Thursday, May 3, 2012

Today's Trivia – Mixed Bag

This week’s trivia is a mixed bag of useless but interesting information...


- The largest chicken egg ever laid weighed a pound and had a double yolk and shell.

- Billiards used to be so popular at one time that cigarette cards were issued featuring players.

- Chewing gum has rubber as an ingredient.

- Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner (Macaroni and Cheese) per capita than any other country in the world.

- In a day, a mature oak tree can draw approximately 50 gallons of water.

- Emilio Marco Palma was the first person known to be born in Antarctica in 1978.

- A top freestyle swimmer achieves a speed of only 4 miles per hour. Fish, in contrast, have been clocked at 68 mph.

- The longest U.S. highway is Route 20, which is over 3,365 miles.

- The largest LEGO castle that was ever built was built with 400,000 LEGO bricks and was 4.45 m x 5.22 m.

- One of the steepest main streets in Canada is located in Saint John, New Brunswick. Over a distance of two blocks the street rises about 80 feet.

- The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.

- On September 9, 1950 dubbed laughter was used for the first time on television. It was used for the sitcom "The Hank McCune Show."

- The human heart can create enough pressure that it could squirt blood at a distance of thirty feet.

- People have the tendency to chew the food on the side that they most often use their hand.

- The Lemon shark grows about 24,000 new teeth a year. A new set of teeth grow approximately every 14 days.

- Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.

- Thirty to 40 gallons of sugar maple sap must be boiled down to make just one gallon of maple syrup.

- The most popular Hot Wheels vehicle sold is the Corvette.

- A giraffe is able to clean its ears with its own tongue.

- The slowest growing finger nail is on the thumb nail and the fastest growing is the finger nail on the middle finger.

- Flu shots only work about 70% of the time.

- People of Salt Lake City eat the most lime-flavoured gelatin Jell-O in the United States.

- On average, a person has two million sweat glands.

- France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Greece, and Australia have always been in the modern Olympics since it began in 1896.

- In 1976, a Los Angeles secretary named Jannene Swift officially married a fifty pound rock. More than twenty people witnessed the ceremony.

- The most diners per capita in the world are located in the U.S. state New Jersey.

- In Denmark, people eat about 36 pounds of candy a year; the highest consumption of candy of any country.

- John Van Wormer invented paper milk cartons after dropping a bottle of milk one morning. The bottle broke spilling the milk everywhere. That annoyance was enough for Van Wormer to come up with the idea.

- Honolulu, Hawaii boasts the only royal palace in the United States of America.

- Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum.

- The tuatara lizard of New Zealand has three eyes, two in the center of its head and one on the top of its head.

- "The highest officially recorded number of children born to one mother is 69, to the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev** (1707-1782) of Shuya, Russia. Between 1725 and 1765, in a total of 27 confinements, she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets. 67 of them survived infancy."

- The loss of eyelashes is referred to as madarosis.

- In 1864, A Quebec farmer found a frog inside a hailstone.


- Some birds have been known to put ants into their feathers because the ants squirt formic acid, which kills parasites.

- On average, 42,000 balls are used and 650 matches are played at the annual Wimbledon tennis tournament.

- The WD in WD-40 stands for Water Displacer.

- Lachanophobia is the fear of vegetables. (I suffered from this when I was a child...)

- Sylvester Stallone once worked at N.Y. Central Park Zoo cleaning lion's cages.

- Lake Baikal, in Siberia, is the deepest lake in the world.

- Canada has more donut shops per capita than the United States. (Can you say Tim Hortons?)

- In 1886, Coca-cola was first served at a pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia for only five cents a glass. A pharmacist named John Pemberton created the formula for Coca-cola.

- Flamingos are able to fly at a speed of approximately 55 kilometers an hour. In one night they can travel about 600 km.

- In 1903, there were originally only eight Crayola crayons in a box, and they sold for five cents.

- On average, 150 couples get married in Las Vegas each day.

- One ragweed plant can release as many as a million grains of pollen in one day.

- The Central African raffia palm is known to have the longest leaves. The leaves can measure up to 82.5 feet long.

- Certain female species of spiders such as the Australian crab spider, sacrifice their bodies as a food source for their offspring.

- The names of the two stone lions in front of the New York Public Library are Patience and Fortitude. They are 100 years old.

- An ear of corn consists of 80% water.

- In one trip, a honey bee visits about 75 flowers.

- In 1916, Charlie Chaplin was making $10,000 a week, making him the highest paid actor of his time.

- The name of the character that is behind bars in the Monopoly board game is Jake the Jailbird.

- A lion feeds once every three to four days.

- Cheddar cheese is the best selling cheese in the USA.

- In the movie "The Matrix Reloaded" a 17 minute battle scene cost over $40 million to produce.

- According to research, Los Angeles highways are so congested that the average commuter sits in traffic for 82 hours a year.

- Over one million Pet Rocks were sold in 1975 making Gary Dahl, of Los Gatos, California, a millionaire. He got the idea while joking with friends about his pet that was easy to take care of, which was a rock.

- The game Monopoly has been played by approximately 500 million people in the world, and the game is available in 26 languages.

- The first letter Vanna White ever turned on the game show Wheel of Fortune was the letter "T".

- In 1983, a Japanese artist, Tadahiko Ogawa, made a copy of the Mona Lisa completely out of ordinary toast.

- Bugs Bunny was originally called "Happy Rabbit."

- In the movie "Gandhi" 300,000 extras appeared in the funeral scene. Of the 300,000, approximately 100,000 received a small fee, and the other 200,000 did it for free.

- You can send a postcard from Hell. There is a small town located in the Cayman Islands called "Hell." They even have a post office.

- Ed Cox from San Francisco invented the pot scrubbing S.O.S. pads in 1917. His wife came up with the name, which stands for "Save Our Saucepans."

- Edinburgh has more booksellers per head of population than any other city in Britain.

Bananas contain a natural chemical which can make a person happy. This same chemical is found in Prozac.

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