Assorted Trivia

  • All of the clocks in Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.
  • On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
  • "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
  • All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
  • Almonds are members of the peach family.
  • Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
  • Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in"-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • The longest place-name still in use is: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokai- wenuakitanatahu, a New Zealand hill.
  • Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "L.A."
  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.
  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  • In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
  • Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
  • The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.
  • The Ramses brand condom is named after the great pharaoh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
  • The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life"
  • A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  • On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.
  • The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  • Who's that playing the piano on the "Mad About You" theme? Why it's Paul Reiser himself.
  • The male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.
  • The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."
  • The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  • Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
  • John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  • There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
  • "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  • At one time in Holland it took four years to train to be a hatmaker but only three years to train to be a surgeon.
  • Despite the many rat invested slums in New York City, only 311 people are bitten by rats in an average year. But 1,519 residents are bitten annually by other New Yorkers.
  • No one knows why, but 90 percent of women who walk into a department store immediately turn to the right.
  • The term skyscraper was first used way back in 1888 to describe an 11 story building.
  • There are twice as many kangaroos in Australia as there are people. The kangaroo population is estimated at about 40 million.
  • During his entire lifetime, Herman Melville's timeless classic of the sea, 'Moby Dick', only sold 50 copies.
  • The liver, not the heart, is the sign of romance in northern Morocco. When a Moroccan girl falls in love she says, "Darling, you have stolen my liver."
  • Drivers tend to drive faster when other cars are around. It doesn't matter whether they are in front, behind or beside them.
  • A small tribe named the Todas in southeren India don't greet each other with a handshake, they thumb their noses.
  • The host team in an NFL football game must have 26 footballs inflated and ready to play.
  • The world's greatest lover was King Mongut of Siam. He had 9,000 wives. Before dying of syphilis he was quoted in saying he only loved the first 700.
  • The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
  • The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.
  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
  • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
  • David Prowse, was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars. He spoke all of Vader's lines, and didn't know that he was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the screening of the movie.
  • Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
  • In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
  • February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
  • Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.
  • The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
  • The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
  • There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
  • Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.
  • Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.
  • Cat's urine glows under a black light.
  • Back in the mid to late 80's, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator.
  • The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
  • It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.
  • In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  • Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.
  • The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
  • Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
  • If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
  • The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
  • Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
  • No NFL team which plays it's home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Superbowl.
  • The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver".
  • In the great fire of London in 1666, half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured.
  • Lincoln Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright's son.
  • One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today because cotton growers in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers --they saw it as competition. It is not chemically addictive as is nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine.
  • The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League All-Star Game.
  • Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
  • The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan".
  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321.
  • If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.
  • Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them use to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."
  • Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".
  • Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
  • "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  • The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."
  • The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
  • The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
  • Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.
  • Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekday at 5pm. All traffic stopped as people switched sides. This time and day were chosen to prevent accidents where drivers would have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to realize that *this* was the day of the changeover.
  • The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
  • Dr. Seuss pronounced "Seuss" such that it rhymed with "rejoice."
  • In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again, Sam."
  • Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."
  • More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes.
  • The term, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging." Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified was to poke someone's eye out.
  • A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  • Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
  • Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.
  • Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
  • The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from and old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
  • The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.