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Calendar >  The Trivia Keeps Getting Interesting & Unusual – #12

The Trivia Keeps Getting Interesting & Unusual – #12

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TR Robertson — More unusual, strange but incredibly fascinating bits and pieces of trivia for you to enjoy as you stay safe in these strange times.

  • Turkeys were once revered by the Mayan, around 300 B.C., as vessels of the gods
  • According to history.com, Paul Revere never road thru the countryside yelling, “The British are coming”. The ride was supposed to be a quiet and stealthy operation as many British were hiding in the area. If he did yell it would have been “The Redcoats are coming”.
  • From 1912 to 1948 the Olympic Games held competitions in the fine arts. Medals were given for literature, architecture, sculpture, painting, and music.
  • After her execution, Marie Antoinette’s eight-year-old son, Louis XVII, was imprisoned for two years in the Paris Temple where he was neglected, abused, and left isolated until his death at age 10.
  • Ninety percent of the Earth’s population lives in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • California has more people than all of Canada.
  • Australia is wider than the moon.
  • In the Philippines, there is an island (Vulcan Point) that is within a lake (Crater Lake), on an island (Volcano Island – Taal Island) that is within a lake (Lake Taal), on an island (Luzon).
  • The Dead Sea is currently 429 meters below sea level and sinking about 1 meter a year.
  • Russia spans 11 time zones.
  • Vatican City is the smallest country in the world.
  • Africa is the only continent that covers four hemispheres.
  • The Greek national anthem consists of 158 verses.
  • New York drifts away from London 1 inch every year.
  • Cuba is the only Caribbean country that has a railway.
  • The biggest pyramid in the world is not in Egypt, but is in Mexica, called Cholula, and is covered in grass.
  • All the gondolas in Venice must be black unless they are the property of a high-ranked official.
  • The name Canada comes from the Iroquoian word Kanata, meaning village or settlement.
  • The Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia crosses 3,901 bridges along its way.
  • It is forbidden for airplanes to fly over the Taj Mahal.
  • Mexico City sinks 4-6 inches a year because it was built over a lake. The city has sunk 32 feet in the last 60 years.
  • The first city to reach 1 million inhabitants was Rome in 133 B.C. London reached the mark in 1810, New York City in 1875. Today there are 300 cities with more than 1 million inhabitants.
  • Amman, the capital of Jordan, used to be called Philadelphia.
  • If a man gives a woman a compliment in Togo, he should marry her.
  • Until the end of the 1980’s there was not a single phone in Bhutan.
  • To demoralize the Germans, in WW II, Churchill sent in bombing raids to Berlin. The first one, August 26, 1940, was a military disaster. Six of the fifty bombers crashed, a woodshed in a Berlin suburb was destroyed, two Germans were slightly injured and an elephant in the Berlin Zoo was killed.
  • Ancient Greek and Roman statues were once painted in various colors. Most of the paint has faded away over time or was removed by people.
  • The Battle of Bull Run, in the Civil War, was called “The Picnic Battle” because many of Washington’s civilians and the wealthy elite, including congressmen and their families, brought picnics and watched the battle from the hillsides.
  • The eldest son of the future Roman Emperor Claudius, Tiberius Claudius Drusus, died of asphyxiation when he tossed a pear in the air and caught it in his mouth and choked on it.
  • Around the 17th century, New England states banned Christmas because celebrations were rowdy public displays of excessive eating and drinking, the mockery of authority, aggressive begging, and invasion of wealthy homes.
  • Ronald Reagan’s first job was a lifeguard. Over six years he saved 77 people from drowning.
  • In the early 1990’s, Pepsi owned 17 submarines, a cruiser, a frigate, and a destroyer all because of a deal with the Soviet Union in which they exchanged soda for military equipment.
  • At U.S. President Andrew Jackson’s funeral, in 1845, his pet parrot had to be removed because it was swearing so loudly.
  • The men’s marathon at the 1904 Summer Olympics was a disaster when the first place finisher, Fred Lorz, had to be disqualified because it was discovered he had dropped out after 9 miles and hitched a ride in a car to be let out a short distance from the finish line.

It just keeps coming. Volumes could be filled with trivia from all area of the world. Soon you will be able to go on the “Weakest Link” show.

Stay Safe.

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