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Calendar >  More Trivia To Shock & Amaze You – #10

More Trivia To Shock & Amaze You – #10

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TR Robertson – I am not surprised by not much of anything these days, given what is going on around us and as I dig deeper into the unending amount of factual bits and pieces of trivia that makes up what makes things work in our world. Here we go again with some things to make you go Wow.

  • The term soccer did not originate in America. It comes from Great Britain and is derived from a short form of “Association Football”.
  • It has been said that nearly 3% of the ice in Antarctic glaciers is penguin urine.
  • The first tiger shark to hatch inside of its mother’s womb eats all the other embryos of its siblings.
  • The Kola Superdeep Borehole is Russia is the world’s deepest hole. It is 7.5 miles deep but only 9 inches wide.
  • High heeled shoes were originally created for men.
  • The word “orange” was first used to describe the fruit, not the color.
  • Up to 12 million Dum Dums are made every single year.
  • In 1916, Jeanette Rankin became the first female member of Congress, four years before women were given the right to vote.
  • Baby porcupines are called “porcupettes”.
  • Mount Rushmore almost featured the heads of famous American West heroes, like Buffalo Bill Cody, but the lead sculptor argued against this.
  • At the 1908 Olympics, the Russians showed up 12 days late because they were using the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar.
  • King Henry VIII had a “Groom of the Stool” whose job was to monitor and assist in the King’s bowel movements.
  • China owns nearly all of the pandas in the world, even the ones you see in zoos. They rent many of them out for as much as $1 million dollars a year.
  • Since 1945, all British tanks come equipped with tea making facilities.
  • Babe Ruth’s 54 home runs in 1920 were more than the total hit by 14 of 15 other MLB teams.
  • Many lipstick products contain fish scales.
  • Prairie dogs say “hello” by kissing.
  • Angel Falls in Venezuela is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world, at 3,212 feet.
  • With a fortune of $336 billion when adjusted for inflation, oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller was and is the wealthiest person in U.S. history.
  • Liberty Island, the home of the Statue of Liberty, might belong to New York City, but it is surrounded by the waters of Jersey City and is closer to the New Jersey mainland.
  • A single cow can make roughly 200,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
  • Roughly 30% of the Earth’s remaining mineral resources can be found in Africa.
  • The largest sandcastle in the world was built in Germany and was over 54 feet high. It took 168 trucks over a week to deliver enough sand to build it.
  • Earth is not a perfect sphere. Our planet is squashed at its poles and swollen at the equator.
  • A snail can sleep for three years.
  • At just 135 words, George Washington’s second inaugural address remains the shortest ever delivered.
  • Beer is one of the oldest recorded recipes in the world, with documentations of the beverage dating back to around 5,000 B.C. in Egypt.
  • Lasting only 38 minutes, the Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896 is considered to the shortest war in history.
  • Due to a discrepancy over border recognition between Egypt and Sudan, there is a region called Bir Tawii that belongs to no country.
  • At 3’7”, Eddie Gaedel was the shortest Major League Baseball player of all time. He walked in his only plate appearance.
  • Valles Marineris, a canyon on Mars, would stretch from Los Angeles to the Atlantic coast if it were on Earth.
  • Serial killer Ted Bundy once received a commendation from the Seattle Police Department for chasing down a purse snatcher.
  • Lord Byron is said to have kept a pet bear in his dorm room while he was studying at Cambridge University.
  • During WW II, Queen Elizabeth II, then an 18-year old princess, trained in London as a mechanic and military truck driver.
  • The heart of a shrimp is located in its head.
  • President Nixon was at Disney World when he infamously proclaimed, “I am not a crook”.
  • The World Wrestling Federation (WWF) had to change their name to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) because of legal action taken by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
  • According to John Lennon, the imagery in the song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, was inspired by the work of Lewis Carroll.
  • The famous hominid “Lucy” was named when the Beatles song, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, was playing in the paleoanthropologists camp as they were studying the bone remains.
  • It has been estimated that a new baby can “rob” parents of between 400-750 hours of sleep in the first year.
  • Whatcom County, in the state of Washington, unanimously passed a resolution declaring the region a Sasquatch Protection and Refuge Area.
  • Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is the only moon known to have a fully developed atmosphere. It is 50% denser than Earth’s.

This should add to your list of trivial facts used to impress your friends.

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