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
Americans consumed over 3.1 billion pounds of chocolate in 2001, which is almost half of the total world's production.

Once a human reaches the age of 35, he/she will start losing approximately 7,000 brain cells a day. The cells will never be replaced.

From 70 to 80 percent of all ripe olives are grown in California's approximately 35,000 acres. In the 1700s, Franciscan monks brought olives to Mexico and then into California by way of the missions. The first cuttings were planted in 1769 at the San Diego Mission. Commercial cultivation of California olives began in the late 1800s. Today, anywhere from 80,000 to 160,000 tons of olives are produced in California each year.

The first Rose Bowl game was held in 1902 in Pasadena, California. The University of Michigan beat Sanford 49-0.
Turkeys originated in North and Central America, and evidence indicates that they have been around for over 10 million years.
Art and Architecture
Until the time of Michelangelo, many sculptors colored their statues, and most from ancient Greece and Rome at one time had been painted or 'polychromed.' Over the course of years, rain washed the colors off the marble.
Beliefs
Materialism - is the belief that matter is the only extant substance.
Business
The yo-yo was introduced in 1929 by Donald F. Duncan. The toy was based on a weapon used by 16th-century Filipino hunters.
Cats and Dogs
A group of adult cats is called a clowder.
The Church
Eirenics: = theological doctrine of religious unification
Deaths
Sir Francis Bacon - 1626 --- pneumonia. He was experimenting with freezing a chicken by stuffing it with snow.
Did You know
Divination
Libanomancy means divination by watching incense smoke
Duh!!
The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlamp of an oncoming train.
The English Language
The last thing to happen is the ultimate. The next-to-last is the penultimate, and the second-to-last is the antepenultimate.
Entertainment
Hugh Ward Cleaver Beaumont was an ordained minister.
Fabrics
Shalloon is a light twilled wool or worsted.
Food
The world's costliest coffee, at $130 a pound , is called Kopi Luwak. It is in the droppings of a type of marsupial that eats only the very best coffee beans. Plantation workers track them and scoop their precious poop.
Geography
The largest US city in area is Juneau, Alaska, which covers 3,108 square miles. Los Angeles covers only 458.2 square miles.
History
The 'Battle Hymn of the Republic', 'Yankee Doodle', 'America' and 'Hail to the Chief', 4 of America's most patriotic melodies, all were written by Europeans.
Human
During a 24 hr period, the average human will breathe 23,040 times, exercise 7 million brain cells, speak 4800 words.
Insects
A German cockroach can survive a month or more without food...but less than two weeks without water.
Instruments
A Thoracoscope is an instrument for viewing the thorax and chest wall.
isms
Catastrophism is the belief in rapid geological and biological change
Literature
The book The Doors of Perception, by Aldous Huxley, was the inspiration behind Jim Morrison naming his band The Doors. The book extolls the use of hallucinogenic drugs.
Manias
Plutomania~means a mania for money.
Measurement
Flying from London to New York by Concord, due to the time zones crossed, you can arrive 2 hours before you leave.
Movies
As of 1996, Hee Haw holds the record for the longest running weekly first-run syndicated show in the history of television. It spanned over 4 decades, from the late '60s to the early '90s, airing every Saturday night at 7:00.
Nautical
A spanker is a sail on the mast nearest the stern of a square-rigged ship.
ologies
Bioecology is the study of interaction of life in the environment
Phobias
Kenophobi is a fear of voids or empty spaces.
Plants
Ginger has been clinically demonstrated to work twice as well as Dramamine for fighting motion sickness, with no side effects.
Products
Bayer was advertising cough medicine containing heroin in 1898.
Religion
The 3 Magi:(or Wise Men) and their gifts: Melchoir, 'king of light,' offered Gold, Gaspar ,'or the white one,' offered frankincense, and Balthazar, 'lord of treasures,' offered myrrh.
Science
Anthropologists use a standard height of 4 feet 11 inches to determine if a group of people are pygmies. The average adult male must be less than 59 inches in height.
Shapes
Boniform means having the form of good.
Snippets
You can't drink all day long if you don't start first thing in the morning!
Space
To go one lunar day, adjust your watch to lose two minutes and five seconds every hour.
Superstitions
If you sweep trash out the door after dark, it will bring a stranger to visit.
Superstitious Dreams
If you dream you are the one being tattooed you will become the target for a strangers jealousy but if you see someone else with tattoos then you will take a long, hard journey from home.
Three Letter Words
Yon - Means yonder.
Tongue Twisters
'Surely Sylvia swims!' shrieked Sammy, surprised. 'Someone should show Sylvia some strokes so she shall not sink.'
Units of Measure
A Stone is a unit of weight equal to 14 pounds.
Unusual Words
Ephestian - means domestic.
War Quotes
For he who fights and runs away May live to fight another day; But he who is in battle slain Can never rise and fight again.
-- Oliver Goldsmith `The Art of Poetry on a New Plan`
The Weather
How big around is a typical lightning bolt? Answer: About the size of a Quarter to Half-Dollar! Lightning looks so much wider than it really is just because its light is so bright!
Words of the Church
Iconostasis - screen or partition in Eastern churches with tiers of icons.
Proverbs
A drink precedes a story.
-- Irish Proverb

Never marry for money. Ye'll borrow it cheaper.
-- Scottish Proverb

When fire is applied to a stone it cracks.
-- Irish Proverb
Famous Deaths
John Denver (Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.) - singer - 1997 --- plane crash in Monterey, CA.
Famous Quotes
Beauty is not caused, It is.
-- Emily Dickinson

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
-- Oscar Wilde

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck that which is planted.
-- Bible - Ecclesiastes 3:1
Celebrity Quotes
I don't think I was constructed to be monogamous. I don't think it's the nature of any man to be monogamous. Men are propelled by genetically ordained impulses over which they have no control to distribute their seed into as many females as possible.
-- Marlon Brando (1994)

What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.
-- Phyllis Diller
Celebrity Insults
With his womanly voice, stark white skin and Medusa hair, his gash of red lipstick, heavy eyeliner, almost nonexistent nose and lopsided face, Jackson was making his TV appearance in order to scotch all rumors that he is not quite normal.
-- Craig Brown (about Michael Jackson, The Times of London, 1993)

He doesn't die his hair, he bleaches his face.
-- Johnny Carson (about Ronald Reagan)