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Calendar >  The Trivia Keeps Getting Stranger But Just As Interesting – #11

The Trivia Keeps Getting Stranger But Just As Interesting – #11

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TR Robertson — Many trivial facts are simply part of the world we live in and are not completely revealed to the public. Many other facts are developed from surveys coming from a variety of sources. The Gallup Polls are famous for their political surveys and are used to determine a wide range of issues. Some of the surveys conducted tell those conducting them numerous things about the world and the people who live here. Many of the trivia facts listed come from historical documents, diaries, accounts and other collections gathered over time. Have fun as you learn more about this crazy world we live in.

  • Barry Manilow’s hit song, “I Write the Songs”, wasn’t written by him.
  • After he retired, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s secret service code name became “Scorecard” because of his affinity for golf.
  • Stretching over 1,600 miles, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms.
  • In 2009, Scottish scientists searching for the Loch Ness Monster found over 100,000 golf balls in the Loch.
  • Saint Patrick never banished snakes from Ireland. Scientists believe the island has been snake free since the Ice Age, over 10,000 years ago.
  • When spliced together there are 26 minutes of quiet staring, no talking, in the “Twilight” film series.
  • There is no spot in Central America more than 125 miles from the ocean.
  • There is a village in Norway called Hell and it freezes over every winter.
  • Koalas and humans have remarkably similar fingerprints.
  • S.O.S. does not stand for anything. It was created as a universal distress signal because it was a simple, unmistakable message when sent via Morse Code.
  • Pluto’s average distance from the Sun is 3,670,050,000 miles.
  • At 4,101 feet, Mt. Thor on Baffin Island, Canada, has Earth’s greatest sheer vertical drop.
  • With 94% identical DNA, Chimpanzees are the closest living relatives to humans.
  • Tootsie Rolls were used as part of the rations for WW II soldiers.
  • The French territory of Louisiana was purchased by the U.S. in 1803 for roughly five cents an acre.
  • A pluot is a hybrid between a plum and an apricot.
  • There are seven different villages in Denmark, Sweden and Norway with the name A – it translates to “river” in Scandinavian languages.
  • Aulophobia is an exaggerated or irrational fear of flutes.
  • In the last row of the U.S. Senate Chamber there is a desk that is always stocked with candy.
  • An Egyptian Pharaoh named Pepy II commonly smothered his servants in honey to keep flies away from him. Pepy had a fear of flies.
  • With a population of 37,308 and an area less than 1 square mile, Monaco is the most densely populated nation in the world.
  • It takes light from the Sun 8 minutes to reach Earth.
  • Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th U.S. President. He is the only man to have been elected to non-consecutive Presidential terms.
  • The Atacama Desert in South America is the driest non-polar region on the Earth. Some regions of the Desert have never received rain.
  • The U.S. Supreme court has previously ruled that tomatoes are vegetables.
  • Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt once sneaked out of a White House event, commandeered an airplane and went on a joyride to Baltimore.
  • If you have the feeling you have experienced an event before in real life, call it déjà vu. If you feel like you have previously experienced an event in a dream instead, call it deja reve.
  • Moonshiners used to wear “cow shoes” feeling the hoofprints would help fool the police.
  • The 100 folds in a chef’s toque (hat) are said to represent the 100 ways to cook an egg.
  • Guinness estimates that 93,000 liters of beer are lost in facial hair each year in the U.K,
  • George Washington served an eggnog like drink to visitors at Mount Vernon containing rye whiskey, rum and sherry.
  • Some cats are allergic to humans.
  • In 1962, Volvo gave away for free their patent for the revolutionary three-point seatbelt.
  • Tsundoku is the act of acquiring books and not reading them.
  • Ravens in captivity can learn to talk better than parrots.
  • Bela Lugosi was buried in full Dracula costume, cape and all.
  • Central Park’s lampposts contain a set of four numbers that can help you navigate. The first two tell you the nearest street and the next two tell you whether you are closer to the east or west side of the park (even numbers signal east, odd numbers signal west.
  • Long before rap battles there was “flyting” – the exchange of witty, insulting verses. The verbal throwdowns were popular in England and Scotland from the 5th to 16th centuries.
  • Kea parrots warble together when they are in a good mood, making them the first known non-mammal species to communicate with infectious laughter.
  • Maya Angelou, award winning poet, was the first black female cable car conductor in San Francisco.

Remember – all amazing but true.  More and more to come

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