Saturday, April 05, 2008

The Old Stand-by....TRIVIAL STUFF

Because today I feel kinda like this

and my mind seems to be

it's time to resort to this

and this

in hopes of being awarded one of these.


Presented for your entertainment(maybe), here goes 'nothing',

-In 1952, CBS made computer history by being the first to use a computer, the UNIVAC I, to forecast the U.S. presidential election.
-Tablecloths were originally meant to serve as towels with which guests could wipe their hands and faces after dinner.
-It may take longer than two days for a chick to break out of its shell.
-George Washington is the only man whose birthday is a legal holiday in every state of the United States.(but optional to celebrate it then or on President's day.
-While many people believe that a camel's humps are used for water storage, they are actually made up of fat. The hump of a well-rested, well-fed camel can weigh up to eighty pounds.
-In theory time slows down near a black hole; inside, it stops completely.
-Shakespeare spelled his own name several different ways.
-The bombardier beetle, when disturbed, defends itself by emitting a series of explosions, sometimes setting off four or five in succession. The noises sound like miniature popgun blasts and are followed by a cloud of reddish-colored, vile-smelling fluid.
-"Diddle for the middle" is a slang expression used for the start of a darts game. Opposing players each throw a single dart at the bull's eye. The person who is closest starts the game.
-A family of prairie dogs is called a 'coterie'; a group of families is a 'town, just like humans.
-The Indian epic poem the "Mahabhrata" is eight times longer than "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" combined.
-Peter Graves of TV's 'Mission Impossible' and James Arness of TV's 'Gunsmoke are brothers.
-In the Middle Ages it was believed that the soul left the body momentarily during a sneeze and that the phrase "God Bless You" caused it to jump back into the body.
-OPEC was formed in 1960 and had an original membership of 5 nations.
-Peanut butter was developed in 1890 by a St. Louis, USA doctor as a food for people with no teeth.
-30,000 peanut butter sandwiches can be made using the yield of a single acre of peanuts.
-There are approximately 550 peanuts in a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter.
-Corn flakes were originally developed to keep women from suffering 'hysteria', known today as 'female libido'.
-Only 3% of mammal species are monogamous.
-The 1996 edition of Webster's dictionary had 315 misspelled entries.
-A cockroach can live up to 9 days without a head.
-Approximately 11% of the world population is left-handed.
-Africa is about 28% wilderness.
-About 38% of N. America is wilderness.
-2007 earnings of the estates of dead celebrities in millions of US dollars, Elvis Presley $49m; John Lennon $44m; Charles Schulz $35m; George Harrison $22m; A. Einstein $18m; Andy Warhol $15m.
-65 million people in the US watched the NBC uncensored premier of 'Schindler's List' in 1997.
-Wilt Chamberlain scored a lifetime total of over 25,000 points, being the 1st NBA player to hit that benchmark(1968).
-Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes.
-Comets speed up as they approach the Sun, sometimes reaching speeds of over a million miles per hour. Far away from the Sun, speeds drop, perhaps down to as little as 700 miles per hour.
-Only one person walked with Mozart's coffin from the church to the cemetery for its burial in an unmarked pauper's grave.
-Famed Chef Wolfgang Puck chose the Italian word 'Spago' as the name for his popular chain of restaurants. In Italian, 'spago' means 'string' or 'twine', and is slang for spaghetti.
-The Tarantula nebula is thought to contain a huge star of over 1,000 times the mass of the Sun, ten times more massive than any star in the Milky Way.
-Nabisco bakes almost 18 billion Cheese Nips Crackers every year! That's enough to cover over 3,500 football fields! Placed end-to-end, all the Cheese Nips would extend for 282,000 miles! More than the distance from the earth to the moon!
-Elephant tusks grow throughout an elephant's life and can weigh more than 200 pounds. Among Asian elephants, only the males have tusks. Both sexes of African elephants have tusks.
-The planet Saturn is named after the Roman god of seed-time and harvest.
-The largest item on any menu in the world is probably the roast camel, sometimes served at Bedouin wedding feasts. The camel is stuffed with a sheep's carcass, which is stuffed with chickens, which are stuffed with fish, which are stuffed with eggs.
-Marlon Brando is the only actor to have starred in two of the top 10 films on the American Film Institute's "100 Greatest Movies" list. Those films were The Godfather (1972) which ranked Number 3, and On the Waterfront (1954) which ranked Number 8.
-A species of starfish known as the Linckia columbiae can reproduce its entire body, that is, grow back completely, from a single severed pieces less than a half-inch long.
-Tickets for Frank Sinatra's first solo performance at the Paramount Theatre in New York City in 1942, sold for 35 cents each.
-The average life expectancy of a queen bee is 6 years, a worker bee, 6 months, and a drone, just 8 weeks.
-Figs have the highest dietary fiber content of any common fruit, nut, or vegetable.
-Identical twins do not have identical fingerprints. No two sets of prints are alike, including those of identical twins.
-Atlantic salmon are able to leap 15 feet high.
-St. Nicholas was bishop of the Turkish town of Myra in the early fourth century. It was the Dutch who first made him into a Christmas gift-giver, and Dutch settlers brought him to America where his name eventually became the familiar Santa Claus.
-A group of meercats is called a 'mob' of meercats.
-Some desert tortoises can fill their huge bladders with water enough for days, and they also urinate on themselves to keep cool.

And now you're thinking

because all this information is.

But, perhaps you'll be able to get one of these

for knowing a buncha silly stuff. Until next time, and a REAL post, take care.


George said...

I knew about Peter Graves & James Arness. Did you know that the role of Matt Dillon was offered to John Wayne, who turned it down because he didn't think TV would be as big as the movies.

Mike S said...

Yup, and Sinatra turned down 'Dirty Harry' because he thought it'd be a flop. Might have been too, Eastwood made the movie memorable:)

Mies said...

Geez Mike, if you haven't won one of those very deserved awards by now you never will...hehehe....Sorry, couldn't resist. Your trivia posts are fun...Thanks...L

Cherie said...

NIne days without a head? There's got to to be a political jab in there somewhere.....

Hahn at Home said...

Pretty funny Mike. I loved your use of images on this one so much I fully laughed three times!