Trivia


This is simply a page of interesting trivia concerning people, places, insects, animals etc. The trivia is generated from files containing thousands of snippets of information and is updated twice a day.
You may find some info that you didn't know before, but in any case - this page will give you some food for thought. Please enjoy.

Assorted Trivia
Average number of squirts from a cow's udder needed to yield a gallon of milk : 345.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only US president elected four times.

Dr. Joel Poinsett, the 1st US ambassador to Mexico, brought the poinsettia to US in 1828. The plant, called 'flower of the blessed night' in Mexico was renamed in Poinsett's honor.

The only rock that floats in water is pumice.
Domesticated turkeys (farm raised) cannot fly. Wild turkeys can fly for short distances at up to 55 miles per hour. Wild turkeys are also fast on the ground, running at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.
Art and Architecture
Nobody is buried in Grant's tomb. President & Mrs. Grant are entombed there. A body is buried only when it is placed in the ground and covered with dirt.
Beliefs
Tychism - is the theory that accepts role of pure chance.
Business
There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
Cats and Dogs
People who are allergic to cats are actually allergic to cat saliva or cat dander. If the cat is bathed regularly, allergic people have better tolerance to it.
The Church
Pneumatomachy: = denial of the divinity of the Holy Ghost
Deaths
Liberace (Wladziu Valentino Liberace) - 1987 --- AIDS.
Did You know
Divination
Metopomancy means divination using the forehead or face
Duh!!
I speed up for small fury animals.
The English Language
The shortest '-ology' word is oology, the study of eggs.
Entertainment
The play Chantecler, written by French playwright Edmond Rostand, features a rooster as the major character.
Fabrics
Shoddy is a woollen fabric made from rags.
Food
During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were practically worth their weight in gold. Potatoes were so valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for potatoes.
Geography
Alaska is the northernmost, westernmost, and easternmost state in the U.S. It is easternmost because the Aluetian Islands extend past the 180 degree line of longtitude, putting them in the Eastern hemisphere.
History
On July 4, 1776, King George III of England noted in his diary: 'Nothing of importance happened today.'
Human
Up to the age of six or seven months, a child can breathe and swallow at the same time. An adult cannot do this.
Insects
A worker honey bee makes only 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her life time.
Instruments
A Statoscope is an instrument for measuring small changes in atmospheric pressure.
isms
Eidolism is the belief in ghosts
Literature
'The Mouse Trap,' by Agatha Christie is the longest running play in history.
Manias
Ablutomania~means a mania for washing oneself.
Measurement
Each unit on the Richter Scale is equivalent to a power factor of about 32. So a 6 is 32 times more powerful than a 5!
Movies
The Wizard of Oz was a Broadway musical 37 years before the MGM movie version was made. It had 293 performances and then went on a tour that lasted 9 years.
Nautical
A bollard is a short post on a wharf or ship to which ropes are tied.
ologies
Aerodynamics is the dynamics of gases; science of movement in a flow of air or gas
Phobias
Ochophobi is a fear of vehicles.
Plants
The rose family of plants, in addition to flowers, gives us apples, pears, plums, cherries, almonds, peaches and apricots.
Products
Bayer was advertising cough medicine containing heroin in 1898.
Religion
The Church of Scientology was founded in 1953, at Washington DC, by US science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
Science
A device invented sometime around the time of the birth of Jesus as a primitive steam engine by the Greek engineer Hero is used today as a rotating sprinkler.
Shapes
Stipiform means shaped like a stalk.
Snippets
Save energy - be apathetic.
Space
Every time the moon's gravity causes a ten-foot tide at sea, all the continents on earth rise at least six inches.
Superstitions
The new bride must enter her home by the main door, and must not trip or fall - hence the custom of carrying the bride over the threshold.
Superstitious Dreams
Sitting on ice in your dreams is a dream of the contrary.
Three Letter Words
Rep - Means a plain-woven fabric with crosswise ribs.
Tongue Twisters
Big ben blew big blue bubbles.
Units of Measure
A Chaldron is an old unit of dry volume equal to between 32 and 72 bushels.
Unusual Words
Washball - means ball of toilet soap.
War Quotes
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
-- Ernest Hemingway
The Weather
Rain contains vitamin B12...The average raindrop reaches a top speed of 22 mph.
Words of the Church
Laic - pertaining to lay people rather than clergy.
Proverbs
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
-- Irish Proverb

Life without a friend is death without a witness.
-- Spanish Proverb

The tide tarrieth for no man.
-- John Heywood 'The Proverbs of John Heywood' (1546)
Famous Deaths
Tommy Tucker - musician - 1982 --- carbon tetrachloride poisoning sustained while he was finishing floors in his home.
Famous Quotes
Life does not cease to be funny when people die; any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
-- George Bernard Shaw

Life itself is a quotation.
-- Jorge Luis Borges

Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never of the correctness, of a belief.
-- Arthur Schnitzler
Celebrity Quotes
I must be the luckiest man in the world. Not only am I bisexual, I am also Welsh.
-- John Osborne

There are, I think, three countries left in the world where I can go and I'm not as well-known as I am here. I'm a pretty big star, folks - I don't have to tell you. Superstar, I guess you could say.
-- Bruce Willis (1998)
Celebrity Insults
Stars The Rock, but The Wood might be a better description of his performance.
-- Peter Rainer (about wrestler turned actor, The Rock, in the movie, Walking Tall)

To err is Truman.
-- A popular joke in 1946