Trivia – Completely Useless Facts

Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never telephoned his wife or mother because they were both deaf.

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the man who designed the Eiffel Tower, also designed the inner structure of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbour.

Wellfleet, Massachusetts has the only town clock in the world that strikes ship’s time. (Rings every half hour, to a maximum of 8 rings at the end of each four hour period.)

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was “Moon.” Buzz was the second man to step onto the Moon in 1969.

On average a person breaths enough air in their life, to fill 2 and a half blimps

The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000

 Mark Twain is actually a depth measurement, equal to 12 fathoms

Most people who read the word ‘yawning’ will yawn

 The average single man is one inch shorter than the average married man

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people

 At just four years old Mozart was able to learn a piece of music in half an hour.

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older

Beethoven used to take hay baths to remedy the swelling he used to get in his legs.

7 out of 10 people believe in life after death.

Franklin Pierce was the first U.S. President to have a Christmas tree in the White House
It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

Abraham Lincoln’s mother died when she drank the milk of a cow that grazed on poisonous snakeroot.

Cat’s urine glows under a black light.

Adolf Hitler wanted to be an architect, but he failed the entrance exam at the architectural school in Vienna.

Adolf Hitler was Time’s Man of the Year for 1938.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twerp.

After the death of the genius, Albert Einstein, his brain was removed by a pathologist and put in a jar for future study.

Albert Einstein was cremated and his ashes were spread over a river located in New Jersey.

Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class

Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.

More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call

Rats and horses can’t vomit.
Deborah Winger did the voice of E.T

Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps

Barbie’s measuerments if she were life size: 39-23-33

The first person to die in the electric chair was William Kemmler, an ax murderer from New York on August 6, 1890.

The majority of burglaries occur during the daytime when people are not home.

The triangular shape that Toblerone chocolates are packaged in, is protected by law.

Dr. Seuss actually pronounced Seuss such that it sounded like Sue-ice

English sailors were referred to as “limeys” because sailors added lime juice to their diet to combat scurvy.

The only member of the band ZZ Top with out a beard has the last name Beard

41% of women apply body or hand moisturizer a minimum three times a day.

75-90% of primary physician visits are due to stress.

A blink lasts approximately 0.3 seconds.

A ear trumpet was used before the hearing aid was invented by people who had difficulty hearing.

The 80′s song “Rosanna” from the Eighties was written about Rosanna Arquette the actress

Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine

A fetus develops fingerprints at eighteen weeks.

A fetus that is four months old, will becomes startled and turn away if a light is flashed on the mother’s stomach.

A headache and inflammatory pain can be reduced by eating 20 tart cherries.

A famous bullfighter, Lagarijo, killed 4,867 bulls in the 19th century.

Upper and lower case letters are named ‘upper’ and ‘lower’, because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the ‘upper case’ letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, ‘lower case’ letters. The proper term for upper case letters is “majuscule” and for lower case it’s “minuscule”.

The Mongol emperor Genghis Khan’s original name was Temujin

Lenny Kravitz’s mother played the part of “Helen” on “The Jeffersons”

During the chariot scene in ‘Ben Hur’ a small red car can be seen in the distance

In Israel, religious law forbids picking your nose on Sabbath.

In Quebec, Canada, an old law states that margarine must be a different colour than butter.

In Singapore, it is illegal to sell or own chewing gum.

In the 1985 Boise, Idaho mayoral election, there were four write-in votes for Mr. Potato Head.

Since the United Nations was founded in 1945, there have been 140 wars.

Mr. Snuffleupagas’ first name was Alyoisus

Stalin was only five feet four inches tall

Stalin’s left foot had webbed toes and his left arm is noticeably shorter then his right

John Wilkes Booth’s brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son

Napoleon constructed his battle plans in a sandbox

Boris Karloff is the narrator of the seasonal television special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle

The Pony Express didn’t use ponies.

A raisin dropped in a fresh glass of soda will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top

In 1967, the first successful heart transplant was performed in Cape Town, South Africa.

A 27 year old heir to a sausage empire was handed o ticket for 116,000 pounds for driving at 80 km/hr in a 40 km/hr zone. This is because the speeding tickets in Finland are based on how much money a person makes.

315 entries in Webster’s 1996 Dictionary were misspelled

A man filed a lawsuit against his doctor because he survived longer than what the doctor had predicted.

A surfer once sued another surfer for “stealing his wave.” The case was thrown out because the court was unable to put a price on “pain and suffering” endured by the surfer watching someone else ride “his” wave.

David Rice Atchinson was President of the United States for exactly one day. This happened due to a glitch in American law at the time.

In 1985, a pregnant women was falsely accused of shoplifting a basketball.

Every person has a unique tongue print

In France, it is illegal for a person to kiss another on railways.
In Italian, Pinocchio means “pine head”

Byron, Illinois has an annual Turkey Testicle Festival

Dolphins sleep with one of their eyes open

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks, otherwise it will digest itself.

Virgina Woolf wrote all her books standing

A Sneeze travels 100mph when coming out of your mouth

There’s a debate over the location of world’s largest ball of twine.  Darwin, Minnesota has the largest ball made by one person.  Francis Johnson made the 9 ton (11 ft) ball during 1950 thru 1979 (working about 4 hrs a day).  It was hoisted with a crane.  And from 1953-1974 (when he died) Frank Stoeber of Kansas created his mega ball of twine.  It was originally made of 1,300+ miles of string but every August, Cawker City, KS has a festival where anyone can add twine to the ball.  This creation now weighs more than the Darwin ball but it also had more than one person contributing to it.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

The Declaration of Independence (the very official copy in the Rotunda of the National Archives) is written on parchment, not paper

Green was the original color of Coca Cola

It’s impossible to lick your elbow

A rat can last longer without water than a camel

Happy Meal sales make up 40% of McDonald’s profits

Intelligent people have more copper and zinc in their hair follicles

Capitals of the world:
Maine = Toothpick Capital
Whitby, Ontario = More donut shops than anywhere in the world per capita
Pearsonville, Calif.= Hubcap capital
Beaver, OK = World Cow Chip Throwing Capital
Roswell, NM = UFO Capital
Las Vegas, NV = Wedding capital

4 Responses to Trivia – Completely Useless Facts

  1. Under the capitols of the world – add
    Carpet Capitol (of the world) – Dalton, GA…..yeah, that’s all we got….(there’s nothing else here in this piss-ant, god-forsaken town….lol)
    Love the blog! xo

    sheila Reply:

    HOW FUNNY we actually get our synthetic putting green carpet from Dalton, GA! LOL! So funny!

  2. A mark twain is two fathoms or 12 feet. Not 12 fathoms. Loved the post.

    sheila Reply:

    Thanks, I’ll get in there and fix it soon! (not on my regular computer – which is on the fritz today, lol)

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