in Seymour, Wisconsin.

- Pilgrims did not eat potatoes for Thanksgiving as they thought they were poisonous.

- Pearls melt in vinegar.

- There are an estimated 2,500 collisions between birds and planes each year in the US.

- If you keep a Goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.

- Coffee has about five times the amount of caffeine as a can of Coke.

- Approximately 850 peanuts make an 18 oz jar of peanut butter.

- The most expensive animated movie is "Prince of Egypt", which cost $70 million to make.

- Koalas sleep up to 19 hours a day.

- The oldest roller coaster in the world is the Leap-The-Dips roller coaster located in Lakemont Park in Pennsylvania. The roller coaster was built in 1902.

- You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

- When Heinz ketchup leaves the bottle, it travels at a rate of 25 miles per hour.

- The story of Mulan had been told in China for almost 1,500 years before Disney decided to make it into an animated movie.

- The ruby red slippers in the movie "The Wizard of Oz" were sold off at an auction for $660,000.

- 40 percent of the almonds in the world are used by manufacturers of chocolate.

- It takes eight and a half minutes for light to get from the sun to earth.

- Olives, which grow on trees, were first cultivated 5,000 years ago in Syria.

- When explorers first arrived in Venezuela, they were reminded of Venice. They named the country "Little Venice", which translated into Spanish is Venezuela.

- Dandelion root can be roasted and ground as a coffee substitute.

- Platypuses mate in the water.

- The candlefish is so oily that it was once burned for fuel.

- A flea can jump 150 times its size. That is the same as a person able to jump up 1,000 feet in the air.

- The game of squash originated in the United Kingdom. It came about after a few boys, who were waiting for their turn to play racquets, knocked a ball around in a confined area adjoining the racquets court.

- You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

- The average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.

- New Jersey has a spoon museum that has over 5,400 spoons from across the world.

- There is a town named Dildo in the province of Newfoundland, Canada.

- The word "nerd" was first coined by Dr. Seuss in the book "If I Ran to the Zoo".

- The postage rate for a letter in 1693 was determined through how much light could pass through the letter. The postage rate would be more expensive if less light went through, and this process was called candling.

- The Sears Tower located in Chicago, Illinois is made up 76,000 tons of steel.

- There are more recreational golfers per capita in Canada than any other country in the world.

- After being picked an orange cannot ripen.

- The colours yellow, red, and orange are used in fast food restaurants because those are the colours that stimulate hunger.

- The elephant is the national animal of Thailand.

- Gardening is said to be one of the best exercises for maintaining healthy bones.

- From all the vegetables, beets contain the most sugar.

- Only female mosquitoes bite humans. Male mosquitoes live on natural liquids from plants and other resources.

- On average, the Pentagon uses 666 rolls of toilet paper in one day.

- Found in Argentina, the ornate horned frog can eat an entire mouse with one swallow.

- Melba toast is named after Dame Nellie Melba, the stage name of Australian opera singer Helen Porter Mitchell.

- Astronomers once believed a planet named Vulcan existed between Mercury and the Sun.

- More than 3000 years ago children played with circular hoops made with grape vines. This toy was swung around the waist. Years later this toy was made by company called Wham-O and the Hula-Hoop was invented in 1958.

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

- Owls swallow their prey whole because they have no teeth. After approximately 12 hours they cough up the feathers, bones, and fur in a shape of a football pellet.

- The largest ice cream sundae was made with 4,667 gallons of ice cream, was 12 feet high and had 7000 pounds of toppings on it. This was made in Anaheim, California in 1985.

- The name of the award given to honor the best sites on the Internet is called "The Webby Award".

- Mules have one horse and one donkey for a parent.

- On average, 350 squirts are needed from milking a cow to make a gallon of milk.

- Due to sugar shortages to make candy during World War II, movie theatre owners turned to popcorn, which is now the best selling snack at movie theatres today.

- Even though a polar bears fur looks white it is actually colourless and is made with hollow tubes. The reason the bear looks white is because the rough inner surface of the tubes make light scatter and reflect at many different angles which gives the white appearance.

- One gallon of used motor oil can ruin approximately one million gallons of fresh water.

- Approximately 87% of dog owners say that when they watch T.V. their dog curls up beside them or at their feet.

- The first Life Saver flavour, which was peppermint, was invented in 1912 and it was called Pep-O-Mint.

- The average life span of a peasant during the medieval ages was 25 years.

- Before 1859, baseball umpires were seated in padded chairs behind home plate.

- On February 10, 1964 the first self-adhesive stamps were issued.

- The highest point in France is Mont Blanc, located in the Alps.

- In 1976, fourteen banks merged to form a bank credit card called "Mastercharge." This was later renamed to what is now known as "MasterCard".

- American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first-class.

- There are over 500 different types of bananas.

- In 1848, the first American pasta factory opened in Brooklyn, New York. The name of the man that opened it was Antoine Zerega.

- Albert Einstein was cremated and his ashes were spread over a river located in New Jersey.

- Your right lung takes in more air than your left one does.

- Men are four times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.

- The longest acceptance speech in the history of the Oscars was by Greer Garson in 1942. She received an Oscar for Best Actress for the movie Mrs. Miniver, and her speech was five minutes and 30 seconds long.

- Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.


  1. Dear Martha,
    Have you ever milked a cow? Just wondering.

  2. I always make a wise crack about how much airlines are taking away but when you see the dollar amount it is no wonder why.

    1. They are always trying to find ways to cut costs -- at our expense!