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
Edgar Allan Poe introduced mystery fiction's first fictional detective, Auguste C. Dupin, in his 1841 story, 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue.'

BayerŽ Aspirin was the first drug ever to be marketed in tablet form. First marketed in 1899 as a powder, by 1900 aspirin was being compressed into a water-soluble tablet.

US Presidents who never held any other elective office: U. S. Grant, William H. Taft, Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest U.S. food consumption day, following Thanksgiving.
A single little brown bat can catch 1,200 mosquitoes-sized insects in just one hour.
Art and Architecture
The only one of his sculptures that Michelangelo signed was the 'The Pieta,' completed in 1500.
Beliefs
Dualism - is the doctrine that the universe is controlled by one good and one evil force.
Business
The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland's baby daughter, Ruth.
Cats and Dogs
Julius Caesar, Henri II, Charles XI, and Napoleon had aelurophobia, the fear of cats.
The Church
Oratory: = small chapel for private prayer; lectern for prayer
Deaths
Ernest Miller Hemingway - 1961 --- suicide with shotgun.
Did You know
Divination
Stolisomancy means divination by observing how one dresses oneself
Duh!!
To be wise and love Exceeds Man's might - Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida
The English Language
The names of all continents end with the same letter that they start with.
Entertainment
The oldest continuous comic strip still in existence is The Katzenjammer Kids. It first appeared in newspapers in 1897.
Fabrics
Taffeta is a thin glossy silk.
Food
Vanilla is the extract of fermented and dried pods of several species of orchids.
Geography
Mexico City is the oldest capital city in the Americas.
History
Canada declared national beauty contests cancelled as of 1992, claiming they were degrading to women.
Human
Cerumin impaction - ear wax.
Insects
Modern science says it is aerodynamically impossible for bees to fly.
Instruments
A Taximeter is an instrument for measuring the fee for hired vehicle.
isms
Hylozoism is the doctrine that all matter is endowed with life
Literature
D. H. Lawrence enjoyed taking off his clothes and climbing mulberry trees.
Manias
Egomania~means an irrational self-centered attitude or self-worship.
Measurement
The most snow accumulation in a one-day period was 75.8 inches at Silver Lake, Colorado, in April 1921.
Movies
The longest Oscar acceptance speech was made by Greer Garson for 1942's 'Mrs. Miniver.' It took 5 minutes, 30 seconds.
Nautical
A capstan is an upright device for winding in heavy ropes or cables.
ologies
Vitrics is the glassy materials; glassware; study of glassware
Phobias
Mechanophobi is a fear of machines.
Plants
Tea was so expensive when it was first brought to Europe in the early 17th century that it was kept in locked wooden boxes.
Products
In 1984, a Canadian farmer began renting advertising space on his cows.
Religion
'Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar, La Allah Il Allah, La Allah Il Allah U Mohammed Rassul Allah' is heard by more people than any other sound of the human voice. This is the prayer recited by muezzins from each of the four corners of the prayer tower as Moslems all over the world face toward Mecca and kneel at sunset. It means: 'God is great. There is no God but God, and Mohammed is the prophet of God.'
Science
The electric automobile self-starter was invented to make it possible for women to drive without a companion, who was previously needed to crank the engine.
Shapes
Mammose means shaped like a breast.
Snippets
I didn't work my way to the top of the food chain to eat vegetables.
Space
The single highest temperature ever recorded in U.S. history was 134 degrees Fahrenheit. It was recorded in Greenland Ranch, CA on July 10, 1913. The lowest recorded temperature was minus 80 degrees on January 23, 1971 in Prospect Creek, AK.
Superstitions
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Superstitious Dreams
For a man to dream of a hairdresser will presage much gossip or a need to dominate a beautiful woman.
Three Letter Words
Ard - Means a plough used to scratch top surface of soil.
Tongue Twisters
Miss Smith dismisseth us.
Units of Measure
An Em is a unit of measuring the width of typeface where the width of letters equals height.
Unusual Words
Tocodynamometer - means instrument for measuring uterine contractions during childbirth.
War Quotes
Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.
-- John F. Kennedy, 1961
The Weather
On average, thunder can only be heard over a distance of 3-4 miles, depending on humidity, terrain, and other factors.
Words of the Church
Hymnal - collection of church hymns.
Proverbs
A tree falls the way it leans.
-- Bulgarian Proverb

He who does not know one thing knows another.
-- Kenyan Proverb

What belongs to everybody belongs to nobody.
-- Spanish Proverb
Famous Deaths
Joan of Arc (Jeanne Darc) - 1431 --- burned at the stake for heresy and witchcraft.
Famous Quotes
Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think.
-- John Greenleaf Whittier

We invent what we love, and what we fear.
-- John Irving

If it's natural to kill why do men have to go into training to learn how?
-- Joan Baez
Celebrity Quotes
I may not be a great actress but I've become the greatest at screen orgasms. Ten seconds of heavy breathing, roll your head from side to side, simulate a slight asthma attack and die a little.
-- Candice Bergen, 1984

The worst part of success is to try to find someone who is happy for you.
-- Bette Midler
Celebrity Insults
History buffs probably noted the reunion at a Washington party a few weeks ago of three ex-presidents: Carter, Ford, and Nixon -- See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Evil.
-- Robert J. Dole, speech, 1983

He's a full-fledged housewife from Kansas with all the prejudices.
-- Gore Vidal (about Truman Capote)