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Calendar >  More Trivia of the World – #14

More Trivia of the World – #14

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TR Robertson – Here’s some more interesting facts and behind the scenes info that has shaped much of the world today. If you love to travel, this will be especially informative for you. By now you should have enough trivia info to run your own True or False Trivia game with the family and friends – safely socially distanced and with masks on.

  • By today’s political standards, a number of the “founding fathers” who drew up the Declaration of Independence and the original Constitution were very young compared to today’s politicians – Aaron Burr was 20, Alexander Hamilton was 21, James Madison was 25, John Jay was 29 and Thomas Jefferson was 33.
  • Every night, the original U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence are lowered from their display cases into a bomb-proof safe.
  • By law, no U.S. Officer is ever allowed to outrank George Washington – he was posthumously promoted to “six-star general” to make sure.
  • The first African American to receive the Medal of Honor in the Civil War was Sgt. William Harvey Carney, who being shot several times, rescued the American Flag from a fellow soldier, led a charge on Fort Wayne and held the flag as the fort was taken by Union soldiers.
  • More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.
  • The Amazon rain forest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen supply.
  • The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean you can taste fresh water more than one hundred miles at sea.
  • Ninety percent of the world’s ice covers Antarctica.
  • Antarctica is the driest place on the planet with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi Desert.
  • Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.
  • Canada is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”.
  • Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.
  • Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1, so named because it was the first paved road anywhere in the U.S.
  • Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded, in 753 B.C., making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.
  • Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two continents.
  • The full name of Los Angeles is – I Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula.
  • The term” The Big Apple” was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930’s who used the slang expression “apple” for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time – “The Big Apple”.
  • There are more Irish in New York city than in Dublin, Ireland; more Italians in NYC than in Rome. Italy; more Jews in NYC than in Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, everyone is man-made.
  • The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia – 1.75 sq. miles.
  • The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C.
  • There is a city called Rome on every continent.
  • Siberia contains more than 25% of the world’s forests.
  • The actual smallest sovereign entity in the world is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, located in the city of Rome, Italy, and has an area of two tennis courts with a population of 80.
  • There is a town in the Sahara Desert, named Tidikelt, Algeria, that did not receive rain for over ten years. The driest place on Earth is in the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross Island. It is estimated they have had no rain for over two million years.
  • Spain means “the land of rabbits”.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pig’s Eye, named after Pig’s Eye Parrant who founded the first business in the town.
  • Chances that a road is unpaved in the U.S. – 1%; in Canada – 75%.
  • The deepest hole ever drilled by man is the Kola Superdeep Borehole in Russia, drilled to a depth of 7.62 miles.
  • The Eisenhower Interstate System requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
  • Meteorologists claim they are right 85% of the time.
  • According to the U.S. government, people have tried over 28,000 different ways to lose weight.
  • 8% of Americans twiddle their thumbs.
  • 75% of people wash in the shower from top to bottom.
  • The average American looks at 8 houses before buying one.
  • The average American pays more for taxes than for food, clothing and shelter put together.
  • Over 55,000 people are injured by jewelry every year.
  • Chances that a burglary in the U.S. will be solved – 1 in 7.
  • Conception occurs in December more than any other month.
  • Most popular boat name – Obsession.
  • Portion of land owned by the government in the U.S. – 1/3.
  • 56% of the video game market is adults.
  • The first U.S. census was in 1790 with a population just under 4 million people.

Hope you learned a little more about your world and possibly places you have visited in your lifetime. Still lots more trivia and facts out there to surprise and astound you.

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