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Calendar >  The Trivia Just Keeps Coming – #7

The Trivia Just Keeps Coming – #7

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TR Robertson — The unusual and obscure bits and pieces of trivia in our world could fill volumes of books. Some of these are just too weird to believe, but they are true. Here are some more to add to your dinner conversations.

  • Elephants can’t jump
  • Octopuses have three hearts
  • Cows don’t have four stomachs, they have one stomach with four compartments.
  • “Psycho” was the first movie to show a toilet flushing.
  • Polar bears have black skin and their fur isn’t white, it’s see through so it appears white as it reflects light.
  • The wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles was watched by 750 million people in 1981. Sadly, 2.5 billion people watched her funeral on T.V. in 1991.
  • There are no muscles in your fingers, their function is controlled by muscles in your palms and arms.
  • It’s impossible to hum while holding your nose.
  • The green code in “The Matrix” was actually created from symbols in the code designer’s wife’s sushi cookbook.
  • The “Play it again, Sam.” Line from “Casablanca” actually goes, “Play it again, Sam. Play ‘As time Goes By’”.
  • The origin of the word “sinister” reflects a historical medieval bias against left-handed people. It comes from the Latin word for “Left”, which was also seen to be unlucky or evil.
  • The word “strength” is the longest word in the English language with only one vowel.
  • The mash-up of using two words to make one new word (such as breakfast and lunch into brunch or motel from motor and hotel) is called a portmanteau.
  • John Steinbeck’s dog chewed up an early version of Of Mice and Men.
  • Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, left a suitcase full of his writing on a train and when she returned to retrieve it, show couldn’t locate the suitcase.
  • Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was 18.
  • The platypus doesn’t have a stomach, their esophagus goes straight to their intestines.
  • A tigers’ skin is actually striped, just like their fur.
  • Experiments in universities have been conducted to determine how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. The results range from 252 to 411 licks.
  • Cartoonist Mort Walker, creator of “Beetle Bailey”, came up with names of things we often see in comics and cartoons. A “briffit” is the dust cloud a character makes when running away; “plewds” are beads of sweat on a character; “grawlix” are symbols like “%$#@” that stand for curse words.
  • Hawaiian pizza was created in Ontario, Canada, by Greek immigrant Sam Panopoulos in 1962.
  • Almost all commercially grown artichokes come from Castroville, California.
  • The different colors of Froot Loops cereal all taste the same, they’re not individual flavors.
  • What’s inside of a Kit Kat? Broken bits of Kit Kats that are damaged in production.
  • Pound cake got its name because the original recipe called for a pound each of butter, flour, sugar and eggs.
  • The difference between jam and jelly is that jam is made with mashed up fruit while jelly is made with fruit juice.
  • Preserves are like jam but made with more whole fruit. Marmalade is preserves made from citrus fruit.
  • Flamin’ Hot Cheetos were developed by a janitor at Frito-Lay, Richard Montanez, who got the idea by putting chili powder on his Cheetos. He pitched the idea to the CEO and was promoted to an executive. He also gives motivational speeches.
  • The biggest pizza ever created was 13,580 sq. ft., made in Rome. The pizza was named “Ottavia”.
  • Coca Cola actually sells soup in a can called Bistrone, available in two flavors in Japan.
  • German Chocolate Cake doesn’t come from Germany. It was named for Sam German who created a type of baking chocolate for Baker’s in 1852.

Hope these bits of trivia surprised you and made you say “I didn’t know that” several times.

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